Saturday, December 29, 2007

Row H Complete

Before Xmas i added another row to my SBS quilt, Row H!! Its growing and i love it!!

Here r the individual blocks:

Log Cabin, Wedding Ring, Sarah's Favorite, Dove in the Window & Sylvias Shooting Star

Lancaster Rose, Odd Fellows Chain, Pinwheel, Weathervane and Kings Star.

I hope to get another few rows on before Anne Ida comes down in Feb (but u know, best laid plans and all that!!!). She is such a sweetie, here is just one of the things she so kindly sent my for my birthday. I gorgeous bag which immediatley became the new home to the holiday stitcheries im working on at the moment:

Isnt it great??? I love the colours, i love the pocket space on the inside and in the top right hand corner, look, look!!!:

My own "Elm Creek Quilts" pin!!! Now i really feel a part of the SBS team !!! (she also sent me some other gorgeous things which ill share later.....thnx soooo much hun!!!)

Well this will be my last post for 2007!!! Happy New Year to all of u and may 2008 see u and your family healthy, happy and following your dreams and goals!!

Friday, December 28, 2007


The Xmas Season was been full of wonderful days, amazing company, lots of pressies and laughter and a great time to relax. And yes of course i did turn 40 yesterday, so the celebrations continued!!

Every Xmas Eve we drive around and look at Xmas lights and this year we werent disappointed, the houses looked amazing:

Xmas morning started quite early (thnx to two excited kids) and the day was spent with family, lots of yummy food (cept the Goose, sorry mum!! lol) and of course wonderful gifts!!

Boxing Day is traditonally a PJ day in our house and i spent most of my time in the patio stitching later.

For my birthday we had a leisurely breakfast and visits from the parents, before heading out to this gorgeous country pub for a wonderful meal and then we hit the park (and yes kids mum may be 40 but she can still play lol). The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent with friends and a few drinks, which was really lovely!!!

Thanx to everyone who left a comment or sent me a "birthday" email, i will get around to answering u all personally and i also want to show some pics of the amazing quilty presents i received but im enjoying this relaxing time with the family and also this amazing weather (we have all just hopped out of the pool, very relaxing!!!)

Got heaps to share real soon!!
Hope ur Xmas was wonderful too!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Last Gift Wrapped!!

All my Xmas sewing has been finished, with this little quilt for my mum being the last one completed. Two years ago my parents decided to take their first "real" holiday and they left our little island and went to Melbourne. Since then they have been to Sydney and Adelaide (and they have two more trips planned for next year!!!)

Mum has this gorgeous wooden blanket box which she keeps all her holiday memorablia in, so this little quilt is to sit on top of the box. Now the stitchery is quite plain but i have added buttons to the 3 places they have already visited and each time they go somewhere new, ill add another button (hopefully their little map will be covered in buttons before long!!)

I got to do some more free motion quilting with this one (well actually every gift i made this year i either stippled or meandered). I feel much more relaxed now, quilting this way...thnx to the "Princess" for making it so easy!!

I want to wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable Xmas and I hope you have a wonderful time with your families!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007


In the words of Alice Cooper...........Schools Out For Summer!!!!!.

Today represented the end of a long school year!!! For both our children it was a year of new experiences, new friendships and new schools.

Maddi: what can i say, this was your first year of High School and your sheer determination, your focus, your leadership and your sensibility saw your thrive......yeah there were times when things got tough but our ability to talk things through and find solutions, made it easier!!!
Congratulations on your award and ur amazing end of year report!!!......u deserve it soooo much and Mum and Dad r so proud of u!!!

Cohen: our little man, who entered school so shy and unsure of himself, u walked out today with a wonderful group of friends and u have accomplished so much. You have grown so much (2 shoes sizes to be exact this year lol) and ur confidence, ur enthusiasm and ur knowledge has excelled.............well done our little man for your amazing "first school report" and also well done for your Xmas drawing appearing in our local newspaper today!!!!! (How cool was that????)

Many mums dread the holidays...........but i LOVE them!!!! i have my children home and as a special bonus i have DH home for 5 weeks as well!!! We have many plans, many goals and we always chose a common theme to our holidays (anal retentive i know lol) but this year i really want to encourage the kids to explore their surroundings, take notice of the little things around them and appreciate them..............but most importantly we will have fun, lots of exploring!!!!!but heaps of fun!!!

