Life has been busy… yet slow. Days of madness mingled with days of absolutely nothing. Summer holidays, which, at the end of December, seemed so long and glorious, yet now as we approach the end of January, seem to have just flown by, in the blink of an eye.

In all honesty, I haven’t done very much sewing in the past few weeks. We’ve had a lot of visitors. Family from interstate and local friends dropping in for BBQ’s and impromptu get-togethers. And, it’s been hot. Hot and yucky and humid yet, as I write this, the weather has cooled down considerably and it’s been raining for the past two days. Welcome to summer in Australia. 40 degrees one day and 20 the next.

I made a quilt. I’ve called it Sugar Stars.


Sugar Stars Quilt


I can’t show you the whole thing just yet. It’s a commissioned quilt – due for publication around April 2014.

Flower Sugar by Lecien is possibly my all-time favourite range of fabric. I used a few scraps from the Sugar Stars quilt to make this mini quilt for my Doll Quilt Swap 14 (DQS14) partner.


DQS14 - Scrappy Flower Sugar Turnstiles


I’ll share more about this doll quilt in my next post. It will be my next scrap challenge project and I’ll share the tutorial on making these teeny turnstile blocks with small scraps.

I had a birthday. My kids, FlyBoy and family spoiled me with lot’s of lovely gifts. FlyBoy went through my personal FB feed and made all of my quilting and sewing related photos into a book. Projects which I’d forgotten that I’d even made! My husband is the most thoughtful man on this planet.




I also received some lovely Marc Jacobs perfume (don’t you just love this bottle?) and an amazing new digital DSLR camera. And a tripod! I’ll have to sit down and work out how to use it all properly. I also received some cash and vouchers from Spotlight.

We have a new addition to the family. I have a new little nephew who is the most gorgeous little man. He has the best temperament. The poor little guy has been passed around the family like a football, but takes it all in his stride and doesn’t complain.

Amelia is just besotted with her new cousin and loves holding him whenever she gets the chance.




I entered some items in a couple of my local shows. And came away with a few wins and placings.






And I’ve received some happy mail… My quilt in the latest issue of Down Under Quilts.



So much more to share, but the kids are calling. We’re off to the movies to see Free Birds and they’re super excited to be getting out of the house.

Have you been to the movies lately?

Has your summer been productive?


  1. Your quilt looks lovely Anorina. Can't wait to see the whole thing. I love the doll quilt too. Congratulations on your wins and publication. Amelia looks like a very proud big cousin!

    1. Thanks Christine. She is so excited to have a real life baby to cuddle.

  2. lots of beautiful work there Anorina and happy birthday you sure have been spoiled,enjoy the pics with your kiddies and have a lovely day.xx

    1. Thanks Shez. Yes, I was very lucky...now to learn how to use it!

  3. pretty projects, Flower Sugar is beautiful!! Glad you are enjoying your summer! It is winter on my side of the world :) We went to see Frozen at the theater this past weekend and loved it! my girls can sing all the songs.

    1. Yes, I love Flower Sugar. I have a few little scraps remaining and certainly put them to good use. We haven't seen Frozen yet. I heard it was a little bit girlie, which my nearly 8 year old boy thinks is a bad idea.

  4. So many lovely projects Anorina. Beautiful project in Down Under Quilts


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