Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Waltzing Matilda"

is the name of a well known Australian bush ballad,

and our unofficial National Anthem.

The song lyrics are slightly different to the ballad

It is also the name of my "Four-in-Art" mini 

for this quarter, continuing the literature theme.

My initial fabric 'pull'
This was part of my inspiration....

Both Australian ballads

I've tried to include the important elements- 

My 'sophisticated' drawing!

Playing with the layout
a coolibah (gum) tree, 

a jumbuck or two (sheep), 

and a billy boiling.

The white background is printed with numerous 

Australian place names,

 some of which are in the Australian bush!

I chose to bind with that wonderful green print 

which reminds me of the Australian bush. 

and I like the texture gained from the quilting!

Once an idea forms, I start to have fun 

with these minis.

Typical- only one more to go!

Please make sure you visit all the other fabric artists 

in this wonderful group-

Betty @
Catherine @
Elizabeth @
Jennifer @ 
Nancy @
Rachel @

Happy days!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

From here and there....

The beginnings of a Christmas table runner...

from my MCM Bee buddies!

A beautiful piece of fabric from Japan,

called a tenugui, from my son!

And a quilt top, blocks by Helen

and sashing by me!

And for the backing, a choice from the vintage sheet stash...

from a Melbourne op shop or two!

Happy sewing!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Winter Citrus"

I have given up all hope of seeing the sun again,

so nasty indoor photos will have to do.

I have recently finished putting together 

this quilt top....

"Bonnie Lass" from Quilt Lovely, 

my third Jen Kingwell finish!

I am calling this one "Winter Citrus", which I hope is 


Oranges, mandarines, limes!

Made entirely from stash, this is my next charity 


I even have a vintage sheet ready for backing!

Happy sewing!


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Heart's Content

....that is the new name for the 

"She Loves You" quilt.

I loved piecing and quilting this quilt 

so I think the name fits!

It also goes with my new outlook 

for a stress free life!

From the Jen Kingwell book "Quilt Lovely",

I made twelve different coloured blocks, 

rather than the scrappy ones in the book.

I knew all along that I would hand quilt it.

I chose a white Gutermann quilting thread for most 
of it- 

two lines around each coloured heart and in the sashing....

A soft piece of Liberty, I think, for the back
with some black Aurifil #12 for the 

contrasting block, with just one row.

As its not a large quilt at 25" x 33.5",

I completed most of it while I was away.

And finished the binding earlier in the week.

The gloomy weather has prevented any earlier photo shoots!

So some simple photos of a simply 'lovely' quilt will suffice!

Thanks Jen for a great pattern!

I'll be back soon with the 3rd in the

 'hat trick' of Jen's patterns.

Happy sewing!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Time away...

from my sewing machine....

and this little pile of blocks,

saw me enjoying some sunshine, 

walks on the beach,

 the local wild life

some stitching,

and the latest 'fad'....

mindful colouring!

Feeling very relaxed,

I hope to be back soon with a quilt finish or two!

Happy days!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


between projects.

A hand pieced block for a new 'round robin'....

helping my sister....

with her sampler blocks...

practising a bee block...

starting a charity quilt from my stash...

making tissue covers....

and shopping!

Thanks Carla for my new linen zippy pouch!

Happy sewing!


Monday, June 22, 2015


Welcome to Melbourne Town.....

I stalled somewhat completing this piece....

It was barely 4" by 7" after all!

I auditioned the four arcs and didn't really like how

this one looked...

It seemed to get lost and look a bit mushy!

I'm much happier with the pink one!

So that's it...

I declare Melbourne Town ready for quilting!

It deserves hand quilting, I suppose?

Happy sewing,

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