Monday, August 31, 2009

Dates for September/October

Hey Ladies!

I thought I would post the dates for September/October so everyone know what is going on!

Thursday September 3 - 7.30 - 10ish
Thursday September 24 - 7.30 - 10ish

NO GROUP THURSDAY OCT 1 as Jenny will be away

so then in October

Thursday October 8 - 7.30 - 10ish
Thursday October 22 - 7.30 - 10ish
Thursday October 29 - 7.30 - 10ish

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Help me, Blogless Mary!!!

With all my wedding preparations, I don't think I'll manage to get to Perle's before the big day.
Mary, can you please tell me where I can get a pair of those awesome cufflink backs.
Thanks so much.
Andi :-)

Sunday, June 7, 2009


have something to show you guys! 4 weeks to this. Nikki says it's always like that, as we are learning all the little things. I spent a whole session unpicking!

It's actually seersucker, so I had to fuse wadding first then interfacing, not the other way round, or I would have lost the 'seer-sucker-ness'- know wot I mean?
It had it's first outing today- now I want to change the strap! I'm terrible.

Friday, June 5, 2009


I've decided to make my partner some cufflinks as a gift for our wedding day.
(Lucky he doesn't read this blog).

I'm going to make some covered buttons using these images of our children:

Then, I'll stick them on to cufflink backings.
Mary, can I buy a pair from you at the next Perle's?

Andi :-)

EDIT - 11th June : I can't get there next week but will be there first Thurs in July.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I can quit anytime I want to.. I just don't want to.

So.... there better be a TV there tonight.

I'm just sayin'.

Cause if I don't get my Masterchef fix well...

Let's just say I won't be responsible for what happens.

(anyone got TV on their phone?!)

Holly x x

Sunday, May 31, 2009

ch ch ch changes


perle eight meets are now being held on

the FIRST thursday of the month
and the
THIRD thursday of the month

shoot me an email and let me know if you are going to rock up
$5 cost - tea/coffee/biscuits provided

love your work chicks

jus x

Thursday, May 28, 2009

About last night ....

A small group and lots of fun.

Justine had a shy moment while making some sweet 'quiet time pillows'.

Cath made some funky pink coasters using CDs and some leopard print. Lovely!!!

I also had a shy moment, hiding behind my latest quilting effort:

Justine took a rather arty shot of my quilt too ....

Annette did some clever knitting .....

.... with a bit of help from Mary, who wins the prize for the most productive crafter of the week.

Here she is modelling a hat she's knitted:

and just a few others ....

Also on Mary's "Done" list this week is:

the most hysterical pair of cufflinks ...

A stunning necklace made using knitted wire ....

And a resin bangle she just "whipped up" ....

Of course, we didn't starve either ...

Hope your evening was crafty too.

Andi :-)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Have you guys seen this?

Anyone interested in applying to part of the next 'Handmade in Melbourne' book?
Check out:

Andi :-)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Quick question .....

Where do you guys get your fabric labels / tags made?
I want some little 'patch andi' labels to attach to quilts, bags, pillows, etc.

All suggestions appreciated.

Andi :-)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Here it is, just needed a good sleep and it came to me!



got gifts, will party

Mum made the cheesecake while I busted out these pressies for tomorrow. Thanks Mary and everyone for your suggestions yesterday. One headband is denim on one side - in this photo, it's wearing an invisibility cloak but it really is there.

Ok, completely forgot what I was originally supposed to post about, but found that book we were talking about, in The Book Depository, which we were also talking about!
And don't you love this?
Good news and Bad news.
I am not able to come for the next 6 weeks (that's the bad news, for me anyway!) as I am doing a bag course with Nikki (that's the good news). So please do lots of posting so I can catch up!
PS There'll be a photo of finished bunting soon! 100 flags!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sugar and Spice, Frogs and Toads

I put the call out tonite for hot tips on handmade birthday gifts. My brain didn't cope with the plethora of suggestions - I don't want to miss any. Library bags, Tote, headbands, hairclips..what else was there?? Anyone else know of some sure fire hits?? Thanks a mucho
PS - Thanks to Judy for my square demo. So patient - you must work with kids or something...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ta Daaa!!

