Friday, February 25, 2011

Comfort Sewing

Here we are and it is almost March! 

What have I been doing?

   Dots Bag
Pattern copyright 2009 Susan Wasinger
from the book 'Fabricate' 
published by Interweave Press

The kids who come here are
totally in love with this bag!

Much more importantly
I have been doing some
compassionate sewing
Sunday Sewing

Making pincushions & needlecases for the flood affected sewing community of Ipswich & Lockyer Valley 

Many other ladies
made items at home.

Thank you so much everyone
& Special thanks to 
Thread & Ginger for the venue

Happy to help

Pincushion Design copyright 2010 by Kajsa Wikman from the book
'Scandinavian Stitches' from C & T Publishing Inc.
This is a beautiful book which is full of wonderful images and projects to inspire anyone interested in raw edge stitching. Get yourself a copy. You will be truly inspired.

We made these to go in the 50 sewing bags made by
The Country Quilt Co. ladies in Ipswich

Next project was the Snuggly Squares Baby Quilt

Loved this pattern too
It comes with very detailed instructions if you are new to patchwork

Free Pattern from Moda Bakeshop 

Nearly finished

I love binding quilts

Hope the baby likes it as much as I do

 Then I made some sample notebook covers
 Designed by our talented Aussie Anni Downs

I will be teaching these at Thread & Ginger on 7th March
Then the sunglasses case from the same book on 4th April
Book in buy a book and enjoy the fun

Next time I will bring you pictures from tomorrows
'Raw edge applique' class at Urban Sewing Lounge

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Patchwork & Flowers in Tasmania

Holidays are over & Sewing classes have started again

Tasmania in January is a glorious location for a holiday
Think rasberries, cherries, wildflowers, hydrangas, sunny skys and twilight
 Launceston Gardens

Inside the walled garden at 
Woolmers Estate - Historic Homestead & Gardens

At Deloraine which is a short drive from Launceston 
We discovered 'Fresh Fabric'
This shop houses a feast of modern bright prints, books, patterns and samples. 
Janet the lovely lady who served me made me promise to crop her out of the photo!
Definitely stop & shop here if you get to this part of Tassie.
Next it was on to Bridestone Lavender Farm
Yes that's me and my roomy 'Meadow Bag' by Melly & Me
The lavender was in full flower and harvesting had commenced 3 days earlier
Harvest takes approx 3 weeks each January

This is the Lavender Oil being distilled- mmm that place smelled good

Perfect pears ripening in the garden of
'Hob Nobs' cafe/deli
in Westbury
The food was so delicious and the service so friendly that we made a return visit

The garden courtyard setting is picture perfect

Hungry teenager studying the menu!

Yellow Roses at the National Rose Garden - Woolmers Estate
Pretty climbing rose
Very unusual Hydrangea

 We flew on this sea plane over Strahan 
and the Gordon & Franklin Rivers
Yes we did land in the gorge 20km upstream
AND Yes my knees were wobbly
Dove Lake below Cradle Mountain
Wildflowers at Cradle Mountain

We loved this road sign on the way in to Cradle Mountain
Back to reality now - fire up those sewing machines - Bye