My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Blue and white with a touch of madness

Last weekend found me sewing my little heart out at our guild retreat.  We hold these two or three times a year.  We start on Friday morning and pack and clean up on Sunday after lunch.  In between, all we do is talk, sew and eat - bliss!

I got my applique block (it's a pattern from Material Obsession Two) bordered and sewn into my blue and white quilt top.  I also added a lilac border around the whole thing and am very pleased with what I see so far.  However, it's not quite big enough so I'm collecting light blue fabrics for a eight inch wide border and will be subjecting myself to more applique in a similar style.

And here is how my paper-piecing project is coming along.  Sorry about the dark photo - is was taken at night at my friend's house where I go for my 'stave off insanity' Wednesday night quilting session.

And, just for fun, here is one of the causes of my budding insanity!


  1. Love the blue and white quilt, esp your applique block. Your rainbow pp is gorgeous and I love the reason for insanity photo!!! xo

  2. Ooo it's just lovely! You must be feeling very chuffed with it. What are you going to do with it? I really need to get my act together and give quilting a go... at the moment I am in a felting frenzy though, so we will have to wait for that to finish. I'd love to make a special quilt each for the boys though, while they are still young enough to like things their mum makes for them :)

    Your little man certainly does have a fabulous pose happening there :) How old is he?

  3. oh lovely! I'm going to a Scrapbooking camp (in Dunedin, of all places LOL!) and I can't wait. I'd love to attend a patchwork camp...what FUN!
    Love that photo of your handsome young man..hehe!

  4. I wish I cared that much for quilting.I love fabric, but just can't seem to follow through on quilting. I do other things with it, and maybe a small quilt ocassionally, but that's it for me.Your quilts are lovely.

  5. Love your quilt. I'm wondering how long it took you to do that much - how long will an 8" applique border take??? I'm into braids at the moment. I teach beginner patchwork and have 3 or 4 quilts that are not quite big enough, so I'm experimenting with a braid QAYG border on one of them to see how it goes. I'll blog about it - sometime :-)

  6. Cathy - thanks!
    Ali - thanks and be careful, quilting is addictive. My wee boy is 6.
    Julze - lucky you! Have fun and pack your woollen underwear!
    sawn61 - you do other gorgeous crafts so don't despair, it's not for everyone.
    Faye - do I have to confess my sins? That quilt has been sitting partly sewn for at least two years! But from the time I've picked it up again, it's taken me a couple of months to sew the blocks together and complete the applique centre. It will probably take me another couple months to do the border as I have a two week holiday coming up (yay!). I've never done a braid quilt yet, but I'll get to it one day.

  7. Oh yeah, love the cause for insanity, have a couple of those myself, ha ha!

  8. What Cat said :)

    Those paper pieces look interesting too.

    viv in dunedin


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