New items added to Etsy store

26 12 2010

Here are the most recent items I’ve added to my Etsy store ( My luggage tags are pretty popular and as I sold quite a few for Christmas gifts, I was running out! So I made a few more in some really striking fabrics.

Long birthday week

26 12 2010

I had a birthday about two weeks ago, and spent about 10 days celebrating it in various ways!

My birthday was a weekday and a work day for me, so we started the weekend before and continued on into the weekend after it.

On the first Friday we drove down to Albany (Western Australia, not New York!), where we stayed for two nights. On Friday night we went to Rustlers Steakhouse where we both had the enormous on-the-rib rib-eye steaks. I had mine medium rare with blue cheese butter and my husband had his with pepper sauce. The sharpness of the blue cheese was a match made in heaven with the char grill flavour of the steak! Mmmmmmm….. Wonderful food!

On Saturday we drove to a neighbouring small town (Mt Barker) where my husband went hunting (vinyl) records in the most amazing ‘collectibles’ store. Amazing because it was almost impossible to move in there — there was SO much stuff. I had to remove my jacket and purse as I was sure I’d knock something over. There were thousands of books, hundreds of records, lots of kitchenwares, tins, toys, and all sorts of STUFF. The guy who owns the store is a real bower bird and I might have found something for myself if his store wasn’t so overwhelming! My husband found about 10-15 records he wanted (he didn’t actually want the records — just the info on them about the tracks, the producers etc. and the liner notes), so he bought those. Oh, and we bought some really nice shiraz from a local winery (Plantagenet Wines).

Later on the Saturday we were back in Albany and it was my turn to shop — this time at the local quilting fabric store (I lead such an exciting life!). We also drove around Albany and out to Frenchmans’ Bay, where stupid me decided I wanted to see the blowholes where the Southern Ocean meets the Australian coast. Surprisingly, my husband came with me (normally he sits in the car and waits until I’ve ‘been there, done that’). It was a long and fairly steep walk down to the blowholes — and it seemed like an even longer and steeper walk back up. I was stuffed!

We had dinner that night at an Italian restaurant in town.

Sunday we drove back home (it’s a 4-hour drive to/from our house to Albany).

On the Monday I went to lunch with two friends at the Apple Basket quilting store and cafe in Donnybrook. I didn’t buy any fabric! We also went to a clothing boutique in town where I bought an outfit.

On the second Saturday we went to my parents’ place about 45 mins drive away. Mum had her 79th birthday on the 22nd, so we combined my birthday and hers plus Christmas by going out to an Indian restaurant on Saturday night. We stayed overnight with Mum and Dad and came home Sunday.

My LONG birthday was over!

Some pictures from the area near the blowholes; I was amazed at the almost perfectly straight split in the large granite rock! Click a small image to show it in full size.

Latest items added to my Etsy store

18 12 2010

Here are the most recent items I’ve added to my Etsy store ( I just love the ‘Finding Nemo’ tropical fish fabric — it’s so bright and cheerful; and the pea fabric. I’ve had the watermelon fabric before, so it was nice to find it in a store again. And the turtle fabric was for some of the people I work with.

Etsy Treasuries #48 to 50

18 12 2010

Here are the latest Etsy Treasuries some of the pieces from my Etsy store ( are featured in. Click on a small image to view it in full size.


Fall quilt

18 12 2010

One of the lovely ladies at the quilt retreat weekend I enjoyed in September gave me a ‘charm pack’ of 42 five inch squares in lovely autumnal Moda fabrics. Autumn/country colours are not the sort of colours I typically work with — I favour bright colours. But these squares were really quite pretty. They were too small to use individually in various projects, and besides, someone had gone to a lot of thought putting together this bundle, making sure all the fabrics matched each other. It seemed a shame to split them apart.

So I decided to make a lap quilt from them. Just a simple one. Nothing fancy — just joining the existing pieces together without cutting or doing any other piecing. Then adding a border and binding using fabric from my stash. Oh, I also decided to add a ‘peeper’ — that dark brown flap of fabric that sits between the main top and the border.

I free-motion quilted the main top in a large meandering stipple in various rayon threads, and quilted the border in a free-motion pebble motif.

I gave this quilt to my work colleague and friend, Susan, after she told me how much she loved it! I really like it when quilts go to a home where they will be appreciated.

Click on an image to see it full size.

Numbering quilt rows

5 12 2010

Here’s a trick I read about a few days ago (I can’t remember where I read it though). When you have many quilt blocks to piece together and you have them arranged in row order, use a pin to number the rows!

Previously, I’ve used Post-it notes, chalk markers, etc. but this pin trick is the quickest and easiest! I just wrote the numbers on the flower pin heads with a permanent Sharpie, with the base of the number at the base of the pin head. Easy.

I don’t know why I never thought of it or heard of it before!