Sunday, January 24, 2010

Abundantly Simple!


The simple, fun and versatile Nine Patch Block. When I was teaching my Country Sampler quilt, this was the block we started with. Watching the joy in someones face when they completed their first block was wonderful!! This humble little block is responsible for a few addicted quilters out there!
These fabrics are gorgeous......they are Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille and I just love the strong colours and the wonderful paisleys!! I need to make quite a few more of these blocks for a new design Im working on. Fun!!!
Almost as much fun as a lazy afternoon spent skimming stones (or in Cohens case...throwing stones lol) into the river!!
Reminds you to treasure the simple things in life!!!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Great To Be "8"

It seems like yesterday that you came into our lives and hearts.....

.....and then we blinked and you were this gorgeous 8 year old little man!!



Happy Birthday Cohen!

You make us smile, you make us proud and you make us feel loved!

Have a wonderful day and may all your dreams and hopes come true!!

Love from Mum, Dad and Maddi xxx


Monday, January 11, 2010

Lets Have A Garden Party

Back in August, I shared this little sneak peek of a magazine commission I had just finished:
And now I can finally reveal that it was a summer tablecloth called Garden Party, designed for Creating Country Threads Vol 10 No 5:

Dont they do such wonderful photos?? I really love seeing how they present the projects and this issue has some gorgeous ones that you will want to try!

I do love this and was eager to get my sample back and when it arrived before Xmas I was thrilled! The Dresden Plate was made using Anne Idas method and the tutorial for it is on my sidebar and I love the border pinwheels, so pretty!

Nothing says summer better than butterflies, flowers and parasols (thanks Jules) and the stitcheries frame each corner so well. I had a lot of fun stitching these and dont be deterred by the Satin Stitch, Ive added my little tip for neatening it when finished!!
I had this little corner of our garden in mind while designing it. It does look pretty out there and is perfect for a lazy afternoon with some coffee and cake. Hope you love it as much as I do!!
Just finally, Anne Ida and I have decided to use our 2009 Resolution again for 2010. It worked well for both of us and eliminated a pile of UFO's that I seem to add each year. Feel free to copy Annes Ida's lovely badge and add it to your own blog to help keep those pesky UFO's at bay!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

TwentyTen!!!


Its all about family time at our house right now and with 2010 underway, we know its going to be a huge year, so we are taking our time in getting back to reality! Like those drifting bubbles, our lives will head in different directions with school and work, so we are holding on to each and every moment of this precious summer holiday!
I love having them all at home..........lazy afternoons spent reading (thanks for the book Leigh, Im loving it!!), lots of new recipes to try, swimming, DVD nights, BBQ'ed everything!!!
We have lots of goals for 2010.......as a family and individually and it will be interesting to see what this new year has in store for us!
Im doing a little stitching, when I find the time, working on my big project for Threadbare. Its coming together slowly and Im loving it! Ive also cut into a Jelly Roll for a new quilt design but Im in no hurry......Its all about making the most of the this wonderful family time!
Hope 2010 is a good year for everyone!!

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