Thursday, March 27, 2014


You will be able to see the rest of this quilt at the AQC 
(April 10th - 13th, Royal Exhibition Building, 
Carlton Gardens, Melbourne).
Drop by and say hello - I'll be on The Patchwork Tea House stand 53.
And yes, they are Cottage Garden Threads - gorgeous colours!
See you there!
P.S. Mug Bugs coming soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bluebird at the A.Q.C.

"Bluebird" is what I will be teaching at a Make & Take class at the AQC 
(April 10th - 13th, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne).
This method makes needleturn applique so easy! The 50 minute sessions are each day at 3pm (yes - I know it's late in the day but you can still be home in time for tea), and you can book at 
The Patchwork Tea House stand 53.
See you there!
P.S. The threads are Cottage Garden Threads - they are hand-dyed variegated and are so beautiful.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sneak Peek

A sneak peek of two new designs - coming soon!
P.S. One will be a "Make and Take" workshop at the Melbourne AQC in April.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lots More Teddy Bear Sleeping Bags

Just have a look at these! Lots of little teddy bear sleeping bags!
Made by my facebook friend - they are so cute!
Hmmmm ..... it has given me an idea for Valentine's Day .....
I love this pic of all the teddies together! The pattern (Teddy Bear Cot Quilt) is available from Teddlywinks.
Le Bouquet Francais is the new French General range - and lookie at what I have sitting on my workbench!
A fat quarter pack and a jelly roll!
The ideas are happening already - can't wait to begin (when I have had a "mental health" day or three).
I think you already realize that hot weather and I just don't go together, and I know that some of you love Summer, but that's the way it is.
Give me a lovely crackling log fire and a misty Winter day and I'm happy.
P.S. News of a Make and Take workshop to be held at the April AQC in Melbourne coming soon.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot

Summer is not my favourite season! I don't function in the heat. So here I am, indoors with the
air-conditioning on (it was installed two years ago and we don't know how we survived for so long without it!), blogging. One of my facebook friends sent me these two photos of teddy and doll sleeping bags - she made them using a pattern of mine, Teddy Bear Cot Quilt. Carefully personalized for the lucky children who will be receiving them. I think they are just beautiful!
Pippa, our gorgeous granddaughter, is now six months old. I made her Christmas Stocking just before Christmas - it was a bit of a rush but I managed on time. Now all the grandchildren have one.
Last week it was the Fabric Frolic, a shop hop with lots of prizes and specials. I had my own little corner of The Patchwork Tea House - a little alcove room, with a "chair in there, and a bed as well......."
There were lots of oohs and aahs from customers - it really did look good!
Fabric Frolic now finished - hope you were one of the lucky prize winners!
Stitch joyfully!
P.S. Stay cool (if you are in the antipodes. If you are in the northern hemisphere, stay warm!).

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fabric Frolic 2014

Ernie Dingle is on his way! He's ready for the Fabric Frolic 2014 and is looking forward to seeing all his friends! They spent a happy but noisy afternoon making plans at The Patchwork Tea House.
"Where are our scones......?" could be heard from table number 9. Ernie and his "New Best Friends" were getting a little testy! Gary was slow to bring out the scones........the group were getting restless.
At last! A real Teddy Bear Tea Party.......
......but with babyccinos!
Did I tell you that Ernie has a girlfriend? Here he is with the lovely Miss R from Textile Offcuts in Lilydale, one of the shops taking part in the Fabric Frolic. (She's a bit of a hussy - don't want her taking advantage of Ernie - I'll have to watch her!)
I have designed some little stitcheries that will be given away at some of the shops involved in the frolic - go to their facebook page for more details.
P.S. What a lovely way to spend the day with friends - doing the rounds of your favourite patchwork shops!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Show and Tell

Lots to show today! Firstly, I won a second and a third in the Lilydale Show needlework, for "Garden Party" and "The Sewing Lesson". It's lovely to have a big, fat ribbon!
The quilt below has been made by my cousin, Heather, who is a Canadian - she has been having lessons and I think the result is beautiful! I can't wait to see what she produces next.
Last week we had a stand at the Australian Quilt Market (trade fair). It was a great weekend - this was our little 2m X 3m patch of the venue!
Met old friends, took lots of orders and made some new contacts in the patchwork world.
"At the Bottom of the Garden" (what a mouthful - what was I thinking when I named this pattern.....) is one of my designs that is an evergreen - it keeps in selling.
Miche'le from New Zealand has made it in these lovely greens.
I think you will agree that it is simply stunning!

And my final word - this is the machine I learnt to sew on. Right hand turned the handle, so there was only one free hand to guide the fabric.
P.S. I was thrilled when the treadle machine arrived at our house! Two hands to sew with!!! Although it took a while to get the feet going smoothly - to avoid back-sewing and broken threads!