Thursday, 19 September 2019

A day out in Mandurah and surrounds.

We had a day out at a local brewery. Yes we enjoyed the visit. We didn't leave empty handed.
My brother and I together in a photo. I do get the occasional few.

Out for dinner in Mandurah with my hubby. There was the 4 of us walking across the bridge. I was way in front with my brother and my hubby was at the back with a friend. I kept getting asked if we wanted a photo together. My brother said ... NO .... She is my sister so I don't need one. I just laughed  then he took one of me with my hubby.

This is where we are headed for dinner.

We were on the harbour at Mandurah at the eateries and one restaurants had this giant crab on the wall.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Teabag strings & Tags from over the world.

A big thankyou goes out to everyone who has sent tea bag strings and tags.
There have been many more that have passed on to me and I haven't got photos of them.
I sure am happy with the support and have passed them on to my friend for her to start knitting.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Charity Quilts are ready for their binding.

Hello everyone. I have finally posted something... Amazing!!!!

I have been busy getting these charity quilts quilted since back from holidays and now I am back at work learning a new position I am exhausted of a night. I have also come down with the dreaded cold.

I had a little fun on one of the charity quilts. I used my Westalee rulers.
I have been a little bit intimidated and think that my work isn't good enough..
I need to spend a little more time playing with the rulers and not rushing the quilting time.

I put a little flower in each of the the centres.

One side of the pile.

Rolled up view.

The other side view to show the diagonal quilting 

All ready to pass on to the other members to sew on the bindings which I have already cut too.

Sunday, 1 September 2019


We had beautiful weather for a stroll down the beach headed for the centre of Mandurah and enjoyed a lovely lunch.

We had a wonderful day out in Fremantle. We walked and walked, ate and visited the markets.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

My big trip and dinner with FAMILY

I have set off on a holiday and first stop on the way is from Mildura to Melbourne to spend a night with my daughter and her family. A work friend came with me for a break and my great friend Christine drove over to meet me for dinner.
Here we all are out for dinner at my daughters local club where they love the food eatery week.
It was great to see them all and give them a big hug as we don't see them often with me having moved away from the area.

Now on the plane for our trip to Perth

Here is the start of a long awaited trip.
A tick off the bucket list.

I have been away for 5 weeks starting with a relaxing week in Mandurah with my hubby, brother & a work friend. Then hopped on the back of my hubbies motor bike and rode with my brother up the west coast of Western Australia and over to Darwin. We stayed with another brother in Darwin for 5 days. I came home very tired.
Hubby and my brother rode to Perth, up the West Coast, over to Townsville and down the East coast of Australia down Queensland and NSW them home. About 14,000 kms. My part on the bike was about 5,000 kms. 
We met up with Maria from LIFE ON THE BLOCK , saw lots of great places, did lots of things, camped by the side of the road in tents, in caravan parks, stayed in cabins, booked motels, stayed in a resort and expensive apartments. 
We had a blast. I loved all the different aspects.
We didn't have much internet and when I tried to comment on some blogs and send emails but they don't seem to have posted. 

I am going to break up my trip in between sewing posts. This will give me time to settle back into home. Get some sewing done before I start back at work and catch up on some blog reading.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Sewing machines - QATW

There was a member of the Bookcase swap that was going through some hard times due to health issues. She had to pull out of the group she was in for this swap. She was feeling bad because she had committed and now felt like she was letting everyone down. I said I would make her novelty blocks for her. She had chosen vintage sewing machines. This is what I ended up with.
I think they are cute. I was not in her group.

Here is my Sewing machine block

Free pattern ...... HERE

I will have to make myself one of these blocks as I sent all 6 to the USA.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Humidicrib covers

I was shopping in spotlight for more fabric and overheard a lady saying that she just had a new grandson born. It was prem and was in a humidicrib in the local hospital. She was buying some fabric to make a cover as the hospital only had 2 girl ones left. Obviously this didn't suit.

We can't have our local hospital running out of HUMIDICRIB COVERS.
These measure 24" * 30". 
They sit over the top of the cribs and block out some of the light. We make simple designs or just one fabric, which is what I have done.  We either use flannelette on one side and these just get bagged or if you use just cottons, put wadding in and quilt and bind them.

Our charity sewing this month is these covers and so far we have managed about 30.

This is my pile I managed to get sewn. I also donated fabric cut to size for about another 15 backings.

They have been well received at the hospital.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Finished books -jars for the BOOKCASE BLOCK SWAP.

Along with the book blocks we were to make a novelty block. I decided to make a cookie and button jar. Overall I'm happy with them.

Probably wasn't the best choice in fabrics as they blend more than expected. 
Hopefully the quilters that receive them will be happy with them.

I also added a few buttons for them to sew on to give the jars more depth.

On their way to the US.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Granny squares

I had a pile of started crotchet granny squares given to me.
I added quite a few rows to each of them and now have them all will 10 rows.
I have sent them to Jan Mac who joins them altogether and makes blankets to donate to the Peter MacCallum Hospital.

Have a look at other things Jan donates

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Bookcase Book Block swap.

