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Here are the final photos of my Garden Party quilt. I love how it turned out and I am feeling a bit sad that it is not mine! I made it for my parents and I hope they will love it as much as I do.

I had this quilt professionally quilted and love how it looks. I am running out of time with some quilting projects and needed a bit of help from the quilting professionals. Material Obsession organized the professional quilting and it is just perfect.

I am hand quilting a baby quilt at the moment finding one night of work is about one square. I have 16 squares to quilt and a border so need to get to work!

If you are interested in making this quilt, I think Material Obsession would make another kit up. I bought mine in January at the shop in Hunters Hill. I only wish I could take credit for mixing these fantastic colors and shapes!




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I have been trying to reduce our energy consumption this year and we have been having some success. We lived in a smaller house before and moving to an open plan house in winter…..shock when the electric bill came.

Another thing we are working on is reusable products all around. I have been on the shopping bag bandwagon for some time and just purchased a reusable coffee cup which is magic.

I bought two napkins for our kids at the Be Be Japanese stand at Darling Harbour. Easiest craft ever to make and so beautiful.

Busy sewing bindings, basting quilts and hoping to sneak over to the Hunter Hill show tomorrow. Sewing all around, just nothing finished!

Beach Pillow


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A little something I made for the pre-school silent auction coming up in two weeks. Can’t believe I managed to get it done in time.

Suffering a sewing injury! A little too much hand quilting and my wrist is aching. I have had a few nights off and not any better. Yikes!

The pattern for the pillow is from Hot Possom and you can buy kit versions too. I thought it turned out very cute and tempted to bid on it myself.

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A good friend of ours recently gave birth to a baby girl. Unfortunately my friend is very against pink which dampened my plans to sew a pink concoction for her new baby.

Material Obsession’s second book did not fail to bring me some inspiration. I love the fresh, bright primary colors in this quilt. Here is my version on the design wall at my class and now has been sewn up and awaiting backing and quilting.

I made another one at the same time for another bub on the way and it was such a fun stash buster too. I indulged in a few new fabric purchases at the show, so need to sew up some of the old!

Yesterday I had to say good-bye to my machine which is getting a much delayed service. It has been running really well, but I thought I should have it looked at while we are away for a week. They broke the news yesterday it is going to be a two week turn around!!! I have plenty of other things to finish, so a self imposed break will not be bad.

School holidays are in force. Day one was ugly, but slowly hitting our groove. Happy sewing all!


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I love this photo because you can see my cat Coco slinking up the side trying to get in on the act.

I bought this pattern last year at the quilt at craft show. I went again this year and had some major fabric / craft indulgence purchases.  Love that show!  I am trying to improve my record by jumping straight into some of the projects I bought instead of putting them away for the future.

This pattern is from Melly and Me. http://www.mellyandme.typepad.com
is the website on the back. of the pattern. It was super easy to make and the recipient has been hauling it around town non-stop.   The purse is already looking very loved and worn. 

I have been working on a few quilts too and will snap some photos to share soon as well as some photos of some of the other projects.


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Three blocks down and only 33 more to go! Seriously, I am enjoying this project so much at night. I have a couple of sick kids and can’t face the machine I am so tired. This project has been perfect for nights in front of the television when I don’t want to think too much.

I have another hand piecing project in the back of my head if I ever finish this one on “the list” of things I want to make. That list keeps growing!

The Promise


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Ah the promise of a new sewing project. I love the anticipation of picking the pattern and fabric.

I was looking for a “slow burn” project that I can work on in front of the television when I am not feeling like hauling the machine out. I did all the prep of the applique project and it took almost a full week of work at night to get all the pieces cut, marked and sorted ready to sew.

The best thing about this project is it is portable and ready to sew now that all the prep work is done. I started the first block last night and it is so easy and relaxing- the opposite to some of the brain teaser quilts I have done in the past.

One block down as of last night, 35 more to go. Slow burn project indeed.