Something new …


Popping in to share a new sewing addition to my craft space.

Hubby and my son made me a quilting design wall which also doubles as a white board!

Simple construction a left over piece of pin board fabric hubby came across permanently adhered to the back of a piece of whiteboard purchased for a few dollars at Bunnings. Pin board one side whiteboard the other! Finished size approximately 122 x 148 cm.  Perfect for most projects.

It’s not fancy but it is saving me from getting on my knees as much and I can see my quilt blocks as I piece them together.

This is a HST (half square triangle) WIP baby quilt for a friend.  My friend now lives the other side of the city to me so we don’t get the opportunity to catch up daily like we use to when we were waiting for our kiddos in the school yard (you know just a few years ago 😉 )  Anyway she did ask me to make her 2 quilts a little while ago.  Yes I said no problem first one to be finished in March. Great I said heaps of time!  When I recently caught up with her she let me know the bub this quilt is for has arrived! Oh no! You said March.  Yes was her response it is March next week!  So guess what I am doing for as much of this weekend as I can!

I’ll come back soon (fingers crossed) with a finished quilt to share.  Only sashing, maybe a border or two, quilt to backing & batting and bind.  Not much to do!

Enjoy your weekend
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More Shirt quilts…


Thought I would share the last 4 quilts I made which were taken to a Cambodian Charity.

Two of these quilts have cotton batting and two have no batting.  I did this for two reasons. Firstly the batting can be expensive for me and secondly my friend took these in her luggage so didn’t need the extra weight.  I was surprised how much warmth was in the quilts with no batting when I was completing the binding.


The quilts sizes (left to right) are 115 x 138 cm, 135 x 104 cm, 110 x 86.5 cm and 108 x 108 cm. I constructed tops with strip piecing 9 square blocks.  The blue quilt second from right has several borders as the 9 square blocks were rather small and to make a useable size I added the borders.

The backings are from fabric gifted to me for that purpose.  Some of the bindings are also made from shirts whilst others were made from fabric not able to be used for Days for Girls projects.

I have completed 7 quilts and an Oslo bag by Sew Sweetness here.  I still have 2 unfinished quilt tops and enough pieces for a very scrappy quilt.  Some of the quilts have the buttons some do not.  Buttons which I removed have been given to a friend who knits for Caroline Chisolm (a local women and children’s charity here) for use on baby knits. Not bad for 20 shirts which probably would have gone to land fill.

This afternoon I plan to sit and read my current book – All the light we cannot see – its due back at the library tomorrow and I am currently about a third through!

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Another finished quilt…



Popping in to share a quilt I finished this week.  Just in time I might add. I finished the quilt the same afternoon the bub arrived – nothing like cutting things fine/leaving to the last minute!

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an in progress pic

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and complete

size 133 cm x 102 cm

IMG_4645 (640x476)This was made to order.  Backing is grey cotton.  I quilted around the blocks on my normal machine.

I also hope to finish my Flax light jumper soon – I have about 30 rows of one sleeve to go!

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A finished quilt…


I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed the festivities.

We had 2 days of celebrating. Firstly Sunday lunch we had the 3 kiddos partners so they could all spend time with their respective families on Christmas day but so we could celebrate together. Christmas day we had my husband’s parents for a traditional lunch and then a big family BBQ dinner at one of his brothers.

Here’s a pic of my table for Christmas day.

A friend gave me some Chrissy fabric for my birthday back in February and of course it took me til 5 days before Christmas to decide what I was going to make. I decided on a disappearing 9 patch table runner backed with plain black fabric so I can use if for other occassions if the need arises.

Gingerbread house

I finished this a while ago but hadn’t had a chance to gift it until now.

A HST quilt using 3 greys and white.  9 Blocks in total with white sashing.

The back is off white with silver and gold dots.  Finished with grey binding.

Quilt measures 97cm x 97 cm

I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to say thank you for all your visits to my little place in blogland.  I appreciate all the lovely comments you leave.






A finished shirt quilt & a prize…


I finished the HST Sampler mens shirt fabric quilt a few days ago.  The sashing is 2″ stripes of new cotton fabric, backed with white pattern fabric. Binding Grey cotton.

Finished size 98 cm x 98 cm

a closer view

the back

I have been a very lucky girl.

Earlier in the week I received the package below from Jodie from vintage ric rac here.

Jodie’s latest range is rockpool.  Such lovely designs and colours in this range. It is not just for quilts either you can see what all the creative people made on Jodie’s blog.

