Tuesday, 8 August 2017


It has been a long time in the making of this quilt top and indeed a long time since my last post. I promised myself more blog posts but something went off course a little. Well, here I am. I made it.

Discovery by Petra Prins and Nel Kooiman. A project with Quiltmania Magazine.

Do you know how much I love this quilt top? I have enjoyed every single stitch. Even the ones that had to be undone and done again.

If there is a stitching version of dyslexia then I think I have it. So many silly things that I did wrong. 

Last round. Sewed two sides on to discover that one of the star blocks was the wrong way round. Unpicked it and put it right.  Got the third side on only to discover that I had sewn them upside down. All three sides came off. Now back in their correct place. Fourth side, cracked it. Yay!

Think this is the first time I have ever finished and reasonably kept up with a mystery quilt or block of the month. These Dutch Heritage fabrics are a pleasure to stitch with. Of course it has to be quilted but I am still thinkng about that one. 

Getting a full picture is not easy and this was taken in Kate's sewing studio. Cute little Daisy getting in on the act too.

I have included a couple of photo's of a day out wandering around the grounds of Dunster Castle. It was a perfectly lovely summer's day that has since eluded us. Today was a day of heavy downpours and it felt cold. 

Hydrangeas are beautiful here and this one was one of my favourites.

We had a lovely chat today at my sewing group about life, stitching, blogging. I was inspired to write this post because of it. If you are reading please leave a comment. I could do with a like button such as the one on Instagram. Do you blog? Do you prefer Instagram? Do you read or just look at photo's. I would love to know your thoughts.


  1. Ooooh, what a beauty! I can't wait to see how you decide to quilt it -- I know it will be beautiful. I still prefer blogs, even though I've slowed down a lot. Instagram is fun, but just not the same!

  2. Very beautiful top, fabrics & colours, congrats Shirley.

  3. Lovely to see you back here! I've already admired your latest quilt on IG and I love seeing a few more pictures. Of course those Dutch fabrics are gorgeous (I bought myself a bundle last year and I'm still waiting for the perfect project to use them). I too can't wait to see how you will quilt this beauty. We've had lovely summer weather too but today it's quite chilly and apparently it's going to rain later in the day. Oh well, a perfect day for sewing. xx

  4. Well done Shirley! Absolutely gorgeous top! Lots of hearts and thumbs up.
    It does seem hard to find time for blogging these days but I do miss it when I am absent. I still like to visit but don't seem to get to as many as I used to.
    Have fun planning your quilting.

  5. Congratulations - a wonderful finish and I can well imagine it had its challenges !

  6. Oh, your quilt is beautiful. Would love to see it in real life one day! I enjoyed our chat about blogging (and all the other things!) very much, look forward to seeing you soon.

  7. I love the quilt! & can relate too well with the trials of the sides. & the blog - nothing better than a good blog. The stories behind them bring the quilts & the bloggers to life; thank you. Thought I may bump into you at FOQ??

  8. Your quilt is really beautiful! I love the colours.

  9. That is really lovely! I'm glad you put one up with the dog and ironing board, it gives scale. It's a lot bigger than it looks on the lawn! There is a like button on Bloglovin but it think Bloglovin is also responsible for less people commenting. It's easy to just skim read them rather than visit the actual blogs.

  10. That is a gorgeous quilt - quite an accomplishment and definitely worth the work with that border! I still prefer blogs, although I don't blog as often as I once did and don't seem to get to read as many as I used to.

  11. This quilt is lovely. It's just so annoying when you are close to a finish and you make a mistake! I can't quilt late at night because I make too many mistakes!

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  13. You sound like me, sewing things upside down. But the finished quilt is wonderful. Kudos for making it through to the finish! It's always nice to hear from you!

  14. The quilt is breathtaking. I may refer back to it for ideas! I just joined a round robin at my guild. I have to make a center square, and then it goes to the next person who will add a border, and so on. Who knows what the final quilt will look like when I get it back? It should be fun. I hope I can do a good job with the borders I will have to make for the other ladies.

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