Doing small things with great love makes your soul shine !!!

This I believe with all my heart. I had a few Fat Quarters in orange and olive and knew I was going to make a quilt with it. Being a newby at this I haven’t learned the skill of setting out patterns and layouts before starting. I opened them out and ironed them and laid them flat on the table and admired the colours in front of me. I knew I had a whole lot of cream embossed material from a huge swatch of curtaining given to me years ago. I know that oranges olives and cream will go together beautifully . So to my box I go and the long strips are brought out.

Now knowing the type of person I am, I’m impatient to see how these colours are going to match up.

I don’t want to cut the quarters to make a design. I want it whole so as to give maximum effect. A few hours of sewing and the pattern comes together . A very simple but effective design. The colours dance in front of my eyes and there’s a constant smile on my face. Oranges & creams bring out the joy in my heart.

Once I had all the pieces together I decided I wanted to try my hand at free motion quilting. I look at all the videos and I absolutely love the whole idea of letting the machine do the thinking for you and your hands just guide….. I know this isn’t really the case but the feeling of freedom is intoxicating.

So onwards I trudge with yet another new concept and as easy as it looks to do it really isn’t…a few thousand yards of thread later the quilting was done.

Look closely and you will see what a lot of higgledy piggledy curves and circles make up my “free Motion quilting” But what joy this has brought me. I have a lot to learn and the quilt is by no means even a semi professional one … but its all mine and I know I will get immence joy from it.



  1. While it’s making you happy, you’re learning. One day, just putting something together and finishing it won’t be enough, and you’ll become critical. That’ll be the time to learn how to do the tricky stuff, but for now, go for it, have fun, and let the colours sing to you 🙂 I do recommend lots of practice with the free motion quilting, preferably on something smaller so you have better control and so your shoulder don’t hurt so much at the end of it!

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  2. From the first photo I saw of this quilt I instantly admired the squiggly lines… they are fabulous, and the warm hues… I’m a blue/green person but there’s been a place in my heart for shades of orange since I was a child of the late sixties, early seventies ☺

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    1. Thanks Dale … I’m on to my lap quilt now which is made up of all my old Hankerchiefs. These have been brought with me from India 27 years ago !!! I’m doing the same method of quilting on this one too but when u see it in my next post you will see how much better it is looking 🤗


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