Friday, July 1, 2016

Something serendipitous

My lovely blogging friend Rachael Daisy from Blue Mountain Daisy won the Best of Show prize
 at the Sydney Quilt Show with her amazing quilt Whizz Bang.  
I was thrilled to get an email from Rachael letting me know I played a little part in this quilt.  A number of years ago I went to a bloggers' get together in Ballarat, Crafty Hijinks, organized by amazing Jodi from Ric-Rac. Heaps of people took items they no longer wanted and they were shared for was fabulous, I bought home a few items including a gorgeous piece of machine embroidery.  
I showed it on my blog and Rachael commented that she really liked it.  So I sent it to her.
And wonderfully she included it in her prize winning quilt.  So somewhere out there is a fabulous person who made this awesome embroidery and through a convoluted process, in which I had a tiny little role, it appeared in Rachael's quilt.  Serendiptous really.
I would really love to find the person who took the embroidery to Crafty Hijinks so if you can help please let me know.  I'd love to let them know a piece of their work is in an award winning quilt.
Here are a few more blocks of Whizz Bang

Love that little blue mountain daisy

And this is my favourite as it features lovely fabric which she sometimes uses to represent herself on her blog.  

Please visit Rachael at Blue Mountain Daisy.  It is always a sheer delight.

Tonight I'll be stitching along with Cheryll from Gone Stitchin' and her lovely friends as part of Friday Night with Friends.

You can sign up HERE.  Thank you Cheryll for organising this fun event for us.

It is so much fun searching for links to amazing free projects to share with you. I must admit I do spend a lot of time seeking them out.  I do spend more time looking at projects than actually sewing them, but I do enjoy it immensely. When I came across the divine quilt I knew I had to share it with you.
Photo Credit Kelley Ryden
I found it and the really interesting story behind it at wonderful Sweet Little Stitches.  Please follow this LINK to the brilliant detailed tutorial.
Pamela is an inspiration to me as she also suffers from a debilitating auto immune disease and yet does not let it define her.  
Many thanks to Pamela for all she shares with us

Hope you have time for some stitching today

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Just a link today

I spent yesterday searching for something in my sewing room.  I don't know if it was better or worse having a messy space as now I can't find things which I have packed away neatly.  Anyway as a result, no new hexies were made yesterday.
Many many thanks to fabulous Coral and Co from So Tweet Designs for sharing how to make these adorable little headbands.

Please follow this LINK to download the free pattern.
Have a wonderful and creative day

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Soft and pretty colours

I do love the soft and pretty fabrics in the Tilda ranges I'm using for my new quilt.  Last night another three flowers were completed but I've still got lots and lots to go.
I'm linking this post to Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches as part of

There is a brilliant detailed tutorial at Sew She Can, and a wonderful free pattern too.  All to help you make this super useful Peek-A-Boo Pouch.
Just follow this LINK.  Many many thanks to fabulous Caroline.

Hope you enjoy a fabulous day

My hexie tally
3/8" hexies - 13 so 396 to go
3/4" hexies - 56 so 448 to go

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

And then there were more

It is too cold in Melbourne to willingly venture out so I spent yesterday evening making some more hexie flowers.  I've taken the advice of my teacher, wonderful Di Ford Hall, and only plan to fussy cut about 1/3 of my flowers so the eye has somewhere to rest in the finished quilt.

I'm linking this post to Piece Yourself Together hosted by Anthea.

Once I found this delightful mini quilt I had to share it with you.
I found it at one of my favourite blogs, brilliant Bee in my Bonnet, written and shared by super talented Lori Holt.  Please follow this LINK to find the project.  Many, many thanks to fabulous Lori.

Hope you have a super fun day
My hexie tally
3/8" hexies - 13 so 396 to go
3/4" hexies - 35 so 469 to go

Monday, June 27, 2016

Back to blogging, back to hexies

I've just had a short stay in hospital but now I'm out and about and feeling fine again.  My mind has turned to hexies and I need  409 x 3/8" hexies and 567 x 3/4" hexies so to keep me motivated I plan a hexie count down...starting right now. I'm using my Tilda stash...fabric I adore.

Trish from Notes of Sincerity recently shared a fabulous project with us.

 A scrappy pillow using leaders and enders.  Such a brilliant idea.  Thank you so much Trish.  Please follow this LINK to find the fabulous tutorial for this project.

Hope you have a fabulous day
My hexie tally
3/8" hexies - 0 so 409 to go
3/4" hexies - 35 so 532 to go

Friday, June 17, 2016

A morning with Di

Darling Di Ford Hall is back from her overseas trip and it was brilliant to spend a morning stitching with her and a group of ladies who love her and her designs too.

I started a new project...Cloverdale and am very excited about the quilt. I'm going with a teal version, using pinks and reds too. Di suggested I include golds and oranges...which is very I never use these colours so it will be a whole new adventure and an excuse to add to my stash.
This is what I bought at Kaye's Needles and Pins, which is sadly closing down. It is so sad to see another much loved quilt shop close.  If you can get to Warrandyte before the end of the month most things are 50% off, so there are super bargains to be found...well worth a trip across town. 
I try to buy for specific quilts these days but couldn't resist putting some of Di's Gigglewick Mill into my stash too.

Earlier this week Jenny shared a fabulous tutorial showing us how to window frame a stitchery.
There are such brilliant detailed instructions and photos.  Please follow this LINK to Jenny's wonderful blog, Elefantz, where she shares this and so much more. Enormous thanks to Jenny.

Have a wonderful and creative day

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

No Fuss Swappers

I love taking part in the Swaps organised by The No Fuss Swappers, because that is just what they are, no fuss, no extras...just simple and fun.

The last swap was called Kitchen Kapers and this is the lovely parcel I received from Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches, all the way over in WA.  Thank you so much, dear Anthea - I love everything, and I'll be watching out in our shops for more Byron Bay cookies - absolutely delicious.

I sent my parcel to sweet Narelle of Rell's Place, in far north Queensland.
I wrapped it up in a fat quarter...not breaking the rules as I had to wrap it up in something...grin.
Many many thanks to the fabulous foursome... The Tuesday Girls, Sandi, Teresa, Helen & Nor.

I love these swaps so I've signed up for the next one...should be lots of's a Claytons Christmas.

Would you like to make a Sweet Bunny Lovely?  It is such a delightful project and you can find it at
Project Nursery.  Please follow this LINK.
Many many thanks to Hayley for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a fabulous day


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