Thursday, July 10, 2014

Time For Change...

Is the world of blogging coming to an end, with the introduction of Instagram? I hope not, I love spending lazy days reading through my favourite blogs, to see what people are up to and looking at inspiring quilts and who has made what and how they were created. 

I absolutely love Instagram, and it is my daily quilting fix, as I pour over photos of quilts, fabrics and family snapshots, and be totally inspired for the day, sometimes it even gets me out of bed and onto the sewing machine, but I still find that blogs give you a greater look into what someone is creating. You can add lots more photos and heaps more writing and notes, it is more like a journal. So I will do both!

I must admit I have been pretty lazy when it I come to my own blog, so I thought today as I'm home sick that I would freshen it up and give it a face-lift. Ive kept it pretty basic, just focusing on what I believe is important to me, and to you the reader. Here you will find snapshots of quilts that I'm working on at the moment and pictures of beautiful fabrics.

I have also included in the sidebar a quote of the day (which may end up being monthly, knowing me!!) I have also included my favourite blogs, which I'm sure there are many more to add. I am also thinking of doing a favourite of the month, be it a store, a blog, an Instagram link or whatever, one that has inspired me and I hope will inspire you!!

To those that blog regularly, please keep it up, as you offer wonderful inspiration everyday! 

Beautiful fabric selection from Amitie Textiles

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Meadow Blossom Quilt.....

Hi Everyone,

I love holidays... 

And it also just happens to be one of our hottest summers yet!! 
It has been reaching 44C or 111F, for those in the US!!

I have just had 2 weeks break from work and during that time 
wanted to make a whole complete quilt top...

I found this one in "With Fabric And Thread" by Joanna Figueroa, a little while ago and thought it was stunning in its simplicity and that it would be a really quick quilt to make...

So I earmarked it for my holiday quilt.... I chose a beautiful buttery yellow and a clean crisp white homespun in which to make my quilt.

Here are some of the steps I took to make instructions, just pictures, you can find all the instructions in the book!! Which I must admit the book is beautiful!!

And no coincidence the instruction were in the colour way that I chose, the original is in a grass green colour!! I picked the fabric before I looked at the instructions again!! Haha!!

I made the complete top in 2 days.... now that's quick!!

What do I make now??

Until next time...
Keep stitching and creating something beautiful...
Sharni XOXO

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Welcome to Alaric Mannan.... my Grandson!!

Hi Everyone!!

Well I haven't been around much lately, but for those that follow me on Instagram = (lyrebird_lamb), you'll know that I have been busy preparing for the arrival of my first grandson.

I have been making quilts and clothes, sheets and quilts, bunting and all sorts of fun baby goodies.

I have also held a baby shower for my daughter and organised everything for this event, from cupcakes to sausage rolls and lollies and of course the cake!! We even had a competition on who could create the cutest onesie!!
We have had a fun few weeks..... and then he arrived....early!!

Welcome to my grandson "ALARIC MANNAN".... born on Christmas Eve, 24th December at 1.45am weighing in at 7lb 8oz. So Proud!!

I was with my daughter Hannah throughout the whole labour and watching your daughter in that much pain is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. And then after 12 hours of established labour, a Caesarean was necessary for both mother and baby. I was there to cut the cord and to bring baby over for his first cuddle with mum... Such a beautiful moment in time...

Life is finally returning to normal....just....we are still having sleepless nights!! But...
I promise I will try and post more regularly than I have and let you into my world of quilting and life!!

Until next time
Keep Stitching and Creating...
Sharni XOXO

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm Back.... with some Exciting News!!....

Hi Everyone,

You may have thought by now, that I had left the country or something, as I haven't posted on my blog for so long, but the truth is my daughter's computer broke, so being great parents, we gave her ours (my husband's and mine!!),to use, so she could watch movies and keep in contact with friends, and we both have IPads that we use. 

BUT, while I could write on my blog, my Ipad would not let me upload photos to add to my blog, so I gave up for awhile...but today I really needed to get on a REAL computer to pay the bills, so I thought I would steal 5 mintues to blog and let you know whats happening in my life.


I'm going to be a Grandma, yes, I'm 46, and going to be a nana!! I'm so excited!! Can you tell!!

My youngest daughter (the one who has our computer) is having a baby!! She is due in January and will be living with us, which is fine by me as I will get to cuddle and love this baby everyday. (There's a long hard story behind the scenes, but all will be okay in the long run.) OH! And she's having a BOY!!

So I have been stitching things for her room, and for the new little baby, as they will be sharing a bedroom. Here are some of the things I've been stitching...

Pinwheel Quilt by SewMamaSew
 Little Red Riding Hood fabrics By Tasha Noel

"Scoot" designed by Sarah Fielke
Fabrics - "Sherbet Pips" by Aneela Hoey
I recently re-painted her bedroom gray with white trims, and we have added splashes of red and aqua. So my version of the 'Pinwheels' quilt looks perfect hanging over the cot. My daughter has her 'Scoot' quilt on her bed.

We are still in the process of making some new cot sheets and baby clothes, but I'm having fun making all those little things again!!

Until next time
(Hopefully not too long)

You can always find me on Instagram too at 

Keep stitching

xx Sharni xx

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along Quilt...

After seeing many of my "Instagram' friends making this quilt, I decided to give it a try, if nothing else it would use up some of my scraps from my stash.

So I challenged myself to the task, and made myself make each block totally different, I was not to use the same fabric twice - even with the large amount of fabrics I had, it was still difficult as I still had to make the fabrics work together.

I firstly made piles of fabrics that I wanted to use, then put them together in sets of six fabrics, that blended together nicely!! Then I had to cut a 16" strip from each fabric; stitch them together, crosscut, unpick and restitch, until I had 36 blocks total. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!!

I stitched the blocks together to create a diamond design, but this can also be stitched to create zig-zags or chevrons, which I might try one day, when I have another stash of fabrics to use up!! It really is an effective design!!

I just got it back the other day from the quilters, in which they quilted with swirling daisies, and looks great!

Another quilt finished....

Until next time


Friday, April 26, 2013

On The Pond....Block Two and Three...

I spent the afternoon today making Block Two ....

and Block Three.... of Sarah Fielke's Block of the Month Quilt.

Don't forget you can find all the instructions and downloads here.

Can't wait to find out what this quilt will look like when it's finished!

(By the way, sorry about the quality of the photos, 
it was late afternoon by the time I finished, and the light was a little off!!)

Until Next Time,

Keep Stitching,


Monday, April 22, 2013

On The Pond....Block One...

I was very excited to find that Sarah Fielke, of 'The Last Piece' blog, and author of 'Hand Quilted With Love', available through Amazon, had put together a Block Of The Month through the Spotlight stores, in conjunction with her recent release of her fabric line 'On The Pond', which too, is stocked at Spotlight.

I went out the next day and purchased the required amount of fabric, and set to complete the first block.

Don't you just love a mystery?

You can find the free downloads of Sarah's BOM here.

I will post more of the blocks as I make them.

Until next time

Keep Stitching