Tuesday, May 26, 2009


A lovely Chinese Pistachio tree in our back yard - very similar to a Rhus Tree, but not poisonous! It has been beautiful this Autumn, but is now bare of leaves. We have another in our front yard, but it didn't go as red as this one - just yellow this year - probably because with the mild weather and getting radiated warmth from brickwork, it has missed out on the cold needed for the darker red colours. Does that sound logical?!?
I'm off to the local chemist to print pattern photos this morning - cheap and local and a nice walk - that's what I like! And sometimes they give me a cuppa!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My First Car

I'm the chubby chops in the middle, with my brothers, on holiday at Port Albert here in Victoria, in the late 1950's. A famly of five and our car was a beetle!
Yes - that's me again (below)! In 1971 with my first car - another beetle, this time a '64 model. What a joy to drive. Beetle drivers always wave to each other on the road - even if we don't know each other! It's just one of those things. I'm still driving a beetle, but not the one in the photo.
Oh, my goodness, I'm boring you with car talk!
On Saturday 30th. May I will be at the Mount Evelyn Trash & Treasure Market - lots of "good" rubbish to purchase - you never know, there may be a bargain to be found! Hope to see you there!
Bye for now,

Sunday, May 17, 2009


I'm having a whinge! Jeans! What has happened to them!?! I used to be able to walk into a Jeans West store and buy my size off the shelf without trying them on. Not any more! Too skinny in the leg, too wide in the leg, waist way down towards the nether regions (with all your underwear on display), too baggy, waist too loose, too tight, far too long, far too short ..............
Whatever happened to plain old classic jeans!?!? I even went to a "ladies" fashion shop - the jeans they had were not what you would call "jeans", they had a classy look with an exorbitant price tag to match! But without the toughness you expect in a plain pair of jeans.
Oh woe is me! (My shape hasn't changed that much, has it?)
Something pretty - autumn leaves on our front deck where I usually take my quilt photos.
Bye for now,

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wonky Block

My "Contrary Husband" is not only contrary, but also wonky!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Easily Pleased

I'm easily pleased! And I'm excited!

Easily pleased because there is a new series of "Time Team" on Tuesday nights - just love it! (When we are out in the garden there is the occasional cry of "Ooh arh - a piece of Samian Ware!" Or, "Is this a piece of Roman roof tile/Roman coin/human skull?") When I began watching the program some time ago, I couldn't for the life of me see how they could identify a tiny piece of "something" - but now I'm beginning to see subtle differences! And I love looking at the aerial views of the sites they dig. I'm afraid I'm hooked!

I'm excited because last night I watched "The New Inventors" (purely by chance - for the first time in a while) and saw a short segment about Leonie West from Westalee Designs (adjustable quilting rulers - you'll remember that she won the People's Choice Award last year). The segment was filmed at Patchwork with Gail B, a veritable Aladdin's cave of fabrics, at Bayswater, here in Victoria. At that stage David had left the room, I was jumping up and down shreaking for him to "get back in here" because.................
in one of the shots, on the wall behind Leonie's hubby Bill, was my quilt "Let's Play Ladies"!!!!!
My quilt has reached national television!!!!!!
And David missed it all!
However ....... it will be telecast again on Saturday 16th. May, on ABC 2 at 6.05pm. I've already set the DVD to record!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Contrary Husband proving to be contrary.

I had a comment from Kim who bought her Mum some of the Elm Creek Quilts books for Mothers' Day, but began reading them herself! Her dilemma was .... does she still give them to her Mum? Let me know what you decided Kim!
I'm sure that I wouldn't mind - it would be good to discuss them together!
More blocks completed. I love the names - Contrary Wife (above) and Old Maid's Puzzle (below). I'm looking forward to reading more of the books to find out what was going on in these women's lives - why the blocks were called by these names!
I'm still working on "Contrary Husband" ....... proving contrary!?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Only Twelve Months Late!

