Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quiltarama 2015 in Dungog

Well Dungog Quiltarama 2015 has been and gone for another year and here is my stall all ready to open for trading.
 and here and I all ready for the two days.
 There were many quilts on display for people's choice
 and I was surprise to see my name mentioned on quite a few! (like the one above)
While wondering around the quilts before the show opened I came across a few I really like.
I just loved this Oriental quilt ...
and super impressed with this one..certainly thinking outside the box!
and this one, even thou quite simple, caught my eye. 

It was a change of venue this year, held at the High School Hall, where every other year it was held at the RSL Club... the change of venue brought a lot more people to the show. 
Also, this year, it was all in one room, (the hall) where other years, it was in 4 different rooms of the Club... personally I hope they stay with the School Hall in future years.


Until next post....

Christmas in July

I had a lot of fun when I joined Cheryll's Christmas in July.  My partner was Kaye and this is what I received.
(I remembered to photograph it before ripping the paper off)
 Aren't I the lucky one!!!
 I remember reading on Kaye's blog about this pillow and thinking it was sooo cute!... then I find out it is mine...ALL MINE!!  I absolutely LUV is my favourite colour!
 Then another blue item... an ornament to hang on my tree.
and lasttly this gorgeous table mat.
ALL my items have been hand cross stitched by Kaye and

Thank you to Kaye for the lovely gifts and thank you to Cheryll for hosting the swap.

I'm off to day two of Quiltarama, (last day) where I have my stall.

Until next post...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Not happy Jan!

NOT HAPPY JAN!  (Australian's know this saying!)

After spending a lot of money on the wool and many many many many many (got the idea?) hours knitting it (it sat at my lounge chair for over a year waiting for me to "pick up the stitches" on the already knitted fronts to knit the lacy bits (I LOATHE picking up stitches!)... I eventually finished it last night..only to find that it is to small for my buxom body...SOB!!

...Mum on the other hand is over the moon, as she is now the proud owner of it.

Until next post..

Monday, July 20, 2015

Table Runners Galore!

I bought this fabric on Sew your Destashing..... it is rubber backed curtain material, but you can't tell after it has been used to make table runners with wadding & backing!
Again, I cut, Mum sewed, I quilted & bound them.
All ready now for my stall at the Quiltarama Sale this weekend in Dungog.

 All cut with a 60 degree ruler. 
 I only had enough blue binding to bind one of the pieces.
 All the rest are bound in pink.
I made 4 large runners (44")
 and 4 smaller runners (22")
The hexagons are the "off cuts" when cutting the table runners.
Here they all are together.

Until next post..

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happy mail!

Christmas in July 2015
I am in Cheryll's Christmas in July this year and look what came in the post...
Don't know if I will be strong enough to wait til opening day!

Until next post...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

More quilts made this year

 Still getting ready for the sale and realised these had not been photographed.
All these quiltd have been made this year by both Mum and me.
This horse quilt is Single Bed Size.  I bought the 2 panels at the Sydney craft show LAST year, then added to it from my stash.  I cut, Mum sewed, then I quilted & bound it.
 "Who Let the Dogs Out?" was fabric I bought years and years ago, again at the Sydney quilt show.  I bought the fabric to make cute outfits for my grand children...well that never happened, so I copied a pattern that was on a quilt I quilted for a customer, enlarged it (Queen Size Quilt)  and "I" actually made the whole quilt, while Mum made....
..this one.  I cut and Mum sewed.  The hearts are a fun and easy block to make.  I have yards and yards and yards of this fabric, so the backing is the same fabric as the hearts.  This is also a Queen Sized Quilt.
After making a couple of cot quilts with white fabric and coloured thread thread stitching, I made this King Sized Quilt. 
I backed it with the same fabric as Mum used in her Heart quilt (told you I had yards and yards of this fabric...and still do!)  

Until next post...

