Thursday, February 19, 2015

Easter swap 2015

 Easter is approaching and it is time to gather names for my 2015 Easter Swap on the same lines as last year.
The way the swap works is to send 10 items to a fellow swapper. (The person you send to is NOT the same as you will receive from).

The way these items are to be chosen are – they have to start with each letter in
 "EASTER TIME".  The items can be handmade or bought or both.
E - Egg, Eraser
A - Apron, Apple Fabric
S - Sunflower seeds, Smiley fabric
T - Tea Towel, Trims
E - Envelopes, $8
R - Ribbon, Recipe 

T - Tea, Toffee
I - Ink pen, Ice cream scoop
M -Mittens, Mug
E - Ear rings, Elephant
That is just some ideas I have come up with …
 but I am sure you all can come up with others.

Open world wide.  Closing date for names is midnight 18th March Australian time and I will send out names within a day or two and posting date is 23rd March... so start getting your items together!
Anyone interested?   Leave a comment or email me.
I will need to know the following information from you in an email:
Snail Mail Address: 
Blog (if you have one):
Are you happy to swap with someone who does NOT have a blog?:
Are you happy to send overseas?:
Unfortunately, I won't be able to answer anyone from 21st Feb till 12th March, as I will be on a tour with my Mum in Tasmania, and I don't have access to a computer during that time (no I don't own an Ipad or similar), so if there are any questions, just click on Fiona and she will hopefully be able to answer any questions.

Feel free to use my icon on your side bar and also, I would LOVE for you to advertise this swap on your blog to gather more names.

Until next post..

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Red Cardinal Quilt

These stars were made from the left over fabric from this quilt  & table runners...

I teamed them up with fabric that I received from a friend in the States  and made this quilt.
My friends in the States know I fell in love with their Red Cardinal Birds when I was there for Christmas one year and since then I have been buying & receiving fabric, notions, ornaments, jewellery... (the list goes one) with these dear little birds on them.

Now I have left over fabric from this quilt, so I will have to make something out of it!

Until next post...

Monday, February 2, 2015

All from one kit!

In a recent post, (here) I mentioned that Mum had pieced this quilt from a kit I bought...
well there was fabric left over and as I don't like waste and knew if I put it with the rest of my stash, it wouldn't be used for quite a while..
I made 3 table runners (tops & binding) and I used backing fabric from my stash.
 (The blue fabric was part of the green border print, which wasn't used in the quilt).
Then I still had some of both of the reds and made 14 blocks using the "Friendship Star" pattern.
There are 4 of one fabric & 10 of the other.  I again used fabric from my stash as the light background.  Don't know what to do with them yet!

The only fabric I didn't use up from the kit was the black with gold stars... it has been filed away with the very few other black fabrics I have.

In the garden, the zucchinis are just about finished, but the figs are starting to come into I made Zucchini Pickles & Fig Jam.

 Until next post...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Isn't it cute!

I received this quilt recently from a customer who has been waiting years for a grand daughter.
She purchased the centre 3 fabrics over 10 years ago when grandchild number one was on its way.
Three grandsons later, along came the girl.
She decided to add something special to it and made these cute little hexagon.
Now that's fussy cutting...petite style!
 I was amazed at how she joined her fabrics.... I only have seen joins on an angle like this for the binding.
 Even the backing came up pretty.

The customer is collecting her quilt tomorrow morning.  Hope she likes it as much as I do!

Until next post...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ALL Australia Day gifts received

It gives me great pleasure to announce that ALL Australia Day gifts have been sent & received.

THANK YOU! to everyone who participated. 
 Hope you all had fun thinking up gifts for each letter.
  I did!

Until next post...

Monday, January 26, 2015

2 Quilts made by Mum & me

Mum has been busy at the machine, while I have been quilting commissioned quilts.

As usual, I cut the fabric.... Mum sews...
I then iron, quilt & bind.
This quilt has the hearts, then has a beach scene border print on the bottom, so I quilted it with the stitch "Sea Shells".
 Mum also sewed this Christmas quilt from a kit I bought.  I quilted it with hearts & stars.
There is so much fabric left over from the kit, I have decided to make 2 table runners with it...
...must cut it out first!

Until next post...

Friday, January 23, 2015

From Lyn to me Oi! Oi! Oi!

Look what I got from Lyn (no blog) for my Australia Day swap.

Lyn certainly went to a lot of trouble (and expense) and bought something with the Australian Flag or animals on it (except for the letter "I") along with buying the item that starts with each letter.

A= Apron (with kangaroos)
U= Umbrella hat, Umbrella cocktail sticks (both with Aussie flags on them) and a Utensil
S= Strawberry Shopping Bag, Smelly Satchels, Stubbie Holder, Smilee Stickers
T= Tea Towel, Thread Box, Tape Measure
R= Ruler, Ribbon
A= Aussie Make-up Case
L= Licorice (Darrell Lea!), Lanyard
I= Ink Pen
A= Apple fabric, Australian Fabric

Aren't I a lucky duckie!

Until next post...