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Pansy garden and old quilt...

Pansys
Its a beautiful day here today as long as you can find a place in the sun thats out of the wind and as I look out of my window I remember that I have not shown you my pretty pot of pansys. I am not really much of a gardener preferring to stitch instead but I do love splashes of colour in pots around my garden.

Today I think its also time to show you another of my old quilts, this one I have very little information about it is quite large 93" square, about 1840's so the sale tag said! Made from a wonderful variety of Civil War fabrics in a simple nine patch. The fabrics on the front are in quite good condition but sadly the fabric on the back which is a stripe is rotting.
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Not long until we take my patterns and books to Spring market in the USA and I am now excited and nervous, my freight will leave this week and then I can plan what clothing I need as I think it will be much colder there than here!

I am off to meet my Vince for lunch,
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New patterns..

My new patterns are hot off the press so why not treat yourself and get stitching, find a special chair and make a cushion to celebrate each season.
Spring,
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Summer,
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Autumn,
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and Winter,
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Each pattern comes with ready to iron-on transfer, instructions to make a cushion or collect all four seasons and you can make this gorgeous mini-wallquilt
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The patterns are available for immediate delivery right now from Phil at Patchwork Interactive or Penny at The Patchwork Angel.

I hope you like them?
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Out for lunch..

With all the great places to eat here on the Sunshine Coast its often hard to decide exactly where you would like to go, yesterday we all went to the Japanese resturant for lunch. I picked up Ma and Pa and Vince met us there.

We had the lunchbox special,
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The container that lunch arrived in was so cute, made perhaps from bamboo it had lots of divided sections in which there were small amounts of tempting delicacies, each in its own gorgeous bowl. Vegetables, a huge prawn and a melt in your mouth piece of fish done in tempura, sizzled beef in a wonderful sauce, two types of raw fish (not my favourite), aubergine or eggplant as it is called here which had been marinated in the most wonderful sweet sticky sauce...yummy... a bowl of rice and a cup of delicious aromatic green tea that was served in the sweetest cups.

My Dad could not wait to get started!
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Vince was also keen to practice his chop stick skills!
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The four of us decided we should get together for lunch maybe once a month, the rules being that we have to try somewhere different each time and that it should be within walking distance of where Vince works...hmm...roll on next month!
Where or what is your favourite place to eat?

Off to the sewing room for me, yipee..
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Autumn Swap..

One of the participants of the Autumn Gathering and I decided a few months ago that we would do an Autumn swap with each other. The rules of our Autumn swap were based upon the valentine swap that Lucy Locket hosted earlier this year, we had to handmake something with an Autumn theme (rather than the valentine theme) that took about 3 hours to make, add something from our stash to the value of about $6 and of course give something sweet.

The fun begins as Jo and I begin to open our packages..
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Such fun, fabric, rick rack, a tiny pot of buttons, lovely lavender soap and the most beautiful beaded keyring..
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Can you see there is the neatest blanket stitch and feather stitch down the seams.
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Take a peek inside, an address book, pen, postcards and stamps, everything a girl could need who is off to the USA in three weeks time...
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Then there was this brilliant 'thread catcher' which makes me wonder if my swap partner has seen my messy workshop... maybe I think she has guessed I am messy when working. Anyhow this little fabric pot for popping your threads into whilst working came from a tutorial on The Stitching Room's blog, maybe you can make yourself one too.
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This is what I made for Jo, its an acorn needlecase from a pattern from Crabapple Hill. The patterns from this designer are all gorgeous and are widely available, ask for them at your local quilt shop.
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Hope you are having fun?
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Tasmanian visit..

