Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sewing for gifts

I have been busy doing a little sewing for the grandchildren. I love these hats, I made this Lightening Mcqueen one for Cody and I had to be quick to get a photo with him before he went home.

Another hat that will go to another little grandson.I turned the brim up on this one but think I should fold it down. The hats are reversible too.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A little boys quilt

At last I finished putting this top together, now I just need to quilt it, although I seem to have a couple of other things on the go that I also would like to sew. The pattern is one that I made up as I went along.It was a panel that I had for the centre blocks so I cut out the pictures and then framed them using primary colours.

I have a little one year old grandson and think it will probably go to him for Christmas.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Sewing time

This is something I have had for some time when the Grand kids started to come along, then as time went by it got put aside but now there have been acouple more arrivals I have pulled it back out of the cupboard.

This is another project that I have also started. I have a colection of bali fabrics and whenI saw this pattern I thought it would be good to use some of the bali fabrics.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Back home

We are back home again after a lovely break and some warm weather but we have been reminded about how cold it can be. Hopefully it will not be too long before we start to feel the spring and see the blossoms come out. A sight I always enjoy.
We went inland up to the Undara lava tubes and as far north as Cooktown then back down the coast doing some of the touristy things along the way.
Inside the Lava Tube

Cooktown lookout

Kuranda Rail

Paronella Castle
Millaa Millaa Falls


Hanna Hedgehog
I also took time to do a little shopping and collect a few memories. Since I have been back after catching up on the garden and a few other things I had to make the pattern that I bought while away.
I thought he was really cute. The pattern is from Pauline at Funky Friends Factory and she designs and makes patterns for all sorts of animals.
Little Hayley my GD has also been visiting each afternoon after school now and also wanted to make something, so a small bag was made under her instructions and of course she wanted to use the machine to sew. The bag was then a show and tell item at school the next day, although not finished quite the way I would have liked but not to worry, she liked it and the books fitted in the bag.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Holiday time

Well the van has come out of storage now so that I can start packing and get ready to get away. We are going for a trip to North Qld, we have not been there yet so looking forward to  the trip. Hopefully we will have some warmer weather, the mornings have been a bit on the chilly side here although not as cold as it can be.

This is a braid quilt I made from a jelly roll, it is very long as I could not decide which fabrics to leave out from the jelly roll.


This was the view from the front of the house one morning when we had a frost.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

A finished top plus more

I finally got Tropical Sashiko Sampler together. The pattern is a Sylvia Pippen pattern,just have to get to quilting it now.

Another little project completed is this Dilly Bag made from some dyed fabric from a dyeing fun day.

 Attended a workshop recently for this Fast and Fabulous quilt technique. The workshop was conducted by Penny Vanderwal. A great way to put a top together quickly.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Last week I entered a couple of my quilts into the local show and was pleasantly surprised. The art quilt won 2nd place and then the small quilt came third.

T Show 3T show 5

The art quilt was a reminder of the boab trees in the Kimberleys when we travelled through the region on a recent trip. The small quilt is a Sue Daly Design. Titled “Field of Flowers”.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sewing compendium

I have had this pattern for sometime and decided to make this over the holiday break. It was a little more time consuming then I had imagined but in the end I was happy with the result. It has extra pockets on the inside and lots of room to store sewing needs.


sewing compendiumOutside of bag

other side of bag


My next UFO is this Tropical Sashiko Sampler, I have slowly been making progress on it and now I can see that I will soon be able to be put it all together.

tropical sashiko blockssashiko blockssashiko block

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Fresh Start

Welcome to a New Year. I am hoping to share some of my things more often this year.
This is Baileys first quilt, he is now 8 years old, better late then not at all. I gave it to him at Christmas and he was really thrilled with it and enjoyed playing "I SPY " with all the different characters and animals  he could find in the blocks.
Last year I attended a workshop for this paper pieced New York Beauty. I was determined to make all the 36 blocks before Christmas which I did. It will now rest a while before I sew the blocks together  and then quilt it.