Welcome! This blog is for fans of the 'Nearly Insane' quilt created in the 1870's by Salinda Rupp. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book by Liz Lois with the patterns, check with your local quilt store, or visit the Nearly Insane website.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

My Nearly Insane Journey is over!

After 5 years in the making with quite a bit of down time I have finally finished my quilt. I had it machine quilted by Judi Schon for those who live in Auckland New Zealand. Unfortunately the photos don't do justice to the quilting, but I am really pleased with it, and happy to have it finally finished.

If you click on the photos it will enlarge them. 
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Finally Finished

Five years, seven months since I started.

I finally finished my Nearly Insane quilt last week.  The top was completed last December, spent several months with the long arm quilter, and then a couple of months back home while I -s-l-o-w-l-y- hand-sewed the binding (fighting some repetitive stress injuries in my hands and elbows).  I am still in love with it, and looking forward to taking it to my guild's show in October.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Back to my Nearly Insane…..

Now that Mrs Billings ( refer previous post) is on holiday awaiting the Festival of Quilts, I thought I would get out my Nearly Insane blocks and try to finish this quilt.

I have done more than half the blocks, and decided I should get some of the half blocks made so I can start piecing the quilt. I need to do this to decide if I have the colours in the right place. This quilt is pieced on the diagonal.

Half Blocks 97 and 98.

Nearly Insane block 97 Nearly Insane block 98

Last week I was down with a bad enough cold and cough to have a few days in bed. Why Not? I did ‘cause I could! Anyway as I came right I managed to complete a few easy blocks.

Block 78                                                             and 76

Nearly Insane block 78 Nearly Insane block 76


and block 46

Nearly Insane block 46

Hopefully I can keep up with these blocks in between all the gardening and lawn mowing that have been sadly neglected for the last  6 months or more.

Thanks for dropping by

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Making up for Lost Time….

This past week I have been Nonna sitting, ( MIL) and having to be around home I have had time to just sit and sew, but needed something I could do without too much thinking.

My Nearly Insane Blocks were just perfect, but after making 5 more, and have had enough for a few days.

Nearly Insane Block 32 Nearly Insane Block 20 Nearly Insane Block 79 Nearly Insane Block 38

Thanks alot for dropping byNearly Insane Block 73

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Monday, July 1, 2013

I Can’t Believe its Nearly a Year…

Since I last posted a photo of a block. I have now completed 3 this month – the latest today.

Block 55 Block 67 Block 61

Block 61

Still enjoying making these.

Thanks for looking


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Block 17 Nearly Insane

This block took me a while. Notice the Rooster and hen in the centre block.
Cyndi I just had to have a play with those gorgeous Trade Winds fabrics. Added to my challenge getting all the colours in the right place :-)
Have a great Week all  Cheers Lynne

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Block 22 Nearly Insane

B22 Nearly Insane
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I can finally say it is finished. Plan on putting it into the row later. I am happy The little kitties just fit.
Next blocks to complete are 47 35 and 17. The last two are complex and I just noticed I have not made 18 which is in the next row. That is a bit of a doozy. I am well on the way to finishing all the blocks though.
Cheers Lynne

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Insane for Cherrywoods

Hi everyone!

I'm making a Nearly Insane quilt using all Cherrywood fabrics for the blocks (the sashing will probably be a neutral batik).  I'm paper piecing when possible, and going in numerical order according to Liz Lois's book. I've made 6 blocks so far, here are the first four:

Block 1:

Block 2:

Block 3:
Block 4:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Nearly Insane Block 28

Now this one took me longer than it was meant to. My sewing machine has been crying from lack of use.
Took 2 photos and the colours are still not quite right. The outer red is a stronger red than shows. I do like the way all the colours interact with each other. Not quite complimenting each other but happy all the same. I think that with this block the fabrics were harder to choose than doing the block itself. I will add it to the row. Choose the colours for the dreaded block 22 and give myself time on the Pie in the Sky quilt for a little while. B 22 is the last block I need to do to complete the row. Have a great Weekend all Cheers Lynne

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nearly Insane Block 34

Block is finished :-) I am happy One more block in this row before I am forced to tackle B22. The one I have been avoiding forever! One of my most favourite fabrics is the Sturbridge Apricot. Wish they made more repro apricots. I have less than a F8 left of this one and lets just say I will be very sad when it is gone.
Gorgeous Spring day here and it is going to be even better tomorrow. Happy Sewing All                 Cheers Lynne