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Some Little Bits.

Posted on | April 23, 2013 | 13 Comments

I am still getting used to the change back from daylight saving in that it gets dark in the evenings before I am ready.  Give me another week and I should be back on track.


I have been very fortunate in that I have spent 3 days in at the Australasian Quilt Convention. As always the quilts were wonderful. And of course there was lots to see on the vendor stands, too. Here’s a link to some of the winning quilts at Punch With Judy.


I have not had a lot of sewing time, but have managed a few smaller items.

I started with a little monster for our youngest grandson. This one is based on a design from a Melly and Me book, Sewn Toy Tales. I didn’t use the actual pattern as it is not full size in the book and has to be enlarged. At the time I was not able to do that.  So I improvised.



When we were away I was introduced to the American Girl Dolls. Our grand daughter received one for Christmas. So now I am embarking on a trip down memory lane with sewing doll clothes again. Thankfully all the major pattern companies provide patterns to clothe these dolls. I waited for Spotlight to have half price patterns and when I added some on-line coupons and discounts I bought three for just over $10. ( Much better than the original $45 full cost.)

So here is the start of the sewing for this doll.



I have continued to work on the quilting for the Dresden design. Not far off finished, thankfully.


In amongst the pattern shopping I did find a nice piece that I think will make up well into some new cushion covers.



One of the highlights of our recent trip was a visit to the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA). We had a great time exploring all the displays and then also ventured out into the sculpture garden, even though it was freezing and snowing. Definitely worth it. I am always in awe when I can be standing so close to these amazing works of art.


Van Gogh.


Andy Warhol




Max Ernst


Henry Moore



As much as I love all this wonderful artwork, I will stick to my sewing.


Some trivia to end on – Some time this evening Australia’s population will tick over to 23 million!! How about that!


13 Responses to Some Little Bits.

  • Bev C says:

    Hello Karen,

    Some of that art was here in Perth not long ago, remember my daughter taking some photo’s of Andy’s work. Love the fabric for the cushion, good on your for making dolls clothes, so tiny to work with in some place on the clothing.

    Happy days.

  • Val says:

    Here is the site with six lovely sets of doll clothes patterns to download for free. I think they are retired patterns. They also come with a story about the character.

  • Val says:

    I love those American girl dolls. Doll clothes are such fun. I downloaded some lovely free patterns. I will get back to you with the link.
    I love that butterfly fabric too.

  • Suz says:

    3 days at the quilt convention- lucky you! Love the little monster and the dolls dress! Happy sewing!

  • Patti says:

    Beautiful embroidery as always Karen, and I sure like the butterfly fabric for your new cushions!

  • That will be a very well dressed doll! Our daughters had the American Girl dolls long ago.

  • Fiona says:

    that monster made me smile…. so fun! and such a pretty doll dress….. I do love that fabric with the postage and butterflies. Great art… I went to a place and saw real live Picasso’s and it is an amazing feeling beign with the originals isn’t it….

  • Rachaeldaisy says:

    What a fun monster!! You’ll have fun making dolls dresses. It’s great to see photos from MOMA.

  • Sunnybec says:

    Love the little dress, thank goodness you got the patterns on sale… sheesh. Just been down to Dordogne in France for 3 days weather was lovely, still not sure when we are going to get to UK. Hugs xx

  • Joan says:

    Ohhh I do love that fabric you bought for cushions. They will be fabulous! Cute little critter for the grand too. Are you sure with your love of art, that you don’t want to start something like bronze sculpture and have to hid that kind of stash too! LOL!!

  • Wonderful photos from the gallery. Some cute stitching happening at your place Karen.

  • Shez says:

    what a cute little monster and love the dolls dress and thankyou for showing us some of the quilts.xx

  • marina says:

    sounds like you had a good time at aqc, cute little monster.
    must be great fun making dolly clothes at least you saved a heap at Spotlight.


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