Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yay for leap years

And their extra day to get WIPs done!! I seriously didn't think I'd get anything done this month but I'm so glad I had 1 super quick "get outa jail free" WIP I could do, it's literally minutes from completion so the pic is bad (as its night and all are asleep) but I'll endeavor to take a nicer one at some point :)

I am just loving the 20" cushion right now and not only did I discover my local (if you call an hours drive local!) spotlight store stocks 22" and 24" inserts they also have 30" .. Yes that's right 30" inserts!!!

Can anyone say floor cushion?!! (I know Amy, I mean Andrea can ;))

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Octagonal Orb

by Elizabeth Hartman popped up on my facebook feed at some point in the past few couple of weeks and at first I thought no way, out of my skill set and then I saw her instructions and saw how easy she'd made it for everyone to make so I gave it a shot!

I've chosen to use my Hideaway jelly roles for this adventure

After I did my first triangle I was hooked

My centre isn't as good as it should be and contrived randomness isn't my thing
but I do love this block and look forward to having
a lapquilt of of them

You can find the tute over at The Modern Quilt Guild and the wonderful Elizabeth Hartman at her blog Oh, Fransson!

A sew-along and a bee or two

 Whilst looking for a bee block I came across The Summer Sampler over at Fresh Lemon Quilts and decided I HAVE to make it, I've never made a quilt only from plains and the only plain I seem to be attracted to is white so I dug up my Kona colour card and have begun to think about which colours I want.

Image from Fresh Lemon Quilts

The bee I have been looking for a block for is being run by Andrea from The Humming Cat and first up is Amanda from AJs Antics and she has chosen a pieced wonky maverick star, I'm not til May so I've got a little time up my sleeve to finalise my block and fabrics.

1 down 11 to go

This past week saw me finally complete my table topper which I made with a sugar pop charm pack given to me by my sister, it took me a few days to decide on a binding fabric which I then machine sewed on, I'm not really sure on the size, it's an odd one, more of a baby blanket size rather than something that would sit in the middle of the table like a runner but still, it's pretty and that's all that really matters ...

12 WIP in 12 months in 2012 (part 2)

it's only taken me almost a month to get back and post part 2 of my 12 WIP in 12 months list but what can I say, I'm just not that into blogging so don't make the time for it.

WIPs (part 2)


Christmas hangings 
(there are 2 of these but i've only a pic of 1 at the moment)

Geo's winter quilt

Drunkards Path 
(this is one of 3 that need doing)

These are the ones with pics but you can see over on the right my rather long list of WIPs in varying degrees of progress, anything new that I add this year I will add with a different coloured bar thus taking it out of contention for the 12 WIP in 2012.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

When 4 become 2

And 2 become 1 you get 86 (6 to many but lets not talk about that) blocks ready for laying out ready to become another top. Meet block A

Now meet block B

And now here is a glimpse of the quilty goodness they will make

Saturday, December 31, 2011

12 WIP in 12 months in 2012 (part 1)

AJ has thrown down the gauntlet to all of us quiltbugs who have a penchant for starting new projects before the current one is complete.

The challenge? to clear the decks of 12 WIPs (works in progress) in 2012.

The rules? Well they're simple really, make your WIP list and then 12 individual WIP projects are to be completed at a rate of 1/month, from Jan thru Dec, "entry fee"is 1 FQ to be sent to AJ with all punters going into the drawer to win the FQ pot.

More info can be found by clicking the button on the side >>>>>

WIPs (part 1)

Charming Stars

Chooks animals

Army puzzle


Southern Cross

Star cushion

Table topper


Part 2 comes tomorrow when I have more time to take their pics .. Hopefully this will satisfy Andrea for now ;)

Friday, November 5, 2010

It's a BIG Fabric Shoppe Giveaway!

PRIZE 1- Fat Quarter Bundle of Remix, Zoologie fabric (value $25)
PRIZE 2- Fat Quarter Bundle of Tufted Tweets (value $32)
PRIZE 3- Half yard bundle of the ever popular Far & Away 2 by Heather Ross Japanese Import fabric (value $42)
Prize 4- 3 packages of NEW Riley Blake Crocheted Flower Embellishments! ($21)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

treasure hunting ..

Aaarrr .. it be a fine day for treasure hunting, pillaging and feasting ..

I just HAD to get out of the house today, I haven't been well (again) and I was beginning to feel like a hermit who had been discovered by tourists, people always wanting to talk to me, pull me in directions other than the lounge or bed and insisting I be hospitable and feed them .. the hide!

