Friday, January 17, 2014


If you receive an email from me with a link please treat it as SPAM!

I apologise if this happens. I have reported the issue to Yahoo.

I was going to post a link to an article about how this stuff became the word for nasty email but perhaps I'd better not.

Friday, January 10, 2014


These blocks have been tucked away for a while now as I had been playing with different layouts, trying to find one that appealed.

After the post about small projects and a table mat seen on the web, I sat and stitched these guys together.

I really like them now and you know, I might just keep  going and make the lap quilt I always intended.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


I didn't mean for a whole month to go by before posting but it has been an endless battle with dust here after many days of strong winds. No sooner did we clean up than another windy day came along and we'd start all over again. Yeah, I know - first world problems.

Luckily we didn't experience any damage from fallen trees but a lot of folks did.The State Emergency Services (SES) are the first on the scene in events like this. The service is made up of volunteers and they do an amazing job.

A big project at work and health issues of a close family member have kept me from the sewing room. 

Until today!

I don't normally show projects at this stage but I'm so happy with how this quilt is looking. It was a good feeling to finally piece this top together.

Another reason for delaying this quilt was my frustration in not being able to find a fabric for the border that I liked. Nothing suitable at the local quilt shops so I ordered from the net with the only drawback being that you don't get true colours on your screen. 

The last fabric purchased is the best of a ho-hum selection.

The more I gaze at this quilt the less inclined I am to give it away. My sister won't mind if I buy here a box of chocolates instead - will she?

Now for a bit of gloating. . .

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy and Sydney Harbour put on her best day for the International Fleet Review featuring tall ships and 40 ships from 17 countries.

image courtesy of The Australian

You can read more about the event at International Fleet Review. The fireworks and lights spectacular is supposed to be bigger than the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

To the men and women of the Royal Australian Navy - thank you for your service.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


They say winners are grinners and I'm surely that! 

I was lucky to win Ann Hermes Giveaway and my prize has arrived! The Primitive Quilts magazine features a pattern by the wonderfully talented Ann. I also received a beautiful postcard and one of Ann's famous mini quilt decorations.

Look at all those lovely pinwheels!  As it happens I need a new mat for my coffee table and I have some left over half square triangles from my Scrap Baskets quilt.

Thank you so much Ann! 

I wish I could say that during my prolonged absence from blogging that I have been sewing with feverish enthusiasm.

Sadly no...Spring has arrived with a vengeance and with no rain for nearly two months hay fever  and asthma have been my constant companions.  Who needs enemies with friends like those?!

Never fear I shall be making a return to the sewing room soon. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Okay, so not quilting exactly. . .

I rather fancy making some recipes I've seen on the inter-webs for pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies all of which use canned pumpkin.

All things American are creeping into the stores these days so while I can get my hands on a can I wanted to ask you first about it.

Why canned pumpkin and not fresh pumpkin?

Okay, you are all still thinking S'mores and pulled pork, watermelon margaritas, summer berry pies and homemade lemonade but it's winter here!
Feel free to share a favourite recipe.