Friday, March 29, 2013

Table runner swap closed

Happy Easter every one.. and may the bunny be kind to you.

Thank you for everyone that has registered in my Charm pack Table runner swap, with 20 ladies participating its going to be lots of fun - its nice also see some some lovely new faces joining for the very first time.

I have now closed of registrations and plan to email the partners out as soon as I can this weekend so stay tuned to your inbox.

As this is hosted via my blog, if you wish to share the table runners that you have made and received on my blog please feel free to email pictures to me,

You have until April 30th to make and send your runner, so it should be on your partners table by the end of the first week in May.... Have fun everyone and I look forward to seeing every ones creations.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Delicious berries

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How delicious is this wool… it arrived in the post today from august bird.  I found their website via Karen of Sew well Maide.  As the wool is local from the Adelaide Hills it felt good to support a local.  It is organic hand dyed 100% merino.

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It is so incredibly soft, I cant wait to knit it up into a cowl scarf.
It reminds me of a big punnet of berries
Its a bit warm for knitting today, a hot windy 39 degrees, so will probably take the dogs for a swim later this evening.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A pretty finish

Recently at a quilting retreat I noticed that a lot of the ladies has quilted bags – and although I have made a  few bags, I have never made myself one.

So I bought a kit and over the past week have made this for…… Me.

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The bag is made up of 2 inch squares, with an appliqué heart with stitchery flowers on the front pocket.  Now next time I go on a quilting retreat I will have a bag too.

The culprit…..in the sunshine

A few weeks ago I shared with you my blocks all nicely set up on my sewing room floor ready for me to stitch together, and how I then found them the next morning all messed up.
Well here is the culprit……
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All stretched out enjoying the morning sun on my cutting table.  And as you can see he is lying on the small pile of fabric that is on my cutting table.  I normally try not to leave fabric on here because of his recent frequent visits as I don’t like black cat hair on my quilts.
This is the project that I was working on last night.

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Its hard to tell from the photo but it is a quilted bag, from a kit that I purchased from one of the shops we visited on the lets get stitched weekend in Adelaide.  I have only previously made a couple of structured bags, so get a bit mixed up with the directions.  The pink check is the stitchery pocket on the front of the bag.

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As you can see from the inside, I layered the pieced outer bag section with batting and quilted it in a cross hatch pattern  like the pattern told me to, what I didn’t realise is that at this point I should have not also quilted the lining as this is put in later to turn through.  So, now I have wasted a pretty piece of cream fabric I need to make a new lining.  Ah well, its a lesson learnt. 

There was enough of the outer fabric in the kit to make two bags, with me only needing to use my own lining, so maybe I will also make one for mum.

On another note, I was very excited when I clicked in my inbox this morning as I have sold my second quilt on Etsy.  This was the jelly roll sampler one in French general fabrics, and like my last sale this has been sold to someone in the US.

Now I have some cash in my pay pal account to spend yippee !!  Yesterday I was reading Karen’s blog, sew well maide  and she was showing us some lovely yarn and knitting patterns which I drooled over.  Guess I will now go shopping and purchase some to knit myself a new cowl scarf for winter.
This is the one that took my fancy.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

ITS TIME TO SWAP

Charm packs are one of the staples of a quilting stash, and every quilter has a few of these on hand as they are perfect for quick and easy projects.
pretty charms So lets have a play with them. 
This swap is to make your partner a table runner using a charm pack from your stash.  So your partner will get a lovely surprise and you will get to have a play, be creative and experiment with one of your charm packs.
 chevronPop a comment on this blog to register for this swap, and please make sure that I can reply to you if you have never swapped with me before.

Partners will be allocated over the Easter long weekend and you will have until May 1st to make and send your table runner.  NOTE:  Due to the weight of a completed table runner if International members wish to participate it will be dependant on us having an even number in your country to save on postage costs.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Addicted to Stitching

Since joining in the Girls Day out stitch a long I just cant get enough stitching……

I am motoring along on this quilt having just started the stitchery on block 6, but before I do much on that I have started a new mini stitching project.  Stitching is a bit like quilting, having lots on the go and any one time, so you can swap and change projects depending on the mood.  I have also just purchased a pattern for a teddlywinks Christmas wall hanging red work stitchery.

Yesterday I started on this new project.

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Its the pocket for a pretty patchwork bag.  I picked the kit up from Cotton stitches which is one of the shops we visited on the lets get stitched bus tour.  After seeing that most of the ladies had a lovely patchwork bag I have to make one for me. 

I have also finished piecing together the quilt top of my Marmalade diamonds quilt.

This is bases on Anorina’s pattern Fresh Diamonds, but I am calling mine Marmalade diamonds as this is the name of the fabric range that I have used.