Not much to show on the quilty side............i, like everyone else have been busy preparing for Xmas, looking after my MIL (who unfortunatley is worrying us greatly, again) and catching up with wonderful friends............thanx guys, i have really enjoyed the time with all of u. I know we get busy but we are all chasing our dreams......yet when we meet up, its like "not a day has passed".........i love that!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

For The Teacher

I needed a quick and easy present for my childrens teachers this year. I could have made some more pincushions, but i decided to give Tazzies coasters a try (the pattern is here):

They r so much fun and very quick plus i got to practise some more free motion quilting (which is becoming a favorite). I filled the mugs up with chocolates and candycanes. Cohen gave his to his teacher and the teachers aide today at his class party and they were "greatly received".......his teacher gave me a big hug!!!! Thanx Tazzie for sharing such a wonderful idea, im sure ill be making more of these in the future.

I know there r so many wonderful sites out there that offer great Xmas fun but i just thought id share a couple of our family favorites. U have to try this snowflake, even i have fun with this one. Cohen loves to dress up this snowman and then this site offers hours of fun. Its great for Cohen because u have the choice of reading the stories urself or having them read to u and u have to check out the "disco dancing" Santa, hes just too cute!!!

I received another magazine commission for 2008, which im excited about.....i turn 40 in 2 weeks, and im guessing its going to be a great year for me!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Workshop and New Look LQS

I have finished the tablerunner top for the February workshop and im really happy with it:

I think it fits the workshop theme "Summer Garden..." quite well. The fabrics r so soft and pretty, I really think ill be handquilting this one:

Sally opened the doors to the new location of her quilt shop last week and as much as i loved the charm and warmth of the old loction, im loving this new look for The Country Quilter:

Its huge, its bright and u could just poke around for ages:

At the back there is a huge teaching area (cant wait to help out with the classes for my Sampler), Sal's office, kitchen and amenities. Of course its nice to walk around and see some familiar quilts hanging so proudly:

"Family Values" has a wall now, along with a few of my others and then near the counter:

The Sampler and the new Medallion. All of the quilts look fantastic against the neutral walls. Lucky Sal knows how i take my coffee, im guessing im going to be spending a fair amount of time here lol

Hope u had a great weekend!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Xmas Sewing

In true "Rose" tradition i leave the Xmas sewing till the last minute but ive had fun with it!!!! First 'Cab off the rank" was my gorgeous i know, cause im psychic lol, that Tamika has asked for a doll (that cries, wees, eats etc) for Xmas, so i made her this quilt to wrap the dolly in:

......she is 5 and a true "girlie" girl (like her aunt!!!!) so she needed a bag, u know for her important stuff, lipstick, wallet "pretend mobile phone lol:

I did quilt a flower "in matching thread" yet it is so "matching" u cant see it grrr!!!!

So then i thought about other "females" in our Xmas list...........ive started a quilt for my mum (pics later) and then i decided to recycle some 2007 BOM blocks ( i knew i made these for a reason!!!), to make a table runner for my friend and neighbour:

I need to applique some flowers on the border..........yet my supply of Vilosfix was low, no worries, i have tomorrow!!!!...........ill sew until Xmas Eve........its all good, i love this "silly"season!!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Its Finally A Pattern

Well it was an idea born months ago, it was kinda slow in the production stage (due to fitting those borders) and then it sat idle for so its a pattern, all ready for sale!!

I did have great intentions of handquilting it (thats the reason/excuse it sat idle for so long) but in the end it was machine quilted. I have put a couple of copies of the pattern in my Etsy shop, just in case anyone is interested in it!!!

The Xmas season is in full swing down here. We had our first Xmas get together on Saturday, which was lovely......lots of train rides and Santa arrived with a pressie for all the children. The tree is up, the house is decorated and the Xmas cards written (and not a present has been brought as week!!!)

Cohen and I shared the task of making the table centerpiece this year......not an original idea, it was in a magazine, cept there was a star on the top of theirs.....Cohen and I thought this worked too (well sorta does lol):

Not sure if our edible art will last till Xmas Day, but it makes the table look festive.

