Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'm feeling so lucky

I spent another afternoon with my absolute favourite, gorgeous Di Ford Hall.  We are so lucky to have her here in Melbourne.  I know when she taught in the USA in the last few weeks there were 25 to 30 people in each class.  There were 6 of us in her class today so we got so much of her lovely company and she,so willingly, shares her wealth of knowledge and creativity with us all.

Today she helped me with my fussy cutting and I was thrilled with the results.  I'll show you when my little stars are completed/

If you would like to do a class with her please ring
Needles and Pins in Warrandyte

Phone: 03 9844 1720

Sewn and Quilted in Blackburn
Telephone: (03) 9877 1664

Another LINK to an absolute beauty.
And where did I find it?  Why at wonderful Wild Olive.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to fabulous Mollie

Have a wonderful day
I know I will because our gorgeous little Henry is here for the day

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A lovely fabric range

When I was at my LQS, The Quilt Store in Eltham I spotted a fabric range which stole my heart.  Isn't it gorgeous?

I foresee a quilt in this range coming to my place next year.
Another wonderful pincushion pattern can be found by following this LINK.
It is very kindly shared at Crafts Beautiful.  Many many thanks to all involved.

I've got another lesson with lovely Di Ford Hall today so I know I'll have fun
Hope you have a fun day too.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

An afternoon at The Quilt Shop

I spent yesterday at my LQS, The Quilt Shop in Eltham.  The highlight of the afternoon was meeting marvellous Sonja Martin in person.
As well as being a fun and charming person (and a Facebook Friend of mine) Sonja is a really inspiring human being.  She is very involved in an important charity and one which I am starting to support by making up Share the Dignity handbags. It is an easy and inexpensive way to make a difference to another woman's life.  I've dug out a couple of my old handbags and am going to buy one or two little items each week to add to the bags.  As well as doing something really worthwhile, I think it will be a lot of fun seeking out bits and pieces for the bags.
Here's some more information.
Wonderfully The Quilt Shop in Eltham is a new drop off point.  

This is a really gorgeous little bag.
If you would like to make one you can find a fabulous tutorial HERE at wonderful Skip to my Lou.  Enormous thanks to Cindy for sharing it with us
Have a wonderful day

Monday, November 23, 2015

Schramm's Cottage

It was a beautiful mild day in Melbourne yesterday so we took Henry to a fabulous adventure playground in Doncaster.  There is the cutest vintage caravan at the playground on the weekend and I thought I'd share a couple of pictures so you can share in its charm. They even pop a vintage quilt on the grass in case you'd like to sit on the lawn.  The berry sorbet is the yummiest I've ever eaten.
We then visited Schramm's Cottage which is just across the road.  It is the home of the Doncaster Templestowe Historical Society and is comprised of a complex of houses, schoolrooms and orchard equipment and outbuildings.  There are lots of beautiful textiles on display, in both Schramm's Cottage and Atkins Orchard Cottage.

A very poignant reminder of the past is the cemetery which is the burial place of many many infants and babies...a tragic reminder of the high mortality rates of children a hundred or so years ago.  It is also noteworthy that many of the graves were vandalised during the second world war, as it is a German Lutheran graveyard.

You can view an extremely useful tutorial if you follow this LINK.
Enormous thanks to fabulous Kelsey of Vanilla Joy for showing us her method of binding quilts by machine.  She based her tutorial on one featured on the brilliant blog, Cluck, Cluck, Sew.
Hope you have a super fun day.  I'm off to The Quilt Shop to stitch with friends so I know I'll have fun too.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Here's one of my faithful little friends, Maxie.  I didn't get many hexies made yesterday as he wants to be patted ALL THE TIME.  I love him and my three little girls very much...such loving companions.

Have a wonderful day

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hexie happiness and FNSI results

A lovely surprise arrived in my letter box, from Lynette.  She thought I might like some hexies for my pink and red hexie collection...and I do like them, in fact I love them.  She also included some hexies for me to sew if I am having a bad day and am stuck in bed.  Such a wonderful and kind thing to do.  I'm so sorry I don't have your email address, Lynette, please get in touch...I'd love to make a couple for you.
I'm lucky enough to attend classes with lovely Di Ford Hall and I'm making her beautiful quilt Rotherfield Greys.  I'm up to the hexies on the fourth border and I started making them last night as part of Friday Night Sew In organised by Wendy at Sugar Lane Designs.  Many many thanks to Wendy for organising this fun event for us.
These are 3/4" hexies and they seem so big because I've been making lots of 3/8" lately.  I need a couple of hundred so I'll try to grab some time to make some more over the weekend.
If you'd like to learn a bit about Di please follow this LINK.
Did you Di Ford Hall has designed her own fabric range and there is a beautiful free pattern available at the Andover Fabric site?

Just go HERE to download a copy.  If you check out the Free Patterns section you will find a whole lot more fabulous free patterns.

I'm not feeling brilliant today so I'm going to lie on the couch, watch my favourite gothic horror show ...Penny Dreadful... and make hexies.  Should be fun.
Hope you have a fun day too

Friday, November 20, 2015

Something Special

My lovely friend Maria organised a Christmas ornament swap and I was lucky enough to get Tracee as my swap partner.  

I absolutely adore the decoration she made for me...So beautiful.  Thank you so much Tracee.  
I am a big fan of Lisa Bongean.  I love her blog, I love her Facebook posts and I love her gorgeous designs.  We are very lucky because she shares this lovely design HERE.
Enormous thanks to Lisa for sharing her fabulous creativity with us.
Have a wonderful day
PS Don't forget you have a chance to sew along with your blogging friends tonight as part of 
You can sign up HERE.
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