Monday, May 28, 2012

A BOM week

This week I've had a break from my Trailing Vines and I have spent my time on the Blocks of the Month that I have on the go just now. The first picture is Block 9 from Canton Village quilt blog.

Photo No. 2 is the 1st block of Yoko Saito's mystery BOM in the Quiltmania magazine No 87. There is a video of Yoko making this block on the Quiltmania website and I am trying her method of applique where all the seam allowance is turned under before appliqueing to the background fabric. It has made the whole process faster and easier. There is quite a lot of topstitching with DMC to highlight the house, bird and tree.

I received a subscription to Quiltmania as a present for last Christmas so I have the next 2 magazines already and I'm working on the next block.                      It finishes in the Nov/Dec issue so I think there is only 6 blocks. If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that I'm fully occupied for the next 2 weeks. Tennis is on again, the French Open and sewing too.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Biggest Morning Tea

At the Australian Quilters Assoc. today we had our Biggest Morning Tea which raises money for Breast Cancer Research. This year we had a tea cosy display and the first 2 photos are of some of the tea cosies and fancy tea pots on show.

There were 20+ tea cosies knitted in varied fancy styles for sale in a silent auction. These tea cosies were wonderful and I have 3 to show you.

We had a wonderful day with games and raffles and door prizes. I hope we raised many $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


I have finished Abbie's wallhanging. It won't be getting hung up until her Mum and Dad's new house is finished being built. I'll just tuck it away with her bed quilt meantime.
I bought this as a kit, Hooterville from Material Obsessions and there was more than adequate cottons and felted wools with the pattern. I did add a few more butterflies and novelty buttons of my own. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wintry Garden

Wintry, cold, wet days and the garden is showing Winter's colours.

                                          The Snowball tree.

Yellow, Red Hot Pokers.

The Magnolia Tree

Three more blocks for the Sundial quilt. Each block has to be made 4 times and there's plenty of variety. Not much to show but time is spent doing the preparation for these and my trailing vine, leaves.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


This is April's block for the BOM from Canton Village Quilts. No. 8 already, how the time has flown.

I have now finished and attached the third vine and started on the fourth. Adding each vine and sashing seems to give me an urge to get the next one stitched because I think it looks better each time. Even finishing a branch   and being able to pick the fabrics for the next one is enjoyable. I have set aside a basket of fabrics to use and I've made sure I have a large selection to pick     from. I don't want to run out before it's finished and I don't really know how much the leaves will take.                  

Winter has certainly arrived, it has been bitterly cold and very wet. Definately the best time to stay home,keep warm and sew.