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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QE9 – Quilters’ Escape Southern Highlands Stop

Continuing our quilters escape into the Southern Highlands of NSW…we stopped at The Village Quilt Shop and Berrima Patchwork. I don’t know if we were getting tired but these shops were both more expensive and less helpful and friendly but it didn’t matter because the company was good.

We had a bit of time in Berrima so I had a nice lunch and some good advice at on the cup at the gumnut bakery and then a bit of a walk.

Eventually we all piled back onto the bus, a bit tired by now but we perked up when the final lucky dip happened on the way home. Thanks to all the stores that contributed goodies for the lucky dip, there was enough for everyone to get a prize and a piece of fabric as well. What a good haul!

After another couple of hours we made it back to Yass and were off the bus a bit travel weary but grinning, waving our good byes and heading home.

Well it was a fabulous trip. I now have the makings for the teddy bear quilt for the H Family, a few new friends, and some good memories to keep.

I want to say thanks to my quilting buddies for a great trip, and particularly to Kath who did a fabulous job organising it, keeping us busy, happy and roughly on time. I know there was months of preparation that went into putting the trip together, it showed, and it is much appreciated. Thanks again Kath.

That’s the end of the trip for this year, though watch out for the next post with more info including the itinerary and eventually I’ll get back to filling you in on projects (hexagons, tent maker panel, BAWARAO, QFO…there’s so much to talk about).

Happy stitching in the meantime.


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QE8 – Quilters’ Escape Penrith

After staying in Penrith overnight, I snuck out early to meet some local friends. It was a lovely way to start the day with a walk by the Nepean River followed by waffles and coffee for breakfast (sounds very American doesn’t it ;-).

I rejoined the quilters crew at Folklore aka Penrith Patchwork. This was a great big shop with a huge collection of fabrics at good prices. Definitely worth a look. I was tempted to buy a fabric die cutter to help with our community quilts but looking at the prices of the dies, I decided we can wait a few more years.

After getting a little fabric and a few scraps to put into my grannys garden scrap collection, we headed out for the highway again and I did some more stitching on my tentmaker panel (shown above). It was probably just as well that we were back on the road – I think we were getting rather shopping fatigued and I hadn’t got enough sewing done yet anyway.

While it’d been a fun trip it was a good feeling to know I’d be sleeping in my own bed that night.

Next stop and next post – Southern Highlands


PS: If you want to read about this quilters escape posts in order – use the category or read all the posts that start with ‘QE’ starting with number 1.

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QE7- Quilters Escape – Down the mountain

After a few weeks hiatus, here is the remainder of the posts about my recent Quilters Escape to the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales Australia. So far we have fone from Yass to Cowra, Bathurst, blackheath and Katoomba….next stop is the Norman Lindsay Gallery….

I found the gallery surprisingly interesting. Yes I am a bit of a philistine when it comes to art and I’ve never particularly liked anything but the magic pudding that I have encountered from Norman Lindsay. What surprised me was that he had also done water colours and block prints as well as writing novels (which I have it on good authority are quite good) and building model ships. And, have to say it was nice to see acknowledgement of Norman’s wife Rose in the gallery as well. Apparrently, Rose was the powerhouse of the printing business and that Lindsay made model boats too. I do have to say that I love the magic pudding story, it is a wonderful book for sharing with children and adults so I had to get a photo of that too.

We had afternoon tea at the gallery which had great scones. Here’s a photo as proof for sconequest who hasn’t been here yet…


After a surprisingly insightful time at the gallery we were off to Post Office Patchwork at Glenbrook. This is a great store, with good service and it’s owner recently won first place and people’s choice in category at the Houston quilt show. Way to go!


We finally made it to the hotel where I had drinks with the quilters and dinner with friends – the Akira teppankaki restaurant was very nice. Off for a snooze in preparation for a winding homeward journey tomorrow.


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QFO6 – Back in the driving seat

After months of busyness with other things I finally got some quality sewing machine time in this afternoon. Yay!

I felt like doing something simple and i am trying to get some projects finished so I brought out this lovely QFO project that has been waiting for me to give it the attention it deserves. Off we went, quilt, machine and driver rolling along in the afternoon sun.

It feels so good to have done some sewing. In fact it is like l have started opening my Christmas presents already. I knew I was missing my stitching and now…I will go for it over the Christmas break.

Happy holidays to one and all and may 2014 bring you joy in your sewing and beyond.


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TM4 – wheels on the bus

Today’s trip home on the bus was for stitching my tentmaker panel as i have run out of scraps for my hexagons.

What was curious about the journey was that as 3 teenage boys sat chattering about skating and football near by. As they chatted i realised that if they were in Cairo they could be accomplished tent makers by this age and yet here they were working at the local supermarket. Odd unexpected contrast of cultures.



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