See you guys in a few weeks.

If you are going to 'Stitches' in Brisbane, have a great time.

Andi :-)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

tonight april 23

Tonight we are downstairs at amitie!
Tonight I will be hand quilting my "Quiet Time Pillows" and making more badges :)

What are you going to do?

See you all later!

Justine x

REMEMBER we are not on next week, April 30

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Done and dusted

My crochet blanket is now complete and handed over to my sister for my baby niece, Deborah in Sydney. What shall I do next? 

Friday, April 17, 2009

A few pics

Last nights Perle 8's crafty get together was a full one! Here are a few pics of the busy girls working :)
Look at the levels of concentration!
Watch Fi speed through her Fi's Bend (her take on the Gee's Bend) quilt :)
I worked on finishing a doll for my little one Mia, she just needs a little work on her hair and some clothes! I also worked on Justine's second sock which was intended for her birthday LAST year (ahem it's her birthday tomorrow). Happy Birthday Luv!
Other projects happening included a first time zip on a cushion :), baby balls, badge making, quilting, crochet, knitting and hand sewing.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sometimes I just want to post it twice

Hi All,

I've just posted on my blog about last night's Perle 8's.

I also wanted to make mention of it here so here's a link:

Should I have just cut and pasted?

What do you guys think?

Andi :-)

PS Thanks for a lovely crafty evening last night. I have such a nice time when I come along.

Look what I found under the table

of Fi's sewing haha. I honestly was only looking for a scrap or 2 to cover a button......hmm, how will I put it to good use? Any suggestions?

As a devoted scrap collector, I am truly thankful for this blessing of fabric.....I jut hope I can do it justice! Thanks Fii!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

What's going on with this blog? Anybody out there?

Anyway, I plan on coming this week. Thought I'd make a start on this:

Who else is coming along?
Andi :-)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Up Up and away

This lovely bloke I know caught the train to bendigo to meet me so he could drive and I could stitch the binding on the way back to melb. Done in time for delivery on Sunday for christening. Photo's also taken by bloke while I faffed about getting ready so blame him for any lighting (etc) ishewws. Rocket fabric from amitie - waaaayyy too cute to chop up.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Let's put some love into this blog!

Another full house at Perle 8's last night.
I have added us all to the side bar and you have all been granted permission to write posts on our blog. This is all about getting to know each other at our sewing nights and in between. Feel free to write about anything you'd like, it's a way of us all communicating.
Click on your name and let me know if I need to update your personal blog link.
Come on Let's put some love into OUR COMMUNITY blog!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

2nd Session - Thursday February 12, 2009

Second meet up last night. A few of the same from last weeks session and some new faces. It's working out nicely being a weekly get . gets to chat and be involved in what's going on. A few of us were quilting, paper piecing, making softies, crocheting, stamping...Lot's of different skills.
Speaking of stamping, Holly made us all one of her delicate hand carved stamps to take home!

Thanks girls! another Thursday night well spent.
Thanks to Jenny for letting us hire the amitie upstairs space.

Friday, February 6, 2009

1st session -Thursday Feb 5,2009

A small group to kick of the start of what feels like a sweet thing!
There were seven of us and we managed to get some things done amongst the eating and laughing.
I'd discovered a few nights before that there was already a "crafty minx" so I asked you all to come up with a new name. I loved them all! Fi's was the one I chose in the end as I love Perle 8 cotton and it sounded like a 50's soul group!! So I was sold.
It was great to finally meet Michelle, always ace to see Cathy (get back to blogging would ya!) and Holly,Annette and my mate Mindy made it all a great night.

See you next week, justinex