Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild

The Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild has a new website. It is a non profit organization which aims to promote the art of Brazilian embroidery through seminars and workshops, newsletters and of course the website.

There is some useful information published on the site such as instructions on how to so the stiches and some hints and directions.

A special gift received


I have been wandering around the house peering at stuff through a tonal view finder as a result of a generous gift sent to me by Shay Toner. I had heard about the 3 in 1 colour tool but not ever seen it. It is a stack of colour swatches that you can use to plan colour schemes and at the back of the swatches there is a handy view finder. When you look at a pile of fabrics the sheet of coloured plastic knocks out colour so that you just see tonal values. This makes it an ideal quilters tool.

In the parcel was some vintage lace to die for it is totally gorgeous. Also a really nice piece of ribbon was tucked in all side some threads. I think I was most touched when I spotted the threads as I realised that Shay had matched the colours to this crazy quilt block which I was working on when she posted the parcel but have since finished.

Anyone who has seen the I dropped the button box crazy quilt will know I have a liking for buttons so an Altoids tin full of vintage buttons was pounced on with glee. I am not sure if Shay was aware of it or not but we do not have Altoids – or their tins here in OZ so the tin itself was a great gift too! Apart from liking the shape it’s an extremely useful size making it a handy little storage tin. Thankyou Shay!

All that Jazz Done!

As I am sure everyone knows Annie of Annies Crazy World has been meticulously assembling the All that Jazz Katrina fundraiser quilt and the two quilts made from donated blocks. These are now done.

Do take a look as these quilts are really stunning. All that Jazz 2 is complete.

The last All that jazz quilt had her stumped a bit but have a look at how she resolved it . It works really well now in my opinion.

Annie has even finished the packaging the quilts will travel to the US in. Take a look at what she has done

Annie has done an really good job on these quilts. It is not a rushed job just thrown together but well crafted as she has taken as much care of the assembly as the creators did when they made their blocks. The final attention to detail makes for a spectaular series of quilts.