Sunday, February 20, 2011

Magical Lands

I first spied a sneak peek of Magical Lands on Saffron Craig's blog last November. In the meantime my friend Melissa from 100 Billion Stars and I had discussed a fabric swap and I knew this was the fabric I wanted to send her. So I waited patiently... and then finally not so patiently. I emailed Saffron to find out when it would be available and by coincidence the fabrics had arrived at her studio that very day! Destiny!
So without further delay I'd like to share with you
Magical Lands by Saffron Craig.

Tree Pods is a big scale print. Two rows of these run down the length of the fabric, perfect for borders! I would love a skirt made out of this!!

Magic Trees is such an electric combo of purple and green

Snowy Woods is so pretty. Saffron has made a beautiful skirt using Snowy Woods. You can see a photo on her blog.
Magical Lands. Little rounded hills of beautiful colours.
Ginko Blossoms in green and Magic Spots.
The fact that they're designed by an Australian adds a special touch. I'm really inspired by these different colours. The designs are simple and sweet, yet funky and modern. Look closely and you'll see the trees are all topped with a little heart.
Sometimes I get new fabric and I'll be too nervous to cut it or will wait till I find the perfect pattern or I'm content just to know it's there for a rainy day. As soon as I'd ripped open this parcel I had it hanging on the design wall. My thinking cap was on and by the next morning I knew what I wanted to do.
It may look a bit wild and half done but this is the plan... Magic Wheels!
So do you love Magical Lands as much as me? Here's a tip if you want to order some, sign up to receive Saffron's newsletter and you'll get 10 percent off your first order.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yay!! It's the weekend!!

Wooo hooo !! It's the weekend!! Here's the Friday night cocktail GBF made us last night, his own invention, a Maraschino Collins. By chance it matched our table cloth.
I've worked 12 days straight and when I walked into my sewing room I got such a rush of happiness to know I'll get to spend some time playing in there today.
Excuse the photos being a bit washed out. I've left my camera at work and didn't fancy a 4 hour round trip to go and fetch it. Luckily modern technology means we've got cameras in our phones. The funny thing is it doesn't feel that long ago I used to watch the TV show Get Smart and be amazed at Maxwell Smart's shoe phone. Now if they could just figure out the transporter from Star Trek I'd be happy. "Beam that fabric up to me now Scottie!"
My sewing room is a bit messy, but it's colourful mess and is kind've organised in a disorganised way. I tend to use a piling system, not a filing system, where projects just get piled on top of each other in order of enthusiasm.
Got to keep the stash replenished...
Work in progress...
Goody, goody, yum, yummy fabrics
My new iron, so sleek and smooth and lovely aqua colour. I've called it Flipper.
Hello peacock!
NEWS FLASH - One of my quilts has been reviewed by Beth at Smazoochie as part of her "I LOVE this Quilt series". It's quite amazing hearing someone else describe your quilt. Go and have a wander around her blog, there's lots of great sewing using some very interesting fabrics.

Okay, I'm off to do the housework and shopping... then it's Sewing Time!!!!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Garden Divas

While I make bouquets of flowers and boxes of roses for deliveries my friend Melissa from 100 Billion Stars has sent me gardens... the form of fabrics!!!

I have to admit the last time I sat down to write about these fabrics I got rapt up admiring the first fabric in the pile - Lively Silhouette.
I could easily do a post for each of these fabrics. I feel as though they each have a story to tell.

So full of life, curling, unfurling leaves, luscious, full flowers, little critters pop up here and there. I don't usually like spiders but I just know these are friendly ones. And who can resist a pink dragonfly.
Zinnias on black is a standout for me. The flowers look as though they're glowing. The symmetry is just calling out for some clever fussy cutting.
Jane Sassaman has really created dream gardens for us to play with this latest range, Garden Divas. This is just a sample of the range! In addition to these cooler colours there's fiery oranges and reds and yummy purples for the purple people out there. I can highly recommend having a look at Jane's website. Her quilts are incredible!

Keeping with the garden theme is Wild Garden by Dan Bennet. These are wild and zany and action packed! Reminiscent of African fabrics, artistic batiks, with some bright dots to make it a party.
I know I'm going to have fun planning what to do with all of these lovely fabrics.
Not only did Melissa send me all of these stunning fabrics but she sent me one of her own beautiful bags made from my favourite Sis Boom Queen Street fabrics. As soon as I saw this I gave it a big hug and it's now one of my treasures. How fabulous is that big Yo Yo!!

