Friday, December 31, 2010

Thinking of Valentines Day Already!

Pop over to and visit Vicki E. Vicki is hosting a week of 7 bloggers, 7 projects and 7 giveaways. Sounds fun. I'll be in that!

It all begins 9th January 2011.

January 9th - Vickie E of Spun Sugar Quilts
January 10th- Sherri of A Quilting Life
January 11th - Jen of Miss Punkie Pie
January 12th - Kim of Kim’s Big Quilting Adventure
January 13th - Carol of Carol's Crafty Creations
January 14th - Stephanie Little Lady Patchwork
January 15th -Natalia of Piece n Quilt

This is the only quilt I have made that remotely resembles a Valentine Quilt. Not the best picture but the only one I have. Most people make the annual Christmas quilt, some the occasional Easter quilt but does anyone out there make a Valentines Quilt every year?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Giveaway at P.S I Quilt

Rachel from P.S I Quilt and Fat Quarter Shop are hosting a giveaway. This is my entry.

Santa was on his way to Australia with a sleigh full of goodies when suddenly through the fog appeared a QANTAS A380. Rudolph was startled, as his in-flight navigation system had failed - his shiny red nose. The sleigh did a 360 degree manoeuvre to avoid the giant steel beast and one, small package plummeted down to a tiny village somewhere in the world. In that package was 7 yards of backing fabric for a quilt that had to be finished for Christmas (from the fatquartershop).

That package was mine .......

On Christmas morn I awoke to find a mountain of presents all stacked under the tree, all but one

My present......

On the other side of the world an excited young woman awoke to find a parcel with her name on it. (Evidently Jane in her country is a very popular name!) All her Christmas dreams came true. Now she could marry her beloved Janeo (masculine version of Jane) and have the bridesmaid dresses she had always dreamed of.

I am glad Jane had received my gift because that is what Christmas is all about - spreading the joy (and being crafty)
Love those curtains

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Holidays

I am back from my little trip to visit my place of birth for Christmas. A wonderful time was had by all.
William jumping off the wharf on Christmas Day. Everyone was in the water. I never tell my children about the big sharks that lurk below!
Great weather in Sydney compared to the wet weather in Queensland. My ark is still not complete and they are expecting another 100ml of rain this week. Oh well, I will just stay in side and quilt.

I have the most wonderful family in the world and this is where we were raised.

The bay was our playground. We spent our youth fishing, sailing, water skiing and running amongst the bush and sandstone of the national park.

Cronulla Beach was a few bays around the corner. Cronulla had the best grass hills to roll down and a very yummy ice cream parlor.

I also found a quilt that I made many years ago for my sister that I never photographed - so I did.

A hexie arrived from Leanne. Thank you, it's perfect.

P.S Don't forget I will be giving away a prize when I reach 200 followers.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Withdrawals and 200th Follower Giveaway

I am on holidays in Sydney and without my sewing machine, hand sewing and ability to purchase fabric. I have borrowed my sisters laptop to write a quick post as a quick fix.

I am already plotting another giveaway. When I reach my 200th follower I will be giving away a prize. I will keep it a mystery until I near the double century of followers.

Happy Quilting and Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010


I will be away from my desk until 27th December 2010. I will be checking my mail while I am away. Please note any orders made at my shop will be posted after 28th December. Until then, Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Some more Christmas T-Shirts

One for Baby Cassandra

And one for Joanne

A bunch of flowers

I have started sewing the flowers together for my 2" flower garden. They will be randomly sewn as each one is very individual. I was not sure whether to put a plain row around each one. What do you think?

This beautiful and funky hexie arrived from Denmark yesterday. Thank you Hanne W. Hanne also slipped in a sheet with pre-printed hexagons.Tak dig.

At last I have finished the teachers quilt for 2010. Very modern, very male, QAYG style, very naive sewing style using the Gee Bend fabrics I purchased from Z and S Fabrics earlier this year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesdays Holy Treasure

Left - The Infant of Prague. My father gave me this statue years ago. It took pride of place in his workroom under the house for many years. As the story goes, the infant will never bring you riches but always make sure you have enough to support your family (as per my fathers version).

Middle - This is a beautiful wooden and silver cross taken from the coffin of my great, great grandmother. They would display the cross during the funeral service and then remove it before burial for the family to keep.

Right - I don't know the story of Mary's statue but it was given to me after nan passed away, thirty years ago. Mary has always had a special place in the hearts of the women of our family.

All three have special places in my heart and home.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Quickie Caffeine Carpets

My little assistant holding up two caffeine carpets I quickly whipped up for Christmas presents.

Friday, December 10, 2010

More hexies in the post

Thank you Melody. I love them. Unfortunately, I opened the envelope in the car and my five year old spied the chocolates.

How gorgeous are these.

... and this one for the forum swap.
... and this one is for my Inchy December Swap Partner

And this one for me

A friday walk through the wet garden

The heavy rains have destroyed most of the flowers but I managed to snap a few survivors.


Yummy strawberries

More hydrangeas

Grapes ripening on the vine

Lilly Pilly Flower

Golden Cyprus Flower

I don't even know the name of this one


Euodia or Evodia

Flower. The flower grows from the woody branch.

Rain forest plant in flower

Brazilian Cherry. It has 5 times the vitamin C of oranges.
New growth on the small leaf lilly pilly

The weeping lilly pilly loves the wet and produces new red tips

This is a dragon fruit plant.

Boysenberries galore

The pineapple it still growing

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winner of the 100th post giveaway

I had a good laugh going through all the entries. I had my panel of judges (Children aged 5 - 17) choose the winner and they picked -

Kathy Trevelion said...
An obese quilter is rushed into the ER by ambulance. the paramedic says, "quick, Doc, patch/stitch her up. She's been cut into fat quarters!"
Evidently, Kathy made that one up, so a gold star for effort Kath! Your FQ's are on there way.


Three little healing hearts for the NZ miners families.

Shirley Goodwin is collecting hearts for families of the NZ miners. Please visit her site and send a healing heart to someone who has lost their loved one in this terrible tragedy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesdays Presidential Treasure

The things we keep!

Mum and Dad went to a dinner years ago where Chelsea Clinton was the guest of honour. Everything had the Presidential seal on it including the M & M's. I don't know why I kept this box, maybe because it was a gift from mum.

Even Presidents eat M & M's
These are the last of the welcome hexies ready to be posted all over the world. I have just came back from a few days in Caloundra where I met up with a few friends for a small holiday. Of an evening, we would sit around and chat (and drink) and I coaxed Leanne ( a lovely lady we met ) and Angela into sewing some hexies. Fabulous job girls.

On my arrival home, I received an envelope from the USA from Sunny (Peggy) with this groovy hexie in it. I love it. Thank you, Sunny.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hexies come and Hexies go

This one is to go to Judy my swap partner this month from the Craft Forum

This lovely one came from Trish from the Craft Forum swap
I received this stunning hexie with extra fabric and a beautiful card. Thank you Leslie

This one is a welcome hexie for someone in the Inchy Hexagon Swap. They will get their white solid centre but I thought it would look cute with this fabric.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I do love the mail.

A nice little bundle arrived from Hawthorne Fabrics today for my personal stash. The cool colours of the Sanctuary collection by Patty Young and the Notus Fallen Sparrow by Daiwabo House Designer  FQ bundles.