Tuesday, July 28, 2009


My Christmas in July swap gifts arrived yesterday. So exciting. Look at all the beautiful stitching! Here's a bit of a close up peek...

Of the Christmas Stocking and mini cushion

and the stunning table runner. All sent to me by Sherri from A Quilting Life. I don't want to put them away until Christmas. Thank you so much Sherri.
Thanks too to Linda and Stephanie for organising this wonderful swap!

Maya is pretty happy too, with her pink penguin applique on a little target tee.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cookie Cutter Flowers

This weekend hasn't left my time for sewing, but I have finished sewing the binding on the cookie cutter flowers quilt. A very quick pic today! My sister Christine spotted it, and has claimed it for her baby due in December.

We have been off to the park to run and run and run, climb trees, swing and slide and feed some ducks. Callum sat still long enough for a pic.

My favorite photo of the week. Kane had his class mascot, Jackson Bear home last weekend and this is the self portrait he set up with his little camera. It just melts my heart x

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Santa's and Secrets

My Christmas in July gifts have arrived over at Pat's place in the USA, who has much nicer pics than mine! A santa sack designed by Rosalie Quinlan Designs, and very cute Rudy by Melly & Me joined the package.
Thanks so much to Linda and Stephanie for organising another great swap!

And just a little sneak peek of a pattern I have been test sewing. It's pretty cute....

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Who me! Not Maya, she's 3....

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Two more finishes .. gifts

I have been quietly stitching away whenever I have a chance.... A little bag filled with a few bits and pieces for Annie's birthday. The cute bag was made with the Cinderberry Stitches free pattern. Happy Birthday Annie!

And a baby quilt. Loved putting these fabrics together from my stash.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weekend Indoors

It was one of those weekends when it was best to stay indoors. Yes, four monkeys trapped indoors .....

Left to dress up their toys with forgotten Christmas decorations

Making bread with their dad. (Must organise tiling the kitchen..)

Taking photo's of the big wattle tree that blew over in our front garden, and collecting bits of the laserlight windows from our car port that blew out and shattered all over the back lawn.

And making Lord Littlemore cutouts from the Empire of the Sun while we listened to the Hottest 100 on the radio. Can you tell which child made which figure?

I did some secret sewing too :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Testing.... testing...

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to catch up with Jodie, Annie and Kathryn. By lunchtime I had already whipped up another little skirt for Maya, this time using a pattern from Little Bird Patterns. This pattern is called "Tweeny" for girls sizes 4 - 10. I did make the waist band a bit larger for Maya's toddler shape and added an inch on both pieces. This way I think she will get 2 years out of it. Cute!

The rest of the week I have been pattern writing and testing. Nearly there!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

$2.50 at the Op Shop

Maya and I found this skirt at the op shop a few weeks ago, when we were trying to track down a book for Ayden. It was a ladies large with side splits and a drawstring waist. Never worn, a popular surf brand and I liked the trim along the bottom.

A bit of unpicking last night, a bit of sewing this lunchtime, and an inexpensive little skirt for Maya. And I must get her out of this outfit before she freezes!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pincushion Swap ~ goodness from Jantine!

My beautiful packaged arrived from Jantine, all the way from the Netherlands as part of the Quilt at Home pincushion swap. I just love the colours that Jantine has used for the cupcake and the icecream pincushions (how lucky was I to receive two!) and the sweetest pink scissors with a beaded keeper. Fabric and lollies too! Thanks so much Jantine and Sandra.

My swap goodies arrived over at Sandra's in Switzerland. I used patterns by Rosalie Quinlan (Bug in a Bag), Lynette Anderson (Here Kitty) and Cinderberry Stitches (Blue Wrens Nest)

And my sewing for the week ... two more dolls quilts, and a tutorial for them nearly written.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Second gift finished for foster kids

Ayden has finished (finally!) his second gift to give to children in foster care, as part of his community service component of the Silver Duke of Ed Award.

A pink elephant, copied from a colouring book has been appliqued and stitched onto strips of fabric, quilted in perle cotton and made into a dolls quilt.

Hours and hours of work for a 15 year old boy. I think he is taking a bit of a break from it before he makes a matching pillow ... but he is pleased with the end result. So am I!

The first project is here. Nice work Ayden!


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