Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gossip in the Garden Progress....and more....

Just a few photos to show you my progress on this months block ..... I am loving this quilt... have I said that before????
This is a huge block (32 x 14 inches!) 
I am really enjoying this quilt. It has it all ....appliqué, stitching and piecing. So much fun! 
I have also made last months project from Sew This and That. 
The pattern is called "Greatest Shopping Bag Ever"
It starts off this size and on a day full of shopping it can be extended....
To this!! Clever hey? I love the fabric and it's a thick linen with a canvas like texture. Nice and strong for all that shopping! 
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Anzac Day

Lest We Forget
Thinking of my Dad today as he marches in the city.
He makes me so proud and I'm very, very lucky he's my dad. 
Anzac Biscuit Recipe
(I like my Anzac biscuits chewy... so this is how I make mine....)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup SR flour, sifted
1 cup dessicated coconut
 1 cup brown sugar
125 g unsalted butter, chopped
1 tbspn golden syrup
2 tbspn boiling water
1 tsp bicarb soda

Combine oats, flour, coconut and sugar in a bowl. 
Heat butter and syrup in a small saucepan until melted. 
In a separate small bowl combine water and bicarb soda. Stir into butter mixture.
Poor mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.
Using clean hands, roll tablespoons of mixture into balls.
Place on greased and lined oven trays. Leave room between the biscuits as they spread. 
Bake for 15 to 20 mins in warm oven (150 C)
Cool on trays for 5 mins before moving to wire racks to cool completely. 
Makes approx 24 chewy biscuits.
Teresa xx

Thursday, April 24, 2014


I hope you all had a lovely Easter. Are you sick of chocolate yet??  I managed to get some time off work and so I have really made the most of my days off. A little bit of Easter sewing was in order. These cute little bunny ear bags were so much fun to make and use just 4 charm squares. These ones were filled with chocolates for a very special girl.
If you'd like to make some for next Easter you can find the easy instructions HERE. 
I have been slowly working on a new scarf. Not bad for someone who doesn't knit and can only do the very basics! Unfortunately the cooler weather is taking it's sweet time in getting to us... so I hope I'll get the chance to wear it at some stage this year!!!!
We spent a fun day dirt kart racing. This is something my husband does on a regular basis and he's always trying to get us to come out with him. Thanks to the Easter break we were able to do just that.
Jack certainly had a ball, especially when he got the chance to drive the faster kart and beat his father, his uncle and his cousins....
I don't know who enjoyed the day more... the little kids or the big kids!!!

It was also a good time to work on the back of our property and do a bit of clearing. These two came to help (though they weren't quite dressed for the bush!!!)
It is nice to finally get some time to do a bit of clearing. This place of ours takes a lot of work and time to look after.
I also was a bit spoilt and got breakfast in bed ..... which I never say "No" to.

Have you seen this movie yet? I had a real girls night out and this was the movie we went to see. I loved it and got a great laugh out of it... I really don't thing the guys would get the humour in this though ha ha.
 I hope you all had a lovely Easter and most of all... got to spend some time doing what you love with the ones you love. 
Teresa xx
A little Easter giggle

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mini Charms

There is just too much going on around here lately... I forgot to show you my latest two blocks and charms for my little charm bracelet. The charms are made by the very talented Julie from Me and My Stitches. 
Each time a new charm arrives from the U.S. I also get the instructions to make a matching 6 inch block. I really enjoyed making the pineapple block and I just love the way it turned out.. After making it though, I am even more in awe of how Julie makes the tiny little masterpieces in the charms. Just incredible!!!
The second block I made (and a whole lot easier!!!) was a little heart block and I just love it. I'm thinking I will do another one of the heart blocks and that will give me 9 little blocks all together, which I will turn into a mini quilt (3 rows of 3 blocks)... Well that's the plan at the moment!!!
I cannot wait to see what Julie makes for our next charm!!!!
Have a great day!

Tuesday Stitching with the Girls

It's taken me so long to put up this photo of my progress in the "Gossip in the Garden" quilt that I've now finished the block!!!   
Anyhoo - this was my achievement last week when the Tuesday girls got together.
And finally I've finished the stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan that I received in Melbourne's "Lets Get Stitched"get together.  
Unfortunately we aren't together today as half of us are sick!!! Hope you are feeling better Helen, Tereasa and Sandi. Looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating Norreens birthday next week. 
Have a great day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

52 Week Scrap Challenge

This weeks project in Anorina's 52 week scrap challenge is a cute little pot lid holder. I love them because they look like Easter eggs and it is that time of the year!!!
 I've made mine as per the instructions, but I've been using mine as a little candle mat for my gorgeous handmade soy candles!

One of my sons friends has started making these wonderful soy candles and selling them at the markets. I have been enjoying all the lovely smells around the house.
My favourite is "fresh coffee" but the "Creme caramel" is divine as well. Oh and the "chai" and the "coconut and lime" - actually they are all fantastic!!!
I am hoping to spend some quality time with my family this Easter break and also do a bit of sewing. 
Have a safe and happy Easter everyone!!! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fat Quarter Cupcakes

This is how the girls got their birthday fat quarters from me this month....
I wanted to give them in a special way and I liked the idea of giving a little birthday cup cake. 
My first attempt was using patty pans. 
So simple - just fold the fat quarter to the height you want. Roll tightly leaving the centre a little higher. 
I folded the last bit over and it helps to hide the raw edges. 
Tie some cute ribbon around your "cupcake" to hold it all together. 
You can finish it off with a candle to really make it look like a birthday cake. I needed names on mine for the birthday girls so I made tiny flags from card stock and attached them to toothpicks (flag poles!). 
I find this type of cupcake pan really good to hold the fabric bundle in place. 
Just a bit of fun! 
Hope you're having a great day! 
Teresa xx

Sunday Stitchers April Catch Up

We had another wonderful day last Sunday for our monthly get together. 
Our little group of Gossip in the Garden quilters has grown to 7 and everyone had this months block for Show and Tell. I am loving the fabric choices and how different they all look. Very proud of us all!!! 
Birthday girls this month are (naughty) Sandi, (unaware) Norreen and (good girl) Marilyn. Lots of lovely birthday fat quarters for the girls. 
A couple of photos thanks to Maree!
See? Stitching and socialising at the same time!!!! 
The lovely Tatyana and her sweet little baby blanket she's making.
 As usual the food was delicious! We certainly know how to put on a spread!!!!
Another great day together! Thanks girls! 
Teresa xx