Category Archives: Help

Sewing For Sydney – Team Blue!

You may have heard about a wonderful quilting collaboration – Sewing For Sydney – happening at the moment?  The delightful Molli Sparkles came up with a wonderful idea – to make quilts for the families of the two people who were sadly killed during the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney before Christmas.  I was totally on board the day I saw the call out, and whipped up five blocks and sent them off. A few days later, I noted just how many blocks … Continue Reading »

Sew Kind Of Wonderful Blog Hop

It’s true – I have signed up for a challenge – I’m participating in the first ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog hop.  Now, given I bought my Quick Curve Ruler back in April, and it’s still sitting in its wrapping, very patiently I must say, I’m what you would call a “QCR Virgin”.  Ahemmm……  Well, that’s about to change!  I’ve just read through my first QCR pattern and although my head is about to explode with information overload, I’m doing what I … Continue Reading »

TUTORIAL – Table Basting Your Quilt

Last year some time, I heard someone, somewhere, talking about table basting.  Table what-ing??  I was sold before I even knew what it meant!  I’d spent forever crawling around my lounge room floor, or tiled kitchen floor, basting my quilts – and my knees had had enough!  I’m hearing a collective “ahuh” from you all right now aren’t I?  Since that lightbulb moment, I have somewhat perfected the process, and now enjoy basting don’t hate it quite as much, and revel in my smooth … Continue Reading »

No Waste Drunken Geese Tutorial

Welcome to week two of the Modern Medallion Quilt Along!  I’m here to help you through the next couple of steps.  By now, you should have your New York Beauty Contest done and dusted, and looking to get your plain Jane border and  drunken geese on.  Now, I’ll be perfectly honest here, and tell you that I just couldn’t figure out how to do the wrap around method for the plain Jane border!  I read the pattern multiple times, but it just wouldn’t … Continue Reading »

An Isosceles Puzzle – Tips for Making a Triangle Quilt

 When I was asked to make my Isosceles on Point quilt, I was very helpfully pointed towards THIS tutorial/pattern.  This was the inspiration Larissa had found – which was very helpful indeed!  It was great to get an idea of what I was in for, however, it was  quite basic, and didn’t really answer all the questions I had in this new triangle world I found myself in.  And it seems that I’m not alone.  A lot of you asked for tips and … Continue Reading »

Quilter’s Block…….

Ever bought fabric with a grand plan and months later – that grand plan has withered away and you’re left with a bunch of goodies and have no idea what to do with it? I have. Earlier this year, I bought a hard  yard bundle AND a FQ bundle of this delicious Dear Stella range “Cleo”.  I bought so much of it because I wanted to make a queen size quilt as a gift for someone very special.  The colours and design of … Continue Reading »

Checking In

I feel like I’ve haven’t posted for AGES.  But, in reality, it’s only been a few days.  Go figure.  I think the reason I feel like this, is that I haven’t posted “personally” as such for a long time?  Well, here’s a catch up on what’s been happening in this corner of the world for the past few months….. My kids are growing up.  Like, seriously growing up, and out, and around.  We’ve celebrated a couple of birthdays….. Cadyn’s cricket cake was a … Continue Reading »

Raising a Child Takes A Village – Raising a Child with Social Media Involved Takes An Army.

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you will know that I am partial to putting on my ranty pants.  I get my knickers in a knot about all kinds of interesting bullshit – but mostly about teenagers and the way things are today. Enter today’s post. I think I’m doing an OK job as a parent.  I think that my eldest son’s Dad and I, together with my husband and his Dad’s partner, are banding together in some kind of … Continue Reading »

Sunday Stash #15 – I have Issues

My sewing room – aka The Shoe Box – has issues.  I have issues.  It’s just one big issue. Lack of space.  Lack of will to sort it out. Here is a little virtual tour of my 2m x 3m (approximate size) room…. Looks relatively organised, until you head down to the bottom shelves…. This photo is taken from the doorway of the shoebox, to the right of my sewing desk. Shelves disappearing under the disorganisation of fat quarters, layer cakes and charm … Continue Reading »

Another Freakin Cat Post…..

About five weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that our sweet kitten – Bella – had been visiting one of our neighbours and using their ridiculously huge sandpit as a litter box.  Said neighbour came a door knocking to ask if I had a little black cat with a blue tag (council tag)?  Ummm, yes, I said.  He proceeded to tell me that he had trapped her in his back yard and I should come and get her. WTF? I walked … Continue Reading »