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

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

An update and memory quilts I have made

I cannot believe how quickly this year is going. I was approached a few weeks ago to make some memory quilts for three grown up granddaughters using fabric from their grandmother's clothing. I do not normally do special requests but this one tugged at my heart strings. The fabrics were all polyester apart from one cotton print. The quilts have been completed and delivered.
Memory quilts
Last week a story about me and my Bridie's Blossoms project was written in the Sunday Examiner. The response was very humbling indeed.
Article in Sunday Examiner
 You can view the article online  HERE
Make sure to watch the video which is included on that page. I was very nervous when filming that as I was not expecting to do it.

Our garden has been in spectacular bloom with the spring bulbs.




I have also completed some quilts for a community based fund raiser towards the end of the year.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Another busy month nearly over and my latest pop up quilt show

Today has been a wonderful sunny day heralding hopefully that spring is just around the corner. It was the perfect weather to have another mini pop up quilt show of the the latest 10 quilts I have completed for the local women's shelter. Once again I tried to make a variety for women and young children. They will be delivered during the coming week.



Last weekend we traveled to Hobart for my graduation from UTAS for my Diploma of Family History. It has been nearly 40 years since I last graduated from UTAS with my Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education. What a day Friday was. We delivered Bridie's Blossoms packages and super nurse key rings to hospitals in Hobart .
Then it was off to graduation to receive my Diploma of Family History. A highlight was my very good friend Brenda Hodge giving a wonderful Welcome to Country address . Brenda and I have known each other for nearly 40 years and she did not tell me she was doing it.
I had one of my regular check ups with my oncologist at the beginning of the month . Thankfully that went well with the next scheduled one in December. We were out of bed very early that day as I also had an interview with ABC Northern Tasmania radio talking about Bridie's Blossoms. I was very humbled indeed by the reaction which it received.


There is a little bit of a story HERE


You can listen to the interview HERE


Friday, 28 July 2017

The End of July Already!

Can't believe I haven't posted in so long. more frequent updates on the Facebook page though.I have not been sitting idly by and twiddling my thumbs.

Before I launch into my blog post. I have a big favour to ask. My niece has entered a photo of an echidna in a competition. The six photo with the most votes will go on display in the Museum coffee shop. 

Can you please vote for her photo on this link.  To vote you need to like the photo. Many many thanks in advance.

My latest creation is a quilt for a fellow cat lover. The designs I used for this were from  BFC Creations Cats Could Talk sets. I picked these designs because they sum up my cats completely.
If Cats Could Talk quilt
The border print is very similar to an Escher type geometric design. This fabric has been in my stash for quite some time.
I also made a black/ white and grey quilt with a hint of grey as a special request from a friend of mine for a well deserving young lady. These design are the Black and White Florals set from Hatched in Africa.

The layout for both of these quilts is a variation on the Starburst pattern under the Free Pattern/Projects tab.
The Teddy Quilt is the Starburst pattern and will be a quilt for the women's shelter. These designs are the Teddy Bears Applique set from Hatched in Africa. These deigns stitched out so well. I will be making more quilts like this and just change the colour of the tie or just leave it off completely.

My 82 year old Mum has embroidered two lovely woollen bears. These are just gorgeous.

I have also lined and made the little quilts for another 7 little coffin boxes for the little angels in our Tasmanian hospitals.


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Rococo BOM Complete with all lessons uploaded

All of the lessons for Rococo BOM are now in the download folder. Please download before Monday 10th July as the folder will be taken down from share on that day.



To download the files  click HERE and you will be taken to the download folder.

The cold days of winter have definitely arrived here in Tasmania but that didn't stop the little silvereyes having a bath again this morning.






Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Pythagorean Persian Table/Bed Runner


I have had a busy week embroidering and stitching the blocks for the Rococo Inspirations BOM. The quilt top is complete and the  tutorials for each of the blocks will be written over the next week or so.


HIIA Rococo Inspirations BOMs




Inspired by the fabrics I used for the  BOM I have also designed ,stitched and written a tutorial for my new Pythagorean Persian Table /Bed Runner. The finished runner measures approximately 49 inches (125 cm) long x 21 ½ inches (55 cm) wide. The width makes it ideal to use as a bed runner if one or more embroidered blocks is added. I have used the Persia Quilt Blocks from Hatched in Africa for the embroideries. The runner is made from half square triangles and triangles cut from squares so it is not difficult to construct.
Pythagorean Persian Table Runner





You can download the tutorial from HERE

I have also stitched and sent out a memory package to the heartbroken parents of a little angel.


We seem to finally have our winter weather and the cats are not venturing too far away from the heater.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

HIA Rococo Inspirations BOM new blocks uploaded


I have stitched out Block 2 and 3 of the Rococo Inspirations BOM and completed Row 1. The instructions have also been written up and the instructions posted in the BOM folder on Google drive. Please excuse my far from perfect pressing placement of blocks for photographing as I wanted to do it outside and the rain was starting.
HIA Rococo Inspirations BOM Block 2

HIA Rococo Inspirations BOM Block 3

HIA Rococo Inspirations BOM  Row 1 with Block 1-3  


You can download the files from the folder link HERE.

I have also planned another table runner and hope to have that done some time this week hopefully.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New Pearl Quilt Squares Table Runner Tutorial

This is my latest project  which I have named The Pearl Quilt Squares Table Runner  as it has been embroidered using the Pearl Quilt Squares set of designs from Hatched in Africa.
Pearl Quilt Squares Table runner




The finished runner measures approximately 53 inches (135 cm) long x 17 ½ inches (45 cm) wide and is a good project to complete as a gift. 

You can download the tutorial From HERE.

We have had some adorable little silvereye birds in the garden fountain this morning.






Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Starburst Quilt tutorial Uploaded and New BOM Underway

I have designed a new quilt I have name Starburst that incorporates 5 embroidered blocks. I have designed the Starburst  quilt in two sizes to accommodate different sized embroideries. 



Starburst Quilts


The embroidered blocks for Starburst 1  are cut to 8 1/2 inches square. This quilt measures approximately 44 inches square and is embroidered using the Rag Bugs set of designs from Hatched in Africa

Starburst Quilt 1

The embroidered blocks for Starburst 2  are cut to 10 1/2 inches square. This quilt measures approximately 52 inches square and is embroidered using the Pearl Quilt Circles set of designs from Hatched in Africa

Starburst Quilt 2

You can download the tutorial for the Starburst quilts from
HERE

The next BOM is also underway using the Rococo sets of designs from Hatched in Africa. The instructions for Block 1 as well as the requirements list is located in a download folder that you can access HERE
As each new Block set of instructions is provided they will be located in that download folder. I will try and get the instructions for at least one block done each week.

We had a glorious view of a beautiful crescent moon and Venus this morning just before daybreak.