....ohh and pencils and paper

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My 1700's Inspiration

Firstly I am very excited to have a biggie to pop in my Happiness jar....
This sweet little girl made me a Great Aunt at about 5.30am on the 1st of January 2015...
My Nephew has become a Dad for the first time.....just lovely! A much longed for addition to their family xx
What could be better than that to start the new year!
I thought I would share with you the quilt and book that has been gnawing away at me for so long...
and this is the quilt....
Seeing it in the flesh was wonderful and even though the patterns and colourings maybe jarring to us today, I just love all the different blocks and the center panel. I won't be having a sundial but probably an urn of flowers and my quilt won't resemble this one at all but I have just loved pouring over the blocks....imagining it's maker sitting stitching them just as we do today. There is a page that offers a closer look at some of the blocks. I just love the one with all the little circles appliqued over a bigger circle...definitely including something similar in mine..
I have already tacked a number of hexies and they are being kept safe in my gorgeous dotty tin Karen
from Sunburnt quilts gave me in our friends swap earlier in the year.
I have finished 3 blocks...
and working on number 4...
Have I told you before that I adore these fabrics? Oh I have, once or twice! I am trying to find ways to showcase some of them.....the thinking is the hard bit. The stitching is lovely. I have at least decided the medallion piece for the center being only 16 1/2 inches square I think will only lend itself to an urn of flowers.
Thank you friends and Birthday Club friends for gifting me all this beautiful fabric to make this quilt...makes it just that little bit more special.
I pray that all those in the path of the bushfires remain safe and out of harms way.
Have a lovely weekend all.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx


  1. Congratulations, that is a wonderful start to your year. I love your new project, and I can just imagine how much pleasure you're getting from the stitching. That circle block is very eye catching, I think there's a similar one in Stonefields too. Lots of lovely applique,

  2. Oh how exciting! A new baby for the New Year!

  3. How lovely to have a beautiful baby girl join your family in the start of the New Year,Michelle, best wishes to all of you.
    Good luck with your new project, imagine stitching that wonderful Quilt in 1797 by candlelight.
    P/S Love the happiness jar idea.
    Hugs R.

  4. Welcoming a new baby into the family is a wonderful way to start the year. What a lively quilt. I will enjoy watching your progress on the blocks. I love what you have done so far.

  5. What a wonderful way to start the year Michelle - congratulations to your family!! Your new project is delicious and isn't it special to be stitching away using fabric from your friends?

  6. Oh what a great start to 2015.Congrats to all.
    will follow the progress of your quilt with delight and envy.

  7. That is the way a New Year should start. Congrats Great Auntie and love the blocks on your quilt.

  8. What beautiful inspiration and perfect fabrics Michelle. Lovely new addition to the family

  9. Such wonderful the look of your hexies xx

  10. Happy New Year Michelle, how wonderful to start the New Year with a new baby in the family.
    I too have been admiring that quilt from a library book about quilts from the V&A. A lovely project to start the year.

  11. Congrats with the new baby in the family. I love the quilt you are working on

  12. What wonderful news Congratulations to your nephew & his wife. Gorgeous quilt you are making. Hugs,xx

  13. Congratulations on your new Great-Niece Michelle. I was excited to become an Aunt again on New Years Eve when my sister had a daughter (after already having 3 boys). A very special occasion.

    Your quilt fabrics are beautiful and it looks like you will end up with a beautiful quilt top. I look forward to seeing it come together.

    Cheers, Tracy.

  14. So exciting to see an arrival on NY Day. She looks a sweetie. What lovely news.
    That quilt is amazing. But a wonderful project to take on. I am so pleased the tin found a good use. I look forward to following the progress of the quilt.

  15. What a dear little baby girl, congratulations Great-Aunt Michelle! What a lovely idea to make the sundial quilt, even without the sundial - I think it was the most interesting one in the quilts exhibition, even if the Rajah quilt got more publicity. I will watch this production with great interest. xx


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