Monday, November 29, 2010

Round Robin Medallion Home

Early this year I appliqued a 12 inch square and posted to the first quilter, so began it's journey around Australia.

Today it came home big and oh so beautiful.

I have never had anything like this, I am so blown away with the stunning beauty, of the ladies work.





I can not say in words the emotions I feel when I look at either the photos or the quilt top itself. My heart was beating as I excepted it from the courier this afternoon.


Closer look at the borders.

I am just so blown away and humbled with the whole experience of being involved in a Round Robin Medallion.

Thank you all.

You're only limited by your imagination.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Two Table Runners Finished


Finally I have these 2 table runners finished. They are now hanging in the wardrobe in my sewing room until either used or wrapped.

Top one is mine and its my first Christmas table runner ever. Think it will look lovely on the table through out December.

The bottom one is for Ben's mum as a Christmas present. Kids saw the runner yesterday and said she'll love it.

I have 2 left to finish, only the binding to be hand sew onto the backs of both. Ended up making the extra one for my sister Deb and she'll get that in a couple of weeks.

Then I'll start looking at my first lap quilt. After all the table runners, I think it'll make the quilt even more exciting as I 'll see it as a reward for finishing those 5 table runners.

Also there will be an empty coat hanger and I think for a while it can stay empty.

You're only limited by your imagination.



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Saturday, November 27, 2010

New HUGGLES


These 3 cuties arrived late this week from a lovely lady called Maria who follows my blog. Thank so much Maria these little ones are resting in my sewing room, watching me quilt table runners.

I'm not going to take these to a hospital until early next year, too close to Christmas for people to make and send me any for the next drive.

So if you want to make a HUGGLE for a sick child, you have until the end of February. This will also give me time to make some as well.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Moda In The Mail

Today is a wonderful day for this little Moda junkie. My order from Green Fairy Quilt arrived and I am just in fabric heaven.

I took advantage of the spend $10 and get a charm pack for free. Lets take a look at these little packs of yummies.



I fell in love with the Fandango the first time I saw it at Khris' place. Finally I have my own charm pack now.

French General is just a stunning theme of fabric and so how could I not order Lumiere de Noel. I can see a quilt made with this in a stars theme.



Aahh Park Avenue, what can I say about you???? I have not seen a 3 Sisters fabric I haven't loved yet.

Sadly the Breakfast at Tiffany's isn't mine......its a Christmas present for someone very close to me. Deb knows it is coming her way and I just know she'll love it.

Poor Debbie, she has just cut into a charm pack we gave for her birthday, back in May. I also did a trade for her with something she didn't want, for a charm pack of Spirit with another quilter.

So now Deb needs a second charm pack to get the breeding program started. Not sure what she is doing wrong at her place, as they are not multiplying at all.

Mine are breeding ever so fabulously, I mean I had triplets delivered today. I think maybe my snap lock bags I keep them in are highly fertile.

So how many charm packs are enough or too many???? Sshhh between you and me I have 14 sealed unopened charm packs. Plus some other lovelies in a jelly roll, honey buns and turn overs. Now I haven't bought all of these, some are birthday presents, swaps (thanks Donna...love you for sending me 2 in the Friends swap) and winning a blog give away.

I don't have a layer cake yet....that is sad isn't it??? I want to order the Rural Jardin in a layer cake next year. I'm hanging out for the Green Fairy Quilt special in the new year, where spend $100 and get free shipping. As I so want one of the Fandango in a layer cake as well. I can see a quilt in the making. That special will take some serious studying to get my breeding program to be just right.

Okay I'm rambling aren't I? LOL

I'm addicted to Moda...yep its a lovely addiction and I can not think of anything better to be addicted too.

Next to be delivered (oh maybe this week??) is 10 half yards of Rural Jardin for my Life Is Beautiful Quilt.

Gotta love my postman at the moment. mrgreen


You're only limited by your imagination.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Amy's Table Runner


One thing with Amy not visiting my blog, I can show you before Christmas her table runner.

This was a pleasure to sew as I do love foundation piecing. The pattern is by Vicki and I loved it the minute I saw it. Instead of swirls like Vicki used to quilt her runner I picked hearts.

Only problem is, I can't remember what magazine it came from to let you know. Sorry about that. I photocopy the patterns, as I tend to make notes and highlight each part or the project as I complete it.

The table runner is now safely packed away in the wardrobe away from cats and eyes when Amy visits.

