Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Savers Shopping And Sewing.

 I went to Savers today with a wish list in my head for black embroidery thread to do the face on my cat I made yesterday. My wish was granted! Look at what I bought today. Look at the lovely embroideries in it! I think I will use them for prezzies on the top of wool pincushions.
 Both of these bundles were tightly packed and not sure what I had bought until I got home and opened them. All complete and unused.
 I also bought this bundle too, so cute!
I have started on the next quilt on my list, this Aussie hero request is for black and blue and Aussie flag.
These will be done as giant quilt as you go blocks, Making 6 of them, and the red squares will have the Aussie flag appliqued onto the red in each block. I will be using bias binding between the blocks. Once I have done them and sewn them together I will decide if it needs a border or not.

Christmas Gifts.

This is what I have made yesterday, Hand stitched Christmas gifts.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Aussie hero quilt finished. Now I will make the laundry bags to go with them.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Finished And Started.

 Tilli and Meggie this morning.
 Next quilt started.
Aussie Hero quilt finished.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt.

Another Aussie Hero quilt in progress. The little Aussie flags are fussy cut out from an apron I bought in Savers and appliqued onto the centre of the white blocks.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Tilli and Meggie.

Soft Toys.

 This is a gift for a friend.
 Made using recycled denim and hand dyed fabric.
This is the pattern that I used.
Great instructions, all step by step and there is a tutorial link in the pattern too if you need help. Highly recommended.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


I have been helping my son with his costume for the last couple of days. Smoke from Mortal Kombat. I made the belt, and changed the collar and lapels on the jacket.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


 Chair is finished.
 Tilli likes it!
Aussie Hero quilt finished.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt In Progress.

This is what I have started today, an Aussie Hero quilt using Spotlight fabrics. This is the tutorial I have used.
This will have a coloured border all around and on the back an Aussie flag.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chairs Continued.

 This is the chair seat finished.
The rest of the chair has been spray painted with Indian Red spray paint and is drying.

Friday, September 12, 2014

All About Chairs.

 All about chairs at the moment in my house. This is the before picture, a chair for my sewing room from Savers for $5.
 Tilli yesterday in the sewing room.
 Chair being taken apart.
 Chair back finished. The owls have been appliqued on the top and blanket stitched on and the segments sewn with black thread to make them pop.
 All the fabrics were from Spotlight. My daughter chose them. The owls have been fussy cut from furnishing fabric, the fabrics are all cotton. The egg blue is curtaining fabric, so is the one with the stripes. the green with white dots and the one with two tone fabric were from the quilting section. Both  the seat and the back rest will be made in the same way. My daughter loves owls.
 My chair is still evolving. The flower buttons are recovered large buttons with knitted petals.
This is the back so far, I need to get more tacks to add the decorative buttons on the back. These were made using teddy bear wooden discs covered with fabric.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Spotlight Competition.

I just had a lovely thought. Spotlight has a competition running at the moment. Saturday 4th October I was thinking that what a wonderful way to spread the word about Aussie Heroes if all of us quilters made an Aussie Hero quilt and entered. Great advertising!

Friday, September 5, 2014


I was browsing on the internet for ideas and inspiration when I saw this I could not resist! I love it! When it arrives I will be making this one for my chair.

Scissor Holder.

 Using the fabric for the terracotta pot scissor holder, a polystyrene cup, marker pen, thread and needle. I first cut my cup into parts.
 made fabric templates adding seam allowances.
 the front part of the pot with a turn over lip.
 Half of the bottom piece stitched on.
 This is the other half ready to sew.
 Sew up the side of the pot.
 The bottom sewn closed.
 Slide the polystyrene pot into place and ladder stitch the top closed.
 Pin into place and ladder stitch on. There are no raw edges on the outside or the inside as they are all enclosed.
Add your scissors.

Chairs Continued.

 I forgot to take a before picture, This chair I picked up from the nature strip and was black all over and I decided to make a new seat and back rest cover for it.
 This is my lounge room chair so far. The buttons on the back are just temporary. The final buttons will be different shapes and sizes and will have Suffolk puffs (yo yo's) behind them. The front is almost finished. I am going to add a pocket on the front arm rest for scissors in the shape of a flower pot in orange (I am thinking of getting a plastic cup and cutting it in half and ladder stitch it into place). I am also going to add a flower shaped pincushion on the arm rest too.
 A close up of the blanket binding used to cover the piping with.
All around the seams I am going to add a decorative blanket stitch using embroidery wools from Savers.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Project.

 Remember my chair that I bought on ebay a couple of weeks ago? This is Meggie sitting on the back, headrest just before I took the chair apart.
 This is the fabric selections I am using to recover the chair with. 100% Australian wool blankets and woolen fabric all from Savers. The total cost of the chair re make is $20.
 Tilli helping me with the fabric placements.
 Using the original covers for the patterns.
 Ready to cut.
 Cut out and pinned ready to sew.
 I have used the silk blanket edging to re cover the top piping.
 This is the sides of the chair, back view.
 Front of the chair sides. I will hand sew this on and then add the decorations after. They will have blanket stitch all around using wools from Savers too.
 This is the seat and head rest stapled and ready to sew.
This is the seat part. Ever since I did the chairs for the school I have always wanted to make one for myself. This can only go one of 2 ways, totally cool or really really ugly! either way it will be my own.