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

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Embroidered Strippy Quilts Free Tutorial uploaded

Over the past few weeks I have also been stitching out embroidered quilts with strip sets and scrappy strips for the women's shelter. The quilts use five embroidered blocks that have been stitched with 5x7 sized designs. If borders are added to each block there is no reason why the same quilts could not be made with 4x4 sized designs stitched on 6 1/2 inch trimmed blocks and then borders added. I have finally written up the tutorials. The quilts are stitched with various design sets from Hatched in Africa and there is a link to each set used in the tutorial.

You can download the tutorial for all four quilt variations from HERE

Woody Owls Stair Quilt Free Tutorial Uploaded

I have been stitching out more quilts for the local shelter and have done a tutorial on this one I have named the Woody Owls Stair quilt as the block arrangement gives a step stair effect. The Step stair effect is much more pronounced if you use fabrics with a lot more contrast than what I have.

Woody Owls Stair Quilt

You can download the tutorial from HERE

One of my lovely friends gave me a 22 cm wide roll of fabric that came from the Sheridan factory that used to be here in Tasmania many moons ago. I set about designing 2 quilts for the women's shelter from it. The pink highlight one was stitched with blue thread and uses my Bridie's Blossoms One Metre Wonder Quilt 4 instructions.

The brighter coloured one is stitched with variegated thread and I cut 8 inch squares from the strip and used them as a post and rail layout. I used the Pearl Quilt Squares from Hatched in Africa.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Puppy Tales Quilt Free Tutorial Uploaded

I have spent the last couple of days designing and stitching out this new quilt as a gift for a new baby girl. I had a bit of trouble with small gusts of wind as I was trying to photograph it. I have stitched in the centre of four of the pieced blocks.

Puppy Tails Quilt

You can download the tutorial from HERE

There is a new BOM in the  planning stage so keep an eye out for more details.

It is well and truly late autumn here in Tasmania as the days are drawing in and the weather is becoming much cooler. We have still had some gorgeous little birds visiting the garden.
Silver Eyes

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Ragamatazz Quilt Tutorial Uploaded

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers. I had a lovely roast duck lunch with my lovely Mum today.

 Over the past week I have been busily been working on designing and stitching some new quilt tops for the local women's shelter. Those of you on the Facebook page would have seen them. I will upload the tutorials up as I do them. I have been concentrating on quick to stitch and quick to piece quilts that require approximately one metre of focus fabric.

I have stitched the Rag Train Plane and Boat designs from Hatched in Africa many times and had this set previously stitched and waiting for me to finally put this quilt plan into action. I have called this layout  my Ragamatazz quilt because your eye dances all over it. Each block has a partial seam in it and it is my go to block for the quilts I use in the Bridie's Blossoms packages.Once again I have added that little bit of black and white to bring some zing to it.My plan was to get that basket weave interlocking effect where the blocks meet.
Ragamatazz Quilt

 You can download the tutorial from HERE

Keep an eye out for the rest of the tutorials over the next week or so and also there is going to be a new BOM.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Tone on Tone Floral Illusion Quilt Tutorial Uploaded

I have created another lap quilt in my illusion quilt series. This one is called Tone on Tone Florals Illusion and is stitched using the Tone on Tone Floral From Hatched in Africa.The lap sized quilt is approximately 50 inches square. The designs have no correct orientation so the quilt looks great no matter which way it is placed on the sofa or bed. By changing the orientation of the middle row you can also create a step stir effect. This is is a fast to embroider and piece quilt and ideal to stitch as a gift or as a charity quilt.

Tone On Tone floral Illusion Quilt

 You can download the tutorial from HERE

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tutorial Correction

My sincere apologies. If you have downloaded the tutorial in my previous post please go back and re download. I was just making another quilt with the same layout and discovered that one of the strip measurements was incorrect. The same link will still work. 

Today has been a beautiful Autumn day, hardly a cloud in the sky. I have put together a Bridie's Blossoms keepsake  package to be sent off to the parents of an angel baby.

I am currently working on my last unit for my Diploma of Family History. I am researching my last essay and must knuckle down and get it down over the next week as it is due the first week in May.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

New Window Box Vintage Flowers Illusion quilt pattern and tutorial uploaded

My new lap quilt that I have titled Window Box Vintage Flowers Illusion has been in the making process for a week or so now. Yesterday I finished piecing it and I have also written a tutorial for it. I have stitched the 52 inch square lap quilt using the Vintage Flowers set from Hatched in Africa and have made the embroidered centres 8 1/2 inches square so that the same dimensions can be used with many sets of embroidered designs. I thought the designs looked like vases of flowers and the setting makes them look like they are sitting in window boxes, hence the title for the quilt.

