Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lots of little hexies...

...have been gathering in my sewing box ready to jump onto my version of Di Ford's glorious Rotherfield Greys quilt.

As you can see, I'm going with a bit of a bee theme with this quilt.

Today I'm Linking Up with gorgeous Anthea at Hibiscus Stitchings.

With hexies on my mind I thought it would be a good time to share a LINK to this lovely table runner very kindly shared at Penny Rose Fabrics.
Enormous thanks to everyone involved.

Happy hexie-ing

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

So happy for Sharon of Lilabelle Lane Creations

I'm feeling thrilled for my lovely friend Sharon from Lilabelle Lane Creations. She is very soon to be a published author. Here's what she wrote on Facebook.

It is with much excitement that I can finally share what all my secret sewing has been for ..... My first book 'Quilting on the go .... English Paper Piecing'. It is currently on preview at the Frankfurt Book Show as one of Tuva's New Releases 🎉 Official release date is early next year. I am so excited to have been given this opportunity to make this dream come true and honoured to be a part of the Tuva Publishing Family. My book is available for preorder on Amazon, Book Depository, Fishpond etc and will also be available for Wholesale Order in Australia through @creative_abundance (this is not the final cover design as there are still a few projects left to be photographed but it is the one you will currently see online 
Sharon had only been quilting for a couple of years when I first met her and it has been wonderful to see her develop into a star quilter, teacher and designer. And now a published author...absolutely wonderful.

Time to start stocking up our present baskets with Christmas just around the corner.  My darling friend Jenny of Elefantz has so many wonderful present ideas on her blog including these gorgeous 20 minute table runners.

Please follow this LINK to fabulous Elefantz.  Thank you so much to super talented, super generous Jenny.

Have a wonderful day

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Devonshire Tea

I haven't caught up with Christine for a Devonshire Tea in quite a while, so I thought I'd better make some scones 
and invite Christine over to Watch The Great Australian Bake Off.  One of my very favourite shows.
You can catch up with it HERE on You Tube.
As soon as I saw these exquisite moths I exclaimed 'Oh Wow' and I think you will agree with me.
You can make your own if you follow the fabulous detailed instructions at Red Brolly.  Please follow this LINK.  Enormous thanks to everyone involved.

Hope you have a delightful day

Monday, October 24, 2016

I do love to spend time in the garden...

...and not just my garden.  One of my favourite places is just a very short trip from home...Bulleen Art and Garden.  

They always have some art works in their little gallery and these beauties stole my heart.  Bit too pricey for me but I did covet them.

I am a big fan of Val Laird and her lovely designs.  She is currently sharing a lovely range of Christmas ornaments.  Val blogs at Journey of a Stitcher.  Why not pop over and say 'Hi'.
You can find ornament one HERE

and ornament two HERE.

Enormous thanks to Val for so generously sharing her talent with us all.

Have a wonderful day

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sweet little Dru

My daughter-in-law is a huge Buffy fan, (I'm one too.) so a few years ago when a little white cat came to live with the family, Adrienne called her Drucilla.
I stayed at Sam and Adrienne's place for a few days when they went away for their wedding anniversary.  I looked after Henry and was company for Wil, but also got to enjoy Dru's company.  
She is such a little sweetie.

When I saw Felice Regina's gorgeous little mushroom block 
I could not resist sharing a LINK to the fabulous free pattern.  She blogs at Sew Scatterbrained.  Enormous thanks to Felice for sharing her creativity with us all.

Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend.  See you next Monday,

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Exquisite tulips

While I was in my month long non blogging phase John and I visited the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.  It was a glorious celebration of spring bulbs...just wonderful.

I loved the sculptures too.

I do love a suffolk puff or two...or even a yo-yo as some people call them.  And this project provides the chance to make quite a few.
If you would like to make this quilt for yourself please follow this LINK over to fabulous Purl Soho where the pattern is available for free.

Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


When I was a girl my parents took my brother and me camping in the Flinders Ranges.  It was baking hot during the day and freezing cold at night.  My mother had made us sleeping bags out of old quilts and they were not very warm, certainly not warm enough for desert camping.  I remember abandoning the tent and snuggling up to our two dogs who were sleeping in the back of the station wagon, in a vain attempt to keep warm at night.  
My other vivid image is of being sent behind a tree to wee and big bullants running up my legs and biting them.  So right then and there I declared I would never go camping again and I never have.
John, however, longs to tour around and sleep in a camper trailer.  After visiting Melbourne's Leisurefest a couple of weeks ago we've come to a compromise.  A caravan it will be, or maybe a long as it has a toilet and shower I'll be happy.  We've even shaken hands on the deal so I can't go back on my word.
We took Henry with us and he loved it.
Again I'm suggesting a visit to fabulous Sew and So for today's free patterns. With Halloween almost upon us there are free patterns for a knitted pumpkin
a crochet pumpkin
and cute little stitched pumpkins.
Please follow this LINK to find these patterns very generously shared by Anna Fazakerley at Dotty Doily, Claire Garland and Helen Philipps with a pattern from her fantastic new book, Modern Vintage Gifts

Hope you have time for some stitching today,


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