2014 here we come ………..

Well it is nice to be back after a break. Happy New Year to everyone 😉 Spent a few days in Bright, Victoria (such a beautiful spot and one of my favourites), although it wasn’t long enough!!! Have survived our first heat wave in quite a number of years!!!! Phew, glad that is over and hope there aren’t too many more.

Have made a few Pipkin’s samples, here is a photo of 2 of them in different colourway to my original. I can’t decide which is my favourite – I love them all!



Finishing off my sample for a Stitching Day at Rosebud next month in between redesigning my daughter’s bedroom (of which half the house seems to be full of the ole furniture which we now need to remove). It is the tidiest it’s been in a long time – I wonder how long this will last!!!!!!! (Teenagers!!!!)

Some exciting news ……

I have been invited to join Lisa from Fig ‘n’ Berry Creations to join her at her annual Autumn Stitching Soiree for a day of stitching, fine food & good company.

It is on Saturday 5th April 2014 from 10am till 4pm at the Keystone Hall, 1 Civic Square, Croydon and the cost is $85.00. A $40.00 deposit (non-refundable) is due to secure your place, of which there are only a few left so you had better get in quick if you don’t want to miss out.

For bookings call Lisa on 0410 681 544. There have been patterns designed especially for the day – you receive a great little bag with a kit to help start projects on the day. There are raffle prizes and delicious food to tempt your taste buds. If you want to see some pictures of some of Lisa’s other soiree’s just visit her blog at fignberrycreations.typepad.com

I’m really looking forward to it and today spent some time choosing fabrics for some of the projects – can’t show you just yet – it’s a surprise!!!! I may give a sneaky peak closer to the day!

Had better go and sharpen my pencils – the inspiration bug has bitten – back soon.


Merry Christmas 2013

It is finally Christmas eve, it seems to come around quicker every year!!

Christmas 2013 Jet
(Image courtesy of http://www.ifunia.com)

From my house to your house, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May you have a joyous time with family and friends and take time to reflect on the year that was. Thank you for a wonderful year and I am really looking forward to next year, with a few things already planned. Stay safe if you are travelling and I hope that 2014 is a great year for you all.

As usual I am still finishing off a Christmas gift so I will say farewell and see you in 2014.

Best wishes,


Christmas 2013

The Fur Babies

The fur babies occasionally like to get out for some sun, they are indoor cats. So when the chance arises they make a dash outside when I’m pegging on the line. Once out they can’t wait to go for a roll, as you can see below.




Pure bliss!!!!!

Pippi is the tabby and Jet is the black one. After the recent trade event I attended Jet decided that he liked playing with my id tag. I only took my eyes off him for a few minutes and he had decided to chew the little metal end and some elastic attached to it. So it was a trip off to the Vet’s where after quite a few x-rays and some rather uncomfortable treatment he is now metal/elastic free! Mind you my purse is a whole lot lighter ….. $…
Hubby was not impressed!!!!!!

Then it was Freckles turn – off to the hairdresser for some well needed grooming. Here are her before and after shots.


She looks so much younger and slimmer once she’s trimmed. If only that worked for me!!!!!!!


A new shop favourite ….. My Primitive Heart

I’ve found the cutest little shop called My Primitive Heart that stocks some of my favourite country & Christmas giftware. It is located in Tecoma at Shop 7 / 1567 Burwood Highway in Victoria. (It doesn’t face onto the street but is in a little shop cul de sac). I could have bought out most of the shop. The ladies are just lovely, we chatted for ages and they were very welcoming. I can’t wait to go back to get a few more items. Here is a picture of 2 of the ones I purchased –


They also have lovely calendars for 2014 and the most delicious smelling candles & melts!!!! I can still smell them!!

They are open Wednesday to Saturday 10 – 4pm. If you are in the area it is well worth a visit. So glad I found them.


Pretty Petals

These are some of the beautiful flowers that have been inspiring me around my place.  My daughter loves taking photo’s of them.  Here are just a few.








They are so beautiful. Some may even be finding their way into a few designs next year.

Take time to smell the flowers today,


Time for a catch up …………..

I just don’t know where all the time goes. Lots of happenings around here over the past few months (except for blogging!!!). Between classes and preparing for the Australian Quilt Market (Trade event) and all the other goings on in life blogging has taken a back seat. So now I have a few pictures to update you with. This could be a long post.

In October & November some lovely ladies joined me for a couple of stitching days working on some Christmas Decorations. This is a picture of 2 of the main items that were worked on. A lovely time was had by all. The buttons used were by Barb Smith and can be purchased from http://www.theodoracleave.com. Her buttons are exquisite and it’s hard to decide on which ones to purchase.



Then it was full steam ahead working on some new patterns. Firstly there is the Wynter Sewing Set which is a pincushion and a sewing pocket to keep your needles & pins, threads & scissors in. PJ the Owl is a pyjama pillow to pop your little ones pj’s in or it can also be used as a hot water bottle cover. You could even pop a wheat bag inside if you wanted to.


I would also like to introduce “Pipkin”. This pattern is called Pipkin’s Pincushion and is attached to a candle block holder (available from IKEA). This pattern is made using just 21 x 5 inch charm squares!!! Stay tuned for some more additions relating to Pipkin over the next few months.



