Wednesday, 29 January 2014


Another significant day passes in the Bloom household as our youngest girl starts Year 7 and our eldest girl doesn't head off to school at all! A little disconcerting really. Time just keeps marching by, tossing its head indignantly at me and flagrantly ignoring my protests.

A hot, hot January was spent enjoying the tennis, both onscreen and off. I made some progress on this quilt, and it seemed only appropriate that its first appearance be on court. Quilt top is on your forehand side, backing on your backhand :)

I drafted this quilt using Quiltography. However, I didn't construct it using half-square triangles as the diagram suggests. I really wasn't keen on all those seams - 'seamed' like far too much work :) 

So in laziness, surely induced by the weather, I devised an easier option. I cut strips and sewed them together as shown below. Then I crosscut them at 45 degrees. I sewed these parallelogram units together in columns. This method means the main vertical seams of the quilt are on the bias, but this caused no problems. In fact, the top came together like a dream. 

The fabrics I've used are mostly Amy Butler's 'Daisy Chain' with a dose of navy from Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner & Joel Dewberry.

I used surplus fabrics to piece the stripped backing, making the quilt reversible.

I'm very happy with how this quilt has turned out. It will head off to University with the eldest Miss. She chose the fabrics, a wonderfully cool and tranquil palette and a perfect antidote to the weather here.

A very happy New Year to you. I hope 2014 brings you good health, peace and contentment. Serve up!


  1. brilliant! I might just multiple the width & the lengths and then go for it! btw, love the colors.

  2. Gorgeous work! Hope it didn't get any dust on it in the photo shoot. I'm sure it will provide lovely memories of home.

  3. What a lovely quilt, Ros. Those colours are so cool, unlike our weather. It's been far too hot for me and our dogs - on the other hand, my husband, who grew up in Forbes, and daughter (born in Launceston and now living in China) love it. She has now gone back to a Chinese winter. I hope your girl settles in nicely and enjoys her new life . It's a big change for everyone.

  4. our girls are growing up too fast...............:(

  5. Oh My....this is gorgeous, you really are a cleaver goodness High Shool....

  6. I like how you handled this - looks wonderful!

  7. I love everything about this quilt, and your clever construction means there are no seams through those beautiful fabrics.

  8. Hi Ros, I love this quilt & keep coming back to admire it since you posted pics, it looks much simpler than 1/2 sq triangles! Would you mind letting me know the sizes of your strips and the distance between your crosscuts? Being new to quilting I can figure out maybe 5" strips but then I'm not really sure of the crosscuts. Sorry if this is a 'Dah' request! Thanks Kym

  9. I, too, would love to know what your dimensions are for this quilt! it is beautiful! thank you for your time, Julie


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