You can download the tutorial from HERE

Friday, 14 April 2017

BOM's finished and all instructions written

I hope that everyone is having a restful Easter break.

I had another check up with my oncologist a week ago and thankfully all is well and the next one is not scheduled for another four months.
HIA Enchanted Garden BOM with 5x7 design size

HIA Enchanted Garden BOM with 6x10 design size

The two quilt BOM's I have designed with the Hatched in Africa Enchanted Garden design sets have been completed and all of the instruction files have been uploaded to a Google Drive folder. The link to that folder will be removed on Saturday Apri 22nd. If you miss downloading them you will have to email me for them. You can download the instructions from here

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Our Strahan Mini Break

Last weekend we traveled to Strahan on the West Coast of our fabulous little island. On Saturday we rode the magnificent West Coast Wilderness Railway and were well and truly pampered. 


 On Sunday we traveled the Gordon River on board the Harbour Master catamaran to view the beautiful Macquarie Harbour and the temperate rainforest in the World Heritage area.


Friday afternoon we took a trip out to magnificent Ocean Beach. What a view and it is so hard to believe that there is no land fall until you reach South America. 

Back to sewing and more blocks in the Hatched in Africa's Enchanted Garden BOM.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

HIA Enchanted Garden BOM

I have finished the first two rows of each of the quilts I am doing with the Hatched in Africa Enchanted  Garden sets. The red black and grey one is stitched using 6x10 sized designs and the black background with the Firenze collection from Connecting Threads is stitched using 5x7 sized designs. After a great deal of stress and returning emails I have decided to upload all blocks to Google drive from now on and people can download them from there. All the blocks we have done to date are now there. You can download the blocks from HERE. This will be the only time I post the link so you will have to return to this page to use it each time. At the end of the BOM I will remove the link.
HIA Enchanted Garden BOM.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Tutorial uploaded for Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 4

I have quilted and done the binding on the Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 4. This is the fourth quilt in this series of One Metre Wonder quilts and follows on from One Metre Wonder Quilt 3 I posted in my previous blog post.
Bridie's blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 4

You can download the tutorial from HERE.

Also had a bit of help ? from my ever present black cat.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

New One Metre Wonder quilt tutorial uploaded.

I have been working on some more of my  Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder quilt designs. I call them that because they only use 1 metre or 1 yard of a focus fabric. We all have those single pieces of fabric in our cupboards and hate to cut it into small pieces. These quilts are a great way of showcasing those special  fabrics we have.  Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder 3 has a finished size of approximately 48 inches x 48 inches. I chose to embroider the beautiful Redwork Hearts from Hatched in Africa to go with the heart fabric. These quilts are ideal for charity donations.
Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder 3 

You can download the tutorial HERE

There will be another One Metre Wonder quilt tutorial uploaded in the next day or so.

 I have sent out two  blocks in the  Hatched In Africa Enchanted Garden BOM. I am doing two colourways with this one. Please email me if you wish to be  apart of this free BOM. Block 3 should be sent out by the end of the weekend or early next week.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Newspaper article

I was very honoured and humbled to have been contacted by Elenor from the Advocate to write a story about Bridie's Blossoms. Coincidentally, it is three years today that the first delivery of Bridie's Blossoms packages was made to our hospitals on the North West.

Hopefully I will have the instructions for the new BOM out over the weekend. I am working on a few packages as I do not have any left in my storage boxes. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

New BOM underway

I have started a new BOM using the Hatched in Africa Enchanted Garden sets. This BOM is a little different that I am doing 2 at the one time. One is done with sets designed for the 5x7 hoop and the other with sets for the 6x10 hoop and larger.

Both quilts will be the same size, finishing at around 73 inches x 90 inches.

 The quilt I am making with the 5x7 designs is going to be embroidered on black fabric and the blocks then made with the Firenze collection from Connecting threads. I can assure you this fabric looks much richer in reality. 
HIA Enchanted Garden BOM with 5x7 designs
 The quilt with the 6x10 designs is going to be embroidered on white tone on tone fabric and the blocks then made with black/red/white and grey.
HIA Enchanted Garden BOM with 6x10 designs
The requirements file has already been sent to those on my Hatched in Africa email list. If you wish to participate or have not received the file please email me.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My Helpers

Those of you who follow my blog know that a few years ago we adopted two cats from the RSPCA. They were in the in the same pen together and we could not take one and leave the other there. Misty the black cat is my cat and Hallie the tabby is my husbands. Misty sleeps at my feet on our bed and Hallie sleeps at my husband's feet. Most of the time they get on very well but there is often a turf war as to who gets to sit in which spot in this window of my sewing room.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Whirligig Hexagon Table topper-tutorial uploaded

I have just uploaded the new Whirligig Hexagon Table Topper.  My apologies in the few days delay but I have been working on Bridie's Blossoms packages.

