Green + other stuff


I've finished playing with my green scraps (for now) and have made my blocks for the 2 RSC projects which I have on-the-go for this year. 

The green hexie flowers have all been appliqued to their black/white background squares. I really love how the dark backgrounds make the colours POP. I haven't properly worked it out yet, but I'm hoping that at the end of the year, when all of the blocks are made, I'll be able to lay out my blocks in a cool checkerboard effect. Maybe I should think about it and do some planning for future RSC blocks.


I made a bunch of my scrappy quarter log cabin blocks and they're all packed away with the pink and yellow ones until they can all come out to play, later in the year. 

On the home front, life has been really busy. Hubby is home from his trip to London and is at home in quarantine. He's staying in the spare room, which has really become a bit of a dumping ground this past year. My kids love to re-arrange and re-decorate their bedrooms, so they seem to dump what they don't want, into the spare room. I've told them we can take it all to the charity shop, but they're not quite ready to do that as they may still return to their things. Insert a great big sigh here.


The bedroom is a bit of a hodge-podge, but it also holds a lot of great memories. This is our old bed from our old house and I only seem to have kept one set of sheets to fit it. Luckily my husband doesn't mind that they're a really bright pink. 

I made this quilt (called Tesela) a few years ago for Quilters Companion magazine and it even appeared in the diary the next year. I love this quilt, though it's probably more suited to a double bed than the queen.

The quilt above the bed was one I bought in Hawaii on a trip we took there a few years ago. I love Hawaiian quilts and came home with a couple of these smaller ones (the other is a blue and white one) and a couple of cushion covers. They remind of a happy holiday.

The book shelf is filled with the most random selection of books and things. My son didn't want his soccer trophies in his bedroom, but didn't want to get rid of them completely, so they live on top of the shelf along with some lego creations and a pug pillow. 

The Lifeline book fair will be  on here in a couple of weeks, so I may need to go through them and donate what I know that we won't need. 

I had one beautiful purple gladiolus blossom in the garden. It was completely unexpected as we didn't plant any bulbs last winter. It must have been a leftover one from the year before.




I visited dad the other day. His friend is over and they're in the midst of a bathroom renovation. Mum is still in hospital for rehab so this is the opportunity to get the bathroom ready. I went along to choose the new tiles and after dropping him back home, I helped myself to a few pretty dahlias from their front garden. I do love a dahlia.

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  1. I'm sure it feels good to have hubby home and a lovely quilt on the bed. I Love your RSC blocks, both the hexagons and the quarter log cabins.... have you made your own Hawaai style quilt? I have fancied it but never got round to it...
    Hugz

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    1. I did make a small one a few years ago, but never really liked it as I used a print fabric which didn't really work well. Reading your message reminded me that I bought a little kit when I was over there to make a cushion. I wonder where I've put it... probably somewhere REALLY safe.

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  2. You must be pleased to have hubby home safe. It is good that he is in quarantine and home to do it. Love your green hexies on the black and white backgroundd. I am constantly surprised how colours can go together and enhance a quilt. Lots of sewing happening there.

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    1. Yes it’s really lovely to have him home again. As he can’t go anywhere, I have a list of jobs for him to do around the house.
      He doesn’t know it yet, but this week we’re going through and sorting the linen cupboard ;-)

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  3. good to have hubbs home. This room looks just fine.
    I have a spare bedroom and it has a large walk in closet full of stuff the girls old college stuff, their treasures and some items of my mom and dad.
    -- and in that room, Lizzie's old crib that we put the grand babies in for naps.
    The excess items... those are in the basement, I have shelves down there and they are full. It is like a curiosity shop. I of course allow my daughters to store their over flow at our house. I only ask that they keep it tidy and organized. So, the basement is full, but we vacuum the floors now and then.
    Anwyay, that Hawaiian quilt is very spectacular. My mom made a pillow using that sort of pattern. This quilt is beautiful. The bed is a treasure.
    Happy Week end Anorina.
    I love your green creations

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    1. One thing which we don't really have here in Australia, is basements in our houses. Strange, right? I can imagine your basement is filled with all sorts of memories and treasures.
      I bought a kit to make a hawaiian quilted pillow when I was over there, but have no idea where I've put it. I guess it'll show up... eventually :)
      Have a fab week x

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  4. Good luck to your husband coping with quarantine. It will help that he has a lovely bedroom and a pretty quilt. Love your two sets of green blocks. Those hexies are super, I look forward to seeing the finished quilt. Good luck with persuading the family to let go of some of their possessions.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'm sure he'll be fine and I told him that he really shouldn't complain too much as I'd love to spend two weeks at home without having to take children to and from school, work, activities plus do all of the shopping/errands etc. I'm hoping that our back garden will be looking great and ready for planting our autumn/winter crops by the end of his quarantine period :)
      Hope you have a lovely week x

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  5. Lots of lovely green scraps in those pretty blocks. I think that we all have "one of those rooms".

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    1. Thanks Karen. Yep, my mum called hers the 'messy room'.

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  6. Your flowers are beatuiful like your quilting

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  7. Your GREEN blocks and those fresh flowers look lovely, Anorina! Here's hoping hubby and your mom are both doing well.

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    1. Thank you. I do love a dahlia but we didn't get around to planting any in our garden, so finding these when I visited my dad was really lucky. I love fresh flowers in the house, but they never seem to last long enough - don't you think?
      Mum is going through lots of physio so that she's strong enough to go home and hubby has been getting through the list of jobs I have for him around the house.

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  8. Those hexie blocks are great. I like the green string blocks, too. They'll be pretty with the other RSC blocks.

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    1. Thanks so much. I don't normally tend towards green projects, but love how these log cabins have turned out.

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  9. The green log cabin blocks are gorgeous! I think they will make a lovely quilt. I'm sure you all are happy to have your husband/father home! Those dahlias...gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Jayne. Yes we're super happy to have him home, safe n sound :)

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  10. Lovely colors! Absolutely entranced by the low volume quilt!

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  11. I enjoyed looking at the pretties on your blog today.

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  12. Love the colors of your hexi flowers! Nice work.

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  13. Love your green hexies and log cabins. I think most have a room that is a catch all (mine seems to be the whole house!)

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  14. Lovely green blocks, and this quilt in the spare room is gorgeous. I hope it will be easier for your husband to be in quarantine in this beautiful quilt. Love the Hawaiian quilt too ;)

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  15. Your green blocks are wonderful. I have a soft spot for anything Lexie! Happy memories (the Hawaiian quilt) are good to have. I confess to digging out a small area of my "messy" room only to cover it up again!

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  16. I love those beautiful spring greens you're working with, Anorina! The bed quilt is lovely, too.

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  17. Great blocks! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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