Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas

We like to keep our decorating simple…Very simple

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My daughter Rhyll gave me the pattern for this quilt last Christmas, and finally I have bound it and hung it…two days before Christmas.  Gosh there was a lot of stitching on this one and I do love it.


I have also completed the little dress quilt that I showed last time…

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And lastly I must show you this absolutely decadent pile of pressies..tomorrow is going to be huge fun!


To all my friends and followers I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a happy and healthy year for 2011.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Two little quilts

It’s been a long time since I had something to show you.  I have been sewing away every day, honestly, but because I’ve started so many projects and have a mind like a grasshopper, there has only been a little progress on many projects.  And really nothing that I felt like photographing for my blog.

But this week a little quilt that I have worked on all year has come home from the quilters and I am thrilled with the result.  The hand stitching on it took me forever but I enjoyed every minute of it.  I’ve yet to put on the binding, but at least I have chosen my fabric for it.


The original pattern by Crabapple Hill has flying geese all around the border, but to my mind it looked too heavy and I decided to go with a plain border.

And this second tiny quilt is still a work in progress, but it is sooo cute.  Pattern is by Rene Plains, and I went fabric shopping in my stash.  I still have to finish adding the inner border, and then a blue border goes around the outside.  And I really do have to remove one of those buttons and align it properly (otherwise it will bug me bigtime).


It is just starting to warm up down here, and I have spent a lot of time out in the garden.  It is just starting to grow up now, as I removed most of the overgrown rubbish that was here previously, and virtually started again.  A couple more years and it will be delightful.  It’s raining at the moment so can’t take any photos, but I’ll get to that another day.   We’ve had a huge amount of rain during spring which has been lovely, but two days ago we were rather surprised to have a day well over the 30 degree mark.  Bit of a shock to the system!

Now to go and cook something yummy for dinner.  My son is coming to visit for dinner and I’m looking forward to hearing all about his trip to Canberra and his visit with his rapidly growing up children (my grandchildren).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Crow’s Christmas Gathering

It was a big day yesterday at The Quilted Crow.  The occasion was the Christmas Gathering.  These Gathering days have always previously been held at the old hall at Campania, but now that the Crow girls have moved their nest into the beautiful old church building at Newtown, they decided to hold it there.  And I have to say it was a huge success.

Our guest tutors for the day were Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers and Simone Gooding of May Blossom.  Both had beautiful projects for us to work on for the day if we wished, and they also brought along samples of the goodies that can be made using their patterns.  Oh my!!  Temptation abounded.  I did bring home a couple of patterns for Sue’s designs plus the paper pieces for making them.  I have always been a big fan of paper piecing, but was blown away by Sue’s designs.

Unfortunately my photos haven’t turned out too well because of the lighting, but here are a few of my favourites.


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And here are some of the very cute things that Simone designs.  I would have loved to have made some of these things, but I can’t stand to touch wool…so I just admire from a distance.

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And here are a couple of photos of some of the ladies enjoying their day out.  I feel so inspired by all the beautiful work I saw yesterday that I shall spend several hours sewing today.  Just need to decide which project will claim my attention.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Back to Dear Jane

For over two years now, my Shabby Jane has been on hold.  I couldn’t remember why I stopped working on her, but I thought if I joined the class at The Quilted Crow it might help to motivate me.  As soon as I opened my book in class to the next block to be done, I realized why I had come to such a screeching halt with my quilt.  It was too darned difficult for me.

But Paula, our teacher for the class, has such amazing techniques and I was quickly on the path to making this little block.  It did take me three weeks, but that was mostly because I was receiving treatment for a frozen shoulder.   I literally had almost no use of my left arm for quite a while.  Anyway, treatment by my chiropractor has my shoulder and arm all freed up now, and the second block which was almost as fiddly, was completed in a day.

So I’m giving myself a big pat on the back now, and absolutely loving being back to my Baby Jane.   Here are my first two blocks since I have restarted.  I think I’m somewhere in the middle of the third row now.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Alice In Wonderland Quilt

O n my second day of wandering around the Sydney Quilt Show back in June, I spied, in the corner, just draped over a chair in the Patchwork On Central Park booth, this very sweet little quilt.  Of course I just had to buy the pattern and was really happy when I was able to source the fabric that is the central theme of this quilt.  It is Alice in Wonderland by Kokka.


It was a very simple quilt to make…it is a disappearing 9patch with a little bit of stitching on a few of the blocks.  I then quilted in the ditch by machine and hand quilted large circles.  I wish I had used a heavier thread and larger stitches for the hand quilting.  Hindsight is wonderful.  But it is also a lesson learned and I will know for next time.

