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Blessings and Joy

Blessings and Joy

This time of year is about sharing with friends and loved ones. It is also a time of reflection and a time to give thanks for the blessings that come our way. For me, and for many people around me, this year certainly has had it’s […]

Feeling Groovy

Feeling Groovy

For those of us who can remember, the late 1960’s was a time of massive change and excitement. The revolution was in progress and we were Feeling Groovy. There was no capacity for bland in music, fashion or the people. The hippy movement flourished and flower […]

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

For many decades, coconut ice has been a sweet treat that could always be found at school fetes, cake stalls and markets. In family kitchens across Australia, batches of this pink and white confection have been made many times. Not only is it quick and easy to make, inexpensive […]

Quilters … step away from that fabric!

Quilters … step away from that fabric!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that quilters love fabric. And, why wouldn’t we? Fabric is utterly desirable. The beautiful colours, sumptuous prints and endless possibilities set our pulses racing. There is nothing wrong with loving fabric. In fact, as a quilter, it is totally necessary to […]

Dance of the Baubles

Dance of the Baubles

It happens every year. Although we have twelve months to plan for Christmas, many of us leave everything until the last minute and December becomes a month of manic frenzy combined with merry good-will to all. The myth of a jolly family of rosy-cheeked children singing carols as they calmly decorate the tree […]

Listening to the Fabric

Listening to the Fabric

It has become apparent that my quilts want to design themselves. Each of my quilts begin with the fabric and, by listening to the fabric, the quilt design comes together. It will take just one fabric to grab my attention, then another one will want […]

Dainty Bess

Dainty Bess

Bright fabrics continue to lure us as our weather gets chillier. This bundle of beauties followed me home last week and were perfect for the Dainty Bess quilt. I love it when the fabrics do all the work. Dainty Bess uses half square triangles, similar […]

Gypsy Garden Quilt

Gypsy Garden Quilt

Quick and easy quilts can be so gratifying.  We’re all so busy these days and the time we get to spend quilting has become very precious, so it’s good to able to whip something up in a few weeks rather than a few years. Gypsy Garden is perfect for […]

Sew Sew Sew the Row Gently Down the Seam

Sew Sew Sew the Row Gently Down the Seam

This week I was inspired to design my Sew the Row quilt around some pretty pale-blue pieces that were hiding in my stash. The delicate fabrics were perfect for blocks that were understated with simple shapes. As I was designing, I was thinking about the muddles I got into […]

Welcoming 2015 by filling bobbins in advance

Welcoming 2015 by filling bobbins in advance

Before Christmas I cleared my sewing table of all the clutter that had accumulated over the past year. In the clutter there were a couple of piles of fabric still waiting for inspiration. One pile was my collection of warm greys and citron greens. With just these […]