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July 30, 2019
A stack o’ Christmas Ideas: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Merry Christmas colour board at Clever Chameleon

Done, done and done! Lots of small finishes in this Round-Up of a Tuesday

I have been knocking off lots of little half-done sewing projects lately. A clearing of the queue, both physically and mentally.

Most of these finishes haven’t made it to the blog, although if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some flash past you in your feed. So now it’s time to clear the decks. I get a stack of things of my chest, outta my head and into my journal-blog record. You get a post full of small projects that you ...

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July 27, 2019
Inspiring Improv from Charm About You

For some people the idea of improvised piecing is scary. The thought of stitching bits of fabric together with no pattern or precise measurements can be overwhelming. Others find it liberating and exciting. Honestly I probably find myself somewhere in the middle. Improv quilts look really cool but how do you do it?! No measuring, no rulers, no real idea of how it will turn out? That might feel unnerving but it's also a LOT of fun. Letting go of expectations a bit, relaxing the rules and creating something completely unique. Truthfully in a world where there is a ...

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June 27, 2019
Improv Liberty Kantha-Style Pillow from Samelia's Mum

When you go on holiday, do you spend a lot of time thinking about what sewing projects you'll take along for the journey? Me too! 


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May 3, 2019
A Bear Necessity from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Our son and his family moved in to their new home just before Christmas (one week before our new grandson arrived!!) and have been settling in ever since.

One of their first moves was to install a bookshelf and comfortable chair in the bedroom of our 2yr old grandson. He loves his story time and has a great memory for his favourite books so skipping pages is never an option :)

Comfort is, therefore, a high priority when settling down with a book pile before bedtime, so when I came across a pattern for a Bear cushion in a recent Bustle ...

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April 30, 2019
You can never make too many cushions, right? from Samelia's Mum

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”


― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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January 12, 2019
We're Getting Married - An Engagement Cushion from madebychrissied

An Engagement Cushion by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Back in January, we had the best phone call from our son, Joe and his partner, Katie, to tell us they'd got engaged.
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January 8, 2019
Reflecting Back and Looking Forward from Romany Quilting

We are now back home from our Christmas/New Year holiday and it’s that time of year when quilters and crafters like to take stock of what we have achieved during the year.  Whether it’s been a little or a lot, each finish is special and something to celebrate.  I’ll never be in the league of some of the “super quilters” out there in blog-land, but I’m still happy with what I have done.

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Lace cushion for niece’s 50th birthday and table cloth recording our South Island holiday

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For the caravan, hand stitched native birds ...

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December 10, 2018
catch up and from Charm About You

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*

to save you some time, scroll down to the bottom if you're only interested in the giveaway

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December 3, 2018
Decorating the Caravan from Romany Quilting

We enjoyed our last caravan club rally of the year over the weekend, our Christmas Rally at the delightful rural property of fellow club members, Don and Sandra.  So of course, out came my caravan Christmas decorations.  (Nothing new here so long term readers will have seen it all before).  It doesn’t take too long to add a few things here and there around the caravan to make it look festive.  Here’s Gemma sitting in her favourite spot with Santa Bear and a Christmas cushion keeping her company.

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Gemma doesn’t seem too impressed with Christmas in the ...

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November 29, 2018
Bake Stuff & Christmas Movies from Samelia's Mum



Christmas sewing is the best sewing, don't you think? There's nothing better than sitting down to stitch something festive in the lead up to Christmas - especially with a Christmas movie playing in the background and the smell of sugar cookies baking in the oven... which leads me to this latest Christmas design.


I just want to bake stuff and watch Christmas movies

Can anyone else relate?

I shared images on social and had a lot of questions about a pattern. 




In all honesty, I kind-of 'made it up' as I went along. After stitching up the words, using ...

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November 14, 2018
Pineapples and Paris Star quilt from Charm About You

It's been sew sew sew at my house! These projects each have a lot of seams and used up a lot of thread. Completely worth it though because they turned out really nicely. 

My first project used the new Bird Pond collection in Blue and Teal by Tilda. I made two sizes of pineapple blocks for a 20" cushion front (which I did make into a cushion but I don't have a picture of the finish!). I chose to fussy cut the gorgeous Anemone print for the centre of the largest block and for the corner squares.

