16 November 2015

Busy Weekend

Had a great time with the babies on Saturday and hanging out with friends on Sunday.

A friend of mine has an outdoor pizza oven and she invited a few of us over for lunch.  Delicious.


I should have taken a photo of the chocolate pizza with salted caramel icecream and strawberries - thanks goodness there were a few of us there to share - it was so good.

Most of my sewing is secret Christmas business and I'm making some progress but nothing finished yet.

The embroidery machine has also been busy.

Cleared some space in the loungeroom to take a photo of Orange Swoon - up on a ladder and still couldn't fit it all in.

One last photo from quilt camp with Sarah - was so lovely to see her again.


11 November 2015

Orange Swoon

When I met up with Sarah at quilt camp she gave me back Orange Swoon, which she had quilted - it's wonderful.  I started collecting fabrics for this quilt last year and began the blocks in May this year.

I need to find a space in the house so I can take a photo of the whole quilt and show the true colours - it's a whopper at 104" square.  I sewed on the binding last week when I arrived home from Tasmania and stitched the binding down over the next few nights.

I love the quilting design - it doesn't take over from the piecing but adds a lot of interest with the swirls against the sharp angles.

Quilt Camp

It's been a busy few weeks with a trip to Tasmania and an overnight stay in Sydney.

Our on-line stitching group had a quilt camp near Latrobe and it was a fantastic few days away with the girls.  Met up with some old friends and met some friends I've known on-line for years.  I've had to "borrow" photos because I didn't take many.

We met up at The Cherry Shed for lunch before heading off to the camp.  I love this photo of Helen McC.  Was a sign of things to come over the weekend.

The Queensland Girls (Helen McC, Teresa, Norreen and Sandi) made Survival Kits for all of us

and Lib made each of us a thread catcher

 which she gave to us on Halloween.  There was a bit of dressing up that night.

We also had a swap - something we could use while travelling or at camp.  Vicki made me a great holder for all the cables we need to take with us these days.  Terrific fabric.

I had a gigle when I saw the pink lint remover - I'm always covered in threads.

Jo's present to Helen S was a pair of pyjamas - a friend in the US had also bought some of these pj's for me (perfect for camp).

On the floor is the quilt Sarah was making - Cosy by Cotton Way - it turned out so well.

I made Leanne a Stash and Dash bag (Tanya Whelan fabric) and also made one for her Helen (Whitewashed Cottage) for up-coming birthday.


I was also able to give Helen her teapot block for the birthday quilt she is making for herself.

There was some sewing done over the weekend - 716 four patch blocks to start off my Rainbow Rows quilt (designed by Lissa Alexander) - one of the "Go Four It" quilts in this year's American Patchwork and Quilting quilt-along.  Another 373 or so to go.

It was such a great trip and then the following day I was able to spend shopping with the babies and their Mums - perfect end to a lovely few days.

19 October 2015


"Fresh" is a quilt pattern designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms from her "Simply Retro" book and the fabric I've used is from a variety of Fig Tree & Company ranges with Moda Bella Solid 97 for the background.   It's a very large quilt (95-1/2" square).

I love this quilting design - it doesn't overwhelm the piecing but adds great texture.

I started stitching down the binding on Saturday night while the baby slept and finished it off yesterday afternoon when watching a movie with Mum.

Friday night I sewed on the last couple of  "Niner" rows

and last night added the last rows to "Shortcake", our stitching group's quilt for this year.

Next year some of us are hoping to make "Snippets".

Busy week coming up.

16 October 2015

It's that time of year again ...

Most of my stitching friends are starting their Christmas projects and that means sneak peaks and no showing the finished goodies until after The Big Day.  I put the quilt piecing aside earlier this week and started some Christmas sewing.  These pretty Christmas fabrics were from a giveaway on Instagram hosted by Samelia's Mum and the green spot was in my stash.

Finished this one off last night.  I have more to do.

On Wednesday Mum and I had a quick trip to Sydney, lunch with Elizabeth and ChaCha and a visit with Peta, Peta's Mum and Smudgie.  Went out for dinner with friends, followed by the first Hawks home game for the new basketball season - very exciting game - always a great game when they play well and win.  Looking forward to the next home game on 25th.

Last night I sewed on the last couple of diagonal rows to Niner.  I've decided to add piano key borders to the top and bottom to make it longer (a rectangle rather than a square) and it will fit better on a queen-sized bed.

Almost the weekend.  Babysitting my little buddy tomorrow night - so looking forward to spending some time with him.

13 October 2015

Log Cabin Quilt

This quilt is from a pattern called "Jelly Rolls Gone Wild 2" by Me and My Sister Designs.  They also designed the fabric.

The quilt was started at a workshop in July with Barb and Mary and the binding was stitched down on Sunday night.

All of the fabrics these girls design are so happy and great fun.

Karen quilted pretty bows all over the quilt.   I've always loved bows.

Thrilled to bits with how this quilt has turned out.

12 October 2015

Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler

This quilt was made as part of a Quilt-Along on Instagram and started in June, quilted last month and had been left on the couch till I felt like stitching down the binding.  I loved making these blocks and was happy to use up some of my Bonnie and Camille stash.  I tried very hard to not repeat any fabrics.


I really like this curly quilting design.

Last week I sewed Niner blocks and sewed some blocks into rows.

One more night's sewing and the quilt top will be done.  I'm going to be very disciplined and finish off two other quilt tops before I start something new (we'll see).

Had a busy weekend:  lots of housework, gardening etc on Saturday and out for lunch with friends yesterday.  No machine sewing but there was hand sewing stitching down bindings.


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