Monday, October 31, 2011

Announcing the winner of the Selvedge baggy

I'm a little late with this announcement, but better late than never....I used the True Random Number generator at and he/it selected #32 (see image below), which is Jennifer Gail from Hoodies and Flip Flops. I have notified Jennifer by email and am awaiting her details now so I can send off her baggy of selvedges.

LinkPlease feel free to leave her a message here congratulating her on her win. For the rest of you, I wish I had a never ending supply of selvedges so I could share the love with you all, but my supply of selvedges relies on how much sewing I do! I have already started the next collection of them, and when the new baggy is almost full, I'll announce another giveaway for them.

Ok, back to sewing for's a chilly day here this morning....I know why it's called I can spring back into bed to keep warm!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Plugging some giveaways!

Lila Tueller has redesigned her Peasant Top, and has a contest happening over on her on the above pic to go check it out.....good luck.

Silly Mama has officially had her launch party for the Quilted Fish's new fabric range "Delighted" help celebrate, she's having a giveaway for a few different things, one being a kit to make one of the cute wee bottlecap pincushions in the pic above....which is where you'll need to click to go enter for yourself.....good luck

Perri from Qld is having a giveaway for all the goodies in the pic'll need to click on the pic to go over to her blog and have roughly 24 more hours to enter. Good Luck.

Sue at Alderwood Quilts is giving away the goodies in the above pic. Click on the photo before November 1st to go enter. Good luck

That should give you a few prizes to chase.....just remember, I'm chasing them too!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Pickledish Patch: Hear ye…..Hear ye!! EQ7 Giveaway

The Pickledish Patch: Hear ye…..Hear ye!! EQ7 Giveaway: Vicki is such a lucky gal....she got a copy of EQ7 for herself, but even better, she has a giveaway so one lucky other person can win a copy of it for themself.....please let it be me! Good luck

A Recycling Giveaway

Sorry it's not a very good photo of them, but I have a baggy with a whole bunch of selvedges on offer. I was going to give them to the first person to respond, but that's not really fair as y'all are on different time zones, so I decided to offer them as a giveaway.

There's no hoops, no hurdles etc to jump, other than you need to leave ONE comment under this post if you'd like to win them. You have until October 28th, 2011 to leave a comment, and I'll draw a name, using Mr on 29th October, 2011. I'm happy to send them anywhere in the world, so all my overseas friends can also enter.

Good Luck Also, I'll be having another couple of giveaways in the coming weeks so stay tuned....I'm sure you'll love them!

Whilst I have your attention, I've added a new gadget on my sidebar (after seeing it on the Pink Penguin blog a short while ago)'s a conversion calculator for inches to cm and visa versa...handy huh? I thought so.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gene's having a giveaway and a little something I made

At about 2am this morning (as most crazy crafters do!), I had a brain wave and decided to try out a Plus Sign Mug Rug (Tutorial, albeit a bit scarce on instructions compared to some, can be found HERE) Obviously if you go over to the tutorial, you will notice that she's used much nicer colours....I just went digging in one of my many (don't we all have a few?) off cut (read Scrap) baskets and pulled out pieces that were big enough to make the right amount of squares, then laid them out in as pleasing a combo as I could muster!

Also, while I have your attention, Gene Black has a great giveaway for quilty read-a-holics, to go enter, click here. It closes on October 18th, 2011. Good luck.

While you're over at Gene's blog, take time to check out his video tutorials...he has a great one on cutting bias binding that seemed to be my light bulb moment with self made bias binding!

Oh and be still my beating heart, he also has a tutorial for a D9P but wait till you see's like he's re-invented the wheel as far as I'm concerned......I love D9P & D4P (maybe he'll reinvent that block too now!) so his version is just check the D9P out, click here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Jenny of Elefantz is having a giveaway

Jenny now has over 1500 followers the lucky duck.....and to celebrate she's hosting a giveaway. There's 4 prizes up for grabs, 2 for us Aussies and 2 for overseas entrants. Easy to enter, and up to 3 ways you can not too many hoops to jump through! Entries close on October 20th 2011. Good always, click on the photo above to go enter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spoilt brat alert!