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Last but no means least, Terry from California emailed me this cute picture of her car a few days ago.  Can you see the pretty cushion inside (between the two seats) .  This was made for her by Jeneta.  Dont you just love it… but I also love those cute cherry seat covers

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

St Patricks day, and a mystery visitor

Happy St Patricks Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you today and always


I am making a quilt designed by Samelias Mum - fresh diamonds, and I had the design all laid out nicely on my sewing room floor to be able to easily stitch all of the HST blocks together and it looked like this.


Late yesterday afternoon I was busy stitching away, and have the first few rows done, and off we went for a walk and visit with some friends.  This morning on entering my sewing room, it looks like this.  I wonder who has been having a visit. (There are some half stitched rows on my ironing board.)

But isnt this quilt going to be pretty.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hosted stitch-a-long

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was hosting a stitch-a-long for Libby Richardson’s new quilt, A little bit country and the patterns go on sale in April and Libby has given me a special price for ladies making the quilt as a group.

Today I created the blog for this stitch-a-long so if you are interested in joining me, or just following our progress hop on over to have a look.
Here is the button that links to the blog, and I will pop this on the side bar.

I hope to see you there and have you sit and stitch with me.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

My week.. and a new project

My sewing room was starting to become a real mess, so I set myself the task of making it tidy, and pretty
I love how its looking now, do you want to see?…
This is the shelves that my WIP’s were piled on, and I have them all in pretty boxes now.  There is also a box full of ribbons and one with a lot of my note cards received in block exchanges stored in it.

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Here is my fabric stash, with my old singer on the top. I try to buy most of my fabric in half yards (at the least) and store it on comic cards as they are acid free, and it looks like a mini quilting shop.  In front of the sewing machine I have displayed some of the pretty pin cushions I have had sent to me as gifts.  To the right of that are some jelly rolls and fat quarter stacks.

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Further down this shelving is my boxes of fat quarters and scraps sorted in colour order.  You can see the shelf to the right before I purchased the boxes.  I have popped some magazines in the shelf, and large pieces of fabric for backing and things and batting are stored in the larger cubes on the bottom shelf. I have lost some of the baskets that used to be on the wicker stand but you can see a fabric one, this is where I toss my selvidges, and the front of this fabric box is made with -  well..... selvidges.

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Above where I sit is a shelf that was chockablock with magazines that I rarely look through, so I am giving a who lot of them away, this made room for my button jars on the shelf. 

Below the shelf is my reels of cotton.  

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This week I have been working on a new quilt, with charm squares, and tonight I have finished trimming down the HST’s – such an arduous chore.  But now that’s done I can enjoy the fun of piecing this together.

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It is so much more productive ( and nicer)  to work in an organised space, and I have two days ahead of me for sewing bliss.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend doing what you love too.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lucky for me

Its St Paddy’s day this weekend and I played along with Cheryl in her 12 inch mini swap club  themed on Yes, you guessed it St Patricks Day.

My little, or should I say BIG parcel arrived today and look how spoilt I was.  Here it is all nicely wrapped in tissue paper with a St Paddy’s card, and little stick on shamrocks.

parcel Inside was two mini quilts, The cute little Leprechaun one from Anna and  the wreath from O’ Faigh, and they are both just gorgeous.  But there as other goodies too, can you see them.

goodies A beautiful bead encrusted heart, a little gauze bag with a broach, a roll of fabric, and some Irish breakfast tea.  I was needing a cup of tea, so thought I would give it a try.  Its delicious and very refreshing. AAhh.

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So I set to work getting my display in order. How cool does this look. I even had some green candles, and the heart is hanging from the candelabra.

St paddy My Nanny (dads mum) was Irish, and its Nanny that taught me how to crochet and embroider, I do miss her games of cards and stories - so I am dedicating this Irish post to Dear Nanny

Monday, March 11, 2013

A stitch a day

Keeps the blues away…..
This is the name of the pretty project bag designed by Fiona Ransley  Designs by Fee that was one of the gift patterns that was in our goodie bag on the “Lets get stitched” quilting retreat held in Adelaide last weekend.
I started this project at the retreat, and managed to get all of the 2.5 inch squares sewn together, as well as some of the stitchery started.  Today was a public holiday in Adelaide, and even though we managed to spend some time with all 7 of  our grandies, I still found time to complete this project.

