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

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Toys for Boys quilt finished

The Toys for Boys quilt is finished. I have taken a photo this morning whilst we had gale force winds so it was a case of trying to snap a pic whilst it was still for a split second. I have just sent out Block 6 to those people who are receiving these lessons.
HIA Toys for Boys BOM quilt
Roberta has sent in pics of her first four Toys for Boys blocks. Make sure to send in pics of your blocks so that we see all the different colour palettes that palettes are using.

Elizabeth is powering along with her BFC 10 000 member quilt in these glorious batik fabrics.
I am sharing these pic of some of my neighbour's exquisite hellebore flowers.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Long time since my last blog post

Wow I did not realize that it has been nearly two weeks since my last blog post. I have been posting more frequently on the Facebook page as it is much easier for me to do so. Remember you can still access that page even if you are not a Facebook member. You just cannot leave a message etc on it.
It has been very cold here in Tasmania, in fact the south eastern part of mainland Australia is going through a bit of a cold snap. The cold has not stopped the little silver eye birds from having a bath in the fountain.

The cats have taken every opportunity to sun themselves around the house during the day.

We have also had some lovely sunrises this week.
I have been busily working away on lining more of the little coffin boxes for the little angel babies on the north west of Tasmania.
I have also stitched out all of the embroideries for the Toys for Boys quilt. I have completed the first 6 blocks put the first two rows together. Instructions have gone out for  Blocks 1-4.
Toys For Boys BOM
I am feeling a bit under the weather today so think it will be a quiet one.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Round Up of Bits and Pieces

We are definitely in the middle of winter here in Tasmania. Cold dreary days do not do much for me at all. However, one daffodil has decided to make an early appearance so spring is trying to come.
I have just finished the Hoopsisters 2105 Mystery quilt.I have used fabrics i had in my stash and went for clear bright colours so that the elements of the design stood out. 
Hoopsisters 2105 Mystery Quilt
Roberta and Sandy have both completed their BFC 10 000 member BOM that I just finished the lessons for.
Roberta has used the black, white and red that I did, whilst Sandy used a coloured fabric to stitch her designs on. It is so inspiring when we can see how everyone chooses and interprets their own colour palette.
Roberta's BFC 10 000 member BOM

Sandy's BFC 10 000 member BOM
Karen has completed Block 1 of the new HIA Toys For  Boys BOM that we have just started.
Karen's Toys For Boys  Block 1
The instructions for Block 2 will go out over the next day or so.

Don't forget to pop over to Julia's Needle designs to pick up their sewing alpha in progress.

If you are looking for a lovely heart shaped pot holder to make for a gift perhaps for Christmas in July you can find a great tutorial here at A Spoonful of Sugar. I stumbled across whilst looking at their recipes. Make sure to check out all the other great craft ideas they have on their blog.

Now that I have a little more free time I have been going through some of the websites I like to visit. Don't forget that  the Bernina website has lots of free stuff. Be warned you can spend hour there!

They have an online magazine called  Through the Needle that you can download issues of. There is a lot of valuable information and many projects in them. Occasionally you will find links to free design you can use with some of the projects in them. Click on each issue, a new page will open and links to download are on the right hand side of the newly opened page. Just be aware that not all formats are available and you may have to convert them to your preferred format to use them.

They also have Inspiration issues along with free downloads of designs.

Their Tips and Tutorials page is well worth a look even if you do not own a  Bernina sewing machine or have Bernina software.

If you haven't done so hop on over to Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine website and download their freebies for the current July/August issue. Why not have a go at making a pair of ballet flats to use as slip ons with the free pattern available for download

Saturday, 27 June 2015


Block 1 of my new free BOM using  the Hatched In Africa's Toys For Boys set of designs has been sent out to those on my email list who have  sent in a request to do this quilt. I think this is going to be a very eye catching quilt because of the bright colours.
HIA Toys For Boys Block 1
I still have some bird pics to share with you. These are more pics of the magpie family. The adults are distinctly black and white whilst the juveniles are more grey and white.

This is a pied currawong. They are about the same size and ook like a magpie but have less white. They also have a black beak and a yellow eye. We had many frosts in Canberra and they used their beaks to break the ice in the bird baths. 

Finishes and starts

I have this afternoon sent out the last two files in the BFC 10 000 member BOM. Block 14 and the construction file.
Block 14
Shirley has sent in a pic of her blocks to date. I have said it many times and will continue to say it. We all just love to see the fabric and thread colours that everyone else uses.
Shirley's BFC 10 000 member BOM blocks to date.
I have stitched out the first few designs for the new Hatched in Africa Toys for Boys quilt BOM that I am doing and the requirement has been sent out to those who have signed up for this free BOM. At the time of writing  this post I have 135 people on my list. All going well, the first block will be sent out tomorrow. Email me if you wish to be a part of this new BOM.
HIA Toys for Boys BOM quilt underway

Tineke has also sent in a pic of her Polka Dot Giraffe quilt. Tineke used the same fabric I did for the borders and last time I looked it was still available in our local Spotlight store. Remember this one of pour recent BOM projects.

I promised to post some more pics of the birds that were in the garden whilst we were in  Canberra. Below are pics of  magpies having a lovely time under the hose we put on to water in the new plants we had just planted in the garden. These birds are very vicious during the breeding season and will swoop and dive bomb anyone who happens by but this little family of two adults and 2 juveniles were having a great time. They took turns and kept us entertained for quite some time.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Any interest in a new BOM?

Just a quick blog post this morning.

I have just been looking at a new set called Toys for Boys from Hatched in Africa and was wondering if anyone was interested in a new BOM with these designs. It is not often we get something we can do for boys. Please email me if you are interested.

It is a bit frosty here this morning and my fingers are not working too well. Hard to gt out of bed. You know it is cold when the cats are still hugging the bed at 7.30. On the plus side it is going to be a bright and clear day.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

More work on quilt blocks

I promised to show you the colourways that Elizabeth and Lexie are doing for their  BFC 10 000 member BOM. These ladies meet at my house each Tuesday afternoon and work on our BOM projects.  Elizabeth has chosen a gorgeous batik colourway and Lexie has found some florals from her stash, I am sure that we all have these types of fabrics that have been in our cupboards for quite some time. They both look fabulous. You will notice that Elizabeth's  Block 4 layout is a little different from the one I sent out. Elizabeth cut one side of her block too small so we just added another row of fabrics on the left hand side to make a checker board effect.
Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4
Block 12 has just now been sent out to those who are on my list. 
BFC BOM Block 12

Here are some more pics of the birds which visited our daughter's garden in Canberra last week. These are crimson rosellas. The one with a bit more green is the juvenile. There was a family of four that visited most days.