Thursday, June 30, 2016

Using all the techniques...

to complete my Chuck Nohara blocks for June!

But not all in the one block....

hand applique, machine applique, blanket stitch, 

 embroidery, piecing- with an inset seam, 

felt and fusing!

So to celebrate - it's time for a group shot...

And plans for July...

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Foxy Gal!

I spent a very pleasant Sunday stitching up this cute 

fox corduroy....

into a sweet skirt....

for my sister.

The foxy gal!

It is a simple six gore A-line pattern,

(Simplicity #5914

which now seems to go by the #1560)

that comes together very quickly!

I'd love to make another one for myself!

Do you make your own clothes?

Happy sewing!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tula and Noosa!

I've just returned from a short sojourn north to 

The Noosa River on Wednesday morning!

where I was lucky enough to be present at 

Tula Pink's talk and trunk show in Brisbane!

Note the owl pendant which echoes her designs

What a delight it was to hear her talk about her 


her design process (paint chips included) and even 

the story behind the Elizabeth range;

for example the pelican is a symbol of motherly love.

All her quilts are quilted, by Angela Walters, 

with double polyester batting....

"Why a double layer of batting?"

 I hear you ask.....

Photography takes away a certain percentage of the 

texture created by quilting!

This is from her 'soon-to-be released' range- Slow & Steady

The double batting puts it back!

Part way through Tula's presentation, 

I remembered I owned this sweet piece of Hushabye 


which is now rare and out of print.

I think I may frame it!

I may have made a few purchases, to 'enhance' my 


While visiting my friend Marg, we may have indulged 

in some sunshine, a margarita...

and a delightful lunch at Maison de Provence in the 

Noosa Hinterland!

And in other exciting news, I won a class from 

"Amitie" with Michelle Mckillop,

 using this fabric for my colour palette.

I'm looking forward to starting something new....

and look forward to sharing it with you!

Happy days, 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

❤︎ Not feeling the love....

I started making Glitter blocks back in January...

These were my two 'trial' blocks...

The one on the right is it's original size, the one on 

the left up-scaled somewhat.

And this is what I have ended up with...

I had mentioned to my friend Deb that I wasn't 

feeling the love...

So she suggested just making what I had into a 

baby quilt and call it done!

She also said to try white borders, but I decided I 

wanted to use fabric I already had....

The pretty aqua solid does not like having its photo 


It's a bit happier when it is resting on the batting 


I like the staggered placement of the blocks.

I think it gives them a chance to breath.

Maybe I will love it when I get round to quilting it?

Happy days!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

So and sew! ✂︎


a mini Sew- Together Bag,

following Elizabeth's 'recipe' here

for a friend,

who is going to live in Seattle!

Including Melbourne prints such as 

 Melbourne trams, 

magpies and some of our suburbs named!

And this spotted fabric is meant to mimic the old 

tram tickets from days gone by, I think!

I hope Allison thinks of Melbourne when she uses it.

Happy days! 


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A window on my world....

My husband and I had a weekend in the city...

It was so cold, even the stair railings were trying to 

stay warm!

I love this bridge, with its view over the city...

it would make a cool quilting pattern!

I did manage to finish my last Chuck block for May... 


And May's blocks all together.....

And our plans for June!

For the last year, I have been part of a round robin 

swap over on Flick'r

where a starter block was added to by five other girls

Mine is the flower in the top left corner.

It then went to Ethene, Jan and Lynz, in the UK

then Dee in the US and Leanne in Canada, 

who finished it off perfectly with pink 'curtains'. 

I'm going to hand quilt it into a mini wall quilt 

and call it "Window On The World".

Happy days!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

More random bits....

 Chuck Nohara blocks for May!

My knitting is progressing well...

In fact I have cast off and am now on the back!

A block from a baby quilt I'm making....

Aren't those foxes cute?

 I'm May's Queen Bee in the Spelling Bee I'm in...

Thanks Mary!

These will be part of word quilt.

Stay tuned for more as they arrive,

to see the full saying I am making.

And a sweet piece of gauze that just needed

hemming, perfect for a baby wrap.

Yes, a typical week in the life of a crafter with ADHD!

Happy days!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Glitter Again...

These blocks have been on the back burner for a 


So I decided they needed some loving!

I enlarged the original pattern to make it a

13" X 5.5" block.

I do enjoy the construction of them...

a nine patch first, as seen here across the 


Then the corner pieces, which involves a little 


Is that a 'y' seam or a partial one?

I'm never sure ...

And here they are, all together.

I'll leave you with this 'sneak peek' of a quilt I've 

just picked up from Karen,

my wonderful long armer.

More will be revealed in July!

Happy sewing! 

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