Thursday, November 26, 2009

Just some musings..

Firstly, please head on over to Retromummy's blog. She is having a giveaway of 12 fat quarters from Rosalie Quinlans fabric range! Talk about delicious!

There isn't much else to share with this post. Well, I do have stuff to share, but I've just been so busy lately - almost too busy to sew! *gasp*

But I just wanted to share a photo I took the other day. My parents and I drove up to Marysville a few weeks back. I'm sure most of you will know that the town of Marysville was devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires back in February.
I have been a regualr visitor of Marysville since I was a little girl, and I just love that town. I have so many fond memories of picnics and games by the river, and exploring the town. So I was at a complete loss when I went back and saw how empty and hollow the town is. What was once a busy tourist town with hundreds of houses, is now basically bare paddocks. I completely lost my bearings and found myself confused as to what street I was on. And standing there, in the middle of the town, I just felt this immense sadness and grief in the air. So many people lost their lives or their homes that day, and it was like the town was grieving.

But a strong resilience was shining through. For where a house once stood, beautiful bulbs were growing through the soil and starting to flower. These precious bulbs survived all the devastation, and were now providing splashes of colour to the blackened landscape. It really encouraged me that there is always hope, and there is always life.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fabric yumminess!

I have to share my excitement with you!

I just had to take advantage of the Aussie dollar being so strong of late, and so I made my first purchase from the US!

I got quite a few items from the Fat Quarter Shop that were on sale, and so including postage I think I saved around $80! Which is alot of money! I mean, if you put it in fabric perspective that's 22 fat quarters!

Talk about major excitment when it arrived a week later in a big box, all the way from the States. I've been admiring it so much that I didn't have a chance to post about it earlier!

So, I treated myself to a Glace Jelly Roll, a Patisserie Turnover and a yard of coordinating fabric, and a bundle of 19 Ginger Blossom Fat Quarters from Michael Miller. Which ended up costing only $1.60 per fat quarter!!

So I didn't go extravagent or extreme, but I am thoroughly pleased with my purchases, and I cannot wait to start using them. That's the problem though. I want to use them now. Not in a few weeks time when I've finished other projects. But now.

And yes, I will certainly be purchasing more as long as the Dollar stays strong!

I also had a lovely suprise in the mail last week. Back at the beginning of the year I joined in a Medallion Quilt Round Robin swap. So all through the year I have been recieving other ladies quilts and adding a border on. Well, I finally got mine home!
And so here it is!

I asked for a predominately white quilt featuring the red, blue, yellow and green fabric colours in my center square.

I'm really happy with the result, which was totally different to what I was expecting! So a big thank you to all the ladies who participated in my quilt top. You've done a fabulous job!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yellow Fever

Well, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who likes yellow! Being such a happy colour, I think it's impossible not to like it. Quite a few of you are now keen to make your own yellow quilt, so I'm happy to hear you have been inspired.

As for me, I've been busy cutting.

There is nothing nicer than a stack of squares, all neatly cut up and just waiting to be sewn.
And, how's this for fabric cheerfulness?? All the sewn squares blissfully blowing in the breeze.

And slowly being sewn together. I love this simple little block.

I just can't get over how happy these blocks are making me feel! I was seriously sitting there with a big smile on my face as I was sewing!

So can you tell it's been a bit of yellow fever here lately? I even bought a bundle of yellow flowers from the nursery and potted them up.

And just to spread the 'yellow cheer,' the winner of the yellow fatquarter is Jeanette from QLD! Congratulations Jeanette! I hope you enjoy using it and I'll be in touch shortly.

And finally - I won something!! The wonderfully talented Natalie Lymer from Cinderberry Stitches was having a giveaway of her latest pattern. And yup, I won a copy! I'm awfully excited as I just love Natalies designs. I can't wait to start sewing!

Keep smiling and enjoy the yellow!