Tuesday, June 28, 2016


I must apologise for not keeping up with the blog world, but life gets hectic sometimes (as you well know) but I'm still enjoying my quilting and sewing.

Here's the latest block that I've finished for my Homespun Foxley Village project.

Just loving the Tilda fabric, I would never have selected some of the colour combinations but there you go,.... they work !!!  Just goes to show that just because you wouldn't choose it, doesnt mean it wouldn't work  Sometimes its nice to just do and you are told and you get a very pleasant surprise.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


How nice are some people, especially quilters...Helen from Helens Patchwork Passion  invited me to join her, Sue and Julia (no blogs) to get together to work on this beautiful quilt by Yoko Saito.

I only met Helen thru blogging and she's been so generous both in her knowledge and in sharing her supplies....big thanks to you Helen 💐💐💐💐

I've almost finished Block 1 - all needle turn (although I did use some appliqué paper on the small pieces) 

We are using Japanese woven material which I'm finding does fray quite a bit so the idea is not to fiddle with it too much, easy said than done with needle turn!
The embroidery accentuates the features and finishes off each piece nicely.

This type of quilting is more rustic than normal but the finished quilt is quite stunning and all hand worked which is so relaxing.

We are all meeting up this Thursday to start the next block so I'd better finish my embroidery ready to go again.....I'll keep posting each block to show you the process.

Monday, May 9, 2016

FOXLEY VILLAGE progress report...

So far I'm on track with the Homespun BOM having just finished the April edition.
I'm waiting for my next bundle of fabric so I can begin the May edition now.  There's no rest for the wicked Haha

Here are the blocks completed since my last post......

Just love the fussy cut centerpiece on this block!!!

Here's the Schoolhouse and Sisters Choice Blocks.

Really enjoyed doing the embroidered trees each side, such a lot of satin stitching but I think I'm getting better :)

Monday, April 11, 2016


I needed another long term project to start on (as if the 10's of other projects weren't enough) and I liked the look of the latest BOM from Homespun magazine.

Entitled Foxley Village, it is made with Tilda fabrics, my very first experience with Tilda...yah, and combines hand-turn appliqué and piecing blocks

The blocks are much larger in real life than they look in the magazine, which is handy as my needle turn work is not really good yet.  

First block ticked off the finished list


Second block was a pieced block

Third block, getting harder...more appliqué 

This block Is almost 16" high and it's almost complete. Just need to finish the fox and hang out the Open sign.

I trying not to fall behind but I've got one block to catch up and my next two have just arrived....better get sewing

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Been a bit slack with my blogging lately, too much talking and not enough sewing !!

I love to try new techniques, and when I was visiting the beautiful Mill Rose Cottage late last year, I picked up some  Sashiko embroidery panels.  The lines are pre-printed onto the panel and all you do is stitch using a running stitch.

  I used a Sashiko thread which is similar to a Perle Cotton, in a bright white colour to highlight the lovely pattern.  There are also special long needles that you should use but I found my embroidery needles did the trick.

You can see that I haven't embroidered all the outside crosses, as I am thinking of attaching a border and maybe even adding more panels for a table runner.

Now why not pop across to Martina at Sunshine Quilting and have a look at the other works of art that the lovely bloggers have done.  Always inspirational

Enjoy your day,

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


We are surrounded by babies at the moment....must be the season! 

I always like to do a baby quilt for my family and friends when they become parents or grandparents. I really wanted to try using minki fabric as the backing, but have been terribly afraid because of the stretch, but after reading up on how to sew it, I decided to give it a go.....

Using a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew , I gathered my scraps of pink fabrics and teamed them with a plain Emma Louise white.

To add something different, I bordered the edges with grey dot material.

I was most afraid how to quilt the top with the minki.  Using my walking foot, I sewed straight crossed lines fairly wide to keep a nice soft feel.

I thought it was lovely and soft but then I washed it and wow it came up even  softer than before.  Now I think I will do all the babies quilts with the minki on the back.....so cuddly.

I think it turned out beautifully and it's off to its new owner next week. I'm sure she will love it!  

Friday, February 5, 2016

FBwF - Butterflies

What do you call lots of butterflies? .........a kaleidoscope (according to Google)

Well I'm surrounded by a kaleidoscope of butterflies this Friday night.  I spent my time drawing and cutting wings and bodies.

Still have a few more to cut out and then they will all come together into a baby quilt  for Harper. 

If you'd like to see what all the FNwF got up to, why not pop over here and visit everyone.

Happy stitching everyone :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016


I know, I know, I'm in the wrong season but I just love doing Bucilla Christmas Stockings !!  I'll be doing them throughout the year so everyone will have a stocking this year.

There's something different about this Santa....no snow!   It's perfect for our Aussie Christmas which is right in the middle of summer.

This stocking is heading overseas to my son and his financee in London to remind them of Christmas back home.

This Santa reminds me of building sand castles and playing volleyball on the beach - I love the little details they include like his thongs and toes...how cute 

He's a very sun smart Santa, laying under the umbrella to avoid sunburn plus he has his glasses if needed.

Only have two more stockings in my stash to do, then I'll be on the hunt for more designs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SAL 2016

Hooray .......joining the Sunshine Quilting Patchwork and Stitchery SAL 2016' has pushed me to finish a project that I had started in December.

Adding color to embroidery adds that extra zing to the finished project, and Jo from Gemelli Girls (check them out on Facebook) showed us how to combine coloring pencils and embroidery to achieve a beautiful result permanently!

