Friday, June 26, 2015

Road Trip

A few of us decided it was time for a road trip - two shops that we hadn't visited before plus an old one that was worth another visit.
Three of us set out from my place - we collected #4 on the way and off we went.

First stop - Patchwork on Smugglers.  This is a "at home" shop - open Monday-Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-1pm.  Enter on the left via "the gate".  You will probably need a navigator - personal or electronic - to get there as it is in a canal estate.  BUT absolutely worth a visit.  Not huge into Reproduction, Shabby stuff, but the prices are fantastic. $4.00 fat quarters, $16.00 per metre for fabrics.  Paper piecing supplies $4.30 per pack...Best Press - so cheap compared to other places.

Leanne, the owner, was off on retreat, leaving her husband to cope with the influx of shoppers.  We were quite kind to him and even helped some other shoppers find what they were looking for. We all left with a couple of things..I found  a pack of very pale balis for $25.00 (Bali pops were $38 I think), some of Leanne Beasleys' Hearts & Happy Flowers fabrics...I don't think I bought enough of them..might need to go back!

Then it was coffee time and we found a lovely little coffee shop - thanks to the local knowledge of #4 - just coffee and cake - but all home made cakes.  We all had a vanilla slice made with lattice biscuits...the coffee was nice too.

Then off to Fifi's Fabricology.  I have known about Fifi's for a few years now and thought it was probably just a regular shop - not too big...mmmm.
Well, you need your navigator for this one too - and you need to just keep driving down the track - (hope you didn't wash the car just for this trip) through a gate...There are a couple of signs but you need the navigator to be looking for that because you will be watching the track so you don't end up in the deep gully beside the track.  It would make a good track for a horse back rider...more on that later...but the car parking is great - all concrete and quite a lot.
There are a number of buildings.... we entered the "main" one  - we were greeted by a happy face "Oh! is this your first time here? - let me show you the sales room and the "backings" room".....(we are already noticing how big this shop is) off to the adjoining rooms.  They are little "cabins" - all self contained with bathrooms.  Apart from looking through all the sales fabrics (incl Anni Downs range that I have forgotten the name of - from her quilt "Favourite things), we are all thinking - perfect retreat place...needs a workroom....Then back to the main shop - and Maria is there - on a little trip for her anniversary - what a nice DH she has...and we may have quietly mentioned our previous stop...
This shop has everything - all the types of fabrics you could ask for - her website say more than 10,000 items.  Her prices are in the "normal" range, but the specials were pretty good.  We were told that next time we come we could take advantage of the workroom tea & coffee - bring our lunch if we like - stay a while - as long as well call before to check about classes etc.  So even more suitable as a retreat venue...
We all left with little parcels of goodies.

Definitely time for lunch - after 2.30 by now - so we went to Currumbin Surf Club.  Out of the car - assailed by the salt smell.  I grew up in Coogee - a beach side suburb in Sydney - OMGosh I hadn't realised how much I miss the smell of the salt and the sound of the ocean...
Lunch was good - sorry no pictures - seems I had left my phone at Fifi's - so we had to back track and decided stop #3 for the day was a no-go  - We had planned on visiting Fantazia Fabricland - it will keep for another day.
Had another coffee at #4's place and then headed home...

My purchases:

What a day - so much fun and new opportunities for us to dwell on.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

FNSI - June

Its wonderful to know so many others are sewing along - it certainly keeps me motivated.

First up I stitched a bit - not much, so no picture...then I moved back to the North Pole to work on Santa and his sleigh and reindeers.

The reindeers are not in position yet and I need some reins and the "doo dad" that keeps the reindeer attached to the sleigh - you can tell I'm a city slicker can't you?? or maybe my brain is fuddled (it is late)....DH who did at least spend some of his youth on a farm tells me it is called the "Shaft" - ..tonights job was putting Santa & sleigh together...a tad fiddly - I have no idea how you could hand applique such tiny bits...I know some could ...not me though.

Thanks Wendy for being the hostess with the mostest and I'll do my best to come and visit other party goers over the weekend.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mrs Beasley's Sampler

A while back...quite a while in fact...I and two friends decided to make Mrs Beasley's Sampler Quilt from Leanne Beasley.
We had a sewing day today and we all had our blocks there...quite by accident - so I took some photos.

As you can see we are at various stages for the most recent block  and I still have some stitching to do on Block #2 - the alphabet.

Inca and I are using softish pastels - Inca's: 


 Maureen is using a stronger colour set.

We all have several other projects we are working on but we all hope to get this one done before the next magazine arrives....

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nature's Journey - June

I've finished my blocks for June for the Stitch A Long.

I've made as few changes to the I do...

The next month is partly prepared and now I need to decide if I do the pieced background as Anni has it or just one fabric...decisions decisions...and then later on there are 46 squares which are meant to be appliqued as a border...mmm thinking about that one too...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

My God Daughter's Baby Quilt

My God daughter had her first baby at the end of May.  Her mother told me the colours that were preferred - teal blue, grey yellow as they didn't know the sex of the baby....I had some fabrics in the stash so used the panel and coordinating fabrics to make this quilt.

Monday, June 8, 2015


I love the first Friday of the month because it is usually followed by the first Saturday of the month - so I get an extra dose of sewing...and then sometimes we get a long weekend as well - joy!!

So, this post is a bit late and I can't really remember now what I did when - so in summary for Friday night, and a sewing Saturday I worked on these:
and did some more very "Fussy" cutting

Those antlers are going to be tricky to sew....

And on Sunday I went to the Beenleigh Quilt Show - some lovely quilts and some interesting ideas to stash away.

Here are a few that caught my eye:

The detail of the bricks was very clever and the thread painting on the flowers was amazing:
It was hard to get a clear shot as the quilt was moving in the breeze.

And I just have to add this one...this is DD2 - where she works they have a "theme" each weekend...this weekend is "Hawaiian"  Don't think she will win a Vogue award for best dressed but she really gets into the spirit.

Lovely to be sewing with cyber friends - for those with a holiday Monday - enjoy!!  the weather in Brisbane has been absolutely gorgeous lately, so hopefully it will continue.

Thanks Cheryll for hosting us again...