04 August, 2010

Stash Manicure Giveaway....

I love to do a good scrappy quilt (well, I haven't done too many but my Mum has and I love the look of them)!!

I have heaps and heaps of scraps and I know when I am ready to do SOMETHING with them, I will check out the posts from Stash Manicure's blog.

At the moment, they are having a GIVEAWAY!  Yep, just click on over (the link in the 'giveaway' word) and check it out!  Not only will you not be disappointed with all the advice, hints and tips BUT you will even go in the draw for a great book and some fabric (that looks like it could just go really well with my stash).

03 August, 2010

I have been noticed!!!

Do you remember this block??

Well, Shayla is a guest writer on the 'Quilting Bee Blocks' blog and has written about this little heart block of mine. 

Check it out here ~ I know I did and I am thrilled that it is a well loved block over at Flickr.

Thankyou so much Shayla for your wonderful comments!!

M xxx

01 August, 2010


I think I just made it in time to show SMALL in a photo for the Snappy Friends challenge (it is 12.16am Sunday!!)

I love macro photos and the following photo is my favourite that I have taken to date.  I love it when it is really big and you can see fully the glossy effect of the puddle ....

It is so small that you can see just a small part of the tread from a car tyre!  I loved the glossy effect of the mud and the tiny leaves that look like they are imbedded in resin.

Here is another small made into something big.....

This is from my Mothers quilt she is hand piecing.  These are 1/2 inch hexies and are so adorable.  To date it has taken her just over 2 years!!  She calls it her "Insanity Quilt".....must be in the blood as I am now starting my own 1/2 inch hexie quilt.

Here is a bigger picture of it.  I just love the multi-coloured border, don't you??

Check out Snappy Friends for more smallness....

M xxx

29 July, 2010

Pay It Forward RECEIVED!!

Do you remember back here when I accepted a Pay It Forward invitation by Cascade Lily??

Well, I received a beautiful handmade hand oven mitt set from her.  It is in a gorgeous soft pink and white fabric.

Thank you sooo much, Lily, for your beautiful gift!!!

I would love to repay the favour and continue on this fun project that has all the 'feel good' factors about it!!

I have three spots to fill for anyone who wants to join in. I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested people. I have 365 days to do it in…

What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise!  The catch is that you must participate as well:
You must have a blog and before you leave your comment here, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going (just cut and paste this one if you like, changing 'http:waterfallcascade.blogspot.com' to 'http://missmonnyquilts.blogspot.com/' - which I did!).

I am looking forward to this sooo much....I hope you can join me :o)

M xxx

24 July, 2010

I love books....

Today my hubby and I dropped off the kids at a party and a friends and we went and had lunch at Hotel Elliot in Pt Elliot.  It was beautiful!  We had a little stroll down the street and I popped into a cute little shop (for which the name now escapes me - sorry!) and came out with a fantastic book called "Repro Depot Pattern Book ~ Flora".

This book (if you can call it that) has an enclosed disk that has all the patterns that are shown in the book.  It is so beautiful!

There are 75 designs in three different colour ways as well as some ideas for crafty projects to get you started.

Oh, my, what goodies I could make with these.  The ideas are endless...

*  Print out on paper and make cards, labels, wrapping, decorations etc
*  Print out on fabric and then there is thousands of ways to use these beautiful patterns.

I am soooo excited and I can't wait to use it.

The other book, which you see in the photo above, is one I bought the other day.  And what a great book it is too. 

It is called 'The Thrifty Kitchen' and is written by Suzanne Gibbs and Kate Gibbs.  The Daughter and Grand-daughter of Margaret Fulton!!  Yes, the Grandmother of the Kitchen herself.  You can see all three of them on the cover of the book.

This book has amazing recipes BUT the information and advice given within the chapters is price-less.  As the title suggests, it is to help keep the costs of shopping and cooking down but the recipes do not reflect those that taste or look cheap.  I am intending to read every page of this book.

If you see these, I suggest you buy!!  I certainly am not disappointed!

M xxxx

Block Swaps Update...

I realised that I haven't posted any of my Blocks For Swaps nce March/April!!  Well, here is an update on what I have been sewing for others....

And the one I have just finished (late last night!)....

I adore these little birdies!  So much that I wish I could keep them.  This was for a swap in which the person asked for 'birds' (appliqued, pieced etc).  She sent the calico and scraps of fabric.  I had an idea and then it just snowballed!  Don't you just love the bird fabric?? It is a Kokka fabric and the feeling of it is so different to anything I have felt - thicker, more rustic.  I LOVE IT!  I wish to have more of it.....looks like a-hunting I will go. 

So, I have been a little bit busy as well as doing the 'Be Attitudes' Quilt for the shop.  I will show you these in a little while.  Oh, and I am now Hexie Mad but that to is another story.....

Happy Sewing!
M xxxx

03 July, 2010


Snappy Friends' chellenge for this fortnight is YOUTH! 

Well, my boys fit that bill for sure.  Youth is still about wonder and excitement over the simplest things.  This wonderment will never stop through all the youths in all the generations to come.  It is a wonderful time, especially when you can let go of the reins just a little and let them explore and make their own adventure!!

Go check out what the other Snappy Friends have posted.  

Bye for now.....
M xxx