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

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Checking In

I spent most of the weekend sending out almost 80 emails to people requesting the Floral dance BOM. To date I have had replies from 3 people to say that they received the link to download the files. I am just checking with people to make sure that the emails did get to everyone on my list. I did send them in a few goes so hope that I did not make any errors.

I received very good news last week. It appears that the wonderful oncology surgeon  removed all of the cancerous tumour and I do not need any follow treatment at this stage.  I am recovering well from the surgery and should be back t my old self before too long. 

Although we have had some dreadful dreary weather we had some beautiful sunrises last week.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Well it has been a little while hasn't it?

This year is flying by and things have certainly been happening here.

My world was turned upside down a few weeks ago when I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I am now home after having surgery last week and optimistically looking towards the future. There are many more quilts and projects that need to be planned and created. 

Before my surgery I finished my latest BOM, using the Floral Dance designs from Hatched in Africa. I created this quilt with an embroidered border, the first of my BOM quilts to have one.
HIA Floral Dance BOM
If anyone would like the links to the block constructions for this quilt top you can email me. Please be aware that it may take a day or two for me to reply.

I am also undertaking a Family History Diploma through the University of Tasmania and that has been keeping me busy whilst I recuperate. It has been very interesting to discover the many convicts that I have in my family history and to unravel their stories.This is a photo of my great ,great,great grandmother Julia who was transported to Tasmania for 7 years in 1850 for stealing among other things, fabric.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Busy, busy as quilt to get finished

It has a been a few weeks since my last blog post but there have been more frequent updates in our Facebook page. Remember you can view it even if you are not a member of Facebook.

I have finished the Jacobean Roses BOM and all lessons for that have been sent out. Just have to find time to quilt it now
Jacobean Roses BOM
I have also spent a busy couple of days finishing the  Magnolias In My Garden BOM quilt top.
Magnolias In My Garden BOM

Blocks 1-6 have been sent out in that BOM and I hope to have the remainder emailed out in the next fortnight or so.

The reason for my haste is that I planning on designing a new BOM with the Floral  Dance designs from Hatched In Africa. I am assuming that those people on my Jacobean Roses BOM will more than likely want to do this so they are automatically included. If you wish to be on the mailing list for this new one please email me.

This is the colour  palette I am going to use hopefully with some White Fairy Frost that I still have. This quilt will have embroidered borders. These fabrics are the Pen and Inked range form Connecting Threads Will also use some other tonals for the applique etc.

I have also been very busy organizing some Bridie's Blossoms packages so that I have a good stock on hand for when hospitals and funeral homes require them.

We have had some gorgeous little birds visiting our fountain. We are in dire need of rain and the poor little birds love having a bath. The little white eyes are just exquisite. 

This little male Eastern Spinebill had a lovely time. He has a gorgeous little red eyes and an amazing bill/beak 

Hallie has also started taking my husband for a walk. She is very insistent and won't stop meowing at the door until he takes her out.

Monday, 28 March 2016

New tutorial posted

I have just uploaded the tutorial for my new Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 2. Once again this quilt uses only 1 metre or 1 yard of the main focus fabric. This little quilt measures 43 1/2 inches square and is ideal for charity purposes or a new baby gift.
Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 2

The designs I used for this quilt were the Colourwork Owls on the Block from Hatched in Africa. You can download the instructions for this quilt HERE

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Another new quilt pattern and sandwiching a quilt with pool noodles

Last night was the final night that we did our penguin guiding for this season. We are now off until mid September when the little penguins will start to breed again. The sunset provided beautiful subtle hues for us to enjoy.
Sunset Lillico March 27

Sunset Lillico March 27

Sunset Lillico March 27
I have been designing another one of my 1 metre wonder quilts where you only use 1 metre of the main focus fabric. 
The embroidered designs are the Colourwork Owls on The Block by Hatched in Africa. They are quick to stitch out and ideal for a quilt such as this 43 1/2 inch square one. I will have tutorial for download up later on in the week .

I pressed, cut the backing and batting,sandwiched and spray basted this quilt and the other small one that I made last week in under an hour this morning using the pool noodle method.  I have provided a quick tutorial on spray basting/ pin basting a quilt using pool noodles in the photos below. 

Step 1

Roll the backing onto the noodle so that the right side is face down against the table, ie, as you unroll it the wrong side is facing you and the quilt top is rolled as shown with the wrong side against the batting as you normally would. As you roll the pieces onto the noodles make sure that you keep the noodle nice and straight by placing your hands near the ends to roll and then smooth towards the middle as you go.

Step 2

 Step 3

 Step 4
This afternoon I had a companion helping me with the quilting

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Beautiful sunrise and another 1 metre Wonder quilt

We had a glorious sunrise this Good Friday morning.
Good Friday Morning Sunrise

Good Friday Morning Sunrise

Good Friday Morning Sunrise

Good Friday Morning Sunrise
I have stitched together this quilt top today. It is going to be a gift. It is called my Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder quilt because you only need one metre of the border focus fabric to make it. The designs are the Rag Train from Hatched in Africa
Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt
You can download the tutorial for this quilt from HERE

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Lots of happenings

I have no idea where the days go. Once again it has been ages since my last blog post but I do update more frequently on Facebook.
At the beginning of the month, on International Women's Day I was honoured to receive a Diamond of Devonport award  for my work with Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings
Diamond of Devonport Award
Early this week I delivered quilts and knitted blankets to the local women's shelter. I have pics of some of them below.

At the moment I am busily working on the little hats and embroidered teddy bears that go in the packages for our hospitals.

We are coming to the end of the penguin guiding season. We have lots of birds moulting at the moment and they will return to the sea when they are fully feathered once again.
Moulting penguin
We have had some glorious sunsets
Sunset at  Lillico

Sunset at  Lillico

Sunset at  Lillico
We have also been continuing to have many bird visitors to the garden fountain. These are photos of an Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill

The Two BOM's that I am currently doing are humming away. Block 9 has been sent out for the Jacobean Roses and Block 3 for the Magnolias in my Garden.