Sunday, 17 December 2017

A Country Care Christmas & more Little Letters.

We had our work Xmas party at the beginning of December. 
They are a great family orientated business. 
They have supported me with my Aussie Hero quilts and put on a great night.
If you need mobility aids we are the company to go to. We also support out Veterans too.

This was our Christmas gift..
Thanks Rob & Rebecca

Next on to some sewing

I have the green blocks laid out so I can plan the cutting of the left over letters.

They are all cut out and ready for sewing. 
I am enjoying making these again..

I have been sewing them together. They are getting there..
Thanks Sheryl for this amazing cot quilt pattern. This will be my 5th quilt I have made using her pattern. Please take a look and give it a go...

Friday, 15 December 2017

Garage sale Fabric shopping...

Oh wow... The other Saturday I got a call from a fellow quilter, Karen....
There's a garage sale with cheap quilting fabric. Only 15 minutes from home.
I quickly shower, make a few calls, pick up another friend, grab a coffee and set off.
We get to the sale... WOW...
Call another friend... By the time she tirns up here is my shopping pile...
 I have measured, folded & sorted into lengths for easy finding.. 

All measured, folded and sorted. Ready to pack away...

$150 later, 160 metres, 1 polyester quilt, 2 cushion inserts, 1 plastic storage tub and a pile of magazines to flick through... It was amazing. Thanks for thinking of me Karen. I am sure to get a lot of charity and Aussie Hero quilts made from this win...
My other 2 friends also scored a bit too.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Chookyblues SSCS Secret Santa Christmas Swap 2017

I have been doing a lot of secret sewing to participate in
Chookyblues SSCS Secret Santa Christmas Swap 2017

We were to make an ornament/decoration and a lovely gift. We are sending overseas so it couldn't be too big or heavy.
I loved what I made and hope my partner does too. Here is Martine's blog....
Here is what I have sent and I know she has received it too. The parcel can't be opened until Xmas day..

 The decorations can be hung now and the card can be opened...

I do hope you like what I have sent.
You will have to wait until Xmas to see what I sent. It will be a long wait..

Well, we are in a heat wave at the moment...  It was 43 deg Celsius on my way from work. This is on my car temperature gauge.

Here is the conversion.

Thankfully we have good air conditioning....

Monday, 11 December 2017

My movie challenge is quilted, bound and completed with label..

How cool is this. My quilt is done. I love the backing too.
Mickey Mouse.. Fitting for classic movies... Oops I haven't got a photo of the back...
I have already given it to the granddaughters... I'll get their mum to take a photo and send it to me...
I stipples it in the white areas. Cross hatched in the checker board row, in the ditch with an extra row in the braid row.

Here are some other entries...

Unfortunately these were the only ones that were finished and on show.

Well, I was lucky enough to win 1st prize. It was worth all my troubles.. Here is my prize.

The thing is, last week I nearly ordered a new rotary but I thought it could wait until after Christmas. Lucky me doesn't have to buy one now...

We also had to supply a gift for Kris Kringle to the value of $10.. Not made but bought. I didn't get a photo but my gift was a 1/2" ruler, self threading needles and some u pins for piecing.
In return I got a magnetic pin bowl. I have always wanted one but never got around to buying one.

We also had pass the parcel and I won another gift.  Some wonder clips and a  3 metre Quilters tape measure. I have also wanted these clips but not something I wanted to buy.

Now for the decorations and table layout. There were 40 of us and it was a great catch up day for me. I hadn't seen these women for 16 months. We also enjoyed a fantastic Christmas roast lunch with a yummy dessert or two or three. (Mmmmmm)

Thank you Kilmore Quilters for a great day.
See you all next year..

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Kris Kringle booklets

I have had fun making these little booklets for our Kris Kringle night.
The booklets, tags, numbers and story is all ready. We just have to wait for the night next week...
Here they all are laid out ready to be paired up with their numbers.

The front cover was decorated with either a poinsettia or a folded doily Xmas tree.

Here we have a page for a welcome greeting.

And the little pocket where the tree tag sits. Showing you your lucky number

Our little message

The back cover

And all this is made from just one piece of A4 paper.
Thanks to Asami for showing me this many years ago. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Bonnies Mystery part 2--- ON RINGO LAKE..

Another week has passed and another clue has started... I have convinced my friend to sew along too.
She has changed the colours up and they look great.. She hasn't done too much small piecing so it's a great learning curve for her.

 I'm doing the no waste technique. 
4 at a time works for me. As there are so many to make this week.

Happily sewing away...
 Lots of flying geese.

These are all finished..

Week 2 link up are here.....

