I've Been Sewing!!

I've Been Sewing!!

Don't you just love the feeling of finishing a quilt top. Those last few stitches in a seam are such a buzz. Well, I'm 3 times as happy because I've got 3 finished in the last couple of weeks, can you believe it?! First is the Oi Emu!! quilt. Sorry no photos today, I'll take some when it's hanging on our lounge room wall. My 2nd finish is the Waltzing Matillda top!! At 96 inches square, it's bigger than my design wall! Yikes! Once I've sewn the backing I'll be taking it to a long arm quilter. It would be too much of a struggle on my domestic machine and I think a nice swirly all over pattern will look lovely. Such pretty Matillda fabric, wonderful rich colours!! Jumpin' Jack Flash is the name of my 3rd achievement. This top is 85inches square. A more manageable size for quilting myself. I'll have a go at some straight line quilting, nice and simple for a busy quilt. The name of the quilt came to mind because the recipient is a Rolling Sto

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Mug Love

Mug Love

A little blue bird has flown into my home! Designed by Jane Sassaman , this mug is a glossy version of Strawberry Serenade from her new range Early Birds . I love all the little details of Jane's fabrics. I keep turning my mug around in rapture. She has a knack for bringing fantastic gardens to life in such wonderful vibrant colours.The little critters, fabulous dandy dandelions, curly tendrils, leaves full of character... ...and don't those strawberries look delicious! I even love the inside of the cup, a beautiful rich azure. But wait, there's more!! My friend Chris knows of my red and white polka dot fetish and surprised me with this pair of espresso cups and saucers. Aren't they fabulous and fun!! I bet all this talk about mugs and cups has made you feel like a cuppa. Well, can I suggest you go and make one, then come back, settle in and enjoy this video of Jane talking about her Early Birds range. Look out for the giant gingham, primroses and the border p

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Oi Emu!!!!

Oi Emu!!!!

...is the name of the quilt I've made in honour of Corduroy Day - 11/11 LeeAnn over at Nifty Quilts has been telling us about Corduroy Day for a while now. I was going to watch from the sidelines but decided last week that I had to participate in this auspicious year, the 11th. The catch is it left little time for searching out fabrics so I set myself the challenge of using whatever corduroy I could find in one op (thrift) shop. 10 minutes later I had 4 pairs of trousers - 1 brown, 2 shades of beige and 1 deep purple. Not my usual colours but nice and earthy. When I got home I raided my cupboard and pulled out the screen printed Emu panel and some scraps by Cloth who are based in Sydney, and to add more Aussie talent I threw in some Prints Charming . I was worried the Emu looked lonely so I found some friendly birds from a vintage curtain sample. It had a hole in it but nothing a linen patch couldn't cover up. The quilt needed citrus yellow and rust linen give add a bit of

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