Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Blog Shop!

Pop on over to Helena's Blog and take a look at her gorgeous patterns she'll be selling in her new Blog Shop! To celebrate she's having a giveaway!
Good Luck Helena!!

Monday, 30 March 2009

March madness!

It seems that March must be my month for getting things finished, here's my 5th project complete. A lovely stitchery called "Home Sweet Home" by Lynette Anderson. My lovely friend Sarah gave me the kit for xmas. The frame was made by her lovely neighbour.

I also completed another Snugglybug block on the weekend too, seems Peter Rabbit is a favourite with the baby boys! (It's a favourite of mine too!)

Hope you got alot done in March too, still one day to go!!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Ta! Daaa!

My Jelly Roll Quilt is finished!!! and that's another finish for March for the OPAM Challenge! I'm so pleased with the end result. Thank-you to Leanne for the marvellous quilting job you've done!!
Hope you're enjoying a day of stitching!!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Slowly working away at my to do list

I've spent the last few weeks stitching at nights whilst watching TV so I can catch up with some BOMs.
Gail Pan's BOM

Capricorn Quilts BOM - Once Upon a Time (still needs a few embellishments added)

and Willowberry Designs BOM - Verandah Views

Links to all these gorgeous BOM stitcheries are on my sidebar!

I also whipped up a Ric-Rac pattern "Birdcage", it's so quick and easy to do! So I guess that's another OPAM finish too!Visit Jodie's Etsy shop for it and other wonderful patterns!

Now I've caught up with a few things I'm back to binding my jelly roll quilt, one side done, only three to go!

Hope you've had a productive weekend too!

Monday, 16 March 2009

Another March finish and a lovely surprise

Yey, I've got another finish! I worked on this all weekend, finished my last few stitcheries then put borders on, binding and quilting and I'm so pleased with the end result!

This mini quilt was designed by Lynette Anderson as a free Mystery BOM, it was so much fun to make and it's been great to see how everyone elses have turned out. Thank-you Lynette for sharing this gorgeous design with us!
I also popped into Sarah's on the weekend and she handed me a little parcel, it was from Simone! Simone sent me these Peter Rabbit postcards, they are adorable, Thank-you Simone!

Next on my to to list is to put the binding on my Jelly Roll quilt, so I'll be busy stitching this week! Enjoy your week too!!

Friday, 13 March 2009

More on AQC

Here's some photos of some beautiful quilts on display at AQC, I apologise to the makers as I didn't write down the names to go with the photos. The work is just stunning!!

This one drew a big crowd, it was a story book, very 3d, it was so much better in real life

Turn the page
and a close up of a face in a tree

More quilts

More art pieces

and then the fun ones.....A Pavlova!! There was more in this challenge, donuts, cream puffs, lots of imagination!!
There was so many gorgeous quilts on display, couldn't photogragh them all, but believe me they were good!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Aussie needs our help

Calling out to fellow Aussies and our friends across the globe, this young Queensland lady needs our help to land her the best job in the world. Please visit Hailey's blog, she's made the shortlist of 50, click on the voting link and help her along!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Gingham Girls

When I returned from Melbourne I had an email in my inbox saying I'd won Judith's Giveaway -
a pattern for a gorgeous Bronwyn Hayes Carry All, it looks like a fun bag to take to sewing gatherings!! Thank-you so much Judith, I'll enjoy making this one!

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Welcome to two more Tassie Quilting Bloggers

Please pop in and say Hi to two new Tassie Quilting Bloggers
Thread Garden and Avonlea Vignettes


I found this via Chookyblue's blog,

Your rainbow is intensely shaded yellow, white, and blue.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate optimism. You're good at getting people to like you. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Now I thought this was pretty accurate, I think it says alot about me.

Friday, 6 March 2009

frilly stuff and T.L.C

A work mate asked me ages ago to repair his teddy bear. This poor teddy had been in storage, in pieces and covered in sawdust, he was looking very unloved.

So today I unstitched, unstuffed, re-assembled, stuffed and stitched him back together again. I gave him a brush too. He's looking much happier but I'm thinking I might make him a waistcoat to freshen him up.I also finished a Moonshine "Frilly Bag" today, so that's another finish for OPAM challenge for March. I fell in love with this bag at the AQC, just had to have one, it's so girlly!!Now off to make a waistcoat!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

AQC 2009 Working Hard...NOT!!

Here's a picture of Diedre and I on The Quilted Crows stand, Diedre and Leonnie worked very hard, they were there every day.
After our dining experience on Lygon St Friday night I decided to try the spruiking tactic "Fat Eights only $2.50...What a Bargain!" We had lots of laughs!I shopped too, so many stalls with yummy fabrics and goodies, here's my stash apart from the pinboard and silicone icecube trays I bought from IKEA! I love my bundle of reproduction fabrics from The Quilted Crow, they're for my Dear Jane that I want to start this year.Ooh and there is a bag pattern and a packet of needles missing from this photo too!
Melbourne is a bustling city, I felt like a real country bumpkin, it's so different to what I'm used too. Public transport is fantastic, and there's a 7-11 on every street! But what I loved most is the public art, this is my favourite, no idea what street it was on but it looks fabulous.
I'll show some photos next time of some of the quilts that were on show, there was a good mixture of traditional and art quilts, someone even made a Pavlova one!

Monday, 2 March 2009

AQC 2009 & Secret Squirrel Revealed

Well AQC 2009 was huge, I had such a fabulous time. Helen, Sarah and I stayed at the Mayflower on Lonsdale hotel, small but comfortable and it was within walking distance of the Royal Exhibition Building at Carlton Gardens
It's a grand old buildinginside is beautifuland I love the artwork on the walls

I shopped, looked at some magnificant quilts on display and did lots of talking. I met the lovely Gail Pan and chatted with her for ages. Leanne Beasely, Rosalie and Melly were all there too but they were all busy.

My MIL came along on Friday, was lovely to see her again, we both share the quilting passion.

I also caught up with fellow tassie bloggers, Highland Quilter, Lizzie's Page, Aunties Quaint Quilts (AQQ) & Harmony Junkie (HJ). Helen, Sarah and I also ran into AQQ & HJ at IKEA where we took some time out on a comfy sofa!

Do you recognise this quilt? Neenie's Garden by Helen, it was displayed in the Best of Shows, this picture shows it being critiqued by Sarah, Helen and Leonnie & Diedre from The Quilted Crow.

One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Jodie from Ric-Rac. Remember the Secret Squirrel project I was working on well it was for Jodie! I road tested her dolly pattern, yes Jodie has produced some patterns, these were available at the show. Here's Jodie serving at the Ballarat Patchwork Stall and you can see her dollies up in the background.

and here's my version, please meet "Pip", here she is in her PJ's with her moggy "Mog"and here's she is all dressed for the show!The lovely Jodie gave me some beautiful gifts for doing this, all of the patterns and kits will be on sale at the Stitches and Craft show in Melbourne in a couple of weeksI'd like to wish Jodie the best of luck at the Stitches and Craft Show and thank-you for allowing me to be the first to make one of your dolls, they are just adorable. I hope we've made the pattern easy for others to follow!

As for the show I've also got a few more snaps to show but I'll leave that for the next post as I feel exhausted just thinking about our whirlwind visit!