Monday, November 30, 2009

OPAM - November Finish

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments and compliments. I have been quite overwhelmed by your generosity.

I haven't done much sewing of late - nor blog visiting after our pc keeled over in the extreme heat a couple of weekends ago. I wasn't far behind.

I did make this little Christmas bag which featured in Homespun (Vol 8 No 11). The design is by Marg Low and her Santa was made from punchneedle. I substituted applique instead. The finished size is about 7 inches square and I'm filling it with Christmas treats for a friend.

I also made this Christmas heart from Handmade magazine substituting the felt for a reproduction print. I borrowed Leanne's technique by adding some Pellon on the back before stitching the lettering. It gives a nice effect. Thanks Leanne!

That's it for now. I'm off to visit some blogs and catch up on all that you have been doing.

Happy Stitching

Saturday, November 14, 2009

15 Minutes of Fame

You just never know who is watching your blog.....

Australian Homespun
it seems.

It was a real surprise when they asked if they could print my projects in their magazine.

I wasn't sure at first.....don't be ridiculous! Of course I said yes.

So there I am - in the Red issue currently on sale at all good quilt shops and newsagents

Except the one near my place because my family bought all the available copies.

While I have your attention Lena over at LeKa Quilts is hosting a giveaway. A very nice applique book and one of her lovely handmade bags.

Happy Stitching

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Simply Delicious

Sigh. Is there anything more delicious than a layer cake? Okay, chocolate perhaps.

This one is Simple Abundance by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. What clever designers they are and such a pretty colour combination - soft teal, terracotta, sage and cream. Don't get me wrong I still have feelings for charm packs - those flirty cupcakes of the pre-cut fabric world. But oh, those 10 inch squares - so many possibilities.
My layer cake comes from Busy Thimbles at St Ives. It's a wonderful quilt shop and Annalisa, the delightful owner, is a talented quilter who likes reproduction fabrics and English paper-piecing. Visit her blog here.

If you can't get to the shop in person you can visit them on line at

Busy Thimbles classes and BOMs are very popular and they have contributed to the QuiltAid 2009 quilt project. Twelve shops have each designed a block and a finishing kit. It's in one of my favourite fabric ranges - Faye Burgos' Sachet Potpourri.

I'll be making this quilt designed by Camille called Late Bloomer which featured in Australian Homespun Vol 10 No1.  To create the circles I plan to use the aluminium foil method.

Thanks for letting me share one of my favourite quilt shops with you.

Happy Stitching