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There was a charm pack in our goodie bag, that we could trade if it wasn’t to our taste, and I was able to trade to this lovely one by Fig tree, fresh cottons.  I just love how it turned out, and have already put my girls day out stitchery project in it.
I was not sure as the pattern did not say, but I sewed the sides up so its more like a large envelope.  I am certain that this is going to be a well used item.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Let’s get stitched Adelaide

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Is where I have been for the last three days. (warning long post). Before the weekend we were all posted a pack of pink circles to turn into a flower broach so we could all recognise each other – very important for those flying in.

This was my first time at a Quilting retreat, and walking up to a group of ladies that I had never met before was a little daunting, but everyone was so welcoming and warm I instantly felt part of the group.  I had only ever met some of the ladies online via their blogs but most of them I didn’t know at all.

I got to meet a wonderful bunch of ladies from every corner of Australia.  Some had travelled from Far North Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania, with a lot driving from country Victoria and New South Wales.  I on the other hand had to travel less than 5 kilometres from home.

Friday was a fun filled bus tour stopping into some of Adelaide’s quilting shops with lunch at Historic Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Here we are in Hettie’s Patch – our first stop and one of my favourite quilting shops.  I for one spent more than I had planned, but that’s always the way in quilting shops.

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After a full day on the bus we were back to the resort to rest up for Friday night games and pizza, a few of the girls had games in the playground on the bouncing pillow. IMG_0007 There were lots of giggles and prizes on games night, and I was lucky enough to win a lovely quilting book.

We learnt that Wendy B could touch her nose with her tongue, here she is having a good laugh about her talented tongue.

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Saturday was a do your own thing day, and I did have to go to work for the morning but spent a lovely afternoon stitching with some of the ladies in their cabin. Then Saturday night it was out on the town for dinner at the Watermark Hotel in Glenelg.  This photos is not the whole group – we were waiting for everyone to arrive to go in to dinner as a group.

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Then today was the stitching Day….. and WOW, what an amazing day it was.

Look at what greeted us when we walked in the door.

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IMG_0015 IMG_0017There were tables with goodies to buy, like this one of our lovely designers Joy, of Joy patch.

In no time at all everyone got stuck into their projects, there were 5 patterns in the bags with a charm pack, as well as other goodies such as a pair of needlework scissors, Jams, lollies, and other goodies.

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Here are some of our lovely designers, left to right,

Joy, Fee, Dawn and Vicki

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And here are the patterns they designed for us, there were also two guest designers, Wendy and Judy.

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Lots of raffle draws and prizes, I never win ANYTHING , but this weekend I scooped the pool, just take a look.  Two quilting books and a lovely Fig Tree Jelly roll.

IMG_0026 I did manage to get some stitching done, and started the project designed by Fee, the sewing caddy as I really could do with one of those.  And I had a lesson in needle turn appliqué with Joy, she showed us a really clever and easy method.

Now I need to make a little something with my first needle turn heart.

IMG_0027  So now I am home, with lots of new projects to work on until we meet again next year at Lets get stitched Melbourne.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

9 blocks down

and three to go……. in the fat Quarter shops mystery BOM.
After completing block 9 I added the extra row in so the job of constructing the quilt will not be so big when all 12 blocks are completed.  (Block 9 was one of the most complex so far ( bottom right corner), but my favourite is still block 1.
Whilst I was cutting fabric I also cut the border fabric ready to go on at the end. 
I love the vintage modern fabric range that has been used in this quilt such a lovely fresh colour way.  This quilt is going to be for me.
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Now I am about to do my block swap blocks, and then a new beginning.  I have two quilts ear marked to start, another Owl one for a friend who’s sister is having a baby and Fresh diamonds that I spotted on Samelias mums blog some time back that has been on my wish list.

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I plan to make this in the Marmalade charm packs and have them sitting in my stash ready to go.
HHmmm maybe I can start two quilts this week, after all one is not for me is it?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Henrietta’s Whiskers completed

This appliqué and stitchery quilt was a free BOM by Bunny Hill designed  that I started some time early in 2011.  I actually completed the top mid last year but never got around to turning the flimsy into a quilt – but it was on my TO DO list for this year, and as a promise to myself I can only start a new quilt if I finish one of my UFO’s.

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his quilt is made in warm autumn colours of oranges, greens and reds in keeping with the theme – squirrels and crows and pumpkins. I used a mixture of French General and thimbleberry fabrics with a mix of some others in my stash.

Here are a few close up pics of some of the blocks

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The upper and lower borders and backing fabric feature little acorns and leaves  which is the perfect fabric to match the theme.  I have also put a hanging sleeve on as this would make a nice wall hanging for autumn so I have finished it just in time for the season.

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There are a few buttons stitched on such as the wooden acorn leaves in the crows beaks, and a glossy ceramic heart – as well as trim on some of the squirrels collars.

Now I can cross this off my UFO list. – YAY !