Thursday, September 30, 2010

Taking Shape

Lots of strips of fabric - yes, more cutting
and some sewing
Nomee has been hard at work, with Oopsie supervising of course.
We have sewn about a quarter of these little apple cores into pairs.

This will most definitely be a long term project, but I am trying to sew six pairs every time Nomee is in action.

Oopsie is getting excited because she thinks she is getting new friends.
Here she is trying to get them to show their faces, they are a bit shy though.
Happy Creating

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


If you were blue with white polka dots and wearing yellow, orange and pink what coloured eyes would you like?

Always fun playing with my buttons.

All these eyes are watching the action in the sewing room this week.
(a bit scary?)

Waiting to see who comes next!

Look a pretty flower has popped up in there too.

Lots of bright colours to compliment the sunshine and rain of the last two days, definitely spring here.

Enjoy your day where ever you happen to spend it.

Happy Creating

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Treasure

Remembering a time past when the shoe you wore was as important as the dress.

This gem was a gift from SJ and sits on my dressing table keeping my rings tidy.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Seeing stars

More stitching.

This one is going really quickly luckily for me, as I got distracted and should be working on presents for my friends who have birthdays in the coming week!

It is a surprise for someone who probably comes here so best not give too much away.

You'll see soon enough.

Happy Monday Stitches to you

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Now I know my ABC

The full set for the project I started at Immerse last Saturday.
Simple fun stitched letters and numbers.

Cut and sew together according to the instructions - yes, sometimes I do read them.
What do they become?

A super cute baby block design from Melly and me.

Complete with taggies.
Hope your Sunday is sunny too.

Ready to travel

So here she is
My version of Flat Nat the travelling stitcher whose story you will find here.

On the back there is the gorgeous Babushka face with a pocket to hold her suitcase.

And the front - the gorgeous stitched design, here you also see the contents of the suitcase.
A fun project by the talented Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches.

This rainbow appeared over the neighbours roof Saturday afternoon right after the siren sounded on the Grand Final!

Now I'm off to the sewing room to see if there is another finish in this weekend??

Wishing you a stitchy weekend.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Travel plans delayed due to the day job!
Hope your week has been full of creative opportunities.
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stitching and shopping

While Tuesday was a work day, I was on the road again and just couldn't resist a little detour to fill in the hour between clients.
So I visited Gail's Patchwork Emporium in the Ballarat suburb of Sebastapol - now one hour really is not sufficient time here - there are so many gorgeous things to look at, it is not all fabric. I was on a time schedule though so I picked up these three, had a chat and was back on the job!
No particular projects in mind for the orange and brown fabric just couldn't resist, the blue has a definite purpose - should get me started on the Christmas production line.

A little sample of the new fabric range 'Where the wind blows' designed by the talented Melly. I picked up these fat quarters on Saturday at Immerse, the colours are very pretty.

Oh and a little more stitching - the outside of Flat Nat's suitcase - need to organise Nomee to get this one sewn together now.

To those of you on school holidays - relax and enjoy.

Hope your week is going well and you have plenty of creative opportunities.

Happy Creating

Monday, September 20, 2010

Magnificent Monday

Continuing the stitching from Saturday - 4 done - 2 to stitch! Only 'C' and '3' to do.
A little stitching on Flat Nat's suitcase - it sure is little stitching!
Good Mail - fabric from the lovely Marina to make more apple cores (and there wasn't even any of that other mail to spoil it.)
Lots of pretties here - Thanks Marina.
Work got cancelled, so today turned into a stitchy fabric filled Magnificent Monday.
Happy Monday

Sunday, September 19, 2010


See back again - I did do something at Immerse and it wasn't all about eating and drinking! The 'b' and '1' from the gorgeous design by Melly and me.
Immerse is a winery in the gorgeous Yarra Valley region of Victoria and the lovely Melly, Rosalie and Leanne chose it as the location for this years Stitching retreat.
A day of good company, stitching, food and drink with no washing up to do - Yay.
A bit more sun would have made the day perfect - but we were warm and cozy inside and it didn't rain for the entire day.
Happy Sunday.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sew In (or Out!)