I still have mine & Anne's pinwheel Christmas table runners to bind, hoping to get some red fabric this coming week.

Mean while I have started to cut Christmas fabric for my second table runner. I'm using the Moda "Adoring" charm pack I received from Donna in America.

Sewing has come to a halt today, as I woke after a rotten nights sleep to a headache and this afternoon I have a horrible pain down my lower back right side. So hoping its just a 24 hour bug, as I am getting rather pissed off with the pain. I can't sit for a long time without having to get up and move to ease it.

Damn gotta move again....

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stop To Smell A Rose

At quilting today I was teaching myself to embroider a rose bullion. I used my trusty A to Z of bullions book.




The rose on the left as my first ever rose.... Dawn gave me some great tips on how to improve and the rose on the right was my second attempt.

Well that was the morning gone, though I did make 2 cuppas for us as well.

Came home and this afternoon I embroidered a rose on my wall hanger.


One rose later and I called it quits for the day. Said to Pat this will be a while in the making and by the end of it, I'll be able to embroider a rose with both hands tied behind my back.

Colours I chose suit the fabric colourway and the roses will replace the buttons that are on the patten.

I know each rose will be better than the last one, as its practice, practice and yep practice.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Show & Tell

I have been promising some lovely ladies, to show you all some
beautiful goodies they have sent me in the mail.

So without anymore delay lets do show and tell. mrgreen



This hexi was made for me by Joma.
I love the garden setting and it will look lovely
in between my other hexi's.





This hexi I made for Gail.




Some pansy material, with a green background.
This fabric was sent to me by Sandy.
I think its so pretty and I can't wait to show
my sister Deb as she is making a pansy quilt.



Gail also sent me these lovely little gifts and I will be using the scissor
and needle holder with my new "Life Is Beautiful" quilt I am about to start.
That way I won't be leaving home with only half of what I'll be needing.

Gail also made the card and the book marker.

Thanks girls for all your gifts, I love them and will treasure them.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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A Fantastic Give Away

Pop over to Retromummy for a giveaway of Rosalie Quinlan's beautiful new fabric Sweet Broderie.
http://retromummy.blogspot.com/2010/11/sweet-broderie-giveaway.html

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dream Run This Weekend

On Friday I announced to the world I was having a 2 day sewing festival. Boy I am stoked as that is exactly what happened.

Only breaks I had was, a trip to the supermarket, prepare meals, dishes, animals, gardening this morning and sleep.

It's now Sunday afternoon and the time is 4 pm. The table runner festival has come to a screaming halt. I have run out of Parlan and I need to order more this coming payday from Under The Mulberry Tree.

But I am so thrilled with the results of the last couple of day.




Back a while I won a Moda "Lakeside Resort" pack of 2.5 inch pre-cut squares from Dawn's blog. I wanted to use the Moda fabric for something special for my own use. I picked Crisp Delight table runner that Dawn has designed herself and is on her blog as a free down load.

I finished the binding off late last night while watch a DVD. Think it was at 11.30 when I headed off to bed for the night. Can't wait to show Dawn and the girls this Tuesday at quilting.


I crawled out of bed at about 9.30 this morning and after breakfast I put 90 mins into the vegie garden.

Garden looks great for it and I so enjoyed the time out there.




Yesterday afternoon I sewed up a Christmas table runner that is a Christmas present for a lovely lady. This caused me some concern as I have never made anything so bright in my life.!!

I actually asked the girls on a craft forum, their opinions on it. I wasn't sure about the colours I had picked and if it was too busy and if the colours clashed too much. The girls were great in their opinions and offered what colour the binding they would use.

Once the quilting was done I actually found myself liking the brightness of the runner. Now with the binding, I need to see what I have in scraps to decide if the binding will be done in cream, green or red. Then that's another thing on my list for next payday and a trip to Spotlight.



Today I have pieced together my first ever Christmas table runner for our house. Same pattern, just different fabrics. No more can be done on this until the parlan has been ordered and delivered. So its now hangs on the wall in my sewing room along with the other table runner.



Both table runners together.

I still have another Christmas table runner to make, this one will be going to Amy. Think I'll leave that one until next weekend as its a bit more involved.

Technically they are still on coat hangers and technically those coat hangers aren't free for me to start a new project.

But then technically they will be finished as soon as the parlan arrives. So I think I am safe to start a new project.

Like my first quilt.......hot damn.....whhhoooo hooo.

On that note I have a rabbit hutch that needs cleaning out and a broody bantam that needs a house made up so she can be set with 6 eggs tonight.

