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(Not so) Mellow Yellow


The story of the seven year quilt!

Back in 2009, when Flickr was still where it was all happening (remember Flickr, sob), and there were modern quilting groups having quilt alongs and swaps and challenges, way back then,  I belonged to a Munki Munki quilt along group. I started some log cabin blocks as part of a quilt along and wanted to use as many of the fabrics I had n my stash at the time as I could.

Then I stopped.

My process then was different, my confidence was non-existent and I just felt like my work would never live up to the beautiful work I was seeing in the Flickr group. I was yet to find my quilting bliss and realise that I did not need to be the same as others, I needed to work through that and find my own space. Trying to re-create the style of others was holding me back. So I put these blocks away.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.06.55 amI loved the little Munki Munki centres of these log cabins and the blocks told a story about the state of my fabric loves at the time so they got stashed away on the “to-do” shelves.

Then my baby sister was going to turn 18 in 2012 so I pulled them out. At that time, her favourite colour was yellow so I bought yardage of an Art Gallery Pure Elements solid, I think the colour is Canary, and started sashing the blocks. Her favourite colour is yellow. Mine, not so much. To be honest, I was not at all confident that I was making a good decision with the yellow. So I put it away.

Then she was turning 21 in 2015. I was determined to gift the quilt to her for her 21st so I sucked on the lemon and finished the quilt top. But I still wasn’t happy with it. And, you guessed it, I put it away. Again.

Then one day, earlier this year, I pulled it out while doing a studio re-organise and all of a sudden I loved that quilt. I loved how much it said about my quilting journey and I loved how much it made me think of my sister. The yellow now made me crazy happy and felt like a big whack of sunshine in the day. I had an overwhelming urge to finish it right away!

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Seven years in the making, so much love and life has passed in that time, hope you (still) love yellow as much as I now do my dear, dear baby sister. XXOO

The quilt :: Improv Log Cabin
Size :: 73″ 73″
Fabrics :: A sampling of my stash from 2008-2015; Art Gallery Pure Elements (possibly Canary)
Backing :: Art Gallery print purchased circa 2012
Batting :: Matilda’s own 100% Cotton
Binding :: Cotton & Steel current print
Quilting :: by Heidi


Something to share

I’ve been working on so many quilts recently that I’ve not been able to share… some for classes, some for new patterns

This one though, is one of a couple I’ve been making for pure pleasure to gift to people I love. I’ve been keeping them secret in case the recipients clue onto the gift before time.

I can finally share a project with you as today, I gave this quilt to a gorgeous friend who I just adore. She’s an amazing woman, wife, sister, mother, friend and nurse. These past weeks she needed a cup of tea, a block of chocolate and a great big hug. I think a quilt made with love is all of those things put together.

Here is my hug for you lovely lady, you are an inspiration and such a fabulous friend, love ya lots!

The quilt :: St Louis 16 patch
Size :: 64″ 64″
Fabrics :: all Anna Maria Horner quilting cottons from many different ranges. Backed with AMH Flannel
Quilting :: by me using Heidi’s longarm

Right now I am…

This post should probably be titled “This month I am” given it has been over a month since I have posted here. However, as I can manage only what is in front of me right now, let’s start with that.


Enjoying :: the glorious Autumn weather Canberra gives us. Crisp mornings, sunny days, clear blue skies and fireside evenings.


Loving :: my children and my husband. As corny as it is, Mr Procrasticraft and the three smalls are what this life is all about.

Appreciating :: my friends. Those who are physically present in my life, those in the interwebs and those who are no longer with me. I am grateful everyday that I have such supportive, intelligent, generous, creative and funny people along for the ride on this crazy journey that is my life.

Sharing :: my language and my love of food with a new Spanish friend. She is sharing her language and her love of food with me. If you ever have the chance to trade language and cooking lessons with someone new to your country, take it! Learning a language through cooking each other’s food, hello!

Making :: class samples – I am going to teach some quilting classes using modern designs and improv techniques – I couldn’t be more thrilled. The design and making aspect of this is fabulous, writing the patterns, not so much. Do you write patterns? Any tips?


Working :: for the first time in a while – since the last baby actually. I’ve set up my own small business working as a virtual assistant and through that, I get to spend a whole day of each week in a fabric store!!!  SO. MUCH. FUN!!!

And finally, tonight I am remembering :: right now, it feels so appropriate to be in this space, one which I was encouraged to enter by my dear sweet friend Kathreen. You see, today it has been one year since she and her gorgeous hubby lost their lives. One whole year since I heard her voice. So right now I am missing and I am thanking. Missing my friend so very much and thanking every being possible that I was lucky enough to have had her as my friend at all. I’m thanking her for encouraging me to follow my dreams. Thanking her for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thanking her for inspiring me to live a more creative life. Thanking her for being her and for showing me how to be me.

Miss you Kathreen. And thank you dear friend.