Friday, December 28, 2012

Boxing Day

I didn't have a box ready to give to the tradesmen or house hold help . Tradition goes back to the Middle Ages.
So spent the day and the next stitching up a storm getting a box ready for today's post.

I don't know the person it will go to or where he is. I do know he deserves a quilt and a whole lot more just because. He's not at home for Christmas just somewhere serving his country.
D.H. pronounced it a blokes quilt and it is. An Aussie quilt of animals and green and gold. I will post it with a package of Tim Tams and be happy.  Can you see me smiling?


I wanted a small seasonal project. In years gone past I baked lots to sustain the feeling of Christmas. This year with fewer family there was no need.
I took up the hook and made some decorations. The blue star has gone home with DD #2. cause it was funky. Guess I'll make some more.

I'm off to stitch some 2/12" strips together for my parts dept. Enjoy whatever your up to.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Hi Everyone 

I'm watching all the preparations for Christmas.

Happy Holidays to all  Terry

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

No Peaking

O.K. just a little peak

I left for quilting yesterday with this basket full and another very large bag of stuffing.  I arrived home after lots of laughter , good wishes and much less poly fill.

Today there will be riding in the car time  so I will get to sew. Yeah!!   I need this done for Sunday.

If you recognise the shape shush don't tell.  If you don't (or even if you do) check back for The Big Reveal on Sunday Evening.

Till whenever enjoy the season. I sure am  Terry  

Sunday, December 9, 2012


I've been practicing Y seams.

I'm practicing so I can "make perfect" Y seams  Ha Ha. Just hoping for better . This is a 5" square and there is a lining as well making 8 Y's in all.

I'm getting my small square fix as  in this project.

and color hit
                                and 15 minutes play
                                                                it's an Ort catcher!! What's an ort?  You don't know
                                                                                                                                (neither did I)

An ort is a scrap of thread  so this is a thread catcher with a fancy name .

I have another one up to the stage of Yseams off to practice and then to GD's Dance concert late this afternoon.

Happy Lazy Sunday

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's Settled

I think..... after looking at this slashed up star

I have decided to go with this red for the background.

Now off to Bumble Beans' tutorial on Y seams.

What are you up to?  I'm going to make a start on Christmas decorations today. note to self  clean first!!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yesterday and Today

Hi all I've been busy and I want to share. This is a post of pictures and a few words.

all scraps from a quilting friend who is destashing

15 min play made fabric from someone else's scraps colors outside my range.

the plaid roses is a scrap of fabric Victoria aka Bumble Beans   invited people to share and play with her. I didn't say "pick me pick me"(donkey).  But when the universe gives you scraps for made fabric , challenging fabric and more roses

I packed away after an hour of playing with this.


next the strips  more play

packed these away for another day

Shush don't tell Secret sewing for Christmas.

Also made a quilt back for Aussie Heroes Quilts..

That was yesterday and now TODAY

an experiment that lacked something.

until today thanks to Victoria's new book 15 min. play (check my side bar) page 42 I think.

two possible backgrounds  still thinking about the next step.

What did you do today? i hope you had some time for yourself.

Busy weekend coming up so you all have a great one too Terry

Friday, November 23, 2012

Whats Black and White and Red all over?

My garden and my quilting

Red flowers are the color of my blooms in the new house.

The charming garden sculpture (water meter) is in the middle of the front yard. A huge bed of bright red petunias adds color to an ugly.

The kangaroo paws are beginning to send up shoots and the gardenia hedge will soon be in full bloom. Guess mother nature is taking a hand in my outdoor decorations for Christmas.

Magpie progress

love the negative version of Australian flora and fauna black and white are very strong.

The great black spot fabric i found on SALE. The trial layout for placement of stripes. The quilts for Aussie Hero Quilts are 2'' longer and wider than my kitchen table so i have an easy place to layout and audition these quilts.

Top awaiting quilting and accompanying laundry bag. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend.

Enjoy your weekend where ever you are  Terry

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A night on the town

Wayne and I went to town

La Mint is a long time favorite of ours.  Great green paw paw salad!!

The occasion was the 2012 release of the Beaujolais Nouveau. A very drinkable wine and a great meal.

Suprises in the mail box. A few weeks ago I won a give away at Queen of the Armchair's. The mail was very slow but it did arrive.

Great quilt wrapping paper. Can you see the houses among the stars?

 Inside patterns for some cute stitchery and a wonderful fat quarter. I can think of lots of projects coming up I just need to find the time.

On the sewing front my first design for machine applique.

It took some tweaking but I'm proud of myself. DH got in on the act by suggesting a longer beak and flat head. The magpie is an essential part of my next Aussie Heroes Quilt. The recipient is a AFL fan of Collingwood who's mascot is _______ you guessed a magpie. 

Back to stitching Terry

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Out going

Posted this quilt on behalf of Aussie Hero Quilts yesterday. 

No more sewing to show. Wayne and I are going into town for dinner and staying in. Not coming home on the train because the train only comes once an hour after 7:20pm. Must go pack .

What are all of you up to? Terry 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Vintage Australiana

First up I finished my first quilt for AHQ

The laundry bag has the serviceman's initials but I'm not giving away secrets.

posted Tuesday morning  Big Smile!!

I was given the Blinky Bill tea towel and I had the vintage Jenny Kee sheet fabric.

added some 2 1/2" strips and a very Australiana quilt is taking shape.

framed the map of Australia with blue to keep the image clear. the strips were stitched together using the chip quilt process

Vintage Australiana

look in the upper right corner and you can tell where I spent the afternoon. I finished pinning and cooked a nice dinner for DH and I. 

The intensive quilt making for Aussie Hero Quilts is to make the December 1st closing date for Christmas Mail.

I'm enjoying the playing about with big blocks of color .  Always fun to try something new.  Terry 

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Busy wearing lots of different hats. The Terry that's me is always there but I realise I'm different things to those I love.

Grama ? I sure am and love it.  Friday was Grandparent day at school so I braved the morning rush and went to school. Saturday DH and I ventured out to attend Panorama  steel band competition.

Awen with a  big smile getting ready to play Land Down Under. She has been playing for four years and loves it.

..Cadel's first year and first performance. Played well and then we all went out for dinner at his request. Ginger beer treat and all.

Sunday bright and early I was wearing the quilting hat. 




 I will make a laundry bag to send with the quilt. I enjoyed making this quilt. It gave me time to remember my father a sailor and duck hunter the connections we all have with the quilts we make.

Have a good week   Terry