Sunday, September 13, 2009

New fabric, weird weather and a special flower.

I have just discovered Kaffe Fasset fabrics! During last week I went to a quilting shop to buy some background fabric and decided to come home a different way. I was aware of another shop because it had been open for years, but I had no idea where it was exactly. Imagine my surprise when I found it, just around the corner from where I had been going for years!!! Inside is a treasure trove of Kaffe Fasset fabrics and more knitting yarn than you could ever use! (This is their website
I just had to buy some of that fabric. It is far brighter than anything I have ever used before, but it is growing on me! I can see where I will be doing lots of fussy cutting. Below is a pattern I bought last week that I intend to use this fabric for. I love the butterflies and ladybirds! I don't think I will follow the patterns exactly; I want to use them as inspiration for something of my own. The pattern is by Kellie Wulfsohn. Her blog is here
I have finished a few Le Moyne stars for the next border on the AQ. I have only about 1/4 of them done, but I have decided to try to make one a day.
We have had some weather extremes here (again!) recently. Yesterday was the hottest ever day for the first half of September. It got to 29.9 C (that is 85.8 F) ........I certainly hope that doesn't mean we are headed for another extremely hot summer.
It has been very windy here too. Yesterday a huge branch blew off one of our trees. The tree now looks very unbalanced because 1/3 of it is gone! The branch was covered in flower buds. If the tree lasts until after it has flowered I think we will have to remove it.

The photo below is of a fuschia that my Mum grew. Several years ago my parents had a wholesale/retail plant nursery specialising in fuschias and pelargoniums. Mum used to cross pollinate the fuschias to create new plants. Some were not very successful, but some made great plants with beautiful flowers. Mum named these new plants after members of the family. The flower below is "Lillian Mary" after Mum's Mother. The colours in this flower remind me of the colours my Grandmother used to wear. After the plant has finished flowering I am going to take cuttings and hopefully grow some more plants.


  1. I'm finding myself drawn to bright fabrics too lately! They're just so cheerful and uplifting! And I LOVE Kellie's patterns! Have fun with your fabrics! :0)

  2. love the kaffe fabrics , they just make me smile.
    I do love the quilt your working on the stars look great!

  3. It must be spring! I feel the need for the Kaffes too. Love the lemoyne stars.

  4. Oooo such pretty fabrics, even a few that I discovered here and managed to bring home. Isn't it fun to step out of our comfort zones? The flower is just beautiful!!


  5. Enjoy your Kaffes, Miriam! I wish I had stacks more. Love that new pattern, too - I have been eyeing it off for a while!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  6. I think I know why you bought that lovely fabric. To me it reminds of the Fuschia flower which is so beautiful.

  7. Love your stars - they are very gorgeous. Glad you found sunspun - they have lovely stuff.

  8. That pattern will love amazing with all the glorious Kaffe fabric.

  9. The AQ is beautiful. One star a day is good, I think I need to give it a try :o)

    You will soon be addicted to all things Kaffe like I am....his new book should be here in a day or two. Can't wait to see your creation!

    I'm sorry the weather has been so warm...yuck. We've had cool drizzly weather for days now. The fuschia plant is gorgeous!
    My g-grandmothers name was Lillian and they called her Lilly. I never knew her though.

  10. Hi Miriam... thanks for visiting my blog and the good wishes on my trip to Switzerland!

    Great Kaffe fabrics. I buy them and am always too afraid to cut into them, but I love his colors :-).

  11. Everything is lovely on your blog! I've just "discovered" Kaffe's recently too!

  12. Thanks for directing me here. The fuschia is truly lovely. My Dad also named roses for people in his life and donated roses for others to name. Although he died two years ago just before his 99th birthday, his roses are still bringing pleasure to others.