If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

Print Friendly and PDF

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Check your accounts and change your passwords

In a recent post I told you that my Ebay account had been hacked. Just discovered my Paypal account has also been hacked with over $3000 worth of payments assigned to my credit card.
Please check your accounts and change passwords. I have been in contact with Paypal and I am hoping to get all of this back.

Trip down memory lane

I have been meaning to share the links to these videos for a while and just remembered them again tonight. As most of you know I live in Devonport on Tasmania's North West Coast. The video below is the first one in a series of a car trip commencing at Launceston and travelling along the highway to the far North West Coast.

The series of short films which were made in the early 1950's by the Education Dept to be shown to students in Tasmania's schools have been digitized and uploaded to YouTube by our state library system which are called LINCs.

You can access the remaining clips in the series by going to this YouTube page

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Projects to Share

A quick post this morning.

Karen has finished her Polka Dot Giraffe quilt
Evelyn has sent in a pic of a quilt she made using the layout of my Cuddlesome Sea Creatures quilt. You can find the quilt with the link to download the pattern on this page 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

End of a Big Week

Friday is upon us once again and another week is nearly over. Most of plans have gone out the window.
Last Saturday we had our usual penguin guiding volunteer work with a meeting and then the guiding at night. We had some glorious sunsets that night.




Sunday I measured up the 34 cast members in readiness to start the costumes for a musical that the local choral society is doing next year that I am costuming.The musical is called All Shook Up and features Elvis songs all of the way through. First hurdle trying to source black and white striped knit fabric for prison costumes in the scene that features Jailhouse Rock. Outfits (skirts) in the next scene to change form drab to colourful and I have managed to work that out at 2.00 am this morning.

Monday we had the ladies sewing group that meet at my house. A change of day as Tuesday I had major dental work done so it should have been a matter of recuperating for the remainder of the week but no I had a 4 hour meeting with the show director on Wednesday while we went over the script with a fine tooth comb so that I could get a handle on what type of costumes are needed for each scene.

We found a hat we liked on eBay for one of the characters so I went to bid for it and discovered my account had been hacked so it was a conversation with Ebay that began Thursday morning while we sorted that out. Think they understood when I told them there was no way I would be buying a Honda racing bike.

Thursday afternoon I went to the local sewing machine shop for a demonstration on the new Brother Dream Machine. A fantastic machine but I think the new houseful of carpet put paid to that this year. The sister shop of our local Stewart's Sewing Machine centre was having its 40th birthday yesterday and we each got a present. I was thrilled when I opened the pink noodle box to find these lovely fat quarters.


This week there has been a flurry of gorgeous birds in our garden. The most beautiful little blue wrens have returned. They flit around so quickly it is hard to take a photo of them.

The  lovely ladies from the Buderim Machine Embroidery group have been working on overdrive. They have sent me another lot of beautiful lace angels to go in my Bridie's Blossoms packages.

Thursday morning I also embroidered 30 white men's hankies with the word Dad on them for the fathers of Angel babies at the Royal Hobart Hospital. It is a little keepsake that fathers can treasure.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Forest Owls BOM coming together

I have just sent out Block 7 in the Forest Owls BOM and have also stitched Rows 1 and 2 together.
Forest Owls BOM Rows 1 and 2
I am going a little more slowly with this BOM but that being said I will probably have another block ready to be sent out in the next day or so.

It is a challenge to design a quilt around sets of designs. Some designs are fairly square in their dimensions, others more rectangular so you have to be creative in how you incorporate them into their own individual quilt layout.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Freebie and Fold and Sew Piecing Technique

Suz over at BFC has generously put up a free download of a lovely Santa design. Make sure you get him before this coming Tuesday.


The Missouri Star Quilt Co have just published their new video showcasing a fabulous quick and easy pieced quilt called Tipsy Tumblers.




Also visit the website of  Handicrafts by Peg to find out how to piece lots of other quilt block using this no cut folding technique.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Projects and a small freebie roundup

One of my lovely blog readers has sent me a lovely gift. They purchased the Loss set of designs From The Needle of Anne and they were emailed to me on their behalf. Thank you  very much they will be put to very good use.

We are having a lot of bird life visit our garden and I have been trying to take some photos of them in our fountain. It is difficult as they see me if I stand up at the window. The first is a photo of our native Little Wattlebird which is  honey eater. They just love our camellias and hang upside down extracting the nectar.
Little Wattlebird
The European Green finch is an introduced bird and is very similar in size to a canary. In fact it is a songbird as is the canary.


Louise has made the Pole Twist Table Runner. This is a quick to piece runner and is perfect for gift giving or for something to change the look of your table or sideboard. You can find the links to the pattern  on this page.
Louise's Pole Twist Table runner
Karen has taken the HIA Stack'Ems BOM blocks and with a bit of tweaking has created two smaller quilts to be donated to a hospital.




I have just sent out Block 6 in the Hatched in Africa  Forest Owls BOM. 
Block 6 Forest Owls BOM
Make sure to frequently visit the Bernina blog freebie page to pick up their current Tea Time alpha.

Creative Machine embroidery have some lovely free designs this month so be sure to go and collect them before the end of December including the cupcake design and gift tag. Spend some time browsing the site and following the freebie links.

Flair Magazine is closing so make sure to go and collect any freebies you may need.