Trail Blazing

Trail Blazing

Last Saturday (I know, I'm a bit late with this post but I'm having the busiest week!! Better late than never. ) I was up with the birds to head off to Chris and Anne's Sewing Camp . It's held in Mulgoa which is about 40 minutes drive from my house. A fun drive it was too, nice winding road and lovely countryside. My 60's Bollywood music was blaring, drowning out my enthusiastic but terrible singing. Before I knew it I was heading down the long driveway of the property when I came across this furry fellow... Thomas the Donkey!!! What a sweetie!! Of course I had to stop and say hello. But when I hopped back in my car it wouldn't start. I was still ten minutes from my destination. As I rang for roadside assistance my day flashed before my eyes as I pictured myself stranded for hours, or having to leave with my car being towed away. And why? oh why?in all my car full of sewing stuff did I not have some hand sewing to keep me occupied while I waited? There wa

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Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll

I was cruising my blog roll this afternoon and when I came to the Fat Quarterly blog I saw they had a featured crafter post featuring ME . Whoa Nelly!!! Little ole me. I feel a bit like I'm bragging but do pop over and have a look. I'm off to a sewing camp tomorr ow. I've wound bobbins, put in a fresh needle, packed 2 quick unpicks... I'm ready to go, come rain, hail or shine It's goes for the whole weekend with classes run by Chris Jurd and Ann Murray. Unfortunately I can only go for the day as we're having out of town visitors, it's non stop action here in Daisyland. I'll be back soon with photos of fun times. Cheerio

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Watch This Space

Watch This Space

We have lift off!! This is the quilt I've made for GBF's 2010 birthday... which was way back in May. I did get the top done in time, it's just the quilting part that daunted me. It's funny how I seem to think that leaving my tops in the cupboard for a long time will enable me to do wonderful, perfect quilting. But my quilt tops are piling up, and it's getting closer to the end of the year so I had to face facts and accept that only good old practice will give me the skills to finish my quilts. So I made my sandwich with a zillion safety pins, set up my sewing machine for quilting and dusted the cobwebs off my quilting gloves. I began by stitching in the ditch around the blocks. When I started getting comfortable I put the free motion quilting settings on and went for it. At first I played around with some angular stippling then progressed to stars with loops. The more I did the more fun it became. I had planned to use Glow in the dark thread (YLI Brilliance) but

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Hunting Waggas

Hunting Waggas

Just warning you that this is a long post, perfect for viewing with a cup of tea. I can't help but wish I'd taken a picture of the outside of the Hunters Hill Town Hall yesterday. Instead I'll ask you to picture the perfect Sydney sunny, crisp blue sky, winter but almost spring day. An old sandstone building festooned with colourful quilt block bunting. Yay!!! I was at the Hunters Hill Quilters biennial Quilt Show!!! The group has been going strong since 1982. One of their most well known members is Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession fame. Here's two of her quilts.. Madness made from leftover practice blocks and scraps. It's a riot of colour and strips leading the eyes in different directions. Her other quilt Pheasantville is full of sumptuous, beautiful fabrics. The bird feature fabric is so dreamy and I love the use of the stripes. Nice fussy cutting. Talking of fussy cutting, I was captured by Lindy Messenger's quilt , Amy's

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Something old,something new,something borrowed, something blue...or maybe purple?

Something old,something new,something borrowed, something blue...or maybe purple?

My latest parcel delivered by the post fairies was full of vintage gorgeousness. An array fabrics from the 50s and 60s. My heart raced when I saw the listing on Etsy for a "Vintage Lot of Fabric Remnants". Even though the description included photos there were still lots of wonderful surprises as I went through the box. The pieces are mostly 8 x 11 inches with a few longer strips and two larger squares. This 22inch carriage and horses panel had my mind galloping with ideas for a medallion quilt. It's a mixed bag of fabric types: different weights of bark cloth, lightweight cotton and light upholstery fabrics. They must have been samples as most of the fabrics have identification stickers on the back and are represented in various colours. Did you know that "Shrunketized" was a word? This is such a pretty fabric. I particularly like the grey colourway and I like the way the tree looks like it's dancing. Some of the designs are quite unusual..

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