All in a Row

Quote ” . . . .and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom” Anais Nin

How beautiful is the truth to these words and apt for my new project. I am busy with a new appliqué design called ‘All in a Row’ and it is coming along colourfully as expected. Working on course linen this design incorporates needle turn and woollen appliqué, embroidery and hexagon patchwork. Patterns, kits and workshops available soon . . . . stay posted Cxx

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Felted Button Necklace

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I have just finished some more button necklaces and this one is very popular when I go to markets. It is a colourful and bright accessory and when ever I wear mine I always receive comments. I have cut felted wool into circles and threaded a button on either side. Sometimes I embellish the wool with embroidery however to be cost effective I often keep it plain and simple and save the extra work for consignments or a special gift. I use recycled and vintage buttons and it is a great way to put to use those ‘unwanted buttons’ that often stay in the jar! The strands come in a variety of colours, are an approximate 62cm drop and retail for $35 (AUD) plus postage and handling. I will running workshops on button jewellery making in November, so stay posted for dates once confirmed. Cxx

Appliqued Table Runner

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I have finally finished and really enjoyed working on this 2 metre table runner, a woollen appliqué project on linen tea towelling. I think this fabric makes for a warm rustic effect and over the past few years with Provincial Decor in vogue, recycled (French) grain sacking, tea towelling and reproduced versions have become very popular. I see them for sale in a few places so keep your eye out however it can be purchased easily on line. The authentic grain sacking is quite expensive however I prefer the genuine article, as I like imperfections and the natural look. Sacking and tea towelling comes in a range of colours and stripes and I prefer the taupe, red or blue striped versions. The appliqué pattern, is a design inspired from from Pieces To Treasure in NSW, I encourage you to go online and have a peek at the lovely range of products they have. Cxx

Quilt Update (Museum Medallion)

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Its the second day of spring and life is showing everywhere. The tiny buds are starting to shoot on the trees, the daffodil and jonquils are in bloom and the tulips are about to flower. I had a lovely day sewing with Judy Newman’s class at Millrose cottage on the weekend. My Museum Medallion Quilt is taking shape and was delighted to find my second border fabric, which means I can push on a little further, as I aim to have it completely pieced by the years end. So far I have hand pieced ‘point to point’ 585 pieces. I never thought I had it in me to take on such a task however as in the true spirit of a beginner quilter I have enjoyed every step and watching it evolve. Cxx