If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

HIA Critters in The Garden Quilt- Tutorial added

I know it has been  a while since I pasted but I have not been idle. I will make a longer post soon with updates of everything that I have been doing.

I have just completed a quilt top using the Critters in the Garden sets from Hatched in Africa. This quilt is  a gift for a new baby girl of a family friend. The quilt measures approximately 54 inches square once it is quilted and I have written up a tutorial for it.

You can download the tutorial from HERE

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Kindness Care Handy Tote Bag Free Tutorial uploaded

The first 21 bags I have made for care packages to be put in for women undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancer here in Northern Tasmania have been completed. The bags have embroidered key rings, attached tissue holders as well as a little companion teddy to accompany them. All bags will be purple /teal and red/black at this stage. The designs on the pockets are a combination of Fashion Divas and Kaleidoscope from Hatched in Africa. The key ring is from Show me Bowtique. The little teddy is a combination of many designs that I have merged.

I have written a tutorial for the bag which I have called Kindness Care Handy Tote Bag. You can find the tutorial which includes the pattern HERE.
When the page opens click on the downward facing arrow in the middle at the top of the page to download.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Busy Busy,BOM instructions and Pop Up Quilt Show

It has certainly been a  busy few weeks in my sewing room.

I had another pop up quilt show on my fence on Sunday afternoon with another 11 quilts for the local women's shelter.All of the quilts are stitched with designs from Hatched in Africa. I stitched the embroideries, cut the pieces and then they were assembled by the Charity Sewing Group at the local sewing machine centre on a Friday morning back in February. I then brought them home, sandwiched them, quilted them and put the binding on. With my trusty helper we had a very quick pop up quilt show on the fence. I
Most of the quilt layout patterns can be found on my blog.

 All of the instructions for the Kaleidoscope BOM are in the download folder and that will be removed on Easter Sunday. If you miss that deadline you can always email me for them. You can access the folder HERE.

Following my diagnosis with uterine cancer in 2016 I am passionate about now helping ladies who are battling gynaecological cancer here in Tasmania. I was approached to make some bags to hold care packages for those undergoing treatment and consequently the sewing room is in overdrive as I make the first 20. Hopefully they will be completed by the end of the week. This is my prototype bag in purple and teal/mint . I am also making them in black/ white and red for a bit of variety ans also because it is difficult to find nice purple and teal fabric.

The embroidery design is a combination from Fashion Divas and Kaleidoscope from Hatched in Africa. The combined design fitted the 5x7 hoop. The inside pocket is zippered and so is one on the outside. There will also be a little tissue cover with tissues in each bag as well as the Fight Like a Girl key ring.

I will do the tutorial on the bag in a week or so so stay tuned.

I am also getting a delivery of some more Bridie's Blossoms packages for the major hospital in our state and they will be delivered by a wonderful friend over the weekend.

The gorgeous little whiter eyes are once again visiting the garden.

Friday, 9 March 2018


I have been working on a new BOM over the last few weeks and the quilt top is now finished. I also only need finish writing instructions for five more of the blocks.
Kaeleidoscope BOM

The BOM is embroidered using Kaleidoscope sets 1,2,4 and 5 from Hatched in Africa. The fabric is Operetta from Connecting Threads. I used the fat quarter sampler but unfortunately the border fabric is no longer available but there are a couple of other fabrics that could easily be substituted. 
You can find the instructions for the blocks written to date HERE. I will let you know when they are all in the folder and the folder will remain available for 2 weeks after that. As with other my other BOM's you can always email me for the download link at any time.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

New Roosters Round the Twist Table Runner tutorial

I have been busily working on my latest table runner using the  Roosters Rule set of design from Hatched in Africa. This table runner measure 21 1/2 inches wide and is 54 inches long from point to point. Although it has machine embroidery as a highlight it could quite easily be made with fussy cut fabric squares.

Roosters Round The Twist Table runner

The tutorial is 30 pages long as I have also included a comprehensive tutorial on binding a project with multiple points and also show you how to join the binding easily without the aid of a gadget.

You can find the tutorial HERE

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Tiffany Windows Quilt Tutorial Uploaded

I have completed the Tiffany Windows quilt over the weekend. This quilt has been stitched with the Tiffany in Stitches set of designs from Hatched in Africa and I made it into an attic window style.
The finished quilt will measure approximately 50  1/2 inches square.

Tiffany Windows quilt

You can find the tutorial HERE

We have had extremely humid weather so it is a welcome change to have some cooler more refreshing mornings. We have had some magnificent sunsets during the week as well.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Charity quilt sewing day and a new free quilt tutorial uploaded

I cannot believe we are into February already.  It has been a busy week.
I stayed up late on Wednesday night to view and take some photos of the eclipse. I put together this little collage from photos taken with my basic point and shoot camera.

Lunar eclipse January 31 2018
On Friday I attended the first workshop of what will become a regular monthly charity sewing event offered by Stewarts Sewing Machine Centre here in Devonport. I taught the ladies a few piecing tricks and we assembled some quilts for the local women's shelter. I had the embroidered squares already stitched out and also the fabric pieces pre cut so it was just a  matter of zipping everything through the sewing machine.This is selection of same of the finished quilt tops. Now it is down to time to me to quilt them but it has a been a bit too warm here of late to be doing that at present.
Charity quilts Friday Feb 2
All of the embroideries are from Hatched in Africa.

Here is my latest quilt design and as you noticed we stitched out a couple of them on Friday. I have named this one Celtic Valentine Twist.
Celtic Valentine Twist
 The 52 inch x 52 inch Celtic Valentine Twist quilt is embroidered with the magnificent new Cara Mia set of designs..
I had the red and pink love heart fabric so pushed the red/ pink colour boundaries with this.

You can find the download for the the tutorial HERE