Not Quite Resisting Temptation

Not Quite Resisting Temptation

I'm really trying to get a few WIP's finished without being distracted but there's 2 quilt alongs going on at the moment that I'm finding hard to resist. One is the Building Houses from Scraps where the participants make a little house block from scraps every day for a year! The other project I'm seeing pop up on everyone's blog is the Swoon along, hosted by Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey . The super 24 inch pieced block looks so effective in any colour combo or fabric style so it's not surprising that the The Swoon Along Flickr group has over 650 members!!! I was blog hopping a couple of days ago checking out house blocks and seeing lots of Swoon blocks and all of a sudden I had a light bulb moment - How about I combine the two!?! Houses + Swoon = It'll make a sweet doll quilt and Gbf has already asked if this one can hang on our wall. I guess he's used to me sending my doll quilts away. As for a name I'm thi

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Bargains, Bicycles and Fortune Cookies

Bargains, Bicycles and Fortune Cookies

but not a lot of sewing... On Saturday I was out and about with Gbf, just strolling around our neighbourhood shops. We popped into the op shop/thrift store to have a poke around and look what we found... A dinner set of very collectible Johnsons of Australia ceramics. The 5 dinner plates and 6 side plates have a variety different flower prints, 4 cups with saucers and 6 bowls. Would you believe me if I told you the price on all of these as a set was $8!??! But then what if I told you there was a half price sale on bric a brac. Yes, this whole set of fabulous tableware was only $4!!!! In fact I'd call it a Super bargain!!! Don't they look great with my fabulous tablecloth that Gbf's parents gave me for my birthday last year. Here's a photo for Suz of Patchwork and Play. She posted some great bicycle photos taken at the Tour Downunder, and I was telling her about a holiday in India I had 5 years ago where I did a bit of bike riding. This photo of me was taken around

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L is for...

L is for...

Just for a moment imagine me doing a cheer leader dance... "Give me an L!!" "Give me an O!!" "Give me a Veeee"" " And give me an Eeeeee!!" "What do we get? We get - LOVE!!!" Rar Raa RAA I finished The Love Quilt top. I've enjoyed using the Essex Linen/Cotton blend in natural for the background. It's such a great neutral colour with wonderful texture. I couldn't leave it unpieced though, I felt it needed a few highlights. Just a few pieces of lighter fabric here and there. They almost look like pieces of paper floating or falling. I've made the top about 95 x 85 inches. I would love to hand quilt it in colourful perle cotton but I've accepted that I just don't have time. I'll take it to my longarm quilter and she'll make it extra special with her wonderful quilting. The backing will be this colourful Fruitti Tutti quilt I posted for New Years. I figure that way it can be a two sided quil

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From Paper Clips to Safety Pins

From Paper Clips to Safety Pins

Don't you just love paper clips!! They're such a simple design and yet so handy. I use them to hold my fabric in place when I'm tacking my hexagons, otherwise I sometimes end up with crooked seams, because I'm busy day dreaming or chatting away. It's especially handy for lining up fussy cut hexis. I learnt this tip from Melody on The House of The Side Of The Hill Blog. Her fussy hexagon flowers are amazing! I know some of you'll will be thinking why dosen't she use a glue pen? Well, call me old fashioned but I enjoy basting hexis. It dosen't take long and it's satisfying to see a little pile that you've just sewn. Sometimes I play little games with the paper clips while I sew. I usually just mix up all the colours without thinking. But other times I go for a more coordinated look. My hexis are more a side project, great for filling in time, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, after dinner when I'm chatting to Gbf, or a quiet afternoon list

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Wonderful Surprises

Wonderful Surprises

I'm very late in showing off some wonderful gifts I received from some lovely bloggy friends over Christmas and New Years. Before another minute passes here we go... First up was Suzee from AppleHead Threads . She totally surprised me with this amazing package full of little presents. I unwrapped a special fold-up shopping bag. Though I prefer it unrolled so I can appreciate the pretty fabrics. Such beautiful purple roses. This has become my everyday bag. Then I unwrapped not just one... or two... but 3 little purses!! Oh my golly, each one is so amazing. I love that they're all so different and each is full of character. Suzee said she couldn't decide which one to send so she sent me 3!! I'm so spoilt!! One I use for coins, one I use for my lip-gloss and one I use for my little cards. Suzee of AppleHead Threads you sure know how to make someone's day!! Next are these amazing gifts from Melody from the House on the Side of the Hill Blog. A teeny tiny An

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