Friday, 20 March 2015


Last night was an FNSI night.  Click onto this logo on the sidebar, and it will take to  Wendy's blog and you can then visit the other participants' blogs to see what they got up to.

FNSI, hosted by Wendy
I was trying to work out what I should do--and decided that I should get stuck into the pattern writing for the  "Sew Happy" wall hanging, which I have been putting off for ages. It is so boring, but I did it. Went to print up a couple of copies-- only to find that the printer had run out of magenta and would not print. Of course I did not have a spare magenta cartridge at home , did I? Why it would need magenta, of all colours, I would not know.
"Sew Happy" Wall hanging
Watch this space-- when I do get the printer working, gone to Officeworks to print the photos and painted more buttons---I will have a give away of this pattern, if anyone is interested.
Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Projects from Norway and a Win

I always love it when someone takes the time to send me photos of what they have made from my patterns. So I was thrilled when I received these photos from May-Britt, all the way from Norway. These patterns are available from Asne's shop, Quiltefryd, in Tonsberg, Norway. In fact a new parcel of the patterns for the Blue Heart cushion and  Blue Heart wall hanging have just gone to the shop.

Blue heart Cushion

Blue Heart wall hanging
Gingerbreadman cushion
A Christmas Welcome  cushion
Thank you May-Britt, for sending these photos to me. You have made my day.

I love blog hopping and reading different posts-- and one that I love to read belongs to Stephanie from Rummage ( . I was very lucky to win a bag from Stephanie --- and it arrived in the post a couple of weeks ago. Needless to say, the bag is beautifully made and it now accompanies me to the shops.
The bag I won from Stephanie's blog
This Friday night is FNSI, so sign up at  Wendy's blog, and join in. Look forward to seeing you there.
FNSI hosted by Wendy

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Friday night with Friends

I am a little late in posting what I did on FNWFs.

FNWFs hosted by Cheryll
I am making a quilt and it is going to have Ohio Stars. I love Ohio stars but my machine skills are poor and accuracy is appalling. I have put off making these stars for years because of that. I decided that practice makes perfect! So I cut a heap of squares and sewed these-- 1 x 9"block, 1 x 3"block and a few 6"blocks. I was pleasantly surprised as to how well they turned out-- so they will have a place in the new quilt after all.

Ohio stars in varying sizes
Thank you Cheryll for hosting yet another enjoyable FNWFs.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

FNSI, a framed cross stitch, a bag and a thread holder

Friday night was a sewing night with FNSI. Please do not laugh at what I managed to do--- in other words, not much at all!
Strips made with "PerfectStems"
I had good intentions to do a lot of sewing. Got a phone call and ended up chatting on the phone instead of sewing. Had to come up with some finish-- and I needed these folded strips for a project and these "Perfect Stems" certainly make them easier to make. I can now continue with the project.

I had bought the pattern, All About Anna, from Stephanie, of Rummage ages ago.(  Late last year, I   decided that I would make the bag --- I used corduroy for the navy part of the bag, and cotton fabrics for the rest. I  enjoyed making it as the instructions were clearly set out and  very easy to follow. I gave the bag away as a Christmas gift, and I have decided to make another for myself.
My version of All About Anna 
I had finished this cross stitch before Christmas-- and took it to the framers on Christmas eve. I have finally got it back and am very pleased with the way it has turned out. The blue wren is my favourite little bird and the flannel flower is a flower I love to look out for in spring when I go for a bush walk.
Framed Blue wren and flannel flower in cross stitch
Ages ago, a fellow blogger had said to me that she would love to have  a thread holder. She had a special birthday coming up, and I was racking my brain for what I could give her. I decided that I would get a thread holder cut out and paint it for her. I was so excited about it-- that I wrapped the present and posted it without taking a photo. I then had to ask her to take a photo for me to keep in my photo album. Needless to say, she presented it beautifully.

The painted Thread holder
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Day at The Grounds of Alexandria

I have heard  a lot about The Grounds of Alexandria, but had not been there. Alexandria is an inner city suburb of Sydney.Some friends suggested we have a day out and go there. I was not sure what to expect-- but was pleasantly surprised.
I gather that it was the site of some flour mills years ago, and it has been done up to house a restaurant/café, and an outdoor eating area, some outside stalls, and they have a few pet animals as well. Nearby was a providore called Cheese, Meat and Salt.
Here are some photos  of the Grounds of Alexandria.

Cover of the menu in the restaurant
The Doughnut cart
The lemonade cart
The Florist
Coloured roses
Beautiful white roses
The meats at Meat, Cheese and Salt
Yummy cakes
Lovely old door
A resident Macaw

Kevin Bacon, the pet pig, asleep in his house

Kevin Bacon with the other resident animals
We had lunch there and walked back through Sydney Park to the station and home. It was an enjoyable day out.

Friday, 23 January 2015

A new Needle Keep made during FNSI

Last night was the first Friday sewing night for FNSI for 2015. I joined many other blogging friends to a relaxing night of sewing.
I have a large hexagon needle keep-- it is looking a little old and I have many needles in it all the time. I decided that I needed a small, new needle keep and it will just hold the needles I need for the project I am working on at the time.


So last night I started on this project, and completed it today.
Appliqued and embroidered hexagon
With the border and some bushes added

With a Sheep button?

Or a birdhouse button?

Or a bird sitting on the fence?
Or why not a kangaroo-- after all we are in the country.
I am happy with the finished product and I chose the sheep yet again. I must say the sheep is still my favourite button.
Thank you Wendy, for hosting another FNSI.
Have an enjoyable weekend.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The winner and Tonight is FNSI

The winner for the set of buttons for the triptych is Christine M. Could you please email me, Christine, and give me your snail mail address so I can post them to you. The pattern is in the January Homespun magazine.

Tonight is FNSI. The first for 2015. I am looking forward to "sitting and sewing" with my friends.  Thank you Wendy for hosting it again this year. Hop along to  to sign up-- there is still time.

See you there.