Only the quick and the dead in this house!!!

You're only limited by your imagination.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Six Coat Hanger Rule

Do you start something and then finish it or do you start a project and then forget to finish it and move onto the next design that catches your eye???

Me, I have a system and it works great, so I thought I would share it with you.

My six coat hanger rule works for me very well. I don't include the swaps I go in as they always have a due date on them. But for my own items I love the 6 coat hanger idea.




The way my coat hanger rule works is easy, if there is a vacant hanger on the wall, I can start something new. No empty coat hanger, finish something if I feel the need to start something new.

I love my walls as I have free range to hang things on it, this also helps if your not renting the house. LOL. Also I hang all my rulers just above the sewing table for easy reach.

In the photo above, the 3 coat hangers are taken up with the first "Breast Of Friends" block I wasn't happy with. Its hanging there waiting to be turned into a cushion. Been hanging there for a while now, better give it a shake outside to remove any dust build up. eek

Behind the cream table runner (binding that tonight) is my new stitchery quilt "Life Is Beautiful" I am getting ready to start. This quilt replaces the cream table runner on that coat hanger. On the 3rd coat hanger is the bird house wall hanger. That Christmas table runner was on the other side of the room where the other 3 hangers are.




This wall is behind me when I'm at the sewing table. Breast Of Friends block I am working on, plus a couple more table runners cut and to be pieced together.

I love to hang gifts around the room as well, plus templates in bags too. Saves me loosing and spending hours looking for them.

All 6 coat hangers are always hanging something I am making, its in my face to help me not to forget to finish them.

Please don't ask me how I would keep track of my projects if I didn't have a sewing room, cos' I would have no answer for you....lol

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my little (if anal) way I run my sewing room.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Almost Finished


On Tuesday and Friday when I go to my dear friends house for quilting I like to take a stitchery as its so much easier to transport and do at the tables.

Not sure how long I have been working on my first wall hanger, but its almost finished.

I chose a different colourway to the designer's colours. I used Moda Aster Manor and matched up the DMC threads.

Now you maybe wondering what I am going to be taking next time I head off to quilting? There is a new project in the wings and I have started to get things rolling in the sewing room.

Remember these fabrics I rewarded myself with for loosing those 2 kilo? Well they are starting me off while I wait until next payday, to order more Moda Rural Jardin from America in a fortnight.

First time I will be ordering yardage fabric overseas and I'm pretty darn excited about it. I am always supporting the quilting shops here in Adelaide, but this time round I'm putting my $$$ where I can get more for my bucks.

Oh I haven't told you want I am going to make with it have I???? Silly me!!!!

Life Is Beautiful I think this site has the best photos of the quilt for you to see. Just scroll down past all the Japanese quilts and you can see it. There is a quilt in Japanese fabric and 2 in Moda French General fabrics.


You're only limited by your imagination.

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I have no time frame to have it completed by, due to the stitchery being done mostly on these 2 days.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

HUGGLES Delivered


Don't the girls look happy with some of the softies?? They were just so thrilled with the 20 little softies that will be looking for someone to HUGGLE.

I had about 6 grown ladies ohhing and arring over the bag of goodies.

Thanks so much to everyone who donated their time, fabric and posting them to me.

We're back up that way at the beginning of March and I'd love to take some more back with us. As Christmas isn't that far away now, I and anyone who wants to donate have just over 3.5 months to have them made and in my sewing room.

Happy sewing ladies and thanks again for you beautiful gifts for these kids.



You're only limited by your imagination.

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HUGGLES To Go

Last night I stuffed and finished off 4 little piglets for today's trip to the Blackwood Hospital.



Here they are, all excited about the train trip. Better be good and not annoy the other train passengers. LOL



Twenty softies all ready to go and HUGGLE a small child who is sick in hospital.

Hope to get a couple of photos at the hospital. Guess that depends on finding a willing person for a photo.

You're only limited by your imagination.


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Monday, November 8, 2010

HUGGLES For Blackwood Hospital This Week

Wednesday this week Pat & I are off to the Blackwood Hospital for his appointment with his respiratory specialist.

This means we are also taking some softies up with us for the children there. How exciting will this be???

Here are photos of the softies that will be making the trip and who they are from.



Jude Stuff's sister sent me these through Jude and what a bunch of lovely little teddies. Thanks so much Jude's sister, your an angel.



