Monday, May 24, 2010

My Other Love

What is "My Other Love"? Decorating........ I just love getting in and making a room take on a whole new look. Hubby and I have just spent a week at our house in Burra and turned the front room into a formal loungeroom. We did just have a bed and chest of draws in there and it did look rather drab.....but not anymore.

So I thought I would show you some before and after photos of all our hard work. Really it's not hard work when you love doing it.

Hubby and I work well together when it comes to decorating. I buy and plan it all and we both get in and work the magic. He is good at getting up high and I work well down low. At the end of the day it all happens.

At long last the piano has a home. It was spending it's days in the hall but not anymore. It has pride of place in the new formal loungeroom. The room did have a sliding door and I soon got rid of that and put a by-fold with leadlight in it. I am not a fan of the old sliding door!!! Next year we plan to do up the hall and I think we will need more than a week. It's very long, many doors and I want to put a new front door with leadlight in the frame either side of the door. I'm already planning it and now I just have to get my bits and wait until May 2011.

Patchwork Hugs,


Monday, May 3, 2010

At Last I Can Show

At last I can show you all the little bag I made for my beautiful niece, Amy. She is the daughter of my sister and I felt very special to have been asked, by Amy, to make this for her to use on her wedding day.

I hand sewed 262 beads around the top and it was made out of satin which matched Amy's dress perfectly. If you would like to have a look at my beautiful niece you can do so by going to my sisters blog at Also there is another beautiful girl there I would like to show you. She is my daughter, Josephine, and she is the bridesmaid in green. Amy and Josephine are very close and I love them both dearly.
Patchwork Hugs,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A face lift.

No not my face , my blog is the one with a facelift!!! Not that it has been a total facelift but it looks better. I haven't been happy for a long time with this and that and wanted my blog to look more interesting and to express friendliness and to show that people who visit my blog mean a lot to me. So I do hope my blog now expresses this and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for visiting like you do. Without you all, my blog would be a waste of time.
I bought this great book "Wonderful 1 Fabric Quilts" by Kay Nickols and it is fantastic. Throughout the book it shows you how to make quilts with only one fabric and it is how you cut the fabric that creates the over all look. You use what is called "Wall Paper" fabric. It is fabric with stripes and repeat patterns. You can either fussy cut or random cut for different effects. From one piece of fabric you can get 2 totally different quilts, depending what method you use for cutting.
Now to the table runner. This is my first (so far only) table runner that I have made and I used the "random cut method" from 1 piece of fabric. It was so much fun and I can't wait to make a quilt and I plan to use the fussy cut method for this. It will take more material fussy cutting but I think it will be worth it.
Patchwork Hugs,

Friday, April 23, 2010

To Show or not!!!!

I didn't know whether to show "My Rooster" or not but then thought oh well here goes!!! He is out of Creating Country Threads Vol 10 No.8. He was to be filled with Hobby Fill only but I have put rice in his feet because I want to use him as a door stop. The 2 males in this house just laughed when I showed would have thought I would have known better. I guess we shouldn't let what others say or do affect us but their laughing did. At the moment "My Rooster" is sitting in the cupboard waiting for me to get over it. I will bring him out soon, I promise.

This is block 4 of the Breast of Friends. I completed it a few weeks ago and forgot to show you all. The border against my lace table cloth doesn't show up very well but it does look good in person. I think anyway.

Patchwork Hugs,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Can it be so long?

I cannot believe it has been that many weeks since I last updated my blog. Life has been busy but now that my Hubby has his pilots licence things will slow down. No more trips to Adelaide taking me away from what I love doing. Yippeeeee.

I have done afew things in the sewing room. I won't show everything now.........I want you to keep coming back to see what else has been happening!!!

I would like you to meet Lizzie. I only made her this week and I am very happy with the way she has turned out. She is hanging on the wall in my country diningroom. Lizzie is my second doll and there were somethings I wanted to improve on and I think I have. The colour of her skin, the size of her limbs, the style of dress is all better that the first one. I really wanted to decorate her in an olde worlde / country look and I kind of think she has the look!

Don't forget to come back soon and see what else I have done. I promise it won't be so long.

Patchwork Hugs,


Friday, February 19, 2010

More fabric

Isn't buying fabric addictive? One piece just isn't enough and you try to tell yourself "I'm going to be good and not buy anymore"..............yeah right!!! I bought these fat 1/4s at my local Newsagent. They have a lovely little corner with all sorts of quilting bits and bobs and every time I go in there the fabric calls me over. Good thing I live 125km away from the Newsagent. I'm planning to do a Stack n Slash with them and thought I would add lace here and there. I have never made one before but can't wait to get started. Just have to finish what I am doing at the moment. Don't want a UFO flying around :)

When I went to Hetty's Patch with my sister I just happened to pick up this fabric. I could have picked up more.........lots more.........but was trying to be good. Now I am home I wish I had been bad, very bad!! The 2 top pieces I just had to have and the 2 bottom pieces have already been cut to make the sashing and borders for my Friendship quilt from my quilting group. Once it is all finished I will post a pic to show you all.

Patchwork Hugs,

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Block Three

Here is Block 3 of the Breast of Friends. I did finish it a little over a week ago but only now have found time to show you all.

Like with blocks 1 and 2 I found it enjoyable to put together. Block 4 is going to be very different to the last 3 and I think quicker to put together. I will post a pic of the next one once completed.

Patchwork Hugs,