Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Coin Purse

Finished my coin purse last night. I made one with the blue shoes for my neice which was really cute, but went for more subdued colours with this one. You can't quite see the lovely shade of purple on the inside. After much fiddling and unpicking the zipper and lining finally worked out.

 Now off to work to earn some coins to put in it!!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Long term project

I love to have a great big project on the go that lasts for years. I hand pieced this quilt over about 18 months and it has been sitting waiting for some hand quilting inspiration for another 12. After a chat with Dawnie today I thought I'd better get on with it, so spent most of the afternoon on hands and knees pin basting it. I think i may have zoned out when piecing the squares - it has ended up a monstrous 240cm square. I expect the hand quilting might take a long time.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Retail Therapy

I was lucky enough to visit The Home Patch yesterday. As well as lots of inspiration, I brought home a few goodies. I just couldn't resist the fat quarter with the little owls and birds. The range is Blooms and Buttons, and is very cute.

The paper bag holds my very secret Christmas swap fabric. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

10 Good Reasons to Buy Fabric

As if we need any encouragement. I found this list while having a tidy up today.

10 Good Reasons to Buy Fabric

1. It insulates the cupboard where it is kept.
2. It keeps the economy moving. It is my duty to support the cotton farmers, textile mills and quilt shops.
3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.
4. It's a competition - the one who dies with the most fabric wins!
5. It keeps without refrigeration, you don't have to cook it to enjoy it, you never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose or walk it.
6. Because I'm worth it.
7. Like dust, it's good for protecting previously empty spaces in the house, like the ironing board, the laundry basket, the dining room table........
8. It's not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul and makes me feel good.
9. Because it's on sale.
10. Buy it now before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions.

All extremely valid I think.

Needlebook finished!

I have finished my needlebook from Some Kind of Wonderful. I love it. I'm happy with the colours and the size. I think I will actually use this one instead of just keeping it to look at!

Making the blanket stitch loop was a bit fiddly, but otherwise it was an enjoyable little project. How good is Anni's red fabric in the background?

Unfortunately the sewing case is on hold waiting for the backorder of thread.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Secret Santa Swap

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, and this year my first Christmas thoughts are about my first ever swap. I know who my partner is now, and I have been lurking around her blog, thinking about what special gift I can make for her. I am having a little trip to The Home Patch for supplies on Friday, so who knows what I might find.........

Friday, 16 September 2011

Love Fridays....

What a beautiful spring day to spend stitching in the sunshine (even with the saws and hammers in the background).

I've made a start on the next month of In My Garden. Snails are pesky in the garden AND in applique.

I don't care much for the leeks either, but the block itself looks really good - just wanted to get the least interesting bits done first.

And while I wait for my floss, I thought I should make a start on this wall hanging I bought at Darling Harbour in June. It's called Deck the Halls by The Birdhouse. Gotta love stitching in one colour - extremely portable.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, with a chance to enjoy some sunshine and some stitching.

Progress of a different kind...

My new floor is nearly finished and it is gorgeous!! I think it will make a great background for future blog photos.

Hopefully back with some crafty pics later today.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Out of floss

Argh! I have run out of my new favourite thread so my sewing case from Some Kind of Wonderful has stalled. I'm sure the lovely girls at Hatched and Patched will have me stitching again soon - love waiting at the mailbox.

I cut all the little squares for the needlebook at the same time as the case, and I really like how it's turning out. I do love red and cream fabric, so it's great to have a project that uses so many scrap pieces.

A sweet sentiment from Kathy Schmitz.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Month 7 done!

A lovely day at home in the rain to stitch yesterday. Finished block 7 of In my Garden.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

My favourite quilt

This is my favourite quilt. I have only just gotten around to photographing it even though it's been finished for a couple of years. It is from way back before i fell in love with needleturn applique. I wish I could go back and re-do the leaf border! Based on a design by Margaret Sampson, the square-in-a-square blocks are little embroideries and applique. Clipping the quilt to the edge of the gutter is much more reliable than asking little boys to stand on chairs and hold it still.

There may not be any rain, but looking on the bright side, the blossoms on the crab apple tree and the cherry blossom are beautiful.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

BOM Month 7

These are the pieces for In My Garden Month 7 - just need to put them together. Love how the whole quilt is coming along.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Another pincushion....

Finished Anni's pincushion from Some Kind of Wonderful. It's a little bit wonky but I'm happy with it. Think i'll do the bag and needlecase to match.

Sunday, 4 September 2011


What I'd like to be doing.......

What I actually AM doing.....

It will all be worth it when the black lino is gone and the spotted gum is laid. I'm sure I can squeeze some sewing in later today.
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