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Happy 2019.

Posted on January 1, 2019 | 13 Comments

How quickly we seem to jump into the New Year.

We had a lovely start with some beautiful weather – clear blue skies and warm temps.

The garden has been loving the warmth and the rain. The apricots are just showing some colour so they have been covered in netting.

And the corn is thriving.

There are a few sunflowers hiding in among the corn stalks.

Thankfully there are still a lot of blooms.

We have quite a bit of shade to keep us out of the sun.

And we try to keep water out for the birds in the hot weather.

I do hope this start to 2019 is a good omen for the rest of the year and I hope everyone is looking forward with a positive outlook.

Cheers, Karen

Christmas Snow.

Posted on December 24, 2018 | 9 Comments

Definitely no snow here for Christmas (30c) but a snowman instead.

This is a small decoration for the tree from a pattern from Penny Lane Primitives called Frosted Kisses.

There is also a candle mat and swag in the pattern, but for now one decoration will do.

We will far from the snow on Christmas Day as our plans are to be in a sea side town. And the forecast is for quite a hot day.

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and enjoys all that the festive season has to offer.

Cheers, Karen

A Year Of Snow Hearts.

Posted on December 10, 2018 | 16 Comments

December has arrived and with it the final Snow Hearts have been completed. It has been a lovely journey throughout the year with Joan, Shez and Jeanette. We have been using the free patterns from Bunny Hill Designs and completing one design each month. Thank you to all the ladies for keeping me on track  and thank you of course to Bunny Hill Designs for the gorgeous patterns.

I have a large wire tree that has been able to hold all my hearts from the year.

These are the two that have been made for December. As for each month there is a felt background and a fabric background heart.

They look good as a group, too. These are the twelve felt hearts.

And these are the twelve fabric hearts.

They look lovely in their small groups but also mix well on the tree together.

It has been a delight to make these during the year and the bonus has been ending up with a great collection. Please visit Joan, Shez and Jeanette to see how their collections are going. And thank you for all the encouraging comments along the way with these hearts.

I think our home is starting to look like Christmas.  Not too long now.

Cheers, Karen

A Very Woolly Post.

Posted on November 27, 2018 | 14 Comments

Lots of photos today and all are wool related.

I have completed the central panel of my wool applique piece. I am now completing the pieced stars that make up the border. The photos show the whole piece and then in smaller sections.

The pattern is by Wendy Williams and is called Flocks By Night. I have used a lot of Sue Spargo techniques to embellish the trees and houses. Each tree has a star, but those will not be added until after quilting.

Hopefully next time I show this piece it will have star borders and will be quilted.

Keeping the wool theme going, these are pictures of yarn bombing in Central Melbourne. These particular trees are outside the State Library in Swanston Street and have a definite Christmas theme.

I suppose this means Christmas must be coming soon!

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen


An Animal Day.

Posted on November 21, 2018 | 11 Comments

All the photos of projects in this post have animals. Not planned that way and I didn’t realise until I was preparing the photos.

First up are the Little Penguins from a McKenna Ryan block. I am back to working on these blocks. I think there are 3 more to go.

I am being very sensible and hoping to have this one ready for next Christmas – 2019. I know my limits.

Then I have a finished stitchery. It fits in a 6 inch hoop. Not sure if to finish it that way or to frame it. No rush there, either.

It’s a Cinderberry pattern from Natalie Lymer.

And last of all are the Aussie animal blocks being made for a quilt. They are all prepped and ready to stitch. No eyes of course yet. The pattern is from The Red Boot Quilt Company.

So that is what I will be stitching  next. I think I will need to make a few extra but I will wait until I see how the layout goes, then decide.

I have been able to avoid the big stores for a while but today I had to be in the city and of course all the Christmas music was in full swing. It didn’t drown out the didgeridoo player in Bourke St Mall though.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Cheers, Karen



November Hearts.

Posted on November 12, 2018 | 13 Comments

This is the second last month for the year of Bunny Hill Snow Hearts. I have kept this one simple and have removed the words as Australia does not celebrate Thanksgiving. They still look lovely.

I often find that I am working on several projects at one time and often have nothing in particular to show in posts. Then after a while all the projects seem to come to a finish all at once. That is the case at the moment with at least half a dozen items nearing completion.

