Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Good Friend And A Bargain

Today Pat & I travelled into the city so I could meet Donna a fellow quilter from Our Craft Forum. I had spoken to Donna on the phone earlier this year and was just so thrilled to think we were finally going to meet.

A few minutes after 11 am we were left to have a cuppa while Donna's Adelaide relatives and Pat went window shopping.

Well it was like meeting up with am old friend, I think our cuppa went over time by an But we didn't feel guilty when we all met up later after lunch. mrgreen

Donna is an amazing woman who has just floored me with her outlook on life. If more people were like her, our world would be a better place.

We had a mini show & tell and mine was the Round Robin Medallion I was involved in this year. Reason I took my RR was Donna did the first boarder and I wanted to show Donna the end result in person, rather than the photos I had posted. Donna showed me some beautiful candlewick embroidery, she has done on some cushions.

Like all visits it was so short and with hugs and promises to see each other another day when she's in Adelaide, Pat & I headed off to Spotlight.

Amy & Ben had given me a gift voucher card for Spotlight and I wanted some DMC skeins. While I was browsing I spotted a super reduced item and was so glad I had the voucher in my bag.

Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, my camera batteries are flat and I used Pat's camera that does everything but clean the loo and make our bed.

For some reason that even had a lady who works in Spotty, needed to check to see if the price was correct. A $69.99 quilters calculator was reduced to $8.00 and I spotted it. How could I leave this bargain behind?? I am guessing as there was some other ones on the shelve, this one may have been a older model.

All the information is still in the sealed packaging. Little DVD is there and the book to learn how to use it. Even if it gets used more as a normal calculator, it was cheaper than buying one elsewhere.

I have often wondered about using one of these, about 18 months worth of wondering. All things come to you.......if you wait.....LOL. Best part is, I still have some $$$$ left on the voucher gift card, for another day.

I have been busy in my sewing room. One of the items I am working on is a secret swap. At our Christmas luncheon, we all had to take a fat 1/4 in an envelope with 3 items we'd like it made into. We then had to draw someone else's envelope out of the basket.

Very excited about who I picked and what I am making. So much I am thinking I'd like one myself. So I can't show you that item. I will recharge my camera batteries and then I can take a photo of my lap quilt. I have pieced together the 6 rows of 6 blocks and its looking FAB.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I love reading people's blogs and I am often amazed at how clever you all are.

Photos showing off your brilliant creations, be they new or a reproduction of a pattern that has caught your eye.

Also I love to show you what I have been working on or have completed. Today's post is no different.

Just that what I want to show you today....... has not been as perfect as a photo wants you to think it is.

Let me show you. confused

This baby tote bag I make is for my great niece Rachel. She is such a sweetie and so I wanted to make something special for Rachel and parents.

I loved the fabric when I saw it at Spotlight and with the yellow spotty fabric I thought it would look sweet. This side of the bag shows the panels of little children in a bathroom scene.


On this side the panels are upside down. I didn't pick this was going to happen until I had sew the sides up and turned it right side out. The bag is an all in one piece.

Crap!!! Do I unpick the whole thing and redo it to correct the side that is wrong?? I hummed and harred for a while and thought no. I didn't want to loose any of the size by cutting into the pattern. So Rachel & her parents are the proud owners of a baby tote bag...."a one of a kind" that will still carry lots of those baby items they need and its still sent with all of Auntie Leanne & Uncle Pat's love.

Now the other example of what I want to show you.

I was given some gawjus cat fabric in a 12 Days of Christmas swap we did, with the Tuesday's sewing group girls.

Figured I'd turn half the fabric into another zipper bag for my sewing. Never can have too many of these in my books.

How cute are these funky cats??? Love them and the brightness of the whole fabric. I have only made 2 other zipper bags and thought...yeah I'll be right!!!

All was going good until I turned the bag right way out.

Yep my second oops.

I didn't sew the sides right to hide the raw edges. So when I showed the lovely lady who taught me how to make the other 2. I asked in the new year can we have a fresh lesson

Bag still holds anything I put inside, cats still look bright and funky...... and I made the bag on my own.

