Sunday, February 19, 2017

A fresh start

Its been over a year since I have blogged, life is like that.....

I have recently undergone knee replacement surgery and the eight weeks of work has given me plenty of time to reflect and change my energy into a slightly different direction.

For those of you that know me, you would know that I have been heading great guns with my quilt and pattern designs so I am revamping my blog to show case my own designs and share my patterns with you.

I will also share other quilts I make along the way, as its always nice to see what we are all doing.  

I plan to keep my blog simple and uncomplicated and fresh..... so welcome your ideas and what you like or dont like.

So here I am, back in blog land.  My first pattern share is my delicious dachshund pattern.  This was my second ever quilt design and has been my most popular by far.  I first designed this in 2014 and other than this version shown which was for Homespun magazine I had not made it again.... until recently that is.  
Original Dachshund Quilt for Homespun Magazine 

I decided it was about time to remake the quilt, I chose another range of Bonnie and Camille fabrics with bolder colours such as dark blue and red.  Its always interesting to see how different the same quilt can look in a different colour palette.  For this version I also added on a border to make the quilt slightly larger.  This version was completed in January 2017. 

Delicious Dachshund border version 2017

This pattern is available for purchase from my Etsy store if anyone is interested in making their own version of it... If you do please share it with me, I love to see what others create with my designs. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

First finishes of 2016

If I finished 2015 in a mammoth way, I started 2016 with some small simple projects. This Christmas I decorated my home in all manner of reindeer, which gave me the idea to draw a deer head and use the motif in a couple of items. I have had some deer print fabric in my stash for a few years now so naturally I gravitated towards this. Using the template I added this to the front of a simple bag design with a pocket on the back.


Then I thought how great would this look on a bright print on linen, so I dug out a bright Kaffe Fassett print and added it to a natural linen for a modern cushion cover. It was great fun playing around with the design. I made both of these items over the last weekend.

Tonight I slipped the last stitch I to the binding on my Farmers wife quilt, as I have been making this since 2011. The binding took me two nights stitching, and in between the dogs thought it was nice to snuggle in while it was in the sofa so I think a wash is in order so I will take some photos of the completed quilt this weekend. Here is the flimsy before the quilting began. why do my pets like to sit on my quilts.? This is a Joey isn't he stunning.

So feeling pretty pleased with myself to have three finishes under my belt for 2016. And looks what's sitting in the pipeline to be quilted..... A sampler quilt from my block of the month club.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Farewell 2015

It seems every time I get into blogland I say how it's been a long time and it truly has been. I popped on to my blog today to check when I started my farmers wife quilt as I have recently completed the flimsy and realised its been almost 6 months since I last put up a post.

Wow my  Farmers wife quilt was started in November 2011 - Last night I pinned it all ready to begin the quilting process. I feel so liberated knowing it's almost done.

I plan to just quilt in the ditch around each block to make them stand out. Nice and simple as its huge and I only have a domestic sewing machine.

Today I also finished the snapshots quilt flimsy, done as an online BOM and as a sew along via Facebook. It certainly helped me stay on track. I have really enjoyed making these fun blocks the car is my favourite and I can see a whole quilt of them in my future.

My first finish for 2016 was turning a sashiko stitchery into something. I purchased this pattern in a trip to Hawaii last August and stitched it during the plane ride home.  The turtle fabric was from some fat quarters that I also picked up in Hawaii.

It makes a nice cushion to decorate my outdoor furniture.

Other finishes in the second half of 2015 are

Fox garden, a Christmas gift for my granddaughter Willow.

Great granny squared

Little red baskets from block swaps collected in 2013

Earlier I mentioned a trip to Hawaii, so I will end this post with a picture of me taken after I had swam under a waterfall on the big Island near Hilo.  A highlight of the trip.

Quilted hugs and Happy New years, Sue x

Sunday, July 19, 2015

It's been a long time

Wow, has it really been that long since I have done a blog post, I keep meaning to, then things happen and I get busy.

since my last post I have had a couple of new finishes, the most recent is this gorgeous jelly roll,quilt designed by Camille Rosekelly, called think Big. This is from her book simplify and I just wanted to do something with my stash of jelly rolls. As always when I take a photo of a quilt one of my pets, mostly Robbie, thinks they need to be in the photo.

I have also played along in a swap, the challenge was to make a table runner with a pack of charm squares, this is what I came up with. the cream linen look strips gave me the chance to practice my feather quilting.


I have also made another owl quilt, this time in lime green.

probably the biggest finish of all is my row along quilt, I was determined to finish this before I got stuck into Lori Holts farm girl. The flimsy was finished in 2014, the quilt was finished last month.

On the non sewing front hubby and I have just finished renovating a unit, here are some pics of the after, it was an original 1960s decor before we got out hands on it. Our new tenants moved in this week, let's hope they look after it for us.



And only four weeks to our annual vacation, hard to believe it's almost a year since we were in Europe. This year we are spending two weeks In Hawaii and are so looking forward to escaping winter.

Having said that it was a beautiful day in Adelaide today, but for chilly as the sun dropped, we spent the day with two our our gorgeous Grandies Jack and Nate at the zoo.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Churned mint chocolate, among other things.

