Monday, November 30, 2009

This and That

This is a dress I started in class and finished last week. The fabric is Amy Butler and Heather Bailey. The sleeves are a bit stiff but have softened in the wash. SO simple and quick to make. Rosa insists on wearing this and everything else with her black patent winter shoes which is so not attractive but you get that!

And that is a dolly quilt for a Christmas present. I have made a few pressies so far but obviously cannot show yet for fear of spoiling a suprise.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


I'm loving this weeks SS. I was in Vinnies yesterday buying an orange cross stitch table cloth that I had seen earlier in the week when this little beauty was sitting right at the counter still in it's plastic. It's vintage and brand new. It still had the $6.59 price sticker on it from Venture...does anyone remember that store?? I do. It is a light flannelette so I probably wont put it into a quilt but I'm thinking of some large cushions for the boys beds. What's even better is that it is made in Australia, I'm pretty sure most commercial sheeting and bedding is made in China these days.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

grandmother's flower garden giveaway

This giveaway is just gorgeous, check out retro mummy. It's a beautiful blog with an online store. Very generous indeed! fingers are crossed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meg's blocks for The Beehive

This month's blocks are for Meg in the US. She wanted a mosaic beachy feel with squares and rectangles and a little wonk.........well she certainly got wonk with these. I had lots of fun creating these blocks, the fabrics are really calming. This was my first attempt, it's a 10.5" square block.

This one is a tiny 5.5" square

And 10.5 x 5.5" it actually goes horizontal but I couldn't work out how to rotate my pic.

I love the idea that just a little bit of my craftiness will be sewn into a quilt along with lots of others and used all the way over in the US........Can't wait to see it finished.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


This weeks stash piece is one of Sandi Hendersons Farmers Market range.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A first for me

For ages I have been wanting to make clothes for the kids, you get so much satisfaction out of seeing something you have made on a little body. I have made clothes in the past, I'm talking back in my high school days in textiles and design, needless to say I have MUCH to learn!

I have started with a simple dress for Rosa with a pattern I got from Prints Charming. This dress is a two of a kind as my friend Alison from my sewing class had oodles of fabric and kindly gave me some and made one too. It's a gorgeous Michael Miller fabric and best of all I got the thumbs up from Rosebud. Always a good sign when they want to put it on again the following day.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hand Stitching

A little hand stitching has been keeping me busy at the moment. I have a large quilt top finished, one cut and ready to be sewn after waiting patiently for a couple of particular fabrics.
Hand sewing on the lounge at night is sometimes all I can find the time to least that's something!!
Here are a couple of hexagons for my soon to be God Daughter Lucia. I find these quite therapeutic, fiddly but fairly quick and instant results. The bit I hate the most is cutting that god awful double sided iron on stuff. Not sticking the iron to the iron board is a real challenge.

And here, a couple of embroidered heart motifs from Prints Charming. Very lolly like don't you think?


My stash this week is a few Amy Butler fabrics. The pinks will be a couple of summer dresses for Rosa and perhaps some pj pants for me in the greens.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Yee Haw...

It's almost done. The top is complete, now off to the quilters for some circle work. I wanted to keep it as a surprise for Lea but I was lucky enough to see her today for a couple of hours while she was in Sydney. I am thrilled that she loves it and hope that Ollie loves it just as much.


This is one of my all time favourite fabrics. I put this one is Rosa's first quilt, I love it so much I went back and bought 2 metres of it. It's called Chantilly by Free Spirit.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Honey Bunch!

Another special day was had today in the Jackson house. Our number two baby turned a BIG 4. Happy Birthday Harvey Boy! You have such a huge personality and free spirit. There is never a dull moment when you are around. You drive us crazy mad most days but we just love you to bits and can't imagine life without you. You are one very special and hugely loved little man.

Happy number 4, we love you to bits!

5.30am you bolted into our room with excitement. You woke your brother and sister (which we were NOT happy about) just so you could open your presents..... ...the look on your face as you were opening your presents was exciting!

On the phone to Aunty Ade after a huge day of play, cake, lollies, play and more play.

Sharing your shark cake with your friends....

Sunday, November 1, 2009


This is some cute Japanese fabric I bought a long time ago. Not sure what to do with it, just sitting there looking pretty.

And certainly not a stash piece but a gorgeous butterfly the kids and I saw out the front. They kept chasing it away but it it kept coming back to the same spot. He made it very easy for me to get a good shot. Reminds me of an art deco lamp.