Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Arctic Antics

"Arctic Antics" is now available, go to teddlywinks for further details.
I had fun embellishing with Swarovski crystals - it gives the snowflakes a lovely glittery, snowy appearance.
Cheeky polar bears!
More ideas on the way, not enough time in the day!
P.S. I'm in love with Cottage Garden threads!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sew Sweet

"Sew Sweet" is the name of this little wall hanging. I have worked out a way of using mylar for the needleturn applique heart - it is a heat-proof plastic (space age technology!) that can be ironed. This creates a lovely smooth and crisp edge that is so easy to stitch to the background fabric. The added bonus is that mylar can be used again for more hearts! Instructions are in the pattern.
For details go to Teddlywinks, Ebay or Etsy.
Happy stitching!
P.S. Sean and Josh went to Tesselaars Tulip Festival yesterday and this is what they brought home for me! I have to wait to see what colour they are - there are at least three buds.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bits and Bobs

"Bits and Bobs" - a new pattern, with three little projects included. Ladybird Pocket, Busy Bee Pin Cushion and Itty Bitty Box.
Can be used for all sorts of things, not just sewing needs!
Fun to stitch, great as gifts.
"Sew Busy Bears", "Green Farm Village" and "Christmas Song" are all now available as straight patterns.
For details got to Teddlywinks, Ebay or Etsy.
Bye for now,
P.S. The polar bears are still coming!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sweethearts Pattern

"Sweethearts" pattern is now available from Teddlywinks.
Also from Ebay or Etsy.

It's an easy quilt to make, iron-on transfers are included in the pattern. If you prefer to trace the teddies, simply turn the transfers over and trace from the back.
Happy stitching!
P.S. I think I have already said that the polar bears are coming!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Woodland Christmas

The Woodland Christmas pattern is now available with iron-on transfers. It takes the grief out of tracing!!!! Go to my website for details.
Also available from Etsy and Ebay.
Just in time to start stitching for Christmas!
P.S. Have you been following The Adventures of Ernie Dingle on Facebook?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


"Sweethearts" is my latest design - all about diva teddies! The new range of Tilda fabrics, appropriately named "Sweetheart" is perfect for this one.
I'm completely addicted to Cottage Garden variegated threads - it's like colouring in! They work so well and give a beautiful shaded look, especially with satin stitch.
Love, love, love the dots!
The pattern will be available in a few weeks time.
P.S. This is our granddaughter Pippa. It was Sean's 7th birthday party, and she loved the cup cake birthday cake, with green icing, because Minecraft is all the rage and that was the party theme.
Pippa, however, had fun playing with the icing - just like playdough!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chocolate Fix

Ernie went to the Quilt show in Melbourne last week and bought home all this bling! More good "stuff", he said. Now he wants me to find a spot for it in my studio! Such a demanding little bear!
I found him with Mr. Big, attempting to fit a block of chocolate in the tin. It wouldn't fit. Their solution? Why to eat some of course!
Here in Victoria, even though it's Winter, we have been having colder than usual weather. Ernie and Mr. Big have decided that despite the fact that they have fur, they are cold little bears.
Their solution? Read their favourite bedtime story then snuggle down under the doona and listen to the rain on the roof.
Nighty night!
P.S. Ernie and Mr. Big have been helping me to quilt a new version of "Christmas Song". Pics coming soon.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Ernie Dingle had a fabulous weekend at Sue's Opalescence workshop.
Fabric painting, lace painting, vliesofix painting (yes, vliesofix - it's amazing the effects that can be obtained of you peeloff the painted glue side and iron it on your fabric....), gauze painting, Tyvek play ..... the list goes on!
We played with stencils and stamps.
X-rays were put to great use with Sue's magic cutting machine - it was a bit off-putting to see someone's skeleton on the stencil!

Ernie tried his hand at sewing - poor little bear - he had trouble reaching the foot pedal!

More shots of our experimenting.......

This one will have a mirror placed in the hole eventually.
And couching.....
Now to do more "playing" and maybe a work of art will emerge!
P.S. Off to the quilt and Craft show in a couple of weeks to see if I can "find" anything to add to the quilt!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Meet Mr. Big

Joy sent me these photos of her table runner - she has used little bee stitcheries from Little Creatures.
She is a lovely, creative lady who has used the pattern to make more than just a quilt - thanks for sharing with us Joy!
Linda sent me this photo of Birthday Bears. Do you think she likes chocolate cake?
I like the googly eyes! Thanks Linda!
Meet Mr. Big. He's Ernie Dingle's friend.
Ernie complains about him quite a lot - says he's naughty and mischievous, but Ernie is a bit naughty and mischievous at times as well.
Mr. Big went missing a few days ago. He was found in the pantry. Just looking for something to eat, he said!

I have been busy re-making Christmas Song in new fabrics, and the pattern will be released soon as a straight pattern (it was originally a block of the month).
Watch this space for progress.
P.S. Ernie went to a workshop this weekend, and he will post photos soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ladybird Pocket

Ernie and I had a lovely (but busy!) time at the AQC in April - helping out Marilyn on The Patchwork Tea House stand. My "Make and Take" workshops were fully booked, and enjoyed by all, and I slept well every night!!!! The project the ladies worked on was a little ladybird pocket (see above), which is now available as a pattern. Go to my Etsy store, or my Ebay store.
Ernie isn't speaking at the moment, because I left him at the show all night and he doesn't like the dark. We found him tucked up, fast asleep under his favourite fabrics the next morning - apparently he found the security guard and spent the night playing cards.....
He has his own Facebook page where you can read more about his adventures!
In July I'll be going to a weekend workshop run by my extraordinarily talented friend Sue. The best way for me to describe it is to get you to follow the link to her blog where you can read all the details and view the quilt. Go to Tiramisue. You will be impressed! The blog post is called Opalescence.
P.S. I'll tell you all about some blue oval roundy spinny thingies next time!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Honeydrippers

Remember Robert Plant? Led Zeppelin? A 1960's group? Then he formed a group called The Honeydrippers - they had a hit with "Sea of Love", a typical 1980's romantic tune. That's what inspired the name for this quilt (along with a hint from Tiramisue.....!!!).
Pattern is available now, from ebay or etsy and will be on my website soon.
More news, I will be doing a Make and Take session at 2pm. each day at the AQC, Melbourne, in April.
Here's a photo of the project.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. I'm playing with batiks at the moment.......

Monday, February 9, 2015

Small Things

"Small Things" is a new pattern available now from Teddlywinks
Two delightful stitcheries, each one measuring 5.5" X 7.5". They have been designed to be put into frames, but can easily be incorporated into other projects such as a cot quilt, wall hanging, 
bag, even a birth sampler. 
Iron-on transfers are included in the pattern.
The instructions also include a page of helpful embroidery tips to get you started.
Stitch Joyfully!
P.S. The bumble bees are coming......