Next Up…Puppet Mitts!


Yes, I may not have posted for a couple of years but I’m still around. This time I’m back with a fun project…puppet oven mitts to replace our dilapidated old ones that are suffering holes and burns and general decay from many years of use. So it’s time for an upgrade and a new style in our kitchen…dinosaur style thanks to a FREE pattern from  Looks like fun to me 🙂

Happy stitching and baking,


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Snowflake Table Decoration

I was inspired by LucieTheHappyQuilter’s dresden snowflake ( to have a go at making one myself over the holidays. Here is the result, now happily decorating our side table.


I turned this into a table mat by pinning the dresden plate (minus the centre circle) onto felt, stitching around the outside and then trimming the felt to match the snowflake with my favourite sharp pointy scissors. Yes, there is a join in the felt as I had two small pieces and had to patch them together to fit the snowflake 😉


I am new to dresden plate and to appliqué of circles so it took me a couple of attempts to get the centre circle right. Once I found Sarah Fielke’s video on perfect circles and cut the centre circle bigger it was easy.

I put a matching circle of viseoflix between the fabric and the cardboard when ironing the circle, then took the viseoflix paper off once I was happy with the shape of the circle ( this will make sense when you watch the video). The viseoflix made it easier to fiddle the circle to the centre of the dresden plate then iron it into place and sew without fear of anything moving while I as sewing.

So thanks to Lucie and Sarah for a fun holiday project, I’ll get back to my finish it up pile now 🙂

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QFO – Nearly Done and Binding lesson

After barely any sewing in the last year i am on a mission to finish projects to make room for other ones.

Last month the beautiful hexagon quilt-for-others quilt was returned for binding. Today I’ve put the binding on the fun quilt in the photo and now all it needs is the label sewn on before it goes off to another community quilt project.

There was a bit of a happy accident when I cut the binding strip too narrow – I used my bias binding gadget to make it 1″ wide binding and sewed it on all by machine. I am very happy with the results. I have tried several different ways to finish binding by machine. This 1″ single binding way is easy and finished well as long as you stop with the needle down right in the corner join before turning to the next side. What could have been a drama has worked out well – a nice ending for a Sunday afternoon of stitching.

Happy stitching,

PS: Thanks to Jo for the table leg extenders – they are great for the cutting table and make it so much more comfy to use. 👍

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Note to self – next time you make chocolate cake have a shower before you sew…cake mix on my sewing machine. LOL!


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QFO – Back in the sewing room again…

After several very busy months I have made it back to the sewing room for a bit of fun…


I won a pack of 5″ squares in a raffle which are nit a colour or style I would choose myself – so I have taken on the challenge of turning them ini something I like to be donated to our local community quilt program.

The quilt is proving quick and easy – a good way to ease back into some stitching.

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TM5 – Watch this…tent maker teaser

For those who have been waiting for some more tent maker panel info, here’s a start…more coming soon. You’ll have to watch it to know what I mean ;-).


PS: If the earlier version is not working for you, try this one…

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QE10 – Where to stop in the Blue Mountains (Weekend Itinerary)

Kath was our wonderful organizer and had been scouting out the best places to stay, stop and shop on our blue mountains trip. Below, with Kath’s permission, is the itinerary for the weekend. So if your friendship or craft or quilting group are considering a trip to the Blue Mountains, this might make some of your planning a bit easier.



7.00 am Depart Yass and travel to Cowra for a short toilet stop at 8.30am.

Bathurst First stop for shopping between 10.00am and 11.00am at The Home Patch (Cnr Durham & Stewart St, Bathurst NSW 2795, ).

Next to Bathurst Fabric & Trims “>] at 11.00am.

Lunch at Bathurst between 11.30am and 1.00pm. Plus there is a good shoe store as well…The Pussy Foot Shoe Boutique, Shop 4, 149 Howick St, Bathurst.

Arrive at Blackheath at 2.00pm.

Visit Campbell Rhododendron Gardens (Baccante Street, Blackheath. ), Govett’s Leap Lookout and then time to browse the Blackheath shops. Interesting places at blackheath included the Victory Theatre Antiques, and the Collectables and Tradables stores on Station Street (other side of the railway line).

Stay in Blackheath overnight arriving at 5.30pm.


Breakfast at the hotel before departing for Katoomba at 8.30am. Sightseeing at the Three Sisters and Scenic Railway then maybe coffee or chocolate at The Paragon Café.

Visit The Stitching Post “>] at 9.30am. Hopefully have time to browse the shops. We depart for Leura at 11.00am.

Arrive at Leura at 11.15 am where we visit Picklemouse House “>]. By November they should have the full range of Jinny Beyer fabrics. For those of you who would prefer a garden visit, The Everglades Gardens are near. Entry fee is $8 but if you have a National Trust Membership then entry is free.

Lunch and shopping at Leura and depart at 1.45pm.

Faulconbridge Visit The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Garden “>] (Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge) at 2.30pm. There is also a gift shop. We leave here at 4.00pm.

We then proceed onto Glenbrook arriving at 4.15pm at the Post Office Patchwork Shop. 33 Ross St, Glebrook, NSW. Phone 02 4739 9555. E: popatchwork.

We leave for Penrith at 5.00pm.

Penrith is where we stay overnight. We meet at 7.00pm for dinner. The choice is yours, although the Stone Grill ) and Akira Teppanyaki Restaurant (19 Lawson St, Penrith) closer to the main street of Penrith are good places for dinner.


Breakfast at 7.30am at the hotel. We will be visiting Folklore/Penrith Patchwork “>] at 9am.

Depart for the Southern Highlands at 9.45am.

Arrive at Mittagong at The Village Quilt Shop (13 Station St, Mittagong NSW 2575) at 11.00am our first stop. We depart at 11.30am for Berrima.

Berrima is where we lunched between 12.00am and 2.00pm. The Berrima Patchwork Shop (21 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577, (02) 4877 1382, ‎).

Return to Yass at 4.00pm.

I think after all this I learned that most of us could only cope with two or three fabric shops in a day, needed some other activities and some nice places to both eat and rest along the way and a comfy bed. Kath had obviously already figured out this formula and the trip was loads of fun. Though I have to say for a group of 16 or so quilters there was only two of us sewing on the bus!

Happy travelling and quilting, and now it must be time for a relaxing cuppa.


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