Monday, January 31, 2011

January Block Swap

I just received this gorgeous block from Becky in Tulsa. The fabrics are hand dyed by the artist herself. WOW. I love it.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Caffeine Carpet Mark II complete

Voila - Caffeine Carpet II complete.

Expanding the Inchy Hexagon Swap

*** Sorry but spots filled quickly for this round. The swap is now closed for March. I will be recruiting new members again in June ***

The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap is a great way to grow your hexie gardens and share your love of hexagons with quilters from all parts of the world. We are looking for five new members for the March draw onwards. If you are interested, please e-mail me at and leave a comment below.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Two in One Out

I received my beautiful hexie in the post yesterday from Melody. The owls are so gorgeous.
Here is another one from Elizabeth. Bee-utiful.
I have been spoilt this week.

Here is one of the caffeine carpets for the Quilting Gallery Mug Rug Swap. My partner loves lime and purple. I will have to think of something extra creative for the second one. Thinking cap on.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The winners of the Flood Raffle are .........

Thank you everyone for your generosity

..... and the winners of my raffle are:

1st Place

Blogger Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Great raffle! Count me in - 802603 (net banking receipt, hence the different number)

2nd Place

Blogger Jansie said...

Bless you for your contribution to the cause. My receipt # is 3163311. My heart goes out to those who have lost everything.

Congratulations girls. If Jackie and Jansie would please contact me, I will send their prizes to them.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Valentine Swap

Sandy over at Cookies and Cream held a Valentines Swap. This is my gift for Andrea.

Andrea likes hexagons and Reproduction Fabrics, especially browns. I will pop it in the post tomorrow with some extra goodies so it will arrive well before 14th February.

Some one just asked if I made this from a pattern. No pattern, just going with the flow. I cut a 17 1/4" piece of fabric, light weight wadding and light weight interfacing, layered and quilted 1/4" rows around the edges. Then I drew a heart on a piece of Floriani Stitch n Wash fusible and started foundation piecing around a hexagon shape in a free form manner. When finished, I left a generous 3/8" seam allowance when cutting around the heart shape so I could turn under for applique. I used Needle turn applique to attach the heart to the quilted fabric and then hand stitched the completed piece to a ready made cushion cover, turning the fabric under 1/4" as I went (yes, I cheat when I make cushions - not into zips and piping and if the cushion wears or gets damaged I remove my handy work and place on another cushion).

Celebrate Australia Day

From a 1916 postcard
We are Australian - Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton 1987
I came from the dream-time, from the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart, the keeper of the flame.
I stood upon the rocky shore, I watched the tall ships come.
For forty thousand years I’ve been the first Australian.

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I came upon the prison ship, bowed down by iron chains.
I cleared the land, endured the lash and waited for the rains.
I’m a settler, I’m a farmer’s wife on a dry and barren run
A convict then a free man, I became Australian.

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m the daughter of a digger who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman on the long and dusty road
I’m a child of the depression, I saw the good times come
I’m a bushy, I’m a battler, I am Australian

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m a teller of stories, I’m a singer of songs
I am Albert Namatjira, I paint the ghostly gums
I am Clancy on his horse, I’m Ned Kelly on the run
I’m the one who waltzed Matilda, I am Australian

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m the hot wind from the desert, I’m the black soil of the plains
I’m the mountains and the valleys, I’m the drought and flooding rains
I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run
The spirit of this great land, I am Australian

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian
I am, you are, we are Australian.

We are one .. We are many .. We are Australian!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday's Teddy Treasure

My two treasures - Jasper (showing very good self control and not chewing on Teddy) and Teddy.
Teddy was my husbands much loved bear. He has seen better days and needs a bit of repair but to Pete  he is still his beloved Ted Ted.

Queensland Flood Appeal

Photo - Channel 7
Photo - Channel 7
We are a Brisbane family who are lucky to have escaped the devastation of these floods but many Queenslanders have lost their homes, businesses, livestock, crops and lives. Seventy Five percent of the state of Queensland is under water (that it is the size of Texas). The city of Brisbane is like a ghost town with the Brisbane river engulfing its streets and buildings.

To give hope back to Queenslanders, money is being raised to rebuild their lives. Toni from Make it Perfect has invited bloggers to auction or raffle a hand made item. The funds raised will go directly to the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal

I will be holding a raffle.

This raffle is open to everyone, even international bloggers. Postage is included.

To enter this raffle you must make a donation to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Multiple entries are welcome but each entry must have a separate receipt number.
Leave a comment for each donation with a valid receipt number. Only entries with a receipt number will be included.
Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.

If you do not have an account, please e-mail the comment to and I will post it for you

The winners of this raffle will be announced 27th January 2011

Raffle Prize

First Prize - One Gypsy Rose Layer Cake by Figtree Quilts for Moda and 1 1/2 yards of a coordinating Gypsy fabric.
Second prize - FQ Bundle of Spa by Rosemarie Lavin for Windham and 1/2 yard of co-ordinating Spa Fabric.

Mine is only a small part in this sad event. As people we can give money, our time, furniture, food, bedding, a place to live and comfort to those who have lost everything.  Make a quilt for someone. Donate fabrics and notions to a local quilting group in flood affected areas. The list is endless and so should our commitment to our fellow human beings.

