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

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Monday, 6 November 2017

BFC Anniversary Designs and Possible new Quilt

I hope you have been collecting the new BFC Creations 14th Anniversary free set of designs that Suz has been so graciously providing to us. Make sure to collect each new one as it is released. This is my take on Design  3 using a red and black theme.
 I will not be doing a BOM with this set unless I get an indication of who would like to do this. I have just put another post on my Vicki's Fabric Creations FB page and need you to make a comment there if you would like to do one. I am also unable to send out bulk email so will have to set up a download folder.

Penguin guiding season down at Lillico Beach is well underway again. We had a very cold night on Saturday night and a very clear moon so took some Halloween inspired photos.
Lillico Beach and Don Heads

Lillico Beach and Don Heads




Monday, 23 October 2017

Time is flying by

I cannot believe how quickly this year is going. I post much more frequently on the Facebook page and you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view those posts. Save the link to your favourites and you can see what I am up to.

On October 13th my fiend Anna and I traveled to  Launceston to be interviewed on the radio about White Butterfly eventwhich we attended with Anna being the guest speaker. Anna is Bridie's Mum after whom my Bridie's Blossoms project is named.
You can listen to our interview HERE

We spent 10  days in Canberra at the end of September/early October and whilst there we visited Floriade which once again had some gorgeous floral displays.








We also delivered the first of my I Existed I Mattered keepsake packages to families who experience very early miscarriages. These packages will be given out in the emergency Departments and Pregnancy assessment clinics. By the end of this week I will have distributed 70 of these around our state of Tasmania. The packages have 10 items in them and include the little I Existed I Mattered Teddy bear so in total I have made  700 items in a three weeks.
I Existed I Mattered Early Miscarriage Keepsake packages.

I Existed I Mattered Keepsake Packages
I Existed I Mattered Bears


Saturday, 23 September 2017

An update and memory quilts I have made

I cannot believe how quickly this year is going. I was approached a few weeks ago to make some memory quilts for three grown up granddaughters using fabric from their grandmother's clothing. I do not normally do special requests but this one tugged at my heart strings. The fabrics were all polyester apart from one cotton print. The quilts have been completed and delivered.
Memory quilts
Last week a story about me and my Bridie's Blossoms project was written in the Sunday Examiner. The response was very humbling indeed.
Article in Sunday Examiner
 You can view the article online  HERE
Make sure to watch the video which is included on that page. I was very nervous when filming that as I was not expecting to do it.

Our garden has been in spectacular bloom with the spring bulbs.




I have also completed some quilts for a community based fund raiser towards the end of the year.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Another busy month nearly over and my latest pop up quilt show

Today has been a wonderful sunny day heralding hopefully that spring is just around the corner. It was the perfect weather to have another mini pop up quilt show of the the latest 10 quilts I have completed for the local women's shelter. Once again I tried to make a variety for women and young children. They will be delivered during the coming week.



Last weekend we traveled to Hobart for my graduation from UTAS for my Diploma of Family History. It has been nearly 40 years since I last graduated from UTAS with my Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education. What a day Friday was. We delivered Bridie's Blossoms packages and super nurse key rings to hospitals in Hobart .
Then it was off to graduation to receive my Diploma of Family History. A highlight was my very good friend Brenda Hodge giving a wonderful Welcome to Country address . Brenda and I have known each other for nearly 40 years and she did not tell me she was doing it.
I had one of my regular check ups with my oncologist at the beginning of the month . Thankfully that went well with the next scheduled one in December. We were out of bed very early that day as I also had an interview with ABC Northern Tasmania radio talking about Bridie's Blossoms. I was very humbled indeed by the reaction which it received.


There is a little bit of a story HERE


You can listen to the interview HERE


Friday, 28 July 2017

The End of July Already!

Can't believe I haven't posted in so long. more frequent updates on the Facebook page though.I have not been sitting idly by and twiddling my thumbs.

Before I launch into my blog post. I have a big favour to ask. My niece has entered a photo of an echidna in a competition. The six photo with the most votes will go on display in the Museum coffee shop. 

Can you please vote for her photo on this link.  To vote you need to like the photo. Many many thanks in advance.

My latest creation is a quilt for a fellow cat lover. The designs I used for this were from  BFC Creations Cats Could Talk sets. I picked these designs because they sum up my cats completely.
If Cats Could Talk quilt
The border print is very similar to an Escher type geometric design. This fabric has been in my stash for quite some time.
I also made a black/ white and grey quilt with a hint of grey as a special request from a friend of mine for a well deserving young lady. These design are the Black and White Florals set from Hatched in Africa.

The layout for both of these quilts is a variation on the Starburst pattern under the Free Pattern/Projects tab.
The Teddy Quilt is the Starburst pattern and will be a quilt for the women's shelter. These designs are the Teddy Bears Applique set from Hatched in Africa. These deigns stitched out so well. I will be making more quilts like this and just change the colour of the tie or just leave it off completely.

My 82 year old Mum has embroidered two lovely woollen bears. These are just gorgeous.

I have also lined and made the little quilts for another 7 little coffin boxes for the little angels in our Tasmanian hospitals.


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Rococo BOM Complete with all lessons uploaded

All of the lessons for Rococo BOM are now in the download folder. Please download before Monday 10th July as the folder will be taken down from share on that day.



To download the files  click HERE and you will be taken to the download folder.

The cold days of winter have definitely arrived here in Tasmania but that didn't stop the little silvereyes having a bath again this morning.






Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Pythagorean Persian Table/Bed Runner


I have had a busy week embroidering and stitching the blocks for the Rococo Inspirations BOM. The quilt top is complete and the  tutorials for each of the blocks will be written over the next week or so.


HIIA Rococo Inspirations BOMs




Inspired by the fabrics I used for the  BOM I have also designed ,stitched and written a tutorial for my new Pythagorean Persian Table /Bed Runner. The finished runner measures approximately 49 inches (125 cm) long x 21 ½ inches (55 cm) wide. The width makes it ideal to use as a bed runner if one or more embroidered blocks is added. I have used the Persia Quilt Blocks from Hatched in Africa for the embroideries. The runner is made from half square triangles and triangles cut from squares so it is not difficult to construct.
Pythagorean Persian Table Runner





You can download the tutorial from HERE

I have also stitched and sent out a memory package to the heartbroken parents of a little angel.


We seem to finally have our winter weather and the cats are not venturing too far away from the heater.