noodle box naming….

I know its been a long time coming but it is such a hard decision. Anyway I have decided on

‘Stitchers Takeaways’

and if the store adds threads or fabric they could be takeaways with the lot..

so to all who left a comment, a suggestion or just positive affirmation thankyou very much from the bottom of my creative heart… which sometimes needs a little help from my blogging friends….

 so I chose two numbers and played on my new Adobe CS3 suite to come up with

which means the winners of a ‘stitchers’ takeaway are:
Lisa R and Tina Dillon
Please email me with your snail mail address and I’ll put an order in my system to send one your way when they are done…. maybe you won over on the Helen’s Hugs blog too,… yes I weakened and gave two away on each as you were all so generous..
hugs Helen
Published in: on February 26, 2008 at 10:39 am  Comments (1)  
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Daisy Daisy, give me your answer do….

Jeepers, we had a cold snap here on the weekend and had snow in our garden….. I know thats not unusual for some of you and you are probably thinking so what! But it is the middle of summer here and even in the coldest of winter we may get snow once every 2-3 years only.  So I chose Daisy for this weeks block to try and keep summer and my garden around a little longer….

I have put two pics here. One from the quilt and one I colourque’d which you may have noticed in the putting it together tutorial…

Daisy Block of the week

Daisy coloured
To do the colouring use any quality coloured pencil. You need to colour before you stitch if you are using the iron on pellon or you will get little dots on your colouring. Then seal the colour in with a small round paintbrush and some textile medium. Leave to dry, fuse on your pellon and stitch away. Adds another dimension doesnt it? Make sure you get the medium over every bit you want to keep but not on the background fabric or it will stain. See the little spot on the petal I misses which is now rubbing off?
have fun,
footnote: I have just had a customer who had a double up of cards in their pack – and therefore some missing. That means that there is probably another pack out there somewhere who has the missing ones…. If its you, I am terribly sorry, please let me know and I’ll send a replacement.  ooooh, I hate it when I get it wrong but as you can imagine printing, cutting and packing these packs are very time consuming and at this stage I am still doing it all myself…. that is about to change..
Published in: on February 26, 2008 at 10:07 am  Comments (3)  
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my blocks

file0107.jpgfile0106.jpgfile0104.jpgfile0103.jpgfile0102.jpgfile0108.jpgfile0105.jpgI can’t believe it but I have done 10 blocks now, doesn’t take long for them to add up. This is such a portable project, I keep all my traced blocks in a little tin with threads, needle and scissors and take it everywhere, before you know it another block done.  I haven’t kept up to date with Helen’s “block of the week” I do trace them out each week but sometimes other blocks call me to do them  

cheers Helen. S in Tamworth

Published in: on February 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm  Comments (2)  

Honey Bee block

Honey Bee

the weather has been so nice down here this last week (well except for an unusual 37 degrees yesterday where we all nearly died!). I could not resist spending time in my garden over the weekend, weeding, deadheading, fertilising and some late spring pruning (I know its summer). Here in Hobart we have the biggest furiest Bumble bees I have ever seen and of course Tasmania is also famous for its leatherwood honey…. so I thought it timely to feature our Honey Bee block.

I have included some pics of my beautiful roses – can you tell they are my favourite flower. I am sure they are international favourites… I will do my best to get a photo of a bumble bee also, but not today, unfortunately we have returned to overcast showers…


What do you suppose?
A bee sat on my nose.
Then what do you think?
He gave me a wink
And said, “I beg your pardon,
I thought you were the garden.”
~English Rhyme

hope you are all forging ahead and keeping up with your block a week. Love to see some pics.

hugs, Helen

Published in: on February 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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what goes around…

My mother always said ‘What goes around comes around’…. in other words, do something nice for no reason and one day it may come back to you…. I recently helped out Janet Clare of the UK with some business advice and look what came in my mailbox this week!

My pressiethis I am so honoured to own a piece of Janet’s art – I did have to explain to my girls what a tea cosy was – they are not very common anymore down here and certainly not in our household as no-one drinks tea from a pot….. but thats not to say I am ungrateful, tea cosy or not, it is a most treasured piece now hanging on my wall. Lynette Anderson also got one, see hers – is it Lynette and her foster doggie Hugo?

