Sunday, 13 September 2015


Blogging has not been foremost in my life lately!

In June we hitched up the caravan and headed for warmer weather. We were not lucky. Cold weather followed us to Sydney. We spent time with family in Sydney before embarking on a family cruise, with family from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Durban South Africa. We had a great time! Still no warm weather in the pacific though!

On our return to Sydney we headed to Brisbane, stopping off for a day or two in our favourite places. In Nambucca we caught up with great friends. This is the way to live! Next morning we tagged along with them to a open inspection of a house close by.

Well, we loved the house! After much deliberation, we found ourselves the owners of a new house in Hyland Park, Nambucca Heads.

We didn't get to Brisbane, but headed back to the cold in Adelaide to put our house on the market.

And now we are exhausted! The house is painted, spartan, sparkling, and on the market.

Some before and after photos......





Photos of my life in my sewing room before June 2015


My sewing room now!!

This is the view from what will be my new sewing room balcony.

My local beach 10 minutes down the creek

I will post an update soon!


Sunday, 14 June 2015

UFO off the to do list

Another UFO is no longer a UFO! This quilt has hung around as a top for a few years. I almost threw it out! I had this idea at the time I started it, that I would wind some pearl thread on a bobbin and couch the shape of an African thorn tree onto the quilt, sewing from the back of the quilt. I liked the concept but was not confident that it would work. I was concerned about not being able to see where I was sewing. Also thought the thread would not be heavy enough to have the desired effect.

A few nights ago I was thinking of UFOs waiting, when this quilt top came to mind. Suddenly I recalled that I had bought a couching set for Angelica my Sweet Sixteen! Having never used the couching set, it would be ideal to have a go. I would be able to see where I was sewing! I had started the quilt for Ben and it would be excellent to finish it for his birthday.


The photo doesn't show the effect of the tree outline, pulling the various blocks together, but I'm happy with it. A spare block was used for the label.

Recently found another couple of baskets to add to the collection.

The little one is very cute, and great for POTC bits. The tall one stands in the corner with various rolls.

Used green tomatoes to make some green tomato pickle this week. This is a first for me!

Now it's back to this whole cloth quilt with many wobbles!

Happy quilting!


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Quilting Workshop Weekend

The Sweetest Teenager named Angelica! (My S 16)

Last weekend in May we packed out sweet sixteens and loads of stuff into the car and headed out to Adelaide Sewing Centre.

An amazing weekend of quilting with a lovely group.

Our task was to design and quilt our prepared whole cloth quilt.

Teacher Heather is always full of fun. No stress!! Nothing is a mistake, it's a design feature.

A weekend of sewing this was achieved.

Today I have made further progress

Just loving it!

Your comments are welcome.

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, 26 May 2015


My blog is seriously suffering neglect! Why oh why? Is it the cold? Maybe sore arthritic hands are also to blame for lack of quilting progress.

I have finished a third ionic gear bag. We are planning a cruise, so I thought another BGB for face paint and bangles and stuff might be a good idea! I pulled out the Kaffe Fassett box of fabric and got busy. Happy with this one!

One more to make and then NO MORE!

Patchwork of the Crosses is also slow! I have had some highlights though!


Our little poodle loves a quilt and lots of colour! Toti loves Kaffe too!

Chino is happy on the floor or a vacant chair.

I'm looking forward to taking delivery of my thermomix! Can't wait! Pinning recipes and tips in advance! Got a bit tired of seeing photos posted by both my daughters and their menus compared! Had to join them.

The other event I'm looking forward to is a weekend workshop with Heather at the Adelaide Sewing Centre. We are quilting a whole cloth quilt on the sweet sixteen. Spent some time today drawing designs!

Always look forward to any comments!

Happy quilting!


Monday, 6 April 2015

A little finish!

My Easter weekend sewing, mojo has been missing of late. No excuses other than cold weather and painful hands! Keep dropping stuff like wonder clips, needles, pins etc!!

Then, Sheila had a new sewing hold all, as did Pip. Well I had to be in on it.

The Bionic Gear Bag is just amazing! Designed by Sally Thompson aka RipStitcher, it hold loads of stuff! Four zip pockets with pockets in between.

Bits and pieces for the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks ready to go!


Fabric scraps used. This was a fun project. I'll make a couple more!

Next project is Leigh Anne's silk quilt. I've put off doing it for so long due to feelings of terror!! Me.........?? sew silk??

Wait a minute..... I really must tidy and rearrange furniture in the sewing room before I start.


Sunday, 15 March 2015

My busy teenager

Angelica has been on the go, depriving me of sleep, zooming away day and night and occasionally I must drive her to distraction! The quick unpick has, I'm sure, been blunted after many pebbles had to be unstitched. I'd stitched over a bit of quilt underneath! Grrr don't you HATE that?

But I am happy! A few photos of night and day sewing!

My challenge quilt for Adelaide Sewing Centre is finally completed.


Patchwork of the Crosses has progressed very slowly as I met Angelica's demands!

Happy to see this pic from our daughter on the Gold Coast. Great to see my x+ cushion on the beach. I went through an insane x+ production last year. Cushions for everyone, tablt mats and runner etc. this one looks happy where it is!


Time to get stitching, Nina is waiting!


Friday, 30 January 2015


Last year I did complete a number of UFO's. So good to get them done.

I seem to have a heap of QIP's (quilts in progress). Sounds better than UFO's. UFO's I regarded as "old hat, sick of you" projects. QIP's are exciting happening delights!

My QIP's are:


A very large Kaffe quilt. Below is the backing patched.


Colours aren't quite right. Lime, navy greys and some tans.

Some Patchwork of the Crosses (Lucy Boston). Love this portable project. Spend so much time hunting for fabrics. I should photograph my sewing room table, cutting table, ironing board, baskets and floor covered in fabrics! Oh dear.

2015 start and finishes. Tiny scraps discarded by two friends last week. The scraps were rescued from a dreadful fate.......the bin!


10" square

8.5" square!

Angelica liked these.

Let me know what you think!



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