Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 is just around the corner

Another year is just about to pass and it is a time for all us quilters to reflect on what we have finished,what we would have liked to make and what is still lying in a pile ready to be made. I am sure our secret resolution for the New Year is to stop buying fabric too!

I disappeared for 2 weeks to go home to the place of my birth and spend Christmas will my mad family.  They are mad in a good way. Always entertaining.

I come from the Sutherland Shire, the 'Shire' as it is known to the locals. No one ever leaves the 'Shire' or if they do they always return. A bit like a Hobbit, I suppose.


The above pictures are of the Sandbar, which is part of the Royal National Park located on the Port Hacking. This was my playground as a child where many a day were spent fishing, crabbing, chasing the soldier crabs, water skiing and basking in the sun (in those days we did not 'slip,slop,slap').

This is boat harbour, a protected stretch of beach at the far end of the Cronulla peninsular. Many a day were also spent on Cronulla beach (in no way similar to Puberty Blues). It is great to be able to take the children back home to enjoy the beach and waterways.

Christmas Day was lovely as usual. We had the table set for 24 people. There are 22 in our immediate family. The youngest of the cousins are 7 years old and still 'believe'. Waking up on Christmas Day and seeing the delight on their faces while they pulled the presents from the Santa sacks was priceless.

I am back to reality now and just delivered all the orders to be shipped to the Post Office. When I returned home yesterday it was like Christmas all over again. I had a pile of parcels from abroad and home contained all sorts of wonderful fabrics and presents.

I received this beautiful, handmade Christmas decoration from Elizabeth. Elizabeth must know how much I love decorations. This will always be a part of our tree now and will be one of the many decorations with a special story. Thank you Elizabeth.

Well, it's 7pm here on New Years Eve as I type this post. I better get ready to serve dinner and prepare for the BBQ tomorrow. It will be a quiet one here tonight. I doubt we will even make it to midnight. I wish everyone a very safe and happy new year and hope that while you sew up a storm in 2013, you also find time for your family, friends and yourself. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my quilty friends a very Happy and Holy Christmas.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Go Rabbitohs

At Christmas we only give one present to one other family member. I drew my BIL's name from the hat. He happens to be a fan of the Rabbitohs football team (south Sydney) so I thought a quilt would make the perfect present for the cold football season.

The quilt is very minimalist in style using a Kaufman quilters linen in charcoal to balance the contrasting team colours of red and green. (It could also double as a festive quilt or matching quilt for Freddy Kreuger's jersey). The little, white rabbit adorns the centre.

To liven up the solid background, I used red, white and green threads with simple geometric patterns.

To finish it off, I used a scrappy red and green binding,and a label in the shape of a football. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winner of the Quilting Gallery 5th Birthday Blog Hop

Thank you everyone for your comments. I read through each and everyone. You quilters are certainly a very generous bunch and your beautiful quilts will one day find their way into the hearts and homes of relatives, friends and even strangers needing comfort.

The winner is :

Hi Jane, my Eldest Neice would have to be the recipient of a quilt as her and her partner are the only ones that don't have one yet and are the hardest to make one for.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Congratulations Cindy.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Leaving on Jet Plane

Monday Morning I will be leaving for Sydney for Christmas with the family. I will be away from the shop but you can still order and I will ship when I return 30th December.

This break has come at an opportune time. I have injured my right wrist and find it hard to keep up with the sewing. Hopefully, the break will return my bionic powers and I will be ready to start again in the New Year.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Build your best Log Cabin

Fons and Porter have published an e-book, "Build your Best Log Cabin". The book focuses on three of the most popular Log Cabin Styles - Traditional, Courthouse Steps and Chevron.

The book boasts 24 pages of:
  • examples of antique log cabin quilts
  • comprehensive instructions and illustrations / photos
  • measurement charts showing the centre square, strip width and strip lengths for each size block
  • Handy tips and techniques for preparing, organising and sewing a log cabin block
  • Extra tutorials on making piped bindings and finishing off a binding the 'Bumpless' way
  • Suggested Quilting patterns
  • Alternate layouts for log cabin quilts.
In addition to the basics of making a log cabin block, four designers have created patterns to share using   traditional blocks. 

