Wednesday, August 27, 2014


The Yeti are still on the go, just need a few more snowflakes to be put in place (so far there are about 70) and then decide how to the mean time, I bought some gorgeous clip art and produced these two happy chaps!

 To counter act the beige, the lining is a very bright and chipper orange check.   Lots of internal pockets for all your "stuff".  
 The fabric is a faux suede microfiber and it has been quilted all over.  
 I tried a different style for boxing in the bottom of the bag and I quite like it.
 There are three designs in this set.   They are designed for the bigger hoop of 200 x 300mm.  They are a combination of applique and fill stitches and are quite striking.   I used some teal satin for the wings and tail which kind of glitters under the shading stitches.

These designs are now up for sale over in my Etsy shop for $5 for the set of three.     They are a very modern style and would look equally as precious in other colour combinations.   To make him into a King Fisher, use blue fabric for the body as well.   Check out Mr Google for other great colour combinations it you are not sure!!

Bye for now!~  Sue xxx

Thursday, August 7, 2014

YETI......You know they're out there......

I have been beavering away busily on a few machine embroidery designs.   I am so enjoying the art of digitizing.   My shoulder and lower back, not always so ;-) !   I have done some gorgeous appliques related to these dolls/pincushions but I am still adding "stuff" to the quilt top and want you to get the full impact when it is done.    So to pique your interest I got side tracked with these.


They stitch out very quickly and only require you to ladder stitch a small seam after stuffing.   There are 6 different dolls in each set - same shape, just different faces.   They are all available now over in my Etsy shop - you can purchase the size for your machine - 100 x 100mm, 130 x 180mm, 160 x 260mm or 200 x 300 mm.  

I have also added some button covers to the range.  There are six in the file.   These will fit in a small hoop or you can stitch the lot out in one hooping and then cut them apart.   They are designed for a 38mm self cover button although there is a little wiggle room if you want to do a bigger button!

Use them on garments, hair accessories, quilts, bags........


Back to the grind stone...!   Sue xxx

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Take a couple of metres of white drill, some fabric paint, water and rock salt, add some Urban Threads inspiration in there and voila - a tote with pizazz!

Needless to say, there is a few more metres of white drill in the washing machine as we speak, being prepared for paint!  

Have a great day.
Sue xxx

Monday, April 14, 2014


Okay, it's a long winded title.    These are a new variation on a theme.   Maurice and Mathilda as quick easy soft toys.   I am also working on turning them in to another batch of appliques.   The red and white fabric is Minke, so you can imagine how soft and cuddly these little guys are.   I have covered lots of hoop sizes with these - 4x4, 5x7, 6x10, 8x12 and 8x14.  (The 4x4 are tiny and may not be suitable for small children - just keep that in mind).   Having said that, the 4x4 make a great key/bag dingle dangle! 

So here is the whole gang, having a nap in amongst the cyclamen and other silvery leaves.  

The gnomes are listed on Etsy and can be found here.    They are available for each specified hoop (you get both Maurice and Mathilda) and there is also a bulk pack with all the sizes in the.    Perhaps they are just the thing for your  "after Easter" stitching!

Sue xxx

PS:  If you don't want to do "Etsy",  please don't hesitate to contact me here.   I have also made up cd's of the designs if you prefer a hard copy.    Postage will be calculated determined upon destination.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Carla wondered if she could ever return to her glory days at the Copacabana!


Carla is available over in my Etsy shop.   Hope she makes you chuckle!
Sue xxx

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Finally got to take the Sweet 16 for a good spin.   I have been trying to teach myself how to do feathers.   I have the theory down pat, just need to practice, practice, practice!!   In a moment of insanity at some time in the last couple of years, I felt the need to buy a jellyroll of batik fabrics.  I put a quilt top together late last year and finally went back to it and added "stuff" as is my style.  So teal gekkos it is!   These little guys/gals are available in my Etsy Shop - here!  There are two styles in each size and start from as low as $2 Au.   I have used two colours in the ones stitched here, but I have given plenty of colour stops to add more shades if you choose.   The two filled gekkos are available in 4 x 4 inch only.

A couple of the browns in the batik colours look like they are going to be a problem as they have already run, but I will see how I go after giving them "the treatment".  I am thinking of cutting the whole thing up and making it in to hand bags.   Stay tuned, I could change my mind again.
During February I ran two dye workshops cheekily named "Dye another day Mr Bond".   The first Saturday was an absolute scorcher with temps up to 40 Celsius.    Needless to say, as soon as everyone left, I jumped in to the pool fully clothed.  Felt much better after that.    The second class got a lovely day, with a pleasant 23 Celsius.  Much easier to work in.    I ended up dyeing in excess of 45 meters of fabric.   I will post some pics soon.  Did some sensational cram jar colours and a couple of lovely pieces in a kitty litter tray.   The ladies in the class all did a run of 24 fat quarters.   It was amazing at our March quilting day just how different they all turned out and I am pleased to report that everyone was more than happy with their additions to their stashes.   If you have a group who are interested in doing this workshop, contact me via the side bar!   
On the O'Reilly front, he has had a big start to the first weeks of the year.   He has had some sort of allergy that required scoping, just to check there was nothing in that big nose of his.   Then he had to have his anal sacs removed.    This was no picnic let me tell you.    I slept on the couch for 10 nights and spent far more time looking at his bottom than I really cared to do.    Just got that sorted when he developed some lumps on his back and the snotty nose returned.   After a few squillion dollars he is now looking good (although his hair is taking its time to regrow round the butt).    My son managed to get a great video of O'Reilly and his cat Harv.   I hope it gives you a laugh.
Talk soon!
Sue xxx
PS - Spelling Gekkos = Genus.  Geckos = Common Name   Just in case you think I can't spell or somefink.