Sunday, March 23, 2008


Hi there bloggers, I have decided to leave the world of blogging as I am finding it a chore rather than a pleasure to post my blogs.
Thanks to those who have visited me in the past, and especially to those who have taken the time to leave comments.
I'm sure that I will continue to look at your blogs, but am really not interested in doing my own.
Take care, Patch.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Hi everyone, I think I said last time that I didn't have time to sew due to work commitments - BUT - I just found this little pattern in my sewing room and thought that I might find the time to do it.

It takes only 5 fat 1/4s to create a 2 sided mini quilt measuring 16"x20", including the binding.

It should be fun to do if I manage to decipher the cutting instructions. They assure the intended quilt maker that there is no room for error when cutting out!! SCARY!!!

That's actually turning me off a bit so I might just think a bit more before I get stuck into it. Maybe have a cup of tea or two, read a book instead, who knows.

Talk again soon.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


As I haven't had time to sew lately I have posted the photo of a bag that I made a couple of years ago.
It was a Christmas gift for a work friend who plays the violin. She uses the bag to carry her music in to rehearsals,. I am happy that she likes it enough to use it in public.
'Scrap Basket Rose' is in a bag waiting to go to the quilter's. I hope to get it there next weekend all going well.
Take care everyone.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


I have just finished the quilt top and have raced in to post it on my blog.
I took the advice of my clever blogging friends and completed the stars for my first border.
I decided to go with a narrow cream border next and finally a darker blue border - it is hard to see as the bed has a navy valance on it.
I am really pleased with the finished product as it contains fabrics that I have been collecting since I started patchwork. The only fabrics that I bought especially for it have been the blue for the final border and the backing.
Thanks to 'The Material Girls' who each made 3 blocks of the quilt - I hope you like it too.
I'll post a photo of it when it returns from the quilter in a couple of months.
Bye for now.

Monday, February 4, 2008


I have been away on holidays for most of January this year - aren't I lucky.
A few days in Sydney catching up with family and 2 weeks at Port Macquarie relaxing on the beach.
I made this cushion for a couple who I work with who had their first bub in January - a little boy named Gus.
Back to work tomorrow!!! That will be a huge shock to my system.
The scrap basket rose quilt has nearly had its first border done and only 2 to go to be ready for quilting. I hope to do the remaining borders next weekend.
Bye for now.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


As I mentioned in a past post, the girls in my friendship patchwork group each made 3 blocks for my 'SCRAP BASKET ROSE' quilt.

It is featured in Volume 15 Number 9 of APQ magazine and is made by Susan Murphy.

I have completed the top, ( it is photographed on a queen sized bed) except for the borders, as I can't decide how to do them. I don't want to do the ones in the actual pattern.

HELP - any ideas would be most welcome!!

Monday, January 7, 2008


How lucky am I??!! The mailman delivered my secret santa prezzie on Friday but I was in Sydney for my mum's 75th birthday so didn't get to open it until Saturday night when I got back.
I honestly could not believe what was in there - so many beautiful goodies!
  • a christmas decoration
  • a chook ( I wonder if the blue face is because chookyblue organised the swap?)
  • a great bag
  • some yummy fat 1/4s
  • santa
  • a mini duster for my sewing machine

Big thanks to for my great goodies and to for being santa's elf.

I am making slow but steady progress on my flower basket quilt and hope to post it's status in a day or two.

Take care until then.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a great Christmas - I certainly did.

I had a week at Forster on the mid-north coast of NSW with my husband, kids and my mum.

While we were there, we had a massive flood back at the farm and neighbours had to rescue Patch and Potch as the person who was coming to look after them was cut off by flood water.

All is good now but we have kilometres of fences to repair and replace.

I will have little time to sew or blog for the next few weeks.

The gorgeous bag in the photo was my secret santa prezzie from our patchwork group.

There was a pincushion inside it that I took a photo of but it is lost in cyberspace -SORRY.

I am off to Sydney tomorrow for my mum's 75th birthday. It takes about 7 hours to drive to Sydney from here so I will be glad when I get there.

Take care until next time.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


I am sorry that I didn't post last weekend, but I was away on a school excursion. I took 12, 15 year olds to Nambucca Heads, on the mid north coast of NSW, for 5 days. We had a great time on the beach, going to the movies, bowling etc.

No pictures today though as the batteries in my camera are flat and I don't have any spares!!

I have received a lovely secret santa prezzie from Kylie in my patchwork group, and a pincushion from 'The Cottage On the Hill' pincushion swap and can't share them with you. I will get to it later this week.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas At Patch's Place

It is usually VERY hot here on Christmas Day. We have a hot lunch anyway.

Roast pork, turkey, ham and loads of roast potatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato, with green vegetables too.

For dessert we have Pavlova (very Australian) and Tiramisu (very Italian).

We always wear some sort of silly hat to get us in the festive spirit.

Here my sons are wearing inflatable reindeer hats. They may never speak to me again after they see this post!!

Only 24 sleeps until Christmas.

Thanks to for suggesting the Christmas theme. I am enjoying seeing how others celebrate Christmas.

I had lunch yesterday with a fellow blogger, Bluberyy Lane Designs as she was at my workplace for the day. It was great to catch up.

I am away on a school excursion next week to Nambucca Heads so will not be posting for at least 10 days.

Bye for now.