Thursday, 20 December 2012


The girls from Thursday Stitch & Bitch came around today.
We had a great morning catching up.....even got a wee bit of sewing done.
We all used to meet at the local Quilt Store, but it closed.
So we have been taking advantage of my big outdoor table and undercover area to get together.
Today we all bought a plate and shared a wonderful lunch together.
It is so wonderful to be able to catch up with my friends sewing, chatting and just having a great time 

Merry Christmas Tanya xxx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Knights and Dragons

I saw this fabric when I was up visiting my friend Jean
It was in a new quilt store near her in Kilcoy.
I couldn't resist it.
You don't offen find fun fabric for boys.
This will be for Syrus when he goes into his big boy bed. 
I put the top together today.
Isn't it fun :)

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Hi all,

I haven't posted for a while as I have been busy setting up a little home business. Hubby is retiring soon and I wanted to be able to support my addiction LOL without digging into the retirement fund.

I have started teaching beginners to sew...there are so many lovely ladies that are catching on to what we already know...SEWING IS FUN. I now have 6 wonderful ladies creating masterpieces for there families :).

I have also set up a Facebook page selling hand made children's clothes...inspired by sew for the Grand Kids.

Now to the GIVEAWAY.
I am giving away a pair of cute shorts....just visit my Facebook page for details.

Just a peek at Miss Charlotte modeling my first two designs

Sorry wont let me down load Pics...telling me I need to buy storage :( Does anyone know how to solve this with out buying storage HELP.

Cheers Tanya

Monday, 8 October 2012

Just for me...

Still making some new summer clothes for me...I whipped up this top the other day.
It was some batik fabric I had floating around in the cupboard.
The lace trimming the bottom is a dollie cut up.
I its lovely to wear.   
  I just cut the band to fit around my chest just under my arms, plus seam.
The main part of the top I cut 6" wider where it joined the band. This allowed for some little pin tucks, which I felt gives a nice fall over the bust line  
 The hemline I made a bit wider than the bust to go over my hips.
Then added the lacy bits to brake the straight line along the hem and add interest.
 I was so pleased with my top I made a dress using the same pattern only longer
 Then added some Free-Motion Machine Embroidery flowers 
I was really pleased with my flower...I thought they added some fun to my dress.

This is not men't to be a tutorial, just a basic out line as to how I made this top and dress.
If you have any questions please ask I would be pleased to help where I can.

Hugs Tanya xxx 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Row Along Quilt....Rows 2 &3

I have joined the amazing Lori @ Bee In My Bonnets 'Row Along Quilt'
I have been diving into my scraps to make this quilt.
I am determent not to buy any new fabric :) for this project. 

 Row 2
 Row 2 & 3
Row 1, 2 & 3

If you want to join the fun check out Loris' Blog

Hugs Tanya xxx

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Fairy Princess Dress

I saw this dress on Lindsay's blog The Cottage Home and could not resist make it for Miss Charlotte...this is a lovely blog and well worth a look.
Lindsay called hers a Happy Days Big Bow Dress. 

 The original had eyelet lace I didn't have Charlotte handy when making the dress I made the shoulder straps from matching fabric, then made then tied so could be adjusted to fit.  
 I changed the pocket embroidery on Charlotte's to a Fairy Princess.
I used free motion machine embroidery to do the fairy and writing...I wanted it to look like a childs drawing     
If you would like to make your Fairy Princess this dress find the instructions

Have a great day
Hugs Tanya xxxx

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Spring has Sprung

The day have been getting longer and warm here in Brisbane....I love this time of year. The days are warm, but not  too hot. Mornings and nights are still a bit cool. My thoughts have turn to some new clothes for the new season. The last couple of weeks I have been working on some new pieces for the grand kids and me.

For Syrus these cute shorts and longs
I love the rocking horse fabric...picked it up from the clearance rack at Spotlight 

Wrap dresses for Charlotte
Most of the fabric for these came form the Gypsy Bandanna range by Maxwell & Pillow 
Pattern is 'Rosie Wrap' by Mini Moon Shine.

...and for me some new skirts and a maxi-dress YEAH

 the fabric for this skirt was left over from my Jamestown Sampler Quilt.
The T-shirt was one I already had...jazzed it up some.

 these skirts are just the basic measure your waist x 2...on an elastic waist. 

 The maxi is an old top cut down then some pretty fabric added to make it into a dress.
I love this it is sooo nice to wear.  Will be making more for summer.

Then waste not...I used the cut off bottom bit from the top to make the maxi in to a waist band for this skirt.
Very nice and soft to wear ;)
Now we have some nice new clothes to welcome the new season.
Hugs Tanya