Thursday, October 2, 2014

Holidays....

September is over...  and October has started with some lovely warm days....

I have been lucky enough to have a little widget visit and so lots of different things get done here...

This was rather a fun experiment.... the dish has just a shallow bit of milk in it and widget is dropping food colouring ... just a drop or two of different colours...


then a toothpick with a bit of dishwashing liquid on it and magical swirls all over...


.... a drop or two more of dishwasher and it loops around like crazy...


.... swirls up all by itself...


I found the idea HERE ..... you don't have to be a child to have fun with that!!!! (I did it again myself when he went home!!)

We carried on with the magic theme and made magic custard cake.... I cant find the recipe I used but mr google will find loads ... nice and easy and ends up with a base, a squishy middle and a cake top....


... as such my frilly princess dress has not made much progress....


but I did finish off this flat pincushion (Nicki Tervo from Brandy Gully design)


I had all the stitching done previously and just had to sew the bits together...


... Unusual idea for pins but rather pretty I thought....


Widget also planted up some vegetables for me.... watermelon (his choice!), beans, lettuce, basil and parsley (my choice)


... and dear Michelle drove up the range and we spent the day together ... first some sustenance 


... then  a lovely browse around the tea extravaganza....


... a couple of crazy bloggers find a mirror .... 


we also went to Twba Quilters Quilt show but I didn't take ANY pictures but if you pop over to Michelle's she has some -

Hubz and I went to one of the public gardens one evening.... 


I thought the colourful background to this Queensland bottle tree was pretty


... and some more magic ... these three (and their parents) have their tickets booked to come for Christmas....


... Righto, Gotto Go... lots to do, lots to enjoy, and lots to think about....

Monday, September 29, 2014

A confession.....

I showed you a post on the spotty gifts I made for Barb....

Now I have a confession... these were not my first attempt at doing her something.....

I made these first....


Big circle placemats made from dotty fabrics.... 


... and quilted very thoroughly....


... they were even backed with spotty fabric....


I had just finished them when I saw Shez's post here about a swap she did with Barb!!!!  She made exactly the same things using some of Rosalie Quinlans pretty fabrics....  so that's when I had to think quick smart about making something else......  

These mats were made using a tutorial found HERE .. and are about 14" diameter

for the quilting I marked big circles ...


... using my favourite quilting marking tools.....


I needed some new mats so they will still be used!

Righto, Gotta Go.... I thought it would be fun to make some dolls clothes


... and a frilly dress for a young princess....


madness..... total madness!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I see spots....

I recently sent off a swap parcel where we had been given the theme of spots.... and my partner to send to was the lovely Barb......

I knew Barb liked red and white and fresh colours and many of the same Ausi designers that I love so I had a good think about it ....

First we have a little project bag in swirly mini spot designs and a needlecase..... these are an Anni Downs pattern and stitched with a sweet bouquet of flowers and Barb's name and the year it was made .....


.... lined with very clear spots....


then I found some lovely red and white spot fabric at Ikea which was perfect for a tote bag... (I personally find these type of bags so useful)


.... it is unlined but has a thingamaningy for looping your keys on so whatever Barb uses it for she can easily find her keys amongst her other treasures....


Barb loves her crochet so I thought this little bag would be cute for the roll of yarn to go in..... 


It is a Brandy Gully pattern and the loop of yarn is the tail.... I think he's cute and hope Barb doesn't have a fear of mice!!!  ... of course he sits on top of some red fabric with white spots!!!

... so that was her little bundle of spotty gifties from me....


...  some lollies were added when I went to post it off.....

I loved making all these for Barb and I have had the loveliest of emails from her 

thanks to Peg and Shez who have organised us all 


Righto, Gotto Go... I have started putting my fabric/crochet blocks together.....



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday Night Sew In....

This week I got a lovely pattern from Susan in the post.... I do have a soft spot for Anni Down's patterns and this will be traced up to start this year....

Thanks Susan... I hope you like the trade of red fabric I sent off....


Friday was exhausting with getting ready for the Creative Fields  exhibition .... here we are having put up the stands only to discover some dufus has hung the curtains wrong .... so somebody had to go up a ladder, undo nuts and bolts, take out the wrong curtain, put it back right way round, do up nuts and bolts and go down the ladder again...

I'll leave you to work out which was the dufus and which wasn't the climber of ladders


once that was done we started with the quilts... here is darling Kris taking care of one of mine... this is Chloe's (one of my grandiegirls) - which I have now bound and so it can count as an OPAM finish....


My feet were very tired and sore when I got home.... but I did put the last finishing touches on these spots...


... and stitched the sun rays for this Anni Downs project I am doing....


... and also cut up some teddy body parts ready for applique....


Thanks Wendy for having all of us..... anybody can join and we sew together every month

Yesterday I wrapped up a parcel in this fun spotty paper......


Righto, Gotto Go...... my hand sewing list seems to have grown and I have a book to listen to while I sew....



Friday, September 19, 2014

Summer Mini ....

Cheryll (aka Dory) hosts a lovely mini quilt swap and this is my third (and last) one this year....

A Summer Mini Sampler for Lyn (no blog)
she has received it and got back to me to say she loves it....



This design is by Kaaren from The Painted Quilt  though I did make a slight Ausifying adjustment... the bird was labelled Red Breasted Robin and I changed it to magpies....


Cheryll had kindly sent us some labels to use...


there was some little coasters she sent us to... but I put it in a very safe place.... so safe that I can't find it!! grrrrrr

The Wisteria is flowering beautifully.... I always feel it is over so quickly so take lots of pictures....

This is my front entrance at the moment....


.... it's a bit like living on Wisteria Lane ....

Righto, Gotto Go.... setting up a quilt display today.... so fun... I get to cuddle quilts ... lots of quilts...



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