Happy 40th Birthday to my brother-inlaw Pete!!!! (u r older than me, im still in to my 30's....just lol)

Thursday, November 29, 2007


For some time now ive seen these cute little pincushions on different blogs and just needed to try them:

But really, how many pincushions does one girl need??............and seriously, its quite common to find me walking around the studio with pins in my mouth!!!

But i had an idea!!!!.........if anyone has cared for an elderly relative they would know what we r dealing with at the moment with my MIL. We respect her right to live in her own home but it is exhausting and at times, if we didnt receive the help we do, it wouldnt be possible. She is doing so much better, but sadly she lost her sister (aged 80) this week hasnt been great!!!

Mum has so many wonderful people helping us care for her...........helping out with the household chores, showering her, shopping for her, helping me take her to Doctors appointments and they have become part of her life and ours, so with Xmas coming up she would be embarrassed if she didnt have a gift to give them to show her my plan is, to fill up a basket, over the next few days, with these little gems, ill get some cute Xmas labels and she can give the out to all who "help her"...........i told her of my plan on the phone tonite and she was stoked!!!

From our point of view, we could never repay the people who help out..........i have watched my father and how taking care of his parents affected him and our family..........i watch my Mum, now taking care of her parents, and i worry for her, and now Les and I care for his Mum, and at times it is really hard, so for someone to take the time out and go and buy a loaf of bread or get a carton of milk, or to hang the washing out before i get there each morning, or to offer to sit with her for the day..............i could never repay u, please accept my pincushion as a heartfelt gift!!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Row G

My "me time sewing" went from the one day to the last 3 lol (thats ok, my time has been limited and i needed it!!).......Row G of my SBS is complete:

Love in the Mist, Oklahoma Dogwood, Bears Paw, Chimneys and Cornerstones, and my Mariners Compass!!!!

Friendship, Sarah's Favorite,Crown of Thorns, Modern Tulip, Arizona

This would have to be my "paper piecing" row.........i had never tried it before but after attempting the Mariners Compass (u just couldnt piece it any other way), i used it for the Oklahoma Dogwood and the Modern Tulip!!!

Keeping with my plan, i sashed them and added them to my quilt:

Its growing and I love it more and more!!!! Row H is thankfully, a lot easier and I have already completed 6 of these blocks tonite!!!

I also finished a Winter Quilt Block, i need to chose a sashing for these (fun!!!) but they r looking great together, all warm and cosy!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sampler Complete

My Sampler is finally complete, after hours of pattern writing!!! It will be available early next month. Sally is going to run it as a pattern, a kit and as a class quilt, where 2 blocks will be taught ever week.

Im really happy with it, it was actually hard to give it up!!! The stippling took the longest time but i love the effect (and my shoulders and arms r happy that its over!!) Its gives me a lot more confidence in free motion quilting and ive found a few ideas that I'd like to try later on.

I still have 2 more designs waiting for the patterns to be written (some of u may remember the House Medallion) and ive also got a cute Xmas cushion, that had been on my design wall for so long it left an imprint lol I had planned to start writing them up today but ive decided to take a day off and sew something for me (maybe a Winter Block!!!)

My Sampler still doesnt have a name.......Anne Ida and I have been throwing around a few ideas and Sally has her "Friendship Day" at the shop today so she is going to ask the ladies for some suggestions!!!!

Hope your having a great week!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fun Mail

Dont u love the postman??? Today he delivered two amazing packages and after a busy day pattern writing for my next 3 designs it was a welcome distraction.
Firstly my Four Seasons swap Quilt:

This gorgeous quilt is from Dannielle.....her first one went missing in the post (and i felt dreadful that she made another).........Dannielle i love it and will treasure it twice as much!!! Heres a close up of the stitchery:

I love ragdolls and her stitching is incredible........Thank u sooooo much Dannielle!!!!. She also sent me these:

A Mc Calls quilting magazine (which i have devoured) and two adorable patterns (one for bunnies and one for a doll)...........thank u thank u thank u!!!!

