Friday, February 9, 2018

Bug City Thursday... err Friday

Yep ! I fumbled at the first hurdle !
Oh well, we will be having sporadic giveaways over the next few weeks (that covers it).
Today I am going to show you the cute coordinating spots and stripes.

These babies are super versatile !  I am so pumped with this print. It is called Thorax and I designed it specifically to make stripey little bug bodies. Striped toys are the best. I have used it for everything, clothes, quilts toys, bags... 

This is Flannery in stripes and Flannery in spots. Flannery is a super sweet simple pattern. Stripey toys again !!

The stripes have also been made into binding  !!The binding is available wholesale through Ella Blue. It is the bomb. 

The spot print is called Pollen and features irregular little dots of white on solid backgrounds. Do you know how hard it it to draw a billion irregular random blobs. It is harder than it sounds.

This is Tiago by Melly and Me - the CUTEST little Toucan in the entire toucan universe. He uses the charcoal spot for his body and Melly pieced the stripes to make that fabulous beak. I think he is a masterpiece of design!

Today's giveaway includes some spotty fabric, some binding, patterns by Tied with Ribbon, Melly & me and myself and another cute pin !
Just leave a comment telling me if you are a spot person or a stripe person...

The winner is 2paw .

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday - Bug City Giveaway

Here we are, at the start of a fresh new week and I am going to walk you through my Bug City fabric collection. (forgive me if I miss a day - real job, you know). 

 Bug City contains five prints with a total of 21 fabrics. Today's print is Beetles! I really enjoyed designing this range, working with bright colours and cute little motifs. There was another print that didn't make the cut - I might show it later in the week if I remember.

Beetles comes in the four colour ways shown below. When I first talked about this range with people I was warned not to add spiders to it but no-one mentioned beetles. This is a great print for clothes, from a distance it looks like little coloured blobs but when you get close you realise it is a bug skirt, or shirt. 

The strong blue is maybe possibly my favourite, although I have used the teal to cover a lamp and it looks awesome. I found that old metal beetle in an op-shop just a few weeks ago and for the princely sum of $5 he had to come home with me.

This is my latest quilt pattern - June bugs. Its a super easy one-block quilt that anyone can sew !! There are little embroidered antennae on each bug that are a bit hard to make out in the photo. 

These gorgeous hair accessories were designed and made by my friend Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon. Jemima is a super talented, hard-working designer, and all round good egg. The mini- pattern for these is available wholesale through Creative abundance or through Jemima's shop. 

Pop a comment in the comment box to go into today's draw. Look at that lovely bunch of goodies.

Happy Monday !

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It all became clear

This week I had to go to the doctor. I had a few other things to do on the same day so I planned out my itinerary.
Now, at my house if you want to go somewhere and NOT be covered in dog hair when you get there...then you get dressed at the last possible minute which I did.
I set off, it was a lovely day - kinda warm but manageable. It became apparent that I was wearing really uncomfortable pants. I was squirming in the car seat as I drove. I stopped at the post office and did my posting and paused for a sneaky readjustment as I got back into the car. 
Nope, still ridiculously uncomfortable. I tried driving one handed while fudging around the back of my pants to no avail. Did I have a burr in my pants ? why were they all sideways ?
I did a bunch of small drop-offs and pick ups all the while getting crankier at the state of the stupid pants, determined I would throw the bastards into the bin as soon as I got home. 
I finally got to the Very Important Doctors place... and I waited. I squirmed a bit and waited some more. I waited until I started to feel the sweat rolling down my butt crack.
It was like my arse was having a hot flush. 
After more than hour I get escorted into the Nurses office, where she bangs on and on and on and on about how hard it is to be a woman. I smiled a lot and squirmed, and really really wanted to deal with the pants. She talked a lot, basically warning me of every possible disease I could and would probably have as my body falls apart between now and my inevitably horrible death.
(I don't think she was having a good day).
Finally it is time to go behind the curtain and remove the lower half (yeah, one of THOSE visits). I rip off the pants with glee only to find, I was wearing a pair of brand new pants! So new in fact that they had two safety pins, three ribbons, three cardboard tags, a couple of those plastic string things and a little plastic bag containing spare buttons all tucked inside.....

I laughed so much I think the grumpy nurse will need stress counselling

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pin pennant, banner and hoop (worlds most boring blog title)

 I made you a thing friends. Well not a thing but a pattern of sorts. 
It is super basic but it contains the templates for the words used on the hoop, curving for either the top or bottom.

it also includes the template for the words plus a diagram giving the dimensions of the banner

and a diagram and template for the pennant. There are no actual instructions but I figure anyone reading here can probably knock these out of the park without any hassle. There are a very limited amount of those finished pennants listed for sale in my Etsy shop as well if you are not inclined to make your own.

I made all these using 100% pure wool felt and I bought the glittertastic felt from

To download the file just click here:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017


I keep wanting to pop in and say Hi, and show you all the new fun stuff I have been up to - but there is none. 
I had some surgery in late November and am on the slow recovery. No sweeping, vacuuming, stretching. You get it ! 
I feel good and am well enough to be getting frustrated.
I could say as a result of this, Christmas will be a low key affair and the house is a mess, but surgery or not, the state of the house and the Christmas plans would be the same.

How about your Christmas ? Big plans, an enormous table of food for lots of friends and family? Or small plans with quiet times or no plans at all.
Whichever way you spend the time, I hope it is stress free.

This is where I say I am going to try harder next year and blog more often but we all know that I will stumble in and out with no schedule or plan.

Don't forget to pat the dog.

Friday, November 10, 2017

look the other way

I am not really here. I am actually sewing things for Australian Quilt Market.
I am cutting and planning and measuring and painting.

This is Calamine, he is brand spanking new. He is a busy yet cheerful little man.