Sunday, April 6, 2014

Simply Gorjuss!!!

What a wonderfully busy time I have had lately...Our daughter was married 22nd March, so as you can imagine, we were very busy pre wedding..heaps of fun, and it was a wonderful wedding...just gorgeous.
In 2 weeks, our son will be married in Hobart...whew..worn out ...this will be gorgeous too...but at least I don't have so much prep for that one...cant wait..getting excited...pics to come...thank goodness i only had two children..hahahahah its a wonderful time though..

Calico Crossroads has been very busy of late..its great..bit hard for me to keep up..but I think ppl understand when they come in and I am in a mess of sorts...organised chaos i think its called...rofl.
Many new projects happening, but of course no classes, with guild..friendship days and wedding taking up a lot of saturdays this term. Beaut new fabrics coming in every day...but the one I particularly love is this one..called Simply Gorjuss...the kit costs $105 plus postage and handling..approx $14 in aus..and can be whipped up in no time..I have enough left for 6 kits...I have pre sold six already...available now online.

I love this new owl range also...the Owl Growth Chart..and its many complimentary fabrics...are also online..but cute isnt it???? I have hedgehogs, birds, mushrooms, and many more to go with them.

We went to our " Lakehouse" for the weekend.., we used to call it the shack..but I have decided its a house on the lake..so Lakehouse sounds so much better..hahah  I thought I would share with you the view from my sewing machine before I go...the tassie weather has been awesome...
One more thing before i go...the shop is unofficially on the market..so I am using word of mouth for a while..then I will list officially after Sept..Interested? lol
cheers for now.
Pauline

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Fabrics and Clean!

I have spent this weekend at the shop..I have been cleaning like a mad woman! Over the Christmas period, we had terrible winds here in Tassie and so gone are the layers of dust and dirt and grime...the cobwebs, (and hopefully their makers) and the old blah stock!! Just the outside and the windows to go..a big job in itself..but I must be aware that I still cannot overdo the work..even if I am feeling really well..I am not sure if it is the heat..or just *time* but I am off the Narcotics..finally..and I kid you not, its like walking out of a dark foggy forest and into the bright sunshine..i am so happy!! Just can't overwork...Bring on 2014!

Our group, "In Stitches" have a birthday group..where you nominate what you would like for your birthday fabrics and on your day..you will receive up to 18 fat quarters to make something...this year mine colour was RED..I am in my red phase, and I was thrilled with my F/Qs. On Dec 27th Ray and I went to our shack in the highlands for a week long break..thank goodness I took my sewing..and my RED fats..as the weather was disgusting..wind rain and even some snow!!! what???..so I made my birthday quilt...i love it..just the borders to go...

I have received in store, Anni Downs new fabric...BUTTON TREE LANE...oh my word girls..if you haven't seen this yet..wow..its gorgeous muted colours with a sewing theme...here is the panel and if you would like to see more..you can find it on my website here.....
Oh, and have i shown you my row by row? 6 of our group decided we would do a rxr last year..what a heap of fun was had..this is mine, and I will showcase others as they allow....

My facebook page is almost at 500 likers, if you would like to participate in the draw, you must like my page...I am excited about this, because it is a wonderful interactive way to sell, stay in touch and advertise my business...so please visit and like if you would like to play...
I still have not worked out the comments part of this blog since my return..I go to the help page, and get the instructions, but then it seems that I have some of the instructions missing from that particular help are on mine...any ideas?? I would love to put the comments back on here if i can...but if you would like to comment, please do so on my FB page...

Have a wonderful week..I am sure I will..
cheers and Happy sewing
Pauline

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014! Happy New Year!

A new year is upon us, and I take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and happy 2014 !! I have neglected the blog quite a lot , as I have found it very difficult to keep up with all the new social media that is happening...what with Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and Instagram as well as running the business...leaves little time free..so i have to admit..the blog was the media that missed out last year..HOWEVER..this year i am hoping to be much happier and much healthier than the past 18 months..so I should be able to keep up at least once a week...I absolutely refuse to put myself under pressure to meet social media requirements..It can all become too much as i am sure a lot of you have already discovered... but once a week...??.That is the plan ...I also have both children getting married this year...Laurissa in March, and Mitch just three weeks later, so a busy first half of the year is planned....very excited though...Laurissa was not coming home for the first chrissy ever, but her fiance bought her a ticket so she came home on chrissy day for just overnight...was a great gift!! Dont you love Bonnie photobombing this pic??? lol

We had a lovely year at the shop with several new members to our group, which is almost 30 members now I think...and what a great group of ladies they are..i could not be more fortunate to have such a great group visit once a week to sew, but also to be able to call them all dear friends...super special!!!


I have been on break since 21st Dec, returning on the 7th, so I am very relaxed at present..spending a week at the shack in the highlands, Central Tasmania..Although the weather was just AWFUL...i still managed to make a quilt with my birthday fabrics and visit some new places..So I look forward to this year with a renewed gusto..and with classes, and loads of new ideas in mind, I am hoping we can share blogs once again... I am also doing Project 365, so taking a photo every day for the year..(thats the plan anyway) I will pre warn you though...i wont be strictly blogging about quilting...there will be other interests on here as well...So enjoy 2014, stay healthy and be happy...look forward to hearing from you and all our shared stories for this coming year!!
cheers Pauline 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Busy Weekend.

