Monday, 16 March 2015


I have been hanging out on Instagram a lot lately.  And it seems, a lot of bloggers are too!  I have noticed there seems to be less action on blogs, and I think that may be the reason. You can check me out HERE.

Recently I participated in a IG Aussie bag swap.  The theme was either a Noodlehead bag, or Sew Sweetness bag.  My partner was Michelle and her colours were pink and blue with her favourite designers being Lori Holt and Bonnie and Camille.  I ended up making the 241 Tote.  A lovely roomy bag by Noodlehead!

I also put in one of Noodlehead's Lil Cute Pouch.
And a Noodlehead Snappy Manicure Wallet.
Here is the wallet, opened up,
This is the bag I received from Sue.  She proclaimed it was her first bag! OMG!!
To say I was happy was an understatement!
She also made me a Noodlehead Open Wide Zipper Pouch.
Was a fantastic swap all round!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gail Pan creations

Hi there!  What a SLACK blogger I am! I had all intentions of stopping by here more often, but I haven't!  Naughty!  I have been stitching away most nights doing one thing or another, and I have managed quite a few finishes. 

This first project here is a lovely little sewing folder, from the book Patchworks Loves Embroidery.  This book is just beautiful.  You know how you purchase a book, and there is a couple of thing you want to make? Well, I LOVE everything in this book!  I am getting better at my needle-turn of circles.... Only a couple of wobbles!

Here is the inside:
Here is a close up of the stitchery.  Actually don't look too close!!
Fabrics I have used for this is Threads of Time. 
I've also managed to make these super cute pin-cushions also from the book. I couldn't decide on which one to make, so I made all 3!!
I will be back sooner rather than later to show you another finish!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Jan finishes

January has whizzed passed in a blink of an eye!  I only realised yesterday I haven't shared my latest couple of finishes.
Another Mani Wallet, this time in black and white Paris fabrics made for my SIL who has a bag to match (which I made her last year).

And, I managed to score one of these HUGE wire baskets from Moda.  I have been wanting one for SO long, and it came late last year!  A few weeks ago, I managed to make a lining for it, and I had some stock in it to display. 
Made from a really old Moda range which I think was called Butterfly Garden - or something like that.  I had it aside for a project to make for a gift, and decided to make it into this instead.
It is sure receiving some lovely comments!
Tallying up my OPAM Challenge last year, I did a whopping 135 finished.  Talk about gob smacked!!  Wonder how many I will do this year?!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie friends!  We have had quite a relaxing day, we went out for lunch, and have come home and cooked up one batch of Tomato Relish, Tomato Sauce, 5 Min Chocolate Slice with another Relish cooking away.  Love our garden fresh tomatoes! 

On the sewing front, I have not been idle that's for sure. Little sewing machine time, mainly hand work.  I did however finish the Morningsong Handbag from The Birdhouse in French General on Friday.  I really love how it has turned out too!  I have had all the bits sewn for a few weeks, and spent last week doing the needle-turn. 


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Manicure Wallet

Last Friday's sewing effort, a Snappy Mani Wallet.  The top one is a friends, mine is the bottom one.
These were great fun to make!  I plan to make another for an swap gift coming up at the end of Feb! 

Here is the inside of mine.  I LOVE these fabrics!
I had trouble with my studs, luckily I did some sample ones first.  In the end, I went with a magnetic clasp. 
This is a free pattern from Noodlehead blog, click here for the instructions.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Another Owl quilt

I finished this Friendly Forest quilt top the other day, Friday I think.  These fabrics are so pretty, perfect for a special little girl.  I had plans to eventually give this to a little girl, but I have decided not to bother as I never get any thanks!  So for now, I will quilt it up, maybe this week and hang it in the shop.  I think I will use Minky for the backing making it very snuggly.
And I even mitred the corners.  Its been a long while since I have done that, and it turned out pretty good.  I was pretty impressed with myself!

Here is the Friendly Forest quilt top all done.  It was super quick to put together, it only took one morning!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The first finish for the year!

I am back at the shop on Tuesday.  I have had a lovely break and didn't get much done from the 'to do list' I made up before Christmas!  I am ok with that, as I always tend to think I will get more than I actually do!  I have finished one quilt top, which I have just realised I have not shared yet - will try and do that tomorrow.  And today, I made a Bruce!  A pretty Bruce :)  Started today, and finished today!

Here he is all done.  I did wonder what he would look like with pretty fabrics, and am happy with how he looks.  What do you think?
Fabric is from the Into the Woods collection.