Wednesday, May 30, 2012


It is so nice to see Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan fabric back in print, unfortunately they have left out quite a few of my favourites namely the check and the tone on tones.
We had these way back in the early 2000's when they first came out and remember how at first no one liked them, it took about a year for everyone to realize how cool they were.
I was very happy to hear they were coming back by popular demand.
They just arrived today and there are quite a few free pattern on Amy's website to inspire you.

There is also a free pattern for Santa Monica Dream on our website from this era that used quite a few of the fabrics in it.
Just read the instructions and you can download it free with photobucket.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Yesterday I spent the day having a photo shoot in my house for a magazine and saw how hard these girls worked, Julia Green and Armelle Habib and the lovely assistants worked solidly not even stopping for so much as a coffee or lunch.  I have now decided I don't work as hard as I thought I did, they were a delight to have and will keep you posted for when it appears. It looks so nice I may have to reconsider moving.
Shame about the overflow in my spare room though, maybe I will just board it up, I am sure I will never miss that mountain of stuff in there. 
I think I have been coming down with some bug the last week but it has been pretty strange,  but I have just been ignoring it.
By the end of yesterday after the weekend scrubbing the house I was exhausted and went to bed early, Geoff kindly brought me a cup of tea but I fell asleep holding it and spilled it all over the doona and me. I must say that woke me up, I almost felt like leaving it but dragged myself out and changed myself and the sheets. Note to self; don't have tea in bed if tired!!!
Anyway found this gorgeous blog a while ago and it is now my new favourite. Think I will try this recipe tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


The end of the financial year is coming up quickly so it is a perfect opportunity to clear some fabric, less to count.
Narelle has put some super specials on the net for $6 and will be adding more next week Tuesday when she works again.
These photo's are of others that I have just marked $10 a metre (1/2 mt mins) come in to pick up some bargains. The left overs will go onto the website next week.

They are all beautiful Japanese fabrics, double gauze and 1930's Less for us to count.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012


No wonder my Mum calls the computer "thief of time" found this photo on this cute blog.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Well here I am still procrastinating. Tonight's  form is making a bunny. When my niece was a baby mum made her a rabbit toy named Bun Bun and she loved it so much.
I remember when it became so dirty it had to be washed, she stood under that clothes line crying "bun bun" waiting for it to dry. Lucky it was Perth so was probably only about an hour. When she finally got it back she hugged it so close. It makes me smile thinking of it.
Here is how to make your own.
 Cut pattern from card
 trace onto doubled jersey face together (fold one piece in half so there is two layers)
 Sew around legs arms and ears, cut out, turn rs out and place ears and arms inside body, sew around body, leave bottom open, turn rs out. Stuff body then place legs at bottom and stitch closed.
Embroider face and either leave or dress to suit.
 Sid was fascinated

So this little bunny made from the oh so soft Japanese double jersey (I have in the shop) is named Bun Bun in memory of that bunny forty odd years ago.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Does anyone have the same problem as me? I know I should just finish that Birdsong I have started but just don't seem to have the drive. Funny when you have a new project you can't wait to get into it but if it is something you have done before and have to re do it it loses it's gloss.

I have sewn one of the strips, as Scarlett O'hara would say, "tomorrow is another day"
So I will leave you of images of my tassel garland made by ripping 2cm strips of Liberty (10cm each one) folding into four then twisting in the centre until it curls up. Then tie it at the bottom of the twist. Voila! repeat 17 times and thread onto a string.
Have fun!

Monday, May 14, 2012


Hope all the mothers had as nice a day as I did, my children came around and cooked breakfast and it was a lovely family day.
Today I have been in Scarlet Jones and watched in awe as Aimee and Emma assembled the wonderful Pom Pom installation they have been working on for the last month.

It looks amazing and is worth the trip just to check it out or go here for more pictures.

Friday, May 11, 2012


We are just putting on some day classes for patchwork and childrens clothing (two different classes)  Come into the shop and we can tell you all about them or the details  will be up on our website in the next couple of days.
This gorgeous quilt is Angie's amazing hexagon quilt, and the clothing class will have a peasant top and shirred dress for you to learn to make. Two of the most useful items in a little girls wardrobe.

Yesterday I took the pom pom scarf to work and a customer fell in love with it, so it was sold. Luckily I had enough pom poms to make another so sat down last night and made it again.
I also made one using this gorgeous voile and put narrow linen lace around it. I have both the fabric and the lace available in the shop.
I should have finished my Birdsong but used the scarves as a distraction. Take two tomorrow.
Have a lovely weekend. Lynn

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Mothers Day presents are so hard so I thought I would inspire you with a scarf made with this beautiful voile. After watching "Missing" the other night I spied Ashley Judd wearing a pom pom scarf, I have never really been a fan of this look but it looked fabulous on her.
So I took this scarf length we have in the shop home and put pom poms around it, it took a whole 10 minutes.
We have 2 metre lengths of all the 54" voiles half the width of the fabric in the shop, this saves you having to buy 2 metres off the bolt. Unless of course you want to make two.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Birdsong is our most popular quilt pattern and is a quilt you make in one day, I have made many samples for the shop and my last one was sold just last week. Hence a new one needs to be made.
We give away the pattern free with purchase of the fabric and I will be having a class soon. If you are interested put your name down and I will let you know when it is on.
These are my latest Liberty fabric choices.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


After many requests for a class on garlands I have finally organized one. This class will teach you how to make quick and easy butterfly garlands as well as mini bunting and my newest Liberty tassel garland. Inspired by a photo in Frankie magazine. Details on our website.

Monday, May 7, 2012


I am sure I have said this before, but Autumn in Melbourne is glororious. At the beginning we get crisp clear days and as it sets in in gets colder but then the trees turn such gorgeous colours. I never tire of it no matter how many years I live here.
Tonight the skies over Melbourne put on such a light show, unfortunately i could only snap it on my iphone.

 These below are a couple of snaps of displays at Scarlet Jones, Em and Aimee are doing a brilliant job, Aimee is bringing all her wonderful florist skills to Scarlet and bringing the shop to life, with all the beautiful Autumn foliage so expertly arranged.

The shop is very busy at the moment and I have been coaxed into selling some of my quilt samples, this at least will make me get busy and sew up some to replace them. I will show my fabric choices tomorrow.