Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Forget-Me-Not Garden

Ernie Dingle has been a very excited little bear over the past few months. He has been helping me choose fabrics and threads for my new BOM, "Forget-Me-Not Garden" (he likes to think he's the one in charge). Those Cottage Garden Threads are just gorgeous and the colours that Ernie chose go perfectly with the Tilda fabrics.
He took great interest in how the quilt was put together and .......
..... helped with the pinning (although at times he got a bit carried away - hence the pin in his ear) ......
..... and watched carefully during the quilting process. He was quite taken with my quilting discs .....

..... and viola! Here's the completed quilt. Let me know if you would like to find a patchwork shop that is running it as a BOM, and I will assist!
P.S. The frogs are coming.......

Monday, October 13, 2014

A New Block of the Month Soon

Here are a few sneak previews of my newest BOM - it should be ready for the AQM in November.
It is said that we work better under pressure, but I'm being frustrated by the lack of availability of a certain piece of green fabric. There is some on its way (I hope) and the rest should be arriving in Australia in November. I should be able to complete the quilt using the piece that is winging its way to my PO box ....... I hope!
Lots of flowers, some birds and bees, a ladybird, and other "gardeny" thingies.
Now I need to think of a name for it.
A couple of new patterns that are available from my website are Lily's Cushion and Nick Nack Bag (both below).

Go to my website for details.
Happy Stitching!
P.S. Any suggestions for a name for my new garden quilt?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Karen's Quilt

I just had to show everyone this lovely cot quilt, made by Karen, using the stitchery design from my pattern "Bassinet Quilt". It is of some teddies sitting on a toadstool. Karen has added extra borders to make it bigger and I think it's gorgeous! That's what you can do with a pattern - change it to suit the purpose and it also makes it more personal.
P.S. I'm working on a new block of the month, and when I get my act together you will see some photos.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ernie Dingle at Workshop

Ernie and I had a wonderful day at The Patchwork Tea House last Saturday, with a group of lovely ladies from a quilting group from Sunbury. First item on the agenda was morning tea - Gary's scones with home made jam and cream! We needed a nap after that.
Ernie watched intently while I took the ladies through a workshop of needleturn applique, blanketstitch applique, backstitch, satin stitch and several other tips to improve their sewing techniques.
I think he was a little nervous while the iron was on.
Here are some of the ladies at work ...... I think they're working ...... there was so much chatting and laughter that I wonder how much actual stitching happened!
It was a busy but very satisfying day, with a very appreciative workshop group.
P.S. Hope to see you all at The Patchwork Tea House again soon girls!


We have been busy travelling .... to the regional CraftAlive Shows. 
So far this year Teddlywinks has been to Wodonga, Bendigo, Wagga Wagga and Warrnambool.
These are a few shots of our display - it was great to meet our country customers and put a face to a name!

Ernie Dingle was, as usual, in his prime position to see all that was going on, and to make sure everything ran smoothly. Quite the little foreman!

He was also on hand to sign autographs for the littlies. We think he's getting a big head.
His girlfriend, Patches, came back to the motel with us and had a sleepover, but there was more jumping on the bed than sleeping!
We will be at the Pakenham CraftAlive on 11th and 12th October. Ernie is so tuckered out, he has been sleeping all the way to and from the shows, under Himself's hat in the back of the car!
More news soon,
P.S. Have a look at Ernie's facebook page and see what he has been getting up to! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ernie has a Man Cold

Ernie has a man cold. Say no more.
This is Watbag's little horsey - he is saying a very tentative "hello", but Watbag won't let go of Alan's arm - he's a scaredy cat!
I mean, he's only a little horsey, isn't he?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ernie Dingle CEO

Meet Ernie Dingle, Bear About Town. He has been appointed CEO of Teddlywinks (in actual fact, he was the only applicant).
I'm sure he will cope with his many tasks - office manager, secretary, stock control, marketing manager, switchboard operator, orders, dispatch, cleaner, tea bear - he was heard to mutter that "Herself is a bit of a muppet about most of this and Himself isn't much better".
Here he is, caught by the camera, taking his job very seriously, with his favourite Beatles pen and a glass of port.
I'm sure he will excel at his new position.
(I wonder if he realizes that its stocktake time.......!?!)

I had a Watbag update from Echuca - here it is! (For those of you who don't know Watbag, read some of my previous posts from last year and you will find out all about our rascally whiskered little friend.)