I must admit I was a wee bit excited.  I have been the lucky recipient of a number of stamp sets but never fabric.  I was like a kid at Christmas opening my parcel.  Mind you I did this at swimming the other night so who knows what the people sitting around me thought!

 I don’t want to rush in so will ponder for a little while what I am to make.

I have used both Jodie and Emma’s (one of the patterns is Emma’s) fabrics on a number of quilts. Here are some pics.

Sorry to bore you with all the pics!

I have a few more new things to but I’ll share those another day. And tomorrow I am off to Paperific so no doubt I will pick up one or two new things there too.

Until next time




A few HST…


Today I’m sharing what I have been doing with HST (half square triangles).

They are rather addictive!

First up this chevron quilt in yellow & grey approximately 80cm x 105 cm

I started with 5″ squares and used the Missouri Star Quilt company method to make the HST.

the back

do you like this colour combo?

so far …

I also finished a jumper for me

This is a Hi-Lo Hem jumper from Cleckheaton Women’s Merion Collection book. I used BWM Luxury 8 ply.  I was a little worried I might run short but have ended up with 97g (about half a ball) left.

Next on the creating front is a HST quilt for a friend and to tackle the huge amount of pp! I must cut it and use it 🙂 Oh and to knit some more dog coats for the Lost Dog’s Home.

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A finished baby quilt…


This little quilt went off to the not so new bub this week.

Bub is 9 weeks old. Boy time flys I would have sworn he was only 3 or 4 weeks old!

This quilt measures 84 x 100 cm.

I had finished the top a few weeks ago however I didn’t have enough fabric to complete the binding.  The closest fabric/craft store closed earlier in the year due to an airoplane accident.  Devastating for the families/people involved.  I did find time recently to make a trip to a store a little further away and luckily they had the same fabric which I used on the backing which I purchased to make the binding.  Other fabrics include Circus by Jodie Carleton.

Until next time



Thinking of you…


Has it really been 2 weeks since I posted? Boy time flys.  I have been creating, sorry I just haven’t shared.

My card today I am linking up to the currant challenge at the Flower Challenge here

and the 30 Day colouring challenge here

I started with my floral image from ABS Rmember When (now available from Sprinkleberry) and silver embossed MSS Simple Salutations sentiment.  I coloured the image using my ink pad and blender pen.

So what else have I been doing?

A little quilting

5″ squares of Emma Jean Jansen fabrics alternate with white fabric.

This next one is on the to finish list for the coming weekend.

Again I started with 5″ squares made into half square triangles using the Missouri Star Quilt method arranged into various blocks.  Fabrics are from Circus range by Jodie Carleton.

I also have a few cards requested by Ms S and Mr M I must get on with! and the knitting projects are still WIP.

Until next time



More hexies…


Hope your week has been good.

Poppin in to share an update on my long term project – Hexies.

Hexies templates cut from some old cs.


Hexies ready to be joned together


My little pile is growing!


All Laid out.

I have not started sewing these together yet.  Not sure I will use all these Grandmother’s garden hexies in the same project.  My plan is to balance brights and pastels with prints and plains. This could be a never ending project!


Another update.

I decided not to paint my find.  The paint colour matched my walls!





With some of my other punches.


I also have a little set of drawers with CARL punches which were my late mother’s.  I kept them for the children to use in projects. I could say her stash of punches are one of the things which got me started on my paper craft journey along with a demonstation at a neighbours house. I am hoping now they are in easy reach they will get a lot more love.  Embarassed to say some of these have had very little love at all although Ms A does use them for her paper crafts and school projects.

On another note Uni goes back for Mr M this week and the last of the after school sports starts. Lets hope I can get into a routine and find some time to enter a few of my favourite challenges.

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Until next time



Christmas cards and a quilt…


Today I am sharing a few projects I have that have been keeping me busy.

Another quilt.

Just loved the fabric and wanted to play with HST.

img_7614-612x640 img_7612-640x521You may recall I made this one a little while ago using the same fabric from Emma Jean Jansen’s Ella Blue range.


I have made a few Christmas cards which I will link up to the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

I have just gone with the general Christmas theme! hope that is ok.

Love the font of Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings and the PTI penguin is pretty cute too.  I added him to a drift of snow using SU Thoughtful branches in grey ink topped with dazzling details.  I know we don’t have snow in Aus at Christmas.



Until next time