Autumn ~ gardening and sewing.

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A rose from my garden, for you

I’m feeling a little neglectful, disappearing since February… eeek

It wasn’t intentional, and I wish I could say I’ve been here, there and everywhere.

But in fact I’ve mostly been right here at home, just doing stuff.

Which has been very nice.

All of a sudden, it’s Autumn and I love it, this is my favourite season.

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Late afternoon and long shadows.

As you can see I have a few roses hanging in there,

this is typical of Central Victoria where the roses will get a second bloom after summer.

But the trees are giving it away

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there won't be a second bloom of apricots.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring Market is nigh in Portland, Oregon.

I would love to have been there but alas, not this year.

However I have just sent a quilt over for Marianne Elizabeth‘s booth there.

I’ve been busy designing and making the quilt using her newest fabric range

Tatiana by RJR fabrics.

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Stars and Stripes.

I moved the sewing machine in to the house when the fabric arrived, parked it up on the end of the dining table so I could sew late in to the evenings.

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Strip piecing frenzy.

The stars I made using English Papers, that was a lot of triangles.

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English Paper piecing

However I had the top complete in four days, but that did include sewing well in to the evenings.

Not bloomin’ bad huh, if I do say so myself.

Below is a little bit of distraction, I fancy making three more for a centre of something.

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Just messing about with fabric.

It uses a Margot Krager Dargate Indigo, I have quite a bit of this and the others from the same range

so will potter about with this over the winter.

 Yesterday I picked up the latest copy of Homespun magazine.

They have a whole new look and I like it a lot.

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Homespun magazine #120 on sale now

 Inside there is the pattern for one of my quilts,


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This is the first time I’ve had a quilt in Homespun so I’m feeling pleased and just a bit chuffed.

They’ve done a really nice job with the styling, I haven’t shown my cat that there’s another cat sitting on her quilt tho ;-)

For the time being she’s making do with this one

image of Maisie


I’m off to sew, something…anything.

til soon, a lot sooner I hope ;-)

happy stitching



  1. Good to hear from you – the new quilt is gorgeous, and the fabrics look really luscious. I’m in awe – piecing a top in 4 days? Ady

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Ady, it was great to be able to work with Marianne again, her fabrics are rich but very different from my usual ones. It stretches my quilt thinking, good fun :-))
      M :-)

  2. good to see a post from you , i was wondering what you were working on keeping you so busy! Quilt looks great, LOVE that applique block , wow!
    congrats on the quilt in the magazine, good thing not telling Maisie!

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Kathie, haha yes it was a while. I’ve just bought myself an iPad, almost as much fun as a sewing machine! Hopefully I am sewing ( or blogging ) more regularly.
      M :-)

  3. Lovely quilts and I particularly love your project in the latest new look Homespun. Take care.

    • Margaret says:

      Thank you Frances, I did enjoy working on this one. Can’t wait to get it back as it left pretty much on completion :-( haven’t had a chance to enjoy it yet.
      Margaret :-)

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