Monday, November 1, 2010


Let me say, I'm no quilter and really, I don't particularly like quilting (give me clothes sewing anyday), but when my DB announced his wedding date, with about 3 weeks notice, I knew what I needed to do .... here's the result.

They've arrived ... already!

I mentioned in the last post that I'd ordered fabric from Rockywoods. Talk about fantastic service, I had the order in about 2 weeks, yes! 2 weeks all the way downunder.

Also order a couple of attachments for my coverpro (from Sharp Sewing on ebay) around the same time. Same thing within 2 weeks, they were in my hot little hands.

Can't beat this service from both companies, WOO!HOO!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Strong Australian Dollar and The Weak Sew-er!

Now let me say first of all I DO NOT NEED another sewing item! But desire, want, must have ... for sure ... I'm so weak, what more can I say?

For the past week I've watched the value of the $A climb upwards against the $US. I've put items in shopping carts allover the US internet sites, hoping I would be able to withstand the onslaught of the exchange rates. Last night, when the $A hit $0.98 against the $US I helped boost the US economy ;-)

What did I snag, you ask?
Some yummy wickaway fabrics from , along with waterproof fabric, zips and seam seal.
(waterproof fabric)

Then as if that wasn't enough, I backed this up with a couple of binders for my coverpro from Sharp sewing supplies on ebay.
There are 2 of these beauties winging their way downunder (11/4"and 3").
This was just toooo easy. Thankfully the high international postage rates are there to bring sense to one's spending, otherwise there'd be more than just 2 packages.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sewing for Pets

Over at Patternreview, there's a contest for the first two weeks in September , Sewing for Pets

These are my entries. A couple of dog beds, plus coats for Mollie, Sanka and Alby. The hardest part of the task was getting the photos for the review!!

The pattern for the coats came from this book by Wendy Bealing.

All the patterns in the book are in graph form and it's simply a case of enlarging the graph.

The dog beds were just merely an oversize pillowslip. No pattern, no measurements just the size of the furnishing remnant.

A real bonus here as all the materials from these projects came from the stash - fabric, fur insert, binding, buttons, the lot! Can't beat that.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Babies Galore

I guess it's an age thing, but suddenly I'm surrounded by people having babies .... no, not friends, but their kids. Yep! we're onto the next generation. Just this week, there's news of two more, so a couple of gifts are needed. Since both babies are "firsts", I gave the clothing bit a miss and opted for something that can be used in the months to come.

As you can see, the first of the two babies was a boy. This gift needs to be posted to The Netherlands (from Australia) so I needed something that 1. couldn't break and 2, was fairly light. So here's a polarfleece throw that I embroidered. Not only light, but can be thrown on the floor when baby gets to the floor age and then tossed in the washing machine.

The embroidery design is a Design by Sick applique. These designs are soooo good.

And what better design for a little Aussie living OS?

Next a towel and washer set for a sweet little girl. Once again the embroidery is a Designs by Sick with the name embroidered using an Echidna lettering program.

I really enjoyed embroidering these items. I hope the recipients enjoy these items.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

World's Worst Blogger Here!

Ok, so I'm the worst blogger ever!!

Yes, I've been sewing. Yes, I've been stashing. Yes, I've been reading about sewing, watching sewing shows (ie Project Runway) and talking sewing, b-u-t, no, none of it's on 'paper'.

It's time to make amends.

Sooooo, here's some ideas for my next few projects.

This McCall's pattern peaked my interest .... maybe in a very slinky blue that's been maturing? or a lovely white stretch lace?

I'm also loving these Ottobre pants (the jacket too, but since we're coming into spring it will have to wait).

I think this pink top also has possiblities, we'll see.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First Garment for 2010

This is my first top sewn for the New Year - KS 3658. Sewing time was super quick and super easy. Check out for a full review.

Just love! love! love! This top, so comfy and soft.

Woo! Hoo! I've found it!

... my sewing log, that is. To my surprise, in 2009 I've sewn 64 items (which used 77.95 m) and ).embroidered 27 blanks. Interestingly, it doesn't seem like I've done much at all sewingwise. I guess needing a holiday wardrobe helped with the totals.

...... now I just need to take care of the 54m that found it's way to my sewing room this year.

Oh, did I mention that the first item of the new decade has been completed? More on that next post (along with some pics

Friday, January 1, 2010

Promises Kept

I'm not really one for making New Years resolutions, as inevitably, I somehow manage to forget (break) them not much after they're made. This year I am setting myself some goals which I'm more likely to achieve.

Firstly, since I've misplaced my sewing log book (knew I should have just not bothered tidying my sewing room!), I think I'll blog my sewing - less likely to lose the laptop.

Secondly I really, really need to get not only my spiralling weight under control, but also need to get and exercise - it will simply be walking the block, but hey! that's better than sitting round developing an A frame.

So that's it! Just 2 goals ... anything else is a bonus.