Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quilters Unite - Let's help Josh

Let's help Fee's son, Josh 

When I first started blogging wonderful Fiona from Designs by Fee was one of the first people to welcome me and make me truly feel part of our wonderful piece of blog world. 

She is a truly good human being, someone you can really turn to in the hard times.  She is such a brave person and suffers from debilitating ill health herself.  But she always soldiers on, always puts others first, is kind and generous and good... and is a real animal lover which puts her on the top of the list for me anyway.

Now more sadness has come into her life.  All of us who are mothers know how terrible it is to see your child ill... in pain... suffering.  Well that is what is happening now.  Here's what Fee wrote on Go Fund Me

Josh is a 24 year old father of 3.  He worked as a roof tiler after he left school and built a life for his partner and children.  

In 2010 he was struck down with a disease which blocks the main arteries to the extremities of the body.  This resulted in his left leg being amputated in 2011.

Despite being on medication to thin his blood and stop future blockages Josh developed another major blockage to his right leg a few months ago which subsequently resulted in his remaining leg being amputated yesterday.

Josh is a proud stoic man and a wonderful partner and father and refuses to ask for help.  But as his mum I can see that this further setback has created a whole new set of problems for him including suitable housing, moving house, medical equipment  etc  

The state government do assist with some necessary equipment and assist with a basic prosthetic but there are a lot of gaps in what he will be eligible for and what he needs.  Just the silicon sock for his stumps are $400 each.

Josh and his wife Bec and 3 children have just been offered a wheelchair friendly home so we need to get them all set-up and ensure that Josh is able to stay as independent as possible.

I know it is a dreadful economic climate and that most of us are doing it tough but I plead with you to help if you can.  

I can't imagine the hurdles and difficulties my boy is going to have to face in the coming weeks, months and years and as a mum it breaks my heart that I can't take away his pain or kiss him and make it better.  But I can do this and hopefully make the journey a little less stressful.

If you can possibly help in any way please do.  Josh's Go Fund Me site is HERE.  You can contact Fee HERE.  You can see Fee's Facebook HERE.

So often in tough times bloggers have united for a lets unite to help Josh
Much love

Pets on Quilts

One of my favourite events in the bloggy year is Pets on Quilts over at Lily Pad Quilting.

And one of my very favourite little dogs, Christine's sweet Molly, is an entrant.  You can often read about Molly over at Christine's blog MacDonald's Patch.  She is a little sweetie-pie and a scallywag...on two occasions she has sneaked up and licked or stolen my afternoon tea when I've been over at Christine's for a cup of tea.  I must admit I have encouraged this behaviour by sneaking some jam and cream scone into her mouth when Christine wasn't looking.

My love of dogs means I couldn't resist this blog hop.
It's happening over at Lorna's gorgeous blog, Sew Fresh Quilts.  I've bought the pattern, an instant download and picked out my doggy fabric...just need to buy something for the background. 
Should be lots of fun.  

I noticed Carol at Just Let Me Quilt has already made this little cutie...
I love the gingham.  Brilliant job, Carol.
I think this fabulous free pattern is just gorgeous.  You can find the instructions and tutorial HERE.
Enormous thanks to lovely Kari and Becky from U Create for sharing it with us.
Hope your day is full of fun

Friday, August 28, 2015

Loving Cotton and Steele

Well this one in particular.
I think it makes the cutest little hexie flowers.

I'm linking in to Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches fabulous Linky Party because I can't resist a bit of EPP.

My daughter-in-law has gone back to full time work and so I've been lucky enough to spend more time with my little darling, Henry.  Normally I share the babysitting with Adrienne's parents but they are off on a cruise, so I've got him all to myself.
(Here he is with Adrienne's dad Pete)
Now that he is four he has boundless energy, so I'm a bit tired.  I think a lazy morning sitting in bed, with my sweet doggies by my side, is called for.  I'll be working on Rosie Dekker's fabulous Flowerville
How fabulous is this.
Just follow this LINK to fabulous Fibre Flux then click on any link that takes your fancy.  Enormous thanks to Jennifer for compiling this for us.  Such a brilliant resource and a brilliant place to visit.
Have a fabulous day

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A basket from Barb

Four times a year, twice each, Barb and I fill a basket with goodies for each other.  I received this gorgeous present from Barb at our bloggers get together on Saturday.
Look at the gorgeous goodies inside.  
I adore Barb's exquisite crochet
Barb puts together the most wonderful presents
Thank you so much dear Barb, I adore everything.

So many of my friends adore their kitty cats,
I thought this LINK would be a wonderful one to share.  Many thanks to for sharing it with us.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Part of the reason for our visit to the city was to visit lovely L'uccello.
Take a look at the bottom right picture and you will see a great idea for Christmas decorations using lovely French General fabric.  Of course I had to buy some of the beautiful fabric.
The baubles were stuffed with 'Christmas smelling' potpourri.
I found a couple of lovely recipes in case you want to make some Christmas Potpourri yourself.
This one is from Julie Blanner
There's a lovely sounding one at
and this one from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

Everyone I know adores L'uccello in Melbourne's gorgeous and historic Nicholas Building.  If you are in Melbourne its address is

Room 205, Level 2
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Here's little MAP to get you there.

Everything Mollie makes is incredibly cute...

...including this Star Gazing Zip Pouch.  Just follow this LINK to wonderful Wild Olive and you can make one too.  Enormous thanks to super talented Mollie.
Have a wonderful day

Monday, August 24, 2015

Her Majesty

When visiting with the Queen a demure yet friendly manner is appropriate.  And so that's what I was as, befitting my English heritage...
...but oh!!!!! those colonials...touching the Queen...oh no!

We had a marvellous day in the city.  I love my bloggy friends.  Thanks to each and every one of you for a fabulous day (and thanks to Sue and Shez for the pictures).
Cami's blog Tidbits is always a delightful place to visit.  The title of Cami's post 


 caught my eye and the project really is lovely with a fabulous tutorial included.
Please follow this LINK and not only will you be able to make your own version of this delightful quilt but you will be able to see her darling little boy - such a cutie.
Have a fabulous day

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