Thursday, November 27, 2008

Creative Use of Unused Spaces

Meet James. Yes, James Dyson. No - he's not having a shower - electrical appliances and water do not mix! I have found a creative way to store the vacuum cleaner! A small space with a door? We have a new cupboard! Yes - the shower!!!! Now that the boys are no longer living here, their old bathroom has become very handy for all sorts of uses, the latest being vacuum cleaner storage! No - it will not be a permanent arrangement - we do aim to have a workroom built, hopefully by Christmas next year. Then I'll have my house back again! Can't wait!
Meanwhile, the dust balls are still lurking beneath the clutter - despite the regular cleaning!
Bye for now,

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dazed and Confused

It's been a funny sort of week! Orders to fill after last weekend. Ran out of patterns - had to rush off to print more photos (love my local chemist and their natty little photo booth!). Bit tired and hazy - I think I got through the week on auto pilot! There are only three more things on my list (I love lists - they let me sleep at night!), hope to get them done before Monday morning!
This is the other new design - "Let's Play Ladies". Blanketstitch applique and embroidery, also a touch of lace - gorgeous! Details on the website
Hopefully an afternoon in the garden tomorrow - if the weather is kind, although I'm loving the rain we are having - it's a blessing.
P.S. If you love snowflakes, then here is a link that was sent to me by my friend Sue, with the comment "Something to do in your spare time"!!! It's rather cute.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Queen of the Freebies

Because we are "tied to our stand" at the AQM, it is difficult to have a really good look around at the beautiful fabrics, notions, gadgets and gizmos that are new on the market. This time I rushed around during quiet spells, sniffing out the "freebies" - with great success, I might add!
A few of the things I snaffled:
A sample of a new stiff bag wadding from Victorian Textiles.
From SSS a clock and a "goodies" bag with interesting bits & pieces.
Some magazines from Universal Publications (bless their little cotton socks!).
From Freudenberg some samples of Lutradur, Sol-U-Web,Quiltlite, Lamifix and RainbowSPUN.

All these are great for kindling the creative urge, which means new designs!!!
And a lovely lady from Creative Abundance gave us a festive pack of Christmas cards showing photos of the girls' designs on the front!
A is for apple, b is for boat!
"Alphabears" is a new design for the littlies. It is a standard cot quilt, and also a swag. There are templates for every letter of the alphabet, so any child's name can be made up. Of course, I made mine for Sean!
Go to for ordering details.
Bye for now!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just Jenny

Yes Jenny - I'll blog again soon!

Hotel Mayhem

Are we the only ones who have "unfortunate occurrences" when staying in hotels? On the weekend we attended the Australian Quilt Market, a trade show. Photo above shows David taking a breather when we'd finished putting our stand together.
Set-up was on Friday, so we decided to stay in the city, to save all that travelling back and forth each day. Booked a hotel room months ago because of the Andre Rieu concert - we wanted to make sure we had accommodation!
First incident - couldn't make the elevator stop at our floor. Up and down we went, but to no avail! Tried the other elevator (no stairs, only the fire escape) but the same thing happened. Met an elderly couple who demonstrated how to insert your room card into a slot, and, hey presto! Yes - success! We're just simple country folk!!!!
Second incident - tried to get a meal on Saturday night (room service pizzas on Friday night - too tired to tart ourselves up and go out!). Hotel restaurant booked out. Couldn't get a meal until 8.30pm. Walked around the block - next hotel - same story. Nothing else open in that area. Went back to our hotel and had a drink at the bar. Meanwhile, hotel restaurant still empty - those with bookings not eating yet. We could have ordered, eaten and gone by the time anyone else arrived! Ordered room service - it arrived over an hour later! (Andre Rieu concert the cause!)
Third incident - sound of running water that night. Coming from either the room next door or upstairs. Rang reception - they had someone investigate - next door's toilet had been flushing for over 45 minutes!
Fourth incident - 7am the next morning our smoke alarm went off! (No smoke, and no steam in the room.) It stopped but still sort of "glitched". Rang reception - they said it was a "false alarm" - duh!!!!
Things I don't like about hotels - floppy shower heads, hard pillows, pillows that are too big, no surfaces in bathrooms for "cosmeticky" bits and pieces, windows that won't open, air conditioning that is too hot, doors slamming in the night, not enough towels ( I like an extra one for my hair), not enough coat hangers, nowhere for shoes or suitcases..........
Things I like about hotels - room service, mini bar, the morning papers, no housework, the little sign you hang on the door knob ("Do not disturb" or "Please make up my room"), and the way (usually) the staff make you feel special.
This is how I like my coffee - black and strong. We enjoyed a cup just before the show opened each morning.
More about the AQM soon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


It was a glorious day on Sunday, and what better way to spend it than with 150 ladies with similar "stitching" interests! The annual Quilt-In is presented each year by Marilyn and her trusty helpers from The Patchwork Tea House in Warburton (or "Warby" as we locals call it!). Beautiful surroundings, with a lovely outlook over putting greens of the golf course. I caught up with my friend Lynn, who teaches at the school I worked at "Before Retirement". It's Lynn's turn now - she is leaving at the end of this year, to enjoy a life of patchwork and stitching! It also means more coffee mornings together!The lovely Lynette Anderson was guest designer - I was very lucky to be able to have a chat to her, she is indeed a beautiful person. She bought lots of made up samples of her patterns - much too tempting!! Here is Lynette being introduced by Marilyn.
Lynette's new B.O.M. - pussy cats - just gorgeous!Lynette's hubby Vince had to come in handy for something!
Denise and Joy enjoying the day.
A very big thank you to Marilyn and her team of organisers, and also to Lynette for making the day such a memorable one!
Bye for now,

Footnote: Much hilarity in the Stanway home that evening. Me, David, our son Mark and daughter-in-law Rachael playing "Stitchopoly" (I won it in a raffle at the Quilt-In).
There's something quite funny about a grown man being dealt a card that reads, "You won Stitcher of the Year Award. Collect $75". Or, "Your neighbour's cat found its way into your needlework basket. Pay $25 to replace the tangled thread."

Spoil your Grandchildren

It's lovely to receive photographs of completed projects! This one was sent to me by Jo, who lives in Queensland - she made "Picnic Time for Teddy Bears" for her new grandson. She is relatively new to quilting and has even made the "Tired Little Teddy Bear" pillowslip. Jo - you have made a beautiful quilt that your grandson will treasure!
If anyone else would like to send photos of finished Teddlywinks projects, I would love to see them!
I had a lovely day last Sunday, at the Warburton Golf Club. No, not a round of golf - I have trouble telling one end of a golf club from another! I remember once attempting to hit the ball and it finished up on the green behind us!! I'm much better at walking with the golfers and enjoying the scenery!! I will tell you all about Sunday next time. Meanwhile, here is a clue! (You can tell from our faces that it was quite warm!)
Take care,