Sunday, November 19, 2017


November's colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is  DARK.  I've made two blocks.

Linking up with Angela's 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2017 here.

It's just about all the sewing I've managed to do around here. The wheels seem to fall of my wagon in October and November. Work becomes super busy and weekends vanish before I've had a chance to enjoy them.

Still, I am determined to stay on track with the RSC Challenge and plan to have at least the top put together before Christmas.

Thought I'd share a picture of my pretty Jacaranda tree in full bloom. (that's my lemon and bay trees in the foreground).  It's looking a bit old and tired these days but I adore the purple carpet of blooms at its it feet. 

Other than that, I've only had enough time to make some Aussie meat pies. The One Pot Chef on Youtube has an excellent tutorial. I make my own shortcrust pastry for the bottoms but use store-bought puff pastry for the tops ;

Traditional mincemeat for Fruit Mince Pies. We enjoy the first of the season after decorating the Christmas tree on the first weekend in December;
Image reproduced with kind permission of BBC Good Food

and; Microwave Lemon Curd using the recipe from My Baking Addiction

Image reproduced with kind permission of My Baking Addiction
That's all from me for now!

Sunday, October 22, 2017


The colour for October's Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017 is PINK.

It's all the sewing I've managed to do - not because of the wrist  (no broken bones) - it's just a crazy time of year. 

Not matter, some sewing is better than none at all right? I'm linking up with Angela at socscrappy for RSC 2017.

This made me laugh.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


No sewing here for a while after I tripped over my own feet and hurt my wrist. No major injuries but some soft tissue damage and possibly some chipped bone. X-rays will no doubt reveal all.

So instead, I went out shopping for backing fabric to finish some long outstanding quilt tops when the wrist is back to normal.

Went to Spotlight (sort of like JoAnn's) and was amazed at all the fabrics on display. The quilting section is still small but I did find fabrics for the Crackle Quilt. This was made from some fat quarters cut into layer cake squares. 

a design by aneela hoey
better colours in this image
I also found a plain dark teal green for this quilt which picks up the dark teal green in those squares. This was made from a charm pack and some plain co-ordinating fabric.

a quilt for Aussie Hero Quilts
. . . and because nothing else stitchy is happening in these parts, here are some pictures of what's flowering in my garden despite temps being in the high thirties (yes, I know it's meant to be Spring) and there's been no appreciable rain for about two months.

Gardening on the edge people.
a pink climbing geranium
miniature rose - a $1.50 bargain at the local garden centre years ago

budding bottlebrush
blooming bottelbrush
The bees and native birds love the nectar these produce. This one flowers right outside the sewing room window.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


 . . . is the colour Angela has chosen for the month of September in the RSC2017 challenge.

Now I don't really have a lot of orange, hardly any, in the scrap bin but I did have a selection of peachy colours.

I'm linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge here.

Made some small progress on the CW Scraps table mat. Yes, I'm still deciding on how to proceed with the big quilt. I know what I don't want and I don't want all that red. 

Decisions need to be made.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


While I dither about how to proceed with the next phase of the Civil War Fabric Quilt (seriously, I need to get a proper name for this puppy), I started playing with the crumbs leftover from making that 32 inch medallion centre (see last post).

That nine patch centre measures 3 inches finished.  More of this to come. Didn't think I'd get any time to sew this weekend what with errands, chores and baking.

I made these . . .

(not my images as I'm rubbish at photographing food. If you want gorgeous images of food, visit Pam takes terrific photos of food and other stuff!)

Lemon Coconut Slice from
 and this
Sticky Melt Mix Fig Date cake from
Except I didn't have any figs so I just used dates. Meanwhile winter strawberries from Queensland were just too gorgeous to pass by.

Strawberry Muffins from
and for dinner

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs from

 Well, that's the weekend done and dusted!