My final 2 newies are Heartstrings (quilt) & Love Trio (3 cushion set). I really enjoyed working on this project as it was something that I had wanted to do for a while and is a little different from my normal style but incorporates the stitchery designs I love.



Something I haven’t blogged about this year has been my daughter’s little project “LK Designs” where she has been making Scissor Charms this year and has now added some glasses holders to her range. They have been extremely popular this year and were a huge success at the AQM. As supplies change all the time sometimes beads become unavailable so each scissor charm can be diferent from the next. Here are a few to show you. The owls and ladybugs have been very popular and come in a variety of colours.








All of these new patterns were introduced at the Australian Quilt Market almost 2 weeks ago. This is a picture of my stand. It was lovely to meet up with some familiar faces and to make some new acquaintances too. I look forward to talking to you throughout the coming year.


Check your local quilt stores if you would like to purchase any of these patterns. They will be available on my website for viewing soon.

Back soon with some spring pictures of my garden.


Little Bluebird Breakfast Cushion

Little Bluebird Breakfast CushionThis little cushion is in the current issue of Country Threads magazine Vol 14 No 6 that is on sale. I had a lot of fun designing this project and there are several other patterns available that coordinate with it, a small wall quilt called Woodland Friends, a pincushion (both appeared in earlier posts) and a circular table topper – (Pictured below in 2 different colour versions).



The fabrics are available from Little Quilt Store and the range is called Wildflower Wood designed by Lynette Anderson. Fabrics are also available at The Patchwork Tea House in Warburton and The Blanket Box in Newcomb, Geelong – just in case you have to have some – it is very cute.

Spring is definitely here with all the flowers in bloom and the sweet sounds of birds singing, so it was fitting to have my project released at this time of the year.

Have been busy over the last few weeks teaching some classes, where does all the time go??? Keeping busy stitching another project which will be released later in the year at Quilt Market. Hope you have time for some stitching over the weekend. It’s school holidays here so have been busy running around this last week and will also be next week too – so not sure how much stitching will get done around here!

Keep stitching,


Woodland Friends


Back with a new post about my latest released pattern called “Woodland Friends”.  It is a small wall quilt approximately 29 inches square.  It is made with Lynette Anderson’s fabric called Wildflower Wood which is just gorgeous.   It features some cute little animals :- hedgehog, owl, fox, squirrel, & rabbit plus some cute little bugs. 



There will be a coordinating project in Creating Country Threads which will be released this month.  I will have the pattern available on my website very soon and another small project that also goes with them which is still to be completed.  I will pop back when the project is released in the magazine to show you.

If you like the fabric visit the Little Quilt Store where some fabric bundles are available in the range.

Hope you get time for some stitching while the weather is still quite cold here!


Well it certainly has been a busy time here of late. Lots of stitching, running around & a little trip to Brisbane thrown in to the mix. I must be having fun as the time keeps flying by.

I meant to pop back and show a picture of my great newphew’s birthday present. It is so cute! The pattern is available from Funky Friends Factory and it is called “Plattie”. He was just perfect for his 1st Birthday present.


This next gift was made for my MIL’s birthday earlier in the year. She loved it!


My trip up to Brisbane was for Heavenly Patchwork’s annual Retreat, which is so much fun. This year the theme was “Amish” so I made a little gift for all the ladies again. It was a small pattern/kit for an Amish Star Brooch. This is what it looked like when completed. (It is the small black/bright star on the right of the picture).


We all dressed up for the evenings dinner in an Amish theme. My name was “Abraham”. There were 4 of us dressed as men the rest were lovely little Amish ladies. It was so much fun. I did take a few pictures on my phone but they won’t upload at the moment so you will just have to imagine what we looked like, sorry! I feel sorry for all those men out there with beards when it gets hot!!!!!!! We have a swap and this year it was an apron which had to be made in Homespun fabric. This is a picture of my apron as modelled reluctantly by hubbie!!!!! Looking forward to next years retreat.


I also designed a pattern in keeping with the theme and as some of the ladies are heading off to Pennsylvania later in the year I called it “Prairie Pincushions”. This will be available soon on my website.


This post is getting a little long so will be back with another one soon!


Unseasonal Weather

DSCF5619blogAlthough it is nearing the end of Autumn here in Melbourne you would have thought that it was Spring over the last week with the lovely warm weather we have had. I even think the birds are confused. Here are the latest additions in our backyard – twins! Aren’t they sweet. Nice and fluffy, short little tails and they just need to grow into their beaks. I love doves, they are so gentle ( a little on the slow side though!). We had triplets out in our front garden over the last month and it was lovely to watch them huddle together in the sunshine.
Autumn is one of my favourite seasons of the year (Spring is my favourite!). I love the beautiful colours of the leaves as they change from green to those beautiful rich bronze, red & golden tonings. Here is a picture of my Claret Ash tree out the front of our house. The photo doesn’t do it justice, the red/burgundy tones are so rich. It is a shame that in a week or two they will all be gone giving way to the woody stems & branches, which in itself is also beautiful. The garden is a neverending palette of inspiration, there is always something new to capture one’s eye and imagination.

I hope you have time to enjoy your seasonal delights in the garden.