Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Seeing Stars

It's such a busy time of year leading up to the end of the school term and Christmas time.

I'm slowly chugging away at free handing some stars on my boys quilts. Very enjoyable!

Happy stitching :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

In the Waiting

What do you bring with you to sit in the waiting room of the dentist's office while awaiting your first root canal treatment?

Your latest stitching of course!

For me that was continuing on with 'Woof' from my Gardener's Journal.

And before leaving this morning I funnelled my nervous energy into baking a batch of banana choc-chip muffins for the kids. The over ripe bananas just said "cook me" this morning!

I used this recipe that I came across a while ago through a friend. They turn out so yummy every time!

As for the root canal treatment, it all went as well as it could and wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought it might be.

Have a creative kind of weekend :)

Monday, October 21, 2013


A little more done on my pinwheels for FNSI.
The next step was to trim my pinwheel blocks I put together from the last FNSI.

I really enjoyed working on this next step in this quilt. Only 11 blocks trimmed on Friday night...so a few more to do this week.

Here's one all trimmed up ready for the next part of the block.

 Also did a little stitching on my Gardener's Journal. Love the dog....cute :)
Thank you to Wendy from Sugarlane Quilts for hosting FNSI.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Gardening In Between

Just a quick post today about some progress in my garden.....stitching that is.....gardening in between the other happenings of life, complete with frayed edges and wrinkles!

The last few weeks have flown by with the school holidays. It's always so nice to have everyone home and have a break from routine.

In between swimming lessons, a trip to the movies, holiday activities, installing irrigation on a few trees, sorting fabric etc... I have managed to finish a bit more on my Gardener's Journal.

The Annual Garden Show ladies were the most recently finished.

The completed stitcheries are really adding up now! Can't wait to get a start on putting some blocks together. I am trying to finish some other projects as well so I should be good and finish those first....lol

I think the dovecote with the beautiful blue birds is my favourite.....until I stitch some more that is.
Also just signed up for FNSI with Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts. Join us on Friday :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Or better late than never......

I didn't finish this little gift for my Nan quite when I wanted to, but sometimes life just happens.
After all good intentions last week I started to feel like I'd been run over by a bus most days whilst trying to keep up with the usual schedule, my patchwork hotpads were just not a happening thing.
 Then as the weekend rolled around, we decided to oil our verandah, for some utterly unknown reason, which is on all four sides of the house. This hasn't been done for years and is one of the many jobs on our long list from our unfinished extension. A huge job but GREAT to have it done!

Master 11, who I last wrote about here, was also off on a three day excursion from Monday so part of the weekend was spent preparing him for that too.....I missed him very much. All back safe and sound now with lots of stories :)

 So, Tuesday night was the night! I finally sat down to finish off my Nan's birthday gift. Very satisfying to have some time at the machine and finish this little gift.


I posted them by express on Wednesday and just this morning received a call from my Nan saying they had arrived. She was very pleased.

My love of sewing and quilting has been passed to me by my Nan. She is such a treasure to talk to.

After some surgery a few weeks ago to remove some blood from under her skull, she has recovered very well.....and I am glad she is still here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Little Gift

Just a little pic of what I'm up to today....

In my usual style I haven't given myself enough time to finish this gift.
On the weekend I decided to have a go at making these lovely hot pads for my grandmother's birthday this coming Friday. The only thing missing from my stash was some insul bright wadding. A quick phone call to a fabric store to track some down.....only 1 metre left in stock.......great!! I'll take it!

After picking up the insul bright on Monday.....and getting home late and utterly exhausted.....I chose some fabrics on Tuesday. All pressed now and cut into strips. Will have some fun with these today!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


So great to get these blocks done on Friday night.
All sewn up Friday.....but only pressed them this morning.
I had to turn in early on Friday for a family day out with an early start on Saturday.

It's very helpful to see all the lovely creative inspiration on your blogs.
These are a couple of my favourite blocks.

31 blocks in total now. I am really pleased to get to this stage.
Happy stitching :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Getting Started...

After a little inspiration from FNSI coming up tonight I started putting together some pinwheel blocks last night.

I had started these at a quilting retreat weekend back in May and came home with this shoe box of half completed pinwheels...and there are some smaller cut triangles underneath those aswell.

The pattern is Saltwater Taffy by Fig Tree & Co. Hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew! I suppose there's a first time for everything, and for me its pinwheels.

I finished five pinwheels and it was surprising how quick they were to get together. It was hard to stop there. Very addictive :)

Just love the French General range. This one is Rouenneries Deux, together with some yardage 'Violet Wishes'.

So hopefully some more pinwheel action happening here tonight for FNSI. Come and join us here.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's Appalling!

I'm totally and utterly appalled!
Was my last post really in May!
Yes Minister says it really well (hope the link works for you - couldn't find it in the video list today)

Believe it or not there have been some projects on the go since then.....slow as they may be....

So many photos below to fill in the last couple of months.

These pics were taken quite a few weeks ago now after I had put together the centres for my two boys' quilts. Master 10....
and Master 12...this one is heavier on the dirt bikes as he is pretty passionate about his riding.

Definitely doesn't come from my side of the family. But I love seeing how much he enjoys it.

 I added some generous sized borders to overhang on their beds.

The quilt tops are now sandwiched together ready for quilting....so I had better jump to it!

I had taken some pictures since my last post ready for another one....but didn't quite make it to the computer yet!

This LOVELY book came into my possession after a lucky dip at our fantastic quilting day with Pauline from Quilters World. It was so great to pick up many quilting tips from her and see her use all the great gadgets she brings along. Peg did such a wonderful job in organising the day.

These are just some of the many projects featured in Leanne Beasley's book. Some great scrapping ideas.

This gorgeous quilt with stitcheries.

A very lovely and handy bag.

 Something oh so pretty to keep your sewing supplies in.
And some just lovely stitcheries.

I haven't started any projects from the book yet (oh why not! I'm sure I don't have enough already, lol!!)...
so I often pick it up and am very inspired. Will have to make some lovely quilting gifts soon. 

These are some of the stippled hearts that we did on the day with the variegated quilting thread....

 ...and these are some I have practiced at home since then....I'm wanting to get some more practice in. They are quite enjoyable to do.

And somewhere in there too my little Miss 8 needed an 'olden days' outfit for a school excursion. There was nothing much at home to work with so after popping into an op shop looking for dress ups I came home with this large tablecloth....
I was very taken by the print. Surely I could make something out of this!

So after adapting an old pattern and adding some detail we came up with something for her.

She was so excited to wear an 'olden days' dress on her excursion.

The photos aren't that great as they were taken after she came home as it is mostly a rush to get out the door in the mornings.
 A very content little girl after a big day.

In the school holidays a couple of weeks ago we finally got around to trying a little project that we had seen through Pinterest. After removing the paper and breaking up our store of old crayons, filling the tin bar one, 5 minutes in the oven, this is what we came out with.

Not much to look at from the top (possibly could have removed them a minute or two earlier)...

But great on the other side. So glad to finally complete a project from my Pinterest boards!!

Note to self....must not leave my next post for so long :)