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Updated: 2018-01-22T22:18:24.566+10:00


A Baby Quilt


I know, long time no see. Now let's see if I can remember how to do this........

Tah Dah! This quilt was made for our new Great Niece from a quilt kit purchased from
"The Quilt Shoppe" in USA.

UFO Thursday


(image) This is my first dabble at UFO Thursday, and I'm dabbling in a small way. My last paper pieced Santa was abducted by DD when she ran out of time with her decision to make these Santas as part of her gift to some of her teachers on finishing senior this year. I started this fellow, to replace mine, and he sat on the ironing board requiring facial features and finishing for approximately a month. I decided to finish him last week, so now he will be ready for next year.

Now, what to choose next. Although it is hard to focus on anything with all the devastation we are witnessing on the television.

Stay safe, however you may be effected. The prayers of the world are with you all.

Merry Christmas......


It's one month exactly since I posted, hasn't time flown. Hope everyone is not feeling too damp to enjoy Christmas, and has someone special to share the day with. I know we may not all get to where we want to go, maybe not even me, but the main thing is to keep safe and make the most of however we spend the day.

Here's a photo of the table runner I made for my Mum for Christmas. Finished late last night. I know, I should have been better organised, but I couldn't make up my mind what I was giving her. It is made using the x-block ruler. It is easy to use and I really liked how it turned out.

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.....and here's a photo of the water rushing down the creek in our back paddock. Bit of a change from last year I think.


Merry Christmas to all, and best wishes for the new year.



The last two Brutus stitcheries are complete. I have even stitched another since. However, the camera is off on a trip with DD who is enjoying some time out with friends celebrating schoolies week. Not amongst all the troublesome teenagers we see on tv, thankfully!

Yes, DD has finished year 12 which means next year will see me being the mother of two university students. Ho hum! A sure sign of age creeping up on me, and possibly a bit of loneliness too. Will just have to do some more sewing, won't I.

So, I did some digging to find a photo of something I haven't shown, just so that I could do a post before another month flew by.

Below is the entry I made for this years Blankets of Love competition in the Down Under Quilts Magazine. The blue/green was the given fat quarter which I chose to cut up into a kaleidoscope mini and worked from there to get the required size. The orange is a butterfly and the row of yellow are snails. My crew didn't quite get the snails bit, but I told them I had an artistic licence to call them what I wanted! I must have missed the edition of the mag with the winners in ?? Has anyone seen it ?

(image) You can see the butterfly better now.......

.......and talking about butterflies. I think it is terribly unjust that these pretties can flutter about looking so lovely, right in front of your nose; land on your plants for a bit, and next thing you know, your plant is being eaten alive by a big fat grub.


Done and Dusted.....


Gee.....just in the knick of time, before the start of a new month.....

Book work done........check
Washing done.......check
Ironing done.......check

Time for a visit to the sewing machine with a quick project that I found while prowling round blogland.

Here's Santa......(image)
If you would like to make one of your own, here's where you will find him...... Pinwheel Ponders.

Best of luck with the Melbourne Cup!!

Brutus and the birds....


(image) Here I am again with another Red Brolly stitchery. Ain't it just so darn cute. I'm looking forward to putting them all together. I've got one more ready to go and then it's see what else Bronwyn has for us on the 6th. In the mean time, I have some bookwork to catch up on, so might be a bit longer with the next one.

More Brutus.....


Here's my next Red Brolly stitchery.....

........and in between taking the first photo and putting it on the blog, I stitched another one. Two more to go and I'm up to date. One more design to come, I believe.

Here's a photo of a bag that I made a while back. Don't think I have shown it on here.


Annual Art Show.....


(image) "Reach for the Stars" was my entry in the local Art Exhibition with the theme this year of "Aim High". I'm thrilled to be able to report that I achieved a Highly Commended for my efforts. This quilt was fun to do.

Here's Brutus


(image) I know........... it has been ages. I just spotted the computer chair empty and dashed in, in the middle of getting tea ready and all. This is my fourth catalicious stitchery. Number 8 is in today! That's not too bad going. Delivered my quilt for the local art exhibition this afternoon too, so shouldn't be too far away with a picture of that. Just to prove that I'm not totally unproductive.

Best get back to the kitchen, and out of the way of homework too.


More of Brutus...


