Friday, May 28, 2010

Woolly Bears at Maggie Robertson Design

I have just heard from Carole at Maggie Robertson Design, that she has Woolly Bears as a kit for $99.95 in the Maywood Studio Woollies Flannels. Great for Winter which is only three days away here in Australia! If any of you have experienced using Maywood Studio fabrics in your creations, you will agree with me that they are a dream to sew!
She also has Green Farm Village as a kit, or a Block of the Month.
I'm planning on sitting in front of the TV tonight, and doing some sketching - new ideas are popping into my head!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quilts with Stitcheries

"Green Farm Village"
Tuesday night - I was going to iron transfers and pack patterns tonight ...... but I've fallen in a heap! Had my tea, coffee calling, and a couple of good TV shows to watch. Hand stitching by my chair. Bliss!
As I was about to toddle off to my comfy recliner, I had a thought that I've been thinking for a while now. I met an American lady the other day, who commented that she likes the combination of embroidery and piecing, but she said that patterns for quilts made like this are difficult to find in the USA.
I have had many a customer ask me where they can buy my patterns in America - at this stage, no shops in USA are stocking Teddlywinks patterns, but until someone does, you can buy them on-line at Teddlywinks.
Wednesday morning - I had a lovely surprise in the mail this morning - yes - our building permit!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! And after all the horror stories we have heard about the difficulties encountered by others applying for permits, ours was relatively painless!
This is the "beach" outside our kitchen door - I'll be rather sorry to see it go because I've become quite fond of the sand being tracked through the house (I DON'T think!), makes me feel like I'm on holiday all the time.
So construction of my workroom will shortly commence - I'll keep you updated with photos.
I'm sooooooo excited!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Magical Mystery Quilt

It's 9 am. The washing is on the line, the dishes have been done, bed made, all is well in my world!
I should be doing the post office, bank and supermarket run, but can't be bothered!
Saturday was once again, fantastic. Sue's mystery quilt was a stunner! She has talked about it on her blog, and we have already heard from Kathi in the USA inquiring about the technique!
Here are Jo, Vrenda and Sue. Such a good girl is our Jo - head down and busy as a little beaver! The other two are the Mrs Have-a-Chat pair!

Helen and Frances pretending to be busy. See the balcony outside the window? There is a beautiful view from here across the valley.
My very uninteresting work station. The ott-light is placed in this very awkward position because the light bulb in my machine is fused in, doesn't work, and I just haven't got around to getting it repaired yet. I had fun feeding fabric past it!
Note the most important patchwork accessory - mug of coffee! Although I have heard from some that a glass of wine is up there with the coffee - I would think it would make for very creative patchwork!
First we had to lay out our 5" squares, 11 across by 13 deep. Then they were stitched into rows. Then the rows were sewn together.
Jan, Sue, Vicki and Carol during a quiet spell. But this was a rare occurence!
When we had sewn all our squares together, the devious Sue told us to draw little squares, on the diagonal, all over it, then cut them all out! Lots of muttering to be heard (for instance, "I like mine just like this. I'm taking my quilt and going home now"). But Vicki was the first brave woman to begin cutting (although she did have the shakes for a while!).
This is the little template - very technical - cut from a shirt box lid - the lines sit over the corner seams of the squares, with the arrow facing in the same direction for all pieces.
This is mine at the cutting out stage.
Then the pieces were turned to square up with each other, and stitched into rows.
Then the rows were stitched together. See the pinwheels?
Here are Frances, Carol, Jan, Dot and Vicki enjoying lunch.
I can't work out why there are not more men quilting. It's a past-time that would appeal to the masculine of the species, if they were brave enough to put up with the taunts from their friends. There would be a lot of men out there who would have gained a great deal out of a day like Saturday.
However, as we all know, men are competitive. They would be trying to out-do each other. Women have circular, more co-operative friendships - we feed off each other.
Then ..... perhaps we should keep our quilting groups a secret from the men!
Bear hugs!
P.S. Him Indoors achieved much greatness on Saturday while I was out. Shed gutters cleaned, carport swept, grass mown, phones cleaned, bird baths washed out, deck swept, etc ............. perhaps it is better to keep quiet about our quilting!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Coffee beans mean another Mystery Quilt

Tomorrow I am going to another mystery quilt day run by my friend Sue
It's a day of laughter, gossip, food, friendship ....... and, of course, sewing!
The requirements are 143 squares (5"). I have a layer cake that has been sitting in my stash, calling out to me periodically, so I think tomorrow will be the day to create something gorgeous with it! As you can see, the flavour is definitely coffee!!!!! The print in the photo below, at the left end, left is a smidgen of the border.
So stay tuned and all will be revealed. I'm excited!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mothers' Day at Melbourne Zoo

