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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


September Snow Hearts.

Posted on September 10, 2018 | 11 Comments

My apologies to those people who are having difficulty with my comment section. I still have no idea why it is causing grief to some and not to others, but I will continue to search for a solution.

I have been able to keep up and complete my Bunny Hill Snow Hearts for September.

The felt one first.

And then the fabric one.

And of course the two together.

I am surprised at how quick these come around each month which is a good indication of how the year is flying by.

Remember to catch up with Joan, Shez and Jeanette to see their wonderful creations, too.

Just a quick mention that I may not be able to moderate or reply to comments in a hurry as we will be busy over the next few days.

Cheers, Karen




Making Progress.

Posted on September 3, 2018 | 15 Comments

Bits and pieces are coming together so it is good to see progress being made.

The first bit of progress is with the blog itself. Several times I have tried to add a subscribe button on the side but because my site is a mix of blog and web page it just didn’t want to play nice. After a little prod from Nancy I tried again and to my surprise it worked!

So now those you prefer to have email updates can use the new follow by email button.

There has been more knitting happening but this time it is not for the grand children. A few weeks ago I joined with many others to make little lamb jumpers for the farmers to use in the drought areas. Use this link to read one of the articles.

The pictures in the paper are so cute!

Next up our group of the Embroidery Guild needed some needle cases, so I used the Marg Low pattern to make some using wool felt.


I have started selecting fabrics to use with the embroideries I completed. This is the start to adding borders for each block.

I am not sure how big I want this one to grow so will just take my time playing with it.

I am also trying to plan out another quilt with no pattern. I loved the bird fabric and wanted to keep it in large pieces, so the grid paper came out and a few more ideas have been tossed around.

Should be a good one for Spring with the bright colours.

And Spring must be around the corner because I noticed one single, lonely blossom on my trees. Hope the others catch up soon.

Have a wonderful week.

Cheers, Karen




Brrrr ……. And Some Stitches.

Posted on August 28, 2018 | 10 Comments

Yes, it’s cold here. The heater is working overtime. I think Winter is telling us it is not quite ready to go away.

I have used my time inside productively to complete the last stitcheries in this set for All Creatures Great and Small from Natalie Bird.

Unfortunately I think the book is no longer available?




Now I need to determine a layout and select fabrics to turn them into a small quilt.

Last week I had the good fortune to attend a stitching day with Gail Pan and Bonnie Sullivan (All Through The Night).

The following photos are of Bonnie’s designs but were made up as samples by Gail.

The first is a lovely sewing wallet  – outside view.

And inside view with all the pockets.

And next a little snowman hanger.

So sweet!

Unfortunately my pics of Gail’s projects blurred. You can see them peeping out in the background of the photos. I am sure Gail will have them up on her site or Facebook very soon.

Hopefully I can show my own version soon, too.

I hope you have a lovely week planned.

Cheers, Karen




Knitting And 90.

Posted on August 21, 2018 | 9 Comments

I had to get my skates on as I wanted to finish this jumper and hat for our 3yo grand daughter to be able to wear during this Winter.

I had started it well before our holiday, but had to get myself back into the knitting routine after our return. Thankfully it was done and given to her last weekend. It fits and looks like there is plenty of growing room for next Winter as well.  It suits her perfectly with her blonde hair and blue eyes.

Now I will jump from the youngest member of our family to the oldest. My mum turned 90 last week so we all gathered together to celebrate.

It is so difficult to choose a gift for a person who is 90. When she was 80 we all gave her a trip to New Zealand with her friend.

This year my sister came up with  a great idea to give her  a book of occasions. What we did was all chose a separate activity that we can do with her so that over the next few months she will be out and about with a family member nearly every week.

I made a special book and then we all wrote about our activities and placed them in the envelopes on each page.

So now my mum is going to the zoo to feed the giraffes, is having high tea, will be touring landmark buildings, going to afternoon tea in the country side, visiting the National Gallery – and many more activities.

Now we just have to plan ahead for the next big one.

I welcome any ideas and suggestions.

Cheers, Karen


August Snow Hearts.

Posted on August 13, 2018 | 9 Comments

Back on track with my snow hearts from Bunny Hill Designs. Here are the two for August.


Fabric first then the felt one. I had wanted to add a sunshine button for a Summer feel, but of course they were nowhere to be found. Bet they turn up somewhere in the next month. That’s always the way. But I still like the smiley face.

I have noticed that the patterns are being offered again o the Bunny Hill website, so if you missed them first time round, jump in now.

Remember to visit Joan, Shez and Jeanette to see their August hearts as well. Enjoy the wonderful variety.

Cheers, Karen


Trees, Bits And Bobs …..And Castle Views.

Posted on August 8, 2018 | 18 Comments

There was a hiccup or two here and I had a few days where I could not leave comments on your blogs. All fixed now so I am having a session of posting, commenting and replying all in one day.

Another Christmas UFO. This is a string of Santa sitting in felt mittens and stockings. It strings up over a metre.

Now I have to find somewhere to hang them!

This next one is a crochet blanket I have worked on for a while. It was the Spicier Life CAL. Mine is made in Bendigo 8 ply cotton.

As you can see my sides are a bit wonky but I am still pleased to have a finish.

I seem to be working on  a lot of different projects. Lots of progress but not a lot of finishes.  I have been trying out different stitches on the wool trees from the Wendy Williams project.

I have been stitching around every tree. From left to right – bullions, chain and whipped chain stitch. Takes ages for each one.