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Last Tuesday I went to the Tuesday stitching evening at The Quilted Crow.  Their gas heating still hasn’t been installed, but with the oil column heater sitting under the big sewing table, we were all pretty cosy.  It was an excellent night and I’m really looking forward to being a regular visitor to this evening.

  I was handed a brown paper bag by Leonie.  Don’t you just love brown paper bags!!!!  Couldn’t wait to see what was inside :)  What I found were 12 lovely pieces of fabric, 12 2” cardboard hexagons, plus a plastic template to use for cutting out the fabrics.  I was told to baste the 12 hexagons during the week, keep 6 and return 6 the following week (or when I next return) and then I would be given another 12 cardboard hexagons which I would then cover with my own fabric…keep 6 and return 6.  And so it goes on for however long i want to play the game.  I find this exciting..something so simple, and yet I can envision a fabulous quilt coming from this bit of fun.

Monday, August 30, 2010

This Followed Me Home

I resisted buying this very cute quilt of Lynette Anderson’s until last week, when I succumbed to the idea of just taking home one block at a time.  Sigh!  As if I don’t have more than I can manage already!  But I love this quilt…it speaks to me so enticingly.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Isn’t This A Beautiful Patchwork Store!

The girls at The Quilted Crow recently moved from their premises in Hobart city, to a truly beautiful location in Newtown…one could say it is Divine!





It is a fabulous experience to go there, and I’m really looking forward to joining the Dear Jane group.  It must be almost two years since I’ve done any work on my Shabby Jane and it will be great to see it grow again.

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I have just completed another block of my Civil War Bride seems to be taking me a long time to get through these blocks, but I guess that’s what happens when there are so many projects on the go at once.  No room for boredom in my

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Monday, July 19, 2010

I Made Another Cushion

During the earlier part of this year I joined in a Mini Round Robin with SCQIS, and as well as learning a couple of great new techniques I can use in my quilts, I also ended up with a very cute little quilt.  I decided it would look very sweet as a cushion and set about making it into one.  Here it is…now tell me this isn’t one cute cushion!


Block 3 of The Civil War Bride has been completed for a little while…every time I look at it I think how similar her legs are to mine (they resemble tree trunks).

Civil War Bride Block 3

The dogs are telling me that I haven’t shown pictures of them on my blog for a while and that I had better rectify the situation.  Here they are, firstly playing tug of war which they love to do.  And then all that fun has to be followed by a little nap (on Mum’s bed of course).

The girls at play

After play we sleep

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tripping around

Following on from my trip to AQC in Melbourne, I decided I just couldn’t live (happily) if I didn’t visit the quilt show at Darling Harbour in Sydney this year.  So off I went and for two days I immersed myself in quilts, quilts and yet more quilts.  Had a wonderful time and took a few photos of the quilts I loved.  Here are a couple.



I wish now that I had written down the names of those who created them.,,they certainly were inspirational.

And last week I took a quick trip to Brisbane to visit with my lovely friend Lynette.  We always have a ball together, and this time was no exception.  Silly me forgot to take my camera with me…there were so many great shots I could have taken.

First day we spent at the Textile Show at the Convention Centre..what a great little show that was, and not too crowded so we could really enjoy ourselves.  My mate Karen was there at her stand The Quilters and Embroiderers Shop, so we made a date to spend the entire day at her shop on the following Monday.  Lisa Walton was also there with all her gorgeous dyed goodies (sometimes I wonder if Lisa and Peter actually ever get to spend time at home).  There were lots of people selling the most wonderful yarns and wools.  Finally I gave into temptation and bought 4 separate lots of wools.  At the rate I knit, they will last me a lifetime.  But they were too beautiful to resist them.

The day passed all too quickly, and in the evening a group of us went to Southbank to a Turkish restaurant for dinner.  Delicious!  And it was great to be with a bunch of my Brisbane friends…Suzy, Melinda, Michelle and Lynette.

The following day we vegged out a bit, and knitted, and shopped, and ate.  Lynette now lives upstairs from some fabulous restaurants.  If I lived there it wouldn’t be too long before I couldn’t fit into the lift.

Then Monday came and we really did spend all day at The Quilters Store.  It is closed for the day on Mondays, but we had ‘mates rates’ which allowed us in :)   Oh what an alladins cave it is.   Seeing as I couldn’t stuff another thing into my small suitcase, I had the bright idea of asking Karen to post my goodies home.  They arrived home the day after I did….and I certainly had shopped well. 