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

My Classic Movie Challenge

I am all set to hand in my movie challenge.
I have finished the top and am happy with it.
I have even included the words to Return to Sender by Elvis Presley.. it was one of my mums favourites
I struggled with the last month as I couldn't make up my mind. In the end I went with my original idea .. National Velvet.. thinking horses and winning and regal/royal. I decided on Grandmas Braid. In Red, white and blue. The red and blue are actually Velvet fabric too. The way I did the colours create the bottom border.
 You can see the envelopes with a letter inside & some with the message.. Return to Sender.

Now for it quilted and bound.
I haven't taken a photo yet but will some of all the other entries and do a post next week..
I can't wait to see all the other entries..

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Bonnie Hunters Mystery part 1 ---- ON RINGO LAKE

I'm finally getting around to doing my post for this mystery. Yes part 1 is done..
I wasn't going to take part but I weakened..
Here are all my fabrics. I haven't got the salmon so I am using golds and yellows... Oh what a mess...
Strip piecing and cross cutting... All done...
All my 9 patches are ready. These were easy enough. The measurements have worked.

All set for the next clue....
Linking up with Bonnie and hundreds of Bonniacs. So far 179 have linked up...

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

When your away the laughs stay there.

We had an impromptu crochet lesson after dinner Saturday night.
My mum and I made these Santa faces all the time for little gifts. The kids would hand them out at school. They were given out at our clubs and functions. Everyone loves them.
We have been doing them for about 20 years...

So a few ladies wanted to learn how to make them. There really isn't any set pattern. Each one made is slightly different. You can use any yarn with matching crochet hook.
Here the group are concentrating so hard..

All you need to do is ask Sandra about Jolly Santa.
We had such a laugh..

The crochet is done and just needs embellishing.
Santa does need eyes, nose and a bell.

Here it is finished

After everyone had finished Sandra wanted to make one. I'm sure it took her 3 times as long. Santas hat was increased instead of decreased but oh the laughs.
So he is now named the Jolly Santa...

Monday, 27 November 2017

Not such a good day.

As the lead up to today slowly approached my mood started declining. It is a sad remeberance day.
It has been 5 years since losing my son and boy things have changed.

I'm not sure what to say but I miss him terribly.


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Baby Little Letters.

I am also going to be putting in the newsletter each month next year a Sew Along for this cute baby LITTLE LETTERS quilt from... SHERYL @

This is such a cute quilt and I have already made 3. My friend is making the basic one and I am doing 2 different variations to make it bigger. These will be completed to show in January so everyone can see that you don't have to do it just one way.

I am making it in White & Yellows and another in Creams and all types of Greens.

I am sure these quilts will grow quickly once I get stuck into them. I managed to get 11 of the blocks done in one day. They only measure 4.5" as the letters and with the sashing they are 6.5". Oh so cute.

Sheryl has so many great ideas and patterns on her blog. If you are into minis it is especially the place to check out.

I also took part in FNSI last night with Wendy and many others in cyberspace.
Have a look here to see what is happing in the stitching world.
I will do a catch up post later with my quilting efforts.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

An exciting announcement

While I was sitting and enjoying my sewing with friends I got a few exciting photos.
MY DAUGHTER GOT MARRIED.Yes she and her now husband eloped. After the hard few years she has had I wish her well and hope this is the turn around she needs.

They are now Mr & Mrs...
11th November 2017
Rememberance Day.
I can't wait to get to see them in December

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Then on Saturday...

We made it through the night ok. Remembering last year we had the worst thunder, lightning and hail storm in years. Lost power, flooded, trees down and hail damage to my car. So this year we were doing well.
I sat down and started work on my Xmas mini that I have permission to teach from SARAH over at
So this is where I am at. It is only small but very very cute.. And so super easy. I still have to make the stockings.

If you are a beginner it is a great way to make something small with appliqué, stitchery and piecing. There is also felt work and embellishing with buttons.

It's altogether and only needs buttons.

I didn't have any buttons with me but I have since added them and now it is finished for show and tell at our group and get the instructions in print..

Make sure you go on over to have a look at Sarah's blog. She does some amazing work..

Sunday, 19 November 2017

What a weekend.

I was away on retreat last weekend with 16 lovely ladies.
The weather was warm and we had a fantastic time.. First up I worked on some charity fiddle cloths for our local Specialist school.
These are just made on a hand towel and items are then stitched on for texture.
We sew buttons, zips, pockets, fluffy trims and anything else we have on hand.
Here we have a doll in a pocket, bugs crawling up the flower stem, ribbon flower petals, a bit of Tuille for texture and of course some bling. Don't forget some buttons and frilly yarn too.

This one is more for a boy .. there is a buckle to clip, laces to tie, cotton reels to spin, a zip to open and checkerboard weaving strips. I'm sure it will keep some one busy for a while.
 I also had a panel of bibs that I had sewn ages ago. All they needed was some safe way of fastening them. With some advice from anyone that wanted to give it I added elastic for ease of putting over the babies head...