28 February 2019


Whilst my other two projects were in time out, I have been quietly appliquéing the other Sarah Fielke 2018 BOM 'Grasshopper'  This quilt was designed as a lesson in hand piecing and appliqué.

I really loved the folk art style bird appliqué centre,  and unlike the other quilts I knew exactly which fabrics I wanted to use. I belong to the Queen Bee Quilters, so I had to use this fabulous bee background :)

 I also wanted bright happy flowers in yellow, orange and coral with soft green

 I started to piece the outer border of sampler blocks, but after the first couple of months I felt they were too busy for what I wanted; the centre square is about 56" square already, which I felt was large enough.  I turned the blocks I had made into a charity quilt for Project Linus (it's not really that wrinkly!)

I added a little aqua blue for the birds and I am really happy with how it turned out

I plan to hand quilt it with aurifil 12wt thread, I have a nice selection of colours leftover from Happy Days and I bought this variegated beige/taupe for the background.

I have made a rough plan, the background (on the bee fabrics) will be a hexagon grid and I will probably use this stencil to make a feature of the outer plain border.  I have a striped fabric for the binding which should work well to tie it all in.

I embroidered this bag a couple of years ago from a kit and have never used it, it's just the right size to carry all my hand quilting supplies.

I just need to sort out my backing and batting and get it basted!


  1. That's a wonderfully cheerful bag, and I just love the applique birds!

  2. The aqua for the birds is just the perfect choice.

  3. I love that 12 weight thread - I think I have some left in my boxes I need to look it might be what I want to use for Good Fortune. That applique you are working on is just beautiful love those colors!

  4. You do beautiful work! And I love the way you've colored your Grasshopper quilt! Can you share the name and maker of your bee background fabric, please. I'd love to find some like it.

  5. I love the new fabric selection! Aurifil thread is the only thread for quilters!
    Your work is of course, perfect!

  6. I love your bag. Can you tell me where you bought the kit, please?

  7. I love your bag. Can you tell me where you bought the kit, please?

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  9. You've reminded me that I must pop over to Sarah Fielke's site and vote for a winner! Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.