Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's strawberry season...

...and while I love fresh strawberries,I'm also partial to a bit of strawberry jam. Yum! Especially on scones!


My jam is actually a strawberry/ apple combo, but the apple flavour isn't noticeable, and it makes the strawberries go  further. Win/win!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ladybugs!

Although I haven't done much in the way of crafting lately, I did manage to finish this cute quilt for a friend's grandson.


I backed and bound it in red which I think has finished it nicely, along with some simple machine quilting.


I also bought him a copy of the book to go with the quilt. Can't start the reading habit too soon I say!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's Spring!!!



Here I am... after a much longer blogging hiatus than I intended. The recent winter months left me rather uninspired to do anything at all, much less anything creative. Spring arriving has me feeling positive again... although my thoughts are turning more towards redecorating projects than quilty or crafty ones. Although there is certain to be sewing involved at some point.

I have dusted off my favourite decorating books for a bit of inspiration.


Watch this space!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Last hurrah..

from my roses that is... lots of blooms before their winter shut down and pruning.



I am sometimes amazed that they bloom at all, as I'm not the most consistent gardener. Aren't they lovely!

I've been a bit wrapped up in heritage stuff the last couple of weeks so I thought I would share one of the gorgeous houses open in Ipswich last weekend as part of the Heritage Festival. This is 'Toronto'.


And it is every bit as cute on the inside as it is on the outside! This is what it looked like in the 1970s.


Looks a bit different now!

Monday, May 5, 2014

A bit of a gem

When I was at the Quilt Convention recently, I chanced upon a stand that caught my eye for several reasons. One, that it had interesting bits and pieces on display and two, I had read about it on other blogs.


I know many of you will recognise the name. Seeing that there was a crowd around at the show, and I was staying in Melbourne for a few extra days after, I decided to check  out the actual store.


I didn't buy much, just some vintage buttons and some fabric for my daughter (sorry, I forgot to take photos), but my sister and I had a lovely time browsing and drooling. Definitely worth a visit!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Marvellous Melbourne

It has been a while since my last post, but this time I have a very good reason. Just before Easter I spent a week in Victoria, managing to fit in a few days visiting a friend in Kyneton, a couple of days at The Australasian Quilt Convention and another couple of days playing tourist in Melbourne with my sister and brother-in-law (well, sort of being a bit of a tour guide also, since I lived in Melbourne many moons ago).
The quilt show was awesome, particularly because of the amazing building where it is held.


The Royal Exhibition Building is World Heritage listed and has been beautifully restored and maintained. It seemed to add an extra dimension to the show, quite different from the craft shows held at the modern convention centres. The quilts on show were selected from ten years worth of displays, some were familiar and some I hadn't seen before. A favourite is this one, based on an antique quilt the maker found pictured in a book by Annette Gero.


The challenge quilts had to fit the theme of "10" and there were some very clever and interesting interpretations. This one really appealed, although it wasn't a winner.


I didn't buy much, I was keen to experience the event, but of course I succumbed just a little bit. I bought a few Japanese themed fabrics as I have been planning a quilt for my son, and these were just too well priced to pass up. I also picked just a couple of fat quarters in colours I liked and a table stand for minis. I think I need to start making some small things so I don't get overwhelmed.


I had a lovely week, and apart from the first couple of days, the weather was really kind. I do love Melbourne, but I don't miss living there!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Playing around

After my retreat, I was concerned that I may have left the sewjo behind, so I am cautiously attempting to do a 'little' bit at a time and not push the issue. I have continued to play around with my scraps, cutting strips and squares and using up the fabric. I have always been a thrifty minx and I'm following the suggestions of Bonnie Hunter, who must be one of the craftiest quilters when it comes to using up a stash. Not that my stash comes anywhere near rivalling hers!!

I have started sorting into containers, but I have a long way to go.


I have also begun stitching squares into nine-patch blocks. Ultimately they will become a quilt to raffle for Wolston House. I think I like the Dancing Nine-Patch, which is a free pattern on Bonnie's blog.


Baby steps!