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I had the most wonderful day on Saturday at The Quilted Crow's Autumn Gathering where along with Kerry Gillespie from My Favourite Things I was one of their guest tutors. The hall where the event is held had been decorated beautifully by Deirdre and Leonie. Trails of wonderful berry clad vines twined their way amongst bags filled with goodies that had been lovingly decorated with Autumn leaves. Does anyone know what these berries are??
Berries

I demonstrated puncheedle,
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traditional applique,
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I signed lots of books and patterns,
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and talked and talked...
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so many lovely ladies from all across Australia,

The food was divine, these were my favourite.. chocolate of course,
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I stayed at Mrs Curries very cozy Bed and Breakfast..
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I also had a wonderful Autumn swap partner and tomorrow I will show you what we swapped
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Workshop muddle..

I have finally moved my workshop from the room which was intended for the office into one of the bedrooms, yipee, a bigger room, great cupboard space but terrible lighting.... the electrician is coming next week to give me some more power points and a couple of extra lights in the ceiling.
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Somewhere under this muddle is my work table. As you can see Fatcat does not mind the mess at all, he is happy to sit on anything!
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I am now all packed and ready for the Autumn Gathering in Tasmania, my flight is early tomorrow morning, so I am off for an early night.
See you Sunday with some pictures form the gathering,
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Thank you...

A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in their version of what the cat said to the dog and what the dog said back, we have laughed and laughed all weekend, thank you.....Hmmm how to choose a winner ... very hard... everyone was so clever with their comments, ... with great difficulty we have chosen 3 of you to get a litle packaged from me in the post.
Carin who emailed me on the 10 April, Peg on the 10 April and Nicole on the 11 April, can you ladies email me your postal address so I can get a little package away to you.

In between laughing we had a good relaxing weekend, we planted some herbs into pots outside my laundry door which I have been wanting to do for ages. I also managed to get a bit of stitching done... but since its a secret I cant show you yet!

I did a bit of work on my 'woof' quilt but not as much as would have liked, too busy trying to get my bits and pieces ready for the weekend of teaching in Tasmania... only 5 more sleeps...
Woof

Do you remember this fabric I bought a while ago?
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Well I have used it to make one of my favourite stitcheries, Saltbox Sampler into a cushion and I am very pleased with the result.
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Ask at your local quilt shop for the Saltbox Sampler pattern, or Penny has the patterns and the gorgeous handpainted buttons for this project in stock.

I hope that you have all had a great weekend, today its sunny, hardly a cloud in the sky and I am off to prepare my teaching aids for the weekend...Oh and try to decide what to wear and make sure its clean!

bye for now
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Have a laugh..

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Just had to share this picture with you this morning. Hugo is not allowed on the bed and he really cant understand why the cats are... so he tries to get as close as possible to Fatcat without getting swiped with claws. I had no idea that Fatcat had his tongue out when I took the picture.... looks as if he is saying something rude to Hugo! Tell me what you think they are saying to each other?? Best/funniest answer will get one of my patterns free.

Looking forward to your comments
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Angel love..

Cathi from Celtic Knots with whom you may remember I did a fabric swap with a few weeks ago has been busy making a gorgeous pillow for her mum, she has used the angels and the alphabet from my book An Angels Wish to create this very pretty pillow.
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Towards the end of last year I released Pond House a ten month BOM, the quilt has been doing very well and its exciting to see how some of you are progressing with it. Have a look at here, I just love the slightly brighter colours Joke is using and adore how she is winding the threads onto old wooden pegs....mmm... I may have to go peg hunting!
Oh, how exciting I notice that she is also busy working on the needlecase from my book Rainbow Cottage.
Be sure to ask for my patterns at your favourite quilt shop, or you can order my products online from any of the shops listed in the column on the left hand side of my blog.
Check our Pennys blog to see what fun she has been having with my free Noahs Ark blocks.
bye for now
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Dove arrivals around the world...

Can you believe it many of you have been burning the midnight oil and have already stitched and posted about your doves, thank you.
Have a peek at this dove and this dove and this dove and this dove and this dove and this dove which has been made using some rather gorgeous fabrics.
Happy Sunday, its raining so its a sewing and movie day, yipee

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PS. Just found a couple more doves, here and here.