Pineapple Quilt block cushion by Charm About You

Surrounded ...

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November 8, 2018
Retro Snaps – New pattern and a Sewalong! from I'm Studio Lou

Retro Snaps – My first Sewalong! So, my new pattern, Retro Snaps is out now! To celebrate the release of the fun, fussy cutting pattern, I thought I’d host my first ever Sewalong! There’s going to be fun, inspiration, prizes of course and maybe you’ll meet a new friend or two? So here’s all the […]

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November 1, 2018
More Custom Cushions from Samelia's Mum

Following on from my previous post, I have a few more custom cushions to share here today. These were ordered by a friend who I met through my kids school. She has a son who is in my son's grade and a daughter who is in my daughter's grade (plus she has one more little boy). These are going to be Christmas gifts for the two grandmothers.

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August 28, 2018
Some new PJ Name Pillows from Samelia's Mum



I have some new quilted PJ Name Pillows to share today; one for Alfie and one for Owen. This is my go-to project for kids gifts. A cute pillow for their bed, with a very deep envelope style back so that they can fold and store their PJ's during the day. 

Well, fold and store would be in a ideal world.... does any kid every really fold or store anything?



Alfie is a baby and isn't able to tell me what colours he likes or what he's interested in just yet... so for now, his pillow in ...

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August 21, 2018
Linoleum Cushion Pattern from Samelia's Mum

Good Morning friends and welcome to my stop on the "Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop" hosted by Joan of Moosestash Quilting.

This blog hop is all about sharing a favourite free online pattern. There are so many free patterns out there - choosing just one would be way too hard... so, I decided to share one of my own pattern designs with you all today.

Introducing my Linoleum Cushion pattern (including a bonus pattern for a one-block 18" finished cushion).




I created this pattern a few years ago. It was a commission for Quilters Companion magazine and published maybe 3 years ago ...

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August 13, 2018
Christmas in July from Charm About You

I realise that some people are very prepared for the festive season and there are beautiful homes that are seasonally decorated throughout the year. As much as I admire that preparedness and seasonal living, it isn't something I've done much of. We have banners for certain celebrations, I made pretty spring bunting (free tutorial here) and, of course, we have Christmas decorations. Part of the reason I haven't taken the plunge into changing up the quilts and cushions we use depending on the season is because we don't have a lot of storage space! Despite that ...

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July 18, 2018
Woodland Spring Cushion from Samelia's Mum

Handmade Magazine was the magazine in which my first pattern was published (around 8 years ago). Since that first project, I've had regular projects featured within the glossy pages of this publication.  It seems to be happening a lot lately but Express Publications have decided to stop producing and publishing Handmade Magazine along with Australian Patchwork & Quilting. It's sad to

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July 12, 2018
A beast of a finish! from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Today I am hosting the TGIFF link party, so if you are new to the party welcome I hope you enjoy your visit.

My finish for the party has been a long time in the making, I blogged about it nearly a year ago here when the front was finished but then the project hit the proverbial brick wall. There is nothing like a looming deadline for a completed project to concentrate the mind though is there :)



I am always annoyed with myself when I finally getting around to finishing a project that I have been putting off for a ...

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June 16, 2018
Published: A Starburst Cushion from Samelia's Mum

Starburst Cushion by Anorina Morris Gosh, this week has almost gotten away from me. It's been a busy week, plus, we've had a birthday in the family and all of the preparations that goes with it - I hadn't turned on my computer since my last post a few days ago. It was a great birthday and rather than bake cake (for 20 people), I bought a huge birthday cake from Costco. Perfect! Have you

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June 14, 2018
making and choosing from Charm About You

Ready for another catch up! I've been sew busy, it seems round up posts are becoming habit. This space is where I record my makes, share progress and any tips I learn along the way... it's my makers diary if you will. And like a hand written diary it can be days between entries. It's enjoyable keeping up and documenting as much as I can and you get to find out a little more about the projects!


Most recently I finished a commission, I had made a personalised cushion for her elder brother so it was only ...

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