Monday, 20 February 2017


Here in Mildura we were lucky enough to have Carolyn SHARKEY visit for the weekend and teach her famous class.. ULURU art quilt. On Friday night she held a trunk show. Talking about how she started her work, why she started teaching and showing us her work. What a lovely lady.
Now here are a lot of photos showing her work. I'm sorry if some are blurry. I only had my phone...
Now keep in mind it was sweltering here. We had a week or more of very high temperatures. In the high 40's Celsius...
It was a shock for Carolyn coming from coastal NSW. We had air conditioners on, fans going and a water cooler going. IT WAS HOT.....
My car gauge at 5:10 pm after work...

Hello Carolyn Sharkey 

Butterflies and nature

Ocean scene


Beautiful sceneries

Gorgeous coloured trees.

Beautiful colours

Aboriginal Art

Ayres Rock / Uluru inspired

Very rich colours

Saturday, 18 February 2017

FNSI results...

**** here is the link to go and see what everyone was working on. ****

Over the past 2 weeks I have been working on this quilt. It was started by a friend and it was to be a gift for Xmas. Well, it got a bit too much for her so it was passed on to me to finish. This is what I have done so far.
Strip piecing cut into squares...

My strip piecing layered, stitched and cut.
Making lots of half square triangles.

A pile of squares sewn and cut.
Ready to iron open.

Opened up ..... Looking good
All trimmed ready for sewing.

Layout no 1.. random.

Layout no 2..
Layout no 2 it is...
The top so far. 
I still need to add borders. That will happen over the next week. It will end up about 66" x 93"

So I am linking up with Wendy for FNSI.

Friday, 17 February 2017

My winnings have arrived

I was lucky enough to win a prize for joining in FNSI with Wendy and many others.
It arrived in the post last week. I love it and will happily stitch it throughout the year for our granddaughters Xmas present.
This is what Wendy sent me.
FNSI prize

It's on again tonight so why don't you link up or even just have a look.

I have been working on Fiddle cloths and this is one I have sent my SIL. I hope she likes it. She isn't able to see any more so time will tell if she enjoys touching it.

Palms fiddle cloth

My new group here in Mildura have been sewing along with me. I hope they get some lovely ones to share.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Donations to the nursing home in Gisborne

My friend from my Monday Gisborne group came for a visit. Barb was raised here in Mildura and her parents still live here. Since I have spent some time basting a few quilts and have always joined in with our groups donations what was I to do. Her visit was quick and unexpected so I gave Barb 2 quilts to take home and quilt. They were basted so half the job was done.... here are the ones I sent back.
Good night Irene
Good night Irene

And the story of where it began.

Then there was my Hunters Star quilt.
Hunters Star
I'm sure the nursing home will appreciate the kindness of our little group.
I think they have between 15 - 20 quilts so far.
Not bad for a group of 4...

Monday, 13 February 2017

QAYG is finished

I have finished all but the hand stitching of the binding down. I am sending it to a friend who originally worked on the quilt until I took it over years back. She enjoys hand stitching. When it's done she will pass it on to a charity.

When I was running my hands over this quilt and checking for threads I felt a bump. A hidden bump. Can you see where that pin is. That is marking the spot where I had to unpick some stitching. Yes, silly me had sewn a pin into it. I was holding the wadding in place when I was stitching it down and I missed taking it out. Lucky I found it.

A mysterious bump in the sashing.

Removing a pin that was hidden in the finished sashing.

Here is a bit of the back showing with the sashing strip in there.
I needed to add  this because I didn't have enough of the backing fabric
This is all the sashing and backing fabric left 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Teal blue/green scraps.

I have been joining in with Angela over at soscrappy for a few years. Angela nominates a colour every month. This gives you something to work with. It aims to get rid of your scraps in the nominated colour. This month it was teal green / blue - Aqua .
Once I started to look for this colour I realised I didn't have any. I searched all my boxes for this colour. I didn't have any BUT I did find a piece of 7" * 10" in this lovely print. What can be done with that... not much.... UNTIL I saw this weeks Splendid Sampler block no. 98. PERFECT.
I really enjoyed a little bit of hand applique...
So I joined in 3 SAL's.....

Splendid Sampler bloc 98 teal blue-green

I am having a quiet day sitting and finishing stitching this block tomorrow for Sunday's Slow Stitching. 
Have a look at the following links to see what it's all about.




Friday, 10 February 2017

Dear Janes....

Kilmore Dear Jane blocks for over the Xmas break. We only had to do 4 which was good. I was so busy and it was extremely hot here. I have mine finished on time with days to spare before we get the next lot to do. I am loving using up my brown scraps on this quilt.
I foundation pieced this block. The only thing I don't like about this technique is removing the paper.
Block G4
A fun little basket
Block J12
Back to some small piecing
Block E8

Now for some hand appliqué.
Block D8