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


Uncle Buck's Farm

By Heather Buck
on December 16, 2012
With 1 comments


I love applique.  I started a long time ago and loved it when my children were small and I made most of their clothes and included applique on almost everything they wore including baby onesies or as we called them all in ones.  They had some of the most detailed windcheaters that looked better than anything you could buy in the shops (if I do say so myself) and it was cheaper to.  No one ever had the same clothes as my little darlings.  Now life is so busy who has time to make childrens clothes and it is far cheaper to purchase them even if the quality isn't as good.

Our children grew up on the family farm and had the freedom to roam across the paddocks.  Catch yabbies and tadpoles in the creeks and fish for trout in one of the dams.  It was a great life even if they didn't realize this at the time. I remember finding them late one afternoon sitting in the edge of the scrub eating native cranberries they had found on their way home from the creek.

When it came to naming this quilt the ladies I stitch with on Thursday nights decided Buck's Farm just had to be the name (our surname) but as our son Justin  is Uncle Buck to his neices and nephew we decided to name it for him.

I hope all of you enjoy this our newest quilt and have fun personalizing it with fabrics from your stash.  Applique lends itself so well to rumaging in all the scraps and as I find the perfect piece remembering what I have already used the bulk of the fabric for.


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
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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



Tips for Seams that Match perfectly

By Heather Buck
on November 27, 2012
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  We all want our quilts to look professional and have all our seams meet perfectly

Here are a few tips

1    Press all the seams on the first row to one side in the same direction

2    Press all the seams on the second row in the opposite direction to the first row

3    With right sides together match up each seam one at a time

4    Rub the seams together between thumb and finger until they are seated perfectly together

5    Place a pin 1/8th of an inch on either side of the seam line.  This will hold the two seams in place and stop them moving while stitching.

6    Stitch the two rows of blocks together using a 1/4" seam.  Slowly across the pins we don't want to break a needle.

7    Once stitched remove pins and press

I use this method all the time and very seldom have a seam that doesn't match up

if you are making complex blocks with lots of pieces that meet in the same spot press all the seams open this makes the seams less bulky

 then pin either side of the seam line

If you have any queries email me


Happy Stitching


Aussie Bird Stitcheries

By Heather Buck
on November 14, 2012
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This is just 5 of our Aussie Bird series of stitcheries.  We also have a New Holland Honeyeater, Willy Wagtail, Rainbow Lorikeet,Kestrel, Glossy Black Cockatoo and Magpie.  Soon to be completed are the Scarlet Robins.

The patterns are available individually as patterns for cushions.  If you would like to be able to hang them on the wall buy an art canvas at least 15" square.  Then when you cut out the background fabric for your stitchery allow enough fabric to wrap around the edges of the canvas.  Approx 20" square should be enough but please measure the canvas before cutting. Transfer the design to the middle of your fabric.  When you have finished the stithcing press then place over the art canvas.  Centering the design.  Staple the fabric to the back of the canvas frame working on one side.  Then staple to the back of frame on the opposite side then repeat with the final two sides.  Fold the fabrics around the corners neatly and staple in place.

This gives a great alternative use for your stitcheries

I find stitcheries are great projects to work on while travelling.  They are small and very portable.


Happy Stitching




Welcome to my Blog

By Shopify
on October 30, 2012
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My Nanna taught me to sew on an old Singer Treddle sewing machine when I was 9 years old, she was a talented tailoress and loved to crochet fine doilies, table runners and tableclothes which she also taught me which was no mean feat as I am the only left hander in right handed family.  She never gave up for which I am truly grateful.

I was introduced to lots of different crafts through art classes when I was in High School. I started Spinning Wool when I was 13 years old.  This led to Weaving which in turn was made into all sorts of bags cushions ect. that were sold to earn my own pocket money.  Spinning was an obsession for quite a few years and I was very proud of the Sports Jacket that I made for my Husband from the wool I had spun from sheep on his family farm "Kaiwarra".

I tried lots of different crafts while I was at school including Pottery, Tye Die, Batiks, Macrame, Enammelling and Copper Jewellery.  I discovered patchwork when I was 17 and made two of the most hideous paper pieced hexagon quilts you have ever seen in bright green and orange homespun..  I thought they were wonderful at the time but my tastes have certainly changed over the years.

I made very few quilts while our children were growing up consentrating instead on making and appliquing most of their clothes.

We ran a 7 day a week tourism catering busingess on our farm near Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island for 12 years.  My small amount of down time away from this was spent with a group of local ladies learnig Folk Art and Paper Toile which I enjoyed for a number of years.  I also learnt Lead lighting which I enjoyed but not enough to persue as a permanent hobby.

My Husband and I bought The Bay Window in 2006 and I have been designing my own range of Patchwork and Stitchery patterns since 2009


Happy Stitching



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