First, thank you all so much for your lovely and supportive comments.

I do feel loved!!!

The giveaway winner is:

….. blogless Jane. I have sent you an email Jane and I’m looking forward to hearing from you so I can get sewing!!

Thanks again to everyone for playing along.

Andi 🙂


Breathe, Andi, breathe

I got home yesterday afternoon to find a note in my letterbox.
My fabrics from The Fabric Bee had arrived and were waiting to be picked up.

Breathe …..

Rush to the Post Office …..

Squeal ….

Breathe …..

19 yards of heaven.

Hyperventilate ….

Breathe ….

I got some new Amy Butlers

A couple of Jennifer Paginellis ….

Some cheap Katy Jump Rope

and a couple of retro flower prints …

Lynette‘s customer service was so amazing.
A quick response to say the order had shipped.
A prompt refund when she realised I had paid too much for shipping.
And ….

breathe ….

some bonus fat quarters, just because ….

Thankyou Lynette.

Just catching my breath now.

Andi 🙂

PS Have you entered my giveaway yet?

Online Quilt Festival

I had a blast during last year’s Quilt Festival hosted by the lovely Amy.

So I’m entering again this year.

I wanted to show a quilt I completed in 2008.
It was my first quilt using lots of scraps from my stash.

I think that’s what is so wonderful about patchwork.
You make do with what you have.

This is the pieced back.

And now with my lovely assistant, Ella

Hope you like it. We do!!!

Enjoy visiting all the other quilts in the festival.

Andi 🙂

PS Have you enetered my giveaway yet?

Meet Pearl

When I was a young girl, I was totally into dressing up, fabulous thrifted outfits and making stuff.
Surprise, surprise!!

So when I turned 12 (my Bat-Mitzvah year), my siblings wanted to get me a special gift.
The thing I wanted more than anything in the world was a mannequin to show off the girly stuff in my room.

So, I got Pearl (so named because of her earliest accessory choices).

Here she is modelling a fabulous selection of necklaces (including my favourite pasta necklace made by Jake) and a bag I just made for my neice who is currently into wearing “olive”.

And here’s the other side of the bag …

and the inside pocket …

complete with a ‘patchandi’ label.

For those of you interested in how I do my labels, check out this great tutorial.

Have a stitchin’ Thursday.

Andi 🙂

PS Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!!

It’s my first blogiversary and my very first giveaway!!!

I would like to make the winner a bag like this one:

Completely reversible …

With pockets inside and out …

But the winner would get to choose their favourite colours and I will make the bag to suit!!!

Here’s the deal:

1. You get one entry by leaving a comment on this post. Please include your email address so I will know how to get in touch with you if you win.

2. You get a second entry by blogging about this giveaway… please leave a new comment to let me know you have done this (with a link so I can make sure you’re not cheating 😉)

3. You get another chance by becoming a follower of this blog and leaving a separate comment. Already a follower? Just leave a comment to let me know.

(Please note, I will be using a random number generator to select one comment for a winner so please leave SEPARATE comments for each of the allowed entries to maximise your chances).

International entries welcome as well as Aussies.

Entries close Monday, 12th October, 9am Melbourne time.

I hope this is an appealing prize. I have been so very grateful for the warmth and friendship I have received via this blog in the past year and I really want to reciprocate as best I can.

Thanks to all of you who have supported / commented / followed over the past year. It has truly made a big difference in my life.

Andi 🙂

PS. I have signed up for three Pay It Forward gifts, so will soon be posting a Pay It Forward of my own but offering NINE handmade items. (What was I thinking!!!)

Half Square Triangles

I have been so completely intrigued by Rita’s brilliance with the half square triangle that I have been inspired to have a go myself.

The great thing about HSTs is the amazing variety of layouts you can choose.

I had a bit of a play with these designs:

and finally settled on this ….

Rita has inspired me in more ways than one:

I’m usually an incredibly lazy sewer but with this one I even trimmed my blocks!!!

I finished up the quilt top on the weekend.

The fabrics are mostly from my stash but the grey is a thrifted flat sheet from the oppy!!

The blocks are 6 inches cut (5.5 inches sewn).
The quilt is 14 blocks squared so (quick calculation …..) 77 inches squared.

I’m planning to hand quilt this one with lots of different coloured threads (to match the fabrics) in the grey areas. Thanks to Kate for that great idea!!!

Now I just need to buy some backing and wadding and get to basting (my least favourite job …. ugh!!!)

See you VERY soon with my first blogiversary giveaway.

Andi 🙂

Whip up!!

Ella’s birthday is coming up next month.
She has asked for a rainbow quilt this year.

So this morning, I whipped this up …..

Squares are 8.5 inches cut.
48inches x 56 inches sewn.

Super quick and easy to throw together.

I’m considering turning it into a picnic rug for summer time tea parties.

Any suggestions for what to use on the under side?
Something water-proof-ish? Washable?

Andi 🙂