Watbag's (Mis)Adventure
Watbag was sitting on his rug in his chair lightly dozing, and listening to the grown ups talking about the little horse that has come for a visit. Mum is a bit annoyed that the person who owns him has not been near him since he came a month ago, and is wondering if he will ever go to his new home.
Watbag thought he should go and check out this intruder, so he waited until the coast was clear, and then he sneaked out to the orchard where the little white horse is. He scrambled awkwardly up onto the fence post to get a better look. Horse noticed this activity and decided he too needed to check out this little creature. Horse is always looking for something edible, and he thought this might just be some kind of horsey treat. He came up to the fence quickly, and Watbag got very scared. So scared, he fell off the fence, straight into .......... a pile of horse manure. Very fresh horse manure.
“Aaaawww. What am I going to do?”  Watbag thought. “I can’t go back inside like this, Mum will kill me.” So he thought he would just roll around in the grass and rub it all off. When he thought he had done a good job of cleaning himself off, he crept back inside to his favourite chair. His little girlfriend Tigger was sitting in the chair sunbaking through the window. Watbag climbed up onto the chair and snuggled up to her.
“Pheeeeuuuwww you stink!!! What have you been rolling in?” asked Tigger. “You had better give yourself a good wash before the grown ups smell you, or you will get thrown in the washing machine”
This posed a dilemma for Watbag, he had never washed himself before. So Tigger proceeded to demonstrate. “First you lick your paws and wash your face, and then you have to put one of your hind legs up near your ear, then you can wash the rest.” Watbag tried and tried, but he just couldn’t manage to get his legs anywhere near the right place. He is not a very flexible creature, which comes from sitting around all the time. Tigger just sat with an inscrutable look on her face, but inside she was cackling merrily. Still Watbag tried and tried to clean himself.
All of a sudden there was an almighty crash. The mother turned around to see Watbag in a pile on the floor with his blanket and cushion in a heap on top of him.
She went over to find him sitting there blinking . “What happened?” she asked. “Tigger pushed me off” said Watbag. ” 
"I don’t think she did", Mum said. "She is up on top of the cupboard asleep in her basket. I think you have had a bad dream.”
 Watbag nodded. It certainly was a bad dream, and he decided right there and then that he would not go out to see the horse. Neither was he going to get dirty so that he had to learn to wash himself.
Mum folded his blanket and put it and his cushion back on the chair, and helped him get back up. Just then Tigger woke up, had a big stretch, and jumped down to come and sit beside him.

Watbag is now very warm and cosy snuggled up to his little girlfriend, and they are both snoozing in the sun.

Bye bye for now,
P.S. I wonder what Watbag will get up to next.......?!?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Christmas Peck

Christmas Peck is now available - the pattern has iron-on transfers included to take the trauma out of tracing the designs!
Go to the Teddlywinks website for more details.
Also available from my Etsy and Ebay stores.
P.S. Plenty of time to get it finished by Christmas!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mug Bugs

I have just finished "Mug Bugs" with Sweet Plum fabrics. Now I can't wait to take it to my next quilting day (with mug, spoon, biscuits, etc).
P.S. I think I'll make another one.........

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I've Been Playing

I've been playing with fabrics from Lynette Anderson's new Christmas range (instead of getting the tea ready!).
It will probably be a little wall hanging - a long skinny one.
That's all for now,
P.S. I really need to be inspired - any ideas?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Little Creatures

Once again, I have used Cottage Garden variegated threads to stitch these cute little bugs and critters - they go together, with the help of a jelly roll, to make a small quilt.
 Details are on my website.
All my patterns are also available on ebay and etsy.
Here is a (not very good) photo of the finished quilt.
Buzz buzz,
P.S. The critters really have me hooked on the Cottage Garden threads!

Lots of New Designs

Lots of photos - all these new designs are on my website.
Above is "Miniscule" - a cutting ruler satchel that holds both a 24" and a 12" ruler. The little pic shows the ladybird pocket on the back of the satchel - this holds the 12" ruler. Included in the pattern are instructions for a rotary cutter bag. I have used Cottage Garden variegated threads to stitch the little bugs and critters.
Below is "Snail Pace", a simple little stitchery wall hanging.
"Bluebird", below, is an appliqued bird with embroidered flowers. I have given instructions for the needleturn applique using a product called Mylar, which is a heat-proof plastic sheet. It takes the stress out of needleturn applique!
More bugs stitched on the pockets of this mug bag, which could double as a sewing bag. It carries your mug safely to your sewing group, and use the pockets on the outside for your tea bags, teaspoon or sugar sachets. Or pop your needles and threads in them, and your sewing inside the bag!
Happy stitching!
P.S. I know you'll love stitching the bugs!

Bits and Pieces

I was sent this photo of my design "Bears in the Woods" made up in blues - stunning! It's a great little wall hanging - I don't know who made this one so if it is you, please let me know!
Now for the eerie photos.........
These are images of (no, not images from The Twilight Zone) hand-dyed fabrics which are the result of a workshop at the home of my friend Tiramisue.
Can you see the creepy figures and faces?
Most unintentional!
P.S. Can't wait for my next Dabble with Dyes"!!!!

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.