Friday, 30 May 2008


Here are the strips that I'm stripping for my latest quilt. I've got a head a-buzzing with many an idea 0n how to cut and place these strippy bits. It's a long weekend over in Perth this weekend and it's my birthday on Sunday too. There's two good reasons why I should be able to warm my sewing chair up and get cracking.
Oh, excitment above all excitement, I won some Liberty bits from Townnouse !!!! Check out Kristine's beautiful blog and her wonderful children's clothing range.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Flower Power

Working in a patchwork shop requires great restraint - all the time! You see so many great things, you want them all. It's also a little dangerous because there is amazing yarns - and that's a whole other thing to quilting. So I flit from sewing to crocheting and back again. Here are some flowers that I worked on last night. It's such a feel good thing to do, watching these little creations evolve. I used some Noro Kureyon yarn for these as I liked the idea of 6 to 7 different colours in the one ball. These are for my Mum, I hope she likes them.

Same flowers different fabric.

Friday, 23 May 2008

Pink Dolly Quilt

Here's Phoebe's dolly quilt all finished and ready to keep her babies snug. I went with the pink and I like it. It's fun and girly, just the way I like it.

Now I just need a spare hour or two to sand and paint this gorgeous old doll's bassinet that I bought at a church sale. It's ever so sweet and the perfect height for little girls to tend to their babies. It's even on casters. My heart sings when I see my little one nurturing her babies.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The Latest

Here is my latest project, started whilst camping. It's a little hand pieced Mariners Star block. I've used one of my top 10 favourites for the hexagons - Amy Butler's Lacework in grey from her Lotus range. I wanted to combine some of my older Amy's with the new Midwest Modern range for this block. My next dilemma is what fabric to use for the triangles that square up the block. I was trying to avoid being predictable and using pink, but I have to say I'm leaning heavily towards this Vintage Peony Rose fabric.

I'm planning to do a few more of these blocks then branch out with something strippy and busy and fun from there. That's as far as the planning has gone for this now working girl, who just wants to sit at home on her days off and madly sew the things she's dreamed up in the days gone by. But.........I haven't done that this week. Too many friends visiting, needing me to lunch and listen to their woes and that's ok, I'm lucky to have such great friends, but do you think I could stitch and listen too? Tomorrow I'll post a picture of that strippy foundation pieced star quilt that I did for Phoebe. I finished it quite a while ago and have not posted the finish quilt, so tomorrow I will.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Excuse me.....

......but does my bum look big in this?
This is what happens when a 2 year old finds the stored baby clothes and decides that she must wear it. This is a size 000 Bonds suit and with the help of her brother, who was in a giggling frenzy, she was squeezed into it. Funny. Her little bottom looks so cute.
A little package arrived the other day full of all sorts of goodies. Very exciting, especially to get my hands on Cotton Time for the very first time. The Japanese I tell you, have it all happening when it comes to crafting.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008


I promise that I will post a quilting/sewing related post very soon, but, in the mean time check out what little girls do at dirty destinations and at the beachside on 30 degree days!


Mmm...don't quite know what happened to my last post. I even got a nice comment from my sister about it!

It was a post on Mother's Day. A post to say Happy Mother's Day to all Mum's, especially my Mum, my Mum-in-Law and my Grandmother. All special, special people in my life.

Oh and we saw Elton Jonh on Saturday night. It was good honky cats!

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

I'm back!

We arrived back this afternoon, having driven for 1150kms over the last 2 days. I can honestly say that all was good until the last 200kms. I had to work really hard from the front seat to keep the kids happy and in stock of food. Ever 15mins at least one child would say "I'm hungry", even the just 2 year old was saying it! But we are home, having had a great holiday, lots of great memories, oodles of photos and me loving the feel of carpet underneath my feet, with the lack of red dust and sand making me a happy girl. Camping is fun, but the end is always good.

Pete cracked a bottle of Veuve tonight and cooked a great roast chook to mark our return home. It's good to be home!

I will post some holiday snaps in the days to come but here are a few of the spectacular gorges we saw at Karinjini. These are made all the more spectacular when you read about how they came to be - something along the lines of.......... billions of years ago when the earth was covered in blue green algae , volcanic eruptions ripped the land apart forming the gorges that stand today. Check these out.