It was wonderful to spend ages chatting with Karen…Lyn, Karen and I go back a long way and although none of us see each other too often these days, we always seem to pick up the threads just as though it was yesterday.  Good friends are the jewels in life.

Rhyll has just reminded me that it is time I started making dinner as my son Mark will be joining us tonight.  So off I go to throw a chicken in the pan.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A little gift I made

My daughter Andrea had a birthday last week and I decided to make her a cute cushion.  She loves it.

A cushion for Andrea

Tomorrow I shall be jumping out of bed at 4.30am to catch a 6.30 flight to Sydney.

Darling Harbour Quilt Show here I come!  How excitement!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A little late..but…….

I’ve never wanted a big deal made out of Mothers Day…but this year I decided I wanted to be spoiled a little bit.  So Rhyll set out to find something for me that would be rather special.  To say I was delighted was an understatement.  What do you think?

French Bear

This dear little  bear is made from cream linen, with just the tiniest touch of pink floral on her bow.  Her little facial features are done in grey thread and she looks very sophisticated in a ‘bearly’ kind of a way.

On a different note, I took of photo of Rhyll’s new Personal Assistant….Miss Haggis is her name…and she tends to fall asleep on the job just a little too often!

Haggis the PA

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another block done

I’m not the fastest kid on the block, but finally I did complete this block.  I did it all by hand as I couldn’t see how on earth I was going to get it done by machine.


I think there is only one block to go for this quilt now, which I am halfway through doing…then of course, there is all the putting together…which I’m sure will be pretty interesting also, seeing as we have been told to save all our scraps for it.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Good Grief! I’m Blogging!

I know, I know, it’s been far too long again.  I blame the dogs…they are also the reason I achieve far too little in the sewing room.  They are just furry little attention seekers.

However, this afternoon I have put my foot down and taken myself out to the sewing studio for a good old quiltathon.  And now I am continuing to ignore the furry ones and getting some words and photos onto my blog.

Since I last made an entry I’ve been to AQC in Melbourne which was wonderful.  It was the first time I’d been and although I didn’t do any classes, I sure did help the local economy.   I stayed in a townhouse across the road from where AQC was held,  with my mates Lynette and Dot and we had ourselves a good old time.

My first photo is of the beautiful building where AQC was held.  I took so many photos of this building both inside and out as it is so stunning.

Museum Building

One of the first stands I came across was that of the Quilted Crow girls, Leonie and Deirdre.  I thought their stand was a real standout as it was so different from all the others.  Though I did enjoy quite a few of those too :) L & D are presently in the US where they are showing off their goodies and are being extremely well received.  Good on them I say!

The Quilted Crow

Something that really appealed to me was a stand showing all the beautiful bonnets that had been made by volunteers.  The aim is to make one each for each of the women who were incarcerated in the Womens’ Prison in Hobart in the early years. (I think I have that right).  I really meant to pick up a pattern and make a bonnet….but time flew by, and I didn’t.  However I’m sure that if I do a search on Google I will be able to locate a website dedicated to the initiative.

Bonnets for Womens Prison

Of course there were hundreds of beautiful quilts to be seen, but here are a couple of photos of quilts that really spoke to me.

And this one too

Love this quilt

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cancel cancel


After I wrote my previous post about changing back to my Typepad blog, dear Lizzie wrote to me and told me how to overcome my frustration with the Blogger site.  So just cancel my last post, I shall continue on here.

I’ve achieved a couple of finishes this week…one was a fairly quick one and one has taken me months to complete…I’ll leave it to you to guess which is which.  And by ‘finish’ I don’t mean I’ve completed whole quilts…oh deary me no!  I just mean I have completed blocks in a couple of different quilts.

First up, I am doing a BOM with The Home Patch called Sunny Days.  This is a pattern by Jan Patek.

Jan Patek 1

Jan Patek pattern

The following is the second stitchery panel of a series of three in another quilt I’m working on.

2nd Stitchery panel

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the third…it is huge and will probably take me until Christmas to complete it.  But it is so gorgeous, I think it is worth the work.

Moving House Again

I’ve decided to move my blog back to my Typepad address.  Please find me at

Monday, April 12, 2010

I found the magazine Julie!

Yes, I’m speaking to you Julie D.  It must be a week or two ago that you asked me if I had Quilters Companion No. 18, and although I searched high and low, I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I was quite sure I still had it, as I began making Candied Hexagons while I was living in Canberra…and I was equally sure that I hadn’t thrown any of it away.

