Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pottering

 I woke up this morning to one of the best emails EVER.  Let me explain - a few weeks ago I went to lunch with a lovely bunch of Canadian quilters who were in town on a quilting tour. I got chatting with a lady who is a rep for Moda. I told her how much I love Bonnie & Camille so I was asking her if she had met them, of course she had and she was seeing them again very soon at Quilt Market which is actually on right now. I gave this  lady a copy of the Patchwork and stitching magazine  so she could read it on her travels, it just so happened that it was the issue my profile was published in so it was kind of extra special. Anyway we said our goodbyes and I wished her lots of fun at market.  This amazing lady took the magazine to quilt market yesterday and had it photographed with the famous Bonnie & Camille. I was so excited. I still can't wipe the smile off my face.  So thankyou Noeline you are the best.
 Its been a funny kind of week, I haven't done alot of sewing as I have spent most of my spare time pattern writing for an upcoming magazine publication so that takes alot of time. I also taught a patchwork class at my favourite quilt shop.  I did however find time to whip up this cute pouch. I bought the fabrics on Thursday night after class. I had no intention of buying anything but all night they were staring at me and that cute little deer.... well need I  say more.

 I loved how it turned out. I added a few extra things to make it a but more fun. I like using the fabric tape measure twill.
 Yesterday after I finished the pouch I was really liking the coral and navy theme so I dug into my stash and found a few navy pieces. I have made a few stars blocks, I think I might make a big cushion cover.
Sometimes its nice to sew with fabrics that are a bit out of  my comfort zone. I quite like them for a change.

So what have you been sewing lately?

Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm going to sew a few more stars.  xx

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Another week gone by

 I have had a quite a busy time this week, working full time and trying to fit in everything else I want to do has proved quite a challenge but I managed to do nearly everything I set out to,  Remember last time I shared my fabric baskets I was making, well since then I have made a few more. Check out my cupboard. 15 baskets in total. My cupboard has never looked so organised. I decided to really make an effort to make sure it stays that way. These baskets fit alot in them and I like how I can find my fabrics without having to dig everything out. I still want to make a few more.
 Of an evening I like to sit in the lounge and do a bit of hand sewing so I have been working on a new English paper piecing project , scrappy fabrics in my favourite autumn colours, these cute little blocks will become a table runner for my coffee table. Quick to stitch up very enjoyable.

 I love adding a bit of fussy cutting for that added interest.

 While I have been working hard at my job my husband has been working hard at home, We decided to renovate our kitchen, its been a very long and hard job but its almost there. We had all the walls replastered after we gutted it all and started with a clean slate.
 The oven arrived on Friday so it is yet to be connected up. The sink went in yesterday, I tell you its no fun washing up in the laundry sink night after night, then carrying all the dishes back to the kitchen to store in boxes. Tonight I can actually wash up in the kitchen, yay!!!!
 Paul also sanded back the wooden floors so they are yet to be revarnished, that will be the last job. We still have to tile around the cooktop and above the sink.
 I have a new set of cupboards on the other side of the room and I love having the extra bench space. I have always wanted a tea & coffee corner.
 Now I have one, its still looking pretty basic but once I get my pretty dishes back out it will look gorgeous (I hope)
I have bamboo bench tops and I love them, the old benches were black so you can imagine how brighter the kitchen looks, we used the cut out bits of bench top from the sink and cook top and used them for chopping boards. (That was my brilliant idea)

I just can't wait for it all to be finished.

Now its time to enjoy my Sunday and do some sewing, have a wonderful day and I hope you find some sewing time. xx

Monday, May 2, 2016

New Projects

 Hi there, hope you all had a good weekend, mine was good. They always go so fast don't they. I was playing in my sewing room on Saturday afternoon, going through my cupboards looking for some fabric. They were in such a mess, I decided to tidy up a little and to keep things organised I got to work and made some of these hour baskets, they are fantastic. They really do only take an hour to make.
 I first saw these on Instagram and everyone was making them. You can find a free tutorial on craftsy.  Just type in Hour Basket.

