Sunday, December 4, 2016


My Vintage Kitchen was a 2015 BOM by Jenny of ELEFANTZ.. I managed to stitch each block last year however I only sewed it all together recently.  This is my "My Vintage Kitchen" completed.

I just love it hanging in my kitchen. I replaced it this morning for the next few weeks with this lovely
mini quilt hanging which I received in a "Christmas In July" swap last year. 

Happy Sunday everyone


Monday, November 28, 2016


I have joined the "No Fuss Swappers" for the last 3 swaps which have been lots of fun, also they are an easy swap to participate in.  The latest is the "Bah Humbug" swap, I received my parcel quite early this morning, I have to wait 16 sleeps till I can open it.....
I love the fabric wrapping, thank you Nor....

I have posted a parcel to my partner Anthea, I can't show you the goodies I sent to Anthea just yet as she is, quite coincidentally a Bloggy friend and reads my posts.   I will put photos up after14th December when Anthea has opened her parcel. 

Happy Monday everyone.


Sunday, November 6, 2016


Over the past few weeks I have been doing some catch up sewing on my P48Quilt Blocks in between doing some secret Christmas sewing for two Christmas swaps.
This is Block 22, this block took me 9 hours of sewing, unpicking and sewing and that's not counting the cutting out as I had precut a lot of the blocks waiting for spare time to sew them. I didn't enjoy making this block however I very happy with the completed block.

                                                                         Block 23

Block 24, this one was very challenging and also took me a long time to complete, I needed to watch a tutorial (a couple of times ) to learn how to sew the white pieces into the block......

Block 25, block piecing and some hand applique.

                                                                             Block 26

                                                                           Block 27

Block 28, this is a needle turn applique block which took me quite a few hours to complete, there are 3 petals to each flower. My fingers were cramped at completion.

                                                                        Block 29

Block 30, this took me a little bit of time, I'm not real happy with this block but I'm not doing it again.

Block 33, I enjoyed doing this block. Yes you read correctly, I am missing blocks 31 and 32 which I still need to do.

Block 34, this is another needle turn applique block as well, I really suck at it, this block took me several hours to applique and if you look closely I only have a few of the leaf ends in points.  I know you will be shuddering when looking at this Michelle. It's my first ever attempt at needle turn applique and I looked at a LOT of tutorials first but I'm still bad at it.  I am NOT including this block into the quilt however I will hang onto it.  I would like to do more needle point applique (maybe I need a few lessons from a professional).  I can look at this in the future to see how far I'm come - fingers crossed anyway.....

Block 35...... I still have to catch up from here to block 41 which came out last Friday.

I hope you're all enjoying the weekend and the weather - looks like we're into summer now.


Friday, October 28, 2016


My niece had a baby boy, Charlie born on 11 August, arriving 5 weeks early at 4lbs 3 ozs.  Charlie spent the first couple of weeks of his life in hospital. These are the gifts I made for Charlie. I bought a gorgeous white thick large towel from Aldi some time back and sewed a piece of fabric across both ends.

I made 4 burp cloths with some baby print fabric on one side and towelling on the other side.

I started knitting and crocheting as soon as I knew our niece was pregnant. I knitted two cardy's, crocheted some mittens and some bootees and a beanie, however as Charlie arrived a little early these
things were quite large for him.

I made a little cot quilt which was made from a quilt panel. This was quick and easy to do.  I can make him a patch work quilt when he's a little older.

After Charlie was born premmie, I made these two very tiny beanies. They were so small they fit
over an orange. They were so cute.

This is little Charlie when he was born.

Little Charlie with his Dad parading the cardy and bootees I made form him, oh yes they are quite large on him.

This is little Charlie at 9-1/2 weeks, he is growing nicely and yay the bootees fit. 

Have a great weekend everyone.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016


I'm a little late in posting my Birthday Blog Post, my Birthday was Thursday 22nd September, I had a wonderful day, my very good friend made me this wonderful BIG cupcake Birthday cake which was made of Red Velvet.  Ummmmm so delicious.

The same friend made us a delicious morning tea of fresh homemade scones and a lovely lemon teacake.

We then went out to lunch and enjoyed a couple of cocktails.                                                                                     

These are some of my Birthday goodies from family and friends.

My very good friend, Vicki (yes the same one that made my Birthday cake) gave me a really lovely necklace of a "digger's hat" - she knows I love making laundry bags and quilts for the ADF, also a lovely pair of Silver sixpence earrings of my birth year.

My lovely Bloggy friend Anthea of Hisbicus Stitches and I did a Birthday swap this year, Anthea made me this gorgeous craft bag with lots of goodies to go with it. 

Here is a better look of the bag by itself..                             

Anthea also included a matching Needle Keeper and a Pin Cushion.  I have the perfect use for my new bag and extras - I am going to use it to hold my stitching when we go tripping in our caravan, now to wait for the caravan to arrive which is on order.  Anthea also gave me these lovely Kate Spain fabrics.

We went to dinner with family and friends, we went to The Rustic Olive at Redcliffe. It certainly lived up to everything I had heard out it.  Absolutely wonderful Italian food, good size portions too..
I had Scallopini, I love veal and didn't want to eat pasta that late.

Stephen and Kate had the Entrée size and they said it was so filling.

Vicki and I had 2 bottles of this beautiful Champagne, G H MUMM........

A photo with our first glass...

A photo of Kate and I

This is a photo nearing the end of the night, LOL................

It was a wonderful Birthday and now it's all over for another year........


Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Block 22 of the Project 48 Quilt, I had this block cut out for a few weeks and just didn't want to tackle it as there were so many pieces and a lot of ladies had made comments about the difficulty of the block.  I had a few hours spare yesterday so decided to "give it a go", well it took me 2-1/2 hours
and had to unpick the first round of blue pieces from the white blocks as I'd sewed them to the wrong sides of the white blocks.  I'm really happy with the end result of this block, it certainly tested my patience.  I am glad I did it but there will not be any others of this one again................


Friday, September 16, 2016


Another wonderful swap organised by the "No Fuss Swappers" ladies, this time it was a "Roadtrip" swap. 
I received these gifts from Teresa.


I sent these gifts to Susan. I wrapped the gifts in a fat quarter of fabric.

I forgot to take a photo before I sent the gifts to Susan, so these photos are courtesy of Susan minus the packet of lollies.

Happy Friday, have a great weekend.