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Christmas Stars For Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Posted on September 19, 2017 | 21 Comments

I an sharing a quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival  (Fall 2017)run by Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side.

This is a quilt I made earlier this year and have shown it before, but I am putting it in a separate post for the festival.

The fabric is from the range Countdown To Christmas by Sweetwater.

I wanted to make the star shape the negative space in this one so use the dots on a cream background.

The cream fabric went into the border as well as the sashing.

I kept the quilting to straight lines. Tram tracks along the seams and then diagonal lines through the stars.

I used a black with red stripe from the same range for the binding.

I happened to be in Spotlight after Christmas for their sale and picked up a perfect backing for the quilt.

Thank you so much to Amy for organising the Quilt Festival and to all the sponsors supporting her.

Take the time to go over and look at all the wonderful quilts. Here in the link.

Cheers, Karen.


Semi Circles Or Windmills.

Posted on September 11, 2017 | 9 Comments

Time to catch up on some quilting. This one has been sandwiched for a while and I finally gave it time on the machine last week. It is actually the last one waiting in line that was sandwiched. There are still stacks of flimsies waiting to be sandwiched and hopefully I can make a dent in that pile this week.


It is made as groups of four to look like flower petals but I keep seeing windmills.


I straight line quilted the sashing to secure the blocks then free motion quilted the space above each semi circle with loops.


Lots of circles and loops in the border and then spotty binding.

I had quite a few fat quarters from a matching range so I put together a backing piece using those.


I do like seeing how well the quilting shows up on the back of some quilts.


I am not quite sure where this one will go – maybe on the back of a couch until I decide.

Spring is trying to peek through here and the apricot tree is in blossom. I just hope a few blossoms stay on in the strong winds we are having.

And it is lovely to see the bulbs started to show up as well. They are so pretty.

With all the crazy and destructive weather going on around the world I will accept the cold and wind here gratefully.

Cheers, Karen




Little Red Cushions.

Posted on September 4, 2017 | 13 Comments

I think I have been working away on these little stitcheries over quite a few years. They are the ones I tended to pick up and take with me when I needed a portable project. These are the Christmas tree design.

I have completed the set of 12 stitcheries from a pattern by Lynette Anderson called Sweet Christmas Ornaments.

But I decided to do a few of the trees so I could play around with fabric choices. Instead of settling on one fabric as I first thought I would, I am now going to make them with a mixture of fabrics as I do like that look.

The little cushions end up at about 6 inches wide.  I have noticed two things in this photo. I need to go back and finish stitching some branches. And I also may need to put a dab of glue behind the buttons to stop them moving.

Each pattern came with a wooden button and I then purchased an extra button set to make more.

I had to go hunting in the button jar for extra s for these cushions. Of course I had a lot of gift shaped buttons but they were mostly too big. Thankfully these two worked out okay.

I have the rest of the stitcheries ready to go, but then was distracted with some quilting.

It is very cold outside today so I am pleased to have a quilt on my lap that needs binding.

Hope your week runs smoothly.

Cheers, Karen




Being A Tourist.

Posted on August 28, 2017 | 9 Comments

This delightful package arrived in the post last week.

Susan, from PatchworkNPlay, had a give away and obviously I was the lucky recipient. It really is a sweet little pin cushion. Thanks, Susan.

Last week we spent a few days in the north-west of our state (Victoria). We wanted to follow the Silo Art Trail. This is an initiative set up by these small communities in conjunction with the state government to create interest and bring tourists to these tiny towns. All the localities are in the wheat belt and the silos are dotted along the railway line. There is a lot of information about the silos on a Facebook page and also stacks of other sites. Google Silo Art Trail and select the info you want to read.

Here is a taste of what we saw.

We were very impressed with what we saw. There was a lot of driving between each one but it was well worth it. It was great to see what each community was doing to keep an interest in their towns and is a credit to all involved.

I am hoping to get back to some sewing this week. With our cold weather it is good to stay indoors. Hail yesterday and snow on the hills not far from us.

I hope your week has started well.

Cheers, Karen




Little Finishes.

Posted on August 14, 2017 | 12 Comments

It is good to be getting back on track with  some quilting. I have had this panel sandwiched for a while and thought it would be good to do to get back into the swing of FMQ.

I have only added an inner and outer border to make it slightly larger. It will be good as a wall hanging or table topper.

I have been keeping up with some knitting and was able to add these to my gift supply.

Quite a cheeky pair.

We have had a couple of lovely sunny days here. So good to start the week with some sunshine. I know it will change mid week and be back to Winter, but I am going to enjoy the sun while I can.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen




Back On Track.

Posted on August 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

Hello August!

The McKenna Ryan blocks for Aussie Christmas are steadily growing. They are very time consuming but well worth the effort.