Janet is doing the most interesting and wonderful work – go have a peek

 see, sometimes things do come back to you… thats what life is about..

hugs, Helen

Published in: on February 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Fiona’s blocks

skip over to Fiona’s blog and see her progress. She is powering ahead and look at her lovely even stitching… Lovely to meet you over there Fiona, please join in anytime…

happy stitching everyone


Published in: on February 17, 2008 at 10:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Love is in the air


Well of course it has to be the Love block on Valentine’s Day.

Did you get a special surprise from your Valentine today? Go on, its easy to think of something ‘nice’ to do today – my favourite would have to be my most favourite flower – roses…. dont expect to get any today though but I can look at them in my garden….

Of course you may have stitched your block and given it to that special person in your life – attached to a bottle of wine of course! mmm maybe you could make it into a wine bottle holder? Here is a simple free pattern to make one, or I am sure you could adapt your own.

Do you know the story behind Valentines’ Day? Here is the wikipedia version

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In North America, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished


What did you get today?

hugs, Helen

Published in: on February 14, 2008 at 12:43 pm  Comments (1)  
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New Tutorial

HI all NPNT blogging friends, Yes I know, this weeks block is not up. Sorry we had a public Holiday down here on Monday and it just puts me right out. In the meantime I have managed to get a very extensive tutorial up here for all of you who are struggling to get your head around my back to front quilt as you go technique. If you are a visual learner and having troubles with the printed instructions this may help -actually it WILL help, I cannot do anymore for you except stitch it for you — and NO please don’t ask that, I cannot stitch 100’s of these quilts…. you will get it , it really is quite simple and very satisfying as the results are instant once you are through, no basting, no layering and no quilting that huge quilt through your domestic machine….

 So I’ll publish this then get onto the block of the week.

Hugs, Helen

Published in: on February 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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the chosen 20

HI all, well I have decided on my 20 blocks to go into my little noodle boxes but I have not yet been completely sold on a name although some have tempted me and certainly given food for thought – ha ha – I have opened up the naming competition on my blog to see if there is more inspiration out there…. So the 20 blocks are:


Christmas,Stitching, sunshine,home,daisy,love,angels, butterfly,kittens,

teddybear and cup of tea.

noodle boxes
And as you can see my yummy boxes have arrived in four exciting colours… a bit more production and planning to go yet to fill them so please be patient.
So the lucky winners of the giveaway will be announced in a few more days, and yes I’ll give two on this blog and two on the other….

hugs, Helen

Published in: on February 5, 2008 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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From Wikipedia,In physiology, a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth. The smile can be also around the eyes. Among humans, it’s customarily an expression of pleasure, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it can be known as a grimace. There is much evidence that smiling is a normal reaction to certain stimuli and occurs regardless of culture. Happiness is most often the cause of a smile. Among animals, the exposure of teeth, which may bear a resemblance to a smile, is often used as a threat or warning display – known as a snarl – or a sign of submission. In chimpanzees, it can be a sign of fear.Did you know that you can make a difference with a ‘Smile’? World Vision Australia has a Smiles catalogue with many ways to help those out less fortunate than ourselves. Here is a list of what we did in 2007During 2007, record numbers of Australians gave children, families and communities in need a lot of reasons to smile. Supporters ordered over 85,000 life-changing gifts valued at $4 million. These included:

  • 5,167 blankets to keep young children and the elderly in Zambia warm.
  • 5,918 sets of two mosquito nets to protect families in Ghana, Sudan and Cambodia from malaria.
  • 11,501 courses of immunisation for children and pregnant women in Sudan and Zambia.
  • 8,087 school supplies kits for children in Cambodia, Kenya, Ghana, Honduras and Lebanon.
  • 8,396 contributions of clean water in Kenya.
  • 7,817 lambs for families in Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Somalia and Sudan.
  • 6,118 contributions of nourishing food for families in emergency situations.
  • 12,464 goats for families in Myanmar and Africa.
  • 3,666 veggie packs for families in Lebanon and Liberia.
  • 3,031 HIV and AIDS camps & shelter for orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda.
  • 3,225 eye surgeries in Zambia.
  • 1,558 contributions to reforestation in Mongolia and Sudan.
  • 2,647 piglets for families in Cambodia, Uganda, East Timor and Myanmar.
  • 1,030 cows for families in Azerbaijan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  • 1,468 emergency relief kits for desperate families affected by crisis such as famine, flood, earthquake or conflict.
  • 325 fish farms for hungry families in Liberia and Rwanda.
  • 230 yaks for Mongolian families.
  • 329 contributions of clean water for Liberian communities.
Published in: on February 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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