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Spring Flowers.

Posted on November 22, 2016 | 11 Comments

The flowers I have referred to are not the real kind. They are embroidered.

This is the embroidery I have been working on for ages. It is finally completed.


I wanted a photo before it is framed. It is quite tricky once there is glass in between.

All the flowers are embroidered using one strand of thread, hence the reason for the time it has taken.

I plan to work on a few simple stitcheries for a while now, just for a break.

I also managed to complete the last of this collection of Christmas decorations – the green trees ( and a stray thrown in).


Our strawberries are still growing madly and I have made three batches of jam in a week. I may as well make the most of it as they will soon slow down.

Thankfully we are still getting rain to keep the garden well watered.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




Christmas Crazy.

Posted on November 15, 2016 | 11 Comments

A quilt finish!! Yay! I had a pack of turnovers and some leftover fabric from the Crazy Eights range. I did a bit of juggling and was able to make this lap/wall size quilt.

I headed outside for photos but really battled with the wind. This is the best I could do.


It is a really different fabric to use for Christmas.

I did a bit of FMQ all over.




I used a variegated blue thread. Not sure that the colour changes show in the photo.

There was a lovely stripe in the range that was perfect for the binding.


And as you can see, I had a bit of fun with the backing fabric.


All in all, a good finish with limited fabric.


Hope your week is travelling well.

Cheers, Karen



Felt Ornaments Again.

Posted on November 8, 2016 | 12 Comments

The collection continues to grow. There are more felt ornaments added to the collection.

First up – a reverse in colour from last week. These are white cats with red stitching. Hope they look good on the tree.



Next up I started on some trees. The red ones are first and I am currently working on the green ones.


There you are – a short post!

Cheers, Karen



Christmas Plans For November.

Posted on November 1, 2016 | 12 Comments

The horses are off and racing but I am happy to watch the big race on TV – Melbourne Cup. It is overcast and cool so I hope all the race goers stay warm and dry.

I have decided it is time to catch up with a few Christmas plans and make some decorations. When browsing through Pinterest I found a cat decoration which I thought could double up for Christmas, so made my own variation with felt.


I am now also making them in white.

I have completed this little Marg Low embroidery in variegated thread. It has to be framed in a hoop, ready to hang. The original pattern comes with buttons for the Santa and Sleigh, but I chose to embroider them for this one.


I am sure everyone has lots of plans for November. Good luck with your stitching.

And I hope your horse wins!

Cheers, Karen



Sweet Baby Stripes.

Posted on October 18, 2016 | 10 Comments

No co-operation from the weather today so some of the photos are a little dull. But they still show how the quilt looks.


It does look very sad and sorry in this photo. Hopefully the close ups give a better impression.


This quilt is made with two and a half inch strips. Most are from a jelly roll I used in another quilt. I added white strips to give some contrast.

The colours are lovely baby pastel shades mixed in with some brights.

I used a serpentine stitch for the quilting.


I love the fabric on the back. Couldn’t resist it when I saw it.


It is a very soft flannel with super cute giraffes.


This pic probably gives a better idea of the quilting.

I found a lovely stripe for the binding that matched the quilt colours.


I managed to sandwich four quilts last week as planned and this one was the smallest. So I still have 3 more to quilt.

Good thing it is raining outside so I can stay in and sew.

I hope you have a good excuse to stay in and sew, also.

Cheers, Karen



Little Things Grow.

Posted on October 11, 2016 | 14 Comments

Happy October. We have been making the most of our Spring weather with lots of time outside and in the garden. We took down some huge branches overhanging a work shed and our timing was perfect as the next day we had strong winds – over 100kph – that did a lot of damage across our state. Mind you, that is nothing compared to Hurricane Matthew which caused our family in Charleston, South Carolina, to evacuate. Thankfully all are well and back home after 6 days to minor damage.

I seem to be very busy working on many projects at once, but have very few finishes. I have managed to complete a set of these little cushions.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Snowie Cushions

These little guys keep multiplying, too. I try to keep a supply of these to give as baby gifts, but now I have a few adults who have hinted that they would like one as a birthday gift also.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Monkeys

I made a set of these little ribbon cushions for the local quilt shop and also wrote a pattern for them to share with customers.


My take in the car project at the moment is crochet – hexagons. I am slow but happy to keep plodding along. I am up to about 50 of these. No idea how many will be needed for a blanket but I am sure when I get there it will make sense.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Crochet Hexagons

My plan for the next few days is to sandwich some quilt tops and maybe even start the quilting.

I hope you have some lovely stitching plans also.

