Quilt Camp!

Quilt Camp!

This weekend I went off to Quilt Camp!! I've written about quilt camp before here at this post , so today I'll tell you about the game we play after dinner on Saturday night,   maybe you can play it at your next Guild meeting or Quilty Get together. It's called a Chinese Auction..and is always a highlight of the weekend, lots of fun and frivolity. This is how it's played - With our Quilt Camp registration we are told to bring a fat quarter in a particular theme, eg Pretty, 1930's, Spotty,  this time the theme was "Funky".  We wrap them in brown paper bags to make them anonymous and they all get placed in The Big Bag. To start everyone has to pull a number randomly from a hat. Once everyone has a number the fun begins. Person number 1 gets to pick a fat quarter from The Big Bag, they open it up and wave it around showing everyone in the room.  Then it's Person number 2's turn to choose a fat quarter from T

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Giveaway Day Winners

Giveaway Day Winners

Wow! Isn't Giveaway Day fun!!! Thank you so much to everyone for your amazing comments and answers to "Why did the chicken cross the road?" you had me giggling all week at your wonderfully funny answers! I could never, ever, have picked a favourite and am so thankful to the creators of Random.Org... You've probably had enough of chickens so lets move onto ducks... so without further delays,  Announcing the grand winner of my Tutti Fruity I Spy Fabric Pack ... It's Heike of   Leuchtzeichen  blog !!! WooHooo!!! Heike's blog is full of beautiful photos and super cute sewing projects. You should check it out!! But wait, there's more!! I couldn't stop at just one winner... With so many wonderful comments I decided to whip up a few more  "Ouch" pincushions ... so we have ... 3 more winners Julia of  Stars + Sunshine  Kelly of Jeli Quilts and last but not least, Lucy  of Charm about you  Congratulations to the all the l

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Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day

Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day

WooHooo - It's Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day!!!!  I'm giving away a   "Tutti Fruity Groovy I Spy Fabric Pack" . I've selected fabrics that are a bit different, ones that you may not have seen around.   First up we have Fruit a La Carte by Hoodie.  10 fat quarters!!   Next item in the Tutti Fruity Groovy I Spy Fabric Pack are these charm squares from a Spoonflower swap I took part in. They are so cute and I've meant to sew them all together into a fun quilt but then I thought it would be nice to let someone else play with them. The next fabric was on my cutting table and I thought it suited the theme so I included some in the pack.  I don't know who designed it or who produced it but it sure is super fabulous-  May I present  Pop Pop Drops!!    - I couldn't resist a pin cushion. I made one like this a while ago and had such a great response so I made one for the pack. I'm sure it'll come in handy

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The Love Quilt

The Love Quilt

 Spells LOVE!!! I made this quilt as a wedding gift for some friends who have just gotten married. Theirs is a romantic tale... She was an international ballerina, and He travelled the world as a sound engineer for a circus. Cupid lured them both to Melbourne, Australia where they met in Go Go Dancing classes. Yes, it's a true story, wouldn't it make a great movie! I had fun piecing the letters with my favourite fabrics, but decided the background should be simple so used a natural linen/cotton blend.  I pieced the linen with various cream fabrics, here and there, just enough to add some interest.  With so much negative space the quilting is a real feature of this quilt. I have Tanya Croft, long arm quilter extraordinaire, to thank for this. Her wonderful swirly quilting really brings the quilt to life.  Just in case my newly wedded friends need a change from the Love side they can turn the quilt around and find a bright, frutti tutti fie

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The Promise Of Joy

The Promise Of Joy

I've been looking forward to this book for a long time... Making Quilts... The Promise Of Joy by Kathy Doughty Don't you just love the title...  A quick flick of the hefty 243 pages, shows quilts of all types. applique, clever piecing, traditional with modern twists, modern with tradional twists... you get the picture...   Each quilt has a LOT of information. From the concept behind the quilt, fabric tips, handy technique tips, instructions and LOTS of wonderful photos and clear diagrams. Talk about eye candy, hooly dooly!! All the combinations of colourful fabrics are a feast for the eyes. I feel as though the more I look the more I see. I've been drooling over this book since I got it on Monday and each time I look again I see something I hadn't seen before. A clever border, wonderful fussy cutting, desirable fabrics...   Making Quilts...The Promise of Joy has been published by Quiltmania, a French publishing group who also cr

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Lovely Things Come in Threes

Lovely Things Come in Threes

Just wait till you see the next 3 exciting instalments of my year of gifts from Melody from The House on The Side Of TheHill Blog . Wrapped in apple green tissue and topped with vintage inspired cards, they were too pretty to open straight away. I saved them till I had a quiet moment on a sunny afternoon, made myself a cup of tea and had a little present party.  February with Valentines Day is the month of loooove... The romantic scent of lavender wafted up from this parcel as I peeled back the paper. It turned out to be a lovely bag of linen filled with dried lavender topped with a beautiful felt flower. I unwrapped the bundle and unfolded ... 2 embroidered Pillow Cases ... Is that not the most romantic thing ever?!! I just love them!!!! The month of March... the year is Marching along and it's time to get organised , what better way than using a notepad, especially one with Blue Mountain Daisy embroidered on the front. And more gorgeous scented lavender

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