Now getting back to the blogs I love to read. I read and look at the photos that are on show and I think wow that is lovely or wow fantastic! Then I might ask myself, can I be that good with my sewing/quilting. Or I think, I'm gonna be that good one day.

So guess I am saying to my readers, be they have years of experience or to the novice like we all were or still are................................

Its okay to make a mistake and its okay to show this mistake, as it lets someone know, they are not alone.

This month I celebrate 2 years of sewing/quilting. I have learnt a lot from some wonderful women. But the best lesson I have learnt is...........

Unless I try, I shall never know,
Unless I do, I shall never grow,
Unless I grow, I shall never succeed.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Life Is Beautiful

After waiting for my batteries to recharge for the camera, I am so pleased to be able to show you the another block in the "Life Is Beautiful" quilt. I used needle turn in this block. Though I am sure it you want to blanket stitch will look just as lovely.

I had a brain wave at some stage last night. I have decided to take the 3 main quilts that will take me a while to make, out of the "On My Sewing Table" list and pop them with the latest photo of the block in the side bar. Also I'll list how many block I have made.

I was going to pop the Breast of Friends block 5 up, but I forgot to pop handles on the right sided woman's shopping bags. Doh!!! Also Deb is going to send back a couple of little buttons for me to pop on the girl's collars. So you will have to wait until just after Christmas for a look see on that one.

Well got a date with a hexi block........

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Dear Jane Block

I've spent the last 2 evenings on the "A-2 block " One - two buckle my shoe, from the Dear Jane book.

There are 40 pieces to this block and I lost count how many times I unpicked some of them.

Did I tell you at the quilt/craft expo last month, there was a Dear Jane quilt on display. Well that convinced me to keep going with the original colours (earthy tones) I had started with. This was my 12th block and there are 225 all together.

Well it's 10.30 and my eyes are streaming from being so tired with the heat we're having and I guess late night sewing and unpicking. I think its time I went to bed.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Rural Jardin

I have been so busy of late that I haven't shown you my beautiful fabric that I ordered from Cotton Charm Quilts from the USA. How slack of me as I am sure you know how much I love Moda

I bought a half yard of 10 different pattern/colours in the French General range of Rural Jardin. Couple of the fabrics below I bought at Hettie's Patch as a reward for loosing 2 kilo in weight.

There is something about the colours and patterns in the French General range that just grabs me, every time I see it.

I mean how gorgeous is this fabric??? Also the feel of the Moda fabric is just so lovely to hold and stroke. Bit like your favourite animal I guess..............

Now I am thinking what will I do with this beautiful fabric? I'm making the Life Is Beautiful quilt. I'll take the stitchery blocks to Dawn's on a Tuesday and Khris' on a Friday. Something easy to tote around the place.

I have already completed 1 block and almost another.

Had to stitch the cat block

I'm keeping with the blue and red theme of the fabrics, with blue being the main thread colour.

I'm using needle turn for the fabric applique. Needle turn I am finding isn't as scary as what it sounds like.

There is more show and tell on other items, but that'll have to wait for another day. Not enough hours in the day

You're only limited by your imagination.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

First Pieced Blocked

My very first pieced block for my first lap quilt. mrgreen

Well actually its really my second. eek First one I made I was so proud of it and sent a phone photo to Khris to show her and then promptly noticed I didn't do the bow tie right. The top left and bottom right squares weren't matching fabrics.

Here I was all choked up with emotion showing Pat and I didn't notice I had it a bit wrong. LOL.

Thanks goodness for those little unpicking thingos. .................ROTFL

Anyway all fixed and I'm just making the 1 block tonight. I'll make more over the weekend. Really pleased as I even managed to make it the right size too.

I'm thinking I'll match up the fabrics into the bow tie blocks and then sew them all up. That way the fabric will be correct and matching (we can hope) and then I won't get to the end and have made a huge mistake.

I'm using a charm pack of Moda "Luna Notte" through out the quilt. Plus some extra matching fabric all bought at Hettie's Patch.

Do you remember the first block you made for your first pieced quilt??? I'd love to hear from you if you can and want to share how long ago it was and how you felt. I like to think I'm not alone in feeling proud, excited and yeah a bit teary over it.

You're only limited by your imagination.

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