Friendly Friday - Karen from Sewing Tales

Friendly Friday - Karen from Sewing Tales

Are you doing a happy Friday dance? I am! because it's Friendly Friday time and this week we're featuring Karen from Sewing Tales . Karen is another Aussie quilter, in fact she practically lives just down the road from me. Our busy lives meant we haven't met in person yet but we do like to chat. Karen has a House Quilt WIP too, so who knows maybe we'll get together and sew our house blocks together one day. In the meantime you can hear her thoughts on quilting and have a look at her wonderful work. Hi Karen, tell us a bit about yourself? Hello! Its very cool to be here chatting with all of Rachael's friends. My name is Karen and I live in Sydney suburbia with my husband and 6 year old son. I work 3 days a week in a bank and am extremely thankful to be able to remain in a paid job I love working with very nice people as well as having time to help out at my son's school if they need it. Currently that is reading groups with my son's class every Frida

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Blue Daisy Days

Blue Daisy Days

On the same day I found this blue daisy button...  I was given this wonderful blue daisy tea cup!  It's just the sort of cup that fairies would use.  Thank you Sue!! Soon afterwards this beautiful gift arrived from Melody of The House on The Side of The Hill Blog.  Pretty little yo-yos all lined up in a row, each with its own unique button...  Making this bag the prettiest string bag ever!!  For those who don't know... Last year I was lucky enough to win Melody's giveaway of a Year of Gifts made by Melody. Each month I find a special surprise in my letter box. It never ceases to amaze me that Melody comes up with such wonderful and different ideas each time.  Thank You Melody, this is a gorgeous bag and I love it!! I've been doing a bit of sewing... English paper piecing starry hexagons for the 2013 Springwood Quilt Show raffle quilt.. It's a group effort with the committee all pitching in to sew, many hands make light wor

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Friendly Friday - Kelly - Pinkadot Quilts

Friendly Friday - Kelly - Pinkadot Quilts

I love Fridays!!! Not just because it's pizza night but because it's Friendly Friday time. This week we have the lovely Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts. Kelly was one of my first blogging friends, she'd reply to my comments with questions that would get us chatting. It made me realise there was more to blogging than just posting pictures. Though I do always love seeing Kelly's pictures. Not just her amazing, fun, wonderful, bright, colourful, creative quilting projects but her photos of her garden or cute grandchildren too. Okay, time to let Kelly take the floor... Hi Kelly, tell us a bit about yourself?  I am 55 years old and have been married for 36 years to my husband Bob. We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I used to be a real estate agent. How long have you been quilting? About 35 years. What enticed you to start quilting? I saw a Lone Star quilt on the cover of Country Living magazine in 1976.  It cost $200 and I thought I would neve

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Friendly Friday- Beth of Smazoochie

Friendly Friday- Beth of Smazoochie

It's Friendly Friday time and I'm so happy to feature Beth of Smazoochie . I just love Her and her quilts!! She's definitely on my list of people I'd love to sew with one day. I really admire the way Beth plays with form and pattern, and how those factors work with different fabrics. You'll find this out as you read on... Okay Beth it's over to you... "I have quilts or quilt tops made by my grandmother, great grandmother & great grandmother. The quilting bug skipped my Mom -- though she did piece some blocks, guided by her grandmother. It was a stack of her 4-patch blocks that started me quilting. I set them together in the late 70s and I was hooked." "I love geometry & pattern, a big field of repeating shapes makes my heart sing. I also love cloth & color. Put these together & you have Quilting! Put me in my sewing room playing with fabric, in front of my sewing machine joining pieces & you will see a Very Happy Per

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Horned Melon...

Horned Melon...

After going round and round in circles I'm happy to declare this top finished.  I just need to make the backing, baste it and then I'll be hand quilting these with big perle cotton stitches. It seems the obvious choice.  My sewing machine hasn't returned from having it's service. Why does it always take longer than they say! I lasted a week before I had to get out my old 1960's Bernina , fondly known as Betty. It's been at least a year, maybe 2 since I used her but she sewed beautifully... backwards... It took me a while to remember which knob changed the direction. It amazes me now that I sewed quite a few quilts and even quilted with her. This is what Betty and I made...  Something quick and fun.  I just couldn't resist those Lauralee Zebra prints .   Sis Boom meets Gees Bend!!  I'm calling it Wild Thing!   On Sunday I went to a dress making class and luckily was able to borrow one of the teachers sewing machines. I made a skirt

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