Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some finishes

 Hi there, a few weeks ago my friend Leonie from Essence of cloth in Hobart  asked me if I would be interested in sewing with her new range of fabric called "Callington" well of course I was thrilled that she asked me, I mean its not everyday a fabric designer asks me if I would like a bundle of their fabric for my very own to sew whatever I choose.
 I was given a lovely bunch of fat quarters, I decided firstly I would like to make a bag of some kind and since I go to stitching days, quilt retreats and stitching at my friends house I knew I wanted a bag I could pack my goodies up in to carry around.
 So this is what I came up with, trying to use a little bit of each fabric. I'm very happy the way it turned out. I still have fabric left over so I think a matching zippy pouch might be in order and perhaps a nice table runner.
 My local patchwork shop is running a 12 month block swap which I am partaking in, this is the block I had to make for July. The owner of this quilt wanted red and grey fabrics.
 I was really happy with this block. Wonder what next month will bring.
 Also at the patchwork shop Sarah is having a cushion competition, we had to purchase the white polka dot fat quarter and incorporate some of it in our design. This is what I came up with. I love how it turned out. I just made it up and now I have had people ask me to write the pattern as they want to make one to. I'm thinking a tutorial on here might be the way to go.
 I love those browns and they match my new lounge suite perfectly.
 My Nantucket quilt is coming along nicely, I have 4 star blocks left to make, I had made 16 then decided to make it another row wider to fit my bed.
 I have loved making this quilt so much, playing with all my scraps and finding fabrics i had forgotten about.
 I bought some new fabric last week and have started to make a new project, I'm loving this so far. I'll share more with you next week.
Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by. xx

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Butterfly

 Winter is here in full swing and its only the 3rd of June, its been a very cold  week and I know it will only get colder so I am enjoying some time sewing up a storm in my little sewing room. Recently I bought some pretty artificial poppies to brighten up my room, they are so real looking. Good old ebay, some times you can find some lovely things on there.
 My sewing group and I decided to do a little mini quilt shop with each other, you may remember the baking mini I made for my partner, well this butterfly quilt is what I received from mine, Isn't it absolutely beautiful. My friend Katharine made it in my favourite Fig tree fabrics. I'm a very lucky girl to receive such an amazing quilt.

 I've dug out the winter quilts and changed them around in my house, all our beds look so snuggly now.

What I love most about cold evenings is lighting a few candles to make the room look cosy.

Do you like winter?

Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A few of my favourite things.....

 This past week I have been cutting, cutting cutting. That's after I got my little wall hanging mini quilt hung in my sewing room. I have 2 big windows in my room so not a lot of wall space so I found room  for this sweet quilt near the door. I love to look at it when I'm coming and going.
 So what have I been cutting you ask..... lots and lots of strips to make my 9 patch blocks for this quilt, Yesterday I got a few more bigger blocks sewn together, now I need to make more  smaller blocks.

 All cut, sewn and ready to piece together.
 In the evenings I have been working on my Smitten quilt, 2 more finished. Yay!!!!
I think this new red one is my favourite, the light blue paisley  print is from Minick & Simpsons new line called Snowfall, its so pretty.

What wonderful things have you been creating  lately?


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fun Sewing for friends

 I have had a fun time going through my patterns and fabrics to make some gifts for my friends. Tomorrow my sewing group is having a fun sewing day and we decided to make a mini quilt for a swap, this is what I chose for my partner. I hope she likes it. Its a Lori Holt pattern, just for fun I decided to make a mini mini quilt to go with the mini quilt, lol. It can be used a mug rug or just as a pot holder.
 I can't wait to give it to her.

 Another friend who is coming to our sewing day  is here visiting Tassie so I decided to make her a present. I have made my sewing machine cover that I designed for a magazine last year. I love these fabrics I chose for her.


And while I have been sewing gifts I have also been sewing just for me. I'm using all my Minick & Simpson fabrics. So far I am absolutely loving working on this project. Those 9 patch blocks are really fun to make, The best thing is all these beautiful fabrics came from my stash. I'm so pleased to finally be using them.

Do you have  favourite fabrics in your cupboard that you are saving for that  "special project"  I'd love to hear about it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

 Happy easter to you all, I have had a very relaxing easter break, Good Friday my husband and I went to a wedding, we had a wonderful time. Its not very often we get to go out together. Shift work always gets in the way.
 Today I have had a busy time in my sewing room, I'm working on a few things and just for fun I started a new project. I put the last stitches in another smitten block. I really enjoy english paper piecing. I have another one prepped and ready for tonight,
 My new project involves these pretty blue stars,

 and lots of 9 patch blocks, I have made about 50 so far.
 My friend is having a birthday soon so I'm making something for her with my Lori Holt fabrics, these are so bright and cheery.
Then to finish off I made a tree to go with my birthday block swaps. It really was a very productive day. Can't wait to sew some more tomorrow, I love having extra long weekends.


Hope you have had a good Easter break and you have been sewing to. xx

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Autumn Garden - My New Design

 I am very happy to share with you my newest design that was just published in Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, it was the first time I have had a design published with this magazine and I'm just a wee bit excited.
 The theme for this issue was Hand piecing so I grabbed my sketchbook and my trusty old hexagons and my design was born.
 For those of you who know me well and read my blog you all know how much I love to do stitchery and how much I love my garden. My design was based on my garden and some of the flowers I grow,
 My beautiful fig tree fabrics that I love to use came together so well in this design. I tried to keep it fairly scrappy but I made the flowers pop by using darker more dominant print, I want those sweet stitcheries to shine.
 I now have it displayed in the corner of my lounge. It looks so pretty there on my ladder.

 The photography looks wonderful, my project is displayed so well on this buttery coloured table, Now i want one that colour to.
 The only tiny thing I  was disappointed with was they forgot to include my name with my project. Oh well its too late now. I know its mine and now you do to,
 There are not many pretty flowers left in my real Autumn garden now, a few roses are still blooming and I have some dahlias but thats all, theses Zinnias I pulled out just last week, they gave such a beautiful display. Soon I'll be panting some new bulbs.
Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Special Friends

 I have been so lucky since I started quilting and blogging, over the years I have made many wonderful friends. Some of them I have met and others well they live a very long way away from my little part of Australia so we communicate through emails. Its always a treat to hear from them and catch up on the news. Chat about our current sewing projects or just talk about whatever is going on at the time.
 Every now and again we send each other little gifts and last week my sweetest friend Janita sent me a very happy package all the way from USA.  Inside was this beautiful mini quilt for my kitchen. Janita and I both love embroidery so this is extra special as I know how long these projects take to make,  Beautiful bowls decorated with tiny stitches.
 And the label is just adorable. I love it. It means so much that Janita would go to all this effort.
 And to top it off I also received these awesome ceramic measuring spoons. Janita and I have many discussions about The Pioneer Woman dishes, I love them but they are only available in the USA. So I will be cherishing these one forever.

Thankyou Janita you are such a very special friend to me and I can't wait until we get to meet. Not long to go. I want to give you a very big hug. xxxx
 I have been productive in my sewing room this week, I have sorted and organised some fabric. I like having some of it out on display. Its so pretty to look at.

 I have been building blocks and making a new quilt just for me. I'll share more of them next time. I have made 6 so far.
 I am also working on my first custom order, this customer would like a tote bag and a patchwork basket, I think I have almost accomplished that. What do you think?


Thankyou for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you find some time to sew. xxx

Some finishes

 Hi there, a few weeks ago my friend Leonie from Essence of cloth in Hobart  asked me if I would be interested in sewing with her new ran...