A little bit of flowery fun

A little bit of flowery fun

Meet Statler and Waldorf. Banksias are Australian native flowers and baueri are the biggest of the species, with flowers that can be as big as 30 x 20cm or 12 x 8 inches! Baueri are different to most Banksias because their texture is soft rather than coarse and spiky. This is why they're also known as Woolly Banksias, Possom Banksias or even Teddy Bear Banksias. So with all those cute names to choose from are you wondering why I've called mine Statler and Waldorf? Because something about the two stems I have reminds me of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets!!!

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Scooting Stars at the Summer Fair

Scooting Stars at the Summer Fair

It's winter here in Australia but one way to enjoy some Summery sun is joining in the Gen X Quilters Summer Fair Quilt Show. Scooting Stars is the quilt I made last Summer. I'd managed to get my hands on some pre-released Sherbet Pips charm squares and a layer cake. I found the colours as sweet as sorbet and cooling to work with on hot summer days. I used a simple layout, not wanting to waste my precious Pips. The layer cake and charms squares did the work and I just added some rectangles and made some wonky stars to give the quilt some focal points. Due to it's queenly size, I had it long arm quilted. I wanted sweeping loops to represent the path of a dog chasing a ball around, or a child scooting here and there. Quilter Tanya Croft took it a step further and suggested butterflies as well. I am so happy with the end result, it really adds another layer of joy to the quilt. The scooting print was the reason I just had to have this range! Gbf is an avid scooter. He&

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While The Cat's Away...

While The Cat's Away...

Once a month I attend a Saturday class held by Chris Jurd , the quilter extraordinaire, but this month she was called away. Happily that didn't stop us classy ladies getting together for some sewing fun times. So what did the mice get up to ... Sue worked on her Oriental Beauty blocks. She's making enough for 3 quilts and has a huge pile of gorgeous pointy blocks. When Sue gets set up she sews she's like a Grand Prix racer flying through her projects! Every now and then she'd hold up one with extra pretty fabrics or another that particularly popped. Lorraine was working on her Lots Of Dots circles for a little while until she went ... and helped Alice pin baste 3 quilts! After the basting was finished Alice enjoyed the sun and sunny chatter. There wasn't a lot of Show and Tell this month but here's Alice's Friendship Circle . I think she's using it to make a big table topper. And then we come to Janice, thinking hard about the placement of her block

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3 Cheers for Cadel Evans!!

3 Cheers for Cadel Evans!!

For the first time ever in the history of the Tour de France there will be an Aussie standing on the podium in first place!! WoooHoooo!!! Way to go Cadel Evans!! You're the man!! Chapeau!! The term used to describe Cadel Evans' ride in the final time trial was "He's riding like a Man-Machine." In fact he's ridden all 3 weeks of the tour like that. Focused, steady and in peak fitness. He deserves every bit of the yellow jersey he'll be wearing.. ...as they ride into Paris today! Vive Le Tour!! PS I know the Tour is held in Summer but here in OZ it's the middle of winter, and the stages are in the middle of the night, so for us getting cosy in quilts is part of our tour experience. For the full story of the Tour De France quilt pop over here...

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The Bag Mandy made me...

The Bag Mandy made me...

I mention it occasionally, so you might already know that my most very favourite fabric of all time is Jennifer Paganelli's Nuala in red/aqua. I love the electric colours and the timeless pattern. Seeing it just makes me happy! I only ever got my hands on half a yard of it but every little piece of it has been put to good use. In fact I love this fabric so much that Gbf has nicknamed me the Nuala Koala. I mentioned my love of it to Mandy of Mand -a- lin blog , a fellow Sis Boom fabric lover, and the next time I saw her she'd whipped up this gorgeous bag for me!! OOOhhhh !!!! SooOOOOOOoo Beautifulll !!! She put the fabric's name from the selvedge , that's Mandy for you, so clever and thoughtful. So I know I mentioned that I loved Nuala , but what I hadn't told Mandy was how much I love red/white polka dots. It's not something I tell many people. I'm a bit obsessed with them and I wouldn't want anyone to think I'm a bit dotty. Hee hee :

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The Cat In the Quilt

The Cat In the Quilt

Hello, Here I am!! I'm back!! I've been such a busy worker bee lately that I haven't had much time to sew but I did add something to my Cattywampus quilt. There were a few comments about the quilt that inspired me... Kat said "This is brilliant! So many things to look at and admire. I could get lost in it for an hour lol... And what about doggadogsberry ... just continuing with the animal theme :)" Robyn said "Great quilt! Another thing to add to my bucket list. I can't think of any names like Cattywampus but I think you should have one with a dog mention in it too and some dogs as I can't see any in the cattywampus :)." These comments brought to my attention the feline aspects of the quilt's name. And although it's a bit of an I spy of random things and has elephants, horses, birds I realised Cattywampus really needed a Cat ! Then Mary said " Love the quilt and Cattywumpus is perfect! It is very Willy Wonkish sounding

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Thank You Suzee!!

Thank You Suzee!!

RRRRRrrrrrrRRRRRrrrrrRRRRRRRRRrrrr ...is the sound of the postman's motorbike as he takes off after delivering a parcel at my house. Suzee of AppleHead Threads surprised me with a parcel of fun things. There's so much of her bubbly character in these gifts and yet they're all so Me! She really nailed my taste! I love the keyring!! Big wonderful keyrings are a must in my books. The "big" helps me find them in my over crowded bag and the "wonderful" makes me smile every time I use my keys. The next item is not just a pretty face but a great idea as well... It's a Tea Wallet!! I do like to carry tea bags but I usually have them scrunched up in an old paper bag, so Suzee you've given me a little style makeover! I love the little blue daisy fabric! The fun continues with these awesome vintage fabric swatches. Love those bright colours! I can assure you these fabrics feel right at home in my stash! Thank you Suzee for the most wonderful, thou

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