Sunday, January 24, 2010

Catch up.

Thought I would share what's been keeping me a bit busy the past month or so. Well, actually, I can't really show it to you. Infact, this is all I can, and will show you.

You'll just have to trust me on this, and wait for August.
But, I can show you a bit of the back. I used a Signature varigated thread to stipple quilt this quilt, and I love it. Am so happy with how it turned out.

I've also been doing a bit of spending of late. We had a new range of fabric come in at work, Boutique by Chez Moi for Moda. Devine fabrics. Just devine. So I snapped up a few fat quarters, though I could easily have bought a Layer Cake. I may still do.

I've also been doing some random purchases of things that have caught my eye.

What am I going to do with it all? No idea yet. Just had to have it.

And by the way, how adorably cute are these turtles?!!

We had an end of year break up party for work a few weeks back. We went bowling, and I am most pleased to report that I came 3rd out of the staff! And I won a prize!
Don't you just love that the prize for a patchwork shop break up party is fabric?!!
This is the 'Animal Alphabet' range by Moda. And it's so cute!

So, I am going to be making a playmat for my new neice/nephew in June. Can't wait to be an aunty!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Stringybark Farm BOM

Well, here are 3 very overdue and long awaited blocks for the Stringybark Farm BOM. Once again, my apologies for not getting around to this sooner. Thank you to those who have emailed me regarding the BOM as you kept reminding me to 'hurry up!'

So, here we have 3 more blocks for the BOM - Blocks 6, 7 and 8. I haven't actually sewn them yet as I just don't have the time at the moment unfortunately. But hopefully these drawings will do. Please feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions at all regarding the blocks and design. There are two more final blocks, and I'll finish drawing them over the next week or so.

So, Block 6 is Harold and Susie, two sheepish residents of the farm. They like nothing better than to stand under the old windmill and watch the world go by, whilst snatching a few mouthfuls of lush grass of course! Then we have Miles and Pepper, two very cheeky, and very naughty barn cats. They never stray far from the bales of hay where the field mice play and hide.

And finally, we have Farmer Jack and Betty in Block 8. Their little wooden house is a simple affair, but a very happy home indeed. And whilst Farmer Jack tends his farm, his doting wife Betty is very happy in her garden.

Once again, I'm really sorry! I'm really quite annoyed at myself that I haven't been able to give this the time and attention it deserves. But life has gotten in the way quite a bit over the last few months, and that takes precedence over sewing luxuries!

Anyway, till next time - happy sewing!

Download the patterns here.
Edited to add: Just to answer some questions I have been asked. Blocks 6 and 7 need a 4.5 x 6.5" piece of cream homespun. Block 8 needs a 4.5 x 10.5in piece. Unfortunately the pictures did not scan in at the correct size (technology these days... *sigh*) but I tried to get the designs as close to the correct size as possible. Hopefully it will work out fine. :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Well, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas season, and a great New Year!

I have been away on holidays recently over in Berri, South Australia, visiting family. It was very hot over there, so we went swimming in the beautiful Murray River, which was just devine! I love swimming in rivers and lakes!

Murray River, Berri.

I unfortunately got sick with the flu whilst I was over there and celebrated New Years Eve by going to bed at 10pm, and sleeping all of New Years Day!

Me, at Mildura Airport, waiting for my brother and sister in law to pick me up.

Thankfully I am better now, though I badly injured my ankle last saturday, whilst skiing up at Lake Eildon. I accidently rolled my ankle down a rut in the ground, and an old piece of timber jabbed into my ankle. Well, I won't give you the gory details, but alot of blood and a tetanus shot later, and I'm finally starting to walk on it without too much pain!

So yes, things have been rather busy of late!

This pretty little doll was one project I was madly trying to finish before the end of the year. A friend, Julie, had comissioned it for a friends daughter and I needed to have it done before I went on holidays. Please excuse the shocking photos, but I ran out of time to take any good ones.

And now, time for a well deserved Stringybark Farm BOM update! *hangs head in shame* Gosh, things have just been so busy I haven't been able to give this the time and attention it deserved. I do apologise to those who have been so patiently waiting for the next blocks. I'm so sorry!

What I will do is finish the drawings for the final blocks, and put them online asap. That way you can all complete your blocks if and when you want to. I will eventually finish the BOM quilt, but it is unfortunately a bit far down on my 'To Do' list at the moment.

So, as soon as I finish this post, I will get out the drawings and finish them off. Hopefully I can have them all scanned in by the end of the week. Sorry again girls! *smacks hand*