Friday, June 28, 2013

Design Decisions....

Having spent over a week away from my sewing 

machine and fabric,

I was itching to jump back in!

And my Mid-Century Modern Bee 

feathers were calling me!

I have them all now, except one which seems to be 

flying around the world, somewhere!

I don't have a design wall, 

so often ideas take time to develop in my imagination.

I toyed with this idea for a while....

You may be able to tell from this photo (above),

but my feathers are not all the same size!

(I was warned!)

So I did some measuring..... 

Their widths ranged from 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 inches!

With some creative 'trimming'

(I hope my bee ladies don't mind!)

I now have five 'strips', 

of varying widths and lengths....

The middle 'column' will probably have another feather added to it?
Mmm, I don't think so...

ready for some more design decisions.....

I think I'll just sleep on it!

(Maybe my bee ladies, or other commenters will share their ideas with me?)

Happy days!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Really Random Thursday.....

I'm back!

MrPnP and I had a wonderful time at the beach....

Thankfully the weather improved...

Some locals stopped by...

to say 'hello'!

We took a walk to a nearby waterfall...

but seems our lack of rain means a less than 

spectacular flow!

Here is a native Australian plant...

a banksia, I think!

And a parting shot from our accommodation

before we left!

On the way home, I randomly asked MrPnP 

to pick two numbers, 

between one and fourteen...

He said "11"...

and "8"...

So ladies, if you would let me know your snail mail 


I'll get your little gifts to you!

I hope to get back to some sewing real soon...

And show you the knitting I did while I was away!

Happy days!


Monday, June 24, 2013

I'm not here...

I'm here.....

(I've disabled comments on this post while I'm at the beach!)

And here!

See you back here soon,

with some beach play and winners of my giveaway!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Vying for my attention....

This ...

became this...

A finish!

A hot water bottle cover,

for a charity in New Zealand.

Adrianne from "On the Windy Side" 

provided the tutorial...

(and she is having a fabulous giveaway

 here at the moment too!)

Of the five quilts I have 'on-the-go' 

I have worked on....

 another Rocky Mountain Puzzle block...

Love those glasses!

to go with these!

And Linda kindly made me this cute flamingo one

 to add to my collection!

He's perfect, isn't he?

I have also added to my City Sampler blocks...

ooops, they are all upside down!

And finally I have hand pieced this 6" star

for my Museum Medallion!

With the first school semester almost at an end 

and the winter solstice imminent,

there's much to celebrate!

I'm off for a few days at the beach...

I'll draw the winners of my "felt" giveaway 

when I return....

See you soon!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Thank You.....

I feel I may have not properly thanked 

some quilting friends....

for my beautiful bee blocks!

And wonderful extras too!

Thank you Mary, Anne and Rene....

you are very generous!

I am so looking forward

 to getting my Feathers pieced!

And secondly I wanted to thank all who visited me 

@ Clover and Violet for my "Fun Felt" post.

As a way of thank you,

I would like to give these away.....

(I really have no use for these little baby bootees!)

According to the pattern I followed from Purlsoho, 

they are made to fit a baby up to three months old.

And this brooch.

It is about 2.5" across and

has a little brooch pin on the back.

If you would like either of these, 

and a little Tula Pink fabric thrown in....

leave a comment on this post,

indicating which one you'd like. 

I will draw two winners next week!

Happy days!


Thursday, June 13, 2013


I may have started a new quilt....

I had the fabric, 

thanks to a generous low-volume donation from Cindy...

supplemented with blacks, browns and greys!

(I certainly knew I didn't want another rainbow quilt...

these are my last three quilt finishes.... )

I had the book...

And I had a plan,

and a recipient in mind!

This is my progress so far....

I'm not making one hundred blocks,

probably 70 or so...

the schedule is three a week.

I'll be making two! 

I am now all caught up...

I used this strip piecing method 

to make this one a bit quicker!

So, that's six blocks...

and counting!

Happy sewing!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

I'm coming to "Season By Hand!"

I am very pleased to be part the best blog hop 

around this season...

"A Season by Hand" over at Clover and Violet!

It's my turn on Monday!

I had so much fun I could not settle 

on just one hand made project!

Here's a little sneak peek..

So if you have plans to hand sew anything over this 


check it out 

because there are not just some great prizes 

but plenty of inspiration too!


June 3 - Kick-off
June 4 - Alyce - Blossom Heart Quilts
June 6 - Emily - Mommy's Nap Time
June 7 - Jodi - Pleasant Home
June 10 - Suz - PatchworknPlay
June 11 - Beth - Plum & June
June 13 - Jenniffier - Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life
June 14 - Heidi - Fabric Mutt
June 17 - Rachael - Imagine Gnats
June 18 - Elaine - Dashasel Sews
June 20 - Sandie - Crazy 'Bout Quilts
June 21 - Amy - Lots of Pink Here
June 24 - Danny - Mommy for Reals
June 25 - Cindy - Tops to Treasures
June 27 - Leanne - She Can Quilt
June 28 - Melissa - Sew Bittersweet Designs
July 1 - Cindy - Fluffy Sheep Quilting
July 2 - Rhonda - Quilter in the Gap
July 3 - Trish - Notes of Sincerity
July 5 - Erin - Why Not Sew
July 8 - Chrissy - Sew Lux
July 9 - Carrie - A Passion for Applique
July 11 - Katy - The Littlest Thistle
July 12 - Kelley - Casa Crafty
July 15 - Emily - Strawberry Patch
July 16 - Heather and Megan - Quilt Story
July 18 - Annette - My Rose Valley
July 19 - Katy - There & Back
July 22 - Melissa - Lilac Lane
July 23 - Jenelle - Echinops & Aster
July 25 - Shanna - Fiber of All Sorts
July 26 - Jane - Jane's Fabrics and Quilts

Wrap up and Linky running July 26 - August 5, 2013

Share what you're making:


These lovely shops and pattern designers are sponsoring some amazing giveaways throughout the series, so make sure you stop over and show them some support!


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I hope to see you there!

And here is another Pepper Coaster...

You can't seem to stop at one...

Happy days!

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