In the press!

I loved making this hexietile quilt for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap last year and it seemed lots of other people loved it too when I posted in on Instagram and now, it’s been shared in a magazine!

I was super excited to see it in this months edition of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (even if I wasn’t credited for the photo!). That’s me on the left and Aromrak Luangrath‘s gorgeous mermaid version on the right.

To have a go at your own version of this quilt, check out Julie Hirt’s free hexietile paper piecing pattern. If you share on social media, I’d love to see!

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #4

This year has been filled with craziness, trips, international moves, lots of uncertainty. When I heard that the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #4 was happening, there was one thing I was certain of…. I was taking part! I had decided early in the year I wasn’t going to sign up for any swaps for a while, but when round 4 of this swap was announced, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Things were just settling back down and I had my sewing machine back so I was in!

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 4

My partner is an amazing quilter so I was more than a little intimidated when I got her info. I had seen the Hexie Tile Pattern by Julie Hirt on Pinterest a while ago and this was the perfect time to use it. Her brief was: rainbow colours and geometric designs (it was like making for myself!).

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 3

I cut into some of my favourite pieces for this, mainly Alison Glass, Lizzy House and Cotton and Steel. I even used a piece of fabric dyed by yours truly! I’m always trying to improve my precision in piecing. Its usually easier with paper pieced patterns like this but I still pulled out the seam ripper a few times to get everything as perfectly lined up as I could!

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 2

I started off with a more or less square design but once the blocks started to take shape, I realised I wanted something a bit different. I am always in awe of people who do something out of the ordinary, so this time, I decided to join them. An I’m SO glad I did! The binding was a little tricky but I did it and I am so pleased with how the whole thing turned out!

Sydney Rose Designs Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 1

Sydney Rose Designs S&B Final

What do you think? Do you like ‘funny’ shaped quilts? Are you taking part in the swap? My partner hasn’t received it yet, I’ll update here when she has! Fingers crossed she likes it, going by all the amazing love it’s been getting on Instagram I think she might, if not, I’ll have it back 😉

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #3

My first project of this year was my #schitzelandboominiquiltswap quilt. I did round 2 of the swap earlier on last year and enjoyed it so much I wanted to try again.  I am usually a, “leave it to the very last minute” person for swaps but as I had some time over New Year, I decided to get this ball rolling and boy am I glad I did.



This swap is a first for my partner, so I did’t have a huge amount to go on, she likes ‘colourful cottons’ and doesn’t liked themed pieces. Well, that’s a good job, partner, because I am the same!

I received some “Quilt in a Day” flying geese rulers for Christmas, if you haven’t tried these, they are a sure fire way to perfect flying geese, I urge anyone/everyone to try them. I decided if I love flying geese then I’m sure my partner will too. So I started sewing on New Years Eve and by lunchtime on New Years day I had a mini, quilted, bound, labelled and ready to go to it’s new home! Yay!



I love the sharp lines of the geese and straight line quilting next to the colourful, watercolour flowers in the fabric. I’m not sure what the fabric line is but I do know it’s from Free Spirit (I got a sampler box for Christmas, lucky me!). Do you know what the line is called? I’d love to know if you do!


I mailed this to my partner last week and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of mine…. looking on Instagram there are so many I would love to give a home with me! I’ll keep you posted when it arrives!

Have you taken part in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap this time? Do you enjoy taking part in swaps or any kind? Let me know of any good ones coming up!

Quilt: Schnitzel & Book Mini Quilt Swap #3
Size: 17″ x 17″
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Various Free Spirit with Kona white background & binding
Lives: With my swap partner