Kim at Honeysuckle Cottage was featuring a fabric pack the other day, so of course i had to go shopping!!!! This is the complete range of Madeira from MODA:

I have plans for this fabric (stay tuned!!!) and they even included a delicious smelling soap (mmmmmm makes the studio smell delicious)............well back to pattern writing (they dont write themselves, i wish!!!)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

February Workshop

I have finally finished the third of my stitchery blocks for the tablerunner:

Im going to be teaching this at a workshop in February called "Summer Garden with Creative Women"......of course there r going to be 3 amazing designers there, Gail Pan, Rosalie Quinlan and Natalie Lymer (and me!!) all of whom i cant wait to meet!!! Its very exciting and Im sure it is going to be a fantastic make it even more special, a very good friend of mine (who i wont name cause ill let her share this news) flying a very, very long way to be here for the workshop (have u guessed who yet???).........She is going to be here for 11 odd days and ive been "happy dancing" since we first discussed it!!!!! Ill be able to show her around Tassie and its quite possible that in June next year, she will be able to show me her wonderful country ( and one very close to it lol)

My MIL is home from the hospital and i would like to thank everyone for their lovely comments and to all those who sent such heartfelt emails during the last week. Things havent gone smoothly since she was discharged......her days r quite up and down and last nite we experienced a very bad "down" moment (which was really quite scary) but today she was looking and feeling so much better. She is trying (or fighting is probably a better word) to hold onto her independence and we respect that, but i dont think she realises that she really isnt doing anything for herself anymore.

Ive had limited time (or energy) to sew this last week due to helping out with Mum and getting orders ready (thank u New Zealand for being so accepting of "Family Values") so i just have to do what i can, when i can!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Cohen Creates!!!!

Every time i go down to the studio, either one or both of the kids follow. Maddi loves to lie on the couch and chat away about her friends, the boys (Jason in particular lol) and life. Or she will read or write one of her fabulous stories. Cohen likes to create!!! The studio is a "fun" place full of fabrics, buttons, ribbons, paper, wool etc etc etc.........Tonite he got out my "scrap box" and he layed out this fabric house:

Now he had really thought this out, so how could i deny him sewing this masterpiece together!!! He actually loves to sew and helps me out often (he has to stand to reach the pedal and help guide thru the fabric) When he (we) were finished I added the doggie button just as a special touch and he turned to me and said, "Mum u should blog this!!" sweetheart, mum blogged it!!!!

It was a lesson learned to me tonite..........create and enjoy it!!! Too many times i worry that im not good enough or that this is not right or that isnt right.........but creating is about having fun, making something from nothing and being proud to show the world!!!

Great job Cohen!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

A Little Bit More....

Its been a 4 day weekend here and of course things didnt go to plan, but thats life!!! (My studio???....can someone please give me directions to it lol!) My MIL (who is 83 and I love dearly) has been very ill with a chest infection, so we moved her into our home, with us. Now the elderly can, at times, be more demanding than children, so i tried to get a bit of stitching in, while she dozed on and off:

But unfortunately she got worse and had to be taken to hospital late Saturday night. Her infection turned to pneumonia and she had an enlarged thyroid which is causing problems. In the hours it took, from the ambulance arriving, to her finally being admitted (and Im talking a lot of hours...about 10) i finished the second block of my tablerunner:

The third one, i drafted and began stitching today. My MIL is improving rapidly, due to IV antibiotics and will be home from hospital very soon. It was a very scary and worrying time for us and this was not eased by the attitude of the ambulance drivers or the current "nursing strike" that has hit our local hospitals. I understand their reasons but this should not come at the cost of public health!!!

The hand of friendship reached out this week to myself and to Maddi. Anne Ida sent us a "fun mail" package from Norway:

She sent Maddi some "Hello Kitty" fabric to make a makeup purse (including the pattern which was in Norwegian and she had translated the important bits to English.....thats because my Norwegian is dodgey lol), a 3 Part story from Jennifer for me to read (and i loved it sweetie!!), some licorice (my favorite and this is devine) and some Norwegian im not a chocolate addict but this would have to be the best chocolate i have ever tasted (how can i ship this to Tasmania??? lol).....Thank u soooooo much Anne Ida, with all the worry with Mum ur parcel made us smile and feel sooooo special!!!

With a small window of time to myself, i wandered around the garden, looking for those Spring changes and found that where once was bloosom, now they r apples in the making:

The trees r loaded with them this year. Its time to get out the recipe books and search for some new and inventive ways to serve up the crop this year. I just love the smell of cooked apple throughout the house, toss in some cinnamon and im in heaven.

Hope u all had a wonderful weekend!!!

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