quiet but busy!


oops … i was supposed to update this right? Been a bit busy the last few months – new job – holiday planning – trying to tidyup the place – trying to use up scraps- buying more fabric!!!
A few weeks ago I was getting ready to migrate my sewing junk pile corner into a new cupboard and I decided instead of putting everything straight in there I would sort things out and finish things! As a result I found I had some old cut up sheets, a pair of pjs with an unfortunate rip, binding and scraps left over from a view different projects. The result …. and a chance to practice my applique – some cute little kimonos and pillowcase dresses made using the patterns of Habitual at http://habitual.wordpress.com/.

First up we have thekimonos. The cute butterfly material is my friends pj pants. So I gave it back to her to give to a high school friend of ours that just had a baby. My friend also took a few more to give as presents! I made them all the smallest size so they are for 6 months olds. Others have been given away and I have 2 left waiting in my emergency gift pile.

Butterflies and Windmills
Balloons, Dots and Diamonds

Kites, Butterflies and Dots

Next is the pillowcase dresses. I made these for 18 month olds – as I calculated when it hits summer in Australia again my beautiful god-daughter Zoe should fit into them. And the brilliant thing is that when they no longer fit as a dress they should fit as a top! So the butterflies and the pink damask went to Zoe and the others are in the emergency present pile. (the dresses would probably look better modelled – but alas – don’t know many 18 month old in the same city as me!)

baby boys…


I recently was visiting a friend over in Perth and became a godmother to her little girl. Her mother had created this amazing quilt for little Zoe and it gave me inspiration to make a quilt for another friend who had just had a little boy Maximus. I have tried making quilts for boys before and have had a horrid time trying to find suitable fabric. Well little Maximus’ father owns a demolition company – so I could not go past Michael Millers Dig it! fabric and I also found some David Walker Robots fabric. For the backing I found a cute print at the local spotlight store that was gingham and had trucks and mixers etc

The great thing about this quilt is the little velco shapes that will be highly educational or make great chew toys. Also when he is old enough we can just unpick the velco and it can be a normal quilt. and just cause i had some leftovers I also made a cute little double sided bib and appliqued at detour sign on a little singlet.


I realised the other that this is a year for significant birthdays – I have an 18th, 21st and numerous 30th (including my own) … and i want to make quilts for all of them!!! I have therefore gone into a fabricmanic mode and trying to match fabric collections to friends and family and am scouring flickr to find inspirations for patterns. so much FUN!
So the first one I have to get done is for an 21st in 3 weeks time. I had some dots & stripes from Heather Ross Lightening Bug Collection + the extra cute dog print. Of course i had to order in some more fabric especailly the horse fabric as this person is a mad horse fan. I am hoping it arrives before next weekend so I can complete it on time. I am going to use this great pattern from o fransson and the Paintbox blocks
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