Sunday, January 11, 2015

One of the things I like about sewing...

... is that it's such a good dose of colour therapy.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hanging curtains but thinking of quilts.


Here I am...

behind the curtains!!

I know I've been quiet on the blogfront. My sewing machine has been getting a workout... but not for very exciting sewing. Like most quilters I have a long list of quilts I want to make, and a list of UFO's lurking in the cupboards, and a list of projects underway in various stages. Hidden underneath all these quilty lists there is also an ever growing list of things that need doing around the house... sigh... and I've decided 2015 is the year to tackle this list. The year of the Happy Home! 

First job on the list was hanging curtains, We have blinds for all our windows so I've been able to put off making curtains, but finally decided the windows do need curtains. It's a a chance to play with fabric after all, Yay! I've collected a few curtains over the years through thrifty finds, so it's been a matter of matching up what I have with the sizes of our windows. We have a classic early 70's brick house so retro orange is right at home and psychedelic prints are perfect!!

I wrote about these curtains in one of my very earliest blog posts.

 Any curtains that I don't use will no doubt be sewn into a quilt one day. 

We haven't got a window to give this bird a home, but he will make a wonderful center for a medallion quilt.

I can see these ferns as big flashy borders. (See, this is why I don't get very far with house chores, I'm always thinking of quilts!)

 The curtains for my sewing room will be a bit more subdued. I figure the neutral colours won't clash with the bright colours that usually cover my design wall.

But I couldn't help wishing these curtains had been the right size to fit the sewing room windows, just look at that big daisy! 

It's hard to photograph the patterns on the sheer curtains I'm using in the office. 

This curtain fabric caught me by surprise. Usually I'm a flower or geometric type of gal, or love a textural woven fabric, but there was something cute and kitschy about this animal print that said "Take Me Home". 

They look great, I like the orderly pattern and the eclectic mix of animals. 

And every evening when I close the curtains I giggle at the two headed camel made by the edges meeting in the center.

So that's me playing with curtains. There's quite a few things that need sewing around the house so you'll be getting more than just quilts this year. 

I'll leave you with some photos of a visitor I had this morning. 

I was painting a cupboard on our deck and this cockatoo was so interested in what I was doing that he flew from tree to tree to get a closer look. Finally came right up to our deck. 

Where he kept me company while I continued to paint. 

He finally flew away when some of his friends started screeching in the distance.  All I could do was call out "Come back and visit me another day" and hope that he will.

In the meantime I have cupboards to paint and curtains to hang  :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!
2015!! I really like the way those numbers sound - "twenty fifteen". Don't you just love the beginning of a brand new shiny year, full of possibilities, plans and dreams. Let's celebrate Blue Mountain Daisy style with a fun New Year flower arrangement. 

There are a few things make me link agapanthus flowers to the New Year. The obvious being that here in Australia at the height of summer they are blooming everywhere!! Those showy flowers that come in blue and white are a feature in every second garden in my neighbourhood.

The second reason is their racemes of pretty star shaped florets look the explosive sparks of fireworks. 

And if you stretch your imagination a little more they could be the effervescence from the bubbles of champagne. 

So to welcome the New Year I began my January arrangement with a handful of agapanthus, picked early this morning.

... and then I added some leafy bunting to hang in between the elegant stems.

For the bunting leaves I used Sineraria Dusty Miller and then simply wrote on the backs of the leaves with markers. 

The champagne bottles are from our Christmas and New Years celebrations, it only seems right they get to play a role in this flower party. 

So that's my 2015 New Year arrangement. The part I couldn't capture in a photo is that occasionally a breeze blows through the leafy bunting and makes the words dance. I like to think the breeze is picking up the message and carrying it to other places. So if you feel a breeze in the next day or so, know that it is...

...wishing everyone all the very best for a wonderful and Happy 2015.

Ps The giveaway winner from the previous post is Audrey of Quilty Folk. Thank you to everyone who helped spread smiles with your wonderful comments. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Smiley Christmas

It's just a few days until Christmas....

I feel as though I had a little bit of early Christmas cheer last week when I went to my letter box and found the next edition of Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine waiting for me.

 I flipped through the glossy pages and there on page 58 is an article about my Happy As A Clam quilt!!  Just in case you're wondering, Yes, I did jump up and down with excitement and dance around singing "WooHoo!!". I'm so pleased this quilt is having it's moment in the spotlight.

Happy as A Clam hangs in my hallway and as I pass it there's a little girl with a big sunshiny smile that catches my eye and I can't help but smile in return.

A wonderful reminder that this is the season for sharing smiles.

So with a happy smile I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a super Solstice and lots of joyful times over the festive season.

“Peace begins with a smile..” 
― Mother Teresa

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.” 
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” 
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

PS. Here's a little sneaky little giveaway for those who have read this far ... I know Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine is hard to get outside of Australia so I would like to send a copy to a lucky overseas person. This giveaway is for Blue Mountain Daisy followers only, old and new. If you would like you name to be included in the draw just quote "Smile" in your comment. 
I'll draw a name on New Years Eve  :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Fun Flimsy & Giveaway Winners

What a busy week with lots of giveaway fun!! Thank you to everyone who left wonderful comments on the Cultural Fusion Quilts book and the SewMamaSew Giveaway Day posts. I loved reading your thoughts about the book and hearing about your favourite fruits. There were even fruits I'd never heard of like clementines, and honey crunch apples, I hope I get to try them one day.

A big welcome to all those that signed up to follow my blog. I'd love to return the favour and visit your blog too, so leave me a comment so I know where to find you. 

I'll announce the winners in a moment but first I'll share the blocks I couldn't resist making as soon as I'd read Cultural Fusion Quilts. The quilt pattern is called Rocky Road to Kansas. 

The blocks were a great opportunity for lots of free cutting and piecing gentle curves. I had a great time playing with bright contrasting colours. And fabrics too, there's a bit of old pyjama pants in the mix, some older fabrics and some new ones.  

I really like the quirky diamonds created by the adjoining crosses.

My trusty sidekick on the Rocky Road to Kansas adventure was Betty Bernina. It's not often I get her out from under the bed but when I do I love how true her stitches are and the steady purring noise of her motor. Pretty good for a $10.00 find at a garage sale. I've been thinking I should call my quilt Afternoon with Betty.

I haven't decided whether I should add borders yet. I'll have a look through my stash to see if the right fabrics jump out at me. 

Okay, I'll stop keeping you in suspence and announce the winners of my recent giveaways.
The thing did the choosing. 

Cultural Fusion Quilts
Iris Grayson

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway
Tula Pink fabrics - KimPaula
Kitty fabrics - Barb V

I've emailed the winners and will be sending out packages when the post office opens on Monday. 
Thanks again to everyone who participated!!

You can still have a chance to win a copy of Cultural Fusion Quilts by visiting the last few blogs on the book blog hop. Or race over to Amazon  and pick up a copy there. 

Friday December 12 Jan Burgwinkle @ Be*mused
Saturday December 13, Janet Treen @ Quiltsalott
Sunday December 14, Lindsay Conner @ Lindsay Sews 
Sujata at The Root Connection Blog


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