Parrots in the Garden

Parrots in the Garden

I had a little stroll around our garden. We've let the pumpkin plants do their own thing, and they've grown everywhere! It's one big pumpkin party out there!! Pumpkin vines here... pumpkin vines there... pretty pumpkin flowers everywhere!! The next two photos are Alocasia plants. As I walk past I like to say " Hello Casia". This next one is called a Bat Wing Alocasia. How perfect! The leaves would great in a Halloween floral display. They look quite surreal. The pink Kangaroo Paw plant is waving at you! Beautiful succulent! We planted lots of sunflower seeds just outside my sewing room window. A few days later there were lots of holes in the garden bed. The pesky birds had eaten our seeds! With visions of a mass of sunny faces keeping me company while I sewed, we planted another round of seeds. This time 5 little seedlings popped up. I've been watching their progress every day and this week the yellow petals unfurled to reveal this beauty!! Good morn

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Halfway there...

Halfway there...

Remember my Matilda quilt... the one that was bigger than my design wall.... Well, I went to see a sneak peak of it being quilted!! Check this out... That sure is a big frame. It makes my 96 inch top look small. I'm so lucky to have found Tanya Croft, a local long arm quilter. When I say local I mean she's only 5 minutes from me. I used to send my quilts to someone I never met. We'd talk over the phone but that was it. With Tanya when I took my first quilt to her she showed me lots of patterns and from that we chose a pattern. I also learnt we have similar ideas about what suits what so now I leave the quilting decisions to her. And boy oh boy, Tanya has out done herself this time with a beautiful floral curly whirly pattern that looks as though it was designed just for this quilt! One thing that surprised me about seeing the my top on the frame was how tightly it gets wound on. I mean soooo tightly that it made me cross my fingers that my stitches hold. :) It wont be

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Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

“How much do I love you? Count the stars in the sky. Measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon. Number the grains of sand on the sea shore. Impossible, you say. Yes and it is just as impossible for me to say how much I love you. My love for you is higher than the heavens, deeper than Hades, and broader than the earth. It has no limits, no bounds. Everything must have an ending except my love for you.” Philip Glass, from Einstein on The Beach Thanks to the lovely Mary of Molly Flanders for her tutorial for making fabulous scrappy letters. And a very Happy Valentines day to you all!!

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UnRuly Star

UnRuly Star

A few weeks ago I had Tonya Ricucci's Liberated Amish challenge in the back of my mind as I cleaned out my scrap baskets. I made a pile of what I considered to be Amish colours, well.. the brighter Amish colours, I don't have many sombre darks in my stash. :) I found this picture of a quilt and said " Oh my stars!!! I've found my inspiration!!". And I liberated, wonkied, improvised and sewed my scraps together... I made big stars and little stars... And this is where I'm at now... It's pretty busy for an Amish quilt, so I might have to ponder more about the Amish challenge and see if I can come up with another quilt. But as scrappy liberated star quilts go I'm really happy with it. At the moment it's 50 x 60 inches. I'm not sure whether I'll add borders or just leave it as is. I don't want to go too much wider because I've got a wall space for it. Maybe a border along one side and the bottom? I did wonder about piecing t

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Buttons from Melody

Buttons from Melody

Back in September Melody from House on the Side of the Hill had a blogiversary giveaway. The grand prize would be a handmade gift every month for a year!! It didn't really occur to me that I might win, I left a comment because I'd been following Melody's blog since the early days of her blog. A few days later I checked in on her blog and guess who'd won, oh yes I had my lucky socks on that day for sure!! Each month I receive the most wonderful presents that amaze me with their creativity and thoughtfulness. Just wait till you see what Melody has made me for my January present... but before I unveil it I thought I'd review what I've already been sent. It began with September's gift featuring some fabulous fussy cut hexagon coasters.. And some very handy picnic wine glasses. There's always chocolate ladybugs in my parcels too. mmm sweeet! Melody and I share a fondness for Donkeys so for October she stitched the prettiest donkey tea towel for me. I

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