Merry Christmas

Its that crazy time of the year again!

I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support over the last 12 months.
2015 has been a very busy year both on a personal and business level and I have  a strange feeling that 2016 is working up to be the same.

Would you like to know where I will be in 2016?
Then you can keep up to date both here, Facebook and on the website.

Crazy Season Trading Hours

I will be closed from this Friday 11th December and will reopen January 19th 2016

Shopping online 24/7 as usual.

Hopefully I will be doing some workshops from home in February so will get a list up as soon as I can.

Have a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.

I  have always had an interest in photography, in particular close ups of flowers.
Recently I did a one day workshop with a photographer friend of ours....Garry Brown of 
G3 can also find him over on
I had a wonderful time at the Reptile Park taking photos of snakes, chameleons, crocodiles and Tazzie Devils.....and so a new hobby waits to be discovered.....I have to find extra time first though.

"The Chatsworth" Quilt is coming along with more borders added.....snowball border, blue border and the next flying geese border are all now in place just waiting for...

 the next applique border ....I think I have an idea!
Have you started collecting your fabrics yet?


Good news....I have decided to continue the 25% discount sale on selected fabric lines until 
7th of November.....this is for 


happy shopping...remember, to receive your discount you must apply 

the coupon the box provided in your shopping cart




Cherry Pie Designs is having a 25% sale on selected fabric ranges.
Sale begins Wednesday 28th October - Saturday 31st October.

See the above flyer for all of the information you need to take part.

Happy Shopping 

And the fabric just keeps coming....

Fabric just keeps rolling through my door.....I had forgotten just how much was on order!

Today we have "Sturbridge" by Moda.....a little dark I know and not my usual item but I love it.
The panel is just too cute.....this and the accompanying fabrics would make a great bag.

"Eliza's Indigo" by Betsy Chutchion  for Moda is beautiful in Indigo and lighter shades of blue, mustard yellows, stripes, florals and plains.
Available off the bolt or as fat 1/8th packs....

For those of you in the American Reproduction Fabric Club, your post out will be leaving Monday of next week and you will be receiving eight of these lovely fabrics by Betsy.
Not a member?.....then why not join up now.
Click here to join.

until next time

American Reproduction Quilting Fabrics.....

Well Judy Rothermel and Karen Styles have done it again!
New fabric from both of these ladies has just arrived.

"Georgtown" from Judy is just so lovely.....what project will I incorporate it in?....or should I just start a new one?
Great stripes for fussy cutting and lovely florals to compliment.
Available from the bolt or as fat 1/8th packs....get yours now!
Click here to purchase.

"Loire Valley" also has great stripes and of course a great floral if you are doing some Broderie Purse.
Available from the bolt or as fat 1/8th packs....get yours now!
Click here to purchase.

Happy Shopping

Flowers, Fresh Air and just a little bit of sewing

Home again from our little one week break away.
We wondered down to the south coast of NSW to a little township called Currarong.
What a delightful little sea side village. It has been almost 30 years since I have been there and apart from some building renovations happening on some of the old style fishing cabins not a lot has changed.
 We drove down through the Southern Highlands and stopped as Mossvale for lunch and I just love taking pictures of flowers and couldn't resist the Tulips....they have almost faded but were still quilt colourful....going to try my hand at growing my own next year.

Almost every colour you could wish for.

Onto Currarong and the last weekend of the school holidays which was also the long weekend holiday was in full swing...people everywhere!
Fortunately once Monday afternoon came around everyone was off home except us....the little village was deserted almost except for a few locals.
So ensured some lovely long beach walks and bush walks around the Beecroft Headland.
The coast here in the Jervis Bay area is rugged and beautiful, whilst it's a wonderful place for the kids to swim amongst the rocks and creek.
On one of our walks we happened upon this tunnel that if you walk in here,

you will come out through there....

and this is the magnificent view on the other side.

Very windy on this day so didn't get too close to the edge.

I did find time to do a little sewing...working on another project pattern for next year....

and  take a drive to Nowra to Jukejema Quilting Barn, said hi to Kim (the owner), bought some lovely Anni Downs fabric to make some early Christmas presents...(hoping to find time)! and also caught up with Vicki from Amberwood Designs who was teaching a class there.

Now it's back to reality and the computer.


Lots going on....

There is no doubting the power of Spring.
This fabulous time of the year just makes you want to get things done.

"The Chatsworth Quilt" has benefited from the change in weather....and also being home more often has helped!

I have been cracking on and the first round of applique borders are now in place along with the little red border....and as you can see I am now onto the border with the Snow Ball blocks.

Lots of cutting here but with nothing on the telly to distract me...its all systems go!

