Thursday, March 20, 2014


What a lovely inspiring weekend!... thanks to The Quilt Show. They allowed access to all their shows in honour of International Quilting Day. Love that show!!  My EPP project I had planned to sew while in Cape Town didn't even get a look at. I was too busy having a good time with my children, visiting friends, shopping, and the Santana concert was just fantastic!! The weather was perfect too, no humidity, that's what I love about the Western Cape. Ten days just flew by so quickly.
I have since sewn all 38 stars while watching the Oscar Pistorius trial. Paging through the Quiltmania magazine I found a lovely pattern.

                 I have 80 of these little churn dash blocks to make

Here are some that I have made so far. Lots of cutting and little pieces to sew. Chain piecing and loving it!

Tomorrow is a public holiday, Heritage Day, and the Durban Land, Sea and Air Festival takes place on the beach this weekend.
Looking forward to the Sky Grand Prix, with 5 international and 10 local pilots competing against each other. Should be fun.

Friday, February 21, 2014

An Evening With Santana

Its raining! Nice and cool. I found a lovely tutorial for a thread holder and had to make one.

                                   holds a reel of thread and needles


I have cut fabric for 38 stars and will be sewing them together over the next week.

So excited! We love Carlos Santana's music and when we heard he was coming to South Africa we were first inline for tickets. Most famous musicians bypass Durban and we have to fly either to Johannesburg or Cape Town for shows.  I'm off to Cape Town for the concert and can't wait to see my kids again.

Here is the link to the ready threader tutorial

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Its Too Hot!

The heat is unbearable!! I am home alone for the first time in months, it feels strange - too quiet. By 8am I close all doors and windows, call in the dogs and switch on the aircon, that's my morning ritual. I just feel sorry for my gardener. I don't know how he does it. I told him to work slowly.
My daughter skyped, wanting cushion covers, and sent me a link on how to make them. They were so easy to make and I made several for her. I sent them off with my son when he left for varsity on Sunday. The link to the tutorial is at the bottom of this post.
 Here are some finishes.       

                                          mug rug -  daschund love

                                          mug rug - leo symbol

                                          table topper
                 another table runner - this time I used a blue border

My hexi flowers have grown to 94 = 658 hexies

These hexie flowers are pretty much all the sewing I am doing at the moment.

Here is the link to the  10 minute cushion cover tutorial

Monday, December 23, 2013

Flowers and Stars

I have finished all my Christmas shopping, just have to wrap presents, then I'm done. I have family staying from overseas and my daughter arrives on Tuesday. Its been a few years since the whole family celebrated Christmas together. Looking forward to it.
I am still making stars. I only made 3 in this size.

2" papers

These are my Downton Abbey hexies... lol. that is the only time I make them and I cant wait for the new season to start in January.

Oh, and I have pin basted the Wish quilt but still have not started the quilting.

                               These are small stars 1" papers

This is the pattern I am using. Its from the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Vol 9 No 4
An ongoing project, and I am using fabric from my scrap basket


                                14 stars and 26 hexies per strip     

 I crocheted a blanket for my girls, Suzi and Sasha, and made two blankets.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


I am deeply saddened by the passing of the Father of our nation, Nelson Mandela. My prayers and sincere condolences to his wife Graca, and his family.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”


Friday, November 15, 2013

Its good to be home

I have been in the Western Cape since September, for my sons 21st Birthday party. Nice long break but had to be home for a family wedding tomorrow. I finished the happy scrappy spring top before I left for CT just did not have the time to post pics.

I quickly prepared a take along project - English paper piecing

There is always time for sewing!

I have bags to unpack, a funeral to attend this afternoon and tomorrow, the hairdresser and wedding. Sunday we are invited to a family braai - lamb on the spit. Phew! what a busy week!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Time flies when you're having fun...

This month just flew by. Daughter has been and gone, we did lots of fun stuff together. I miss her! The weather has been beautiful  this past week with 31/32C days, too lovely to be indoors, except yesterday was windy with light rain so I decided to spend the day sewing and managed to get 6 checkerboard strips done. Also finished the 5th row of the scrappy spring quilt and added some of the applique elements. I still have to cut out the bunnies. Hopefully I can get them done this week. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Winter Garden

Although it's mid winter here, Saturday was 27C. We are so lucky to have mild sunny winters and its no wonder our winter slogan is " Durban, the warmest place to be "
My daughter arrives today for two weeks, so excited! There won't be much sewing being done.

chillies drying in the sun

I am off to the airport to fetch my daughter,  yaaay!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Happy Scrappy Spring

Yesterday I sewed the 3rd and 4th rows. There are still two more weeks to go before the fifth row of the pattern is released - cant wait for the 1st of August!   I suppose I could start on the checkerboard sashing and applique in the meantime. I have to use fabric for the applique as non of our local quilting shops stock wool.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Update on Happy Scrappy Spring

I have pieced the first two rows and completed the stitching on four of the five blocks on the third row.

The strips measure 58"
I'm now stitching the basket block