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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A long weekend

 I have had a wonderful weekend, Today is a public holiday so getting an extra day off is always a bonus, On Saturday I went to Lunch with a bunch of Ladies from Canada, they are here on a quilting tour, I had the best time and I have made a few new friends which is always wonderful.
I have done quite a lot of sewing, I made this cute little pouch from Little Red fabric by Moda, isn't it just darling. I think I'll use it to hold my threads for my stitching projects.
 I have a thing for pouches, I made this stitchery one for a magazine now it holds my hexagons. I do love this one alot. It was so much fun to make.
 Speaking of Magazines, I am so proud to share with you my profile which is featured in this months Patchwork & stitching magazine. Having my designs on the front cover is always a thrill but to see your name in print, well that's just amazing. I was so excited when I saw it.
 The story tells my journey from when I first started sewing until now. It was fun to read. Hard to write about yourself I must admit but Stacey my editor did a beautiful job of recreating my words.

 This stitchery cushion is my newest design which will be featured in the coming months.
 I received some new fabric during the week, it so cute, Called Farm girl by Riley Blake, the colours are lovely and warm, now to think of a project.
 I have been enjoying a new English paper piecing project called SMITTEN by Lucy Kingwell, its a fun project. I decided to make a USA version using my patriotic fabrics and as we are going there in just a few days I hope to buy a few new fabrics to add to my quilt. I love to make quilts that have some  meaning.
Have you seen these fantastic bobbins you can use for your EPP projects, they are polyester bottom line threads and so nice to sew with. They come in all colours so you can match them to your fabrics. I am slowly filling up my bobbin holder.

Well its time to get moving and do something productive on this public holiday, I have some sewing to get on with and of course finish packing for our trip.

Enjoy your day and I 'll  be back in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Girls Day Out

 Last Sunday I headed to Hobart ear;y for a fun day of stitching with my best buddies. We went to spend the day with Helen Stubbings and Natalie Bird.
 We had a great time, lots to look at and of course buy.
 Natalie had some beautiful samples for us to admire, I love this bag.

 I definitely want to make this bag to, I have this pattern and have always liked it but now I have seen the bag in person its moved up my To Do list. I just need to find some nice linen.


 Helen had lots of pretty things to look at to, Her quilts are beautiful.
 So many things to buy. I was good and only bought some cotton bobbins, I really didn't need anything. We had a wonderful day and it was lovely to just sit and stitch and talk with friends. I''ll share the projects we got for the day next week, I forgot to take a photo of them.
 Yesterday I worked on a new magazine project and when I was satisfied I had done enough of that for one day I moved on to finish my Aeroplane Bag, I love how this tuned out, using the bag batting is difficult as its so stiff and hard to wrangle  in the sewing machine but I found if I took my time and sewed the seams with a bigger stitch length it worked quite well. I sewed over the same seam a couple of times just to reinforce it.
Now its ready to pack with goodies to take on our trip, only 11 sleeps to go. Yep.... I'm counting down.

Have a great day and thankyou for stopping by.

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