Monday, 30 May 2011

White Hexi's

I have been busy making white Hexies, I thought I would use this white self patterned fabric for my white Hexies...............Looks Fab but is hell to trace onto........Even with a light box it is a bit of a struggle.
I have finished half of them but it was a slow process.........

I think it was worth it though, the fabric is really nice.
I haven't embroidered any yet though.....
Waiting on issue 3 of Vignette to arrive just in case I get ahead of myself...............

I am loving my glue pen.......I am sure it would have
been a lot slower progress if I basted the papers on......

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Sunday, 29 May 2011

A Mothers Love

"Happiness is having A Mothers Love"

I made this little cutie for Miss Molly, she has it hanging on her bedroom
door just to remind her every day that I love her.
It should say Happiness is having a Daughter like you.........Awww xo

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Saturday, 28 May 2011

Simple Pleasures

I am working on the Mini Quilt from Annie Down's Simple Pleasures Book.

All the stitcheries are done

I picked this fabric up last year at the bargain price of $8 per metre, there is also red the same as the green paisley print at the top. I purchased a metre of each because the colours were nice and they were a bargain....Of course....Usually I like to buy kits as there is not too much thinking involved, just straight to sewing..........So what to make with it.

I decide upon this quilt and as I have lots of fabric I have doubled the size so it will be a more usable size instead of decorative. We like to use all the quilts in our house to snuggle up under. So I found a few co-ordinating spots and have had a play with layout etc.......

Still a work in progress although I think I am almost happy with it.
Watch this Space...........
I am off to Griffith this afternoon for 2 days of
Rep Basketball with Jacky Mister so better go
and pack the Hexies to keep me busy...........

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Tea Time Mini Quilt

I had a bit of a lull in the sewing room last year.
It took me about 5 months to complete this little beauty.

It is another Hatched and Patched Design. By now you may have worked out
 that I am obsessed oops I mean impressed with Annies work.

I think the sponge cake looks very delicious......Mmm
Might go and make a cuppa now, have a great day.

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Oh Goody...... My First Follower!

Thanks to the gorgeous Peg I now have my first follower..........
 I am hoping that list grows during the day!

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Address Book

This is my version of Annie Downs Address Book. I have needed a new Address book for so long. I have made mine bigger than in the pattern. The worst job was transferring all the information from the old well used book with all of it's bits of paper hanging out everywhere.
This one is even good enough to stay out on the bench......
Call Me...........Ha Ha...........Chat Chat Chat.......... *Grin*

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Molly's "16th" Birthday Quilt

This is Miss Molly's "Sweet 16" Birthday Quilt.
It is made from a layer cake of Blush by Moda fabric
 that I purchased from a quilt shop in Warren.

I didn't really like the red fabric in it when I was sewing it but now that it is finished I think the red makes it.

Miss Molly was very impressed when she opened it on her birthday.

It is hard to beleive that it is nearly her birthday again!!!!!!!!!!
Where does the time go?

Until next time, Happy Stitching.


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Pauline's 30th Birthday Quilt

This is the quilt and cushion that I made for my cousin Pauline for her 30th Birthday.
It was a kit that I purchased from Marally Craft called "Shabilicious Throw" The colours are really nice and she loved it and was very surprised.
To my delight she has also caught the quilting bug and has made some lovely quilts herself.

Here she is on the left with Miss Molly on the right, at her
brother Murray's wedding in Griffith last year.
Pauline is also Miss Molly's "Fairy Godmother"

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Vignette Hexagon Quilt

I had been thinking about making a Hexi quilt. Two ladies from my sewing group Roxanne and Lorraine have made some lovely hexie's and have inspired me to give it a go. So while I was in Armidale last school holidays I called into the local patchwork store as they had some nice 1 inch hexie flowers in the window. I purchased a couple of packs and was still not sure what I would make with them. When I got home I was googling and found the Vignette Hexi Quilt blog. I already had Leanne's first magazine and had liked the antique hexi quilt that was featured in an article.
So I purchased a Jelly Roll of Nancy Halvorsen Garden Song from Marally Craft, one of the local Orange stores. I also purchased a further Jelly Roll of Nancy Halvorsen's newest range Forever Spring from The Cobar Quilt Shop. My special friend Suzie works there and stayed back one night after work to cut the 42 x 2 and 1/2 inch strips that would make up the jelly roll.......I am eternally grateful to her *Hugs*

I also found these great little suit cases at the local Hobby Sew Store. They are just adorable and I had to have them to transport my Hexie's to Basketball and Netball courts all over the countryside..... I can't see the point in wasting precious stitching time between games....*Grin*

They look right at home in there don't you think.

I spent Mothers Day at the basketball stadium in Bathurst so my Hexies came along too. Here is a pic of Jacky Mister in action dribbling the ball. He is the Captain of the Orange U16's Men's Side. I was even giving some of the kids lessons on how to make Hexies.....Who knew!

I am using a white self patterned fabric for my centre stitchery blocks and outer border. I am waiting very impatiently for volume 3 of vignette to arrive so I can see the finished product. I started cutting the Hexies while Bart and I watched attended the Royal Wedding.... I joked to him that I hope I get it finished before William becomes King......... I might nick name it my Queen Kate Quilt..... As it will be fit for a queen when it is complete......ha ha.