You can access the tutorial HERE

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Whirligig Hexagon Table Topper

I have complete another hexagon table topper, this time it has pieced strip sets giving yet another design dimension. The tutorial for this will hopefully be on the blog tomorrow at some stage.

Whirligig Hexagon Table Runner

Elizabeth has completed her  Friendship Star Table Runner in autumn tonings.

Sandy has completed her runner in Purple and mauve tonings. Both look wonderful.

You can find the directions to download this runner HERE

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Reflections on Hexagons -Tutorial Uploaded

I have completed the tutorial for my Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers. I have included instructions for both toppers. Also included in the tutorial are measurements for making toppers from different sized strips of fabric.

You can download the tutorial from the link HERE. Before downloading please read the conditions for download on the right hand side of the blog.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

More Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers

Both of the Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers are finished. Now it is off to write up the instructions. It was hard trying to decide which layout to go with for the smaller topper from the many layout possibilities that you can come up with.

Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers

Apart from looking lovely on our inside tables they are also perfect for a small outside table as they stay firmly in place even when the wind is blowing. 

Hopefully the tutorial will be up on the blog over the weekend so keep an eye out. It was hard trying to decide which layout to go with from the many layout possibilities that you can come up with. You do not need a 60 degree triangle template to make these toppers.

Sewing With Nancy has the first of two videos about quilting in the hoop with an embroidery machine.
You can find the video HERE

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Reflections on Hexagons Table Toppers

I have just finished the first of my simple no fuss, no special ruler Reflections on Hexagons table toppers. I will not be writing up the instructions into a tutorial until I explore a few more size options and layouts. The topper measures 40 inches across the widest point. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few days.

Monday, 23 January 2017

New Table Runner Tutorial

I have spent the last few days designing and making this new table runner that I have called the Friendship Star table runner as it uses the Friendship Star quilt block. I noticed that it gives the same sort of twisted effect as my Pole Twist table runner when I was doing the last BOM.

The finished table runner measure 541/2 inches long and is 20 inches wide. Of course it can easily be made smaller or longer.

You can download the tutorial from HERE.

Make sure you read the conditions of download on the right hand side of the blog.

I will be working on a new table topper over the next few days so keep tuned.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Projects completed and reflection

I am very remiss in not updating the blog page but many of you know that I do more frequent Facebook updates these days.

Last Friday I had my second 3 month check up following my surgery for uterine cancer back in June. I am pleased to say that I passed the check with flying colours and so it is onwards and upwards until the next one in April. 

The week leading up to these checks is always one filled with apprehension and sleepless nights so I was very pleased when Bonnie Hunter released the final installment of her mystery quilt on New Year's Day and I was able to finish it off. Called En Provence I changed the colour palette I was using to the blues, beiges and browns and that I used in the 13th Anniversary BOM I also completed at the end of last year. One of the quilts will be for me bed and other for a spare bed. I have made new curtains/ drapes for those rooms and the quilts were made with those rooms in mind.You can view other En Provence Mystery Quilts from Bonnie's link up HERE
En Provence Mystery Quilt

If you haven't received all of the instructions for the BFC 13th Anniversary BOM you can email me and I will send you a link to download them.

BFC 13th Anniversary BOM

As many of you know for 6 months of the year we do penguin guiding and for the past few months we have been captivated by the many baby penguins that we see being hatched and leave the colony.
Little penguins at Lillico


Our Tasmanian hospitals were restocked at the end of last year with my Bridie's Blossoms packages and just getting started on making a new supply of them. Each new package now also has keepsake key fobs in them.
Bridie's Blossoms packages competed and items made during 2016
I have one more unit to complete in the Diploma of Family History that I have been studying through the University of Tasmania and that should be finished by mid year which means I will once more get to attend graduation nearly 40 years since I received by Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education back in the late 1970's.

Pat Sloan is hosting a 182 Day Solstice Challenge where she provides instructions to make a quilt block every Wednesday for 6 months. I am going to participate in this challenge but I am a bit slow getting started with this one.