Here it is! Only twelve months late! "Christmas Time for Teddy Bears" is a door sized quilt - I added tinkly bells so that it jingles every time one of us passes through the door. Very festive! I have included instructions for the hanging rod - easy peasy!
I have patterns in stock - it will be on the website at the end of the month and in the shops very soon. If you are desperate, I can be contacted by phone, fax or mail.
I'm off to sit in front of the fire now. Fresh coffee, some yummy fruit bread, stitching to do, and Midsomer Murders to watch. I'm easily pleased!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bluebird of Hope

I hope you have looked at the Quilt Aid 2009 site - we are all very excited about our beautiful quilt, 'Bluebird of Hope', which will be ready for a Darling Harbour launch on June 10th. You are able to register your details through the site so that information can be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available. www.quiltaid.com.au

A Teddy Bear Christmas
I have released an old favourite, A Teddy Bear Christmas (a ten month BOM), with a new look - using Nancy Halvorsen's current range, "I Believe in Santa". It will be available in the shops after June, and on my website www.teddlywinks.com.au in two or three weeks time. Keep an eye out for it! In the meantime, here's a photo.
Twelve months overdue and long-awaited Christmas stitchery design nearly ready! Watch this space!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quilt Aid 2009

Quick blog tonight - I have posted the link to the Quilt Aid site for information about "Bluebirds of Hope", the charity quilt for the Fistular Hospital in Ethiopia (just under my Teddlywinks logo).
Also - Kim wanted to know where she could get Jennifer Chiaverini's book, "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" from Elm Creek Quilts. It can be bought from Foothills Fabric & Threads in Tecoma, here in Victoria. They are mentioned in the first few pages of the book.
It's worth a phone call to Sandra & Lesley on (03)97546166.
If they don't have it, the distributors are Ascot Lane,
Ph: 1300764007 for your nearest stockist.
More soon!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Aunt Sukey's Choice

Here it is! 'Aunt Sukey's Choice'! Completed whilst watching Top Gear on SBS, hanging up the wet towels from the morning's (yes - morning!) wash, and then Spooks on the ABC. We seem to watch mainly SBS and ABC. Nothing much worth it on the other free to air channels. Glad we don't have to pay for a TV licence like we did in the dim, dark ages!
I also finished 'Chimneys and Cornerstones' - I'm really enjoying the hand stitching - very relaxing!Next one will be 'Contrary Husband' ..... hmmmm.......

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Elm Creek Quilts

Hello Dear Readers!
I have just bought myself a copy of Jennifer Chiaverini's book, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts. If you have not read any novels from her Elm Creek Quilts series, then you are in for a treat! Easy to read, "feel good" stories, with a central theme of quilting running through them.
Sylvia's Bridal Sampler has been inspired by the stories, and it takes you through the making of a beautiful quilt, with a total of 140 blocks, each one measuring 6" square.
My personal challenge is to hand-make a quilt using a selection of the blocks. I think you can be more accurate when hand stitching, and it's such a relaxing way of sewing!
Last night I finished 'Chinese Coin'. Here it is! I'm not worrying too much about light and dark values, or coordinating colours, I'm just putting together what appeals to me! It will be interesting to see how it looks finished!Tonight I'm working on ........ I forget ........ I'll just have to go and have a look ........ I'm back - it's 'Aunt Sukey's Choice'.
The photo will be posted soon!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Chocolate Mug Cake

My friend Heide sent me this recipe - it must be doing the email circuit! I felt a snack attack looming, so I grabbed the biggest mug we have (David's "King of the Remote" mug), and gave the chocolate cake a road test!
You be the judge!

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (the most dangerous cake of all!)

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa

1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocola
te chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract and your favourite tipple
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to your largest mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips, vanilla extract and a drop or two of your favourite tipple, then mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. Add cream, ice cream or custard if you are particularly hungry!
EAT! (This can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe of all? Because now you are only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

As for - " The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!" - this is my chocolate mug cake in it's creation! A bit like the little pot that would not stop cooking, if you are familiar with the children's story!

From all the chocaholics in the world, a very big "thank you" to the person who began this recipe email!
Another Very
Important Announcement!

Sean now has two teeth!
Bye for now!