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.


Thursday, September 8, 2016


I started this Entrelac project last year and finally completed it a couple of weeks back, I just love it and I think it would make a lovely pram rug. I now just have to weave in the ends.

This is my current crochet project which I started just over a week ago.  I really love it, it's so happy and colourful, although I'm not looking forward to weaving in the ends. 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016


My dream for over 25 years has been to own a Janome Memory Craft, unfortunately at this time my dream has not been fulfilled as they are still are still way out of my budget however I wanted to upgrade my machine and this is my retirement pressie to me.  A Janome Skyline S5which finally arrived on Friday 29 July.

This is my previous machine, a Toyota Quiltmaster, it has been a great machine over the past several years and sewn many Quilts and Laundry Bags for Aussie Heroes as well as many other projects.

This is my new baby, I just love her..............

Although she is not a Memory Craft, there are lots of stitches she can do.

I tested out quite a few of the stitches on a sampler. I just love how much quitter my Janome is and sews so beautifully.

It seems I will have to make a new cover as this one is a wee bit small...

A secret Santa project - ummm.........


Tuesday, August 2, 2016


I have been busy sewing blocks for my Project 48 Quilt, they are currently up to Block 26 so I am still a little behind however I am happy with my catch up so far.


                                                                           BLOCK 16

                                                                            BLOCK 17

                                                                         BLOCK 18


                                                                         BLOCKS 19

                                                                     BLOCK 20

                                                                            BLOCK 21


Tuesday, July 26, 2016


For the first time I have joined the "No Fuss Swappers" in an on line swap.  Today we opened our "Clayton's Christmas Swap" pressie.  YAY so exciting, this is what my parcel looked like before I unwrapped it.. sooo pretty.

This is what was inside, a pretty angel for the Christmas tree, a cute wooden Santa button and a yummy chocolate all wrapped in a lovely maroon colour fabric. My gift came from Julz over at Simple Stitches, thank you Julz.

This was such a fun swap, I am joining the "No Fuss Swappers" in their next little adventure.