Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Playing Hooky!

With my Bricolage quilt my second finish for 2012, I decided to celebrate by 

taking it on its first photo shoot!

(Warning: Photo-heavy post follows.......)

Helen and I spent a fun hour or two at The Briars, in Mount Martha.

Hey, someone is running away with my quilt!

Now for the close -ups!
Great staging idea Helen- those acorn caps!

And some of my favourite blocks.....

The back and the binding!

Ooops! It's on its side!

Can you tell I love this quilt?

And a back lit shot......

And while we were out walking look what we saw....

a little black wallaby!

I told him I'd be back when my next overseas visitors arrive!

And one lasting parting look!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for

WIPS Wednesday!


Quilt Story (Fabric Tuesday!)

Happy sewing!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Playing Catch Up...

one stitch and one project at a time!

Thank you to everyone who made encouraging comments about my lost mojo!

 I am pleased to say that my Fab Little Quilt Swap quilt is finished!

The back

I love it but I have never been more unsure about something I have made for a 



Will my partner loathe the colours?

Will she be disappointed in the simple design?

Does it need more quilting?

So I started playing around with another idea....

which may or may not become my second option!

We'll see what reaction I get on Flick'r!

The stained glass look!
I think I will do some quilting on this and see how it goes?
I'd love to hear your thoughts too! 

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Someone Stole My Mojo!

A headache combined with house guests and upsetting news from a friend

have conspired against me!

Not much sewing...

Not much blogging!

I have done some cutting...

of my "Summer Stars" setting diamonds

(this quilt has previously been none as "Stars in Your Eyes")

and some playing with solids....

for another planned mini?

And I received a little charm pack.....

from Quiet Play's fugly giveaway!
I am happy to know I have a plan for this....

Now I just need to find my MOJO!!

Happy days!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Playing with...

..... my Jazz Hands block!

 #2 is now complete!

A fabric leaf.....

for a work project!

And progressing with my FLQS mini....

What are you planning for the weekend?

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Drum roll....

And the winner is.....

Oh, before I forget, Happy Valentine's Day!

Bet you didn't know you can still buy Love Hearts!

And what's Valentine's Day without flowers...

These actually came from MrPnP for my birthday!

Okay, I'll shut up about my birthday and announce my winner.....

# 65!

Congratulations.... Monika!

I have sent you an email!

Thank you to everyone who entered my little giveaway,

especially those who like my little corner of blogland enough to become a 


That number is creeping up to 200, past 200

(who would have ever imagined!)

so stay tuned for another giveaway soon!

Happy days!


Monday, February 13, 2012

I promised...

some sewing!

Birthday celebrations are over for another year,

(Thank you for all your birthday wishes!)

So it's back to the important business of sewing.....

I had a great time playing with the layout of my last star for my 

"Stars in Your Eyes" quilt...

Would I do this...

or this?

Why didn't I think of trying this arrangement out for all of them?

Maybe not?

So all twelve are made...

and the two 'half' stars!

A word of warning, if you are making this quilt!



is NOT! 

(The one in the drawing has 3 full points!  The pattern requires two full and two 

half points! )

And making a whole star and cutting it in half will not work!

Luckily I have enough patchwork experience to know about 1/4" seam 


I also spent a very pleasant hour at my LQS auditioning fabric 

for the background ......

and backing fabric for my FLQS mini!

So a marathon cutting session of 42 diamonds awaits!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Being Spoilt!

Would you like to see what I received for my birthday?

Yes, I'm bragging!

Firstly Mr PnP bought me this fantastic book....

about the history of quilt making in Australia!

And it even contains patterns-

that's a bonus!

And my cycling friends were wonderful too...

fabric from Pam,

They are definitely autumnal in tone!
and Christine!

And the prettiest pink nail polish from Jo.....

called "Pedal Faster Suzi" !!! 

Sorry about the blurry photo- one handed on an iphone is tricky!

How amazing is that!!

And this is what I had for breakfast this morning....

Vanilla infused rice with berries, mango and shaved toasted coconut!


I promise my next post will be a little more humble in tone


sewing related!

Happy days, indeed!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Joining in!

Charm About You

I couldn't resist joining in the fun!

Besides, I have way too much fabric and not enough time to use it all!

This fabric is not exactly ugly!

In fact I used the top fabric...Peas and a blouse, which I still wear!

It has a cute vintage feel to it!

I just don't think I will be able to use these any time soon!

Don't ask me what the other two fabrics are?

I'm sure they will be familiar to some of you.

Each of these pieces is about 20 inches square (or slightly more)

and up for grabs!!

Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you would use these for

and Mr Random Generator will pick a winner 

sometime on Tuesday, 14th!

This giveaway is now closed!

Good luck!

Happy days!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In Case of an Emergency.....

Have you every wondered how your blogging friends would feel if you fell of the 

face of the earth?

Have you ever come across a blog where the author hasn't posted for weeks or 

months and wondered what happened to them?

What would happen if you got very sick or were in an accident and you weren't 

able to blog?

Well, I have!

So I've put things in place so this doesn't happen...

a little note here, and another one there!

So my loved ones can let my blogging friends know!

* * * * * * *

You may be wondering where these 'odd' thoughts have come from?

Well, I'm in a reflective mood today, as I consider my own mortality...

Because today is my birthday!

Yes, another year older....

And lots to be thankful for too!

Like wonderful friends!

Thank you Helen for my tea bag 'purse'....

and the cute owl card!

And lovely Mary sent me this wonderful looking parcel....

which contained this rainbow of felt...

and the sweetest pattern for pincushions!

I'm going to have a great time with these!

And finally a very unique ring....

Gosh, my hands look much older than the rest of me! LOL!

...made from an antique (well, almost antique!) typewriter key!

Oh, and my very own initial!

Thank you Mary and Helen for making my special day even more special!

Happy days indeed!


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