Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Feeling sad

Last week we found out one of John's younger brothers has cancer in his liver, pancreas, lungs and lymphatic system.  Things are looking pretty grim for him.  

And just now our beautiful neighbour has told us she has breast cancer and will be undergoing a double mastectomy before Christmas.  She has two gorgeous little primary school children.  So I'm feeling very sad right now and working out what I can do in a practical way to help both families.

I think this cute little heart shaped scissor holder would make a great Christmas gift for a sewing friend.
The pattern and a great tutorial is very kindly shared HERE by wonderful Wendy at Handmade Harbour.

Hope you enjoy a peaceful day

Monday, December 5, 2016

Michelle's Quilt

Over a year ago, my blogging friend Michelle had a quilt stolen. Really heartbreaking for her, so fabulous Robyn organised for a group of her friends to remake it for her. Yesterday some of the makers got together with Robyn to hand over the completed quilt.
They were very sneaky luring Michelle to a surprise get together and then playing a game of pass the parcel...guess who won.

I think Michelle was surprised and very very happy
It was made by friends from all over the world and some flew in from New Zealand and interstate for the get together.

Unfortunately I couldn't be at the presentation but I do feel so happy to be part of this celebration of friendship.  Once again enormous thanks to Robyn for getting everyone organised and for being the driving force behind this project.
Now this is a LINK to a really really cute teddy bear.  Wouldn't he look wonderful made in Christmas fabrics?
He is very generously shared by fabulous Wynn at zakka Art.  Many many thanks to Wynn for sharing his pattern with us.

Have a wonderful day. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stitching in the Orchard

My Thursday stitching friends, known to us as Clementina's Girls, got together yesterday at Petty's Orchard for lunch, some chatting then afternoon tea.  We were supposed to be sewing too, but no one opened their sewing boxes.
Petty's Orchard is the home of many varieties of heirloom apples and everything is organic and delicious.
Petty's Orchard is the home of the Heritage Fruits Society and here's what they write about its history.
In 1853 Thomas Petty arrived in Australia from England and selected land in the Doncaster and Templestowe area. It was Thomas Pettys' grandson, Thomas Henry, who, in 1911, first bought the property that is located at Homestead Road, nestled along the Yarra River.

Thomas Henry was the first of three generations of Pettys to work the Homestead Road orchard. The Petty Family managed the orchard until Parks Victoria purchased the property in 1981.

The orchards that once covered the Doncaster and Templestowe area are fast disappearing. The Heritage Fruit Society manages and maintains the heritage fruit collection in Petty's Orchard. We are part of a world wide network which is conserving antique apple varieties and protecting them from extinction.

Pettys Orchard uniquely encompasses an antique apple orchard, commercial orchard, wetlands and bird hide. Its 44 hectares includes approximately two hectares of Demonstration Orchard and 25 hectares of Commercial Orchard. The remaining area includes the wetland, fruit and nut arboretum, Yarra River and surroundings. The heritage collection grows, displays and distributes more than 200 different types of old and rare apples.

Address: Homestead Rd, Templestowe, 3106 Victoria, Australia. Melway 22 A11

Visit Yarra Organics @ Petty's Orchard
Organic Shop and Cafe
open Fridays and Saturdays 9am - 5:30pm
and Sundays 10am - 4:30pm.

I love the history and the surrounds, but most of all I love the delicious sweet treats on offer.
This is a really cute little mini designed by Jen Daly of Jen Daly Quilts and shared at the fabulous Moda Bakeshop.  

Please follow this LINK to the pattern and a great tutorial.  Many thanks to Jen and everyone at Moda

Have a wonderful weekend.  Hope to see you Monday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hexie flowers

Some more little hexie flowers have been finished and will take their place in my version of Irene Blanck's Confetti quilt.  I'm using my Tilda stash to make this quilt.  Such pretty fabrics.

I do love a good cup of tea, made with real tea leaves and left to brew awhile. It's nice if the teapot has a cosy little cover and I like this pattern as it is very simple and allows a favourite fabric to shine.
You can find the pattern at lovely Mollie Makes.  Please follow this LINK.  Many thanks to Ali at Very Berry Handmade and to the people at Mollie Makes for sharing it with us.
Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Something new

I've decided to work primarily on my version of the Confetti quilt up until Christmas.  But I am starting to gather fabrics for a new project in 2017.  I bought this set of machine embroidery owls at a NOTYQ fundraiser a few years ago and forgot all about them.  I recently came across the set whilst searching for something else in my sewing room and I think they deserve a project of their own.
I am inspired by amazing RachaelDaisy of Blue Mountain Daisy.   I plan to surround my owls with hexies just like these blocks made by brilliant Rachael.

I feel so lucky to have amazing Rachael as a blogging friend and source of inspiration.
I wonder if you like a charming stitchery as much as me?  Are you a huge fan of fabulous Gail Pan? Do you love stitching for Christmas?  If you answered yes to these questions I feel pretty confident that you will adore this free stitchery from lovely Gail Pan.
Pop over to Gails lovely blog, Gail Pan Designs, (November 25th post) and you can download this delightful stitchery for free.  Gail is sharing as part of the Winter Wandering Blog Hop.  Enormous thanks to Gail for sharing it with us.
Hope your day is full of fun 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Maranoa Gardens

On Sunday John and I took a stroll through the Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn. They are Australian Native Botanic Gardens and are absolutely delightful. Sometimes it is fun to act like a tourist in your own backyard.  As many of you, my lovely readers, live overseas I thought you might enjoy some pictures of what native plants were in bloom.  Many Australian native plants have small flowers but when you look up close, they are very beautiful.

After our walk, of course we needed sustenance, so we popped into the Ruby T tearooms in Maling Road.  I adore their yummy little passionfruit delicious.

It was also lovely to spot a Libby Richardson designed quilt in the tearooms.

Cake Stand Quilts...what an adorable name for a blog.  And it is HERE I found a great tutorial for this delightful little Christmas Stocking.
Many many thanks to lovely Nicola for sharing it with us.

Hope you have time for some stitching today


Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy little Monday hexie flowers

Some happy little hexies are here to say 
'Have a Wonderful Monday'
Enormous thanks to lovely Jemima of Tied With a Ribbon for sharing the pattern and a tutorial for a super cute little snowman ornament.
If you'd like to make this adorable trio, please follow this LINK.

Hope you enjoy a wonderful Monday


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