Thursday, October 30, 2014

Block Of The Month.

I am very excited! I have just signed up for this free Block of the Month, You can too! Just go here,
It has already started, but not to worry, you will be able to catch up.
I am sorting out my fabrics already.
I am not neglecting my charity stuff though, I have a quilt already started for Aussie Heroes.

Applique Continued.

 Meggie this morning.
All the pieces have been sewn down onto the background.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Applique continued.

This is what I have done today, ironed it all onto felt, sewed it with a matching thread on the bottom and a clear thread on the top, then cut them out. I am looking forward to the next stage.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Laundry Bags.

 Today I have made 8 laundry bags for Aussie Heroes.
2 boxes of 4 bags.


I am so excited I signed up for being a pattern tester for
I received the pattern this afternoon and got right into it.
Splendid Snowman Advent Sew Along Week 2 of a 6 week pattern test. 
So very very cute.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Works In Progress.

 Front and back of knitting.
 This is the back of the work, showing the current piece I am working on and one that is finished. Instead of cutting the yarn for the next colour change I am just having it loosely on the back to cut after it is done to weave it in.
There is a wonderful knitting blog with step by step techniques I am following with delight,

This is the Aussie hero quilt  so far, It will have an Aussie map appliqued onto it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quilt As You Go Blocks.

 This is for you Kaylee! Make your blocks as a quilted sandwich as normal and trim. I am using bias binding strips to join them together. Cut your bias binding just a little bit bigger than your block, one for the front of your block and one for the back of the same block.
 Open up the binding showing the raw edge, pin that at the same time as the back on the same edge.
You are creating 5 layers to sew, bias binding, your quilted sandwich (3 layers, top of quilt, batting and back of quilt) and the bias binding.
 Sew it all together with a 1/4 inch seam. This is the view from the front.
 This is the view from the back.
 Next we will be adding the next block. Place the blocks back facing back and open up the back bias binding only, pin in place the bias binding.  It should now have the following layers to sew, Bias binding and the quilt sandwich.
 Sew a 1/4 of an inch. The back of the block is now joined and the edges enclosed.
 Open up the blocks so that the right sides are facing you, You will now have 1/2 inch of batting sandwiched between what you have just sewn.
 View from the back.
 Now it is time to sew the bias binding on the front to the block encasing the quilt sandwich in between.  This time you do not have to unfold the binding, just pin it over to the next block and sew it down in place. The picture show that the place you are sewing is on the right hand side of the binding.
 Here is what I have used, a blanket stitch. You could use a top stitch if you like, or you could even hand stitch it if you did not want any stitches showing.  I chose to add the blanket stitch on the opposite side of the binding to balance it up, this is purely decorative and not essential as it is fully enclosed.
This is my quilt top so far.

Quilt Continued.

The blocks are done, they have been given a green background also cut at an angle, Just have to decide if it needs sashing or a wide border. I am thinking of a border at the moment. Time for lunch first.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quilt Continued.

Quilt blocks sorted. Just need to put them together and sashings in between. I will make it so that no two colours are touching. A border will be next.

Aussie Hero Quilt.

 Wonky 4 patch quilt. This quilt is for a female with no preference requested for and and so I am happy to do something fun. First I am cutting up some left over 4 patch blocks into wonky 4 patch using this tutorial.

 Then I will be using up other fabrics to pull in some blues and greens.
 Using paper I have made my template, but a little differently. Instead of having to use 2 pieces of paper to make the right and left template I have drawn it on the same side in different colours and labelled it block 1 and block 2.
So first I am going to make the blocks up and how I will set it will come later, I will be having a play with it. I will applique a map of Australia with permission from Emma from her cushion pattern.
This is her blog.

Crochet Buttons.

How cute is this! Crochet buttons. This is the link

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jodie Carleton Ric raC News.

 The very lovely Jodie Carleton of Ric raC Designs has new patterns,
 Go to her blog,
 On the right hand side you can sign up for her newsletter where you will get the latest news and this one right now,
The four new patterns featured in the newsletter are all currently 30 % off in my Big Cartel shop.
You will need to use the code NEW at checkout and the offer closes 6 pm Friday 24th.
Please feel free to share the code with your crafty friends
Her delightful Tea Set has been reworked and the wonderful fabric is from

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Entrelac scarf is coming along nicely.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


This is something I have been wanting to do for a while, learn something new for myself. entrelac knitting.
These are the tutorials I have used.

Also I have printed off these instructions too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt Finished.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt Continued.

This is the layout so far, I will be adding a black border all around and the binding will be blue.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Next Quilt Progress.

 This is what I have been working on today. Sorting and cutting the fabric for the next Aussie quilt. The request was for blue and black with Aussie flag.
This is the break down of the block and how they will be assembled.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aussie Hero Quilt Finished.

 Scrappy Aussie Hero quilt finished. Front.
Back. The request was for blue and black with Aussie flags.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Totally Scrappy.

Just have to sew the 3 rows together, then the top and bottom then binding it. A totally scrappy quilt. Using all the scraps of fabric and batting so really this is a freebie quilt. It took a bit of juggling, super fun to do.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Another Pincushion.

I have joined 2 of my square op shop stitcheries into a pincushion the same way as this tutorial method.
Another gift finished.


My chair pincushion. I have stitched it onto the chair.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Temporary Design Grid.

I came up with this idea and thought I might share it with you. Using a 1/4 inch paper double sided tape I have made a temporary removable grid for the quilt. I have marked the size and the centre lines. The tape is easily removable and leave very little sticky that is easy to clean. The tape can be used several times.