Aussie Bird Stitcheries

By Heather Buck
on December 28, 2012
With 2 comments


We have joined 9 of the Aussie Bird Series together to form a small quilt.

Blocks were trimmed to 14 1/2" square and the sashings cut 1 1/2" wide.

Join 3 blocks together in a row with a sashing strip between each block.

Join 3 sashing strips together with a 1 1/2" contrasting square between each sashing

Join each row of blocks together with a sashing strip set between each row of blocks

Pressing all seams as you go towards the sashing strips.

Border the quilt with a 1 1/2" border the same as the sashings

Final border is cut 5 1/2" wide. (This is to accomadate the Gum leaf design)

Once the final border is on the quilt finish with a stitchery of Gum leaves around the border.


I will post another photo once the stitchery border is complete.  The stitchery border needs to be done after the border is added to the quilt as some of the stitcheries wrap around the corners.

The quilt can be made larger by using all 12 of the stitcheries or by repeating your favourite birds.  I have also just started working on my first stitchery in the next series which will be Australian flowers.  These will be the same size as the Aussie Bird Stitcheries so that they can be incorporated into a quilt with the birds if desired.  The first of the flowers that I will be working on is a spray of wattle.


The stitchery patterns for the borders are provided free of charge to anyone who purchases all 12 of the Aussie Bird stitcheries.


Happy Stitching


Christmas Decorations

By Heather Buck
on November 30, 2012
With 1 comments


These xmas baubles are easy to make

Fabric Requirements

7.5cm Balls

Scraps of coordinating christmas fabrics

Narrow Christmas Ribbon

Dressmaking pins with a small silver head

Craft Knife

To Make Xmas Baubles

1.    Mark the foam ball with a pen into quarters

2.    Using a craft knife cut along the marked lines to  a depth of 1/4"

3.    Cut your chosen fabrics into 3" x 5" rectangles

4.    Trim corners from the rectangles as shown

5.    Positioning one piece of fabric at a time, use a skewer or the back of a seam ripper press the raw edges of fabric into the

        cuts made in the foam ball.  Trim any excess fabric as you go.  Repeat for the other sections

6.    Wrap ribbon around the ball covering the seams, overlap the ends of the ribbon and secure with a dressmaking pin pressed

        into the foam ball.

7.    Wrap a length of ribbon alon the other seam line.  Include a loop for hanging on the tree and secure the layers of ribbon

        with another pin.


Mery Xmas


Xmas Wreath

By Heather Buck
on November 30, 2012
With 0 comments


This pretty xmas wreath is simple to make

Fabric Requirements

6 x 25cm Strips Christmas fabrics

Wire Coat Hanger the sort that comes from the drycleaners

8 gold bells

Florists Tape or similar

Gold Cord


Wreath Assembly

1.    Shape your coat hanger into a circle

2.    Cut the hook off and twist the ends together

3.    Tape the cut edges of the wire with florists tape so that there are no sharp edges

4.    Cut all of the fabric into 1" or 2.5cm wide strips

5.    Then cut the strips into 10" or 25cm lengths

6.    Taking two of the fabric strips at a time place the wrong sides together and then holding as if they are one piece of fabric tie

        a knot around the wire.

7.    Repeat with all the strips until the entire circle of wire is covered.

8.    Cut 15cm of Gold Cord, fold in half and knot the two ends together.  Then loop aroound the wire pulling the cord through itself

         to form a secure loop.

9.    Take the bells and one at a time thread onto a length of cord and tie at intervals around the wreath


I have made my wreath using christmas fabrics it would look just as effective in different fabrics. Also try only usint two colours and alternating them around the wreath.  Stiff ribbons (ie hold their shape) will also make a great wreath.


Instead of bells decorate with Candy Canes, Lolly Pops, Holly Leaves or even tinsel


Merry Xmas



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