If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Busy, busy as quilt to get finished

It has a been a few weeks since my last blog post but there have been more frequent updates in our Facebook page. Remember you can view it even if you are not a member of Facebook.

I have finished the Jacobean Roses BOM and all lessons for that have been sent out. Just have to find time to quilt it now
Jacobean Roses BOM
I have also spent a busy couple of days finishing the  Magnolias In My Garden BOM quilt top.
Magnolias In My Garden BOM

Blocks 1-6 have been sent out in that BOM and I hope to have the remainder emailed out in the next fortnight or so.

The reason for my haste is that I planning on designing a new BOM with the Floral  Dance designs from Hatched In Africa. I am assuming that those people on my Jacobean Roses BOM will more than likely want to do this so they are automatically included. If you wish to be on the mailing list for this new one please email me.

This is the colour  palette I am going to use hopefully with some White Fairy Frost that I still have. This quilt will have embroidered borders. These fabrics are the Pen and Inked range form Connecting Threads Will also use some other tonals for the applique etc.

I have also been very busy organizing some Bridie's Blossoms packages so that I have a good stock on hand for when hospitals and funeral homes require them.

We have had some gorgeous little birds visiting our fountain. We are in dire need of rain and the poor little birds love having a bath. The little white eyes are just exquisite. 




This little male Eastern Spinebill had a lovely time. He has a gorgeous little red eyes and an amazing bill/beak 


Hallie has also started taking my husband for a walk. She is very insistent and won't stop meowing at the door until he takes her out.


Monday, 28 March 2016

New tutorial posted

I have just uploaded the tutorial for my new Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 2. Once again this quilt uses only 1 metre or 1 yard of the main focus fabric. This little quilt measures 43 1/2 inches square and is ideal for charity purposes or a new baby gift.
Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt 2

The designs I used for this quilt were the Colourwork Owls on the Block from Hatched in Africa. You can download the instructions for this quilt HERE


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Another new quilt pattern and sandwiching a quilt with pool noodles

Last night was the final night that we did our penguin guiding for this season. We are now off until mid September when the little penguins will start to breed again. The sunset provided beautiful subtle hues for us to enjoy.
Sunset Lillico March 27

Sunset Lillico March 27

Sunset Lillico March 27
I have been designing another one of my 1 metre wonder quilts where you only use 1 metre of the main focus fabric. 
The embroidered designs are the Colourwork Owls on The Block by Hatched in Africa. They are quick to stitch out and ideal for a quilt such as this 43 1/2 inch square one. I will have tutorial for download up later on in the week .

I pressed, cut the backing and batting,sandwiched and spray basted this quilt and the other small one that I made last week in under an hour this morning using the pool noodle method.  I have provided a quick tutorial on spray basting/ pin basting a quilt using pool noodles in the photos below. 

Step 1


Roll the backing onto the noodle so that the right side is face down against the table, ie, as you unroll it the wrong side is facing you and the quilt top is rolled as shown with the wrong side against the batting as you normally would. As you roll the pieces onto the noodles make sure that you keep the noodle nice and straight by placing your hands near the ends to roll and then smooth towards the middle as you go.

Step 2



 Step 3


 Step 4
This afternoon I had a companion helping me with the quilting


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Beautiful sunrise and another 1 metre Wonder quilt

We had a glorious sunrise this Good Friday morning.
Good Friday Morning Sunrise

Good Friday Morning Sunrise

Good Friday Morning Sunrise

Good Friday Morning Sunrise
I have stitched together this quilt top today. It is going to be a gift. It is called my Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder quilt because you only need one metre of the border focus fabric to make it. The designs are the Rag Train from Hatched in Africa
Bridie's Blessings One Metre Wonder Quilt
You can download the tutorial for this quilt from HERE

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Lots of happenings

I have no idea where the days go. Once again it has been ages since my last blog post but I do update more frequently on Facebook.
At the beginning of the month, on International Women's Day I was honoured to receive a Diamond of Devonport award  for my work with Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings
Diamond of Devonport Award
Early this week I delivered quilts and knitted blankets to the local women's shelter. I have pics of some of them below.



At the moment I am busily working on the little hats and embroidered teddy bears that go in the packages for our hospitals.

We are coming to the end of the penguin guiding season. We have lots of birds moulting at the moment and they will return to the sea when they are fully feathered once again.
Moulting penguin
We have had some glorious sunsets
Sunset at  Lillico

Sunset at  Lillico

Sunset at  Lillico
We have also been continuing to have many bird visitors to the garden fountain. These are photos of an Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill

The Two BOM's that I am currently doing are humming away. Block 9 has been sent out for the Jacobean Roses and Block 3 for the Magnolias in my Garden.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Wow has it been that long

Time just gets away. Since I started posting to Facebook I have been sitting less and less doing blog posts. If you haven't already  looked at the Facebook  page please do and add it your favourites if you are not on  Facebook.

I have not been resting on my laurels with plenty of activity happening here but think I might have to take a break as I have had three migraine episodes in three days. Only lose my vision for a short while but that is bad enough.

We are up to Block 7 in the HIA Jacobean Roses BOM and lessons have been sent out for those.
Jacobean Roses BOM Blocks 1-3

Instructions for Block 2 have also been sent out in the Magnolias in My Garden BOM. That BOM will be going at a much more sedate pace.
Magnolias in My Garden Blocks 1 and 2
I have been working on some quilts for the local women's shelter and have a few tops done. I have pics of some of them below.

The black/white/red quilt is made up from the orphan blocks belonging to the Project House 360 BOM that just stopped dead in its tracks back in 2014.
 This little boys quilt is embroidered with the Redwork Chubby Cars from Hatched in Africa
 The pieces for the quilt below were gifted from a friend . They belong to the Quiltville's Mystery Grand Illusions quilt. I made this smaller top and plan on doing two more interspersed with embroidered blocks etc.
 This little owl themed quilt top is embroidered with the C_Some Stitches  Night Owls set. I split off parts of the design and embroidered them a different colour. I purchased the design set during one of their dollar promotions last year at Secrets of Embroidery.
We had a lovely double rainbow a couple of afternoons ago. We had some lovely ran and the main fires in the state are not burning as they were but because of the rainforest etc are bring underground.
We have had some glorious sunsets at the penguin viewing platform as the last of the baby penguns are nearly ready to leave for the ocean.





Sunset over Lillico February 20 2016




The sunrises with the smoke haze have also been very rich in colour

We have also been having many bird visitors to our fountain. This juvenile butcher bird is just one of them