Friday, May 29, 2015

GJ's Fabrics

On my way home on Wednesday I thought I'd check out where GJ's Fabrics was moving to in Fairfield.  
To my absolute delight it was open two days early.  
It is brilliant...
...absolutely brilliant...
...there is something for everyone here + huge amounts of dance costume fabrics too.
How lucky am I to have all this loveliness only 20 minutes from home?
It was fabulous to meet wonderful Georgie too and have a little tour including the fabulous class-room/group venue upstairs.
There is heaps of parking too.
The address is 31 Steane Street Fairfield.
They also have a new phone number 03 94825528.
Here's a lovely block and there is a great tutorial showing you how to make it HERE
at wonderful Shabby Home.  Many many thanks to fabulous Francesca for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a fun filled day

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Di Ford Hall

I've been longing to do some classes with Di Ford Hall.  I've been on the waiting list at Sewn and Quilted, for a what seems like ages, but finally I enjoyed my first class with this lovely and inspiring lady. I was totally captivated by Di and came home wanting to fussy cut pentagons forever.  She is a wonderful teacher, I learned so much just by listening to everything she said to each student.
In the class I started cutting some pieces for the broderie perse on Rotherfield Greys.  I'll be using this treasured piece of bee fabric for the background of my centre medallion.
How gorgeous is this fabric Di helped me pick for one of the borders.  These are basically the colours I'll be using in my quilt...
...and I'm hoping to incorporate some of Di's first fabric range which is due out in October.  
This picture is from Di's Facebook page HERE.
When it is finished I'm planning to give this quilt to my parents for their 70th anniversary of being together.  They met when they were 16 so they will be 86, gives me three years to finish it.  I'm very confident they will still be around.  I'm from a family which lives a really long time.  My grandma Thornhill lived to 107!
You can find the Rotherfield Greys pattern in Di's brilliant book

Wow, Wow, WOW
How wonderful is this quilt!  The tutorial shared on A Little Bit Biased, showing you how to make the fabulous pineapple block is HERE.  Enormous thanks to Amber for so generously sharing it with us.
Happy stitching

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stitch stitch stitch

I spent yesterday evening madly stitching away in the hope of getting up to date with Rosie's brilliant stitcheries.  I'm a member of her Stitching With Rosie group at Gail B's and each month we receive a wonderful stitchery which will come together to make up a quilt called Flowerville.  I am so in love with this project, but I've fallen behind. Now I am super motivated to catch up, so I'll be devoting all my stitching time to this project for the next couple of weeks. Here's where I got up to on Month 3.
I'm using Cottage Garden Threads Tulip for the houses, a couple of Cosmo green for the stems and then each month each garden has a different colour scheme.  This block uses purple and two blues. I'm thinking of using the new Bonnie and Camille collection Hello Darling, to surround each stitchery.
I have a fairly good stash of other Bonnie and Camille ranges so they will be able to go into the quilt too.

This is pretty special...a fabric selvage basket.
Ros shares her delightful version of the 1 Hour Basket Tutorial , HERE on her delightful blog, Sew Delicious.
Hope you enjoy a wonderful day

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The English Kitchen

Time for another favourite blog and it's a delicious delightful food blog, The English Kitchen.
Here's what Marie has to say about her blog:

I am not married to a cowboy and I do not live on a ranch out in the middle of nowhere.  I'm not young, nor am I beautiful.  You will not find tips on here concerning how to take the best food photographs in the world.  You may not even find the best food photographs in the world.  What I can promise you though is good food and great recipes.  These are my tried and true's . . . my experiments and successes, and maybe even a few failures . . . both as a home cook and through my experience as having worked as  a personal chef for many years.  I am not fancy.  But I am good.  There won't be anything here that I don't think anyone can cook, and I will endeavour to show you how to cook whatever it is I am cooking in the very best possible way, and hopefully we can all have some fun, and a few laughs along the way.  Simple ingredients, simple methods, fantastic flavours.  That is my promise to you.

Some of my very favourite recipes come from Marie's kitchen. I think you will enjoy it too. 
Do you have a favourite blog you'd like to share with us.  (It can even be your own.)  Please pop the details in Mr Linky so we can all enjoy your favourite spot.

This gorgeous quilt is called The Four Patch Slice.
If you would would like to make this delightful design pop over to Inspiring Creations and follow Lindsay's great instructions.  This quilt is made from two charm packs and some meterage for strips and borders, so it is very economical too.
Enormous thanks to Lindsay for sharing this fabulous free pattern HERE.
Hope you have some sewing time today

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Sleep In

I will be sleeping in today as our darling Henry has been staying and all the fun has left me tired.
Have a wonderful Sunday

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The gang is all here

A variety of birds visit my garden every day.  Usually there are half a dozen or so corellas.  The main flock live in the park three doors down from me...but yesterday the whole gang dropped by. They were happy for me to walk really close to them, within inches, and it was absolutely thrilling.

There were about 60 all together.

Fabulous design, gorgeous bag, wonderful instructions and tutorial.  What more could you want?
Well aren't we lucky because you can find them all HERE at Michael Ann's wonderful blog Michael Ann Made.
Hope you have time for some stitching today

Friday, May 22, 2015

Inspiration from A Little Different

I love A Little Different, a fabulous patchwork shop in Geelong.  Everywhere you look is something to enchant you.
I was very taken by the vases of twigs adored with apple, pears, 
patterns and Rosie's bunnies.

So I bought the bunny pattern, and these adorable fabrics.  

I've already got some linen, so a new project has begun.
This is such a lovely block
If you would like to make it, please visit Four Wise Monkeys, Rachel's lovely blog.  Here's the LINK.
enormous thanks to Rachel for sharing it with us.
Have a wonderful day

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