The colour combinations work really well together. It will be nice to see some of the stitchery blocks done......Waiting, waiting, waiting on issue 3!

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Monday, 23 May 2011

Vicki's Quilt

I made this quilt for my baby sister Vicki  for Christmas in 2009. The pattern is called Garden Path and the fabric was a layer cake of Santorini by Moda. The colours are really fresh and bright. I used a white self patterned fabric to go with it and some extra fabric for borders.

Belinda Betts from Eucalypt Ridge Quilting did a great job with the quilting.
She has done a continuous pattern of big swirly hearts.

I custom made the label on my printer.

Sisters by chance, friends by choice....xo

Until next time, Happy Stitching.


Sunday, 22 May 2011

"My Town Block of the Month"

I have started stitching the Homespun My Town Block of the Month Quilt. It started in March and runs for 10 months through to December. It is a mystery quilt and each month in the Homespun Magazine there are instructions for the blocks. The first magazine showed a small square of each block with a clue as to what it might be. We think we have guessed them all but will have to wait and see.....Oh the suspense!!!
 It is a fundraiser for The Starlight Foundation. Above is Block 1 designed by one of my favourite designers Annie Downs, and of cause it is The Quilt Shop. 
I am using the Blackbird Designs Fabrics that the designers have used in the Magazines.
I purchased a kit from The Tinkers Cart in Townsville

I even Hand quilted the little quilt hanging on the line....Too Cute.

April was Block 2 The Post Office designed by Vivian Robinson.
I chose to do mine by hand applique and not machine as in Vivian's instructions.

May was Block 3 The Corner Store designed by Melanie Hurlston.
I think the striped awning is  just so sweet and the flowers in the window boxes are really cute.

Two of my good friends Suzie and Alison are also making this quilt so it will be interesting to see them when they are all finished. Now to wait by the letter box for June Vol 12 No 5 Issue. 
I wonder what the block will be...............

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Saturday, 21 May 2011

Visit to The Home Patch

Today my friend Alison, her mum Nannie and I went for a drive to Bathurst. We called into the Home Patch and were lucky to be greeted by Annie herself. She was just home from a trip to Salt Lake City and had all the samples of her new book "Some Kind of Wonderful". She laid them all out for us to ooh and ahh over. Annie also showed us her new range of fabric called "My Favourite Things" and some samples that she has made up from them. And yes there was more oohing and ahhing to be done.

I just had to buy something of course so I purchased:

These cute little hooks.

A woven wool pack for the stitchery on the bag in Annies
"The World as it Should Be" book that I purchased some time ago.

And a fabric pack to make the "Sewing Angel Tool Store"

I really like going to The Home Patch and grabbing a kit, it is nice to have all the fabrics to complete a project without having lots of waste.

We had lunch at a coffee shop and took Nannie to the Optometrist. I had a lovely day out. Which was good as I couldn't face my kitchen again today *Grin*

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Friday, 20 May 2011

Nan's Quilt

This is a quilt that I made for my Nan. It is called a kaleidoscope quilt because the effect is supposed to be like looking into a kaleidoscope. I think it is a very clever technique as each block looks different even though they are all made from the same fabric.

I attended a one day class whilst I still lived in Cobar with my friend Suzie and decided I would make one for each of my wonderful Nan's. Sadly my Nan Good passed away before her quilt was completed and I had not started the other one. It sat in the cupboard for a little while as I felt a bit too sad to look at it. Eventually as time passed I got it out and completed it for Nan Gordon. She was thrilled when I gave it to her and especially liked the quilt label that I made for it.

I printed it from my computer, just made it up in publisher and ironed visoflex to the back of the fabric in the size if an A4 sheet. I trimmed it and ran it through my colour printer. And "hey presto" a custom made label. When Nan put the quilt on her bed she folded back the corner so she could see the label.

I hope you have all been blessed with a special Nan....
 I feel a bit special because I was blessed with 2.....

Until next time, Happy Stitching.


Soup,Soup & More Soup!

Not much to report on the sewing scene today.
I have spent all day in the kitchen cooking. Number 1 and only son left the door of the spare freezer in the shed open and we now a whole lot of defrosted meat!!!!!!
Not a happy Marmee at the moment.
So after a lot of chopping and simmering we ended up with:

Pea and Ham Soup (2 Batches)

Chicken & Corn Soup

Old Fashioned Lamb & Barley Soup

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

Sausage Casserole

Lamb Ragout

So we now have lots of these in the freezer waiting to be reheated

We will be having Roast Leg of Lamb on Saturday night and I am going to make a whole heap of mini quiches and some Ham, feta and Sweet Potato Fritata's.

At least I have enough soup to last me through the winter months, I am over being in the kitchen though and hope to get in the sewing room soon.

Until next time, Happy Stitching.


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Nice People Nice Things

This is a gorgeous quilt that I made in 2009....
 It was a quilt as you go project and the first one that I have done......
 It is made from "Love Is" fabrics by Nancy Halvorsen.....
 It has stitcheries on one side and lovely sayings on the other.

 I even added two personalised blocks of my own for
 Miss Molly and Jacky Mister........
Jack loves all things sport and outdoors..........

Molly is our Netballer...........

Until next time, Happy Stitching

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