I am pleased to tick another finish off the list. This quilt is made from blocks collected over a twelve month period in the six and twelve inch block swaps of QBSA. It reminds me of mint slice biscuits which is how I named it.

I have also started playing along in Lori Holts new Farm girl vintage quilt along. The official start in this coming Friday but I have been having some fun with practice blocks.

First I made a table runner which I have called pumpkin in a barn. Pretty original name lol.

Then I wanted to try a few other blocks so I made cherries, pears and a strawberry and turned them into a cute cushion.

It's nice to get a couple more projects finished. It's been pretty cold and Wintery here, but every now and then there is a spot of sunshine.

I have also picked up,a crochet hook, it's been years since I have crocheted anything, let's see where this journey takes me.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hello autumn.

My favourite season, I love the chill in the air in the evenings, the blue sunny skies and the cooler nights for sleeping, the falling leaves and Easter.

Cooler nights means more sewing time, well for me any how. I love to be snuggled up sewing or knitting while I can hear the rain on my tin roof.

Sewing update has seen me tick off a huge finish. the girls day out quilt. This was started in January 2013, and the flimsy was finished in October 2013. Since then it's sat in the cupboard as a UFO. I have broken my promise to myself not to start any new quilts this year, taking on the new Farm girl vintage quilt by Lori Holt. I am co hosting a stitch along of this quilt with my dear friend Vicki Tuchek.

So I had to get a big finish done before I could start a new one without guilt. And here it is.

I have also completed another custom order, a pretty pink owl quilt for a friend at work who wanted to gift this to one of her friends who had a baby girl.

My quilting group Quilting block swaps Australia has just turned five, how time flies. So most of this weekend has been arranging give aways for the birthday celebrations.

My other new start this year is snapshots quilt, I have made the first three blocks, this is an online monthly free BOM designed by Bonnie and Camille. It started in January, hand I have finally caught up.


My Ballarat Grandies visited for a few days over Easter, here is a cute pic of twins Paige and Conner (4) with big brother Mitchell (5) visiting their cousin Willow. My house was in chaos, it's lovely to see them, but it's nice when you have the house back to yourself.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Busy busy a new baby and a Birthday


Wow, more than a month has gone by since I last blogged, and so much has happened.
Lots of fun was on 6th, 7th and 8th March as I traveled to Brisbane to join in with my bloggy friends at Let's get stitched, this is my third time at this event and this year I got to meet a few more friends face to face.

My roomie was the lovely Sheryl Scholte, and we had a lot of laughs and a few D&Ms. Now I forgot to take my camera and my phone was not taking pics properly so I have had to steal a few from the face book page. You may have seen some of these already.

My dear bloggy friends, Cheryll, Fiona and my darling roomie Sheryl
I also got to finally meet for the first time, Cheryll Shannon, Michelle Ridgeway, and Fiona Robinson.

Chez and I at dinner on the first night in Brisbane
Fiona and I finally got to meet on the stitching Sunday 
With De, Marilyn, Michelle and Vicki outside a vintage shop on the shopping bus tour 
All the gals on the Sunday stitching day 
Shopping heaven

Even though the event is called let's get stitched, not a lot of sewing seems to get done, Friday was a bus tour to quilting shops, followed by a pizza and games night in the evening.  Here I am spring in a quilt shop with a few treasures..I have some great ideas for the lavender print fabric


On the sewing front I have finished my map of Australia quilt for my dear friend Leanne. I first met Leanne when I was about 20 years old when I moved to Newcastle (from Adelaide) to join my husband who had joined the army and was posted there, I never knew a soul and was lonely and a long way from home. Leanne turned up at my home not long after we moved in with a chocolate cake.

We have been friends ever since that day. Leanne and her husband have just bought a caravan and plan to tour Australia, and wanted me to design a quilt for her to take that she could sew badges on from her travels. This is what I came up with for her.

Happy travels 

I had never sewn with batiks before so the whole experience was new for me. I popped this in the mail to Leanne today, I am so excited to send it to her.  I still have to make a couple of matching cushions to go with this quilt.

I have also done a few little sewing projects for myself. I have managed to complete block one and two in the snaps shots quilt along

lets eat cake
Lets sew
I have also managed to complete a cute little project from one of the patterns given out at let's get stitched. It's a binder cover with clever little pockets for to keep essentials in with your stitching projects.  It was was designed by Teresa.

outside view

Now I can't end this post without any baby photos, the most joyous one is my newly arrived grand daughter Athena. this is my sons third little one, baby sister for Leo and Athena. How good does Katherine look for some one that has just had a baby only moments ago,

Just moments old with daddy ( my son Jarrod) and his lovely wife Katherine  
Proud Nana Sue gets to meet Athena


My daughter Sheree also turned 30 last month, here she is on her special day with Willow.
We had a lovely party for her in a private room at a local hotel, it was on a Sunday afternoon and it was just a perfect day,  Sheree had all her friends and family there.  I cant believe my baby girl is 30 already

Willow has her eye on the salted caramel cup cakes
 Well that's me up to date, sorry it was a long post, I really need to blog more often.

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 But I can't stop without sharing this picture of Willow, such concentration.