Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Easter Swaps

 First of all, this is what I packaged up & sent to my partner... it is winging it's way over the oceans to arrive to someone in the States...who can that be???
 When I returned home after 2 weeks at my daughter's place, this parcel was waiting for me... of course I couldn't wait to open it up (the Australia Post bag was taken off before I took the photo!)
The lovely lady who sent to me was Patricia (no blog) from Narromine.  
Now Patricia sent 2 items for every letter, plus the little pink bunny and chicks as extras...
..the little bunny talks when you squeeze it's tummy...soooo cute!
...and look what I got!

E - Easter Eggs & Earrings
A - Address & Birthday Book & Apple & Rhubarb Candle
S - Spotted fabric & Striped Bag
T - Three Embroidery Cottons & Two Easter Bunnies
E - Equinox Watch & Eiffel Tower Coin Purse
R - Ric Rac Braid & Rose hand cream

T - Tapes Measures & Two Note Books
I - Intricate Sewing Box & Ink Pens
M - Magnetic Shopping List & Make-up Mirror
E - Easter Lantern & Easter Serviettes

Was I spoilt or what???

Until next post...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter Swap Closed

2015 Easter Swap
I only returned home this afternoon and am able (at last) to access my blog to announce the 2015 Easter Swap is now closed and everyone should have received their swap partners and should have already posted their gifts to them.

I received my gifts from my partner and I am TOTALLY blown away with what I received.
I will show photos in the next couple of days...but first I have to unpack, wash and get back to normal, after being on "Nanna Duties" the past couple of weeks while my daughter was getting over an operation and 3 weeks prior to that I was in Tasmania on a holiday.

Until next post...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Back from Tasmania

Yes I am back from Tasmania, and there is all sorts of transport I could have used:

Could have arrived on "The Endevour" as it was in port the same time as I was...
 Then again, I could have arrived & departed on the "Diamond Princess" while I was there..
(I took this photo from my hotel room's window)
 Then again, the flower power car would have been interesting to travel in....
However, being a true Australian... I rode on the sheep's back!
Still downloading my photos..more later...
Don't forget to join in on my Easter Swap, open to all around the world... Name close soon, so read all about it HERE.

Calling out to: Blessed Mum
Patricia McKenzie
Savanna Gulledge

Please email me urgently with your details! 
Until next post..

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...