Friday, October 30, 2009

Day Of The Birds

After spending the morning sweating as I cleaned rooms in our house, a shower and then I was into my dose of sewing for the day.

While it was warming up outside, I was happy with my new little buddies in the kitchen under the a/c.

Once all finished and tidied up (well almost tidied up) I took my new little buddies out the back and hung them in my nectarine tree.

One good thing about these little birds, they didn't eat the duck's & chicken pellets when fed this evening.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

It was hot here today and after feeling sick yesterday, I took today easy and spent the afternoon working on the lounge head rest covers.

Both fronts are finished and I just need to get some more green homespun for the back. I am so pleased with how they have turned out. More so for the fact I didn't mix up the blocks. Had visions of one being in the wrong spot.

Not buying the homespun until next pay, as I am wanting to be able to spend some $$$$ at the Quilting fair at the end of the month.

Thinking I'll ditch stitch the blocks and stipple the edge boarder.

This has been a long project, be glad to see it finished.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today Been A Real Hoot.

Today I have had a new best friend. No not this cute owl, but a bucket. I have had a headache all day and my earlier meals have been revisiting me.

Once that settled down I made this little owl. Khris was making them last week at our sewing group. The pattern can be found here.

I have a feeling this little fella will have a friend sometime tomorrow.

Also I have added a couple of new buttons to the left of my posts. A button for subscribing and a feed burner.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Here Comes The Judge

Are you, your own worse judge when it comes to any of your craft work? I am and always have and always will be.

When I am knitting, if I make a mistake and after over 35 years of knitting I have learnt how to fix them without frogging them as much. If I don't fix it, I tend to stuff up somewhere else as that boo-boo plays on my mind.

Are you like me?? When your not happy with your work it plays on you? It does with me. This has happened with my Breast of Friends block and I am only on the 1st one block. Have a long way to go with the quilt and I had to make a choice now, before it drove me nuts.

Barb was kind enough to let me know what she does with her blocks, when I sent out a call for help and tips. Thanks heaps and I will be doing this in any future adventures I go on.

So lets take a look at my problem and how I have fixed it.

Your not seeing twins..... I am not making 2 quilts.

The block on the left is the one I am not happy with. I don't like the use of the whisper weft on the back and I am so not happy with my embroidery for the words. Also I used 2 threads with the blanket stitch on the applique and I wished I had used 1 thread. I love the finer look it gives.

Another issue was the fraying of the last boarder I put onto the block.

So yesterday afternoon I started again.

The seed homespun I used was 13 inches and not the 11.5 inches and has a light weight iron on interfacing. Same as I used on the 2 Christmas bags I made last week. Then I zig-zag around the edging to stop any fraying.

Many sewing hugs Barb for suggesting the extra size for the stitchery.

When I'm ready to sew on the boarders, I'll cut the block back to 11.5 cm.

The first block, see how the words are puckering? I was just so annoyed with the result and the iron wasn't helping to settle it down much either.

Now here is the second block and I think you will agree with me, much better. Also I like the finer look of the blanket stitch.

I am seeing this stumbling as a lesson and if I don't learn from it, then its a mistake. Slept good last night, no negative thoughts about the quilt when I went to bed.

Happier this morning about the whole adventure I am taking with my sister Deb. So very, very happy I chose to follow my heart and do what made me happy.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Best Of Friends Update

Bit of an update with my 1st block of Breast of Friends.

Firstly I will be using a light weight iron on interfacing when I do my next block. I have whisper weft on the back of this block and I am not sure I like the end result, it is giving me. I used the light weight interfacing on those little bags and the embroidery is much nicer.

I have a couple of questions to ask and I so hope you'll comment and give me your valued opinion.

  • How do you handle the fraying of the last boarder of the block?? I am thinking I should have used the whisper weft over the whole block and not just the seed homespun. Would this have stabilized the fraying???
  • Should I add an extra boarder, basting it on to stop anymore fraying of that end boarder??
  • Or just put a new boarder on, when this block is finished???
What do you do when making a block like I am??? How can I improve this area???

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Amy's Bag

Just finished, for Amy as a stocking filler this Christmas.

These are so addictive and I have plans for 1 in orange and another blue one for my 2 sister in laws.

Those ones I am planning on changing a tad bit with the stitchery area.

These little bags are just so easy and quick to run up.

My imagination is running over time, with this pattern.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another Give Away Or Two.

I love giveaway competitions and here are 2 for you to have a look at.

First one is at Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe. This is a great give away and love the name of this blog. Love pumpkins and I am also going to follow this blog. The fat 1/4s are just lovely. So please go and have a look.

The other give away is on Don't Look Now blog. This work is just stunning and you have the chance to win some lovely patterns. So go over and have a look.

