Thursday, June 30, 2016

Using all the techniques...

to complete my Chuck Nohara blocks for June!

But not all in the one block....

hand applique, machine applique, blanket stitch, 

 embroidery, piecing- with an inset seam, 

felt and fusing!

So to celebrate - it's time for a group shot...

And plans for July...

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Foxy Gal!

I spent a very pleasant Sunday stitching up this cute 

fox corduroy....

into a sweet skirt....

for my sister.

The foxy gal!

It is a simple six gore A-line pattern,

(Simplicity #5914

which now seems to go by the #1560)

that comes together very quickly!

I'd love to make another one for myself!

Do you make your own clothes?

Happy sewing!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tula and Noosa!

I've just returned from a short sojourn north to 

The Noosa River on Wednesday morning!

where I was lucky enough to be present at 

Tula Pink's talk and trunk show in Brisbane!

Note the owl pendant which echoes her designs

What a delight it was to hear her talk about her 


her design process (paint chips included) and even 

the story behind the Elizabeth range;

for example the pelican is a symbol of motherly love.

All her quilts are quilted, by Angela Walters, 

with double polyester batting....

"Why a double layer of batting?"

 I hear you ask.....

Photography takes away a certain percentage of the 

texture created by quilting!

This is from her 'soon-to-be released' range- Slow & Steady

The double batting puts it back!

Part way through Tula's presentation, 

I remembered I owned this sweet piece of Hushabye 


which is now rare and out of print.

I think I may frame it!

I may have made a few purchases, to 'enhance' my 


While visiting my friend Marg, we may have indulged 

in some sunshine, a margarita...

and a delightful lunch at Maison de Provence in the 

Noosa Hinterland!

And in other exciting news, I won a class from 

"Amitie" with Michelle Mckillop,

 using this fabric for my colour palette.

I'm looking forward to starting something new....

and look forward to sharing it with you!

Happy days, 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

❤︎ Not feeling the love....

I started making Glitter blocks back in January...

These were my two 'trial' blocks...

The one on the right is it's original size, the one on 

the left up-scaled somewhat.

And this is what I have ended up with...

I had mentioned to my friend Deb that I wasn't 

feeling the love...

So she suggested just making what I had into a 

baby quilt and call it done!

She also said to try white borders, but I decided I 

wanted to use fabric I already had....

The pretty aqua solid does not like having its photo 


It's a bit happier when it is resting on the batting 


I like the staggered placement of the blocks.

I think it gives them a chance to breath.

Maybe I will love it when I get round to quilting it?

Happy days!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

So and sew! ✂︎


a mini Sew- Together Bag,

following Elizabeth's 'recipe' here

for a friend,

who is going to live in Seattle!

Including Melbourne prints such as 

 Melbourne trams, 

magpies and some of our suburbs named!

And this spotted fabric is meant to mimic the old 

tram tickets from days gone by, I think!

I hope Allison thinks of Melbourne when she uses it.

Happy days! 

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