Friday, 24 April 2009

Becky the Bookworm

The stitching has slowed done this week now that I'm back at work, but I have managed to finish another block for my An Angels Story quilt. Becky the Bookworm always has her nose in a book ... romantic novels and action adventure are among her favourites.

I hope to have the next block finished very soon.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Bunny Tales (or should that be 'tails')

Look what Molly found in the garden ... 3 bunny friends.

Quick Molly! There they go back the other way.

The pink one at the front has gone to live with my niece, Tali.

The other two will be making their home with us for the time being.

The pattern, called Mopsy, is by Sarah Alexander of Sarah London and was published a few years ago in Australian Homespun No 46.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Cat Tales

Goodness me ... the week is really zipping by. Started to feel better yesterday but the weather has been terrible. Lots of thunderstorms, wind and rain. We were without power from 7 in the morning til 2.30 in the afternoon yesterday so spent most of the day hand stitching.

Here is another block of Truly Scrumptious. I have actually finished the final block but the light is not good enough to take a photo today. Looking forward to piecing the quilt together soon.

Earlier in the week I basted a tablerunner with some 'assistance' from Oliver. He always seems to appear when there is a sewing project spread out on the kitchen table

... and always has to sit on it!

Here he is hard at work!

As I have said before, 'it's just as well, he's so cute!'

Monday, 13 April 2009

Shaggy Linen Quilt

When I went to the Australasian Quilt Convention in February, I bought a kit for a Shaggy Linen Quilt from Quilter's Barn. The linen fabrics are just divine ... make me think of France.

This is the first time I've tried a shaggy quilt and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it went together.

Here are close-ups of some of my favourite fabrics:
I like the back as much as the front ...
and the pink binding fabric is gorgeous.
All I have to do now is wash it in warm water and dry it in a dryer to make it really shaggy. Think I will take it to a laundrette!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter

Happy Easter wherever you are. I am enjoying being at home, despite a nasty cold which seems to be outstaying its' welcome!

As you can see, I turned my Easter stitchery into a little quilt.

Finished the hand quilting this morning ... DMC thread.

I chose fabrics from my 1930's stash ... most were bought about 10 years ago so it was good to finally use them.

The outer border fabric has been tea-dyed at some stage which gives a primitive, slightly grungy feel.

No school this week ... will be back soon with some other recent projects.
March was rather dismal as far as finishes for OPAM ... pleased to say April is already looking better.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

A Postcard for Leanne

Recently, Leanne asked me to stitch a block for the postcard quilt she is making. She sent it down already traced onto the fabric so all I had to do was stitch and add a message. Leanne does beautiful work so I am looking forward to seeing her progress as she pieces the quilt together.

In my humble opinion, Leanne has one of the best jobs in the world. Yes, she works at a quilt shop ... Esme's in Launceston. If you're anything like me, that would be your dream job.

The shop is filled with gorgeous fabrics ...

wonderful samples (many stitched by Leanne and the owner of the store, Lillian) ....

books and patterns.

There is also a room with lots of Christmas fabrics and projects.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour. Lillian was very keen for me to take some pictures for my blog. She has a lovely shop ... definitely worth a visit if you're ever in Launceston.
I've been busy today working on Easter presents ... will show you next week when they've been received. Really looking forward to the Easter break and catching up on lots of blog reading (and sleep!)
Bye for now.