Saturday, 30 November 2013


A while back I mentioned starting a quilt for a future (yet not thought of) grandchild. It is "Once Upon A Stitchery Quilt" by Smee Designs. I bought a jelly roll of Kaffe Fasset's spotty fabrics in a rainbow of colours from Mill Rose Cottage a while ago. When I decided to start the stitcheries I realised I had no idea what colour threads to use. Then I had a light bulb moment! What about a variegated thread? Hmmm great idea but what colour variegated thread? I eventually narrowed the choice down to 2 and then decided to use orange/yellows. So, here are the 3 I have completed thus far. Only 9 more to go.

Meanwhile I have been catching up on some reading the past few weeks.

(Hmm, the photography isn't very good and I apologise for that) As you can see I love to read various genres. There are a couple of biographies in there and I have read most of Jennifer Chiaverini's quilt novels, infact I have 2 more on my "to read" book shelf.  Debbie Macomber's books are lighthearted easy reads based around knitting and Geraldine Brooks is a favourite of mine over the years too.

Do you love to read? I would love to hear what you are reading at the moment .

Angel Blessings.

Saturday, 23 November 2013


Today I packaged up some things to donate to the Good Shepherd's Women's Refuge for Christmas. I have been knitting cotton facewashers for a while and decided to buy some talc to wrap inside each one and tie with ribbon.

  Then I put each one in a zip lock bag. They need to see what things are so they know who to give them to.No wrapping.

                     I knitted 3 pairs of booties which I have also put in individual zip lock bags.

 Apparently funding has been reduced for the Women's Refuge despite an increasing amount of domestic violence. Women arrive at the refuge without anything and with children all ages  including babies and teens. Some of these women are pregnant. So, after a lady from the Good Shepherd gave a talk at one of my patchwork groups we decided to make some things for those children  and donate them for Christmas. I thought it would be good to give to the women there as well.  So, I am clickity clacking , crocheting and sewing mainly with this in mind.

Meanwhile I have small items on my stitching hoop for Christmas which I may have a pics of next time.

Thanks for stopping by. Angel Blessings.         

Tuesday, 19 November 2013


YEY!!!!! The gremlins have gone!!!! So sorry about the hiccup earlier. Here is a pic( left) of some wonderful friends at  the Christmas Gathering on 9th November. Back: Claire, Sharon, Anne, Vicki and Melody. Front: Shez, myself, Gail Pan and Barb. Thankyou so much girls for making it a very special day.

The pic on the right is of Gail showing us how to do needle turn applique. I am now truly inspired. When we walked into the room the tables were all decorated and this is what we received.

                                                               What's in the bag???

I have nearly completed Gail's stitchery. I just need to applique a heart onto it then I can add the borders and start hand quilting it ready for THIS Christmas. A major achievement for me getting it completed on time.

                    We also received a hoop, 2 perle threads and the jar that our candles were in.

Since this happy day I have finally completed my sister in law's coasters I promised her. Gee, it was so hard to locate turtle fabric!

I have been busy handpiecing 3 inch blocks for my latest small Civil War quilt and today I bought some more 1800's repro fabrics for it.

Ofcourse, I had to purchase some yummy things from the shop at the Christmas Gathering too.

Well, it appears that there are still some gremlins but at least I have managed to get this far. Thank you all for visiting and for your patience.

Angel Blessings to you all.

Sunday, 17 November 2013


Woohooo!!! I had a fantastic time at Leanne Beasley's and Gail Pan's Christmas Gathering last Saturday. I caught up with some friends and met some more wonderful creative people. Gail and Leanne spent a lot of time showing us their quilting and applique techniques and it was an absolute delight to meet them both after loving their work for the past few years. Unfortunately, I seem to be having great difficulty in uploading my pics so I do apologise and hope to get back here soon. Angel Blessings.