Bears in Bertie's Log Cabin - Ricky Tims
The Dark Side - Lori Christianson
Linked Chevrons - Marti Michell
Woven Log Cabin - Shon McMain
I recommend this e-publication for any quilter that would like to explore the fun patterns and techniques of the traditional log cabin. Download your free copy of the e-book here

Have you ever made a log cabin quilt? Here is one I made years ago for Grandfather's 75th birthday.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quilters Blog Hop Party - Happy 5th Birthday

*** The giveaway is now closed ***

To celebrate their 5th birthday, the Quilting Gallery is hosting another fun Blog Hop Party with giveaways from all participating bloggers. This is your chance to fill those Christmas stocking with marvellous 'quilty' things.

All you have to do is go here (after midnight 10th Dec EST) to view all the participating blogs and follow their links to each giveaway post. 

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I will be giving away one Ladies Stitching Club Layer Cake by Oliver + S for Moda.

The giveaway starts 10th December and Closes midnight 15th December 2012. Everyone is welcome.

To enter, please leave a comment on this blog telling me,

'If you were to make a quilt for someone this Christmas, who would be the recipient?'

Please note that I read all your lovely comments but unfortunately cannot respond to all of them xo

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop - Linky Party

It's not too late to get your votes in for the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop. Jump over the Quokka Quilts blog and vote for your favourite English Paper Pieced project. Fabulous prizes to be won.

This is my little project.

Oops, nearly forgot! The winner of the Rose Star Templates for the giveaway on my post was won by

Love it!! And of course now I'm wanting some fish and chips with salt and vinegar and tomato sauce... How's about "Fishin' Around"?
Congratulations Alyce!

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Moda Pre-Cuts have arrived

I am expecting a large shipment this week of the following pre release pre-cuts. You can order now and I will ship out your parcels by the end of the week.

2wenty-Thr3e by Eric and Julie Comstock
Modern, graphic, youthful and fun, we hope the fresh energy of 2wenty-Thr3e inspires you to get sewing! Make hip quilts, camera printed camera bags and funky skirts with a line that has as much style as you do.

Glamping by Mary Jane
Ok, girlfriends, let’s get to stitchin’ and hitchin’! Hitchin’ up your trailer, that is. Mary Jane’s Glamping fabric collection celebrates the fun, adventure, and glamour of hitting the road in style. The bright colors and charming vintage patterns with a modern spin in this collection are sure to glam up any project, big or small. Whether you are on your way to your next glamping adventure, or dreaming of the open road from your favorite room at home, these fun fabrics are sure to delight. So, what are you waiting for? Get out your sewing machine and get your glamp on!

Apple Jack by Tim and Beck
Get ready to join a circus of elementary learning made spectacular! Take part in our nostalgic parade of whimsical letters, darling little pals, and all the fun, complementary designs you could ask for to create to your hearts desire. Bright, primary colors pop playfully and a smattering of flannel prints are perfect for the little ones to cuddle up with.

Avalon by Fig Tree and Co.
A little seaport village on the magical island of Catalina, Avalon brings us a breeze of fresh, Spring colors and prints. It takes us to summer getaways and sunny days on the porch or at the park.

Boho by Urban Chiks
Hey there, Wallflower! Let’s flashback and stand out with the bold, retro vibe of Boho. Groovy, vintage inspired posies popping in day glow colors are sure to wake up your inner flower child! So Come on Get Happy and do the Hippie Hippie Chic with Boho, the latest collection from the Urban Chicks.

Cherry on Top by Keiki
Cute, candy colored critters are busy baking up treats so sweet they're sure to leave you with a toothache and craving more! In their whimsical candyland of lollipop gardens and gingerbread houses, owl chefs delight with delicious donuts and cupcakes served by silly snails, all sprinkled with love, and of course, A Cherry on Top!

Oink-A-Doodle-Moo! by Jenn Ski
Goats, horses and tractors - oh, my! Take a trip to the farm with Jenn Ski’s new Oink-A-Doodle-Moo fabrics. Fun and bright patterns to fuel your child’s imagination.

Please Note: I will be travelling interstate between 17-30th December. The e-shop will still be open for business during this period but orders will not be shipped until 31st December.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Moda - The twelve days of Christmas giveaways

For the next 12 days Moda will be giving away fabric and notions. Visit the Cutting Table blog each day to be in the draw for some great gifts to fill your stocking.