Friday, June 17, 2016

A morning with Di

Darling Di Ford Hall is back from her overseas trip and it was brilliant to spend a morning stitching with her and a group of ladies who love her and her designs too.

I started a new project...Cloverdale and am very excited about the quilt. I'm going with a teal version, using pinks and reds too. Di suggested I include golds and oranges...which is very exciting...as I never use these colours so it will be a whole new adventure and an excuse to add to my stash.
This is what I bought at Kaye's Needles and Pins, which is sadly closing down. It is so sad to see another much loved quilt shop close.  If you can get to Warrandyte before the end of the month most things are 50% off, so there are super bargains to be found...well worth a trip across town. 
I try to buy for specific quilts these days but couldn't resist putting some of Di's Gigglewick Mill into my stash too.

Earlier this week Jenny shared a fabulous tutorial showing us how to window frame a stitchery.
There are such brilliant detailed instructions and photos.  Please follow this LINK to Jenny's wonderful blog, Elefantz, where she shares this and so much more. Enormous thanks to Jenny.

Have a wonderful and creative day
Love

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

No Fuss Swappers

I love taking part in the Swaps organised by The No Fuss Swappers, because that is just what they are, no fuss, no extras...just simple and fun.

The last swap was called Kitchen Kapers and this is the lovely parcel I received from Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches, all the way over in WA.  Thank you so much, dear Anthea - I love everything, and I'll be watching out in our shops for more Byron Bay cookies - absolutely delicious.

I sent my parcel to sweet Narelle of Rell's Place, in far north Queensland.
I wrapped it up in a fat quarter...not breaking the rules as I had to wrap it up in something...grin.
Many many thanks to the fabulous foursome... The Tuesday Girls, Sandi, Teresa, Helen & Nor.

I love these swaps so I've signed up for the next one...should be lots of fun...it's a Claytons Christmas.

Would you like to make a Sweet Bunny Lovely?  It is such a delightful project and you can find it at
Project Nursery.  Please follow this LINK.
Many many thanks to Hayley for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a fabulous day
Love

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stitching fun with Christine

Both Christine and I live in boy world.  We have husbands, sons and I have grandsons... no girls at home at all. So to have a Sunday where we can get together without boys is very rare.  (Christine's son Mitchell was home but he found our sewing talk so exciting he fell asleep on the couch).
So we used our Sunday afternoon for some serious sewing time.
At one stage we were both concentrating so much we even stopped chatting.  
I had a fabulous time, thank you so much dear Christine for your company and your much valued friendship.
And of course dear little Molly kept us company too.
How gorgeous is this block?  It makes the most fabulous mini.  So cheerful on a cold Melbourne day.
If you'd like this lovely pattern please follow this LINK to lovely Podunk Pretties.  Many many thanks to super generous Lea Anne for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a wonderful day
Love

Saturday, June 11, 2016

China Squirrel

I just discovered China Squirrel on instagram...totally inspiring.  Couldn't hit that Follow button fast enough.
Such an inspiring tutorial. Hope you enjoy it too.
Please follow this LINK to  Aurifil.  Many thanks to Sherri Noel of Rebecca Mae Designs for sharing her skills and talent with us all.
Have a great weekend
See you Monday
Love

Friday, June 10, 2016

Just catching up

Henry's gone home and the Paw Patrol is packed away,  Jack's engrossed in his computer, John's at the harness races, all the puppies are lying quietly in their little beds, so I might even get to stitch along with friends this evening and catch up on the latest series of my favourite, Penny Dreadful - who can resist gothic horror.
Friday Night with Friends was changed to tonight because it clashed with Chooky's Chook Shed Party.  Pop over and visit Cheryll at Gone Stitchin if you'd like to stitch along.


It is so sad to see another quilt shop close.  

We will be losing lovely Needles and Pins in Warrandyte at the end of this month.  Many many thanks to Kaye for the lovely hours I spent stitching in her delightful shop.

Kaye is selling everything in the store at half price.  Kaye sent out this notice to everyone on her mailing list, but just in case you didn't receive it, here are the details.
Needles and Pins


Closing down

clearance

50% off everything

Hurry while stocks

last.

Needles and Pins

102 Melbourne Hill Road Warrandyte

9844 1720

Mon-Fri 9.30-4.30

Saturday 9.30-2.00
Now for some good news, my lovely friend (Jane was one of the first people to give me heaps of support and encouragement when I first started blogging) Jane Davidson now has her own fabric range with her friend Frances.  Congratulations ladies...wonderful news.  You can read Jane's blog HERE.
Wonderful that it references Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.  Must reread it and see if I still love it as much as I did when I was a teenager.
This little bunny is super cute.  If you would like to make one too, please follow this LINK to Homelife.  Enormous thanks to China Squirrel.
Have a wonderful evening
Love


Thursday, June 9, 2016

I am a HAG

I've joined a new group which is due to start at my LQS...The Quilt Shop in Eltham.  So I am now officially a HAG.  
Here's what Sharon and Alison have to say about the group.

 What is a HAG you ask??? We have many customers walk through our door who love English Paper Piecing  as much as we do so we thought why not start a sit and sew group based around our mutual appreciation of the hexagon.  So we invite you to become a HAG (Hexagon Appreciation Groupie) along with us. Whether you are an old HAG or a young HAG come and join us once a month where there will be a free project on offer or join in on a group project. We have had plenty of interest and as places are limited we suggest you get in quick!   Our first locked in date is Saturday 6th August 9.30am -12.30pm.

Think I'm an old HAG as I've been hexieing for quite a few years now.

My favourite little person is coming to stay today and tomorrow so I'm guaranteed to have lots of fun.
How about a super quick, super easy, super fun pattern today?  This lovely little Catch All Tray with a magnet in the bottom is very kindly shared by Lecien Fabrics on Instagram HERE.  
It was designed by Jennifer from Shabby Fabrics.  Many thanks to all involved.

Hope you have a fun filled day
Love


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Something fun

Just a little LINK today but I think it is to a really fun and useful project.
Enormous thanks to everyone involved at Sew 4 Home. The fabric range used for this apron is Half Moon Modern and I really love it...so fresh and happy.

Hope you have a fabulous day, 
I'm off to Jam and Cream with my former boss and lovely friend, Jan.  Lucky me...great company...hot soup and freshly baked cheesy scones on a cold Melbourne day...yum yum
Love

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