I woke up this morning to find a beautiful king parrot feasting on the pomegranates growing outside our bedroom window. Its mate was there as well, but it was hiding in the tree and I couldn't get a clear photo of them together.
By the way - Happy Mothers' Day to all mums!
I know it was a week ago, but doesn't time fly! I just have to show off my beautiful lilies - a gift from Mark & Rach. They have lasted all week, and look like they will still blooming in another week's time! There were six lovely dark red roses in the bunch as well, but they were beginning to droop!
I was taken to the Melbourne Zoo on Mothers Day - a very excited Mum was I, because we got to see Mali, our gorgeous new baby elephant! What a treat!
And one of the other elephants is expecting - we could actually see the baby moving around in her tummy - see the photo below.
Sean had a wonderful day - here he is cuddling his new lion - also his favourite animal of the moment!
Thank you Mark, Rach, Paul, Susanne and Sean for making my Mothers' Day weekend so special!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Green Farm Village at Quilt Street

I have had an email from Carolyn at She is making up Green Farm Village in Moda's "Garden Party" fabrics. They are gorgeous! She is running a block of the month program, and no doubt will display her quilt on the website as soon as it is completed. You are able to place orders now. In the meantime, watch out for an ad in the June edition of Down Under Quilting magazine, and keep checking her website! I will also let you know when it appears.
Coffee with the girls today!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

This is the little lych gate from "Green Farm Village", my block of the month ( I've had a few queries about "which fabrics to use where". The darker red is used for the gate roof and sides, and the little cross. I have used the cross shape as a template and worked satin stitch over this in dark red to give it a richer look. The mid red is used in the block border. The gate is cut in one piece, and the blanket stitch gives it definition.
Hope this helps!
Bye for now!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Glad Press'n'Seal

Barb put a comment on a previous posting of mine, about Glad
Press'n Seal. For anyone in Australia who is looking for this versatile product, try this link - it will take you directly to the page you need.
They are in Moorabbin in Victoria and you can order Press'n'Seal from them.
USA Foods Melbourne
146 Cochranes Rd
Moorabbin, Victoria
Australia 3189
Phone: (03) 9555-0288
Fax: (03) 9532-0580
Press'n Seal is great when you need to transfer an embroidery or quilting design to fabric without marking the fabric in any way. Simply trace the design onto the Press'n Seal, and hand-press it onto the fabric. It will stay in place so that you can either hand embroider or machine sew the design right through the Press'n Seal. If it lifts a little just press it back on.
When you have finished, you can peel it away. No sticky residue! Just make sure it is all removed from under the stitching before you iron your work.
Cheery bye!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Quilt Aid 2010 Competition and Another Stitchery

Another stitchery completed! Website updates are due before the end of May, so you will be able to view the details then.
But don't worry, I'll let you know when the pattern is available!
Once again I am excited to be taking part in the QuiltAid 2010 Block of the Month program, to raise funds for the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.
"The Greatest Gift" is a gorgeous quilt of 12 blocks, each block created by an Australian designer, using the Robyn Pandolph "Beach House" fabrics. The patterns and fabrics will be available from twelve on-line shops – each shop will have one block. Each shop will also design a different finishing kit, so once you have completed all twelve blocks, you can choose from twelve different ways of putting your quilt together. It is a wonderful way of creating something beautiful, at the same time helping the women in the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.
If you go to Helen's blog, you will be able to view all blocks, and enter the competition - see if you can name the designer of each of the 12 blocks. A winner will be drawn from the comments on the last day of May and they will win a complete set of block patterns and one finishing kit pattern of their choice (no fabrics included, patterns only).
So go for it girls! Everyone loves to win a prize!

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Stitchery and soon-to-be Grandparents again

Good news! We are going to be grandparents for the second time! Mark & Rachael are expecting their first child in October - a little cousin for Sean - how excited are we!!!! I'll have to start sewing ...... make something special for our new little "special someone".
I am still frantically getting ready for the Q.C.E. (trade show) in June. I have made the really, really bad mistake of trying to create several designs at once. I'm in a dreadful muddle.
However, here is a photo of a wall hanging that I completed today - I still have to write up the instructions, take photos, make up patterns, add to website, add to pattern lists, email and snail mail to shops and customers .............. and the list goes on ..... phew!
So .... by the time the Q.C.E. comes around, I'll have a lovely range of new patterns available, and you'll be the first to know about them right here on my blog.
Next time you hear from me, I'll have a story to tell about an ancestor of David's. Think Bonnie and Clyde, but not quite as violent. That's got you wondering! (Of course, that's David's side of the family - it would NEVER happen on my side!!!)