Such a special gift of beauty and inspiration. Thank you so much Melissa!


Monday, February 14, 2011

A Valentine Greeting

A Valentine greeting..

Because You're sweet!
I'm going to pop a corny question-
Will you be my Valentine?

You know You suit me to a Tea, Valentine!
Darn it, You gotta be my Valentine!

Just planet right and I'm yours!

My Valentine...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

In the Loop

Just thought I'd keep you in the loop and let you know of some bloggy happenings in the next few days.

Sunday 13th Feb
I think everyone must have heard of Lynne from Lily's Quilts, the super star quilter who has a knack for coming up with clever new ideas. Well, Lynne has her debut quilt for the Moda Bake Shop coming out on Sunday!! Very Exciting!! I'm sure it'll be as wonderful as all her other quilts, blocks, pincushions etc etc..
Lily's Quilts

Monday 14th February-20th February
Kat from Mumma's Time to Create is hosting a week of Blogging Etiquette. I think it's such a great idea!!! She's organised 6 different bloggers, one who has been at it for 6 years, and another teaches copyright laws. I'm sure there'll be lots to learn from this.
As for the starry photos. These were my reject stars from my doll quilt project. They were sitting on the edge of my cutting table, and in the time it would've taken me to pack them away I'd pulled out a few scraps to fill the gaps and sewn them together. I can see these with big perle cotton stitches around the stars.

Because the stars were my leftovers I thought I'd call this Consolation Constellation.

I've still got lots of half square triangles that didn't quite fit the doll quilt as well, I'll play with them another day.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chains of Hearts

Valentines is approaching at a fast pace. It'll be here in a heartbeat!

I must have been thinking about sewing when I came up with this window display
Paper hearts joined by giant stitches.
It's going to be a crazy few days in the flower shop with too many sharp rose thorns, but at least all the romance makes people smile. Today I helped a young man write a poem to his new girl friend. His excitement reminded me of the first flutter of love. I had another customer who has been buying his wife Valentines roses for 50 years. There's definitely amore in the air!
Have you noticed all the love going on in the bloggy world? Here's a few of my favourites...

Sis Boom is hosting a whole month of Love. There's things to print out and make and lots to oooohh and aaahhh at. You should see the collage Love cushion Jennifer has made!

Another must see is Basket Full of Scraps. Sujata has proposed a challenge for the month of February to make a small scrappy quilt with the theme of Love. The first quilt has been posted by Kelly of Pinkadot Quilts and it's absolutely stunning! I'm sure there'll be some other lovelies to follow soon.

Not necessarily about love but guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat is the 2 quilts shown in Chris Jurd's latest post at Patchwork Fundamentals. She never ceases to amaze me!!

So anyway, how about you? Do you have Valentines plans? You can always come and help me dethorn a zillion roses!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Salad Days

It's been Hot! Hot! Hot! here in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Apparently it's been the most consecutive days of hot weather for Sydney on record.
Salads are the thing in Summer and we have all sorts of interesting combos but this is what we had last night and it was so delicious I just have to share it.
Sliced tomato, beautiful fresh leaves of basil, thin rings of spanish onion, marinated bocinccini cheese, a drizzle of the best olive oil and finished with a touch of salt and lots of cracked black pepper. So simple but all the flavours work perfectly together. Food harmony!
On the side a chilled glass of Campari, soda water, wedge of lime and ice.
Even though my sewing room is the hottest room in the house I did manage to get some sewing done today.
This is the top of my doll quilt. You can tell I had fun with the colourful brights in my stash. It's hard to tell the size of a quilt in photos , this little one is 18inches.
For the backing I did my first ever Letter piecing. Gbf thought it said Disco. It's supposed to look like DQS10.
I'm playing around with little houses for labels, one with my details and one with the details of my partner.

And yes, I know I should be finishing off my other quilts, especially with The Springwood Quilt Show coming up on the last weekend in April! and not starting anything new but it was too hot to be thinking about basting a quilt. So I made a few circles instead. They're almost as big as the dolls quilt at 16inches and are super quick to make using a dresden plate template ruler.
I've got plans for these wagon wheels but you'll have to wait to find out, in the meantime pop over to The Springwood Quilt Show blog to see what the raffle quilt has been up to.



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