Roses would have to be my favourite flower. I love them all. I am so lucky now in Tasmania to be able to have a few prized bushes in my little garden. My mother, however has over 500 of them in hers. I have included a few photos for you. If you are ever travelling in country South Australia to a little town called Penola, call in and say hi to them – they love to show people the garden they work so hard in. It really is beautiful and so peaceful. They have just had 100 ‘roving rosaliers’ visiting on the weekend…








Roses have forever been used in every form of embroidery. From white work, candlewicking, shadow work, bullion embroiery, ribbon embroidery, applique, stitchery, many international styles of hand work – roses are the most popular flower design used. I just LOOOOOVE them cant you tell?

take time to smell the roses today..

hugs, Helen

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I chose Sunshine after spending a lovely week in it throughout Queensland. For our international friends Queensland is at the very top of Australia and is always much warmer, parts of it very tropical and humid. Having had snow in my backyard in Tasmania (the southern most state of Australia) the week before I left the sunshine and extreme humity in Tropical Townsville was a sharp change to the system.  We have come to the end our our Summer season here with Autumn newly arrived. Its so lovely to have four distinct seasons in Tasmania, I look forward to each and every one of them.
Sunshine and sunny days always put you in the mood for singing dont they?
Do you know how many songs there are with Sunshine in the title?

  • 13 Months Of Sunshine – Ziggy Marley
  • A Little Sunshine – Sunshine Anderson
  • A Ray Of Sunshine – George Michael
  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  • Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In – Fifth Dimension
  • Automatically Sunshine – The Supremes (thx Imposter)
  • Black Sunshine – White Zombie
  • Bring Me Sunshine – Willie Nelson
  • Captain Sunshine – Neil Diamond
  • Come To The Sunshine – Harpers Bizarre (thx Imposter)
  • Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies (thx Imposter)
  • Dirty Sunshine – Lillix
  • Good Day Sunshine – Beatles
  • Good Morning Sunshine – Aqua
  • Hello Sunshine – Prince (thx Figarocatboy)
  • Here Comes Sunshine – The Grateful Dead
  • I See Only Sunshine – The Box Tops
  • I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine – Beth Orton
  • It Could Be Sunshine – Love And Rockets (thx Figarocatboy)
  • L.A. Sunshine – War (thx Imposter)
  • Land Of Sunshine – Faith No More
  • Mary Sunshine Rain – Dada
  • Play In The Sunshine – Super Furry Animals (thx Figarocatboy)
  • Powder Your Face With Sunshine – Dean Martin (thx Imposter)
  • Sometime Sunshine – Jim Ed Brown
  • Steal My Sunshine – Len
  • Summer Sunshine – The Corrs
  • Sunshine – Aerosmith
  • Sunshine – Brian Wilson
  • Sunshine – Jay-Z
  • Sunshine – Keane
  • Sunshine – Nazareth
  • Sunshine (Go Away Today) – Jonathan Edwards
  • Sunshine (I Promise You) – EDL
  • Sunshine (The Acid Summer) – Everclear
  • Sunshine Daylight – Phat Chance
  • Sunshine In The Shade – The Fixx
  • Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) – George Harrison
  • Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows – Lesley Gore (thx Imposter)
  • Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
  • Sunshine On Leith – The Proclaimers
  • Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver
  • Sunshine Romeo – Hitman Blues Band
  • Sunshine Rose – Bobby Sherman
  • Sunshine Superman – Donovan
  • Sunshine Wine – Perry Como
  • Take Me To The Sunshine – Sting
  • The Sunshine Of Love – Louis Armstrong
  • Too Much Sunshine – Midnight Oil
  • Walking In The Sunshine – Roger Miller
  • Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • Weave Me The Sunshine – Peter Yarrow
  • We’ll Sing In The Sunshine – Gale Garnett
  • You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis
  • You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • Here’s a fun quiz on song titles with Sunshine – have a go, what did you score?

    hugs for today, Helen

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    meeting nice people and eating nice things!

    I have just come back from a lovely week of teaching in Queensland. You can read all about it on my other blog and see the pics. I was priveledged to meet many nice women, see many nice things and eat LOTS of nice food!Judy G a long time Hugs ‘n Kisses customer came to my class and brought her NPNT blocks to show me….. so here are a couple of them…


    Judy has stitched four Miracles blocks, I think for a Great Grandma, Grandma, new mum and new baby with different colours suited to each generation
    Nice People
    she has stitched this block rather than applique it.
    Cup of tea
    she had many more – thanks for sharing Judy
    Now of course you are all going to tell me I am two blocks behind after my trip away… so I’ll catch up now for you all..
    hugs for today, Helen
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    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


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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

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