Saturday, December 31, 2011

nearly finished

a finished quilt top is better than no quilt at all right?

Friday, December 30, 2011


this means the end is in sight

Thursday, December 29, 2011

petite maison

this is my new project - rectangle reverie from

the original is bed size but mine will be a lap quilt

the fabric range i'm using is

petite maison by bunny hill designs

with a few co-ordinating spotty fabrics

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


my least favourite quilting activity

usually because it involves being on my knees at some point

what's yours?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

can you guess

what i got for christmas?

what did santa leave for you under the tree this year?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

merry christmas one and all

to all my bloggy friends and visitors

thank you for your interest and comments
over the year

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

garden tuesday...raindrops

rain on a path

apparently, it's meant to be summer here

ths is my entry for

Sunday, November 27, 2011

a gift from norway

a big thank you to the lovely Lena Karin!

recently I won her giveaway and received one of her signature bags and some treats

these gorgeous little pouches are simply delightful and Lena makes beautiful projects

her applique pieces are superb

been doin' some sewing of my own

these litte treat bags are from a design by happy zombie

grosgrain ribbon works better for the handles but I had the darndest time trying to find the colour/pattern that I wanted

sigh...hard to resist precut hexies

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

garden tuesday...climbing geranium

this beauty climbs all over my side fence in a riot of colour

this is my entry for

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

are you ready for christmas?

courtesy of Shabby Fabrics

I'm not but shabby fabrics is

check out their terrific range of christmas patterns, kits and fabrics

I like this little guy

disclaimer: this is not an advertisement and I have not received any benefit to promote shabby fabrics

I just like their christmas stuff!

yes katie, I know, I know - more time sewing less time talking about it

Saturday, November 12, 2011

sewing..just a little bit

just in case you'd thought I had given up wrangling needle and thread

still stitching my diamond hexies when I can find some time

not following a pattern but once I've made enough I will
stitch them together into a lap size quilt

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

garden tuesday...basil

hey pesto!

(i crack myself up)

this is my entry for

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

garden tuesday

gotta love hot pink

especially when it's a geranium

seriously - this is the colour

no trickery or photoshop

this is my entry for

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

garden tuesday...lemon tree

a lisbon

lots of spiny thorns - sure has

 thin skin and thick pith - yep

flowers and fruits at the same time - pretty neat that

fruits twice a year - true, a good crop too

grows to a height of 8m - sure does

rumour has it that it was brought to australia by a portugese immigrant

 probably just an internet furphy

makes nice lemonade, lemon curd and lemon meringue pie

this is my entry for Garden Tuesday

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

garden tuesday...on wednesday

weeeeell....close enough

seriously, I have never taken photos like this before and with a rubbish camera!

those chameleon roses sure live up to their name

swoon blocks are all the rage

so many pretty ones but this scrappy version is my favourite

check out the swoonery

Friday, October 7, 2011

garden tuesday...on friday

well, it was raining on tuesday

this is my chameleon rose

it didn't look like this last year and I was going to put it out of its misery

amazing what a difference a little care and attention makes

these little pretties fade to a soft pale creamy apricot

sewing is finally happening here with these cute fabrics

i'm stitching...i'm stitching...i'm stitching


Monday, October 3, 2011

good things...small packages

kim brackett from magnolia bay quilts is giving away a copy of this lovely book

using the tiny totes bag pattern designed by monica from happy zombie

even if you don't enter the competition this is a dandy little pattern - great for christmas

rachel from psiquilt is offering this quilt through a new workshop

sign up and receive a 20% discount at the fat quarter shop


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Diamonds in the Rough

I'm still stitching but admittedly at a snail's pace

pam buda over at Heartspun Quilts has good tutorials on paper piecing

little miss shabby has made a gorgeous pillow using an APQ quilt block pattern and some funky modern fabrics

I have discovered moona fabrics

I'm going to try and quilt the baby quilt using a swirly design favoured by kellie wulfsohn from don't look now


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Slice of Pie?

Yes please!

This beautiful quilt is Beth - a BOM from the talented designer Carol Roberts of Cherry Pie Designs.

I had the pleasure of meeting Carol at a quilt show a couple of years ago where she had a stand full of wonderful patterns and fabric goodies. I bought her design Amelia Jane and one of these days I'll make it up!

This is Carol's version and it was on display at the quilt show.

Carol has some lovely designs on her website and is offering Beth as a pattern only but you can buy a pattern/fabric version from The Stitching Post.

Happy Stitching, Ann

Monday, August 29, 2011

Eye Candy

Since I'm not getting much sewing done lately, I thought I'd distract you with pictures of some fabrics I rather fancy.

Hmmm, I see a theme developing here....


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Makin' Do

New stars have been added to the collection after I found some pretty French General fabric from the Rural Jardin range.

After stopping by another fabric shop, I added some fabrics from the Minick & Simpson range - Clermont Farms, as well as a Michele Hill blue print from her range - Adelaide.

Oddly enough, three of the stores I visited told me they weren't stocking Moda fabrics any more. When asked why, they said everyone buys Moda online. Do they?

I'll admit to buying pre-cuts on line but rarely yardage and even though our dollar is so strong, I'm trying to stay loyal to local quilt shops. I like to see the fabrics and enjoy the personal, friendly service.

What a shame if we were to lose our quilt shops altogether. Support your local store - today.

Happy Stitching