I go (when I can get there!) to a quilt group in the next town (Renmark, Sth Australia) over to where I live. They're called Evening Star Quilters....every year they hold a Brown Paper Bag Challenge, where you put some fabric and other bits n pieces into a brown paper bag (I've also seen these done on blogs too) and the bags are put into a central location after being numbered. Then, all those that are participating pick any bag but their own, and have a few months (I think we had about 4 months) to construct something with what's inside the bag. I had completely forgotten what I'd put in my bag....all I knew was I was intrigued to a) find out what my partner had made me & b) who my partner was, well tonight, my curiosity was cured.

I opened the wrapping paper that Kate (my swap partner who made for me) had wrapped my gift up in and immediately saw that it, whatever it was, had been exquisitely quilted, and when I took it out of the wrapping, I was busy 'fondling' it, when I realised there was something else inside I opened up the bag, the Mariners Compass bag pictured above, and I'm surprised I didn't scream with delight! Kate had designed a quilt especially for me.
It's extremely well quilted....Kate's lucky, she has a proper quilting machine (green eyed monster here is sooooo jealous!) so it has a lovely design all over it. Thank you so much Kate, it's gorgeous.

Aren't both my gifts lovely? I think so, and that's all that matters really, but if you think Kate did well, please leave a comment and I can pass them on to her at the next meeting.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Decorative Fabric Basket with Tutorial

Recently, I was browsing and came across Paula's photos and in amongst them, I saw she'd made these cute baskets, which are a variation of others that I've seen (and made) and I left a comment for her, saying that I like it. Soon after, she sent me the link to her album that had the tutorial to make them. After making one, I decided I would contact her and find out if it was alright to convert her tutorial to English and publish it on my blog.....well she has been a busy bee, but today messaged me and let me know that it's ok for me to publish the tutorial right here for you all to download. Remember, I am in no way, shape or form claiming this as my only part was making the above one, translating the tutorial (ok so I tidied a few parts up that google didn't translate too well, but that's it!) into English and getting permission to share it. So, without further chit chat, if you'd like to make some Decorative Fabric Baskets for yourself, click on ANY of the words that are underlined, such as HERE!

Also, if you do make some, please leave me the link in a comment on this post so that I can check them out....I'd love to see the colour combo's you come up with. I'm going to make some in different sizes for Christmas Presents :o)

Edited: 13th October 2011.....I was alerted (thanks Kathy) to the fact that the original tutorial didn't tell you to turn the fabric through the hole you cut in the I've amended the tutorial...if you already downloaded the tutorial, you will need to download it again (sorry about that). As far as I'm aware, the above links will all direct you to the updated tutorial....I haven't tested that theory just yet, as I'm still uploading it (at the time of typing this that is!)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

As seen on

I couldn't resist sharing the following explanation as to why some of us just simply cannot enter a fabric store without making a purchase:

A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) causes memory loss and induces the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food). Therefore perpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.
Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women know as “quilters”. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me and sew me”.

In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones!

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called QUILT FABRIC STORE CLERKS.

It’s also been experienced that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for awhile.”

~ Author unknown
I saw it on one of the groups I'm in on Facebook, and just had to share it with you all.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Quick & Easy Coasters using a Go! Baby Cutter

Recently, I was a very lucky girl, no, an EXTREMELY lucky chick, and Accuquilt sent me a GO! Baby cutter and three dies to play with. I've been busy playing with them, and made the above coasters as part of the F-R-I-E-N-D-S Swap. I have been trying almost everyday to upload this tutorial for you all, but Blogger doesn't seem to like me anymore...maybe I'm not posting often enough!

Anyway, if you'd like the tutorial to make these coasters, please click HERE. Also, if you'd like some free Go! patterns, then please click the button over on the right side bar.