MQS Update

Thought I should pop back with an update on the Monbulk Quilt Show. What an amazing day! Caught up with lots of acquaintances & friends and made some new friends along the way.

Karen of Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop and her band of merry helpers do an AMAZING job!!!!! The organisation of such an event isn’t an easy task so hat’s off to all those involved. Looks like they have managed to raise over $5,000 for the Monbulk CFA and they are still counting. Fantastic effort!

The first 100 through the door to the show get a free showbag full of goodies. For several years I have given Karen something for the bags – this year was a pattern to make “Luna” my new little owl pincushion/softie/wheatbag. Pictured below.


Thank you Karen for inviting me along – I was inspired by the level of talent of the quilt entries.

As usual I forgot to take my camera, it was on the floor where I left it when I came home!!!!!!! Say no more …..

So my lovely neighbours, Lisa & Louise of Max & Louise Pattern Co, took some pictures for me. Thanks girls!

Monbulk Quilt Show
Monbulk Quilt Show 1
We had a great day and they were lots of fun. Inspired me to go home and look at my favourite pattern of theirs – now I just need to find some fabric. I have borrowed a photo of their stand to show you some of their work!!!!

Monbulk Quilt Show 2

I also had a chance to chat with Barb Smith of Theodora Cleave and couldn’t resist another of her beautiful buttons and her new book, “Travels with Millie”, who reminds me so much of our cat, Jet. Barb’s stand was displayed with her usual flair. Wish I could have taken the whole stand home with me!!!! Barb has some pictures of the quilt show on her blog so click on her link above to view.

I also caught up with Jo of Sewjo Designs and fell in love with her new bear pre-printed stitcheries. So cute!

Gayle, if you happen to read this post, my mother-in-law loved her card and also your business name “In a Pleasance”. Gayle makes the loveliest cards that describing just doesn’t do justice. Karen at Mrs Martin’s has some in stock, so have a look at them if you happen to go for a visit. All the cards designs are different, I had trouble choosing one.

There was also a special display of quilts of Vivian Robinson’s. At the show I released a pattern in memory of Viv to raise funds for cancer research. I will have a special post for this tomorrow.

All in all it was a great day, lovely weather, lovely ladies and some great laughs!!

Back soon, Leanne

Monbulk Community Quilt Show

Where did February go ……………… I know I’ve been very busy and it is a short month but ……..

Anyway have been working on quite a few new projects for upcoming events. So I can’t show anything just yet.

The Monbulk Community Quilt Show is on this coming weekend in Monbulk on the 15th March. I will be having a display at the show so come by and say hello if you are in the area. It is a great show and the first 100 people in the door get a free showbag filled with lots of goodies. This is very popular. The show raises funds for the Monbulk CFA and admission is $5. The CWA holds a cake stall, there are usually Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle and the local footy team run a plant stall, so it ends up being a lovely day out in the hills and who doesn’t love a shop!!!

I have also been preparing for the Stitching Soiree held by Lisa from Fig n Berry in April so have been busy stitching. After this is the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, so it’s shaping up to be another busy month.

The garden has been neglected this month but it still has been busy producing a nice little crop. This is what I collected from the garden this morning – it is amazing how much you can find when you go looking. From inside the house I wouldn’t have realised how much was out there. Now what’s for dinner tonight – frittata maybe????

I do have one I can show. This is vintage Rose and is a workshop that will be offered in the watercolour technique at The Quilter’s Patch on the 7th June from 10-30 to 12.30pm. I recently ran this in Rosebud at Sew in Love with Fabric & Thread and the ladies loved it and did a terrific job. In class you learn how to work with watercolour pencils on fabric and start your embroidery. the pattern is of a Patchwork Block Folder and pincushion with scissor holder.


Looking forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events, meanwhile back to stitching …….


Fresh is best ….

There is nothing like going out into the garden in the morning, foraging around and coming inside with this ……..


Love my curly baby carrots. The strawberries have loved our heatwave last week and have sprung back to life. Now to just keep the bugs from eating them as they ripen!!!!! The girls have started laying again after taking some time off over Christmas (they are very human sometimes) Ha Ha! Bean plants are very giving and with our family of 3 I have a regular supply to keep us going. My garden is small but I feel like it is my little patch of country in the city. Yummmm!!!! Off to decide what to make for dinner this evening.


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

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
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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.