I hope it still counts. I took my sewing things with me yesterday afternoon when I went to work and I managed to get a few stitches in between appointments.
Now the main stitchery for Flat Nat is complete - she got her stocking and shoes yesterday which was just as well as winter returned here today.

When I got home I managed to get some of the details for the passport completed - but I can't get any better photo than this - Maybe if the sun puts in an appearance soon I will be able to show you what it really looks like?

Today I got to play at Immerse in the Yarra Valley where we were treated to some fine projects by the talented Melly of Melly and Me, Rosalie from Rosalie Quinlan Designs and Leanne from Leannes House, but you will have to wait til tomorrow as they are doing it all over again and I don't wish to spoil the surprise for those attending. I did some stitching there too.
Happy Creating

Friday, September 17, 2010


I made this quilt more than two years ago from the pattern supplied at that year's Outer Eastern Fabric Frolic here in Melbourne.
It was to be a gift for a friend's wedding, the marriage was postponed indefinitely and the quilt has been stored in my space for these past two years, just waiting.

My friend has recently had surgery and I will be catching up with her soon. I figure this is the right time to pass on this quilt. I got it out to air and get the label sorted.

I checked out this centre and feel now that I may need to do a little cover up job?
Ooh - tonight is Friday Night sew in - why don't you join us?
Happy Creating

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Where was I?

That's right I have been plodding away in every 'spare' 30 minutes I get.
(read everytime I don't want to do what is next on the list!)
Now I am down to here - getting closer - or maybe not, as it seems every time I leave the house these scraps take it upon themselves to multiply?

These tools have been getting a good work out.
I need to tell you how much I like my new junior cutter - she does all the angles nice and smooth - way better than me trying to cut with a pair of scissors.

Now I have all these little bits of fabric - but it appears I may need more if I want to make something larger than a metre square - so it is probably lucky for me that the scraps have a life of their own.

Back to the cutting table - I will win!

Happy Creating

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Who would have thought?

All this cutting of the scraps into usuable shapes had my rotary cutter in a fit - it got jammed open. Now that would not be so bad except that I have been accident prone lately and could see some serious damage happening involving lots of blood ruining all my hard work.
Then I remembered the ever trusty can in the cupboard and figured I'd give it a try - Now she is good a new and we are continuing with the cutting operation - I will be able to show you the basket real soon.
Wishing you all smooth cutting in the sewing room.

Monday, September 6, 2010


- for Christmas 2010
Late last year I completed stitching this design from The Raspberry Rabbits.
Unfortunately it stayed unbound until I unearthed it this weekend.

Now it is done and just hanging out for a bit waiting for Christmas to come!
I am so happy with colour, even if it does make the writing hard to read.

The only other thing that happened in the sewing room was an attempt to gain some control over this scrap basket.
You can't see a basket - I'll show you when I'm done with it.
Now I have these lovelies all ready for a serious sewing session -
there are 2 and 4 inch squares, 4 and 5 inch apple cores and some tumblers..

(NO they will not all appear in the same project)
Back to the cutting table for me - still more scraps to deal with!
Hope your Monday has been a good one.
Happy Creating

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I think I am in Love with Matilda - you see she is the maker of the template that I used for cutting these Apple Cores and they work just the same as any Quilting ruler. They have holes so that you can mark the corners and matching points on each side to get those curves to play nicely together.

I only purchased the fabrics for the top of this quilt.

I found a big enough piece of fabric in the stash for the backing and binding, a cool blue/white 1/8" check and the wadding came from a trip to The Mothers.
Finished measurement approximately 50" square - but of course you can see it is not square at all.
It is a happy quilt, just in time for spring (oh, but somebody forgot to reprogram the weather and it has been grey and raining all day her hence the photos in the kitchen).
So there you have it - Apparently if I apply myself (and have lots of days off work) I can complete a quilt in a week!
Happy Spring