Sunday, February 28, 2010

Creative freedom ....

I had a few daylight hours today in a quiet,
no tv house,
with washing folded ...
... a wonderful time to restore some creative freedom!
I listened to LOUD music, ate lollies (without needing to hide them) & drank red cordial to my heart's content .... if you know me well
... I don't really ever do any of those things!
I got to & found these little pieces in my scrap box just waiting to be sewn together!
All pebbled, hand stitched & stretched!
All in one sitting .... unheard of!

i.spy ..... on wing of bird

I am so happy to report that most of the "i.spies"
are now on their way finally to almost all the "players"
.... Thankyou so much for playing
... it was a great game
... win-win all the way around the globe!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Time for Tea!

My SIL who lives in PA, USA
took this shot of my niece's Little People tea party ...
...cute huh!
Notice that the T-Rex is about to arrive & disturb the peace!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


How to ... its easy!

Step 1:
Cut x1 background fabric
Cut x1 Red/Aqua fabric
Cut these @4.5 inches square
Rule a diagonal pencil line from one corner to the other
@ 45 degrees!

Step 2:
Sew x2 seams ...
right sides facing together
one 1/4" on each side of the pencil line
... like this!
Step 3:

Use your ruler & rotary blade to cut along the pencil line... like this!
Step 4:
Iron seam towards red/aqua fabric &
Trim the 'ears' off ...
... like this!
Your finished HST block should be 4" square!

If any of this is confusing ... please ask me!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Where you lead, I will follow ... "

My wandering mind ...
I've had Carol King's song in my head for an hour or so ...
... so instead of getting it stuck in yours ...
I thought I'd present a few quotes on friendship:

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
- Anais Nin

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
- Roberts

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival."
- C. S. Lewis

"A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I've been sanding ....

I have the cutest lot ...
Little shelf - Made by my Dad when he was in high school
& it was always part of my bedroom furniture growing up
... has been bright yellow or green or purple at different times!

Kids sized table - from our Church, both my Dad & I would have used ...
1st little Chair - From our Church ... in past lives has been green & blues
& I must say I kind of like it like that!
2nd Chair - Op shop find by my Mum ... it was calling her name!
Currently multi-coloured ... about to be painted Red ... or Aqua

I have finished the sanding on the most part
... now I need to decide which pieces
will be Red & which will be a soft Aqua
... this colour combination has turned up before somewhere!?

All to be part of my work in progress ...
Playroom / Study

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Working on something . . . some more

I had some time to work out the layout ...
.... sewed 20% of it together so far!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Working on something . . .

I love the colours purple & green
somewhere along the line you might have read that before?
I decided to add another layer to last year's blocks swap blocks
all 104 of them!
That's 416 more strips of purple &
green fabric ... all from my stash .... I only just had enough!
Now I will have x10 rows wide & high ...
= 100 which will make a King sized quilt ...
I will get to & create a layout soon!
I'll keep you posted!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Last chance ...

We've decided to hold x2 Red & Aqua Blocks Swaps...
Who's 'playing' ????
Me - WG'sx2
Kylie - HST's
Sam -
WG's & HST's
Lizzie - HST's

Jo - WG's
Louise - WG's
Wendy S - HST's
Katherine - HST's
Bronwyn - WG's & HST's
Cathy - WG's
Marion - WG's & HST's
Leah - WG's
=12 people ...
& 15 quilts ...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spontaneously ....

..... last Sunday,
the little one & I decided to jump on a plane,
& went way north ....
.... with 'Daddy'
.... we played while he conferenced!
If you missed me that might explain things!
... Back to my "i.spy" fabric swap ...
hmmm still waiting on x2 parcels ...
if they are not here tomorrow ... oh dear!
I will be sending out the swaps anyway ...

Here's a great idea on how to use your 'i.spy' fabrics ....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Getting back in the groove baby!

We've had a lovely summer back & forward up the river ...
Not alot of sewing done using a machine ...
so lovely husband gave me some child-free,
a quiet home & relaxed space on the weekend
... ahh a little slice of creative bliss
... mostly got my groove back!
This little skinny stack of coins
became a table/bed runner 2metres long!
Yay ... started & finished in the one session
... that nearly never happens with me!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Purple rain ...

Little crib sized quilt I finally finished
for a little baby girl born 6 weeks ago!
I know ... it was only the binding ...

.... its raining here tonight .... Its been so long since we've had the chance to snuggle up in bed & listen to the rain on the roof! Wonderful music!
Long suffering is our garden .... in this drought of ours its having a rare water!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I have always loved the game Tetris!
It appeals to my spatial skills too!
I'd love to have these shelves for a play space ... be able to store
& display
& arrange
& play like big blocks
& rearrange again
& to understand space & shape
.... oh what fun we'd have ...
...better find a smaller scale version for now!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Red & Aqua BLOCK Swap 2010

'09 was a Purple & Green year!
... 2010 is set to be
Red & Aqua!
Would you like to join in?
If you live in Melbourne come & join us!
If you don't & you'd like to we could do a mail-it-in thing??
We've actually got x2 block swap designs happening!
1 - Whirly-Gigs
inspired by this & this
2 - Half Square Triangles
inspired by this & this

You can join in one or both!
If you're interested please email me!
We are getting together to make a start this Friday ....
We meet once a month to swap the blocks
we've made at home
& catch up on other show&tell projects
& socialize ... all good!
This Friday is a catch up ... working out who is going to make which blocks &
to check out what everyone has done with their '09 p&g blocks!