Saturday, December 11, 2010


Launceston Patchwork and Quilters celebrated the end of the year with two Christmas lunches. One for the Thursday group and the other for the Saturday group. Here is a little video I put together from the Saturday lunch which was held today.


Usually, afterwards a trip to Calico Crossroads (quilt shop) in Exeter is a MUST (In my case two trips heheheheh).

If I have done this right then the video should be in High Definition.. 

Lastly,  best wishes to Zoe for her birthday tomorrow ♥....


♥♥Marina ♥♥

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Today saw the last LPQ (Launceston Patchwork & Quilting) meeting day for the year. On display were quilts from the annual presidents challenge (This year was alphabet quilts, eg L for Log Cabin or whatever represents L or any other letter of the alphabet assigned to you).

There were Christmas quilts made from blocks that are raffled off at every yearly Christmas lunch etc.

Lastly, quilts from the annual retreat. 

This one is H for Houses I think 

Z for Zoe (The name of the owner of this quilt)

Annual retreat quilts. Retreat being annual sewing trip.

L for Log Cabin which is the design name of the blocks used. This one was my favorite

Christmas Block quilts. Everyone has to make a block and groups of 9 are raffled off
at the end of year Christmas lunches.

Links to more photos from today are below.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


After a year of putting together my Stars Around the Garden quilt is finally finished and ready for hand quilting.  It is so huge it is hard to find a place to take a proper picture of it in full. This is the best I can do.

Now that this one is finished its time to start planning the next project. Most likely the one pictured in the post before this one.

Monday, November 1, 2010


This pattern is a new one that was found and something that I really "needed" . It is called My Whimsical Garden Quilt by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O Cake designs. It is just gorgeous. More fabric to collect lol what FUN.


After a year or so I have finished this huge quilt called Stars Around the Garden. I just have to put on the green paisley strip around the border then I will post a photo of it in its entirety. There is still some thought as to where I can hang it since it is enormous. This will be hand quilted over 2011.

Stars around the Garden quilt ready for final pieced border.

Final pieced border to be sewn onto the quilt.
More photos to come shortly. For those that don't know this project was a block of the month from a shop in the USA called Homestead Hearth. I have provided the link to them below.

Am getting used to this new blogger, I think I like it now.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Halloween is celebrated today but not many people really know where its origins come from or what it is all about. This post explains Halloween from the pagan or wiccan perspective.

Samhain(pronounced Sow-in, Sah-vin, or Sahm-hayn), known most popularly as Halloween, marks the end of the third and final harvest, is a day to commune with and remember the dead, and is a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation. Samhain (once again Halloween) is the most coveted sabbat by the Wiccan (and many Pagan) religions.

In the European traditions, Samhain is the night when the old Goddies, and the Crone Goddess mourns him deeply for the next six weeks.  The popular image of her as the old Halloween hag menacingly stirring her cauldron comes from the Celtic belief that alldead souls return to her cauldron of  life, death, and rebirth to await reincarnation.

Halloween, plain and simple a favorite time of year. A true time for witches, Witchcraft itself, and Wiccans alike who feel that on this night the separation between the physical and spiritual realities is it's least guarded and it's veil the thinnest. It is a time for dimensional openings and workings, it is a somber holiday, one of dark clothes and thoughts for the dead, it is said to be the time when those of necromantic talents can speak with the dead and it is certainly a time to remember ones own dead. Witches believe it is a time of endings of relationships and bad situations and it is the time when one can see the glimmer of hope in the future. There are as many concepts attached to this holiday as any other, truly a time of remembrance of our ancestors and all those who have gone before.


Just a few photos of what is in the garden at the moment. Spring is a beautiful time of the year.


After time spent trying to sign into blogger without success I decided to start a new blog.

This new blog will be a continuation of the old one Avonlea Vignettes. 

I will be continuing on as before with all my quilt and craft related posts but will also be posting other topics of interest that I have as well. I will also be including various videos of different things as well.

Here is the link to the old Avonlea vignettes