Category Archives: gifts

Oh Baby Baby

To be perfectly honest, I don’t even know who I am anymore??  It seems that since I’ve taken the pressure off myself to produce work for the masses, inspiration has returned along with my sewjo!  So much so, I have another finish to show you… Last week, friends of ours announced the arrival of their first child – a baby boy, Blake.  I still get excited about the births of babies, and after the new Mummy – Sarah – had commented that she … Continue Reading »

Cushion Cover Marathon 2016

Cushions, by far, are the quickest and easiest gift for that someone special, and each year, I tend to make thousands of them!  Ok, maybe 20?  There’s a special tag for these posts here on my blog – cushion cover marathon – so here are the first two cushions for 2016!  This first one was a special order from a dear friend of mine.  Living in Japan, her eldest son is finishing at Kindergarten/Day Care, and has had the same wonderful teacher for … Continue Reading »

Bag Lady

After my successful start to Christmas sewing, with my first teacher’s gift HERE, I moved right along to the next.  But was a bit stumped on what to make!  I quizzed my friend, and she suggested a satchel.  Of course she did – cos she doesn’t sew! lol.  Anyway, it WAS a great idea, so I scoured the web for a suitable pattern, and then decided on the Swoon Dorian.  If I’m honest, I’ll tell you the photos of the finished products on … Continue Reading »

T.G.I.F.F. – First Finish of the Season!!

Christmas is coming.  I’m slowly coming to terms with that.  But am not dealing with the fact I have not, up until yesterday, started making teacher’s gifts!  Because for some crazy reason, I started making them gifts a few years ago, and sort of feel like I’ve set myself a bloody standard going forward!  Anyway, yesterday.  I bought myself a geometric cat pattern from Quiet Play, and got cracking.  Today, it’s finished.  May I present to you – the beginning of my Christmas … Continue Reading »

Steam Punkin’ – Finito!

Many, many months ago,  I booked in to an “open” class with Jen Kingwell.  Angie from Gnome Angel was going, so I decided to tag along.  I finally bit the bullet and bought Jen’s Steam Punk quilt pattern, in the hope she could teach me how to do some hand sewing.  It was such a wonderful class, and Jen not only taught me how to do a few different hand sewing techniques, she also shared lots of other quilty advice, and we just … Continue Reading »

Friends – A Tale Of Two Cushions

  If you’ve been reading along this past twelve months, you’d know that I’ve been on the 40th birthday bandwagon, and every BFF gets a quilt!  I feel like Oprah at times – YOU get a quilt! YOU get a quilt…..and YOU GET A QUILT!!!!  Well, I’m nearly at the end of said bandwagon.  For now.  But the last of my BFF’s has her 40th birthday tomorrow.  And because she got a quilt last year – just because – she’s getting something different. … Continue Reading »

Giving Quilts

I make quilts.  I think we can all attest to that fact yes?  And I seem to make quite a few.  Up until recently, I tended to have a decent pile of quilts that were just waiting to be allocated a home, basically because a lot of quilts I make with no other intention other than I want to make it!  Don’t get me wrong – there are quilts in my WIP pile that have a definite purpose.  For example, my Steam Punk … Continue Reading »

The Great Gatsby Cushion!

Let it be known – I read “The Great Gatsby” back in 1992 for English Literature – and LOVED it!  I also loved the original movie, and was THRILLED when Baz Lurhmann remade the film, in a magnificent way.  So when we were invited to a friend’s 40th (which I am attending as you are reading this) and the theme was “Gatsby”, I was just a tad bit excited.  I mean, costume parties can be a lot of effort, but once you’re there, … Continue Reading »

The Bob-a-Long

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, I’m guessing you have seen Quilt Jane’s new pattern doing the rounds? I know it grabbed my attention immediately!  So when Angie from Gnome Angel asked if I’d like to join in a blog hop for the Bob Bag pattern, I was on board! I was so on board, I didn’t even read the pattern before agreeing!  And once I started the project, I also didn’t read ahead on the pattern, so had no idea what … Continue Reading »

Who, What, How? The Aussie Handmade Birthday Club

Last year, I was lucky enough to stumble across a fabulous swap club on Instagram!  The lovely Tara from @sewsforshoes was scoping out interest for an Aussie Handmade Birthday Club, which I ummed and ahhed about, and by the time I put my hand up – my month had been taken!  But I still jumped in, and have just celebrated my “fake birthday month” in February!  I received so many amazing gifts, I wanted to find out how Tara came up with the idea, … Continue Reading »