I am also pleased to be getting back to making some of my larger quilts. Hopefully some pictures soon.

Now for castles. We saw a few on our travels and I especially loved the views from them. Of course they were always built in places where they had a good view of any approaching danger, but in the current times that now means delightful views.

Hohenwerfen in Austria. Go to the Wikipedia link for a view of the whole castle. (You need a plane to get a good overall view.)

I would happily have any of these views out my window each day. Mind you, the walk up and down the hill each day would be a killer!




Neuschwanstein Castle. Here is the Wikipedia link.  

This is the castle built by King Ludwig II in Germany and is said to have inspired Walt Disney and his Sleeping Beauty castle. Only a few outside shots as photos were not allowed in the interior ( which was magnificent!).

But this is the view.

Right in the middle of the photo there is another castle. This is where the king grew up – only a hill top away. And the next castle we visited.

Hohenschangau Castle. Another Wikipedia link.

Once again, no pics inside but it was amazing.


Just imagine growing up here. And of course, beautiful views.

We were lucky to see all three castles on lovely days and it was only towards the end of the third one that we experienced a little rain. Still did not spoil the view.

History lesson over. Time to visit and comment.

Cheers, Karen





An Angel, A Show And Photos.

Posted on August 1, 2018 | 12 Comments

A mixed post today with all sorts!

There is another finish from the UFO collection. This is a Christmas Angel from Disa Designs. I have patterns for penguins, snowmen and santas from the same designer. I need to get stitching.

Her hair is made from little bells. There is a set of three, but I have not ventured that far.

Last week I spent a lovely day at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair. I had a lovely time looking at all the stands and their tempting wares. I also enjoyed the quilt display. I have pics of just two of the lovely works.





















In both these examples I was amazed by the beautiful effects created with the stitching/quilting.






















Last of all, a couple more holiday snaps.


These first ones are from the Mirabell Palace Garden in Salzburg.






There is a series of these statues representing the different trades that were worked in the area when the palace was built.








We also travelled to Eagle’s Nest. This is the mountain top retreat built by Hitler in the Alps.






This is only part of the building – hard to get the full view without a drone.




The view was stunning.





Our tour started somewhere down in the valley.





A view from the dining room.

I am slowly getting back to stitching. I am surprised at how long it is taking me to get going. Can’t keep blaming jet lag forever!

Cheers, Karen



Back To Stitching.

Posted on July 24, 2018 | 12 Comments

Yes, back to stitching, but in a small way. After coming home from our travels I decided to hunt up a few UFOs and get them done.

This is one I made with Keryn of Cubby House Designs quite a while back and I had not realised it was sitting in the UFO pile. It is now ready for hanging at Christmas time.

I have found several others that only need a little bit of work to finish them. Glad they turned up. More to come!

The next part of the post is holiday related – some serious pics and a few sillies. Hope you have a sense of humour.

We had a great time in Berlin and one of the tours we enjoyed was the Reichstag dome (Germany’s parliament). The dome was built as a symbol of the reunification of Germany.

The dome is on the top of the parliament building and you can look down through the building to see the members of parliament meeting. There is a spiral walkway going up to the top of the dome.

This is the mirrored centre of the dome.

There are great views from all parts of the dome. Something we did notice in many cities in Europe was that there are no skyscrapers  as we know them. Coming from a city that is full of skyscrapers it was refreshing to have a limit on the number of storeys allowed.

One part of a photographic display that was fascinating was a picture of the damage done to this very building during WW11.

You can read more at Wikipedia.

Our next stop was Salzburg in Austria. Love their sense of humour. We have always had issues with Australia and Austria being confused – at Olympics, Government meetings – even getting our anthems mixed up. I like the way the Austrians have laughed at it.

We did a great tour of the old  city. That’s it with the castle atop a hill behind it.

It was full of squares surrounded by buildings. This is Mozart Square.

There were so many lane ways that it was a like a maze. Each time you went through a lane or passageway you came out in another square where you would find amazing buildings like this church.

The lanes had many shops and their wares were advertised with hanging wrought iron signs. Some were very old but others quite new.

Pick the golden arches sign below.

Back to bridge from an earlier photo, here are all the locks  along each side.

And here is the stunning view  each way along the river.


I will leave you with the last photo of something that puzzled me. In nearly every shop there would be plastic ducks decorated as any character  you could think of. I never found out why the ducks were a particular theme that was repeated throughout the city, but would love to know.

Cheers, Karen





July Snow Hearts.

Posted on July 19, 2018 | 7 Comments

I am back from a  wonderful holiday break mostly spent in Germany but with side trips to Salzburg and Amsterdam. I am still adjusting to time zones and have been awake since 4 am. so why not be productive and catch up on a post?

This is a very quick post to share my Snow Hearts. Remember to visit Joan, Shez and Jeanette who are also stitching along. They are all so gorgeous.

Of course this month celebrates July 4th, but I had a little play with our flag instead.

So here is the felt one.

And the fabric background.

Of course a pic with both together.

I am not going to fill my post with holiday snaps ( at least 2,000), but I will add a few observations now and then.

I was impressed with the simplicity of the marking of the Berlin wall throughout the city. If you were not aware you could easily miss it.

Apart from this, one section has been preserved.


I will slowly get back to checking on your posts and making comments. As well as sorting out sleep patterns I am also having trouble with the cold temps after enjoying three weeks of sunshine and warmth.

Cheers, Karen


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