As I said in my previous post I will be away next not wanting to take the machine with me....I am madly cutting up all of those nasty little bits that I just can't bare to throw away!....and making four patches ready for  hand applique whilst I am relaxing.

So this is what I have so far.....think I better make some more.

Hmm I know there was an idea there somewhere!

Enjoy this beautiful time of year.

Taking a short break

I am taking a short break next week. So the shop will be closed on October 6th and 8th and will reopen on the 13th October as usual. All internet orders will be dealt with upon my return. I hope this does not cause any inconvenience. 

Hoping to get some sewing done....or fishing!
Thank you Carol

New Fabrics are here...

Just arrived are these beauties from Moda....
"Alice's Scrapbag" by Barbara Brackman...

I have six fat 1/4 packs available @$38.50 each. FREE shipping is the bonus on this pack so....
Click here to purchase and apply the Coupon Code....aliceqtr.
Applicable to Australian orders only.

and "Isabella" from Riley Blake.
Eight fat quarter packs of these lovelies are available @$54 with FREE shipping.
Click here to purchase and apply the Coupon Code...isabellaqtr.
Applicable to Australian orders only.

Offer available until 25th September 2015
unless sold out before.

Enjoy shopping

Spring has Sprung!

Last week I took a little overnight trip to Bathurst to catch up with my eldest child....(miss her so much)...and just had to take pictures of the beautiful spring flowers happening in this pretty town....

Blossoms everywhere....

Of course I dropped in and said Hello to Annie at Hatched and Patched and did a little shopping!

I can't wait to make the bag....but thinking I may change the applique....I know she won't mind!

I decided to come home via the Wiagdon Valley.....Oh so beautiful, over the Turon River where Sofala is situated.....

continuing on along through  Kandos, Rylstone and the beautiful Goulburn River National Park and the Bylong Valley.....

the country at the moment is so green and lush....could have just stayed for a couple of days...but I think that is another weekend with hubby in and around Rylstone....wish I had stopped and taken photos of the old buildings they were just amazing.

New fabric has just arrived.....but will post these later today...or tomorrow!


Fabrics and Magazine Projects...

The latest in the Collections for a Cause range of fabrics...."Nurture" has just arrived from Moda.
Lovely soft shades of pinks, teals and creams in small prints, stripes and border prints to tempt you...
click here to view the range more closely.

I have been wondering where my copy of Quilters Companion No. 75 has been.....and yesterday 50 copies arrived in the post!!
 This is the issue with my "Little Stars" quilt featuring on the DVD....Really excited to finally see it.
So if you have already bought the templates from me then this is the issue you need to get to start the project.

I still have some available for the RRP of $12.95.....and postage is FREE
Just email me with your contact information (phone number as well please) and I will be in touch to organize your payment.

 Quilt Mania Issue 108 will soon be on the shelves and here is a sneaky look at my project for this Issue...."Amelia Jane" is amongst other great Australian Designed projects in this issue.

Happy Stitching 
Carol update

Well what a strange day here wise that is.
Woke uo to sunshine, then rain, followed by cloud, sunshine for a short time and then more rain!

After working yesterday as the guest shop at Wentworth Quilters, I thought I might make time to do a little stitching.
I have almost finished 3 of the 4 sides of the first applique border, featuring needle turn applique with a little embroidery
I am really pleased with how they are looking.
A machine pieced border will follow next.

Leaving you with an image of one of my magnolia flowers that are in bloom. This one always flowers just as the other varieties are finishing...wish you could smell it too.


Welcome Spring

If you were as lucky as I was today and could spend the day outside you surely won't have been disappointed. 
My orchids have been superb this spring, the magnolias are all but finished and the hippies are just beginning to throw flower spikes.

I just had to get outside in this gorgeous sunshine and get to work...

This garden chair is the first of the spring projects....all sanded and one coat of oil...will finish off this project tomorrow I hope.
No stitching tonight....just a tad tired.

Happy, sunny days

Mid North Coast weekend

What a fantastic weekend away I have just had on the mid north coast.
Great food (too much!), fabulous students and amazing hosts.
The weather was perfect, the views amazing and the early morning quiet worked wonderfully together.
Some of the ladies were making "Lindy Lou"....they were plodding along at their own pace making these pretty blocks from reproduction fabrics....

Most of the other ladies were working on their "Feeling Blue" quilts using both needle turn applique and machine appliqué....
Marj decided to make her quilt a "Feeling Red" version...which I cant wait to see finished...
In fact I cant wait to see them all finished.
I awoke each morning to a pretty setting amongst the trees....

And this perfect view each day....ahh another weekend in paradise.
I hope everyone had as good a weekend as I did.