Time just seems to be getting away quicker than I can blink an eye. Just popping in to show that despite having not blogged or read blogs for ages, I have still been stitching a bit. Here's pics of two more of Red Brolly's catalicious designs. I chose to do the colours because I liked everyone's but decided to go that way, but I can see the advantages to one colour stitching too. It sure would make it easier. But, nuff said, these have turned out lovely. Now to trace another or two. Can't wait to see the end result.

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.........and this little bundle of seven is just another reason for time getting away. At four weeks old they need to be run around and fed just as much as the people version do at the moment.

With the school holidays upon us, I'm not sure when I'll be back. I need to wipe the camera and recharge ready for some holiday snaps. I'm off to visit my sister, so that should prove to be fun. Happy holidays to those who are having them!

In the mail...


(image) Look at what the mailman delivered to me. I recently won a giveaway from Lyn of Bluebird Quilts. The above is a photo of the trouble Lyn went to with the packaging. These delightful little parcels are what I pulled out of the mail bag......and below, a picture of what was inside the little parcels. Lyn's new pattern, some lovely fat quarters, and more little dolls everywhere. Aren't they just so cute! Thanks Lyn, for sending me such a lovely gift.
(image) I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother's Day. I was spoilt with a beautiful card from DS no.1. Breakfast was cooked by DH and DD. We then went out for lunch with both our own mother's as well. That was great. A nice meal, no washing up, champagne for the Mothers! Below is a pic of the gifts I made which was one of the patterns from Among the Gum Trees, special for Mother's Day. The embroidery was done through the week, but I had to sneak around to get the hangers done with Mother in-law in the house! Tea that night was a simple affair, whatever anyone felt like after the lunchtime meal, and then I was treated to a footspa, massage and pedicure while stitching in front of a favourite on tv. Isn't it lovely when the kids are of an age to spoil me so!!

Here's Brutus.....


(image) Here's my first block of Red Brolly's catalicious BOM.
Sorry, I decided to leave the washing and ironing until they were all done. Have traced the next two and looking forward to seeing no. 4, but have sidetracked over to Among the Gum Trees to get a couple of their projects done for Mother's Day. So much inspiration, just need to leave the computer alone long enough to achieve!

Another month done....


Almost another month gone by, but I do have something to show. We had our local show on the 17th and I got busy and finished this stitchery pattern by Lynette Anderson. I'm pleased with how it looks, and was even lucky enough to find a frame the right size and shape.
(image) (image) This one was done by Rachel. She needed a birthday gift for her best friend's birthday and with the holidays coming up, I convinced her she had time to make her a gift. We chose this pattern from Wildcraft Farm, being especially appropriate for that driver's licence age.

What's more, we were both lucky enough to score first prize places with our works of art!

Easter Treats.....


(image) The Easter Bunny has come early and look what I got. A lovely mat complete with pockets filled with goodies! Our annual Christmas swap got delayed by life itself, but what a bargain, we scored Easter as well! My Mat was made by BF Narelle, and below is Bitsy Bunny which I made for Narelle. I was clever enough to come up with a name for the said bunny when Helen from Hugs'n Kisses, designed the pattern and was looking for a name. So that meant there was a bunny pattern in the mail for me! Ain't she just so darn cute! I think so; and I also think I will need to make another so that there is one for me too.

(image) Last day of school for the kids today. That means a break from school lunches, early mornings and rushing for the bus. Hooray! It also means that I might not be back in blogland for a bit as there tends to be someone else on the computer during these times. The oldest son also comes home from uni for a few days, tomorrow. Though I think he will be exhausted from his studies and assignments, is celebrating his birthday with friends tonight before coming home, and still has to study while he is home for an upcoming exam, first day back. It will be lovely to have him home for his actual birthday. How nice it is to have Easter fall early this year! Last year he had exams on his birthday and wasn't home. That's life I guess.

Anyways, Happy Easter to all, and I'll be sure to be visiting when I get the chance.

A Team Effort.....


(image) We visited again with my stitching Aunt on the weekend so I took my camera to photograph a quilt we worked on together on a visit over the Christmas holidays. It was a team effort which also had Rachel (DD) helping too. When I left last time, all the short trams were done and the top was in three large pieces. This is progress to date, with only one more border left to go. And no, we weren't there for even a week when we did this. It was a marathon effort over three days, with trips to town for supplies thrown in too! Both fun and satisfying!

Another catch-up.....


