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

Friday, March 10, 2017

A fun blog hop

 I was thrilled to be asked to join in Janice's and Jen's blog hop and make this sweet little mini quilt, the pattern is delightful.
 Choosing which tiny quilt to make for my project was alot of fun, I looked through all my patterns then decided to just make something simple and fun.

As its Autumn in Australia I thought it only fitting to have a few leaves on the ground. (They were really just put there for the photo)
I haven't had time to bind my quilt yet but as its an extra long weekend I can sit back and enjoy doing this at my leisure.

Below is a list of all the other participants who are sharing their mini quilt today, please  pop on over to their blogs and take a look.

If you leave a comment on Jen and Janice's blog you go into the draw to win a prize so  be sure to enter.

 March 10 Reveal day.

Jen Rosin  A Dream and a StitchKate Heads at Smiles From KateJennifer Fulton at Inquiring QuilterAbigail Sheridan de Graff at Cut & Alter
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter

March 11 Reveal Day

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Steffi at Steffi's Hobbys
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps

Sunday, February 26, 2017

New Projects

 I have a lot of secret sewing going on in my little studio this week, so even though I have been doing lots of sewing I don't have much I can share. I did finish this sweet little basket, its going to be filled with baby things and given to the new mum very soon. It was a fun little project.
 This little snippet is my brand new quilt design, its not due to be published until September. I wanted to share this photo of my binding. Don't you just love stripes. Especially black and white ones. I love how the stripes met on this corner of the quilt.
 I am in a block swap  with a group of ladies, each month we make a block while someone is making my block. It goes for 12 months. This is the block I just made, Its called Tree of Life. It looks challenging but really its not. This is going to be a beautiful quilt when the owner of these blocks puts it altogether.
 Just for fun I have started a new quilt, lots of little 9 patch blocks in the middle. We bought a new sofa so of course i have to have a quilt to match.
 The mess on the right is more little blocks waiting to be pressed.
I have been going through my quilts and I am just running out of room so I decided to list a few of my favourites for sale in my etsy shop. I would love for you to take a look, The link is in the sidebar of my blog.

Have a wonderful Sunday. xx

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 h...