A little late this week I am sorry. Well with only 43 days until Christmas and then the end of the year of 2008 there are not many blocks left to list here. So this week ‘bedtime’ it is – why did I choose this one…. well no reason really except that I have not seen a lot of my bed this week with only two days until I leave for market.

I do like my bed and find it very difficult to get out of it in the mornings. I must say I do get spoilt with breakfast in bed at least once on the weekend depending on parenting (or should I say taxi’ing ) duties. And I love lying in and reading the paper or a good book!

So not much to add here, I hope you are all stitching along nicely – I do visit various blogs and see your progress often so feel free to share here also.

must keep preparing.hugs to all


Published in: on November 12, 2008 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  


It seems that the latest trends in Houston at the International Quilt Market this weekend included fairies….. what fun, as you may know I loooooove fairies… Maybe this is why my early BOM quilt Fairy Kisses has been having a big resurgence lately?

Fairy kisses BOM quilt

Have any of you finished Fairy Kisses? I’d love to see a photo.

Spring also always makes me think of Fairies at the bottom of the garden… my mother in her very large garden has lots of fairy nooks and always sends the grand daughters to search for them.

My garden is just coming into its very best and I just love this time of year…. don’t you? Of course this may make all of our Northern friends a little jealous as they head into Autumn and winter – not to worry, I actually love something about all four seasons as I am sure you all do.

Fairy block

hugs for today


Published in: on October 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pink Lemonade and a bonus block!



Is there really such as thing as Pink Lemonade? I am not sure but it has always sounded like something that would be really ‘nice’. I enjoy a glass of pink champagne and we have all of my girls love Raspberry lemonade so we call that Pink Lemonade. But perhaps there really is a pink lemonade made with lemons with something added to make it pink? There is a recipe for easy lemonade in this months Better Homes and Gardens magazine (the Aussie one), perhaps I should try it with some strawberries in it.

I have been playing in my Illustrator program this week designing some new greeting cards for you. They are at the printers for quotes now so we shall see if they are going to happen soon. They will be a set of five chosen from the NPNT quilt – I hope they will happen and you will all like them as this is something I’d like to do more of – coordinating stationary, greeting cards, notepads etc.

So whilst playing I tidied up this block below for your little princess. I have three little princesses (well two not so little now) and as you know they are girly girls and love to play and act like a princess. Hope you like it. Hugs, Helen

princess bonus block

Published in: on October 6, 2008 at 11:12 am  Comments (15)  

Stitching angels

A very ‘nice’ thing is happening in our world. Read Karen’s comment here. I have no idea who is involved but this is the exact meaning of being ‘nice’. Karen is right when she comments that it is so uncommon for people nowadays to take time to do something such as this to make someone else’s day a little more bearable. Hugs to you all for giving hugs from the bottom of your hearts. But then we all know – all stitchers are angels.


Hugs, Helen

Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 9:42 am  Leave a Comment  



Lady bugs or Ladybirds? What do you call them?


Thankyou to Mrs. Seagraves’  for these facts

There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide and 400  which live in North America. 

A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.

Aphids are a ladybug’s favorite food. 

Ladybugs chew from side to side and not up and down like people do.

A gallon jar will hold from 72,000 to 80,000 ladybugs.

Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes terrible so that birds and other predators won’t eat them.

If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite you, but the bite won’t hurt.

The spots on a ladybug fade as the ladybug gets older.

During hibernation, ladybugs feed on their stored fat.

Ladybugs won’t fly if the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ladybug is the official state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The male ladybug is usually smaller than the female.

The Asian Lady Beetle can live up to 2-3 years if the conditions are right.


Ladybugs have become a popular theme for stitchery and applique designers in recent years  also. Here are a couple of my favourites –

‘Little Lady, Mom and baby’ by Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter designs

The Little Lady Bug

The ‘Litte Lady Bug’ by Cinderberry Stitches

mmmm, I can feel another ladybug design coming….they are just ‘nice’ aren’t they and such a delight to find in the spring garden.

hugs and happy stitching


Published in: on September 29, 2008 at 10:01 am  Comments (2)  


Well this is the start of my newest blog just for people taking part in my Nice People, Nice Things Block of the Week project in 2008. Well actually its not just for those of you doing it, its for anyone to share about nice people and nice things in their lives. We can share our projects as they grow, share the nice thing you did today, the nice thing that happened to you to do, the nice people you met today or just something nice about life….. Just think, if everyone of us made an effort to do one nice thing per week what a ‘nicer’ place our world would be….

I will be posting pictures each week of a block from the quilt and invite you to post pictures of your finished blocks, your progress and other ways of using your design of the week…. Currently I am madly stitching the sample and designing a beautiful box to store your 52 cards in… This is turning out to be a huge project but I think you are going to love it. It will be put together in a Quilt as you go method using a new Nancy Halvorsen range called “love is..” – how appropriate dont you think,  to make it really easy for you to finish once the stitching is done and it can grow with us over the year. As I learn more about wordpress I hope to have a gallery page and I will do my best to make the look of the blog make us all feel nice!

 so until further notice, bookmark this blog and wait for updates…. Oh, the kit wont be released until November at quilt market in Melbourne so watch this space or join my e-news mailing list on my website for first notice of its release.

 hugs for today


Published in: on September 21, 2007 at 11:14 pm  Comments (4)