Lovely Little One

No, I’m not pregnant, not that I’m too old but I wouldn’t have the energy to keep up with a little one! No, this is about an Australian lass named Bettina, her blog is called “Lovely Little One“. Bettina was my Covert Robin but at the time of the swap, she gave birth! She was so sweet and apologized profusely for her tardiness. Of course I told her not to fret, we were on our way to Germany for vacation and little ones come before swaps!

Just look at the lovliness I found in the mail upon our return!

Look at those gorgeous little turquoise flowers, did she really make this herself??  And look at this!

Which opens into this!

Aren’t they lovely? Bettina is an excellent sewer, her stitches are perfection and I love that expadible zippered pouch in the centre of the wallet.

Thank you Bettina, your generous gifts are gorgeous!

Covert Robin D-Day!

Today is link-up day and I’m happy to say that my package is wrapped and ready to drop in the mail box! I waffled around trying different quilting techniques which I learned isn’t a good thing to do when you’re meeting a deadline!

I stuck to the tried and true. I really hope my partner likes her gifts!



Week End


Yesterday I was going to write a post entitled something like “Quilting Fail” but it really wasn’t a fail, I was just running out of steam.

I put together the quilt back for my Backyard Jellybean quilt and started quilting it. I have to admit, I love piecing and quilting small, manageable items but I’m not so big on quilting anything larger. Having to wrestle the quilt back and forth through the throat of the machine really doesn’t put a song in my heart.

I also sewed together a bunch of little triangle scraps from my Backyard Baby fabric and made a mug rug to practice free motion quilting on and broke a needle on one of the very bulky seams. I have to work on making my seams more managable, especially with traingles, you know how fat and ungainly those can get!!

Lastly, I worked on my Covert Robin gift. I tried the velvet and raw silk idea but it really wasn’t turning my crank (or DH’s for that matter) so I scrapped that project and moved on  with some Patricia Bravo fabric, photos to come…

I ordered labels from Lilla Lotta on Etsy, I discovered her through Red Pepper Quilts, will show and tell once they arrive.

Hello Spring!



All week I have been stressing and fretting over my Covert Robin partner, I’ve been through every single page of her blog. She doesn’t post any photos of her home, decor or even herself. I have no idea what she looks like or what colours her walls are. All I know if that she likes yellow and grey, owls, pennants and a couple of other things I dare not mention lest I give away her identity. But all in all, her blog doesn’t really tell me anything about her home life.

I have a few thoughts on what I’m going to make for her and I’ve downloaded this awesome bunny holding scissors embroidery file from Urban Threads.  I’m going to stitch it out but am not yet sure how to use it in a project, it’s just so friggin’ cute!

Happy sewing everyone!

And the Winner is…

#65 according to!

cath on February 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm said:
“OOhh, so many things that could be done with $50 of fat quarters – my mind is tingling!”

An email has been sent and once I receive confirmation, her $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop will be sent. I would love to know what she chooses and what she makes with it.

A Big Thank You to everyone who entered and left comments, I enjoyed reading each and every one!

Those of you who follow my blog know that I’m participating in the Covert Robin gift swap hosted by Imagine Gnats and I received the name of my recipient yesterday. This is only the second swap I’ve ever participated in and I’m so excited / nervous! I’ve been scouring her blog looking for something we have in common — colour, pattern, style. She likes yellow and grey and so do I and it just so happens that I’ve been collecting fabrics in these colours.

Last night I started cutting grey and yellow Dresden blades but I’m not sure if I’m going to make a plate with them or something completely different.

Have a great Saturday, now get sewing!