These little knitted teddies are from Naomi, she knitted these herself and I know she has more to sew up and stuff. Those will go to a hospital when she has them finished and given to me. Thanks Naomi, your a treasure too.




Jill sent these little beauties she had made for the children. What a colourful bunch of softies and thanks Jill for your time and goodness for making them for the kids.





Okay who's a slacker I ask you???? Yeah me!!!

Gee where has the time gone I ask you??? I am going to have some piggies made and ready to stuff at Dawn's place tomorrow. Mind you, I'll need some fiber fill first....lol.

I was at Spotlight this morning too and forgot all about picking it up. So tomorrow I'll whiz in and grab it. Great excuse to drop in at the Clovercreast Spotty and see what they have in the way of fabric for animals.

The ABC fabric was $12.95 a metre and I bought half a metre as I also want to make some baby bibs for a little sweet Great Niece. That ABC fabric is also available in a lemon colourway too. The star fabric was on special for $5.00 a metre on the reduced table.

Well this isn't getting those pigs cut and stitched...so I'm off.......

You're only limited by your imagination.


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Friday, November 5, 2010

My Friends Swap Has Arrived

My Friends Swap from Donna arrived and I was so spoilt with all the lovely goodies Donna has sent to me. Love them all so much and without any more talking from me ....lets take a look at my treasure trove of goodies.




Love the 3 fabrics and I must remember America measure in yards and not metres. The green and gold fabric was a 1/2 yard and the blue Japanese fabric is a yard in length. All 3 are so me and I love the feel and texture of the fabric.




Another ruler..... never can have enough rulers in a sewing room. I don't have a 6 x 6 inch ruler and I'm stoked about having one now. Need to hang this one on my wall with the other 5. This ruler also came with a pattern for a pin cushion.....that is so cool:) Plus it has the 1/4 inch seam allowance included.





Donna bless her, sent me some beautiful fabric for some "HUGGLES" and I can't wait to get some well deserved animals made in these stunning colours. The green and beige are Moda (gotta love Moda) and some yep you guessed it....Hungry Caterpillar fabric. Its my first piece of licensed fabric and I am stoked to have it.

Also a cute little magnet book marker.



If you haven't worked it out as of yet...... Moda is my most favourite fabric and I have a collection of it growing steady in my sewing room. I don't have these 2 and I'll be making something special with them.




These cards are made from a plant called Kenaf and whenever possible they don't use trees to make their paper. Cards are made using earth friendly materials. I also noticed the pictures are of ducks. Gotta love a duck in my books.

Just a question though....... how do I use such a pretty set of cards....lol



Some really cute buttons and a bracelet counter for when I do my knitting.

Thank you so much Donna for spoiling me and I had so much fun making your gifts and being your swap partner. Also thanks Khris for hosting this swap.

I have some HUGGLES from Jill arrive today. I'll post photos over the weekend of them, thanks Jill for your generous gift.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Adelaide Quilting Expo

Today I went to the Adelaide Quilting Expo and I had a ball with my Tuesday quilting buddies.

Saw so many beautiful fabric and the quilts on display were stunning. I voted for # 50 as I thought it was just beautiful.

There was a Dear Jane Quilt on display and OMG it is stunning and so I am now going to stick with the original colours I was doing. I took a photo of it and its my computer desk top photo and I am going to print it off and stick the photo in my sewing room. Just stunning.

I didn't go over board with the spending and this helps with not having a credit card. Saw a couple of patterns I want and will order them when I have gotten past Christmas.




Bought 3 fat 1/4's and shock they were all blue. I don't have a lot of blue fabric and thought I'd go for them today.





Love lacy butterflies and such. I can't find them in Adelaide and this time round I bought these tiny butterflies. Four in a pack for $1.50.

I told the man who runs this stall how much I have been plugging them with my friends to go and see his stall. So he gave me a retractable tape measure as a thank you. So here is a free plug for him...... check them out.



I wanted a couple of buttons for the bareroots sewing tote that I want to make next year, the pig and bird house is for that tote. Little cow is for my sister Debbie, who couldn't make the expo this year as her daughter is getting married this Saturday. Thought I'd surprise Deb with a little button.

One of my highlights of the day was I met Linda Haigh who designed this RicRac & Roses cushion I felling in love with and made. To be able to tell her how much I loved the cushion I made and to thank for for her designs was such a buzz. Here is Linda's website too, have a look as she's amazing.

Gosh what a FAB TAB of a day I had.......better now go and feed myself and Pat.


You're only limited by your imagination.


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