ABC photos of the flood

Monday, January 24, 2011

Civil War Reunion Jelly Rolls

Just into my little shop is the new collection from Barbara Brackman - Civil War Reunion. A rich tapestry of reds, teals and browns. The 2 1/2" strip width is perfect for any project. Only $30.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Giveaway at Lila Tueller Designs

Lila Tueller is having a giveaway on her blog. Lila is giving away pre-cuts of her beautiful new collection, Isabella, for Riley Blake Fabrics. Simply Scrumptious. 'Got to get me some of that!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Spirit Charms, Pom Pom de Paris and Valentine Swap Project

Currently, I have been working on a gift for my Valentine Swap Partner. Andrea likes reproduction fabrics, hexagons and of course I had to incorporate a heart into the design. More later on this project.

New to my little shop are some gorgeous charm packs from Free Spirit and
French Generals Pom Pom de Paris from Moda
Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner, Tea Garden by Dena Fishbein, French Hatbox by Tanya Whelan, Delilah by Tanya Whelan, Boys will be Boys by David Walker

Stocks are limited so hurry and don't forget all full priced charm packs are now only $10.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Inspirational Giveaway

This morning I awoke at 5.30am to find a little message in my In Box from Sarah, the winner of this competition. Sarah has kindly donated the prize back to the Flood Appeal Raffle I am running on this blog.

Sarah, you are a kind and generous person and I wish you love, joy and happiness all the days of your life. Visit Sarah on her blog and send her a thank you message.

Micmacker said...
Fabric key chains, headbands, and coffee cup cozies - also market bags and ipod/ipad cases. I've been doing up the reusable snack bags, too - they sew up super fast with a serger, if you have one. I gave wristlets (pretty zip pouches with a wrist strap) for Christmas, and they were well received. Fabric cards for Valentine's day (sew a fabric heart onto card stock).
I am looking for inspiration to make some new items for our school / parish craft stall and I need a few suggestions.

I have one FQ pack and 1/2 yard of co-ordinating fabric of the beautiful Spa by Rosemarie Lavin for Windham Fabrics to giveaway.

To enter, please leave a comment letting me know of your favourite item to either buy or make for a craft stall at a fair or fete.
I would even love to hear about the most unusual craft item you have seen or bought at a fete.

I will personally select a winner from all the entries on Jan 20th 2011.

Please leave me a way of contacting you.
If you like my site, please become a follower so I can share with you all my new projects for 2011.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Charm Pack Sale

All Full Price Charm Packs now reduced to

Hurry, only while stocks last. Sale ends Sunday 23rd January 2010

Tuesday's Treasures - A Memory Book for Mum

My sister Linda is a very talented artist. For mum's surprise 65th birthday she made a memory book with photos of the children and grandchildren. Each grandchild wrote something beautiful about mum.

Mum as a child
My sisters and I ( I am the exceptionally good looking one top centre )





Back cover


Monday, January 17, 2011

The Tale of A Morris Tapestry and a Piano Seat

There once was a piano seat that was quite ordinary. One day a pack of charms and some stray fabric came together and adorned the humble seat with the most beautiful coat made of 'A Morris Tapestry' fabric. Everyone lived happily ever after. The End.

The auction master list

Toni has posted the master list of all the auctions and raffles offered to support the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal. 

100% of all donations go directly to the Queensland Flood Appeal.

Please visit the site and give hope back to thousands.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hexie for Jeanette

Jeanette likes red hexies with white centres. I added a little fussy cutting template as a gift (These are in my shop). While browsing through Spotlight today I spotted these cute buttons. As a keen hexaculturalist, I add to buy them.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thank you Hexie from Marina

The postman brought me a lovely surprise today - a thank you hexie from Marina of Sunny and cheery fabrics to brighten up my garden. Marina uses a very light fusible product from Floriani for her piecing template, Stitch N Wash.

Tutorial for hexagons/flowers by Marina from
Using hexagonal graph paper created at Hexagon Shapes I trace the hexagons onto Floriani stitch and wash Fusible stabiliser.

Once you have traced a few rows you will need to cut out the hexagons as accurately as you can. Cut out hour hexagon fabric, I prepare them into 2 ½ inch squares (or 2 5/8 inch squares to make it a little easier to stitch down) . Iron the hexies onto the wrong side of the fabric

Trim the hexie to allow an amount of turnover.

Next step is to turn over the excess material and stitch down. I usually fold over the fabric and finger press it all around the hexie before stitching the fabric down.
Assemble your hexie flower.
I have found that the more the hexies are handled they do soften up.
(there are further instructions on the use of this stabiliser on the packet)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My first block from Tarnyia

My first block arrived from Tarnyia from WA. Just what I wanted. This is my first block from the "Quilting Blocks Australia #1"

New Mug Rug (aka Caffeine Carpet) Swap

The Quilters Gallery is hosting a new Mug Rug Swap. You are invited to join this fun swap by filling in the on-line Registration form on the main page. Don't forget to read the guidelines and join the Flickr group.

For inspiration have a look at some of the other swap groups on Flickr - Scrappy Mug Rug Swap and My Morning Cup
Check out Anorina's quilted art at .Samelia's Mum  Anorina has made the most gorgeous birdie and floral Caffeine Carpets. 

Wednesday (very damp) Flowers

My little inchy garden is starting to flourish thanks to the very talented members of the Inchy Hexagon Swap group.

Flowers from Melody, Hanne W, Sunny, Toni, Leslie and Leanne

I am in the midst of making new Welcome Hexies for the swap and my January Swap Hexie for Ingrid. I must apologise for the photos but it is 9.40am and dark from the unrelenting thunderstorms and cyclonic conditions we have been experiencing in South East Queensland.