Sunday, February 22, 2009

Paisely Parade - Top Finished

The top for Paisely Parade is finally finished. Now to sandwich and quilt it. I have a denim blue paisely print backing fabric.

I 'm making a few more bushfire blocks as well.

I'm also working on my Pay it Forward gifts but I can't show you those as I want them to be a surprise!

For those who like giveaways Lola at And Sew On is hosting one. Why not pop on over to her blog and join in as there is still time.

Last but not least - I have my new swap partner for We the People Mini Swap - Tracey from Ohio. G'Day Tracey, I'll be posting you a parcel soon.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bushfire Quilt Blocks

In a previous post I wrote about a lady named Tia who, along with her quilt guild and local school, are putting together quilts for folks affected by the recent bushfires in Victoria. You can read more about that here.

There has been a wonderful response to Tia's request and I would like to acknowledge Honeysuckle Cottage quilt shop for their support of this project. They have agreed to supply backing fabric.

I'll be making some more blocks during the week.

Happy Stitching

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

We the People Mini Swap

This terrific mini swap was organised by Tracey over at Itching 2B Stitching. Thanks Tracey!

My swap partner was the delightful Kerri-Ann from idlenotions. I encourage you to visit her blog. She is a young mum with a beautiful 14 month old daughter. She doesn't get to sew and craft as much as she would like but she has made some very pretty things.

I was so happy to receive from Kerri-Ann a lovely parcel of goodies including a variety of fabrics (including some pieces of her school formal gown) along with pretty ribbons, buttons and threads. Fantastic!

What Kerri-Ann doesn't know is that I just love hot pink and lime green. I made a blouse in those colours a couple of weeks ago. I also love purple and have been collecting purple fabrics for a quilt. I'm thinking I could make some cards with some of the pieces Kerri-Ann has given me.

Thanks a bunch Kerri-Ann! I really enjoyed sending my parcel of goodies to you. It was a fun swap.

Happy Stitching

Bushfire Quilt Project

I have been overwhelmed by the care and concern expressed by our quilting and crafting friends from overseas. Especially those who were worried about my safety and that of my family. I was indeed grateful to let them know that we were well out of harm's way here in Sydney.

This terrible tragedy has touched us all so deeply and we are struggling to comprehend the extent of loss of life and devastation. How must things be for those who have lost loved ones, friends nad neighbours? In Sydney, we have watched in disbelief, the images and stories of these wonderful communities and their people.

Appeals and collections are being made from the largest corporations to the smallest business, schools, churchs and various other organisations. Let's hope that the monies collected are directed to those in need without delay or excessive red tape.

One lovely lady Tia, the wife of a US serviceman presently stationed in Australia, is collecting quilt blocks. Her quilting group and local school have joined in to help put the blocks together.

If you would like to join in, pop on over to her blog for the details. The blocks are easy enough to make using a pattern called Maverick Stars and a tutorial is available from Bonnie from Quiltville. Thanks Bonnie.

Maverick Star Block designed by Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville

Sunday, February 8, 2009

One Project a Month - February

This is such an enjoyable challenge - no pressure! This month there's a twist.

I'm hosting a Giveaway!

I have to be honest and say that I didn't have an awful lot to do to finish this one but it was put aside when the need to start Christmas projects could not be avoided any longer. I send a few overseas so I have to ready for the post by end of October.

I have made a sewing tote with accessories - pincushion, needlecase, scissor keep and a sweet little bag for your tape measure or threads. As part of the giveaway, I'm including a bundle of fat quarters, a cushion kit (complete) and a magazine.

To enter, just let me know in your comment that you would like to be included in the draw. I will choose one lucky winner at random. Entries close February 28.

Happy Stitching

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thanks a Bunch Lola!

Lola over at ...And Sew On has kindly nominated me for an award. You are such a sweetie Lola! Thank you so much. Pop on over to her blog to read all about this award and its interesting origins.

Happy Stitching

Monday, February 2, 2009

Fat Quarter Project of the Day

I found this over at Alice's blog. Sew Mama Sew will be posting a Fat Quarter topic each day - tutorials, information, swaps, and much much more. What a terrific idea! Why not head on over and check it out?

Happy Stitching

Sunday, February 1, 2009

One Stitch at a Time

I don't seem to be achieving a great deal this weekend. Perhaps it's the heat. Just a few blocks completed in the final border. More cutting to do. More piecing.

On a brighter note, the Delightful Dzintra, has presented me with an award. My first. Thank you Dzintra.

Of course, one should share the love. I would like to bestow this award on Jennie, Lola and Leanne. I enjoy their blogs immensely and they are very talented, creative people. Simply save the image and post it on your blog. You might also wish to nominate other bloggers.

Happy Stitching