Friday, January 30, 2009

More RAOKs

I'm a day late showing off these charm squares, we ended up hiding out at the local club for a few hours and then stayed for tea as well. Figured someone else could cook my meal and do the dishes. Beats making an effort at home.

These charm squares came from Voni and will be used no worries at all.

What a great range of materials. Thanks so much Voni.

Also this cute little cross stitch was included.

Geniene sent me 4 quilting magazines that she had doubles of. Thanks for that, I have already noted a couple of items for my wish list.

Far too hot to sew here, over 42 degrees each day. Roll on cooler weather.

Your only limited by your imagination.

Hoo roo

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Christmas In January

Is it Christmas in January, or is it my birthday come early???

No. But it sure feels like it.

Today DebsW called in for a few hours to give me some sewing lessons and to pick up material I had either bought on her say so and request. Or a couple of pieces I gave to her as a RAOK.

At the same time she had a little gift box with some goodies wrapped in tissue paper for me. I'll recycle the paper & ribbon ties.

Check out what she gave me.

Beads, buttons, charm squares, tapestry yarn & some stars.

Ric rac, lace, ribbons and those cute little flowers.

Pretty material and a yo-yo for those Suffolk Puffs .

How cool is this RAOK??

But there is more........

Tomorrow I'll show you what came through the mail yesterday, from a couple of lovely ladies.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Books I Won

Back in early December I entered a few competitions in some Australian sew magazines.

Well blow me down, I won one of them. Twenty five words or less to why I thought I should win the books.

I guess saying I was 45 years old, never ever used a sewing machine and saying H.E.L.P was good enough for them.

Prize is valued at $170

Now this is worth drooling over..........

Lurv cooking and adore food....

Crocheting is so relaxing..... think of all those blankets I'll be able to make family members.

Cross stitch Christmas cards this December (better start now) and preserving flowers..... wonder if I'll ever try it?

Are you pea green?

Thinking..... your so lucky Lucky?

Wish I won that book or oh I'd love that book?

Well get your envelopes into the mail when those competitions are staring back at you, as you flick though your magazine.

Remember............... you have to be in it............... to win it!

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Heather's Apron

While Pat's family was visiting, Heather & I had a day of serious sewing. I wanted to get an apron made for Heather before she headed home to Sydney.

Heather picked out her own drill material and a pile of material (20 cm) pieces to decorate the apron.

She also drew her own template for the flowers, we appliqued on. The ties around her waist are an apple pattern, the neck tie is fried eggs.

After it was finished, Heather lived in the apron until it was time for her to fly home.

Now it's just Pat, Pa & myself.... not getting a lot of sewing done..... too busy cooking and spoiling Pa.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sewing Doll Stuff.

Today I have bonding with my 12 year old niece Heather and 8 year old niece Emily.

We've been making and sewing something both girls wanted. While they are quiet and doing "their own things" thought I'd show what we made to you.

So lets take a look.

Emily wanted a rectangle cushion/quilt for her barbie dolls. As I missed this opportunity with Amy, I was so pleased to be able to do this with Emily.

How cool is it to be 8 years old and to have open pick ( well almost) on the material and then to pick a couple of fabrics and think how pretty they look together?

Emily picked her fabric, designed her pillow and left me to sew on the applique squares. After she slowly sewed up 3 sized of the material Emily put some stuffing into it & I sewed the last bit up.

The front has a button Emily picked from my collection.

The back Emily wanted to be opposite. One very happy girl there.

Heather wanted a cup-cake pot holder as her mum burnt a hole in her's back home in Sydney. If we don't get time to make the second one made before they go back this coming Wednesday. I'll make sure it heads back to Sydney when Pa goes home.

Heather did her own quilting and learnt to pin, cut and put together an item for sewing.

Auntie Lucky is so pleased to report, there were no tears, sewn fingers or severed limbs in today's bonding.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I've Moved.... Aagin!

What is happening? My sewing room is no more...did one of our kids moved home? No. mrgreen

Pat's dad is coming to stay for a couple of weeks or more from Sydney. Dad's 86 years young and needs his own room.

So my sewing room is now in the dining room area. Right next to my computer desk.

As it was 42 degrees here today, I would have moved out into where the a/c is anyway. Just wouldn't have brought my desk as well. Spent the afternoon cutting and then sewing. Very relaxing afternoon.

By bringing my desk out, there is more room for Pa in the bedroom.

I won't get much sewing done between tomorrow and Tuesday next week, as Pat's sister and her 2 daughters are flying over with Pa. Can't wait for them to get here, 8 am tomorrow morning.

We're pretty easy going here, so we didn't mind the phone call this morning saying they were arriving tomorrow. lol

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

My first Swap.

I've started with my very first sewing swap. This evening I have been matching this material with that material. Looking at the embellishments sent to me with some material, thinking about what I can do with them.

Found this to be very exciting, thinking of what I can make for my swapper.

