Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sydney

 My husband  and I have just  come back from a weekend away in Sydney to Celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary, We had the best time. Catching up with family is always wonderful. Sydney is an amazing place, so fast paced and busy but still so pretty and exciting. 
 Flying into Sydney for the very first time it was awesome to see the Sydney Harbor bridge and the famous Opera House.
 Spending time with my mum and sister was so good, I hadn't seen them for 3 1/2 years.


 It was also nice to just be the two of us and explore the city together.

 Check out this cruise ship, it was the biggest boat I have ever seen,

 Here is my sweet dad at the celebrations last night, we had such a good time.
Before I left I made my sister a little gift, Kim is always surprising me with things so I thought I'd surprise her for a change.

Back to the regular routine again, have a great week. xx

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Spreading the "Joy"

 I would like to introduce you to 2 of my brand new designs published in magazines this month.
This is "joy" she is my latest Christmas quilt with a strip of pretty stitchery. I loved making this quilt. I named her Joy after a very lovely lady who makes alot of my designs and sends me photos of the finished project, She does a beautiful job.
 What do you think? You can find Joy in this months Patchwork &stitching magazine.
 I used Kate Spain fabrics and they are so bright and cheery.


 Another new design is my Christmas Bunting and this can be found in Hand made magazine Vol 35 No. 6  which is due out at the end of this month. I used a combination of wooden buttons stitchery to complete this piece. Such a fun and quick project you could make in a weekend.

 The magazine always do beautiful photography.

 I also wanted to share with you some photos of flowers I took in my garden yesterday, they are so pretty right now, Look at that gorgeous poppy.
 This Granny bonnet is the perfect shade of mauve.
Thankyou so much for stopping by, have a great week.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Camp Hagley 2016

 I have just come back from an amazing time with my friends at our annual quilting retreat. We had such a good time. It doesn't get any better really.We spent 3 days at a farm and the surroundings are so beautiful. I set up my sewing station early Saturday morning and sewed and sewed until Monday lunch time. I made all the blocks for a new quilt and got the binding sewn down on several projects they were my night job jobs.  I taught my friend how to make a sew together bag, that was hard work but we got there in the end. She was so happy with it. Then I gave some sewing lessons  to my friends daughter. I love teaching others how to sew. It was good fun.

 I couldn't miss an opportunity to photograph my newly finished Nested Churndash quilt.

 Even the donkeys were impressed with my new mini quilt.

 If you squint your eyes in this photo you can see a deer in the background, he was gorgeous.

Lots of photos, lots of quilts, this Union Jack quilt belongs to my friend Cathy, we had a nice time walking around the farm looking for just the right spot to take  photos of our quilts.

I can't wait for next year's retreat now.

Have a great week and thankyou for stopping by. xx

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I'm almost famous

 Its been an exciting week for me, I had 2 of my newest designs published in 2 different magazines.
 First up are these 2 lovely pouches, they are featured in this months  Handmade magazine. I used Cotton & Steel fabrics that were provided to me by the magazine, they sent me a few pieces of fabric and said make us something. See the pretty floral stripe that looks like ribbon, well that was on the selvedge, it was way too pretty to leave behind so I included that in my design.

 Here they are- beautifully photographed on those awesome glossy pages.

 Something else I had published was my garden work cushion, those that know me well know that my true love is stitchery. I do love to include garden designs in my projects, they are versatile for anyone to use.
 This project graces the cover of Country Threads magazine. Its quite an honour to see your work featured on the cover.
 Today I am working on a new design to be featured next year.
I'll leave you now with a few photos from around my garden, still lots of blooms, pretty colour and inspiration every where.

Have a great day and thankyou for stopping by. xx



Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Sewing

 The weekends always seems to wizz by don't you agree, we wait all week for Friday night to come then next thing its Monday morning and time for a new week to begin. I always try to sew as much as time allows on the weekend, as you know I have been making little pumpkin pin cushions, this one I made for  a friend. They are alot of fun.
 I loved making the self covered buttons so much I thought I'd like to make some needle holders, Just need to find some round magnets.
 I got a lovely surprise on Friday, A little while ago I won a giveaway on Instagram, these beautiful tins by Lori Holt are now gracing my sewing room. They are so sweet.

Speaking of Lori Holt I have been making some projects of hers lately and this mini quilt is one of them,  It only took me an afternoon. Next one is an iron mini quilt with the words press. I hope to finish that today.

Enjoy your Sunday, hope you found some sewing time.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

My two loves

 Its been a funny couple of weeks, firstly I got sick with an infection. I was a bit naughty and didn't do anything about it, thinking it would just go away but of course it didn't and I ended up in hospital so now I have learnt to listen to my body. I'm on the mend now and getting back to normal. I have been having some much needed fun in my sewing room. I made these cute little pumpkin pin cushions, its a pattern by fig tree and believe me you can't just make one, they are so darn cute. I have made 4 already.
 For the first time I used walnut shells and added it to the bottom of the pumpkin before I filled it with stuffing, well what a difference it made. The shape holds perfectly and adds a bit of weight. I would highly recommend walnut shells.
 As well as enjoying my sewing I have been loving my garden. Spring is full of colour and all my bulbs  are in full bloom, look at  my tulips, they are so pretty.

 Almost as pretty as this fig tree pumpkin. Told you I was addicted to making these.
 The daisies are so happy and cheerful.
Yesterday while my boys watched the football I made this cute little pumpkin mini quilt, I have plans for this  sweet thing. I'll share more next time.


I hope you have had a lovely weekend, thanks so much for stopping by.  xx

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