Monday, December 26, 2011

Twas the blog after Christmas

Christmas Is over for another year. All went well and all the planning and cooking was worth it. Christmas Eve with A's family was lovely - paving finished - sort of - and a perfect evening outside in the garden by the pool. Just what I had always imagined. And then my little family on Christmas Day with some extra good friends - different and lonelier without James but still happy. I asked H and G what was the best thing about Christmas -H spending time with Leo , getting a Hofner Bass and the food and G - spending time with CC and the food. Food and family - it is what it is all about :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Amy Day

My friend Marya has the Amy Butler Bag book and this week she and Theresa and I had a making day. I am so glad I had two experienced sewers with me as the instructions were a bit of a challenge. But with 6 hrs hard at it I succeeded- And very pretty it is too!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Images from G

There is a thing with young girls at the moment to reblog photos from tumblr and other sites that fit a particular style- quirky, cool and a bit styled - a bit Frankie. G is very clear about the sort of images that fit the phenomenon. She has a fabulous Nikon camera and took over 100 photos a day in her quest for a Tumblr worthy image. And I think they look great- what do you think?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tis the season

It's that time of year - it was the staff social club Christmas party today - and we had a great time - I look like I am channelling Hercule Poirot - thanks to the lovely Lee

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stir up Sunday

Stir up Sunday, the day when it is
traditional to make the Christmas pudding is actually the last Sunday in November but as I was sunning myself on a Phuket beach I had to wait a week to make it. And I was very happy to make it completely with ingredients I had in the cupboard!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thai Food is good

Words fail me .....

No sew

It seems at this time of year it is so much harder to see as the Christmas rush and end if school is upon us. I have been out every night this week and long for some quiet time to sew. Doe any one else feel like me? But here is a photo to remind me of a relaxing time.........

Thursday, December 1, 2011


We have had a family holiday on the island of Phuket to celebrate my birthday. Words can't describe how lovely is was so here are the pictures instead. A nice memory for me in my blog space!

Back at it

After ten gorgeous days in Phuket I am back at work - too busy to blog but too many memories to work... so to cheer myself up I had a quick peek at what Anna maria Horner has been up to and look what I found. needle point lovely. Good thing it wont be available until next year when everything else is finished.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A day for me

Today I am 50. I have great plans for the next phase of my life ....but at the moment a tropical holiday, some shopping and pizza for dinner. And very happy about that :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Not Much Blogging

I think over  a month must be a record for me - I do so want to keep blogging and the will is there but I don't have a computer at home and I don't have any photos at work - so unless I continue with a photo free blog I am a bit stuck. I am still very disappointed that my Ipad is so useless at blogging as it is now the place that holds all of my photos! Any way I have been sewing but not quilting - I made myself a dress for a big party - that I did not end up wearing and may turn into a top and I have been completing the embroidery project that I started in 1983 in time for my Mother's 80th in December - still a lot of background to go but I am determined to get if finished. It is a variation on this classic William Morris Bird and Pomegranate and I will be very happy when it is finished. Even I think that 28 years is a very long time to have a WIP!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Stacked up

I recently bought Block Party and have been keen for a while to begin to make a dent in my scraps. And this books is such a treasure for scrap busting that once I have completed my Swoon quilt I know what I wanted to do.

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Swooned Out

After lots of grumbles and %^$%&*&^ I have finished my lovely swoon quilt for Gina - it is such a loveley pattern adn I am sure it is one I am sure do again
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Zoom to Swoon

Have completed all eight Swoon blocks in red and black and gosh they look good - very wonky as I am not an exact quilter - but I am happy with them and the pattern really is amazing as it looks so different depending on what your fabric choice is.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A sad place

Theresa said to me recently that her blog was a happy place and I absolutely agree - but this most recent quilt is from a sad place - I made this quilt for my darling brother James. It is my quilt for him

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The best spot

I was thinking that I needed another red patterned fabric for my latest G project and look what I found at Umbrella Prints.
So lovely. So red.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cherry Baby

My first ever string quilt for Cherry - the wonderful artist who has convened the coral reef project which opens tonight - looking forward to seeing what 1000 crotchet galls can do. But here is my Cherry Baby Quilt

Another past quilt

I think I first called it lazy Katie's as i thought you could do log cabin without an iron -  hence the lazy - boy was I wrong. But it ended up being a birthday present for a friend of mine as it was the perfect colours for her. I am so glad she liked it

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What a WIP

As is often the case looking through my photos have found some photos of a quilt I have yet to even mention this one is one I am still mulling over - My Lotus Maverick Star with some Amy Butler grey

New Red and Black aka HF

Like my sewing buddy Theresa at Sew and Sews I have been having lots of fun with putting together my new quilt. It is using the reds and blacks I picked up in Melbourne back in May and I have a plan that it will be for G. Complicated patterns are not really my thing, as to tell the truth ,I am a bit sloppy when it come to exact corners etc. But this one is fun once your get your head around it and does look gorgeous when finished. Happy to finally use my red Amy Butler Lotus dots and circles - it must be the most fussy cut pattern in blog land and I am following suit.   Here is the fabric - block photo to come

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More More More

Ashley - oops... of course that should be Faith at Fresh Lemons is doing a cool new summer quilt along and I really want to do it

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eastern Silk

Very excited to have finished the cutting and started sewing my Eastern Silk quilt. I bought eight meters of duponi silk in Vietnam last year for a bedspread for our bed. With it being very cold at the moment ( 6deg -cold for Adelaide) A has been asking where it is - so with the birthday quilts finished for the moment it seemed the perfect time to start . I so love the thrill of starting on a new project - the other WIPs seem to just disappear. Three nights sold and it is staring to come together. A good run at Sew and Sew tonight and I reckon flimsy finished by Sunday - but how do you back and quilt silk??? I'll have to do some research!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Recent Family

Last night I accidentally discovered you can blog direct from Picasa - and so I did!!

Ans my latest quilt in situ on my friend Suzy's bed.

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