The ornaments need to have hanging ribbons added, but I need to find ones that I like. That part can easily wait as I know the rest of the blocks will not be finished overnight.

I have had an enforced break from blogging this last month due to some serious family illness. It is lovely to be back to normal and catching up with posts again.

I did manage to add to my Christmas felt decorations, this time with owls.

I am amazed at how many felt decorations I have made over the years to give away, but never kept any for myself.  It is an interesting process working through the list and making the patterns again.

We have  a busy time ahead with five family birthdays in eight days. Keeps you on your toes.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen



Warm And Woolly.

Posted on July 10, 2017 | 15 Comments

Knitting in Winter is a lovely way to keep warm but I have now realised that crocheting a blanket is even warmer. I have finished one in pure wool and it has been a delight to snuggle under it as it has grown.

It covers me perfectly from chin to toes, so it now sits next to my chair ready for me to use.

It is called a neat wave ripple and I have followed the pattern from Attic 24.

I kept the edging very simple – orange all round.

So there we go – a finish, but nothing to do with stitching. I must admit that I was very caught up in doing this – it was quite a distraction. But the last couple of days have seen the machine back in action.

Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead.

Cheers, Karen





Back In The Routine.

Posted on July 3, 2017 | 10 Comments

NB. My blog issues re following seem to have been sorted out. If you wish to follow please use the follow by email directions near the comment section (not the RSS feed at the top of this page – that is not working.) My blog is also now showing up in blog readers again so can be added back there again. Sorry for all the problems. I will put this notice at the top of my next few posts as a a reminder.


Getting back to regular stitching and posting – hopefully. (Still had hiccups last week!)

I have continued on with my felt decorations from Marg Low.  They are a delight to make with the wool felt.


I have made many of the different decorations over the years but have given most away. I thought it was time to make a few to keep.

Our LQS, Sewing Connection, celebrated its 30th birthday last weekend. The owners, Sue and Sandy, threw a birthday party for all their customers and it was a lovely evening. In the door prize give-aways I was very lucky to win a gorgeous Kaffe Fassett book. Thank you, ladies.

I am already lining up the quilt on the cover.

I have picked up my stitching again for All Creatures Great and Small from Natalie at The Birdhouse.

Photo are great because I have realised there are some eyes to finish.

The numbers are growing.

Not sure how I will put this one together, but at the speed I am working there will be plenty of time to make a decision.

Have a lovely week. Happy Fourth of July to My American family and friends.

Cheers, Karen



Catching Up On June.

Posted on June 28, 2017 | 8 Comments

NB. My blog issues re following seem to have been sorted out. If you wish to follow please use the follow by email directions near the comment section (not the RSS feed at the top of this page – that is not working.) My blog is also now showing up in blog readers again so can be added back there again. Sorry for all the problems. I will put this notice at the top of my next few posts as a a reminder.


Time to get in a quick post for June. I have been busy with a lot of sewing activities, but none worthy of posting. Plenty of cutting and preparation and lots of projects at the halfway mark. It has turned very cold here so lots of inside time for sewing.

Here are a couple of small finishes – a couple of Marg Low felt decorations.

I have also started a McKenna Ryan quilt – Chrissy Down Under.. Two blocks done so far.

This is going to be a very long term project. The first two blocks are a mixed bag. I like the end result of Santa and the animals at the beach. The fabrics work well in the design.

However, the other block with the Tassie Devil bothers me as there is no definition on the devil. You can’t see his arms being held in front of him. I think I will need to stitch over them in a different colour. I have held off on the eyes and nose until I decide what to do.

My husband has been busy again knitting a jacket for our 2yo grand daughter with his spun wool. It looks lovely and is so warm.



We have been enjoying a few Melbourne activities lately. I had a Tiger Moth flight over Melbourne. We have been to the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor with our grandchildren and we are going to go on the big wheel next week. It seems every activity is associated with height and views.

I hope your week is going well.

Cheers, Karen





Stitching The Time Away.

Posted on May 25, 2017 | 12 Comments

Not a lot of big projects on the go but I have been catching up on a few stitcheries.

These are part of a set of 12. I think I am up to the half way mark.

I suppose it is appropriate to have snowmen at the moment as we are only a few days away from the start of Winter.

These penguins are also part of a set of animal stitcheries from The Birdhouse.

After working on very fine embroideries it is a good change to have something simple to work on.

I always enjoy the flowers that choose to bloom in Winter, and the azaleas are putting on a great show. But I find it extra special when there are some pretty anomalies that come along as well.

This is a white azalea that has a very fine pink edge and a slight pink tinge.

But as you can see, every now and then we have a flower that is totally pink. This doesn’t happen every year, so it is a bonus when it does.

Have a lovely week and enjoy the coming weekend.

Cheers, Karen



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