Over at Quilting Around the World I have joined in on a block swap.
It's blocks to make a bookcase quilt.
I have wanted to make one of these for a few years so why not join in... We all had to make 6 blocks and send 5 to the coordinator. One member offered to be my mailing friend to help me out.
Candis - Quiltbaby is in the US and has helped me get the blocks to where they needed to be.
These blocks were to finish at 10 1/2". We could add as many books as we wanted, in any way as well. Standing, laying flat or on an angle. I had fun.

Assembling the books.

here is the finished block.
It looks so cool.

This group has ongoing chat forums, numerous swaps, mystery sew alongs, block swaps and a great support system. Many join in sew go over and have a read.


Thursday, 1 August 2019

Home made Sausage rolls

Believe it or not I have never made sausage rolls.
Here is my first attempt and they were delicious.

And something completely different...
I love BIRD OF PARADISE flowers.
My neighbours have plenty in their driveway and they let me cut a few for my table.
Super happy.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Harley quilt donated

I have dfinished the quilt top.
I love it and feel really happy about it.

Well, my hubby loves it and is getting a bit too cosy.

It was donated and raffled. It raised quite a bit for the club and everyone loved it.
The local Harley shop even asked for it to hang in his shop until the end of the year.

And here it is hanging on the line all quilted.
Hubby took the photo for me while the sun was out and I was at work.

The AGM went well.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Brown scarf

I loved knitting the other scarf so I made another one.
This will be put away for a gift. It was so relaxing spending the time knitting.

It is so nice and warm. Lovely....

Here is a post I did with a pattern.
Celtic scarf pattern

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Loose change counted for Vals piggy bank challenge

Last year I linked up with Val for her PIGGY BANK challenge. Collect your change and see what you get in a year. It adds up more than you think.
We have only been putting in change when we remember. Not very often but it still adds up.
My hubby enjoyed sitting down to count it.
Total of $71.10.   Not bad at all.

I have also decided to spend it on those small scissors with a cap. I'll buy about 10-15 of them. Then I'll join the caps to the scissors, so they don't get lost, with a bead string.
Hopefully I can then sell some at our quilt show in September.

See what others will do with their change over at Vals.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

OH NO!!!! What has happened....

All my saved sites that I follow have disappeared. They are going to take ages to replace.
Please help me.
If I have been a follower by way of reading, commenting or whatever of your site.PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I CAN ADD YOU TO MY SIDEBAR. It's going to take me a while to find you all again.
Please be patient...

Monday, 8 July 2019

HOG Bike quilt plan for a DONATION

My hubby's bike group was having their AGM.
e wanted me to make a quilt for him to donate.
WHY NOT!!!! I make them for everyone else and give them away.
The only thing was that the AGM was 2 weeks away. So I did a lot sf searching ideas, the fabric boxes and came up with a start. Not a full plan but I knew something would work.
I started drawing, cutting, measuring and hoping for the best.
He started cooking, cleaning and shopping. We work well together.

 Here is my idea so far.

I have cut up my hubbies t-shirt for the emblems of his group.
Ironed on the applique design but still needs stitching.

Now for some borders.

Well I kept playing, cutting and sewing.
Here is what I have done so far.

Making things fit and working it out as I go.

Friday, 5 July 2019


I have had lots of interest in my scarf so I thought I'd write how I did it.
Give it a go....

Use matching needles to yarn ply. Not a tight finish.
You also need a stitch holder or large pin for every group of 8 sts.

Cast on 32 / 40 / 48 sts. (Multiples of 8) *** mine was 40sts & about a 12ply yarn  - 5.5mm

Work as far in garter st as you want. I did about 48rows.
Measure the width of work. Across the sts.

Now have your pins/holders ready. Don't be scared.

TAILS...... Only work on 8sts.. either garter st or stocking st.
Work until this is about 1 inch shorter than the measurement you just took. Now put them on to a stitch holder.

Repeat this for every group of 8 sts you have.

Now. Put them all on to one needle and knit for 18" - 22" depending on how tight you want it around your neck.

TAILS..... Only work on 8sts.. either garter st or stocking st.
Work these until the same length as the first group of tails.
Now put them on to a stitch holder.

Repeat this for every group of 8 sts you have.

Put them all on to one needle and knit for the same amount of rows that you did at the beginning.


You can add tassels if you want to.

Here is a tutorial as well.


and another pattern with photos

Pattern & photos

Thursday, 4 July 2019


It has been a lot cooler and I haven't been doing too much sewing.
I wanted to do something that was quick and didn't require much thinking.
So I searched Pinterest and this is what I decided...

I can't believe how easy this scarf and hat was to Knit.
It took 2 balls of yarn from Big W.  It knitted beautifully and soft. I think I need to go buy some more in a different colour.

It is very warm and is plenty big enough for a cold winters day.

I love it and will make another one. Maybe a little different for variety.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Mystery quilt with SPF

Every year a few from our group has a mystery quilt sewing night as a fundraiser. We all bring a dish for dinner,  do a bit of sewing and make a donation to cancer research.
This year I think we raised $300.

Well done to everyone.
Sandra prepares the instructions and guidance.
Now on to the sewing. We got some cutting & sewing preparation work instructions.

Here is the finished block.

Now for me to get my quilt top done to look like this...
The finished quilt.