Saturday, 17 November 2012

Makover Time....

Wow time flies...I have a busy week or so..finishing work, some shopping for home....and paperwork (blerk)! Now I have a couple of months off work - YAY!

So, my major project over the coming months is a total makeover of my bedroom.... ;-)

This has never ever been a nice space, it has just been 'functional' made up of hand me downs from my Grandparents furniture which does not match and is in need of restoration work!

I am tired of that and my 'theme' to create a beautiful space can best be described as:

Eclectic look
predominantly red
with florals tan and white.

If you are crafty, a designer or blogger and you have any items or products you think may fit in with that, I would love to see them. If you could leave a comment below with a link - it would be awesome! 

Of course..there will be a quilt and I think it will be using this fabric range - Holly Holderman 'Penelope 4' in red and pink. I LOVE red and pink together - particularly in quilts.

A new bedroom suite is to come....I had my Great Grandparents bed, and debated about painting it white...however I feel like it is 'haunted' (LOL) so I have given it to Wilfred. So many people have owned it and it was our bed when I was time for it to go and Wilfred loves it - perfect solution!

I would love to know..if you are separated/divorced..did you get a new bed?
Did you have the same feeling of the old one being haunted?
Leave me a comment if you feel comfortable sharing!

Some of the other 'pieces' I have collected so far.....(warning - I did mention eclectic didn't I?)

This awesome badger cushion is by my friend Eileen of Touchwood Design -
you can find lots more of her cushions at her Etsy Store
I have also been working on this cushion - the panel is from Prints Charming (I bought it from Kelani Fabric which is one of my favourite sites to drool over fabric). I stumbled onto the fabric for the outside of the cushion at The Quilters Store - my favourite local patchwork shop here in Brisbane. I knew immediately it was perfect for the look I want and I just used a simple running stitch to outline the motif and the background space.

I also picked up two of these in RED on special..if they don't fit Wilfred wants them as well!

 It is a start - long way to go but I pledge plan hope to get at least one thing done for this project each week...I hope you will enjoy seeing it all come together!

Bye for Now

Kylie  xoxo

Friday, 2 November 2012

Everyone loves a good Mystery....

......Quilt that is, a MYSTERY quilt! Have you ever done one?

Housekeeping first...did you notice I have added a 'subscribe by email' button to the right? You can subscribe which will ensure you get all posts!
For those of you that have not done a mystery quilt before…this is how it works. You will get a requirements list for you to buy fabric or raid your stash. The ‘mystery’ part is that you don’t know what the quilt will look like until you get to the end. While this may be 'daunting' to some of you - they are lots of fun and often you will have made a quilt you never would have dreamed of tackling if you had seen it up front! Simple steps are way easier to cope with then a big quilt!

Here is some of the finished quilts from a recent Mystery Quilt I ran through a facebook group called 'Just Us Quilters'. As you can see they are all very different and stunning and I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing all the different colour combinations come together.
If you are interested in joining 'Just Us Quilters' you can find them on facebook by clicking here:

Sample - Made by.... Yours Truly

Made by....Jacqueline Hanrahan

Made by....Linda Webber

Made by....Marni Peters

Made by....Michelle Irving

Made by....Suzanne Montgomery

So...there are two reasons for posting about Mystery Quilts today....
I have a new mystery coming up - it is a very simple quilt suitable for beginners to advanced quilters, even those of you that want to learn to Quilt...that is you Eileen!  :-)
This mystery will basically be an 'online virtual retreat' and will run over Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 December (Australian Time) this year - that gives you time to get organised! 
This mystery will also run through the Just Us Quilters Group on facebook - however I will also post the instructions here so all my blog followers can play along. If you would like to be added to the email list also, please email me at and I will add you to the email list. Alternatively, you can just download the instructions from facebook or here on the blog.

The first clue will be released (email, JUQ facebook page and here) on Friday 28 December at 6pm Australian time. Additional clues will then be released morning, noon and evening over Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 December, with the last clue at lunch time on Sunday. This quilt is definitely suitable for beginners – it is a very simple but effective pattern and the steps are easily achievable in the timeframes.

Those of you that are more experienced quilters could possibly get 2 quilts done if you wish. Everyone making the quilt posts photos of their chosen fabric...and their progress as they go along. I will be online to answer questions – and basically everyone has a ton of fun.

Crank up the crock pot/slow cooker (or use up Chrissy leftovers), clue up the family that you are ‘off duty’, make sure the coffee flows and spend some quality time with your sewing machine!
I am an devoted folllower of Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. I read her blog religiously every day. Her kindness and generosity and the amount of time she takes to share hints, tips, quilts, patterns and her world travels is just amazing. Every year Bonnie runs a FREE online Mystery Quilt - I have taken part the last two years, however this year my resolve was strong.

I have enough projects on the go, so I am not going to start another one! I will be strong, I will be strong, I will be strong, I will just read the instructions, I will be strong, I will just pull some fabric to see what it looks like, I will be strong....and before you know it - I am pulling fabric and planning what I need to buy and I will be starting this project and playing along.

The requirements list is out now and the first clue is due out on 23 November.

Why don't you play along also?

You can find Bonnie's BLOG by clicking here
The specific post with the requirements for her Mystery Quilt can be found by clicking here.

This is my version of the Roll Roll Cotton Ball mystery from 2 years ago which is currently being hand quilted! (keep in mind Bonnie has said this years is easier)

This is some of the parts of last years which is called Orca day I will get the rest together!

Hope you enjoyed my post with lots of things you may not have known about Mystery Quilts....have a great day.

Kylie xo