Friday, July 13, 2018


The second part of Here There and Everywhere came last week and it was such good fun to make. Can't wait for part 3.
 I also knitted the last few inches of this scarf. It is lovely alpaca wool that I bought last year at the Sydney craft show.
 This cross stitch pattern followed me home from this year's craft show and I just FELT like starting. I am really enjoying it.
Last week and few of the stitching ladies had show and tell. Janet is so amazing at sewing gorgeous retro clothes for her 3 littlies and herself. I don't know how she finds the time but she does an amazing job. 
 Beth has also been busy and has knitted these great socks. The fairaisle pattern is all made by the wool!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

A new start.... Here There and Everywhere

I know! I shouldn't be starting new things when there are many to finish was just too tempting. I have started Here There and Everywhere by Anni Downs. I decided to use my stash so am getting it as a BOM with the pattern and the wool pieces each month. It is harder to use your stash, I am finding but am pleased with my choices and think they look ok. Here are the blocks that make up the first part.

 I am especially pleased with my map. Anni tells you how to make one in her instructions and I did have fun adding bits and pieces to the map.

 An this is block 1 done. It is softer than the original but this picture is really light!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sydney Craft and Quilt show

Paddy and I headed to Sydney in June for the craft show at Darling Harbour. We enjoyed an afternoon of shopping, lunch and browsing on Thursday afternoon and then went to the show on Friday. There were some lovely stalls and lots of amazing quilts to see. We especially enjoyed and learnt lots from Kelli from Cutting Cloth. She did demonstrations of raw edge applique and quilting on her stall. Must have a go!!! I bought the gloves she uses and some special fusible web so will definitely try it soon.
It was lovely as always to catch up with Anni and Pete Downs on the Hatched and Patched stall. It is such an inspiring stall! Very special to catch up with Chooky who was working on the stall as well.

 Loved the Bebe bold stall too. So nice to say hi to Jane and Cally.
 There was a special display of the interesting work of Segolaine Schweitzer. It is very naive but very effective.

 There was also a great display of children's clothing through the ages.

 Then there were the quilts! There were so many. Sadly the lighting wasn't really good but I still managed to take some pictures of some of them. Amazing work and all so varied.

 We both loved this beautiful one designed by Yoko Saito. It has been in a Quiltmania magazine.

 This one by Wendy Williams was amazing too.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


There were a few celebrations in June. Little miss turned 4! How amazing. It is getting harder to get photos these days but here are a few. She shared her party with her friend Xavier and it was to be at a park but it was a freezing day so it ended up being at Alice's house! The two mummies did a fantastic job of the rainbow cake.

Last weekend, Ben and Sam celebrated their 6th birthday (a week early). Boys' parties are so different! They did all have a wonderful time. Mummy had done such an amazing job preparing Lego themed food!

We wouldn't want little Jack to miss out so here are a few recent ones of him.