Monday, August 29, 2011

More Mail.

The mail man has been so kind to me of late. Not delivering many window envelopes and has been wonderful, as he's been dropping off parcels instead.

Three more deliveries over the last few days and boy are they
wonderful. One parcel I didn't even know it was coming.

Its from Gloria and I love the surprise.

How cute is this fabric? Gloria said when she saw it, my cats in the sewing room came to mind.
Gloria thought after all the health issues Pat has had, a little gift for me was needed.

How cute are these buttons? These little cats were tucked inside the fabric. Gloria was like me
a carer and knows how tiring some days can be.

I am going to make a bag with the fabric.
Buttons I will use else where.

Also in the mail came by big fabric order that I bought with my birthday money from the girls over on C-R-A-F-T.

Two yards each of "Warm Memories" by Kansas Troubles for Moda. This is to be used with the two charm packs I bought and will be made into a quilt.

The fabric above and below are half yard each and it'll be used in a quilt I want to make with my "Gone With The Wind" panels on the back.

Between these and what I bought at Trisha's, I should have a good range to start my quilt off with.
I want to make the blocks in Civil War reproduction fabric.
Now what blocks will I be making for my quilt are from the book in the photo below.

I have fallen in love with the "Farmer's Wife" quilt and the blocks I have seen are just stunning.
So I thought with part of the $$$ I would buy this book/CD and while on line I bought the
other book as well.

I think I have spent my $$$ well and I still have 2 more charm packs in the mail somewhere.
What are they, you ask???
You'll have to wait until they arrive and I take a photo. LOL.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thank You HUGGLE Angels

Thank you HUGGLES Angels.

We have not only reached the 100 mark but,
we have actually passed it.

If you have some HUGGLES you are finishing off,
we'd love them still.

As they can be given to other children by the young people
taking them across to Ethiopia.

I am so proud and humbled by your thoughtfulness
and generosity.


More Birthday Gifts

I belong to a C-R-A-F-T Craft group and also I am in the birthday group. As it was my birthday I get a lovely little sum of money to spend how ever I want.

For a fabric addict, its a real head spin ordering fabric and knowing all the bills are paid and the pantry is full.

My first of 4 orders has arrived. I wanted to buy all at one place, but this was not to be. Not all my choices were on the same site.

I fell in love with Lovely when I saw it in the "fabric" so to speak. Had to have a couple of charm packs for a quilt. What can I say about "French General" fabric range???? LOVE IT........LOVE IT.

Last week Pat & I traveled to a hospital for Pat to have some heart tests. Good news he's okay and the results show no major problems....YAY.

Anyway we went past Tricia's Discount Fabrics (no website) and was I impressed. Over 10,000 bolts of fabric for us quilting ladies.

I about 35 cm each of these 4 fabrics for my quilt that I want to make with the "Gone With The Wind" panels on the back. Pat was very impressed and is more than happy to take me back there in the future.

Yesterday at sewing group, Heather gave me these lovely and very yummy gift for my birthday. Yes I have been nibbling on those very yummy chocolates. How cute is that piggy tape measure and the fabric will be added to my Dear Jane fabric collection.

Thank you so much Heather......XOXOXOXO

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Birthday This Week

It was my birthday this week on Wednesday and I was just so spoilt. Between my family and dear friends, I was pampered, showered with gifts and a home cooked meal provided by Amy.

Thanks to all who messaged me on my phone, Facebook, forums and who saw me and treated me to some wonderful hours with their company.

What is a birthday without a few pressies?????

Patrick, Amy, Ben, Super Cooper, James & Tamara game me a Pandora bracelet. Now I can collect charms for it.

From Judy a really cute owl fabric and some cotton thread.

Look what Khris gave me...lots of cute animal fabrics and some other lovely goodies.

Amanda gave me some cat fabric as well.... love the kitty in the shopping bag....hahaha

Also Amanda made that awesome hexi coaster herself and I'll use that one in my sewing room.

Lovely goodies from Dawn wrapped in the fabric underneath. Hope the coffee mug does put weight on my hips when I drink my milo out of it???? eek LOL

Thank you one and all for such an awesome day....... It was just wonderful to have a girlie day and then to have a meal cooked by my daughter.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011


Aren't these 6 little HUGGLES just so cute???

Thank you so much Kylie for making them.

How are your HUGGLES going girls? Not long to the cut off point, 31st of this month. Amanda and I are so hoping we reach our target of 100 little softies.

Don't forget there are lots of prizes up for grabs as well.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011


On Tuesday of this week I had the most amazing experience, that not all quilters get to do and enjoy. I used a free standing quilt frame and I quilted my star quilt.

Firstly I would like to thanks Dawn, who was so kind and generous to give me the freedom of her quilting frame. Thanks darl'n.

I once heard that a couple of glasses of drink can help with free motion quilting. So on the way to Dawn's place I picked up a can of diet I was told, that diet coke isn't quite what they meant when saying about the drinking before quilting.

That was popped into the fridge as I was so sure I'd need a fix at some stage that morning. I think all up it took just under 3 hours to quilt my quilt.