Feeling confident enough to send back something lovely and well made, rather than shredded material with an note apologizing for the mess. mrgreen

Almost finished my apron, calling it quits on this for the day. Only need to learn how to use the button hole thingy and then it's all done and ready for me to use.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, January 9, 2009

More Fabric

Amy came home from work sick and last night Pat & Ben went to pick her car up. Pat had picked Amy up just before lunch, I was at the craft morning.

Anyway I went along for the ride and funny enough her car was parked with Spotlight in eye shot. Just had to go in for a squiz as its in a different suburb and I haven't been there for years.

Picked up some material for SewDeb and more for myself. Gee its funny how the materials can differ from shop to shop. This Spotlight had so many bolts I hadn't seen before.

Check these chooks out. They are so cool..... Picked a 1/2 meter of each up. Wonder if they are from the 60's or 70's??? Maybe its something they ate.

How pretty is this material? I picked up a meter of each.

1/2 a meter of the brown and a meter of the greenish one. I wanted the abstract one for cutting small squares.

The way I see it, if the material is reduced to $3.00 a meter, get a meter, $5.00 if not sure, 1/2 meter and anything over $5.00 1/2 a meter.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

What Have I learnt So Far?

I have learnt heaps. I am more confident in using my rotary cutter. And after all the cutting I did today, I should be. More confident in measuring my material as well and when cutting the floral, getting the best look for what I am wanting to use.

Also I am much more comfortable cutting out the squares and rectangles for the 2009 embroidery Swap.

Picking out material with the sales on at Spotlight. I have some really lovely material and already when I look at them, I am thinking of what I can use them for.

In the photo is an apron I am making for myself, with drill material. Its hanging up so that the fur kids like our Grand-Kitty Millie can't fur it up. Sewing room is very popular with them.

Went to a craft morning a friend has started at her place. Going again next Thursday for 3 hours.

Tomorrow I'll show you some amazing material I picked up at the Spotlight sales today.

Time for me to hit the hay and catch up with some much needed sleep. My leg is often keeping me awake in the early hours of the morning.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Oh I Did It.

Oh I did I, I made an oven mitt that fits. I am just so proud of this mitt. Even Pat can get his hand into it. Though he'd rather it was a bit bigger.

In the pattern it says to quilt first. I found I didn't have as much control over keeping the edges even.

So this time round I zig-zaged the edges first. Much tidier and easier to match up.

I then did the quilting and this time, I wandered the walking foot around the mitts.

There you have it, one oven mitt that fits comfortably and my hand isn't squashed. Room for my hand.

Really stoked how it came out and the material is just lovely and suits the mitt.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

About That Oven Mitt.

This afternoon, while Pat rests I am cutting out material for the new oven mitt and the second block for the cat's quilt. He's feeling his lungs today and a lot of pain along with it. So I am just keeping busy and quiet at the same time.

That Chilli oven mitt has been annoying me...... works fine, just tight. So I am going to have another go at making it.

This material I think is so pretty and I just had to buy a metre of it. Have you ever looked at a bolt and thought.... I so have to have some of that?

Figured I have enough to use a bit for the oven mitt.

One thing you'll find on this blog as with my other 3, I am very honest. So lets take a look at the first mitt.

I think I didn't sew it close enough to the edges. redface With the instructions, it said to quilt the sides first before sewing the edges together. After quilting the first one and it being a bit off and uneven edges.

The second one, I sewed the edges first with a zig-zag stitch. This seemed to keep all 4 pieces more even and in place. Then I quilted it.

So this time I have more of an idea of what I am doing. Also I am getting more savvy with my machine too.

I really do hope to have some good news in the next day or so about this mitt.

Until then....hoo roo

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Friday, January 2, 2009

My First Block

Fair & Square Block

I'm stoked with the result of my first ever block I have just finished. mrgreen It turned out so much better than what I thought.

Going to make another one the same, but in different colours. Then I will be able to with more confidence, make my first block for the 2009 embroidery swap I am taking part in for the next 12 months.

The practice ones aren't going to waste either. I'll use the trial blocks to learn about colours and putting them together. Then I'll make up a quilt for our cats, when the swap is finished. The cats will love their quilt. lol

I was more comfortable with measuring and using my rotary cutter as well.

I'm off now to find more material for the next block.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

One Oven Mitt Finished

One small oven mitt for me, 1 giant step for quilting. mrgreen

All done...what do you think???

Bit on the tight side. More so across the knuckle area and the thumb. Now this being a first timer making a mitt, I have put down to inexperience.

I was thinking maybe the mitt sizing is for a smaller hand. There was no sizing on the pattern. Maybe with the next one, I could increase the size an inch for bigger hands??

Pat can't fit his hand in the mitt, but compared to mine....his hands are huge.

Anyway happy with my mitt, small in areas, it is.

All in the pursuit of learning.

Until next time....hoo roo

Oh and Happy New Year to you all. mrgreen

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