Reading about giveaways on blog has allowed me to not only have the fun of entering, but also seeing other people's work.

A Bag For Christmas.

The other day I posted my bargains I picked up at the 20% sale at Spotlight.

Today I am so happy to show you the first of the 2 bags I am making with the material. This bag pattern can be found on Among The Gum Trees blog.

I didn't go with the Christmas theme fabric, but with Ann's bathroom colours. Well I rang Ben & Amy and asked them the colour of Ann's bathroom. So if I have it wrong, it's the kids fault.

Going to pop a couple of hand made soaps from a shop in the city inside. Think it'll make a lovely little Christmas present. Ann can then hang the bag in her bathroom or if she wants, use it else where.

Already started Amy's and will put my feet up this afternoon and watch the midday movie and do more of the stitchery.

How are your Christmas gifts going?

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Magazines & Books

Over on soggy bottom flats quilting & stitching there is a really fun give away going on. It all about those magazines that we buy or are given and what we do with them.

I have 10 years worth or gardening magazines, stored safe and sound in plastic sleeves in folders in our book case. Stopped buying them back a couple of years ago as I have so many and I mean how many ways can you sow carrot seeds????

Now with my sewing passion....... I have those magazines to collect and keep.

Lets take a look at my collection so far.

Hello there's Percy, that's where he lives when not out traipsing around our planet. A lot of those hard covered books are all the ones I have been lucky enough to win.

The wooden boxes are from a bank that was throwing them out. Make great book holders and also material boxes.

I also use Amy's build in wardrobe for storing books and the draws are full of goodies too. The clothes rail is great for hanging up my felt packs amongst other items. Those plastic folder to the right have templates, photocopied patterns or helpful hints in them.

When I ordered my subscription I was lucky enough to score a free subscription at the same time of a different magazine. Also Pat's dad gave me a subscription as well, for Christmas last year. Binders were free with the subscriptions.

So how do you store or keep your mags???? Or do you pass them on to a friend or family??? Why not check out soggy bottom flats quilting & stitching have a go at winning a give away and read all the comment as well.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Bad Lucky!!! Bad Lucky!!

Well who's a bad girl then???

Back from our quilt shop crawl and I must say firstly, a huge thank you to my beautiful hubby.....Patrick for driving us to both shops. It was his idea actually to visit 2 quilting places, we were happy with just one. But then who's going to look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak??

With my direction maps off the internet we collected Deb again from her daughter's house at 10 am and off we went.

First stop.....Quiltaholics.

I was after a couple of material fat 1/4's in green and lemon colours for my "Breast of Friends" quilt. Nothing else..... I was going to be so restrained.

Oh boy oh boy...................... that shop is eye candy to a quilting person. There were rooms here and rooms there and 2 wonderful ladies to help us out. They even gave Pat a cup of coffee while we drooled, patted and perved.

My plan fell off the planet once I entered through the front door of this shop. Oh this shop is just sooooooooooo so, so, so.......just soooooooooooooooo SO. I had to restrain myself...... there was cat material in blocks (cushions), poultry blocks (quilts) country fabric of all kinds. I want to make a bag I saw made by Deb and a couple of other ladies, that has lots of pockets...........going to take my retro chook material back here one day and match up some country material, when I am ready to make it.

So lets take a look at what I bought there.

For my "Breast of Friends" quilt. I think I have enough for the blocks now and if I need say a bit later on next year... I'm going back to Quiltaholics.

Deb was after flannelet material for a raggy quilt. While we drooled and did all those addictive twitches, Deb said something about labels for quilts.

I have been after them since I saw one Deb used in a "bag swap" we did on the craft forum. So I asked and look what I found.

Isn't it just the cutest label print?? The only other label material I have found has been at Spotlight and they were just awful. Well I thought they were...

After we left Quiltaholics, we picked up the other set of directions and headed off to Unley where Riverlea Cottage is. This was to be Deb & my second trip to this shop together, first trip was by bus.

After going the scenic way (my fault) we got onto the correct road and off we travelled. Parked the car in a hour park and across the road we went.

Now in this shop its run by a husband & wife team (beautiful people) and hubby was there today. So he chatted with Pat between serving people and helping us out.

I asked about a pen for writing on these labels I had bought and he said they had a great range of labels. Bad Lucky raised her head again.

Check out the ones I picked up at Riverlea Cottage.

This is Moda fabric too.

I also bought a Micron 05 brown pen after a great demo of them and a tip on how to write without the material moving. Put some visafix on the back to help stable your material as you write and then remove if needed.

So today I bought items for what I thought were genuine reasons.

