Merry Smiley Christmas

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 take

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A Fun Flimsy & Giveaway Winners

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

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Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day!!

Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day!!

Yippee Yay - It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!! A big welcome to anyone visiting my blog for the first time, and always a big hello to my regular visitors.  It's like giveaway city around here, with my previous post as a giveaway too, pop back and check it out.  I'll keep this brief because I know there are zillions of givaways to visit.  I've got 2 prizes for 2 lucky winners. First up a Tula Pink bundle including a yard of Cameo from the Parisville range... ...and other bits and pieces from Tula's earlier ranges. For a second winner - a fat quarter bundle of the cutest cat fabric that ever there was.  Here Kitty Kitty , a beautiful organic fabric by Alyssa Thomas I love the aqua and greys and pretty yellow in this range Okay, here's what you have to do to win one of these fabulous prizes.  Answer this simple question: What is your favourite fruit? And for fun if you are a wonderful follower you can have 2 extr

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Cultural Fusion Quilts - Giveaway

Cultural Fusion Quilts - Giveaway

Welcome to Day 4 of the blog tour for the best new book to hit our crafty book shelves. Presenting... Cultural Fusion Quilts,  A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions   15 Free-Form Block Projects by Sujata Shah  Sujata is one of my very favourite quilters so when a bird told me she was writing a book to say I was excited was an understatement. The book certainly lives up to my expectations and more! Let's start with a quick summary of the plot – Sujata has been making quilts for a long time starting with traditional quilts but along the way she has drawn on influences from her colourful childhood in India, a degree in Graphic Arts, American Gees Bend style quilts, and African textiles and weaving. She has gathered these ideas and developed her own free, joyful style. Now, in Cultural Fusion Quilts, she is sharing her free form, curvy, colourful techniques with us. When I was writing notes about this book I found I soon had a long list of reasons why I t

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A Wedding Bouquet

A Wedding Bouquet

Hello December! Where did you come racing from?  I'm sticking to my 'flowery first of the month welcomes' with another flowery post. Nothing too quirky or clever this time, but something a bit special.  As most of you know I'm a florist so I guess it goes without saying that over the years I've often imagined how my wedding bouquet would look. Sometimes I'd prefer a simple posy of scented sweetpeas or gadenias, or something funky using fruit and sticks, or perhaps an armful of trailing vines entwined with colourful orchids,  or a big blowsy bouquet of peonies. In fact I used to joke that I'd have to get married 100 times to have all the bouquets I wanted. But until recently even though I've made a lot of wedding bouquets, I've never had one I could call my own.  Last weekend Mr Daisy and I walked down the grassy aisle, and in a cathedral of trees we tied the knot. We've considered ourselves married in our hearts for a long time but

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Guess What ?

Guess What ?

I'm the Featured Blogger in the current edition of Down Under Quilts.  How cool is that? It's a 3 page spread with answers to all sorts of questions about blogging, surrounded by photos of my quilts.  I'm really pleased about the focus on my blogging because I do make an effort to make my blog a friendly place to visit, with nice photos, and things to make you smile, and a bit of inspiration here and there.  Watch out for the magazine in newsagents. The edition is all about Christmas and there are a variety of holiday projects. As a bonus it also comes with a handy 6 inch square ruler.  A big hello and welcome to anyone who has found their way here after reading the article.  I always say one of the best things about blogging is the friends you make. Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts is one of my oldest blogging friends. We found each other about 4 years ago and we've followed each others sewing adventures since then. She surprised me recently with th

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Fabric Fun Times

Fabric Fun Times

A parcel full of these wonderful blocks arrived in my mail box last week. Aren't they pretty?  A little while ago I joined in a Nine-Patch swap organised by Barb of Fun with Barb blog. A huge thanks to Barb for organising such a great swap! She has a really clever way of making these blocks quickly and efficiently, which was handy because in the end there were 50 participants so we ended up having to make 100 blocks each!!  It's really quite a wonderful feeling having a collection of blocks made by 50 different people. Imagine that! If you had all those quilters together in one room it would be quite a party!  I haven't decided how to use the Nine-Patches yet. I'll save them up for when I'm settled in my new sewing room and I have access to a design wall again.  Not long now... Here are the blocks I sent. I used my civil war reproduction fabrics. I don't use them often but I have quite a stash of them. At the moment I have the repro f

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