First of all, we painted a small section of our printed embroidery pattern with a fabric medium

Then we colored that section in using Derwent Inktense pencils which actually have ink in the leads

Once the whole embroidery is colored and stitched, you iron the piece which sets the color permanently. You have the option to embroider first then color in or vice versa.

Add the border and hanging sleeve and it's ready to display

This ones ready for next Christmas and I'm thinking I might go over some of my old embroideries and color them too.

Friday, January 8, 2016


Happy New Year to all the sewing/quilting bloggers out there.

This is my first 2016 post and I thought I'd start off with a bright and colourful Poppy Quilt.
(that's Poppy as in the flower, not in the Nanny and Poppy type)

A while ago, the sewing girls had a day out to The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton, where I saw a kit for this beautiful Poppy quilt.  Luckily for me, the kit included this large Centre Panel Piece:........

Plus three other coordinating patterned materials and a bright purple plain and a vivid yellow plain.

I am well on the way and have pieced all the nine small blocks that go around the main panel piece.

Can't wait to show you how it turns out, these colors are so delightful to work with, they just inspire happiness.

Bye for now

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Well I got my Christmas Present early.....Harper Layla came into the world last Wednesday morning.

As you can imagine, we are all thrilled and both my daughter and Harper are doing wonderfully.  They only stayed in hospital overnight (not like my day when we had a whole week in there!) so let the celebrations begin.

We tend to forget just how small babies are, even though they are perfect in every detail.

I felt that Harper needed a special toy for Christmas and I went searching for a pattern.  I found a lovely bright Fox in a Homespun Magazine.  So for my first attempt at a softy, I fell in love with it

The button eyes were just pinned on in this picture, but I have since changed them to felt eyes so there's no danger of small parts coming off.

Jake loved Mr Fox and was very proud to put it in Harpers room, so now I'm making another one for him to match (in boys colours of course).

Having grandchildren brings so many joys and so much more sewing to do.....I think I need to retire now (hint hint)

I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and I look forward to blogging with you in 2016


Thursday, December 10, 2015


Been busy lately (as has everyone else) and I havent been posting much...sorry (I still read all of yours though)

With my second grandchild due any day now, my very pregnant daughter asked for a cushion for the baby girls room.  She asked for a H on the cushion (wonder what the name will be??)

I found a wonderful tutorial on Pinterest (dont you just love that site) from Quilted Hugs and Other Nonsense.

It was extremely easy to do, I simply cut out the shapes and using Steam-A-Seam, ironed them onto the spotted square.  Then with a layer of batting behind, I raw edged all the shapes.  I then cut away all the loose batting.  This left just the shapes in batting.

Another full layer of batting behind, and I sewed around the outside of the shapes.  This made them stand out but then I stippled all the cushion front.  This REALLY made my applique POP right out.

A ruffle around the edge and a zippered backing and its finished.

Now all we need is the baby....

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Christmas sewing is such a delight and I particularly love the Bucilla range of Christmas Stockings.

After I discovered Debbie from andsew4th and the fantastic Christmas Stockings she has made,  (she also does great YouTube lessons on them) I have been addicted.

I am even teaching a couple of classes at Kate's now for other ladies who like them!!

Here is my latest one just finished, now we are all waiting for the little girl to arrive (should be next few weeks - stay tuned)

With all the sequins, it takes me back to making dancing costumes for my daughter, many moons ago.

I love her little face,  she looks so sweet with those long eyelashes (just like mine haha)

She is surrounded by all sorts of lollies, there's gingerbread men, cupcakes, bonbons, cookies and of course candy canes.

Toe of Stocking

Heel of Stocking

There is just one thing that needs to be finished......her name needs to be embroidered onto a cupcake which will hang off the side, but we need to wait until she is born to find that out !!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I can't believe its been nearly 2 months since my last blog.  I've still been stitching, but haven't taken any photos to blog about.

Back in October, I attending the FignBerry Soiree where I was lucky enough to meet Melissa Grant from One Day In May (my favorite designer).

One of the gift patterns was Melissa's Christmas Wreath.  Her designs are a little bit different, she often features a 3 dimensional effect and this one had holly leaves which gave that  look.

Rather than hang this little embroidery on a wall hanger, I thought I would do as Melissa did and get a lovely frame to display it in.

I know its a Christmas design, but its so nice, I think it can stay out all year round.  It looks so nice near my Paper Tole pictures, I can see it everytime I cook.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


My McKenna Ryan quilt - Bella Garden is a long term project and I am very happy to say, she is almost finished !!!

Thanks to Wendy of Sugarlane Designs,  I spent Friday night  getting the binding ready (there is so much of it!), now all I have to do it put it on.  I just couldn't wait to show you the photos, now that she is back from Mandy my great long-arm quilter friend.

It has taken me almost 2 years to stay on track and keep going, but its worth it now.

Just love the centre panel with those gorgeous flowers and sweet butterflies.

Mandy did a wonderful job of filling in the background with Ricky Doodles (thats what I call them??)  and swirls all around the border... Lovely

I love feathers so I asked to have some put in and look what she came up with.  (I've just noticed  I need to  embroider a little eye on my mouse..oops).

Check out the water fill quilting that goes all around the gorgeous blue water and sky.

My favorite part is the Wisteria, very time consuming to do but it came up a treat.

If you would like to see my progress making this quilt, check out my Bella Garden label on the side, to see how each block came into being  Or pop on over to the McKenna Ryan Group here to see other terrific McKenna Ryan projects

This one is going in the entry hall when its finished.  Its too nice to hide away in a cupboard so I have Mr H rearranging furniture so I can find a wall big enough to hang her.

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