Block 97 – First Purse

Designer: Di Mill

Techniques : Piecing

Blocks by Designers (L to R, Top to Bottom)  Di Mill,  Melissa Corry,  Jane Davidson,  Joan Ford,  Lynette Anderson, and Katja Marek


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Di says, “My sewing tip is to start with great tools and be accurate from the beginning when you are cutting out your pieces.  I am naturally an impatient person so I have had to teach myself to take my time at the beginning of any project and ensure that I am cutting out my strips or squares with accuracy. I think patience is a crucial element to be able to achieve accuracy in piecing. My favourite rulers to use are Creative Grids – I love the non- slip grips they have underneath each ruler that hold the fabric and the fine black and white markings are easy to see and very accurate.”

 I have worked in the  Patchwork and Quilting Industry for over 20 years. I am very fortunate to be a sales rep for 2 fabric distributors in Australia who import gorgeous fabrics such as Moda, Maywood, In The Beginning, Clothworks, Northcott and Blend fabrics. (Di is my favourite Aussie Moda rep).
 My day consists of visiting Patchwork and Quilting stores and showing them the latest fabric ranges and placing their orders for them. To be surrounded by beautiful fabrics in such creative places every day is such a blessing.


There is always someone coming into the stores to show their latest quilt project they’ve completed, or a new sample that is being hung for a display, or new displays for a fabric range that has just arrived – it just makes getting up and going to work each day a pleasure.

My household was disrupted last year with going from an empty nester to getting married and having my husband move in and now 2 daughters back home. Although I love having the house full again and I am enjoying everyone’s company, I lost my sewing room (and any place to sew that didn’t disturb anyone). I have struggled to be able to get as many of the splendid Sampler blocks completed as I had planned but life throws us little challenges all the time and I’ve found I need to accept and enjoy where my life is at the moment. The wonderful thing about our industry is that it’s full of generous people and one of my dear friends has offered to have me come over to her house once a week so I can get back to sewing. I am really enjoying it and loving being back at the machine again.

Visit Di’s blog today to learn about her inspiration for First Purse.


Creative grids are Di’s favourite rulers. Buy here.

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