Merry Christmas!



 Merry Christmas !


May your day be full of love, laughter and happiness

with family and loved ones.


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A Christmas Village!


Some time ago, Maureeen from

Palm Beach Quilting asked if I could create a

pattern for a new Christmas range that had arrived.


Winter wonderland a


Beautiful red and white prints, with a matching panel,

great for redwork embroidery.


Winter wonderland c


A Christmas Village d


Made some really cute stars from the prints, then a house and some trees.


A Christmas Village g


The finished quilt top is now at Palm Beach Quilting,

being quilted as I write this.


A Christmas Village c


Kits for A Christmas Village available next week.



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The Federation Wallhanging!


Peterborough b


Peterborough c

Spent many, many hours at Steamtown in Peterborough.

Again with a personal tour, a shame we were there in the morning

and would miss the sound and light show only on in the evenings.


Another must see in Peterborough is The Federation Wallhanging.

A project that took over 2000 hours of research,planning, sewing,

reviewing and the ineitable unpicking when something

just didn’t look right, by 18 local women.


Peterborough e


The wallhanging depiccts the town, with a likeness to many of the buildings.

In the top right hand corner is The Royal Flying Docter Service plane. (RFDS)

A vital service to many of these country towns.


Peterborough f


Peterborough d


Peterborough g


Peterborough a

Proudly displayed in the Federation Foyer of the

Town Hall in a purpose-built jarrah display case,

by local cabinetmakers.


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More Travel Adventures!


Venus Bay was a favourite spot, with a population of just fifty

that swells in summer to over 3000. Unfortunately we were there

in an unseasonable heatwave of 40 – 42 degrees.






Another favourite was Koppio Smithy Musuem.

With many original and restored buldings.





English paper pieced hexagon quilt and a cuchion cover with suffolk puffs.




Koppio Museum a


Lots of examples of redwork from the late 1800’s

and a signatue cloth from the early 1900’s.



The ancient craft of corn dollies, very fragile and behind glass.


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 Many, many old sewing machines, irons, washing machine and cash registers.



 Just had to take a photo and post this.



Edward John Eyre sculptures at Kimba,

the halfway point across Australia.



We saw this Wedge Tailed Eagle on a fence post,

by the time we stopped the car and got out the camera

he had taken off along with the other adult and two young ones.

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Travel Adventures!


After spending some weeks away in

sunny and very hot South Australia its now back to the real world.

I promise I won’t bore you with too many pics

of stunning beaches and scenery.

Well maybe just a few.

Click on the links for more info and pics.



Sunset at Port Victoria from our unit window.



Wattle Point Wind Farm more pics here.



Our accommadion in Port Augusta, circa 1883.



A personal guided tour of The Royal Flying Doctor Service

and hearing about the amazing work they do.



Stumpy Tailed Lizards everywhere.



Impressive billowing plumes of smoke from a controlled

burnoff near Port Lincoln.



Coffin Bay



 The Father Emu who not only looks after his own chicks

but baby sits others as well.



The historic Lake Hamilton Eating House.





The stunning coastline of the Eyre Peninsula

reminded us of The Great Ocean Road.



Murphy’s Haystacks in the middle of a wheat paddock.

If you find it hard to imagine how big these pink granite boulders

are, hubby is standing inside.




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Magazine Collection!


My patchwork magazine collection has grown considerably

over the years and were mostly kept in these baskets.



That is until recently when I acquired

these narrow bookcases,

just the perfect size for my magazine collection.


Magazines 1


Of course going through the baskets, found that

there were doubles of quite a few

which has reduced the size of my collection as these were passed on

to others. Much tidier now they are sorted and have a proper home.


Magazines 3


Found these which were my first patchwork mags purchased

when I first started working as a seamstress in the outskirts of Melbourne.

I read some time ago that they are no longer available.


Magazines 2


Now if only I could get the sewing room in order.


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Craft Alive!


Another fun day out was to Craft Alive

in Pakenham at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.

A glorious day and stunning location by the lake.


Craft Alive 10-14a


Craft Alive 10-14b


Inside the atmosphere was friendy and inviting

with lots of great stands and a small quilt display.


Craft Alive 10-14c


Purchased birthday cards for the family.


Craft Alive 10-14d


Met Alison and her mum from the Cotton Factory

in Ballarat. Very bright and cheery stand, narrowed my purchase

to just two fat quarters.


Craft Alive 10-14e


Blends in well with my other teals and aquas.


Craft Alive 10-14f


Craft Alive 10-14g


Also caught up with a familar face, Julie

from Sewing’N’Beyond with her Tilda and Liberty fabrics.


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Shimmering Stars!


 Kits are cut & packed, the quilt is completed.


Shimmering Stars i


Shimmering Stars j


And has been photographed for the pattern cover.


Shimmering Stars k


Maureen and her shop, Palm Beach Quilting

headed to Adelaide for the AMQ.

More pics can be seen here.

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AMQ Festival!


For many, many months Maureen from

Palm Beach Quilting and I have been collaborating

on one of many projects we hope to work on together.

This one is for release at the AMQ Festival in Adelaide.

Much time has been spent pouring over

my library of quilt designs, fabric swatches and colour cards.


Shimmering Stars a


Shimmering Stars b


Shimmering Stars c


Shimmering Stars 2


Bolts of fabric were ordered and soon began to arrive.


Shimmering Stars g


Shimmering Stars f


I spent many nights completing this new design and

have now handed it to Maureen to quilt

(which as writing this, have heard the quilting is completed)

and bind before I get to

photograph it for the new pattern.

Just a small snippet of a corner before its release later this month.


Shimmering Stars h

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