A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bernina Club

The amazing Robyn (left) and Lois. 

This year I made a resolution to devote some time to doing more of the things that make my life sing, and one of them is sewing.  So I joined the local Bernina Club and once a month I join a group of talented people to talk about sewing.  The wonderful Robyn from Tauranga Bernina Shop demonstrates new techniques, cute projects and amazing tools all the while motivating us all with her enthusiasm for the art of sewing. 

At times sewing seems a lonely pastime,  thank goodness for the internet where I can connect with a world-wide community of like minded souls but there is nothing like face to face contact.  The Tirau group are a bunch of talented ladies who make me look forward to the second Tuesday in the month!!! Last Tuesday we celebrated the end of the year with a show and tell and a yummy morning tea.

I wore my Donna Karan 1250 dress that I made in October and made this basket and the chocolate goodies.

Easy Chocolate Brownie and Delectable White Chocolate Laminton Morsels.
 Take a look at what Cyndi made out of an old suit, a backpack using a Bernina pattern.
Buttons from the sleeve.

Buttonholes and pockets are so easy to reuse.

No need to line!!
Lois is an extremely talented artist who is an inspiration and a great source for sewing problems.  She recently had two of her works photographed and put onto canvas.

Mary used the inspiration from a front cover NZ Quilter and made this quilt front.

Dorothy made this beautiful detailed house quilt.

Carolyn and her Christmas picture.

Inspired by all this and fueled by chocolate I went home and made another T shirt for DD1.  This comes from the Inspiration magazine that Bernina produce.

The fit of these patterns are like Burda but I had to grade it up a size and then added more to the lower side seams.  I love the look of the T-shirt with the scarf piece and the irregular neck line.  I am very happy with the slit I made using the welt technique.

The printed fabric was a bargain buy at the Fabric Barn in Hamilton on half price.  It has the writing printed both right way and upside down but next T-shirt I make I will turn it the other way.


  1. Wow- I'd love to have so much local inspiration, gorgeous work!

  2. What an inspiring and creative bunch of ladies! I adore that backpack!

  3. Jacquianne - I have some fabric for you - send me your address please.