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.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

A special Mother's Day SURPRISE.


My daughter surprised me with booking a lunch at a nice restaurant we had not been too before.
It was for a 5 course meal. Fully paid for with a beautiful bottle of bubbly to go with it.

1st course.
Salmon, cream cheese in a waffle cone.
This was served too cold and there was too much cream cheese. 
If it was served at room temp with chilled salmon it would have been so much better.
I ate them though.

Course 2 - a seafood platter.
Mussels - yummy
Oyserts - both natural & kilpatrick - yummy
Salt n pepper quid- salty but cooked lovely
Baby Octopus - this was a first for me - I'm ok with them
Croquettes - hubby liked them
Meat balls? - very dry and needed a dipping sauce... didn't eat them
Duck liver pate & toasty bread - yummy.

Black Squid Ink pasta. Served with lobster.
Well they can keep it. This is the first time I have tried squid ink and I did not like it. 
This dish was extremely salty and very unappealing.

I had stuffed chicken with mash. DELICIOUS.

Tonys meal was a beautiful steak and veggies. He loved it and ate it all.

I'm sitting here watching Master Chef as I type this. We had panacotta for dessert which was very creamy and yummy. It was nothing like the ones that epwere being made on master chef dessert week. BUT this was mine and I loved it.

Each mum was given this spider plant as a gift for their day.
It is a very basic plant which I owned many years ago. The reason being that it lived without any care. I needed a plant for my main bathroom so it will sit nicely in the hanging basket cone.
 Thank you to my lovely daughter and son-in-law for a wonderful Mother's Day surprise.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

I am still here.----- NOW FOR QUILTING.

I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted...
I have all the excuses as everyone else..
Busy, sick, not motivated, can't be bothered, tired, lazy, cold, tired, etc........
I have been doing little bits of sewing but not a great deal. The knitting and crochet has been on my lap. I'm not a fan of coming home from work in the dark. All I want to do is sit curled up under a quilt. I have been reading blogs and enjoyed what everyone has been doing.
I am home sick at the moment and the knitting needles are clacking away.
I have also joined up with
and have joined in their bookcase swap. More about that later.
Anyway, back to basting.
Here are just 2 tops that I have ready for quilting. another 6 to go.

I have been very busy basting all the charity quilts that have been made.
8 so far that need quilting. Once done they will be passed on to other members for them to do the bindings.

Well I know that I am going to be very busy getting them quilted.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


My friend is making these beautiful scarves.
She has run out of strings.
Each one takes about  4.000. -  6,000 strings.
They use your everyday tea bag strings.
Make a cup of tea, with a bag.
Break off the string, put into a bag, throw the tea leaf bag away, send the bag/tag to me.....

It is hard to get so many strings to knit. 
I really need your help.
The tags go to charity to supply equipment. These would normally go into the rubbish.
Put a bowl on your bench, collect the strings/tags, send them to me.


Contact me for my address to post the strings.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Convergence so far

Here is my convergence with all the flying geese borders on. Now to add the other borders and decide the exact size.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Rada’s Charity quilt quilted

Here is a top that was donated by one of our members. I have now got it quilted ready for the binding.   I think we have about 10 in the cupboard..

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Friends in Japan

Years ago we travelled to Japan and explored with a beautiful family. Asami and her family welcomed us as did her friend Mayumi.
Now Mayumi is a mum of two little girls.

These girls are just so gorgeous.

Hopefully one day I will get back there to meet them in person..

Friday, 17 May 2019

Spotlight bargains & CHARITY BLOCKS.

Our group has been busily making charity blocks.
Now it is up to me to get them sewn together to make more quilts.
Well, we have been given quite a lot of blocks another workshop has happened to sew them together.

I have also been approved by my quilt group for a donation of $250 to go towards the charity quilts.
So off to spotlight I went.
86.75metres later and $333. I'm sure I have enough fabric to last and make quite  a lot of charity quilts. The group has a roll of pur cotton wadding to supply as well. 
I am sew lucky that I can now sew away and it not cost anything for my hobby and I am helping others out at the same time....

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Convergence . Red White and Blue for an AUSSIE HERO.

Using up my birthday fat quarters and continuing on with my Convergence quilt.
This is where I am at.
I can see it in my head but getting it where I want it is another thing...
Oh boy. All those flying geese are taking forever. Paper foundation piecing has its place but this is a lot of work.

I have had a play and need to make this block longer to make the size required.
This quilt needs to be around 42" x 72"
The original block was not square. It was about an inch off.
So I had to think of some way to make it longer.
First up I thought to add a row top and bottom BUT I was in a workshop the other weekend and throwing around ideas it was suggested to only add rows to the bottom.
So here goes.

So far I'm happy with where it is going.

Monday, 13 May 2019


My scrappy butterflies

These were the blocks we started with.

I really didn't want to sash them as that makes more work me. 
These are for charity and I will be quilting them.
I came up with the idea of adding a leaning border. This makes the block measure 15". The butterflies won't touch therefore not needing sashing. Who ever makes the block can add the border.
9 blocks isn't quite enough so I have decided to go for 12 blocks.
This will make the quilt 45" x 60". 
A great size for charity.
Thanks to Joanne for the idea of the butterfly block.
Have a look at the basic block and tutorial she has supplied..

Saturday, 11 May 2019


I have been doing a bit of sewing. A few minutes at a time.
Slowly I have managed to keep up with my Tiny Tuesday blocks with Angela.
The lighting isn't very good at night for photos in my sewing room.

I  made 2 blocks.
I'm not sure if they look like trees or umbrellas.

I am up to date...

Go over to Angela's to find the links to the blocks.
Be patient as she is selling her home, moving into a new home, renovating, working full time, looking after a family, living and maybe some sewing.
If the links are not updated just go to the home page and scroll through until you find what you want.

Thursday, 9 May 2019


My boss and his wife, who works at the same business, had a little girl a couple of months ago now. I gave them my ABC quilt. I decided to spend a few nights knitting and I made this gift.
So cute in yellow.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Hello from Val & Crystal.

I have had a few happy mail days that are long overdue for a THANKYOU.

I received a lovely surprise of a Xmas card, a fat quarter and postcards from Crystal.

I sent her some novelty fabrics for her alphabets or whatever she wanted to use them on.
Mind you, it was posted at Xmas time and didn't take get here until sometime in Feb. I am so slack to getting around to saying thankyou.

I received a lovely thankyou card in the mail from Val.

I enjoy reading Vals blog.
I have taken part in her eye Spy swap and can't wait to get sewing on it. I have decided what I am going to make so hopefully it won't be long away.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

My RSC colour wall.

Here is my RSC display wall so far...

I am working on a few projects at the moment. There will be progress soon.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Birthday fat 1/4s

With my birthday being nearly 2 months ago I have finally got all my fat quarters from my sewing group. Look at them all. It's good how your birthday seems to go on and on.......

Look at these great fat quarters I now have to play with. I'm sure I will have fun with them.
Only 2 were the same.

Now what will I do.???

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Grand children and Easter

I was not able to be with our grandchildren for Easter. So the next best thing is photos.

I have been sent some lovely photos of my grandchildren celebrating Easter.