Saturday, May 28, 2011

There’s a new girl in Blogland!!!

I’ve just spent a lovely day with my friend and we’ve finally gotten around to putting her blog together!!

Hooraaaaayyyyy :oD!!!

And I must say it’s looking pretty terrific, I’m sure you’ll enjoy what she has to say so please pop over and say “Hi” – I know she’d love to hear from you :o)!!

Here’s a glimpse of one of her lovely stitcheries …. this is one of my favourite prayers, I just might have to do this one myself ;o)!!Serenity_prayer_lowresand she also has lovely buttons to go with her designs too – but I’m sure loads of you are familiar with her gawjus work :o).


I’m off to sit by the fire and do some stitching …. it’s getting chilly these evenings!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Just to let you know ……

For a short time only I’ve popped a little “Buy It Now” button on my sidebar for the Bucket of Buckets PDF. It won’t be there for long ;o)!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Buckets!!!!

I’ve just made my last set of buckets …. well for a little while at least ;o). I’m discovering how handy they are – since my giveaway and all of the fabulous suggestions - I think I need a set in every room LOL!!!!
These are for the kids, don’t you just love these animal fabrics and the super huge jumbo ric rac??!!May 2011 517
You can buy the kits for these in these very same gawjus fabrics at Bayside Stitchcraft - and the lovely ladies there are happy to do mail orders all over the world :o).
If you’d like just the pattern it’s available on my website or from the stores listed in my “Where to buy ….” page :o).
I’m off to do another trunk show, this time at my local patchwork store  … wish me luck :o)!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Gawjus Gifty, More buckets …. and some WINNERS!!!!!

I’ll never get over the kindness of my blogging friends!! I did my very first trunk show last week at Sew This and That for their Biggest Morning Tea (they raised almost $1500 for 'Cancer Research' by the way, isn’t that fabulous!!?!!) ….. and it just so happens to be Marilyn’s “local”!! Marilyn and I have been blogging buddies for a while now and we met for the first time at the Nutters picnic last March where we discovered we BOTH love licorice allsorts ….YUMM!!!! And just look what Marilyn created for me…May 2011 490 surely one of the most spesh gifties ever cos it has all my favourites!!! Spots, pink and green together, it’s looks just like an allsort – even a scrummy little vintage button …… and look what WAS inside (he he he)…May 2011 491YUMMO!!! There will be no mistaking who they belong to either – see what Marilyn embroidered so beautifully on the lid …May 2011 493”Ethel’s Allsorts” :o)!!!!! I was quite nervous for the trunk show too and it was great to see a familiar face sitting in the front row :o). Thank you so much my dear bloggy friend, your thoughtfulness just warms my heart :o)!!
Well onto some bucket news … I’ll give you the winners to the giveaway in a moment, but I have discovered that these buckets are FUN to make!!!! Here’s set number 2 in some really delicious ‘Paris’ type fabrics that I bought recently ……May 2011 510And this simply gawjus trim that I’ve been saving for something special …May 2011 511The smaller ones have a simple ribbon and lace trim stitched on with pretty Cottage Garden thread…May 2011 512  I think I’m going to have quite a few handy buckets around the place for my stitchy goodies :o). Wait til you see the fabulous kids ones I’m working on too!!!! :o)
And so that some of you can start your collection of cute buckets here are my 3 winners from the giveaway……….

Val Laird said...

Joy, those buckets are just so gorgeous. I would put my PASSES (Projects at a Standstill) in them. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

Heikesquilt said...

Oh Joy,
they are so lovely.
I would put my embroidery Thread in.
Thank You for the chance to win a free pattern.
A big hug

Annie said...

Gorgeous buckets....I'm picturing how great they'd look in country fabrics...thanks for the giveaway Joy - I may go choose my fabrics 'just in case' xox

Could each of you please email me at with your snail mail address and I’ll pop your pattern in the mail to you. Thank you all so much for all of your lovely comments, what a wonderful response it was, I’m chuffed to bits that you like my buckets :o)!!!
I’m off to make some more :o)!!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A new design – so that means a GIVEAWAY :o)!!!!!

I’m having a terrific May so far!!
View Mothers day 2011
I spent Mother's day with some of my very favourite people :o) ... my beautiful Mum on the far left with Jill, her friend visiting from UK, my DH and of course my wonderful kids. Tahlia (DD1) and her partner Luke are in London but I had a gawjus card and giftie in the mail from them too :o).
I taught a quilt-as-you-go class up in beautiful Caloundra at Kimz Patchwork recently,May 2011 362 (6)these ladies made some gawjus tablerunners using a couple of my favourite quilt-as-you-go methods.

I also had a wonderful day with Maree – you can read all about it here one her blog as she has lots of piccies, but I was a bit slack with the camera that day and this is the only shot I got lol …May 2011 362 (21) but you can tell by the smiles on our faces that we had a lovely day together – thanks Maree we must do it again soon :o)!!!
I went to the Qld Quilters annual picnic. Cath was there with her fabulous threads and patterns (spoilt myself a bit there he he), and I also met up with a couple of dear friends- Pammi (no blog – yet!!) and Jeanette there too – May 2011 393Jeanette was even lucky enough to win one of the raffles!!! I should have got a piccy of us all together - next time ;o).
I’ve also been busy stitching and have finally finished my new design “Bucket of Buckets”. May 2011 408May 2011 362 (13) These are so cute, and they all fit inside each other!!! With 3 different sizes there’s sure to be one to suit whatever stitchy project or other fiddly bits you want to keep in them. May 2011 409The buckets are nice and easy to make so I’m going to do another set in some ‘kid friendly’ fabrics as I think they’d be super handy to keep puzzles, lego and various other kiddly bits in too :o). The pattern is all written up so if you’d like to win one it’s the usual deal – just leave a comment on this post and I’ll pick 3 random winners  next weekend :o).
To make it fun – how about you tell me what you’d keep in your buckets :o)!!!