Quilts, quilts, quilts

I have been busy today, trying to get ready for my stall at Dungog's Quiltarama, which is being held next weekend 25-26 July.
Sorting thru & pricing what I am taking. 
The following are some of the cot quilts & their prices.
(I know, toooo cheap!)
 Very simple with Ballet Shoes in pink thread stitched onto white fabric.
This time with purple flowers stitched on white.
This centre piece was bought off eBay as a UFO,.  
I added the three plain outside borders.
 A cute panel I just quilted & bound.
 ..and another one just quilted and bound.
Then for something different, I knitted these "Heart in a Heart" rectangles in 100% cotton, joined them together and it is another cute cot or bunny rug. 

Until next post...


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Table Runners from scrap curtain fabric

 I bought the chook fabric on a Facebook site recently.  It looks like it was left over from curtain making.  I teamed it up with some fabric from my stash, cut it out, and again, got Mum to piece it together.
 I just had enough to make 2 table runners, using the last pieces of scrap in the corners.
I quilted it and bound them late yesterday.
I think they are soooo cute.
 Now we are working on more curtain fabric (this time rubber backed) that I bought from the same lady.  I am cutting them out with a 60 degree ruler.  I have cut 4 large & 4 smaller table runners, 1 large & 2 smaller place mats.  Mum is sewing, sewing, sewing and then I have to quilt & bind them.

All table runners will be on my stall for sale at the Dungog Quiltarama, later this month.
Until next post.....

Saturday, July 4, 2015

2 new quilts

Last year I bought nine squares with embroidered Dinosaurs on them at a garage sale, then over a period of time I have bought some Dinosaur fabric on eBay to compliment the squares.

At last I had enough to make up a single bed quilt, with a "sort of" pattern in my head... so I cut them out and chained Mum to the machine asked Mum to sew them together.
 Then it was time to add the borders and we were both impressed with the way it turned out.
The stitching pattern I used was "dragonflies" as I didn't have a Dinosaur stitch.

I think any little boy would love this quilt. 
Then, as Mum wanted another project to sew, I pulled out this kit I bought from Keepsake Quilting, called "Tidepools".  
Again, I do the cutting and placing & Mum sews away.  We work well together.
 There was so much left over fabric from the kit, I randomly pieced them together to make a centre piece for the back of the quilt.
Of course the quilting stitch "Seashells" just had to be used.
Both quilts will be for sale at my next Quilt/Craft Sale.

Until next post...

Friday, July 3, 2015

House bound

One loaded lemon tree now empty, one box of Asprin now empty and one bottle of "real" honey now half empty equals one mother of a cold I am trying to get over. 
 I have not left the house for 9 days and still not planning of leaving for a few more days. 
 I can't take "Cold Tablets" as I am on Blood Pressure tablets and if you are on them, you aren't allowed to take the others.  The only Chemist pill I can take is "Clarentine", which is one tablet a day for 10 consecutive days... hence along with Clarentine tablets,  I resort to old fashion remedies.
So, seeing I am house bound and can't lay about as that makes me cough more & blocks my nose... I have been spending a lot of time in my sewing room during daylight hours. 

This is the second kit I found the other day that I had forgotten about.

I bought it at the same place and time as this one.  If I hadn't seen it made, I would never have bought a kit in these colours for a Christmas Runner!
I am undecided on whether to sell it, keep it or give it away in a swap at Christmas time!

This is the backing fabric. 
I also quilted a quilt today, but have to get it photographed before I can show you.

Until next post...

Thursday, July 2, 2015


.............these words came from Mum yesterday.

What I was thinking of doing, was join the Jolly Jabber Quilt-a-long "Snapshots" block of the month, but using my own stash.  I thought I would try the first block before committing to it, then if I liked it, I would pay the fee of a donation to the charity they have mentioned.

So, I pulled out what I thought were suitable fabrics, cut them out and got Mum to piece it together while I continued quilting a customer's quilt.

When it was together, I realised the "icing" wasn't dark enough and the colours all just blended into each other and the "cream" background was in fact "white".

I screwed it up, threw it into the bin, only to find my Mum right beside me snatching it back out of the bin with those first 3 words that brought me back to childhood "Don't you dare....!"

Feeling like a scorned child, I ironed it, quilted it, bound it and then presented to my Mum, so she could do whatever she wants to do with it.
She smiled, said "Thank You" and it disappeared with her into her bedroom.

Until next post...