Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm Back.... with some Exciting News!!....

Hi Everyone,

You may have thought by now, that I had left the country or something, as I haven't posted on my blog for so long, but the truth is my daughter's computer broke, so being great parents, we gave her ours (my husband's and mine!!),to use, so she could watch movies and keep in contact with friends, and we both have IPads that we use. 

BUT, while I could write on my blog, my Ipad would not let me upload photos to add to my blog, so I gave up for awhile...but today I really needed to get on a REAL computer to pay the bills, so I thought I would steal 5 mintues to blog and let you know whats happening in my life.


I'm going to be a Grandma, yes, I'm 46, and going to be a nana!! I'm so excited!! Can you tell!!

My youngest daughter (the one who has our computer) is having a baby!! She is due in January and will be living with us, which is fine by me as I will get to cuddle and love this baby everyday. (There's a long hard story behind the scenes, but all will be okay in the long run.) OH! And she's having a BOY!!

So I have been stitching things for her room, and for the new little baby, as they will be sharing a bedroom. Here are some of the things I've been stitching...

Pinwheel Quilt by SewMamaSew
 Little Red Riding Hood fabrics By Tasha Noel

"Scoot" designed by Sarah Fielke
Fabrics - "Sherbet Pips" by Aneela Hoey
I recently re-painted her bedroom gray with white trims, and we have added splashes of red and aqua. So my version of the 'Pinwheels' quilt looks perfect hanging over the cot. My daughter has her 'Scoot' quilt on her bed.

We are still in the process of making some new cot sheets and baby clothes, but I'm having fun making all those little things again!!

Until next time
(Hopefully not too long)

You can always find me on Instagram too at 

Keep stitching

xx Sharni xx

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along Quilt...

After seeing many of my "Instagram' friends making this quilt, I decided to give it a try, if nothing else it would use up some of my scraps from my stash.

So I challenged myself to the task, and made myself make each block totally different, I was not to use the same fabric twice - even with the large amount of fabrics I had, it was still difficult as I still had to make the fabrics work together.

I firstly made piles of fabrics that I wanted to use, then put them together in sets of six fabrics, that blended together nicely!! Then I had to cut a 16" strip from each fabric; stitch them together, crosscut, unpick and restitch, until I had 36 blocks total. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!!

I stitched the blocks together to create a diamond design, but this can also be stitched to create zig-zags or chevrons, which I might try one day, when I have another stash of fabrics to use up!! It really is an effective design!!

I just got it back the other day from the quilters, in which they quilted with swirling daisies, and looks great!

Another quilt finished....

Until next time


Friday, April 26, 2013

On The Pond....Block Two and Three...

I spent the afternoon today making Block Two ....

and Block Three.... of Sarah Fielke's Block of the Month Quilt.

Don't forget you can find all the instructions and downloads here.

Can't wait to find out what this quilt will look like when it's finished!

(By the way, sorry about the quality of the photos, 
it was late afternoon by the time I finished, and the light was a little off!!)

Until Next Time,

Keep Stitching,


Monday, April 22, 2013

On The Pond....Block One...

I was very excited to find that Sarah Fielke, of 'The Last Piece' blog, and author of 'Hand Quilted With Love', available through Amazon, had put together a Block Of The Month through the Spotlight stores, in conjunction with her recent release of her fabric line 'On The Pond', which too, is stocked at Spotlight.

I went out the next day and purchased the required amount of fabric, and set to complete the first block.

Don't you just love a mystery?

You can find the free downloads of Sarah's BOM here.

I will post more of the blocks as I make them.

Until next time

Keep Stitching


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Australian Quilt Convention Visited...

Today, on a cold Autumn morning; bright and early, I headed off to the Quilt Show, with my good friend Nancy, to be inspired, and to see what crafters and quilters were doing, what was 'in vogue' 
and to shop, shop, shop!!

Held in the beautiful "Royal Exhibition Building" in the Carlton Gardens; it was the perfect setting for a wonderful display of quilts and a great variety of patchwork shops and stalls.

We spent the first part of the morning wandering around the shops, looking at what was in, and spending some money on fabrics, patterns and notions.

I spent some money on a cute little collection of fabrics from "The Quilter's Barn'

 and picked up some "Liberty Prints' from "Ballarat Patchwork', these I have wanted for ages...

We then went through the 'quilt show' and were thoroughly inspired by the detail of some of the quilts on display, I was amazed by the quality and captured by the story that 
each quilt told.

