10 October 2019

More Morris

Hi Friends
A completed Expression of Morris. This photo is without binding, however it is all done and now on the spare bed. I'm just needing help to take proper photo's.

Angus has given his paw approval of the new quilt

It is Spring now in Australia, which is lovely except the hay-fever has already hit with a vengeance which is bad sign of the season to come. And the start of Spring also means unsettled weather with great variances in temperature. 

I only had 3 tulips this year, but they were lovely. 
I'm really looking forward to my roses blooming

I decided needed a change of view and have started a new project and yes it's another Morris inspired quilt.
Adelaide Floral Sampler by Michele Hill
I bought this from Berrima Patchwork many years ago as a block of the month in the Black version.
I've already decided to make it a wall hanging and not one for the bed - you've seen Angus!!
So its having some minor adjustments to make it smaller

This is it - Adelaide Floral Sampler

Well that's all for today, thankyou for dropping by.
JulieAnn has been on a roll with her quilts - we'll have another catchup soon so I can share some photo's with you.

Also, if you'd like to comment I've had to place a "moderation email" thing on (hoping it works) as I was bombarded with Spam comments on many posts - fingers crossed I've deleted them all!! Such a shame these things, and these people try to ruin it for everyone. 

Til next time

12 September 2019

Quilting Morris

Hi Friends

I recently started quilting Expression of Morris using the QAYG method. That part is working wonderfully. However, my Pfaff Expressions 4 gave me all sorts of bother, again, and I was ready to throw it. Each time I start to quilt, even when used 2 weeks earlier, those settings gave me grief. Whether it be breaking & shredding thread or jumping stitches the frustration of this temperamental machine and just wanting to sew has driven me to tears. I joined a lovely group on FB and asked for help, which I got lots of. Who knew that reducing the needle tension, considerably, was really the key after all. I kind of thought that this expensive clever machine would set itself correctly when choosing the different applications, as in Free Motion Quilting. It was also suggested to use the Spring loaded foot for echo work so I can slow down and this helped too. So lots of trial and error, we are on a roll and back to happy Pfaffing!

Here are the blocks completed so far:

I recently flew to Melbourne for work and captured the Natural Patchwork Landscape from above

Beautiful Canola Fields in our area of regional NSW Australia. It's a yellow that makes you smile on the Inside, even on a not so bright spring day.

This is Bertie (Albert) as I've named him, the resident Magpie at work who lands for breakfast when I arrive. He also gets lunch and sometimes afternoon snack as well. I don't see his wife Rose as much at the moment as she's busy on the nest and Bertie is collecting food for her. She will come in later in the season when they bring their young one to meet me.

I bought a removable design wall from Amazon (cost $27AU posted from the US). It has eyelets and is attached to sticky hooks - those ones you can remove without tearing the paint. I've had a bit of a play with Emma Mary, a Judy Newman design, to at sometime get onto joining them and not leaving til all 225 are done!

Angus my Fluffy.

And with Wayne my Love, my ever so sweet and thoughtful Husband, who got me away for the weekend for some time out. Am going through some hard times and we are far from the other side of it.
Wherever you are, I hope you are OK. 
Reach out if you are not, because you are Worthy and it's Ok to not be Ok.. you just don't want to stay there

Heartfelt Love

14 August 2019


Hi All
I just had to share that Irish Circles is Completed and on the Bed!! I'll add some better photo's when the weather is better.

The final stitch on binding

Angus getting comfy in his bed, waiting on me to also go to bed so he can join me.

Frosty winter Mornings on new Ornamental Pear buds 

Happy Stitching
til next time

31 July 2019

Quilting Circles

Hi Friends
Just a quick progress update to end the month with. I've completed the hand quilting on Irish Circles. I'm so pleased I've stuck with it and can now see this quilt being finished, very soon! I'm currently machine quilting the borders with clamshells.

Irish Circles is a Karen Cunningham design, hand pieced & needleturn Applique

Til next time
Happy Stitching


3 July 2019

Sunday Sewing

We were lucky enough to spend a few hours catching up and stitching on Sunday. How lovely it was to enjoy each other's company and not be in a rush. I took photo's of just a few of JulieAnn's works of the moment.
Working on the borders for 5 Sisters Quilt a Susan Smith Design
Chapman Quilt, JulieAnn's second one! Another Susan Smith Design. 
That centre is amazing!

This Postage Stamp Quilt is a Gift!! And has now been sent off to the quilter

A beautiful quilt on JA's Hand Quilting pile.

Another Gift Quilt!! This one is for JulieAnn's eldest son who's a huge Hawks (Hawthorn) fan. This would be a super king size - it is huge and such an achievement. 
A lovely William Morris also on the Quilting pile.

I'm sure you'll agree JulieAnn's work is amazing - she is such a talented lady. We really need to document her work more often.

I continued on hand quilting Irish Circles
And making the most of the natural light in JulieAnn's Jane got a proper photo

Thankyou for dropping by today

Til Next Time
Happy Stitching


27 June 2019

June is for Jane

Jane is Finished
She has been beautifully quilted by Sarah Lennon, who I'm so grateful to. The photo's really don't do her justice: blogger is being difficult today

Earlier in the month I rushed to get Emma Wiggle Quilt started & finished to take to my Granddaughter. I had all sorts of bother with quilting on my Pfaff Expressions 4.0, to the point of tears. It has become so temperamental, each time needing to set it differently, I think definitely due for a major service. I was eventually happy with it and most importantly ~ Miller loved the quilt. She actually puts it in her bed and insists Emma has to be facing the right way.

A most happy time on our quick visit to the coast, which meant more than I can ever share with you. It was Everything.
Family is Everything.

My love and I attended a family wedding in Canberra on the weekend, Canberra is our Nation's Capital. It's only a couple of hours drive from us and we've decided need a return visit to stay a bit longer and do some proper sight seeing. There is a lot to see & do, but might just wait until it's a little warmer.

Art outside our Hotel. I had others I wanted to share, but again they are not loading.

Angus loving the new quilt on our bed.

My darling got to buy his Dream Car which came home yesterday. 
He's put his Harley days behind and is so happy - his first ever new car.

Well that's all for now, thankyou for stopping in. We girls are going to have a little sewing session on Sunday, hopefully I can get a few photo's of what JulieAnn has been working on and share with you soon.

Til next time
Happy Stitching
Love Linda 

21 May 2019

May Musings

Hi All
I cannot believe how fast time is getting away. The weather is cooling in our part of Australia and the Autumn leaves are everywhere, thank goodness, but we are still desperate for good rain.
May means my love & I have celebrated our First Wedding Anniversary...he's truly a special one and fills my heart every single day. 

Onto other nice things!
After completing the top of Jane Austeen a Di Ford-Hall design way back over the 2016 Christmas break I finally decided on a border and got it attached. I'm really happy with the total look after not knowing how I wanted it finished. 
What do you think? Now of course to be quilted (not a me job) as I'd really love to have it on our bed this winter.

Happy Linda

Roses are coming to end but the blooms do not disappoint at this time of year, especially after the blasting heat of a dry hot summer

This is Irish Circles, a needle turned & hand pieced quilt designed by Karen Cunningham. I got the top together in 2016, at that stage taking about 6 years! I've commenced hand quilting, a big first for me and to be honest all I can see is how long it will take.

First Stitches of hand quilting after having the quilt professionally machine basted

And what is a post without Angus! This was Sunday morning on our bed, happy with himself because Mum didn't move him to make it. Love our Fur-baby (14)

That's about it til next time
Happy Stitching wherever you may be