So mrT and I set out to just do 1 cache, the caches around us all seem to be quite the drive away and I felt it was only fair to ask 1 of him today (which I failed to divulge until after we'd hit the road .. just follow the talking box I said) .. lucky for me I'm OK with changing my mind once on the road.

The first box was 30 mins away and on a road we didn't know existed, the drive was lovely and the bush was lush and alive with life, we were looking for an old school (or so we thought) which ended up being just a sign and an empty paddock, perhaps it was an old time alternative open air school .. who knows .. we grabbed our trusty GPS and wandered around in circles amusing ants and spiders a like until BAM .. we found it, the little pot of treasure hidden under bark in an old burnt out tree stump. Now was not the time to be independent and equal, I promptly stood back and allowed MrT his moment of manliness, it was his hand delving in to clear the debris (until he spied a spider) and grab the pot. 

In which we found this little beauty, it's what's called a trackable and it's mission is to make it's way to the Northern Territory where it will be found again by the people who set it free. I really enjoy finding the trackables, this is my 2nd and I got so excited when I saw this cache had one listed, I love being part of the bigger picture of moving these items around, it's like being in a secret club which is so secret you don't really know the other members, just the stuff they leave behind and help to move.

Once we'd signed the log and gotten back in the car I just happened to mention that there were others down that way and hey, we may as well see if they were close so as to not waste the trip (luckily for me, MrT is a fairly laid back kinda fella) and low and behold there was another one just up the road (wink wink). 

The next cache was under an old railway bridge, easy to find and dig into, someone had left a cute little thailand keyring which I couldn't resist so this is what I grabbed to transport, signed the log and we were on the road again, which is where we met this lovely lady.

She was lovely, she had a few friends with her and it seems they were playing hooky and looking for greener grass outside their fence, she watched us intently and didn't seem at all phased by my taking her picture, I hope she doesn't ask for royalties!

By this stage we were getting hungry so with the promise of food and drink I plugged in the 3rd cache location and we set off again, it was a long round about drive to this one (why oh why does the GPS insist on the long way?!) but the drive was worth the view! We both lamented the lack of a real camera to take pics, it was a view I'd sell one of MrT's body parts to attain and the track was definitely weekend 4wd warrior quality so we enjoyed it and then tapped into our inner mountain goat and clambored about on the rocks to find the cache, in which we left the miss thailand and set off for food and water.

As we came out of the fields/paddocks which the "road" runs through we got a friendly wave from the caravan park man and wondered how many lost treasure hunters he's had to direct over the years. We stopped for a bite to eat in the tiny town of Killarney, best $5.50 hamburgers you'll ever scoff down eat washed down with thick shakes and one last cache.

It's always exciting crossing the border, which is what we had to do for the last cache, I like to pretend I'm on a road trip or escaping the kids or even escaping with my lover (a girl can always dream the romantic dream) never mind the fact we like to be losers at the border and talk of rival hillbillies and their hunt for fresh DNA! 

The cache was called "A chickens nightmare" which left us a little stumped, I mean battery farm is just too easy isn't it but we couldn't seriously come up with anything else even though in my mind I was conjuring up snake farms and rabid dogs behind fences but seriously, those hillbillies probably aren't as rabid as we like to think!

The cache ended up being in the guard rail at the edge of a bridge, the river was flowing and it was nice, there were a few random cars who all looked at us like we must be from over the border, especially MrT who looked sus kicking around in the bush eating hamburger and making chicken noises! We did the required chicken jokes and then headed back over the border to safety and the knowledge that our DNA was safe. 

Another successful day of treasure hunting .. Aaarrrrr!

Monday, October 25, 2010


Yes, that's what I did,
swooned over these fabrics
 a lust overcame me and I ripped these 
pink delights 
from their plastic abyss and dutifully oohed and aahed until I could bear it no more 
and then I swooned some more.
but the joy didn't stop there for there was more to ooh and ahh over!


magazines to read
to flick through
to spark the creative juices
to pick and pull new projects from
to just have and to hold


oh sweet sweet patterns
and a stitchery one to boot!
this woman knows me well, knows my inner lust
the thing that gets me going
and satisfies me
.. patterns ..
.. stitcheries ..


I wanted to take many a pic of this little note book
it's so exotic and persian feeling
conjuring thoughts and images of sandy dunes
long dead languages and customs
it was accompanied by a fantastically coloured pen
not a blue or a true purple
but a wonderfully sensual mix of them both


all of the
was wrapped in a cottony cocoon of Christmas

many thanks, hugs and kisses go to the fantastical
for her loving gift