Here are a few of my 'show' favourites:






(Hand Painted and Quilted)

I just wish some day I could display one of my quilts in a show too. But I'm not a member of a quilt guild, which I think by the look of things you need to be; that is; to be in a show!! Never mind, I enjoy just making quilts for me and mine...

Until next time,

Keep Quilting,


Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Rainbow Quilt...

After seeing this quilt in a book, I decided that I really wanted to make it, as it was so striking in its design and by using just one jelly roll of plain rainbow colours and strips of white homespun. A rainbow quilt was born.

It was a little tricky to get the placement of the rows which are all offset by 4", but having a large lounge room floor definitely helped with this, (I must admit, my knees didn't like me the next day!) I eventually got it all worked out, and began to stitch it together.

I love the final product, and quickly had the complete quilt top at the quilters!! I decided to have it quilted with clouds in white stitching, which I think has turned out great. Edge to Edge Quilting have done a great job, thanks Sandra and Chris!

I really didn't know what to put on the back of the quilt, and I knew I didn't want anything to plain or to colourful as it would take away from the front of the quilt, so when I found this retro sewing ads fabric at my local Spotlight, I knew this was it!! And only $8 a metre!!

Finished result - Excellent and definitely a favourite!!

Until next time

Keep stitching


Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Great Granny Quilt Along...

I have always loved the crochet version of the Granny's Blanket, and at the moment I am trying to make one of my own...this for me is taking a long time, I am so slow at crocheting.... and these are my blocks so far!!

BUT....then I came across this.... "The Granny Quilt" 

I discovered this quilt awhile back and I loved the simple design, so I decided to give it a go....if you would like to make your own version of this quilt, this is how you do it...

What you will need:

2.5mt of white homespun (or a plain fabric of your choice to match your colour palette), 

* Cut the white homespun into 38, 2 1/2" strips, crosscut 25 of these strips into 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces, you will get 12 pieces out of each strip, which is what you need for each block.

* Crosscut the remaining 13 strips into 2 1/2" x 5" pieces, you should get 8 pieces from each strip, in which you will need 4 pieces for each block.

* Lay the white cut pieces into their sets, 25 sets in all.

Assorted fabrics from your stash - the challenge in this is to use what you have - no buying any extras!! Can you do it??

You need 4 different fabrics for each block, cut as follows:

* 1,   2 1/2" square for the middle square -
* 4,   2 1/2" squares for round two -
* 8,   2 1/2" squares for round three -
* 12, 2 1/2" squares for round four -

Place all your sets together with the white pieces you cut previously, now your ready to stitch.

Stitch it all together:

Lay your first block out in the correct formation, placing a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" white piece at each end of each row, except the middle row. 

Join each square together to create rows, pressing seams open as you go. Then join rows together, and press the seams open.

When the rows are all stitched together, trim of the ends to neaten.

Then stitch a 5" x 2 1/2" pieces to each end of the block, and press seam towards the outer edge.

Using a 12 1/2" square ruler, square up your block, trimming each side. Each block will be 12 1/2" unfinished and 12" finished, when all the blocks are stitched together.

Make all 25 blocks using the same method. 

Tune in later for the completion of the quilt top.... I'm sure the making of the blocks will keep you busy for a while...I'm still making mine!!

Keep stitching...



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Some New Things....

I decided to treat myself with a day out and went down to the local patchwork shop to see what they had that would spike my interest...I just love the citrus greens and oranges at the moment, with that touch of navy and grey!! Now what can I make with these???

I came home with a few of...."Lucy's Crab Shack" by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics...

and some of..... "Bella" by Lotta Jansdotter...

and on the way home, called into "Safeway's (Woolworth's) for some groceries, and picked up a few of these very funky 
bowls and I also happened to buy the matching mugs....cute!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Kaleidoscope Quilt....

I found this quilt in a new book that I purchased awhile back, called "Little Bits Quilting Bee" by Kathleen Ricketson, founder and editor of; a woman who has brought into being the world of creative craft blogging!! 

Kathleen's quilt is called "Gold and Garnets", which I love, but when I purchased Tula Pink's fabric range, "The Birds and The Bees", I knew straight away that I was going to use this range of fabrics for this particular quilt. The contrast was perfect.

As I was making it, it started to remind me of those old fashion kids toys; 'The Kaleidoscope'. Don't you think?

The challenge was the points...but as Kathleen says, don't be to perfect with the points, just match the green/blue intersection, and it will all be okay...and she was right...This is my version of the quilt...and I love it!!

Until next time...keep stitching...