Friday, September 28, 2012

Easy Makes

Betty Quilt
in the Perth Store

Happy Go Lucky Quilt
in the Balmain store

Both stores have the some new quilts that we have made into quilt kits.  They are quick and easy, and it's achievable to cut, piece, tie and bind within the weekend if you really want to.  If you can't get to a store, they are on the website, just here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vintage treasure

These are some snaps of a few vintage quilts I picked up at Rozelle markets on Saturday.  Very worn in many places, but will be very loved by me!

Am thinking of adding a few classes to the Balmain class list for next term - namely some classes using vintage bits and pieces together with shop fabrics to create small items to treasure (think inspiration from France) and perhaps throwing this in with an early morning trip to the Rozelle markets.  Anyone interested?

Friday, September 14, 2012

for the love of hand sewing

Can I tell you that sewing in France has really done it for me.  It's slowed me down, given me an appreciation for taking my time, to soak up the process, put the machine aside for a bit and enjoying the slow and steady process of a handpieced project.  Our trip to the farm, sewing in the sunshine saw me appliquing my hexies onto my backgrounds - some vintage, some new and available at Calico & Ivy.  It's so thrilling to see them slowly come together. And to plan what happens next.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Every once in a while it's good to skip town, head for the hills, leave the hustle and bustle behind and recharge.  A few weekends ago, this is exactly what I did with my little family and what heaven it was! We packed up enough food to indulge for the weekend, which included a birthday and Fathers Day, some really warm clothing for those evenings that headed into the minuses, some sewing supplies for me and off we went to a friend's farm,  a few hours west of Sydney.  

A view to die for.

 Phoeb's taking it all in.

 Some old farm sheds.

 We welcomed in spring.

Otto, loving the trip to the country.  So many new smells, and the freedom, oh the freedom!

Many, many just born spring lambs.  It's good to remember where your yarn comes from.  These sheep produce high quality merino wool.

Otto lazing in the sun.  Exhausted!

Collecting the eggs daily was a highlight.  Eating them was a bigger highlight.

All in all we had a fabulous weekend in the country.  And I managed to do a fair amount of blissful  sewing in the sun each day.  I will be back to show that soon.

Thursday, September 6, 2012