Thursday, March 31, 2011


I have just listed some Hullabaloo charm squares in my little shop. Hullabaloo is the new collection from Urban Chiks for Moda. A gorgeous range of dots, stripes, florals and animals come to life in greys, reds, dusty blues and fresh lemon.

All charm squares are $AUS10.00.
Also, here is a sneak peek of my new Moda Bakeshop project using Olive + S Modern Workshop range.

The colours and designs in this collection are scrumptious, unlike the colours John used to paint himself while I was making this block. Hmmmmmm boys.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My yearly trip to IKEA

I needed a bookcase to place all my quilting books so I ventured across Brisbane to the only IKEA store in SE Queensland. Prepared with a list, I ran through all the departments until I reached the warehouse and grabbed the 50kg double, glass door bookcase, four plastic basket inserts, a rubbish bin, light globes. a set of castors and some small storage boxes. In a moment of weakness I glanced across to the textile department and found these beautiful fabrics. They just had to come home with me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

P2 Modern Quilt-along

I have joined the P2 Modern Quilt-along and for my selection I will be using solids with a dash of textured fabric in stone, cocoa, brown with a splash of orange.

This is my first attempt at a Quilt-along. It looked interesting, easy and made with only solids. This should be fun.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Many flower Wednesday

This is my garden to date.
Thank you to all my swap partners in the Craft Forum and Inchy Hexagon Swap.

This one just arrived today from Barbara. I love it. Thank you.

Quilting Room - Part 3

I had some great responses to my inquiry about ruler organisation. The one that was functionally appealing was the good old 3M sticky hooks. I placed them on the end of the sewing table and voila a neat little system.

For the rulers without a hole to place a hook through, I rest in these wooden ruler blocks on the sewing table behind the cutting area. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Superior Threads Frosted Donut

Superior Threads Frosted Donut - 36 Prewound MasterPiece L Style Bobbins
Just arrived in my little store. Great for Quilting, Applique and English Paper Piecing. Only $29.95 + P/H

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chloe's Pillow

My lovely neighbour Chloe, had to make a pillow for Home Ec. Chloe raided my stash and selected some charms from Half Moon and complemented the black and white with a Moda solid, Magenta. It looks fabulous. I will make a quilter out of Chloe yet!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Caffeine Carpet for my Swap Partner

I joined the Mug Rug Swap Adventure over at Leonas and made this little one for Anne-Mette in Denmark. I dug through my Kaffe Fasset stash to find some fabrics with a purple, pink and lime flavour and used a mosiac pattern I previously used in another swap. I embellished the pieces with contrasting perle cottons in contrasting colours.

These mug rugs are very therapeutic (in a quilty way).

Quilting Room - Part 2

I had these tables made a couple of years ago for my old sewing space. They are 900mm high so that I can use the them as cutting tables as well as ironing and sewing tables. The baskets underneath the pressing station house fabric and I hope to devise a system for hanging my rulers on the front side of this table.

Pressing Station with Silky Oak Towel rack. Handy for draping pressed fabrics over.
Sewing table / cutting table / drawers for accessories. 

The tables are positioned in an L shaped layout so I can press to my right and cut to my left as I make blocks.

My next project for this room is the storage area and my design wall. Any suggestions?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Giveaway at Samelias Mum

Anorina at Samelias Mum is having a giveaway. You could be the lucky blogger who adds this to their stash. 

Poodles and Fabrics

Hawthorne Threads package arrived today and Jasper found one print very appealing - Bon Vivant by Paige Stanley Miller.

These are the other fabric delights I received. I am into turquoise at the moment and keeping up a stockpile of the Kaufman Linens. Free Spirit have also designed a range of Linens in rich colours.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Quilting Room - Part 1

It all started last year when I decided to go into the long-arm quilting business. With the support of my beautiful husband we closed in the garage and bought a long arm machine. Over the next few weeks I will be filling my creative space and posting pictures.

My first little space is my desk.

Typo is a fantastic shop. Every Modern Stationery Supply you can dream of is here, including the canvas.
Desk and magnetic boards from Office Works.
Now let's see how long I can keep it like this!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Block Swaps - My collection so far

I have only been in my blocks swaps for three months and am building up quite a collection. My theme is a log cabin with a turquoise centre with alternating white / grey / charcoal / lime or orange fabrics. I tend to like the retro moderns. These blocks are from block buddies in Portugal, United States, UK and Australia. I can hardly wait for April's draw.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Another Flower for the Craft Forum Swap

This one is for Elizabeth (mumof6).

Apricots, Pinks, Pale Greens and florals.

Tuesday's Treasure - School Badges

My eldest son was looking through my box of treasures, trinkets really, that I have kept from my childhood. He discovered three of my school badges. I had forgotten they were there.

Perfect ( I mean Prefect ) and Vice Captain ( Captain of Vice) Badges from Secondary School

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

10th Anniversary Giveway at Lene's

Visit Lene to enter her 10th Anniversary Celebration. Make sure you have a look at the beautiful quilts and gifts Lene has made over the years.

200th Follower Giveaway - Winner

I used the random generator thingy to pick the winner and number 22 - Lee was chosen to win the
Holy Super Bobs

Lee said: I am a follower. I use Gutermann thread for most of my sewing. Would love to try some of these. thanks!

Congratulations Lee. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Quilting Block Swaps Australia is turning 1

I am a member of the Quilting Block Swaps Australia #1 Swap. Each month I swap a 12 1/2" unfinished block with someone around the world.

Sue, our fearless swap organiser ( QBSA #1) based in South Australia, works very hard to keep, not one but two swaps going. There are approximately 50 members in each swap. I know we women can multitask but Sue is the ultimate Super Block Swap Woman.
Currently, there are four block swaps:
  1. Quilting Block Swap Australia #1 - Managed by Sue
  2. Quilting Block Swaps Australia #2 - Alex
  3. The 6" block Swap - Managed by Sue
  4. The Christmas Quilting Block Swap Australia - Crafty Pug
Please visit Quilting Block Swaps Australia and become a Block Head like me and many others.

    Ooh, I'm naughty

    I need more fabric like a need a hole in my head but strangely I am drawn to its colours and designs over and over again.

    This is my latest fabric purchases:
    I liked this colourway
    Dots and animals. Two of my favourites
    They looked nice. lol
    Elephants and nature
    Fig Tree and Lecien fabrics
    Love that Kaufman Linen
    Sale fabrics

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    International Womens Day

    Today my friend, Anne and I made the journey to Maleny to participate in the IWD celebration hosted by Maleny Magic Patchwork and Quilts. The funds raised during the day was donated to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women.

    The lovely Bev Peret from Maleny Magic Patchwork and Quilts was the host and opened with a stirring speech focused on the Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaiste Factory Fire and its relation to IWD.

    Everyone was invited to make a block in the IWD colours of purple, green and white which will be made into quilts and travel around Australia to raise more funds.

    These are some of the blocks ready to be make into quilts. Guess which one is mine.
    Annie in front of the previous years quilts.
    The tables were beautifully set and the food divine
    The guest speaker was the award winning textile artist, Susan Briscoe, from the UK.

    Susan signing my books
    Susan has a particular interest in the Japanese Sashiko techniques and quilting. Susan has authored six books, two of which I bought and had signed. Susan lived in the North of Japan where she learned the skill of Sashiko, kimono and tailoring. Below are some of the magnificent quilts she brought from the UK (sorry, all taken on my iPhone. Not the best quality).