Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sharing the love...

I recently shared some of these fabrics I picked up 

in a destash.....


with my lovely friend Julie, in New Zealand.

In return she offered to make me a felt birdie!


But true to Julie's generous nature she sent two 

birdies, a pear and a magazine!

The patterns can be found here, in case you want to 

make your own!

I did manage to stitch this little decoration,


and have been working on my wonky stars!



for my "Oh Christmas Tree" quilt.

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The stars aligned...

for us to ride The Eagle!


A local radio station was giving away free rides on 

the new 'chairlift ride' at Arthur's Seat,

here on the Mornington Peninsula.



My sister Helen sent them these photos of us on the 

original chairlift when it 

first opened, in 1960!


And we got selected to be two of the thirty available!

 As I am on leave, and Helen had a three-hour 

window in her work schedule....


we went and rode The Eagle!


To give you a better idea of how its changed,

I found this video of it back in the 60's

A Cadbury Carmamello Advertisement!

The view however is still as beautiful as ever!


I might need to take a quilt up here to photograph!


I hope this becomes a popular tourist attraction for 

the Peninsula!


I know one family who will be getting tickets for 

Christmas!

Happy days!

SUZ


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I forgot to show you these.....

I think I made these before I went to Tassie?

Another round of Chuck Nohara blocks.....

December


November


October

October

I now have 55 blocks.  

I will probably stop at 56,

otherwise I would need 63.

I don't think I have the enthusiasm for another 7!

I think there is an ice-cream there that didn't get a

photo of its own!


I'm now playing around with ideas for the sashing....



This last block I sent to my friend Elizabeth in the US,

         for her to add to her own Chuck Nohara quilt.


                                 Happy days!

                                       SUZ

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Words with Friends" Quilt

is finished!

I have belonged to this wonderful Spelling Bee for

most of this year, ably organised by Elizabeth. 

The signature blocks

She writes more about it here!

I started with my go-to straight line quilting, then 

really branched out to FMQ lots of flowers 


and other fancy variations!


I know I am never going to win any prizes for my 

quilting...


but I sure had a great time doing it!

I also did a line of quilting in the words, trying to 

mimic my handwriting!


Trust me, it's not that bad in real life!

I love the little picture blocks....

A suitcase

A star

An envelope




Happy sewing!

SUZ





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I have been sewing....


....just not quilts!

I made a couple of placemats,

that matched our new lamp!


This one will stay clean here, at least!



A dress that I have had cut out since last year!


And, for a friend, a wedding dress!


 😖

Have you ever offered to make something for 
someone and then regretted it?

Had I seen the stretch, hand beaded, expensive tulle lace before I offered, I would never have offered in the first place!

I got the dress to this stage and had to give up.

There was no way I had the skills to put a zipper in this!

Thankfully the bride-to-be totally understood and took it to a professional to finish it off.


Finally a T-shirt!

Hey, if I can sew stretchy, beaded tulle, I can sew a 

t-shirt!

Next time, I will have a quilt to show,

I promise!

Happy sewing!
SUZ

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bits..and pieces!

I was lucky enough to attend a de-stash sale on the 

weekend!

One seller had an incredible stash!

She was selling bundles of two-three metres of 

fabric for $5 each!


All this (above) cost me less than $30!

I could easily have spent ten times this....

Lots of AMH

but I had to leave something for the other buyers, 

didn't I?

Amy Butler?


There were even two Chuck Nohara fabrics hidden 

amongst the treasure!


Toy Box by Lecien

My dream catcher has grown....


from this to this.....


with some auditing for the centre taking place!


Happy sewing!

SUZ

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Recent Acquisitions ...

Would you like to see what I have added to my 

stash 

over the last few days?

Firstly what I bought on my Tassie Trek...

I love this cute "Thicket" panel by Moda!
from Esme's Patchwork in Launceston


I didn't realise one of these was a Cotton & Steel!
from Wells Crafts in Latrobe

Where I had a lovely chat with Jess
from Frangipani Fabrics in Hobart



I bought the tin because I loved it. I was happy to have it filled with fudge though....


I won a fabulous giveaway from Red Pepper quilts some time back....


from Little Crafty Shop, so I stocked up in some 

neutrals.

But I have saved the best til last!

My sweet friend Elizabeth sent me this surprise 

package...


I am joining her in a new bee next year, called the 

Gridsters! 

I guess I'd better get sewing, because I have just been to a destash sale.....

You should see what I got there!

Happy days!

SUZ


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