Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rain and more Rain

It started last night, pouring down with thunder almost on top of us. Needless to say the spouting filled so quickly it overflowed. It rained all night and most of the morning. The sun has now come out and outside it feels like a sauna.
Today is our wedding anniversary, 47years, my DH and I went out for breakfast this morning. There is a cafe up the town and they do beautiful breakfasts.
This afternoon with all this humid weather I did some sewing and stitched the borders on my Trailing Vine. I decided that single bed size was big enough, some things just need to be finished.


Monday, February 25, 2013


On Fridays I go to Somerset  patchwork shop and sit and chat and sew with about 16 - 20 other ladies. We laugh, sometimes too loud for the customers, and have a great day. Karen, who owns the shop, shows us what gadgets, templates, patterns and fabrics are new. Last week she had a delivery of bags for holding our thread,scissors etc and I bought one. A great little travelling bag. It comes with foam on both sides of the bag so that they can be covered. On the side with the pocket I used my Feedsack fabrics and on the other side I used a X stitch I made years ago but was ideal in theme and size. Here are some photos to see what it now looks like.

and the inside with lots of compartments.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Sun Is Shinning

The weather is lovely, the sun is shinning and it is not too hot. A Beautiful Day.
I finally got some photos of my Leannes House quilt. Since I put it in my header I've had requests asking if there is a pattern and who's it is. This quilt was designed by Leanne Beasley and here's a Link  to Leannes House. I took some pictures in the shade and in the sun so you can look at both.


I do like how this one looks. This is the only quilt that I have hand quilted except for dolls size quilts and I did it with Perle thread. It still seemed to take forever. 

 Now I want to show you a pattern I've had for years and  wanted to make. It is made with 'brushed' cottons and I'm doing the applique in wools as I always thought they would look good.

Here is my first block. I've stitched the star on but the rest is waiting to be appliqued. I'm going to prepare all the blocks before I stitch. It always take a while to trace the pattern, cut and attach so I'm trying to get some of it done each day.  
The left bottom flower is not wool. It is such a beautiful plaid I wanted to use it. With the brushed side out it could be mistaken for a fine wool.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday at Castlemaine

Yesterday I went to Castlemaine for the 1st Applique Society meeting of 2013. I was picked up at 6.45am and off we set with a wonderful day in front of us and the weather was perfect, sunny and 28C.  Our speaker for the morning was Rosalee Clark. Her first quilt was her Jane Austen and you can get the pattern for it from here which comes with full instructions and the history of the quilt.
This is a picture of 1 block which showed us how it is made and put together. 

We then saw several of her other quilts. This had wonderful fabric in the centre.


This one had beautiful Toile.

Vibrant colours.


The following quilts are from my friends. This is Bev's, Mary Manakee quilt. I love the colours of the fabrics that she has used.

Her star quilt.

made with Dutch Chintz fabrics.

A Signature quilt

Hand pieced blocks.

and next a single block of Linda's quilt.The small squares are 1/4" in size and there are well over 300 pieces in each block of 16. The colours and fabrics are great and it looked amazing but I'll leave them to Linda to make. The cutting alone would have taken hours.

I hope you enjoyed the ones I've shown you.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A little quilt

Not long ago Lori of Humble Quilts had the pattern for a little quilt called Abundance and I took a copy of the instruction. So after some fabric picking from the stash, cutting and  time with the sewing-machine,  I've made it. I so enjoy small projects that can be made and finished in a short time.They never become UFO's. Thank you Lori.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

This weeks sewing

I've been sewing a project that I bought a number of years ago and although I had all the fabric, threads and cloth that were cut out and ready to go it's been waiting to get stitched.  It's a needleroll pattern from Stacy Nash Primitives and it's finished.

....but inside is something I showed you little bit of last week, my cross stitch.The thread colours are just wonderful and it has a pocket to keep my scissors and threads in. The pattern calls for a silk matka cloth for the outside but  I have none so I used a reproduction fabric I had with the same colours as the threads.