House Hunting

House Hunting

I've been reading lots of Thanksgiving posts this week. We don't celebrate the holiday here in Australia but it's been a nice reminder to be thankful for all wonderful things in my life. One thing I started this year and am so thankful I did is my blog. I've met so many lovely and inspiring people who are so generous with encouragement and suggestions and friendly words. Thank You bloggy buddies!! Beth at Love Laugh Quilt has expessed the similar sentiments in a poetic post using a neighbourhood as a metaphor. It's really worth popping over for a read . Beth has also come up with a fun idea of organising some blogland quilts. To be part of the fun you just have to make a 12" (unfinished size) block of a house and include your blog name on it, or if you don't have a blog your name will do. She'll collect the blocks and organise them into lots of 9 or 12 ( depending how many she gets) and pick some random winners for the blocks to go to. The recipient

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Border Lines

Border Lines

The thing about fussy cutting and foundation piecing is that you can end up with a pile of scraps. I'm not saying that's a bad thing...quite the contrary. Just grab and sew, add a few other scraps from the basket, maybe a few matching fQs from the stash It's so nice to have a holiday from measuring and not worry about how pointy my points are. So I've sewed and sewed and sewed lots and lots of scraps. And come up with borders for the dahlia quilt. It's not all sewn together yet. I just roughly pinned it onto my design wall in time to get the last few moments of photogenic light. What do you think? Too crazy or not crazy enough?

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In Full Bloom

In Full Bloom

Hello sunshine!! These lovely Coreopsis flowers are really putting a show on for Spring here in mountains. I guess they are probably classified as a weed but gosh they're so cheery, and pretty as they wave around in the wind. Down in Sydney's Circular Quay Jacaranda trees are filling the sky with magnificent branches of purple blooms. The shade of purple is just so right... ...and almost electric when combined with such a verdant green. I love the way the flowers create big purple carpets underneath the trees. This Ibis seems to like them too. One of the things that make Jacarandas special to me is that they flower around my birthday. I couldn't ask for a better gift from Mother Nature. Well, except perhaps the cocoa bean. Yum!!

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Cutting No Corners

Cutting No Corners

Hello! I feel like I've been absent from the Blogosphere for ages!! You know how it goes - if you work too hard you end up getting sick. You can tell I'm not well when I can't find the energy to sew a stitch, but when I don't have the strength to even leave comments on my friends blogs you know I'm really sick. It's okay because I'm on the mend now so I hope you'll excuse me blowing my nose every five minutes while I'll get on with my show and tell. Last weekend I had a play with this little toy- a Ratchet Rotary Compass Cutter. It cuts the most perfect circles from 2 - 8.5 inches ( though I jiggled a few screws, turned the compass point around and was able to get a 9.5 circle) Just for the sake of playing around I attempted to sew a circle into another piece of fabric by cutting a circle half an inch bigger. I didn't pin it and just used my quarter inch foot. It almost worked except for the pucker on the right hand side. I'm curious to

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Smiley Day

Smiley Day

I declare today Smiley Day !! I'm smiling because I've had such a fun week with the Bloggers Quilt Festival! I've seen so many amazing, wonderful quilts and enjoyed the moving, funny and interesting stories behind them. I've realised I have very broad tastes- A few of my favourites ( Am I allowed to have lots and lots of favourites?) range from teeny tiny to king size , from wonderfully fun to dreamy beautiful , perfect point geometric to deliciously curvy , 2 toned to wildly colourful , fresh & zesty , and Ones that have taught me new things ( I'd never heard of a schnibble!) I've been amazed and touched by all the lovely comments everyone has left me. To all of you, Thank You from the bottom of my heart!! Isn't it wonderful how when you smile at the world... It smiles back!! I'm also smiling because it's the weekend!! It may be a cold, wet and grey day but hey it's the perfect weather to go int

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