Wednesday, May 29, 2013


One of the projects that has kept me busy at my sewing machine lately is a new batch of market bags.

I just love working with these fruit and vegetable fabrics and other colourful prints ....
And teaming them with clear black and white spots and stripes and checks.
The fish themes are popular too.
And I have had fun working with these coffee. cake and chocolate ones.

People here on Norfolk Island love these cow ones...I must try to get more of this fabric.

Last week I experimented with a slightly different design approach. I thought it would be quicker and easier, but for some reason it did not turn out that way.
 But I do love the effect, and it will be interesting to see if they prove better sellers.

Meanwhile my friend Annette decided to make a quilt to take with her on her trip to the States. She plans to give it to the lady (who now lives in Oklahoma) who first taught Annette to quilt when they both lived in Queensland.
Annette only gave herself less than 3 weeks to make the quilt. I helped out with some green fabrics from my stash.
 The central square is a map of Australia showing St George in Queensland where Annette and her friend Helen lived. I was able to help out by running this off on my printer, along with a label for the back. She named the quilt "No Valleys in St. George". Pine trees appropriately surround the map.
 I am so glad I was able to see the quilt before Annette left. The brought it round home to show me the night only needed a few more stitches on the binding.
Then yesterday, Lorraine (who has a prolific output) showed us her latest production, a collection of houses and pine trees. Every house is different!
 Now Lorraine is so short she is completely hidden behind her quilt!
Sometimes when I see people making lovely things like this, I have an urge to start making some bigger quilts again....


Anonymous said...

The bags look wonderful and I like the quilt your friend Annette made the greens look lovely.

Anonymous said...

Mary, these are gorgeous! I especially love the ones with the vertical stripes of vegies- what awesome materials...

I have also loved reading your blog post about Mother's Day in the Nakamal- it reminds me of the beautiful Thanksgiving you were kind enough to share with us!

Edwina x

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