 I have made 4 already and yesterday I cut out a couple more, they are great for using the odd fat quarter you have just sitting in your cupboard. All you need are 2 fat quarters, one for the outer, one for the lining and some scraps for the handles. I used batting inside my baskets instead of the iron on pellon like suggested in the pattern. I felt the batting made them a bit sturdier.
 They really do hold alot.  Now isn't that organised.
 During the week I got some new English paper piecing patterns, OOOOH I love these and I can't wait to get started.
 I purchased them from Sue at Patchwork with busy fingers.
I think I will start with this cotton reel pattern first, it looks easy enough.


Thankyou for stopping by,

Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Autumn

 Autumn is my favourite time of year, there is a nip in the air and its the time we think about getting our firewood in for those cold winter nights.
 All week I have been thinking I really should take some photos of the beautiful trees in my my area and so this morning I did just that.

 I drive through here every morning when I take my son to school, Its so pretty right now.
 I took a few sewing projects with me for a little photo shoot, I love to do this.

 They look so nice amongst the leaves.
 This table runner blends right in with the Autumn leaves.

So that's how I spent my Sunday morning. Time for some sewing now.

Have a great day.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

New Fabrics & A new project

 I've been looking foreward to sharing my new fabric purchases with you, I bought these on our holiday and so of course they are just that little bit extra special.
 I'm sure you can see a bit of a red, white & blue theme happening here. Isn't this red flag fabric awesome.
 I also love fabric with writing on it,

 The reason for all this fabric loveliness is for my new English paper piecing project called Smitten. Its only a small quilt, about lap size and you make all these shapes which then turn into bigger hexagons.

 They are so much fun to make. I did these ones on the plane trip going over, it filled in some of the 14 hours of just sitting there. I did watch a few good movies to,
 This is the back, all those papers tucked inside.
So far this is my favourite block, the flag is fussy cut from the red fabric pictured here. Its the perfect size. The only problem I find with fussy cutting is you tend to waste a bit of  fabric.
I am enjoying working on this project alot. Its very portable and easy to pick up when you have a  spare moment or two.

I'm heading off to a sewing day at my friends house, I have made savoury scones for lunch and they look delicious. Have a wonderful day.

Thankyou for stopping by.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Times (lots of photos)

 Good Morning, its been ages since I have blogged but that's because my family and I have been on vacation to the amazing USA.  We had the best time. My boys are getting older and we think this was our last holiday as a family, we are planning on going back next year but they probably won't want to come with us so this one was extra special.

 We had a few days in Santa Monica, its a beautiful place, the beach is gorgeous and the pier is just awesome.  When we first arrived we had been up for over 30 hours, I was too excited to have a nap so was Jacob so we took off for a bit of look around while the others had a sleep. We wandered down to the pier and there was a school bus in the car park, so of course out come my camera. I love these buses.

 We had a day at Univeral Studios, now that is one amazing place.  We had been there before but a few things had changed and it was so good to see. Paul & Nicky met with a transformer, that ride by the way is the best.
 We had a day at San Diego Zoo, that was good to.
 The majority of the time we spent at Anaheim, the home of Disneyland. That place really is the most magical place in the world.  We had a 3 day pass so we enjoyed that alot.
 The roads are so busy, we didn't drive as both of us were too scared to, Paul said he might forget to drive on the wrong side of the road. Now that would be scarey.

 Everyday at 4.30 Disneyland have a parade, its so fun to watch. Here are 2 princesses. The one in blue is Cinderella, not sure about the other one.


I collected a few Disney pins as souvenirs, This year Disneyland is 60 years old so of course there were lots and lots of souvenirs for that.

Now we are home and getting back to our regular routine, I go back to work tomorrow.

I have much more to share with you, I can't wait to tell you about my adventure to the quilt shop.

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by.

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