Monday, November 19, 2012

It’s not a race but I think I am winning !

For the last few months I have been sorting and packing , I am so over it .

My dear husband has now decided to retire, and he finishes this Friday, In his wisdom he decided we could move ourselves, so many trips towing the trailer full of both of our really good stuff…   and we are nearly there.  Our new house is finished and waiting and half moved into, meanwhile we have been repainting this house to get it on the market.  So not much stitching going on here . The cat is making sure he can come too. I think he could have found a bigger box .IMG_0307_1

I found this magazine a few weeks ago and just loved the cover. It is called Frankie and had some interesting articles. The cover is sort of embellished like a rubbing I suppose.  Very Tactile .IMG_0305

It looks like it was taken from beautiful hand stitching .

Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Weekend Gone

A busy weekend here ,gradually crossing things off the To do list before The house goes on the Market. While out helping , umm watching Himself build new front steps I noticed this plant in flower. I asked if any one on FBI new what it was turns out it is an iris a Brazilian walking Iris , such pretty little flowers but they only last one day I have done some sewing today And made a pattern for a couple of little girls dresses. This is the result .

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Boxes Galore

Well to say I am tired of playing with boxes would be an understatement, Already the new house seems to have all we need but there is still a lot more to go north. My stitching is  only happening at night  or at my sewing days so progress is slow.IMG_0298IMG_0299_1IMG_0300_1

These are some more blocks from my Green Tea and Sweet beans Quilt  . Most Of the blocks I am appliqueing on papers . I finished the flower block today at Sewing. 

We cleaned out the walk in wardrobe  OMG  did we have a lot of stuff in there. It wasn’t just clothes but also used as storage too. Now I have a line of boxes along the wall of things we are taking to Moore Park IMG_0303_1

I have a couple of other things I have been working on but can’t show them here yet as they are for swaps i am in soon.  The weather has been really crazy 35 yesterday and down to 22 today and windy as but we really do need some rain the poor garden is drying up..

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Back from The Big House !

Well I tried to be a smarty pants and keep up with my blogging by phone but it didn’t work The blog posts I di did not publish.  We are still living between 2 houses more in the old house than the new one .Most of my studio is up there and you can guarantee as soon as something has gone up there I need it here or vice a versa !  I love my new studio up there but alas no photo’s as I seem to have lost my camera  maybe on the train on my way home…..

I now have my old camera so am back to using that or my phone . The postman came yesterday with this..



These are for dresses for Miss Talula…

and these are the new Liberty Lifestyle Quilting cottons .


So pretty I do have a small collection Of Liberty Lawn but will keep that for a special project.

Ok thats all for now will take some photos of GreenTea and Sweet Beans progress tomorrow.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Progress !

A few weeks ago I started a new project A quilt by Jennifer Kingwell from Amitie, called Green Tea and Sweet Beans I just love it and I found another pile of fabrics I had already moved to my new house … brought them back again as you do..DSC_0571DSC_0573

From the kit . a multitude of colour….


More fabric yummy…


First block  Hexagons


These ones are called orange peel.


The next block I am still working on is clam shells  IvĂ© never done these before. Considering I am mostly stitching only at night I am going pretty well. It’s saving my sanity from all the packing and sorting going on here.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sun Setting on a Beautiful Day

This weekend is the Gold Coast Show so it's a long weekend . We decided to make use of it and have bought another trailer load of furniture and sewing room etc up to Moore Park Beach . Last night The Blue Moon was amazing, today was the perfect spring day , this is the sun going down as I write.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A New Project

Well why not ! This one just called to me . A friend Karen did this as a Block of the month a year or so ago . It's just come out as a pattern so I bought it and a fabric starter kit . It is From Jen Kingwell at Amitie.

These are actual photos from Karens

Friday, August 24, 2012

My creativity for the Day

I had an urge today to make a little dress for Miss Talula but I am supposed to be packing and sorting so I did a little of that . I moved a chest of drawers and emptied the big expedit shelves in my sewing room then I did a little baking A fudge cake slice some raspberry muffins and vanilla cup cakes maybe I can sneak in a little stitching tomorrow.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Part 2……

On the second day of the class we were shown how to make a paper pattern of the figure we wanted to create from our painted canvas and our felt.IMG_1780

I decided to draw an owl shape , and also a figure similar to the ones Elizabeth does.


This is my owl and I have started to cut feathers from my felt.


This is my face I still have to layer with a backing and some wadding and more embellishment and stitching This was so much fun. I have already made a pattern to do a bird but will finish these ones first.


Another fun thing was to make a fat cigar from different coloured wool rovings  and then chop them into segments, They look like lollies almost good enough to eat !


This is one of Elizabeths finished figures, I just love them, very quirky…

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fun Felting Workshop

Last weekend I was able to attend a Felting Workshop with Elizabeth Armstrong from Victoria, a group of us met at an amazing location At Kirra overlooking the ocean at the Southern end of the Gold Coast . The first day we painted Canvas that was to be used for our back ground of the figures we were to make.



I did these three, Nice and bright ! I used stamps and different items for texture.

We then made felt from the lovely coloured wool rovings  almost good enough to eat they  are so soft and the colours were gorgeous.


Rovings all laid out.


Some extra silk threads and rovings added for colour and texture.


Then add some olive oil soap  and water and the felting process begins , lots of rolling in bubble wrap and  even throwing the piece around  put it out in the sun to dry and you end up with a piece of felt fabric that was really hard to cut up But the project was to make our own pattern and make a figure .


I,ll blog a bout the rest tomorrow !

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Not enough hours in the day !

Hi I am back ! The last couple of months have gone so fast . I have lots to show for it though. We have our retirement house all completed at Moore Park Beach, before I left to go up there for 3 weeks I had 2 Quilting retreats to go to, one in June and one 3 weeks laterso In that 4 weeks I finished 6 quilt tops ! IMG_1696

This Ruby from a Jelly roll and some extra (20) white strips . I saw a tutorial for it on It was fun to do and now I will do another one the same for  Guest room


This one is for our lounge room, the nights at Moore Park were quite cold so something to snuggle under watching T V .


I made 2 of these for Talula’s room  I still have the binding to finish on one .

Most of my sewing gear is at Moore Park beach now so the 3 weeks I had up there were great and I love the way my new quilting room works .  The downside is I am still based  here and did I tell you I hate this sorting packing throwing , must admit I am becoming quite ruthless now . I,m over it but there is still a way to go.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Where did you get that Hat….and Bag

A couple of weeks ago I did a class with Wendy Bailye Oh what fun . I had done a little felting many years  ago . To actually almost finish 2 articles in a weekend workshop…. amazing..


This is the wool rovings we started with.

527 This is the bag after cutting the opening  and felting down various silks and rovings .


Finished Bag minus handle.

528Wool Rovings529Adding prefelt dots531532533Finished Hat !

I loved this and plan to do lots more Wendy was a great teacher and I can now see I will do more wet felting and also use my embellisher More such Fun .

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