This is the quilt top using the bird fabric and the aqua and orange pinwheels. The top is ready and waiting to be sandwiched and quilted.

Quilting may have to wait a while as my big machine goes in for a service today.

I spent some time with friends making a few Christmas cards. Had a lovely day and this was the result.

Of course having a lot on the go does not preclude starting something new. This is the first block of many for an Aussie animal quilt from the Red Boot Quilt Company.

This wombat will need button eyes added but that is well down the track.

Summer is letting us know it is on the way with a hot day today, but we are still getting a few mild ones in between which makes it very pleasant.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen


All Through The Night.

Posted on October 28, 2018 | 20 Comments

I have been to a couple of workshops with Bonnie Sullivan from All Through The Night where I have received a couple of her lovely patterns, and bought a couple more. After getting them stitched I decided to combine them into a small wall hanging rather that individual items.

Each block is a pre-printed design with wool applique and additional embroidery.

Lots of red buttons were added instead of wool pieces.

The sashing is in flannel. I think it gives it a snugglier look.

These were delightful patterns to work on.

Not great photos but at least you get the idea.

I have a few more of Bonnie’s patterns left to work on. Hopefully some time soon.

Cheers, Karen



Hearts And Yarns For October.

Posted on October 8, 2018 | 13 Comments

It seems to take a little longer here, but Spring has arrived. This year it has been gradual with the days steadily warming up but  a few cold ones still being thrown in. My trees like to announce the arrival of Spring and the warmer days.

It is time for The October Bunny Hill Hearts to be ready.  We have done well with Joan, Shez and Jeanette all working on our little snowies.

My two are ready to show their faces.

As always, one completely in felt and the other with a fabric background.

In the originals they are representing Halloween and collecting treats. Halloween is not a big event here so I was happy for my snowies to simply enjoy collecting moonbeams (or moons).

I am amazed that we only have two months to go. They have been so easy to keep up with and I am delighted with the collection that is building. Thanks go to the other lovely ladies who are keeping me on track. Make a visit to see their versions for this month as well.

My other distraction at the moment is crochet. I have been making mandalas that will have corners added to make squares, then sewn together into a blanket. They are about 10 inches across. There are 25 in the full blanket made up of six different colourway combinations. This is my progress so far.


However!!! Once I had made the second group I had an inkling to change my mind and just go with that colourway for the entire blanket. Now I really have  a tricky decision to make. Some hard thinking needs to be done over the next few days.

If that is all I have to worry about, life is easy.

Cheers, Karen


Woolly Finishes.

Posted on October 2, 2018 | 11 Comments

I have been catching up on recent workshop projects and have managed two finishes. These are from a day spent with Gail Pan and Bonnie Sullivan. The finishes are the patterns from Bonnie (All Through the Night).

The first one is the sewing case. It came with a pre-printed background and the applique is wool.

Front and back.




The inside section has several pockets for keeping threads and scissors.


The second project is a very cute snowman. He was to be in a frame but Gail made him up as a mini wall hanging and I thought that idea worked well.

I was even able to use some leftovers from another project for the backing.

It looks like we have some lovely sunshine today so time to get outside and enjoy it.

Hope you  have a lovely day, too.

Cheers, Karen




Finally! A Quilt Finish!

Posted on September 25, 2018 | 16 Comments

It really does seem like ages since I finished a quilt so I am delighted to have finally made it across the finish line with one.

Of course my excitement was not reflected in the weather and I had to make do with an overcast day ( or three).

The design reminds me of mosaic tiled floors in some the the older Melbourne homes.

I resorted to an inside pic of the quilt to give a better sense of the colours.

This is a Tim Holtz design for the layout but I did not use his fabric.

I had a lovely fabric pack that had been waiting patiently on the shelf and it seemed right for this quilt.

I took this one to the LAQ for an overall design – something like bubbles and swirls. Not too sure if I have that right.

The back gives a better idea of the quilting.

And a close up shows that it is fabric covered in  a design using Melbourne trams.

The quilt is finished with a red binding from the same fabric range as the front.

It was a bit like putting a jigsaw together when making the blocks for this quilt, but thankfully it all worked out.

I do hope this is the start to getting a few more quilts completed.

It is a bit chilly here so I hope you are having warmer days.

Cheers, Karen


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