Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mystery Charm BOM

I've joined a Mystery Charm BOM and what we needed to do was send to 9 people 5 X 5 inch charms and they will make the mystery block up and send it with ant left over material back to its owner. The 10th block we make ourselves.

The first one has been completed and I will be posted to Celine in England later this afternoon.

One thing I hope will improve is my points, other than needing to get in more practice...... I'm happy with how it turned out.

My block that SewDeb made from my Nostalgia by "Moda" material.

You're only limited by your imagination

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bad Lucky! Oh So Bad!!!!

Tisk, tisk, tisk.............. Bad Lucky struck again...... Is there no shame in this naughty person rising from with in me?????

Today Pat & I took a train to the city and then the tram up to Hettie's Patch. I couldn't find any fabric in either Spotlight or Lincraft while in the city yesterday, for the round robin medallion I am doing this year.

So I voted to go to a quilting shop this morning. Said to Pat he could stay home or come to another quilting shop.

After sorting out some lovely fabric for the round medallion robin, it was time to spoil myself.

I did find a couple of lovely reduced fabrics in their clearance room...... but they went straight back when I found the "Moda" area.

OMG!!!!! fabric porn at its best........ lol

I bought a 1/4 metre of each of the above in the "Astor Manor" range. To touch and stroke "Moda" is just an amazing feeling. The quality is divine and the colour ways are just stunning. Doesn't help to have cushions on display made in "Moda" fabric scattered around their shop. wink

There is an empty box in my sewing room, that is just aching to be filled with "Moda" fabrics, be they charm packs (got them), jelly rolls (got 1) or now 1/4 metres of fabric. I love Moda fabric so much and am hoping they will get cosy and multiply on their own. But this hasn't happened........yet.

I've decided to make it my mission in life to save all "Moda" (or as much as I can) in quilting shop or in an overseas order and bring them home to my sewing room.

You're only limited by your imagination

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Sewing Room Now

Pa is safely back at his place in Sydney, kids are on their ship heading off into the sunset. While Pat and I move furniture back where it went and at one stage...take furniture back out again.

To use the sewing cabinet at its full capacity the fold out sofa, once back in the room, had to go out into the rumpus room. Too cramped in the sewing room for both.

Now all is good in my domain again.

Check it out!!

How cool is this??? Lots of room for me to work from and not so much for me to walk into. Moved the chest of draws over to where the plastic tubs were being kept.

Room up the side for me to use the big table, once I remove Millie. No stretching to get my projects off the wall, when I want them.

Now the little trolley unit is not on top of the doorway now. Also easy reach to what is hanging on the wall.

From the doorway you can see where the woolen tubs are now stored. I can get into the built in robes easier too.

So pleased with my room now........ so pleased...I'm going to have a Nanna nap, as I have just fallen flat after 2 very full on weeks.

You're only limited by your imagination

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

For Me.

Just a quick post to show you the next stage of my dream bag. I think this will be a rather large bag when finished.

Taken a while to sew the 1.5 in squares together. Its now 10.20 pm and I am going to pack the cabinet up and drink my cup of tea Pat made me.

Such a pleasure to sew for myself and I can't say the last time I did this.

You're only limited by your imagination

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My Afternoon

After doing a few cleaning jobs this morning around the house, the day was mine for sewing.

I took over the rumpus room and have been there all afternoon. I've had a grand time catching up on a swap that was due at the end of last month.

I just love the whole idea of having my very own sewing cabinet. One thing I noticed right away with it is, I am not hitting my knees on any part of the cabinet. I was forever knocking my knees, even with the draws closed on the student desk.

The back table is so wonderful, as I don't have to remove my sewing machine when I need an area to work on, where fabric is to be placed. Biggest problem was stopping Millie, from skipping over the cabinet table and spreading the 1.5 inch squares for my dream bag lol all over the floor.

I'm using a charm pack of Moda "Legacy" for the checkerboard part on my dream bag.

You're only limited by your imagination

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Monday, May 3, 2010

About Those Shoes.

Been asked about the boy's shoes they wore.

Special addition sneakers...Ben is a avid shoe collector. Amy gave him a collectors pair with some diamonds in the shoe itself and in the shoe lace, for a wedding present.

At the wedding reception, Amy wore a beautiful gold pair of high heal shoes, covered with glitter. I was with her when she spotted them out one Saturday last month. There was even glitter on the heal and sole of her shoe.

Those kids could really open a shoe shop or two and still have left overs.

Also thank you so much for all your kind words towards my sewing effort and how well I scrubbed up. Some people didn't recognized me and some of Pat & my friends had never seen me in a dress before.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wedding Sewing Secrets

I have had a lot of people wondering what I was secretly sewing for Amy & Ben's wedding. All can now be show.

I just didn't want added pressure and for people to know how the church was going to look.

So lets see what was taking up my days , when I wasn't caring for Pat or racing around the city with Amy.

I was told 36 sashes needed to be made. Over 2 metres in length each one, made with satin material. So in came the trestle for over a week and the cutting began.

Satin fibers were found everywhere and once each was finished being stitched..... I would run a sticky lint roller over them and then bagged.

As they were cut it was dropped into a laundry basket under the try and keep cats fur off them.

We did a trip to see the church in Tanunda one weeked and we counted 28 pews..... thank you God I said....

As Pa was coming to stay with us for a week before the wedding and is legally blind, the table had to be removed, due to the step next to the trestle. So a mass cutting day happened and all cut sashes were popped into Tupperware dishes to keep the cats off them.... gee the cats sooooooo wanted to help with the wedding preparations.

Then all I had to do was sew them up. Having the sewing cabinet Pa gave me,was such a thrill as I was using it first, to sewing Amy's wedding gear.

The end result. I didn't get a chance to take a photo of them all from the back of the church looking down to the alter. They looked so beautiful and with Amy's big dress...none moved. Yay.

Also I was making Amy her petticoat. She had the heaviest wedding dress in the bridal shop and she wanted the biggest "poof" under it....... I cracked so many jokes on Ben's behalf on what Amy was saying to people.

It was so big, heavy and awkward that Pat came up with this great idea of a swivel from his old fishing box. That way I could move it around as I worked. No way Pat was able to hold it up for those hours it took to make it. Later on Pat added another swivel as the top of the petticoat was too high for me to work on.

Amy bought the hoop already with the fabric on it. I just had to add 8 rounds of tulle to give it that "poof" look to stand up under her dress.

And so I pinned around.....

And sewed and pinned more around and sewed.

The elastic was measured and pinned at a fitting appointment at the bridal shop, we didn't want it being too loose and falling off on the day. Then brought home to be finished off.

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Iles .

Of all the sewing I did, what brought us 2 girls to tears, was handing over the garters as mine was included in her two.

I never sewed anything in way of a costume when she was a little girl. Amy never did ballet or calisthenics. As the first item of any kind be it clothing or decoration, what an honour it was for me to make part of her wedding attire.

Who would have thought this back in December 2008 when I used a sewing machine for the first time.??

You're only limited by your imagination

More photos over on Percy's blog.....

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