Monday, September 28, 2009

When did my eyes get so old?

On my last post was the sneaky pic of the quilt that I'm trying to finish asap - a deadline that has passed nearly a year ago but I will NOT let it be a whole year!!!
Anyway, I looked at the post and thought 'Wow! That black thread looks'

In the cold and yet much more bright light of day I realised that I had been using a navy blue thread. Fortunately I've only done about 10cm of binding so I pulled it out. I got about three metres done today. In black. So I'm well on my way there. I am actually enjoying it this time which is very unusual for me. I usually find it to be a chore but that's probably because I'm itching to get onto the next thing.

I've started writing my first pattern. I've decided it's much more fun playing with fabric but figure if I get into the habit of writing first and then doing the fun stuff, I might just get some patterns finished. That's the plan anyway. Then I can make the zillion changes to the pattern after I realise my design has flaws :) I'm sure there is method to my madness.

Happy binding,

Abbe :P

Please note - blog edited due at third parties request.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bound by binding.

I've sewn on nearly nine metres of binding this evening. It's a bloody big quilt! Now it's time to stitch it to the back of the quilt. I sat down to do it and realised that I can barely see where I need to stitch as the fabric is jet black. I'll have to get the white light out tomorrow night.It looks like the fabric is a grey colour in the photo but it's the light and average camera operator I think.

That's all I can show for now as it is a special prezzie.
Hope you are all happy stitching.
Abbe :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's finished!

I finished the I spy the other day. I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to give it to the 2 year old recipient.As I am one of those patchers that finds it impossible to only do one project at a time... I have another quilt to bind. It's only 11 months late but since it's one of the best pieces of work I've done..... I think the owner to be will forgive me. Pictures when it's completed, hopefully next week :)
After a rainy, miserable day yesterday, I woke up to a stunning sunny, blue sky day today. I've been enjoying a book called 'Choosing Eden' about a couple who move to a farm after a lifetime of suburban life. It reaffirms my own tree change to the little country town I live in. I change my mind often but at the moment I am sticking with the country life. On days like today - who wouldn't.
No sewing but a lovely morning before the rigours of work this afternoon.
happy sewing,
Abbe :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Once again my willpower has crumbled. I barely resist fabric purchases at the best of times but the word 'fabric sale' almost give me palpitations.

Threadneedle Craft at Daylesford ( has a reopening sale after moving sites so I popped over this morning and bought a few necessities.
For some people it's shoes, for some it is handbags. Fabric is my thing.
I've taken the first step and admitted my problem. Funnily enough I am happy to stay at this step.
Does anyone else have the same compulsion?
Now more binding I must sew.
Abbe :)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Busy Bee who needs a sewing bee!

I have been busy with everything but sewing so nothing newly completed to show for my efforts.
I have been spending some down time reading lots of blogs (I guess that's 'up' time as I've seen some wonderful ones) and caught up with Mr CP and his son Jack over the weekend.
This is a quilt I made for dads dog :) I made it to go with the quilt I made for my Dad's 60th birthday. At that time they lived in Kinka Beach near Yeppoon in Qld. There is a walk you can do up a small mountain (big hill) and when you get to the top you look down and see turtles feeding near the rocks and that inspired it. The dog got a quilt as he is my dads baby (I was replaced!) and I knew that they'd (my dad and step mum) would appreciate it.

It was the first quilt I had professionally quilted (done by Jenny Carmichael of Bayside Quilting She did a brilliant job and it was how she and I became friends.
Hopefully some stitching done before work tmrw,
Abbe :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I have spent the first two days of spring with my hands in the earth, digging, weeding, pruning. Oh and on my credit card buying 10 fruit trees. I have some holes to dig over the weekend. Lots of holes!
I had an early knock off at work today so it was straight back into the garden when I got home. I planted up a blueberry, some strawberries and raspberries as well as weeding the herb garden.

Now I'm dreaming of berries in cream, berry pie, blueberry muffins....yum. Bring on the harvest.

Hope you're all enjoying the sunshine and daffodils.

Abbe :)