Thursday, May 17, 2018

Home Sweet Home

I recently had the pleasure of testing a pattern for 

Allison of Campbell Soup Diary!

There are four graphic designs to choose from in the 

"Stitches" set....

And I worked three of them into a new

sewing machine cover.

The needle is a little wonky because I made it from felt

I'm considering writing a tutorial, 

if anyone is interested....

I had this mauve fabric in my stash...

which was the perfect lining!

I figured my pretty "new" Singer 348 machine 

deserved a new cover.

Maybe it needs a new mat too? 

The pattern has just been released, so if you'd like to 
make your own, head HERE

Happy sewing!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Short and Sweet!

I've had a finish this week....

I lightly quilted my Tiger Tales quilt over the course 

of the last week,

adding some hand quilting too!

I am happy to be donating this one to a refuge for 

domestic violence victims.

The backing came from my stash, the name long forgotten 

I hope brings comfort, 

just as this cute little dog does.

Happy sewing!


Friday, May 4, 2018

Winter is for knitting!

I tend to focus my winter pastime on hand quilting 

and knitting.

I recently finished my Tangled Up jumper/sweater

in this wonderful purple colour called Imperial...


I knitted most of this while I was recovering from 

foot surgery last September.

I struggled a little working out the some of the    

seaming, but with the help of a friend, I got there.

Today it was cold enough to wear it....

with a scarf, I made a number of years ago!

I've now started a cardigan....

in this silvery grey yarn.

More details are on my Ravelry page here

Now to baste a quilt, ready for hand quilting!

Happy days!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Lost your Mojo?

It happens to us all...

We find ourselves with a sewing window, and don't 

know what we want to work on?

While I knew I should begin quilting one of the three 

flimsies have waiting, 

"Stepping out with Alice"

"Shadows of Love"

"Tiger Tales"

I wasn't sure I had the enthusiasm to baste anything 


I started thinking about how I might fill the day?

I've made a list of 

"Things to do in the sewing room when you are not 

sure what you want to do!"

1. Clean your sewing machine

2. Clean your cutting table

3. Change the blades in your rotary cutters

4. Join batting scraps to make a useable piece....

Don't forget to measure and label it!

I did this one first, then another too, for my "Tiger 

Tales", so it's ready to go!

5. Make (scrappy) binding

6. Make labels for all those 'quilts in waiting'

7. Make a pieced backing from stash fabric....

which I also did!

It is for a black and white quilt I'll eventually make 

with these...

when I find the perfect pattern, of course!

8. Cut scraps into useable shapes, example 

Dresden Plates or Hexies...

then sell them online!

I did that too!

What do you do when your sewing mojo disappears?

I'd love to know!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Some progress...

if a little slow!

I love making these Dresden Plate blocks....

and the numbers are growing.

To vary things up, I have made some with just two 

different fabrics...

a little less scrappy, but fun nevertheless!

This is how the scrappy ones are looking...

on their patched backgrounds.

I'm looking forward to some more sewing time on 

the weekend.

Linking up with Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Roadtrip

Mr PnP and I just returned from a little 

Easter/Autumn road trip!

Firstly, the Marimekko exhibition in Bendigo...

a beautiful art show in Castlemaine...

The Silo Art Trail has long been on my 'must-do' list!

 What an achievement!

And it's bringing some much-needed tourism back to 

country Victoria.

We then spent three glorious days in Glenelg....

walking the Esplanade each morning!

And along the Torrens river too...

Finally, we did some cycling in the Clare Valley...

with some wine tasting in between!

There was one last silo in Coonalpyn, South 


For more information go here, or here.

I did sew while being a passenger or in the 


and have six of these appliqued to the background 


And of course, it's important to have a little souvenir 

for my own future quilt....

I'd never seen "Frou Frou" fabrics in real life before!

I'm itching to get back in my sewing room,

with plenty of ideas brewing!

Happy days!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Learning from a master!

I was lucky enough to attend a trunk show with 

Jenny Doan the other night!

What a delight she is- truly inspiring, generous with 

her time and knowledgeable!

 I don't own many charm packs and they were all 

given to me by friends...

So I decided it was time to make a baby quilt using 

the Window Pane Disappearing Nine Patch pattern.

More details can be found here

This range of fabric was called Bunny Tales by 

Darlene Zimmerman, long discontinued it seems.

I knew I wanted to make it larger than the 30" it 

finished up at this stage;

Pardon the heads, I was in the third row!

So I added a deeper blue 1" border and a 4" spotted one!

I really loved how it turned out!

I think Mr Tiger is pretty pleased too!

I have a few more ideas for the rest of the charm 

packs I have in stash....

Happy sewing!

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