So lets take a look at the photos Dawn took for me.

She's a big beauty and very impressive. Quilting frame isn't too bad

That is me, you knew that thought....heheheh.

I learnt some interesting things while quilting.

  • Don't bunny hop....... yeah right!!!
  • Don't slow down too much and then plant the foot flat....... oops!
  • Remember to check the backing fabric isn't bunched up and is nice a smooth..... gotch ya!
  • That goes for the wadding too...... double gotch ya!!
  • Have fun...... no worries about that ...I had a ball.

Show and tell time, thanks Judy for helping to hold my now quilted quilt up.

Different angle for you to see those blocks.

The back of my quilt. I'm pointing to a gathered bit that I didn't have smooth enough.

Okay now you have finished ooooohhhhhing and aaarrring over my ever so AWESOME quilt.

What did I learn???


I leart that even though its not purr-fectly quilted...I don't care. Yes I can see a few "aaawwww craps" on where I did a boo-boo. But that is what makes it so perfect in my eyes. It tells me yes I can make a quilt and yes I can do a great job. And yes, I will improve as each quilt is made and finished in the future.

In a nut shell...I am AWESOME. Quilts pretty AWESOME too.

For people who know me.... they know I say that about myself with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. I hope my post has projected how excited I am to have made my quilt and how grateful I am with answers to questions, as I made the blocks and the support in the final stages. You too are AWESOME.

Oh yeah...about that can of diet coke????? It was enjoyed very much after all was finished. I was mentally drained from concentrating and my back was sore.

Wouldn't change a thing that morning.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Huggles for Ethiopia Prizes Galore...

Over the last month or so, I have been writing about my HUGGLES for Ethiopia Appeal. Already HUGGLES are arriving at Amanda's place in Queensland.

There is still 2.5 months to go and we have decided to make the appeal more exciting, for you.

After a phone chat with Amanda we came up with 7 prizes that you our HUGGLES Angels can win. Its so easy to go in the draw and best part can choose how many times you want your name in the draw.

First off lets look at my 3 prizes and why I have picked them from my stash.

1st prize is a charm pack called "Dream On".

I picked this pack as we all have dreams and they can be as simple as a new toy or a plate of food... or a higher priced dream of a new computer or winning X-Lotto.

2nd prize is 1/2 metre of Moda "Lilac Hill" and a quilt pattern.

Unlike a sweet bird these children cannot fly away to a new place to live. And at night when I look up I see the beauty of stars and thank God for my wonderful life I have.

3rd Prize is 6 pieces of Shadow Play ranging in size from 6 x 8.25 inches to a whopping 42 x 11 inches in size. Plus a cushion pattern.

Love shadow play and I have given a piece from each fabric in my collection for this prize.

I am a full time carer for my hubby and some fortnights its a struggle to make ends meet. Living in the shadow of poverty here in my house, is nothing compared to what these children go through day after day.

Okay now you know my reasons for my 3 prizes.....let the fun begin.

How to enter.

To have a chance to win 1 of these 3 prizes or one of Amanda's prizes you can find on her just have to make a HUGGLE and contact either Amanda or myself, for Amanda's post address when ready to mail.

Now the kicker....You can choose how many times you want to enter, 1 HUGGLE equals 1 entry. 3 HUGGLES is 3 entries. 10 HUGGLES is 10 entries. There is no limit to how many HUGGLES you make and mail to Amanda.

With the cost of living and postage, you can send the HUGGLES completed (with faces) if your on a low income and can't afford to stuff and post. Amanda has some lovely ladies who will stuff them for you. You still have the same entries to the draw as a stuffed HUGGLE.

Your name or names will go into a container, once the HUGGLE have arrived at Amanda's place. You can also send me a photo of them to pop up here on my blog and my Face Book page or I can get Amanda to do this for you. Your name will go on our side bar as well.

How does this sound so far???? Pretty awesome you would have to say!!!

Closing date.

Now the cut off date is 6 pm EST , 31st August. That will give time for Amanda to get the HUGGLES to the people who sponsor these sweet children who may never had a new toy in their life.

HUGGLES will be going over to Ethiopia on the 15th September.

Now I did say 7 prizes and so far I have mentioned only 6. So what is the 7th prize???

How would you love the chance to win this book? Thank so much Amanda for supplying this beautiful Tilda craft book.

To go in the draw, all you have to do is blog about HUGGLES For Ethiopia on your own blog, post a link to this post and let me know. Or you can let Amanda know, 1 link and 1 chance to win..... no you cannot post a link back to your blog on both my link and Amanda's and get two bites at this

Anyone who has sent HUGGLES already and Amanda has received them, your in the draw already.

If you want to know more about the HUGGLES For Ethiopia Amanda has a wonderful post here.

We have a list of suitable patterns on Amanda's link as the sizes are very important. There is a choice of teddies and dolls to make.

This appeal is open to overseas people as well. You will also have the same prize rights as the Aussie people.

Okay I think I have covered all the info you might need to know. If you need to know anything, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you asap.

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