Here's a photo of the Christmas Tree Angel I made from "Creating Country Threads", a couple of editions before Christmas. That means though, that I think I have showed all there is to show and I had better get busy and get to some more sewing. I think this year should be named the year of the ufo cause there are too many unfinished things hoarded away. But there are too many other lovelies that I want to play with too !!!

(image) Something I thought I would share from a magazine I read recently. They advised that if you went over your receipts with a highlighter pen, it would save them from fading...............I thought it was interesting anyways. ~ :-)

Catching up.....


Like everyone, I have not been sewing for awhile and been an inefficient blogger too. Here's a photo of "My Bleeding Heart" which was my entry in our local art show October last year. We had to use a certain amount of red, and the theme was Our Passion. But the theme of the art exhibition was the year of the blood donor. Hence.....My Bleeding Heart. I thought it was a good idea anyway.(image) And here's a photo of a new addition born on the 30th of December. Ain't she cute, on those long wobbly legs!
(image) Will try not to be missing so long next time. Kids back to school now, life returns to normal.

In the mail....


Here's the lovely hand made card and Christmas ornament received from Deb @ The Angel and the Pukeko . Chooky's wisdom has been witnessed here. She instructed us not to show our pressies in case, and Deb's blog is one which I already visit.(image) And heres the ornament I sent to Caryn. And here also is a blog I already visited and have previously received a gift from Caryn from the bag swap last year, so she may also visit. Depspite the vastness of blogland, it really can be quite small sometimes. A wise woman Chooky! Thanks for a fun swap. Of course we are still waiting patiently to open our Christmas things come to those who wait. Thanks Deb!



It was a relief to awaken to rain on the roof this morning. Of course we need heaps more to do any real good, but it sure did sound nice, and will hopefully make for a more pleasant day today. A relief from the scorching heat we have been enduring.

SSCS09 projects completed and on their way. Enjoy the surprise partner!

(image) Here's those girls again, a bit bigger now.

Like Pretty Maids all in a Row.....


Two weeks have passed since we had our weekend of fun, friends and fabric. Photographed above is the lovely hand dyed fabrics after washing, and after ironing. We were all tremendously thrilled by the beautiful colours and patterns we arrived at. We also worked on "Strips and Curves", but more on that another day. Haven't gotten back to it since then, as I have been busy with finishing my SSCS, and just life in general......But we did have a wonderful weekend, completed with a glass of wine.
Oh, and my stitchers angel gift arrived, but I have forgotten to photograph it too.

Sugar Glider....


I can't believe that so much time has gone by since last post. I have been busy, busy with book work and some sewing too. Am almost ready to send off my Stitcher's Angel gifts, and then it will be on to finishing the SSCS2 ones too.
I have been doing some fabric shopping too. Do you know Jane?? She is a fellow blogger in America who's blog I follow. And when Jane advertised a sale, I just had to go for a look. I had a wonderful time choosing fabrics, and Jane was so helpful in making sure I could make the most of my posting dollar. I thoroughly recommend you go for a look. I will show off my lovelies when (image) they arrive.(image)
This wee fellow is a sugar glider. He is a tiny member of the possum family. DH came across him while fencing on our property.

Signs of Spring....


The signs of spring are springing up all over.....(image) .......the flowers
(image) .......the baby willy wag tails hatched just outside our door

(image) .......the calves

(image) ......and here's those girls again!

Send in the clowns......


(image) Here's a photo of my younger two all dressed up for the school social last night. The theme was clowns. They had a fun time, and Rachel even won a choccy for one of the two best dressed!



Ebay is somewhere that most of us visit on occassion, sniffing out that bargain or two. I have just finished listing 21 books for my Mum which she no longer has room for in her life or cupboard. She was an avid card maker until my Dad passed away and no longer has the desire to partake this crafting hobby that they shared. (image)

(image) These are just two of the 21. Click on the link and pop on by for a look. There might just be something there you have been looking for.

Angel Project no. 1.....


Angel project number 1 is complete, now for number 2. I have used Tozz's angel on my heart for the pocket design on this one, I thought it so appropriate. I doubt my angel partner will even be visiting, given the number of angels around the world, so I thought it safe showing it off. I have been visiting my partner's blog, and sending her sneaky emails too. Also preparations on the go for the sscs09. Busy, busy.....(image)
........and another puppy photo too.