Monday, August 3, 2015

Back from retreat

I'm back from my quilting retreat, with the wonderful ladies from North of the Yarra Quilting Guild. It was wonderful and I had the BEST time even though I was a bit of a sickie.  
I want to send a huge hug to my dear friends Christine and Annie who looked after me so well especially on Friday when I felt pretty rotten. 
Wonderful, wonderful friends.

There will be lots more on my adventures in Victoria's Gold Fields region in my next posts but today is a resting day so back to bed for me.
Another beauty from the Moda Bakeshop.  This one is called Jungle Party Baby Quilt and you can find the pattern if you follow this LINK.
The designer is Jessica from So Crafty Jess and you really must pop over and say 'Hi', she has a wonderful blog.  Huge thanks to Jess and everyone at the Moda Bakeshop.
Have a super fun day

Sunday, August 2, 2015

No sleeping in for me...

...because I'm on retreat with my NOTYQ guild friends, and I have to take advantage of every stitching second.  I hope you have a lovely relaxed start to your day.
Have a fun day

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I'm on retreat...

...with my fabulous NOTYQ friends so just a pattern today.
I'll be making these, not just for me, but for the puppies too.
Please pop over to Sew 4 Home for a tutorial to make these brilliant cool neck wraps.  Here is the LINK.  Enormous thanks to everyone involved.
Hope you have time for some stitching today

Friday, July 31, 2015

More with Lisa and Leanne

The Stitching Soiree was so inspiring that I took lots of photos and I'd like to share some of my favourites with you.
The other great thing about this day was that Karen and her shop Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop were there and I always love seeing Karen, she is fabulous.  

I bought some beautiful wool fabric for my next Friends Having Fun Swap and more beautiful Theodora Cleave buttons.  I like to pop them into the little hexagon flower packages I send overseas as they are handmade and painted here in Australia by fabulous Barb Smith. 

Here's a beautiful free design from wonderful Red Brolly.
You can find it HERE.  Bronwyn is one of the most generous designers around, sharing so much with us all.  Many many thanks for this lovely design and for everything else you share with us.
Have fun today

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Piece yourself together

Hard to believe another month has whizzed by and the time has come for another Linky Party with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.
Here are the hexies I made at the Christmas in July stitching day
with Max and Louise Pattern Co, organised by Lilly Patches.  They are the smallest hexies I've made so far...3/8"...and will form Santa's stocking in this cute design by Lisa and Lou.
Then I made some individual hexies (2 sets of 12) for my partner in the Inchy Hexie Flowers Swap as this is what she requested.
Then a couple more swap hexies
and a couple more.  All these hexies have been made in the colours chosen by the recipients

Want to play along too...just go HERE.  Huge thanks to Anthea for organising this fun for us each month.
About as cute as cute can be...
...and you can make one too if you follow this LINK to Wild Olive.  Huge thanks to brilliant Mollie for sharing this little delight with us.
Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Teeny Tiny Treasures...The Crafty Squirrel

I was sorting a tub of bits and pieces in my sewing room when I came across a little white paper bag. I had no idea what was inside until I tipped out the contents...
...must have been a trip to Crafty Squirrel, one of my favourite shops, so full of lovely little delights
You can find Morgan's gorgeous teeny, tiny, wonderful shop HERE and at HERE and HERE  and here at 
Cnr Errard & Urquhart Streets
Ballarat Central, Victoria
Australia Ph: 5331 4548

Lucky me, I'll get to visit Morgan at her shop while I'm on the NOTYQ retreat with Christine and Annie.  And I'll certainly buy some of these little cuties.

C Friday - 10am toHere 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm
Wopen on Thursday & Friday -
to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm
Talking about teeny, tiny and super cute, I think this dear little pin cushion qualifies on every count. You can find the pattern and tutorial if you follow this LINK to  Deshilachado.  Huge thanks to super talented Maria for sharing it with us.
I'll be spending this afternoon making hexies which I will share tomorrow
Have a great day

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fabulous Fun with Lisa

I just adore Lisa from Fig'n Berry, she is so sweet and her patterns are adorable. 
She recently held a Stitching Soiree along with lovely Leanne from Petals and Patches.  

So just over a week ago Annie and I took a trip over to Monbulk, via Montrose (yes, we got lost despite having a sat nav device in the car + two phones with sat nav).  It was the most beautiful morning for a drive in the Dandenong Ranges so we just shrugged our shoulders, enjoyed the drive and happily got there before morning tea.
We received a gorgeous goody bag filled to the brim with patterns and other lovely things.

The food was fabulous, as always, and the company delightful.
Here are some of the soiree samples

We had a fabulous time.  I can't wait till this Friday when Annie, Christine and I head off on our NOTYQ Retreat...such good friends...we are bound to have heaps of fun.
I do love a pin cushion, especially a cute and quirky one.  You can find this lovely little tomato one by following this LINK to Vanessa's gorgeous blog, Tried and True.  Enormous thanks to Vanessa for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a fun day

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