Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Helen!

I haven't enjoyed making something so much 

as I did making this...

for my sister's recent birthday.

Helen had admired my first Sew Together Bag, 

so I didn't need an excuse to make another!

Oh, its blurry! I'm seem to be making a habit of that!

I pieced simple patchwork from my stash, 

from my favourite palette of pink and yellow!

and had fun choosing matching zippers...

and construction went smoothly too!

Although I do all the bindings by hand, not machine!

So now just the final shots....

Here it is enjoying some Spring sunshine!

And some indoor shots!

Rather appropriately it is now living happily by the 


given the fabric I chose!

I will leave you with a favourite photo from another 

day at the beach...

Helen, Mum and I (circa 1960)

Happy days,


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cobbled Illustrations

I have finished my Cobbled quilt- 

now named "Cobbled Illustrations" to include the 

name of the P & B textiles fabric collection 

it is made from.

It is hard to see but I quilted it in straight-ish lines, 

echoing the houses in red thread.

Once I decided on a path I just meandered through,

stitching lines about one inch apart.

This is the obligatory 'rolled-up' shot 

with its spotted binding!

 The red door has to be my favourite part!

I used bamboo batting, because that is all the shop had!

It gives a lovely snuggly feel 

now it has been washed!

I'm happy to have a recipient in mind for this.

One day this lap sized quilt will live in Scotland, 

maybe as a reminder of the terrace house 

they lived in in South Melbourne!

Happy days!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome Spring!

What a weekend we had....

well some of it!

The air is filled with the smell of blossom....

Wishing you a happy day!

the back...


Monday, August 25, 2014


I went to a dry needle felting class on the weekend!

Who could have guessed that this fluffy pile of 

Corriedale wool and a barbed felting needle....

could be turned into these!

My Super Models!

This is the needle used to stab, yes stab the

rolled up wool shape, 

until the fibres matt and felt together! 

Here are more 'models' and some of the parts ready 

to be put together!

More figures made by the teacher

It was great fun, if a little dangerous!

Those barbs are sharp if you talk more than watch...

Here's my Snoopy!

Not bad for my first effort although I think his legs 

could be fattened up a wee bit!

And I will leave you with a group shot....

each with their own little personality!

Can you guess which one the teacher made?

I'm going to borrow a book from my library,

search You-Tube,

learn a few more techniques, 

and maybe try another one!

Is this something you'd like to try?

Happy days!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daffodils in the Deep!

It was my great pleasure to test a new pattern for 

my friend Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts!

I really admire her work and ideas...

She calls her pattern "Diamonds in the Deep",

but I used a sunny Kona Daffodil yellow 

for my baby version - hence the name.

I used a visit to Port Nepean to do 

a little photo shoot!

This Ikea print was perfect for the backing....

Firstly I machine quilted in the ditch 

in a large cross hatch pattern...

The Port Nepean cemetry
and then couldn't resist adding some hand quilting!

Here it is after a wash and tumble dry...

It didn't fade, just blame the photographer!

all snuggly and being used by an August baby!

More details on this wonderful pattern 

can be found here

Thanks Helen for being my quilt holder!

Happy days!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wordless WIPS Wednesday

hand quilting...

machine quilting...

bee blocks...

Happy sewing!


Saturday, August 16, 2014


Back in late May I received some fabric from 

P&B Textiles....

look at that cute red door!

I was particularly drawn to the black, white and grey 

range called Illustrations 2, and began planning!

I knew I wanted to feature the terrace houses, 

so I carefully cut them out and added one inch red 

borders onto two sides of each one.

I also knew I wanted to keep the prints large, to 

show them off properly!

So I chose a four inch by four and half inch block to 

join everything together.

I had ten 'whole' terrace houses, 

but couldn't quite make it work....

So I found the scraps I had left would allow me to 

'cobble' together one more terrace section,
Two of the three terrace scraps on the right hand side....

with a whole red strip to bring it up 

to the required size.

Of course, cobbles are also used to pave roads, 

so the name is quite appropriate, don't you think?

I have used the rest of the fat quarters to piece a 


It finishes at lap size = 42" X 53"

I am looking forward to quilting this one.

Happy days,


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