Anyway, in the middle of the night last night I woke up and thought again about the magazine and the hexies, and suddenly knew exactly where they were.  In a basket, hiding under the Lynette Anderson quilt that I had also begun making but haven’t yet completed.  I wasn’t quite sure where that basket was, but I knew what it looked like.   Seeing as our weather has turned very wintery here in Tasmania I didn’t dive out of bed and go out to the studio to begin searching immediately, but I did do that this morning…and went straight to that basket, and there was the magazine, the hexies and the templates.  How about that!

I know you have managed to obtain a copy of the magazine now, so I won’t send you mine…in fact I may just make the occasional hexagon and see if I can’t at least make a mini quilt from them.

So here are the photos of my find…

Candied Hexagons

More Candied Hexagons

I have been a busy little beaver the past couple of weeks, and have also completed Block 2 of The Civil War Bride

Civil War Bride 2

I also spent 3 to 4 hours every night for a week unpicking the quilting I did on my Reindeer Quilt.  I had thrown it in the cupboard in disgust after I quilted it just before Christmas as I had used an inferior batting and this little quilt ended up looking like something the cat had dragged in.  Finally I was inspired to remove every single quilting stitch and will now set to and quilt it again.  This quilt is about lap sized and is very cute.

Reindeer Quilt

The nights have become very long down here again now which is great for getting lots of sewing done…I’m waiting for the postie to deliver my next BOM block from Material Obsession and from Annie Downs.  I don’t think I’ve shown you my block from the Jan Patek quilt that I’m making from The Home Patch, and I can’t find it on Anni’s site either….so I’ll take a photo in my next blog to show you.

Other news….I’ve started once again on Tony Ferguson to whittle away the excess kilo’s I’ve put on recently…boy it makes me feel good.  Hope I can continue for ages on it.

And my exciting news is that my mate Lynette phoned me and enticed me into going to the Australasian Quilt Convention.  She and a friend will be there for the week doing all the classes.  Doing classes drives me insane cos it brings up all my insecurities, so I’ll just take my time viewing all the gorgeous quilts and goodies for a couple of days.

More next time…..

Saturday, April 3, 2010

It’s The Easter Ebby!


Rhyll thought Ebby would make a good standin for the Easter Bunny…..and I have to admit she did look pretty darned cute!

Easter Ebby

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter season.  Don’t eat too much chocolate…it sticks to the hips.

Here We Go Again….

I’m not even going to mention the fact that it’s been too long since I last blogged……..

But life gets busy…You all know what I mean.  Even here in good old slow paced Tassie.

This morning Rhyll and I went to breakfast with our lovely friends Michelle, Angie and Barb.  Talked up a storm as usual, and traded Easter eggs..of course!  And Michelle brought along a copy of Quiltmania that she had just found in the newsagent.  That was a new one for all of us, but it is utterly divine.  So I’ve subscribed for that.  It is from France, but they do an English version.  But where you subscribe online is all in French…boy did that test out my highschool French.  Mostly I guessed, but fingers crossed the magazine will find its way to me.  I love love  love that publication.  In fact I’ve had a long running love affair with all things French….I must go for a visit one day.  Only problem is that I may never want to return to Australia.

I seem to have been munching on chocolate all week…next week the dieting begins.  I’ve been telling myself to get back to eating protein for weeks now…but just before Easter just isn’t the right time for that.  But this coming week had just better be the right time…cos I refuse to buy clothes in a larger size.

Last weekend we were at The Gathering…organised by the girls from The Quilted Crow. We really enjoyed ourselves and the guest tutors for the day were Marg Low and Gail Pan who both have some wonderful designs.

Marg's bunnies

Marg's Christmas Ornaments

Marg's sewing kit


  I particularly liked Marg’s projects, and I had a mini-epiphany (if such a thing exists).  I realized I just don’t need to be making full sized quilts for the rest of my life…..I will be just as happy to make smaller quilts such as lap quilts, wallhangings, pin cushions and the like.    I still can’t have a quilt on my bed as Ebby is still prone to chewing holes in them, so now I will make things I can display and furnish my home with.  A much better idea methinks.  I’m sure a large quilt will still manifest itself from time to time, and I’m halfway through a couple of major productions which I shall finish, and then I look forward to making smaller items.


Rhyll and I are continuing with our painting saga.  At the moment the hallway is being painted white.  There are five doors leading off the hallway, and all of them were brown stained wood (which we hate).  So we’ve had to use a special undercoat on all the brown stained timber before we could apply the coats of nice shiny gloss paint.  It is still a work in progress, but when complete I will show you how it looks.  It is looking twice as spacious, I can tell you that!