I bought my labels I have been searching for since sometime at the start of the year..... now I found them, I couldn't just walk away.

Had to buy the right pen to write on this material...

Bad Lucky, bad Lucky................ I bought a fat 1/4 for the hell of it. For my stash.

Isn't it darling???? So pretty. I thought I haven't had a piece of new fabric for my stash for a long time. I think its been a long time?? Oh well I'm sticking to that story.

Then it was home to where Deb's staying. Hug and a kiss bye as she's back off tomorrow to the sheep station where she lives. Back home to our place for a much earned cappuccino (I make a killer one).

Said to Pat, don't need to go near a fabric shop for a while now. Though Deb & I are going to the Quilting fair at the end of this month. But there I will be chasing embellishments. I so want some of those lacy butterflies, as I can't find them when I am out and about.

Also I said to Deb about us buying each other 2 fat 1/4's of material at the Quilting fair for each other's "Breast of Friends" quilt. So there is a bit of each other in our quilts. Deb loved the idea.

So until the fair...I'm on the wagon. Strapped tightly I might add.

So there you have it. What a FAB TAB of a day we had. Now I am turning into "Good Lucky" for a couple of weeks.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

20% Off Buys

Today Spotlight are having a 20% off sale and for once I was able to go and spend some $$$. Pat & I picked up my sister Deb and after setting Pat up with the Advertiser and a coffee, off to Spotty we wandered.

Now on a sale day at Spotlight, one has to be prepared for lots of people and slower service at the counter when having material cut. Well this is how I see and think of it, when going on a sale day.

I wanted a few items and Deb was also after bits & bobs for her projects.

These fat 1/4's and the 1/4 metre of yellow and 1/2 metre of the brown will go just nicely with my "Breast of Friends" quilt. Still after a couple more of the greens & beige/lemon colours.

Over on Among The Gum Trees there are some free Christmas patterns and the little bag is just what I am wanting to make for Amy & her future mum in law for Christmas. The blue is for Ann & the mauve is Amy's. I'm thinking a lovely hand made soap will finish the bag off nicely.

Now when at Spotlight its almost law to buy a little something for the sewing room. Well I think so.

I love ric rac and braid so I couldn't help myself picking up little extra bits. More of the variegated DMC cottons for my collecting and a new pencil for marking on fabric.

Very happy with my savings and after a dentist visit before I went to Spotty....... I think a shop like this was just what the numb mouth and nose needed.

Finished it off back at Deb's daughter's place for a cuppa and a fresh ham/salad roll for lunch.

What's happening tomorrow??? So glad you asked.

Picking Deb up at 10 am and off to Quiltaholics tomorrow over on the Parade in Magill and then to Unley to Riverlea Cottage for another drool at their fabric. Riverlea Cottage is where I bought the first batch of material for my Breast of Friends quilt. Sounds like a fun day in my books.

Going to keep my eye open for some greens, creams and lemons for my quilt.

So while you lovely people are slogging it out in your day.....think of us drooling and petting quilting fabrics.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Place Mats

Finally the 4 place mats are all finished.......yay.........been a long time coming for something so simple.

I used the place mats as a practice in stippling, binding and quilting.

I'll get the girls to have a look at my stippling on Tuesday, as its not as good as what it could be.

Binding is getting heaps better, hardly a stitch showing where I sewed by hand. This has pleased me to no end. Very happy in how that side of sewing is coming along.

I feel so much better with this item moved from the UFO list on the right to the completed list just below. Only 3 blocks left in those little covers for the head rests on our lounge suite. Then I can put them together.

This week I feel I have achieved so much.....even given my blog a face lift.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dear Jane Update #3

I have been trying to find time to pop this block up to show you all.

Its from the Dear Jane quilt I am making. This one is called Doris's Dilemma (K-12) and its sewn together using foundation piecing.

Really enjoyed learning how to do this block and found it to be a relaxing block to build and make. Love the tidy look about this block.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Breast of Friends Pt 1

Thought I would give you a look see at the first block from the Breast of Friends quilt. I have decided instead of doing needle turn to have mine done in blanket stitch. Having not done a lot of needle turn and being very tidy with blanket stitch, thought it was a better option for me.

As you can see my colours are going to be lemon, browns, green with a touch of pink in the flowers.

Very happy with how its turning out colour wise. Said to Amy the quilt will be a lovely heirloom to past down the family. She's all for that.

Your only limited by your imagination.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Table Runner Swap

This is the table runner I was sent. Chrissy has done a beautiful job and it fits our table spot on.

Now I'm a dill pickle as I sent my table runner off to Jorja and I forgot to take a photo before I sent it. So I can't show you what I made.

Your only limited by your imagination.

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