Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy New Year!!

I'm back!!  It is so lovely being in holiday mode - we are all very relaxed in this house at the moment.  I finally got my Rose Star quilt together (below) and off to the machine quilter to be basted in time for me to tackle the handquilting during the school holidays - sadly on it's return it was not properly basted and is currently back with her being unpicked and redone.  I am really happy with it and can't wait the start on the handquilting. 

To fill the gap I finished another easy quilt for one of my daughters - she picked all the fabrics and I have spent the last two weeks hand quilting it in perle cotton.  Just need to finish the binding tomorrow.  It is from a pattern by Hot Possum.

I have been going through my WIPs and have decided this is the year to finish my Quilted Diamonds quilt.  I have finished all the diamonds, it just needs putting together.    Below is just the middle section.  It was started in 2003 so now is that time to complete it.

I imagine you have all heard about the terrible floodings in Australia - I am also about to make a couple of quilts to send off to these people.  A way I can help in a tiny way.

See you all soon....


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's been awhile!!!

 I'm back!  Gosh I am not very good at making the time to update my blog. In my defence we have moved house and have two lots of overseas visitors... Here is a photo of my completed BOM from Material Obsession by Sue Ross - I loved making it - I struggled with the fabrics as they were really not what I would pick - but I now love it!!!  I changed the middle applique block as I did not fancy it - and added the hexagons - I am so happy with the end result.  I intend to hand quilt this - I now have three quilts ready to hand quilt and this is second in line!!

In my absence I have also finally completed the blocks below and have the quilt top for this quilt completed (the first hand quilting project on the list) it is called Star Rose and a two versions of it are featured in Material Obsession 2 - a great book!!! by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.  I will post a picture tomorrow of the finished top - lots of orange!!

 Below is one of my projects - I will reveal more soon.  I have also just received Rosalie Quinlan's new range Sweet Broderie from Retromummy (see below) - yet to decide what to make - it is just so lovely.

 We also made our halloween pumpkin - a new tradition in our house in recent years (thanks to our American friends the Hipps).  Sadly not one visitor came to the door - which meant we had a lot of treats to consume...

My 6 year old has also been cooking up a storm, thanks to Junior Masterchef - I missed getting a photo of the amazing Apple pie, but remembered for the Friars Omelette (yum) and the pancakes.

And lastly Retromummy
has a fantastic giveaway on her blog for some of the fabric below - go and have a look - she has the loveliest fabrics!!!!

Thanks for the comments - it is lovely as a new blogger to actually get comments!!!

See you all soon!!

P.S The photos are from my phone sorry hence the average quality!! Time to learn to use the fancy camera.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A perfect week!!!!

My husband has the week off work and has taken over the cooking, school drop offs/pickups etc- YEAH!!!  So I have plenty of time to quilt and get out walking.  So far the weather has been kind for the walking and I am almost finished piecing together my Sue Ross block of the month from Material Obsession - I did not like the appliqued centre block they provided so have gone with the hexagons in the picture..  I need to clear the decks as I prepare for the arrival of my next project!!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Don't Look Now Workshop

In the weekend I attended the above workshop organised by Corrie from Retromummy.  Two days at a fantastic venue in Cammeray was so relaxing and I have learnt so much.  I am a complete beginner at machine applique/quilting but I really could see the I could get a good result with practice.....  Kelly was such fun with great stories, full of information to help and just great company.  I spent the weekend sitting with some lovely ladies and just felt relaxed the whole time. Dinner on Saturday night at Papaya (Thai) was yum as usual and I was fascinated by the ladies and their great blogs - enough so I am actually posting on mine.  Thanks Corrie, Kelly and ladies for a wonderful weekend.  Photos are courtesy of Retromummy.. Thank you....

Monday, July 27, 2009


I thought it was a good idea to show what I have been working on lately so those of you from afar can see what I have made. Hopefully I add finished projects regularly!!!