Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Winner and a Little Progress has given me a helping hand, and the winner of my Scrumptious give-away is PunkinPatc​h; please send you address to and I will get your prize out to you.

I've spent a couple of nights hunched over the sewing machine and have the body of Star Blossoms done. Just three borders then it will be ready to quilt!  

I feel like I've been working on this one for ages; I purchased the fabric all the way back in February!

Had my first market today for quite a few months; boy was I busy! It seems everyone is stashing fat quarters at the moment. My next market is November 24 at Caulfield Racecourse; see the listings on the right for info.

Friday, October 25, 2013

First Class Food

I love food, going new places and meeting new people. So when someone suggested going to Sydney to have lunch in the Qantas First Class lounge, it was such a crazy idea that I couldn't possibly say no.

I was up super-early yesterday morning to catch the train into the city, then onto Skybus to make my way to Melbourne airport. There I met two of my fellow lunch buddies, and had a quick breakfast in the Qantas business lounge.Then we were on the plane and on our way to Sydney.

Then came the important bit; meeting the rest of the group, checking in for our flight back to Melbourne, and heading into the First Class Lounge. It was my first ever visit, and I was very impressed at the entrance (which of course I took no photos of). And the view out the window is spectacular!

Of course, we were there to eat and drink (and socialise), so a quick look at the menu and I had my meal planned out.

Salt and Pepper Squid to start. I don't usually eat seafood but the calamari in the lounge is amazing.

Next up was a chilli beef with a fried egg on top.

And I finished off with a chocolate brownie, because who could possibly resist? Enjoyed with a lovely glass of dessert wine of course.

Our flight was delayed so we had a little more time to indulge in a few (more) glasses of wine and a cheese plate, then we were off again! Certainly not a bad way to spend the day.

Just a reminder that my Scrumptious giveaway closes this afternoon, you've still got time to enter!

Friday, October 18, 2013

I Love Fridays

Yesterday when I was at work, the weather was terrible. Today home is work, and the weather is beautiful! I've made the most of it by getting a bit of gardening done; the weeds really take over when you aren't home to keep an eye on them. The previous owners planted Ivy and it has been a constant battle over many years to get rid of as much as possible. I'm winning slowly but boy does it make me itch.

My lavender bloomed beautifully while I was away, and brings in the bees; great for all the fruit trees. Where would we be without bees?

My favourite tree is the cherry blossom; I wait all year for it to bloom, then usually the spring winds blow them all away. They're almost all gone and my front yard looks like its been snowing pink petals.

The puppies are loving the sunshine, but keeping the littlest Miss still for a photo is almost impossible.

Miss Bella is curious about the camera as always.

I did a sneaky trip to Spotlight this morning to check out Sarah Fielke's new range, Millefiori. I had to hunt around a bit but I found the prints I was looking for. Into the stash they go!

 And finally a little more progress on Star Blossoms; only four blocks to go!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Scrumptious Giveaway

It's been a long time between giveaways, and my blogiversary sailed by in August without mention. And everyone loves a little freebie. Up for grabs are two Scrumptious mini charm packs. Perfect for hexies or a little sewing project.

You have two chances to win.
1. Follow this blog and leave a comment to let me know.
2. Like my Facebook page, and again leave a comment to let me know.

Whoops. Deadline is Friday 25/10 at 5pm ADST.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille is here!

A little later than anticipated, but the gorgeous new range from Moda, Scrumptious, is finally in the shop. Pre-cuts should only be a couple of days away, but if you want any held for you, please just let me know.

Scrumptious can be found here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

More Star Blossoms

It's nice to be back at the sewing machine after a month away, but I needed a quick glance at the pattern to refresh my memory. Then I was straight back in!

I've knocked over 11 of the 20 blocks so far; at about an hour each this certainly isn't a quick quilt but I love each and every block as it comes together.

I've also managed to get my hands on a FQB of Kate Spain's Daydream; its such a vibrant range! I have a very important quilt to make and this is the chosen fabric.  I've also picked a pattern from Camille's Simply Retro, but there will be more about that later...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

She's Baaaack

Finally arrived home early yesterday morning with a killer bout of jet lag. I don't seem to have mastered the ability to sleep on a plane.

I've had the most fabulous trip; London, Paris, then two weeks in Italy. I've met lovely people and eating some fabulous food. I'm going to miss my daily pasta, wine and gelato.

I don't think I could pick a favourite town, but I really did love Sorrento in Italy. Tuscany was also pretty amazing, as was Cinque Terre.

I'm getting back my business-running mojo; so many new fabrics are due in over the next week or so! Hopefully Scrumptious will be in this week.