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Clear View.

Posted on March 20, 2018 | 8 Comments

Still not a lot happening here in the way of finishes. This little clear view pouch is the only offering. It was part of a kit from a stitching day with Gail Pan last  year. It did have an embroidery to go on the fabric side, but I am keeping that for another purpose.

I am collecting a lot of small pieces from both wool and felt projects and want several of these pouches to use for storage. So, more to come.

Another project that is very time consuming is the McKenna Ryan quilt I am working on. I have found it is one I have to do mostly at home because it requires a lot of concentration. This is just one of three birds for the block I am currently working on.

It is ready to transfer to the fabric and for stitching to begin.

There is a real feel of Autumn in the air here. Still hot days, but definite cooler nights. I like it that way.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen



Snow Hearts For March.

Posted on March 12, 2018 | 15 Comments

So far, so good. I have been able to complete my Snow hearts for the March deadline.

And again I have made two in different ways.

The first one is all felt.

And of course the second one is felt on a fabric background.

Together with Shez and Joan we are meeting our monthly challenge to make these Bunny Hill snow hearts. To have a look at how each person is making them, visit Shez at I Am and Joan at Moosestash Quilting.

We have a holiday long weekend here and to make it even better there has been a lovely cool change come through. It is perfect weather for the Moomba Parade in Melbourne today.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen


Working With Wool.

Posted on March 6, 2018 | 16 Comments

Working with wool fabrics appears to becoming popular. I have had the opportunity to be able to work on a project combining ideas from both Sue Spargo and Wendy Williams. The pattern is from Wendy and many of the stitching ideas are from Sue.

The colours are more vibrant than the photo shows, but you get the idea.

All the pieces are wool as well as the background.

Again the colours are not accurate e.g. the background is blue.

The elephants still need eyes and there have to be tassels on the blankets. The pieces are about 12 by 20 inches.

The next step is to turn them into a bag with zipper sections to hold threads.

In a totally different direction, this is a book I made with some friends this afternoon. I was able to finish stitching it together and put the cover on.

It is roughly A5 size.

Not a lot else to report. Plenty happening but no finishes.

Cheers, Karen



Snowies In A Basket.

Posted on February 20, 2018 | 22 Comments

The felt theme has continued with a little finish – a small penny rug.

Such an easy one to make. As always I have added to the original design with some buttons and a bit more embroidery. Can’t help myself.

Now it is time to get back to some quilting.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen


Snow Hearts For February.

Posted on February 12, 2018 | 17 Comments

So far, so good. I am keeping up with the self imposed monthly requirement for Snow Hearts from Bunny Hill Designs.

Here is the installment for February.



February Snow Hearts

I am stitching along with Shez, and Joan is planning to join us as well as Jeanette. It is always interesting to see how each person chooses to make the snow hearts as each one is so different.  Love seeing the variation.

As for last time, I have made two hearts.

This is the felt heart.

And of course this is felt on fabric.

These are delightful designs and I am pleased I kept them from when they were first published. Even more pleased to now be making them. And delighted to have more people joining in.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen


A February Quilt Finish.

Posted on February 6, 2018 | 19 Comments

Finally a quilt finish. It has taken me until February but it is done. Good to be getting back to finishing quilts.

It is a very simple design made up of half square triangles.

The same colours are paired up to make a rectangular block. They can be put together to make any sized quilt. I think it would be lovely in a baby quilt. I followed a tutorial from MSQC.

The backing is a sweet bird design from Amy Bradley.

Here’s a closer look.

And then I found a stripe to use for the binding that had many of the colours found in the blocks.

I started off with straight line quilting to focus on the diamond shapes.

And then I added bubble quilting in every second horizontal row. Next, I bubble quilted all of the borders as well.

There are a couple more quilts sandwiched and waiting for quilting so it is good to have started up again.

And this one was an easy way to get motivated.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




Snow Hearts.

Posted on January 29, 2018 | 15 Comments

A year or two back, Bunny Hill Designs had free patterns for some heart decorations. I was not able to make them at the time but after a chat with Shez we decided to stitch along together and make one each month as per the original follow along. Thanks Shez, for keeping me on track.

I ended up making two of them for January as I couldn’t make up my mind as to which way to go.

I made the first one totally in felt and added a snowflake.

I also wanted to make one on a fabric background  with felt applique.

These are so easy to make. Shez has taken another approach to making hers as well. It looks gorgeous. Go for a visit.

We are hoping to keep each other on track each month so we will have a lovely collection at the end of the year. Maybe others will be inspired to stitch along, too.

It has been very hot here and we all feel like we are melting. There is a cool change coming through this afternoon and it will be very welcome.

Regardless of the heat, these sunflowers in the garden always make me smile.

Cheers, Karen


Pin Cushion Play.

Posted on January 23, 2018 | 12 Comments

Over the last two weeks I have been able to attend a class with Nicole at Sewing Connection to work on Sue Spargo style embroidery and wool work.

It has been wonderful to learn about a variety of techniques when working with wool and finding out about the various threads to use for this embroidery.

We started with something small – a pin cushion.

Mine was a pomegranate design. Lots of lovely stitches I was familiar with and a few new ones to learn to do. Perfect.

I have been enjoying stitching while the tennis is on. Looks like they are in for a hot one for the finals of the Australian Open as our temps are predicted to be 39c plus for the last three days.

I will be staying inside for those days.

Cheers, Karen



2018 Begins.

Posted on January 9, 2018 | 22 Comments

Here’s to another New Year!

I do hope it has been a good start for everyone. Our garden decided it was the perfect time to be busy so I have been picking a lot of strawberries and blueberries . Most of the strawberries ended up as jam.


Strawberries and Blueberries

The blueberries ended up being eaten rather quickly. Thankfully there are still more ripening.

Then the apricot tree decided to be ready, too. Usually the fruit ripens over a couple of weeks, but our strange weather changed that and I picked fruit solidly for 5 days. Lots turned into jam and the rest was stewed and frozen for later use.



I have not bottled fruit for a long time, but may need to re-think that next year.

On the sewing side, I am sticking to my plan of finishing off a lot of felt Christmas decorations that have been prepared but not stitched.

Felt Snowmen

And I am making sure this time to keep one of each aside for my collection.

Felt Stockings

Felt Stockings

I keep a few pots under shelter and have been rewarded with some lovely blooms.



I have three quilt tops sandwiched and ready to quilt. No guarantee they will be done immediately, but at least they are ready.

I think I  am still in holiday mode. And why not!

Cheers, Karen



Little Christmas Bits.

Posted on December 20, 2017 | 17 Comments

This week is a good time to catch up on a few little bits and pieces.

I started these button stars a long, long time ago. For some reason they were hidden away. All the hard work of sewing on the buttons was done and all I had to do was sew on a backing. Glad I found them.

This was a little candle mat I made at the last day of Christmas Club. It is a design from Birdbrain. Very quick and easy to make.

Cards for Christmas were kept very simple this year. I saw the ribbons first and wanted to use them in the card design. I tried a lot of different layouts but kept getting back to basics. Just a couple of layers and let the ribbon stand out.

The forecast for Christmas Day here is low 20s. How perfect is that!

Hope it is looking good for you, too.

Cheers, Karen




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