Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Joy!

My best friend Joy celebrated her 70th birthday during the week - but celebrations were put on hold as she came down with a bad cold - we waited until she was feeling a little better before catching up :)

You may have noticed from my photography blog that we go out a lot together with our cameras - Adelaide & Monarto Zoos are frequent destinations, as Joy loves the big cats!

When I saw this fabric from Cynthia's Ark, I just had to get it - I wasn't sure what I was going to make, but I got it anyway.

Handmade Tote Bag

Handmade Tote Bag - front

Handmade Tote Bag - back

Handmade Tote Bag - inside

I really enjoyed this project and can see me making another one real soon!


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, January 6, 2017

November blocks for Cherish do. Good Stitches

November was my turn again to pick the blocks for Cherish Bee.  I picked a 9 patch Rainbow with a white centre - I will be cutting these blocks up to make a disappearing 9 patch ........... after I finish my January Bee quilts ....... (hangs head in shame)  I have one flimsy made up, but not quilted.

Here is my sample block - once again using up some of the 5" squares received in a rainbow charm swap I did a while back :)

9 patch rainbow

and here are the blocks I have received :)

Rainbow 9 patches

Rainbow 9 patches

Now to press them all, and start cutting so that I can play with the layout LOL  I think I actually enjoy that process more than the sewing :)

Here is my pink flimsy all ready for the next step!

Wonky White Stars

here is the layout for my blue flimsy - am yet to sew these together

Wonky White Stars - Blue

The admin for this circle has taken a bit more time than I anticipated - doesn't it always LOL - but this year we have two new quilters and that means I can be a stitcher for most of the year.

There were no blocks for December - we can have a break, or use the time to catch up on things.  I volunteered to be a quilter for January to give the other circle members time to decide which months they would like to pick :)  For January, I have picked a black & white churn dash block - 2 blocks requested being 1 @ black on white, and 1 @ white on black :)

Stay tuned for pics a bit later :)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bloggers are wonderful people!

I got quite a few responses from my last post "I miss swapping"

Cynthia, Maria, & Anthea responded with a Fat Quarter Swap (FQ), and Jo responded with a block swap.

Here are the FQs I sent :)

For Anthea

for Cynthia

For Cynthia, I had to hunt high and low to find a FQ that 
I had not actually purchased from Cynthia's Ark :)



for Maria
Here is the block I sent to Jo - I had to hunt for a nice basket to make for her red & white basket quilt.

for Jo
Jo has recently posted that my block has arrived and she has already placed it in her quilt :)  I was most surprised, and very honoured to find Jo had placed it front & centre!


Please visit Jo's blog to see the end result - it looks amazing!

Here are photos of what I received :)

blocks from Jo (photo pinched from Jo's blog as her photo is much better than mine :) )
I had to share just how pretty that ornament is :)  thank you Jo, I love it!


from Anthea

from Cynthia

from maria
the FQs are beautiful and I can't wait to finish off my rainbow starflower quilt!

Thank you ladies for responding to my call for a swap :)  it was a lot of fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I miss swapping :(

At the end of last year I ceased being the Co-Ordinator for Fat Quarter Swap (Australia) - my choice, I just needed to step away from the Co-ordinator 'stuff' for a while.

I stopped swapping Fat Quarters


I also stopped swapping quilt blocks



I am not a fan of conducting swaps via Facebook,  I much prefer the blogging world  LOL

.............. I miss those swaps and the interaction of the blogs  :(

Would any of my Aussie quilting blogging friends like to do an impromptu Fat Quarter Swap or Quilt Block Swap for Christmas?


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, October 21, 2016

My first Elephant Parade

In my last post, I mentioned that I had started the Elephant Parade by Sew Fresh Quilts for the newest member of our family - great-nephew Archie :)

Elephant Parade - front

Elephant Parade - back

Elephant Parade - binding roll

Elephant Parade - binding

Elephant Parade - 3 small elephants

Elephant Parade - bird

Elephant Parade

Elephant Parade - turtle

Elephant Parade - large elephant

Lifetime quilt #14 :)

You can see the card I made on my cardmaking blog  HERE



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
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