Cheers, Karen




Another Christmas Finish.

Posted on September 20, 2016 | 13 Comments

Finishing a quilt is easy when they are smaller wall hangings. I was able to quilt this one in no time and then finish off the binding in the morning.

This is the one by Natalie Bird of  Birdhouse Designs called Christmas Blessings. I showed it recently as a flimsy.


Thankfully it is not that wobbly at the top – that’s from the ridges on the garage wall.

I quilted around each of the blocks and criss-crossed the hourglass blocks. Then, just like the Bertie quilt, I did a simple meander around the applique.


I found a fun fabric to use on the back at Spotlight, of all places.


And the red and white for the binding.


They are such cute little snowies.


The only thing left to do is add the star to the tree and it is ready to go.

We are just back from a lovely three days at Bright in the Alpine region of Victoria. We did okay with 2 sunny days out of 3. The town is looking very pretty with all the Spring blossom. The surrounding countryside is also lush and green from all the recent rain. Many of the rivers were up quite high but no major flooding at this stage. The rain this week may change that.

I have quite a few days blog reading to catch up on. Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen





Spring Bunny, Birds And Flowers.

Posted on September 15, 2016 | 12 Comments

Back again, thanks to a heads up from Mary. And sorry to anyone who tried to comment and couldn’t with the last post. There was a gremlin in the mix but thankfully my amazing computer whiz (son) fixed it. I am very grateful for that.

On to all things sewing.  I had shown Bertie’s Spring when it was a flimsy, but now it is a finished quilt. It was a grey day but the quilting still shows up.


I outlined every block, echo quilted all the HSTs and then meandered around the wool applique. I used the same fabric for the binding as was in the triangles.

My wool flower collection is steadily growing and is at the half way mark.


There are lots of real flowers blooming in the garden with the start of Spring. And plenty of water for them. We are having a very wet start to Spring, with some areas of the state in flood. My thoughts go out to those affected and thanks to all the volunteer workers helping them.

Cheers, Karen



Red And green Mixed Blocks.

Posted on September 6, 2016 | 11 Comments

A mixture of reds, greens and creams has led to this quilt.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (3)

I had been wanting to make blocks which were scrappy and could use fabrics from my stash. I was originally working on blocks for two separate quilts, but realised with a little tweaking I could combine them into one larger quilt.

I started off making these stars after seeing Raewyn making them for a colour challenge. Here is the link to Raewyn’s post about making these stars.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (5)

I made them in red and green.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (8)

They work really well as stash busters. Thanks, Raewyn, for the inspiration.

The other blocks are strips and squares that look a bit like steps.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (9)

I was able to use a good variety of fabrics in these blocks. I saw this block at Beyond Sock Monkeys and loved the idea of using Christmas colours. Here is the link.

Lots of different block combinations followed.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (6)

Once I realised I could combine the blocks I decided to add black sashing and cream corner stones.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (4)

The layout was organised with alternating blocks but also with the red stars on the diagonal from corner to corner and the green stars in the middle on each edge.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (2)

The border and binding are in the same fabric as the sashing.

I found a suitable wideback for the backing and sent it all away to my LAQ. We chose a pattern with loops and stars which seemed appropriate when looking at the patterns in many of the fabrics.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (7)

This quilt has ended up being 70 X 70 inches and looks lovely spread across the bed.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Stars and Squares (1)

It has been good to be able to enjoy some time outside and be able to take photos in the sun.

Spring has been sneaking quietly into the garden and the weeds are pulling out easily while the soil is soft and damp. Very unusual for around here.

Have a great week in your part of the world.

Cheers, Karen




A Santa Flimsy.

Posted on August 16, 2016 | 10 Comments

I am steadily getting myself back into a sewing routine. After having 3 weeks with a house full it takes a little bit of adjusting to get used to the quiet.

I have made plenty of clothes for various dolls for our visiting grandies, but this is the first of my projects I have returned to.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Birdhouse santa Pattern

I had finished all the blocks and only needed to put them together. I am hoping to prepare it for quilting later today.

Like many others living near Melbourne, I have gone to the Making the Australian Quilt exhibition at The Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square. It is a wonderful display of quilts from 1800 t0 1950. I am in awe of the skills shown by these quilters when considering the poor lighting conditions they endured and limited supplies available to them.

Most quilts were made here, but quite a few were made on the long sea voyage to Australia.

I will only show some photos of one as I was quite taken by the detail involved, combining embroidery and applique into the quilt.  I have included the sign with the information.






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I have to admire their patience with all that stitching, but also had to laugh at some of the sayings from that time.

Cheers, Karen





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