Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Christmas Gifts

Six pretty fabric coasters tied with a velvet ribbon
pattern in the book -'Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts' by Joelle Hoverson

 Pretty apron with ruffle trim
adapted from a pattern in the book - 'A is for Apron' by Nathalie Mornu

Little basket of goodies with goose embroidery
pattern - 'Christmas Goose' by Hatched & Patched

Keep on Sewing& finishing off those gifts.......................

............................only 2 weeks to go 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Finishing Christmas Gifts


Henrietta's Valise
karen was frantically finishing 3 of these for her family - we all wanted to be her family!
Those beautiful birds have been outline quilted

 Pattern for the Bag
 - Hetties Patch

Joan's Fan Quilt 

Someone very special will receive this magnificent quilt just before Christmas

The magic of hand quilting transformed this quilt top.........

 Into this beauty  .......Fay thanks Pam for a stunning effort

Naomi Bag

Young Sewers
 They are keen, delightful to teach and very talented!

The holiday classes for young sewers have proved very popular and this is just one of the lovely items the girls 
have been making. 

 Here is a 'Retro Rosie' round cushion made by another young sewer

 First time she had made piping & a self cover button and the result was terrific

 Thea's First Quilt
Features fabrics by
'Prints Charming' Sydney 

Thea made this at school and received an A. ( for Awsome)

Congratulations Thea

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Making Christmas Lanterns

This week I had a lovely group come and make hanging lanterns out of Christmas Fabric. They are all friends and did a great job of making them. I believe they are planning to make more. 

We used the Melly and Me pattern 
 "Lantern Strings"

Close up of lanterns

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ruffles n More

I've made another 'Sew Serendipity' skirt.
Can't help myself now that I've found a really good pattern. 

I found this fabric at 'Peppermint Stitches' in Brisbane.

Tiffany and I have been playing with the ruffler in the Sewing Lounge. She is really brave with colour and put a black ruffle on a large lime green & fushia floral.

Here is a photo of the ruffler in action.......

Sewing the ruffle on to the cushion front........

Finished cushion.................

For more of Tiffany's wonderful interior decorating ideas visit her blog

So what else has been going on..........

This is another ruffled cushion made in class using a moda jellyroll & the free pattern at

This cushion turned out so well that R is coming back to make more next week!

I have just released a new pattern called
'Textured Quilt & Cushion'
Linda Mahoney Designs
c 2010

Available from &
The pattern instructions for cutting & construction are clear. There are lots of diagrams to assist you. I hope to bring you a photo of a very pretty pink & blue version that someone is making in class. Perhaps as early as next week.

Talk again soon. Check out my class dates if you would like to join us for some ruffling fun...............

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sew Serendipity Skirt

Look what I have been working on!
I am loving the designs in my newly acquired book
Sew Serendipity - Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear by Kay Whitt
 This book includes full size tissue patterns (multi-size) and has wonderful instructions
If you have the book and need help just check out my class list on this blogspot
Fabric from

Monday, October 18, 2010

I love to make handbags......

Here are photos of some of my favourite bags and gifts. I can teach you how to sew these gorgeous items. We stock the patterns and bits & pieces you need to make these. 

Just add fabric & enthusiasm.

Bow Bag, Frilly Bag & Little Wallet