Monday, 15 January 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  It is good to be back blogging again and looking at all your beautiful projects underway. I know that a lot of people are heading over to facebook or instagram but I have neither of those and also prefer the more personalised feel of blogging. It seems that time is not a thing people have much of anymore despite modern technology which is supposed to make things easier for us. All you lovely bloggers inspire and encourage me on many levels, particularly with our craft. Recently, I was inspired to start a new quilt when I saw Michelle's blog.  She started making Anni Downs' "An Angels Story" quilt. I have had the pattern book for years since buying it on sale but have never got around to making it. So, thanks to Michelle I have made a start. Determined to use fabrics from my ever growing stash  I selected brighter colours than my usual Civil War repros. They are mainly tone on tone but I think they will work well. 

I have cut out all the fusible applique pieces and placed each individual angel's into zip lock bags.
Last night I fused some pieces to my first block.
I completed all the blocks for Anni's "A Gardener's Journal" many years ago and they are still sitting in a box full of other stitcheries I have done for a few more quilts. Oh my! How did that happen? So, I am promising myself that I shall finish that particular quilt this year and maybe a couple of others.
Meanwhile, I am on the home stretch with my Little Lucy quilt. I am just putting the final row on now and then I need to work out what border fabric to needle turn it to. I ran out of the antique cream fabric I was using for the last round but fortunately Sandy ( Shiralee Stitches) still had some. Whew! 
Oh dear! When I was ordering that fabric I couldn't resist buying a block from Sandy's BOM "Old Time Kaleidoscope" , another EPP fussy cut project. That's how I got into my Little Lucy project. I enjoy fussy cutting but sometimes it really challenges me.
If you wish to start a free BOM pop over to Jenny's blog. I usually do her BOMs each year but this one was previously in her stitchers club which I had purchased and made into individual monthly minis. I loved making them and the designs can be used in many ways.
Well, it is that time of year when our beautiful abundance of fruit on our trees becomes Cocky food. I don't mind sharing but the cockatoos strip the trees and virtually take one or 2 pecks from each piece of fruit before dropping it to the ground ( or on the roof). I am pleased that the pretty coloured parrots got a feed of apples before the cockies arrived.
Cheeky Cocky!
I hope this year brings you much sewing time and joy.
Angel Blessings. 


  1. Looks like you'll be kept busy, Ondrea!

  2. Oh how exciting to have a fellow Angel stitcher! Love your fabrics. It is always nice to see different colourways. I have Gardener's Journal to assemble also. Lucy looks gorgeous! I love the blogging world best too! Happy stitching xx

  3. I am glad you are staying with blogging, I always enjoy reading your posts. You have made great progress with your angels..looking forward to see them develop. I think we all have unfinished projects..I am hoping to get some finished this year too. Lucy is looking amazing and you are so close to finished!!

  4. Happy New look organised ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Lovely to see your name pop up again in my Reading List, Ondrea... and Happy 2018 to you!
    You're right on the mark about all the tech, but not enough time... more social media, means more screen time, & less social time & less sewing... not good. I've always preferred the personal aspect of blogging... it's good to know that I'm not the only one who feels like this!
    I look forward to seeing your Angels Story progress;I too have that book... but not made any attempt to start. I need to clear the decks a bit first!

  6. I can't wait to see your Angel quilt! I love Anni's patterns, have made several but don't have that book! I know it will be lovely

  7. Happy New Year, blogging is my favourite.... haha, I also said I was doing Angel Story with Michelle, I have my fabrics together but not made a start yet. And I have Gardeners Journal stitcheries all done but no further! Hopefully we will both make progress

  8. I can see a busy and productive year ahead of you. Don't forget to share your progress.

  9. busy busy..............goodluck with your projects......Lucy is nearly there.........

  10. Beautiful fabrics for your angels story, it’s fun to use other styles of fabric at times. I feel the same in regards to reproductions....I love them but it’s nice to dabble in some fresh brights.
    Love your little Lucy blocks too


  11. Love your fabrics and An angel story pattern, will look forward to watching your progress. Cute Lucy Boston.

  12. Oh dear, youve just reminded me I have these blocks prepped and ready to stitch up somewhere in my sewing room may need to rescue them and actually get started on them. Love all your makes you're my inspiration as well ☺

  13. Pretty projects,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !