A Productive Year

As many have experienced there’s been times this past year or so when we’ve been at home more than usual.  Besides my dear husband, my favourite companion during this time has been my new sewing machine; she’s a beauty!  As a consequence, I completed a goal that I’ve had for some time – a quilt for each of my grandchildren.  By the end of this 12-month period those with the most recent birthdays knew what was coming!! 

It’s been an exciting journey deciding on colours and patterns to suit those individual personalities and favourite stories, characters, hobbies or sports.  And it’s also given me the opportunity to improve my skills and even my speed to complete.  Happily I’ve unpicked less than I did 12 months ago.

I hope you enjoy this selection and you may notice than Harry Potter is a favourite of a few.

Celebrating Your Mum on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is only a short time away and if you are like me, you often struggle to find the right gift for her.  As a mum myself I always enjoy those quiet moments of peace so why not add to that moment with a nice cup of tea and a bickie with an added touch of Gumnut Baby nostalgia.

They’ll be available for sale at the Broke Village Market this coming weekend.  Come and visit us and check out our other offerings.

Turn of the Seasons

The slow but certain turn towards winter is underway – the evenings are shorter; the nights are cooler; and daylight saving is about to end.  The time is upon us to curl up under our favourite quilt and read a good book, watch a favourite movie, or have a cosy snuggle.

Need a new quilt?? Check out these beauties that I’ll have for sale at the Broke Twilight Market this coming weekend.  Contact me if you would like to snap up one up for yourself this winter.

What Would Hazel Do?

Broke Village Market

New Experiences

I’m entering new territory in a few weeks’ time by having my first market stall.  So the past few weeks have been filled with lots of quilt making and other sewing activities; thank goodness for family dinners so that I can focus on something different!!  It’s an exciting time and it’s good to have some new experiences.

Big thank you to Jem Jones Photography for designing my signage and to my family for the encouragement to give this a go.

Here are some samples of some of my wares that will be available for sale at the Easter Twilight Market in Broke NSW.  Check out the Broke Village Market on Facebook.


I’ve had two revelations this week.

Firstly, up until this week I’ve basted my quilt sandwich by hand, crawling around on the floor with pins and tape securing the elements.  This would take ages to get the result I wanted. This week I discovered the wonders of basting spray.  Oh my what a wonderful thing.  It came together so quickly and there no pins or sore knees.

Secondly, I discovered that if I go slower I actually finish sooner.  Sounds bizarre I know but especially when using a walking foot, slow and steady wins the race and has a better finish as well

So yes, I’ve been amazed this week and am getting a better product as a result.

Always learning!!

Clearing Out the Stockpile

All sewers have a stash of fabrics; some big, some overwhelming.  For me it’s time to clear it out and make some space and bring some cosy comfort to someone.  Here are a few snaps of some quilting projects that I’ve just started, and I can’t believe that these gorgeous fabrics have been in hiding for so long. 

Stay tuned for progress updates over the coming weeks as I finish these and commence some others.

My New Sewing Friend

As many would appreciate our shape changes over the years and we find that a pattern needs to be tweaked more than it used to be. Gone is the day when I could whip up a pattern in an afternoon and only adjust the length.  While sewing skills improve over time, I still struggle with adjustments for a full bust and curvy hips.  But I now have a new friend, Hazel, who has come to the rescue.

Hazel is such a help, she tries on items any number of times without grumbling and doesn’t mind if it’s in various stages of construction or if she gets stuck with pins. Hazel is my new self-made custom dress-form.

I’d been thinking of a dress-form for some time and while I had considered a duct-tape version, I thought that there had to be something better. I came across the Bootstrap version when wandering through some favourite sewing U-Tube videos and felt encouraged to give it a go.

The process is quite straight forward. You select the type you want, enter in multiple measurements and, in my case, 20 minutes later I had a custom pattern for my own body double.  The sewing took some time and the instructions are long but not difficult.  Hazel sits very proudly in my sewing room and has been a great help with projects since.

If you are considering doing the same, below are the You-Tube videos that inspired me to give it a go and a link to the site. And before you ask I haven’t been sponsored; just sharing a good find with fellow sewers.  Enjoy!


The construction process

Filling out her curves

Standing tall ready for action















How to Make


How to Make Detailed


Borrowing from our Children

Up until the industrial revolution, the pace of change in the world had been fairly sedate.  Since then and in particular since the end of World War II this pace accelerated and continues to accelerate.

I think upon the lifetime of Hazel, born at a time of horse and buggy and corsets; when Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson were at the height of their fame.  There was a decade long drought across Australian and the stirrings of the trade union movement with the Shearers’ Strike and the formation of the world’s first Labor government (although short-lived).  Her birth was in the midst of the constitutional conventions that would lead a few years later to Australian Federation and female emancipation.  By the time she had passed away there had been two world wars, the moon landing, the motor car, television and the beginnings of the computer age.

Through all this the constancy of family and hard work remained steady; each with their own rewards.  Life was simpler; you trusted in social institutions.  You worked the land to feed your family and the community and ultimately to leave it in a good condition for the next generation to run.  Farmers understand the concept of legacy; they understand that if you only take from the land eventually there will be no more to give.  The land needs to be nurtured.

So what will be the legacy from current generations?  Are we nurturing our land or our communities?  Or have we become so greedy that we have lost sight of our legacy?  When was the last time that our political or civic leaders were brave enough to put forward a vision for the future; beyond the next election or financial reporting cycle or their own lifetimes?

I yearn for some vision.  I want to be inspired.  I want to be engaged.  I want our grandchildren to be at the centre of our decisions.

Do we really want a coal mine in the Liverpool Plains?

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” ― David Brower