Its been a long weekend here in Tasmania, i am not even sure why...recreation day or something...whatever it is/was we will take it...the weather has been beautiful..bit windy a couple of days, but today was glorious. I went to my fathers garage sale last week and bought some beautiful vintage bowls and plates for my sons engagement party looming in a couple of weeks.
I worked on Sat morning, then in the afternoon, Sue and I decided to go visit with the girls at retreat in Hagley...I really wanted to play, but too many other things to do ...Leanne, Alex, Georgie, Meredith and Cathy, were staying so we went for a walk around the school farm...


I cant walk  far, so on return, I decided to make a cuppa while Leanne and Cathy went cross country to the old church...well, in a matter of minutes we got a phone call, they had disturbed a bees nest..and the poor girls were madly attacked..Poor Leanne, received multiple stings to the head, fingers, and hand..and Cathy got stung on the head and hand..oh dear, very traumatic..they were both very brave....here is Leanne with her icepack. 
Sunday i did house work, cleaned windows...and sewed..I cant show this because it is a row x row and its secret...
Today, Mon, i did the local markets,,went to the shop and prepared the BOMs, and then I did an 8km bike ride, which is huge for me, the first in 18 months..i am tired,but its a good tired. 
It was so emotional and so wonderful to be out and about on my bike again. .....

So, all in all, it was a fabulous weekend..was nice to feel great, the weather was wonderful...cant ask for more than that can one? Our house is looking pretty in readiness for the party..just need nice weather now...??????
Have a great week everyone...hope you feeling better Leanne....that could have been very ugly..so glad you are ok....
cheers
Pauline. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mystery Quilt

Today, I held my first Mystery Quilt day at the shop...I was there at 7.45 and feeling very nervous...what if i hadnt cut straight..what if there were wrong amounts,,, what if they didnt like the colour choices I had helped them with...what if....what if....???? Anyway, I had made the decision to do this..so I had to follow through..12 ladies had been in and chosen their fabrics..not knowing what they were making of course...and I washed , starched and cut them for them...When they arrived this morning, their badges and fabrics were on their tables awaiting instructions...oh and choccies...
At nine am we were promptly away...well, would you believe I made a blunder on the first step!!! Omg , i had the ladies sew seams that didn't need to be sewn!!! Off to a great start...NOT
Anyway, after warming the machines up...thats what I told them anyway..lol... we continued on...
At 1am We stopped for lunch and we all enjoyed a great Thai Meal from the Exeter Hotel...yummy
Back to it girls..don't have all day...or do we? The idea was to stay until 8.30, but we all knew this was not going to happen..lol...At 2pm We had Light Hearted Massage come in...and we all had a most welcome massage..here is Lisa enjoying hers....Ahhhhhhhh great....
We didn't get tops finished..but we did get enough to show what they are going to look like..so keep an eye out on my face book page...the ladies are going to post photos as they finish their quilts...but here are a few blocks that the ladies have made..they are looking awesome..EVERY one of them...
 Lisa
 Sonja
 Karen
 Marlee
Lyndal

Busy Busy girls...

Snippets of what is to come...!!
Thanks for coming ladies..what a fun day we had...I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did...
cheers
Pauline

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Just Sharing!

Since I last posted, I seem to have been on a mission to finish as many projects as I possibly can..I mean, you do have to take stock of all the ufos and wonder why you haven't finished them??? there is a lot of money in those cupboards, just waiting..we pay top dollar for our fabrics..and still have ufos ...I understand why of course..because our Australian Designers are the worlds best...and keep coming up with new designs we just can't do without!!! right???  Along with all the gorgeous new fabric ranges that grace our stores..ah well..i have accomplished quite a few finishes..the most precious one to me is "Remember When"..a design by Libby Richardson..those who have followed my blog for years, will remember when (no pun intended) lol...I started this project..I think approx 3 years ago...not sure..I am very happy with it and am in the process of quilting it today.
Crazy as it sounds,,this string quilt has been lying on the cutting room floor for a couple of years also..leftover from workshops...I love these..they are amongst my favourites....
Another workshop
Not forgetting a project I did 12 years ago when I was craft manager at Spotlight...sheesh..i had the piece..just needed to make it into "something" 
And Florence is a new Range of fabrics instore...and also the name of the design..I do have kits available instore for this..
And today, I made a "High Tea" tablecloth and 6 matching Serviettes from my new Ring o Roses range of fabrics instore..45" wide and $19.95 per metre..


So there you are, you are all caught up on my movements since last posting....I have been very busy...If you pop over to my Calico Crossroads Facebook page, I will be having a giveaway in the next week or two!!! So onward and Upward, lets all keep working away on those UFOS..and enjoy revisiting older projects!!! Until next time...
cheers 
Pauline 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Woodland Secrets BOM

ok it has arrived...yayy...Wildflower Wood..by Lynette Anderson..so we can now begin Woodlands Secrets BOM..if you are interested let me know and it will be organised for you..the 
photos do NOT do this fabric justice..its the nicest range Lynette has done thus far (in my opinion) gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! Woodlands Secrets is a 7 part BOM, is approx 46in square and will be $25 per month..Fabric, postage pattern inc... it too is just gorgeous!! lol...
The colours are a muddy mauve/blue just beautiful 
cheers..and have a great weekend..
Pauline.