Sunday, December 22, 2013

Secret Sister Santa Swap


Sunday last week my two sisters and my sister in law and myself, met up in Clare for our Secret Sister Santa Swap.

By the time the due date came around there was 31 people at the luncheon in one of the local pubs.

My dad and my step mum were able to travel to Clare with my brother and his partner. This was very exciting as this gave not only them but other members of the family a chance to meet the latest additions to our families.

How exciting having us all together and once lunch was over, we all went to a park for the kids to have a run around.

This is where once all settled in our deck chairs we swapped presents.



 Susan,  Sally,  Deb and myself.


Back a few years ago I asked my sister Deb is she wanted to do a fat 1/4 swap and this we did a couple of times. Then it grew into what is now a Christmas Swap.

Funny part was when we drew out the names, Sue pulled out Sally's and Sally pulled out Sue's name. That left myself and Deb to pull out each other's name.

My little bag came from the "Some Kind of Wonderful" book.

Next year its even bigger as Sue's daughter and her daughter in law have now joined in the swap. So its gone from 2 people to 6 now. 







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Friday, December 6, 2013

Round Robin 2010 Finished.

Back in 2010 I joined in a round robin journey.  With the help of my Tuesday sewing girls, I learnt so much about putting borders on different size quilts, as they arrived through out the year.




I hung the quilt top on my wall for about 8 months as I wasn't sure how to quilt it. By letting the quilt top talk to me, I was able to decide how to quilt.

Also I was waiting for the Spotlight voucher, spend $100 and get $40.00 off. So love those vouchers.





Very happy actually I am stoked with how I quilted it. First time I haven't just either stippled a quilt or stitched in the ditch. I'm getting smarter..... no I think just braver......lol.




A plain label that records the year and who did what border. Is your name there?




I tend to put two fabrics together and have them off centre. I just like the look of it.




How awesome if the front of my quilt? I love every border. Marg blew me away  with her border. As she traced my centre applique. I love the colours and size of the quilt.

Come to think of it so do the cats, as they kept sitting on me yesterday as I finished off the binding.




Thank you all who have gifted me your time and passion helping me create a one off unique quilt. I am so proud and humbled at what we have achieved.




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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Union Star Quilt

My nephew was married in December 2012 and for the last 12 months I have been sitting on a quilt that needs to be not only made, but it just needs to be started.

I keep wanting to put a days work into the quilt at a time, but I can't seem to get what I want. So I have decided that even a hour here and a few hours there, has to be further than what I have gotten in the last 11 months.



Amy and Ben gave me this quilting book a few years back for Christmas and the quilt pattern is from this book. If you haven't already twigged, I'm a real fan of American civil war reproduction fabric. Plus I was bought up on western movies on TV.





The said quilt I am going to make. I have a feeling this won't be the only time I make this quilt as I love stars.

Fabric I picked have all come from Hettie's Patch an amazing quilting shop here  in Adelaide. They were great with helping me pick the fabrics.



Blues



Reds



Shirting.

I still want to get another couple of colours but I can at least make a start on the quilt. Feels strange to have the fabrics out and handling them for the photos. After having it all sitting in its bag for so long, it feels weird to think its actually going to be part of my life for hopefully not all of next year.











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Saturday, November 16, 2013

2014 is nearly here.

Each year around this time I make a new diary cover for the up coming year. Instead of pulling out a boring looking book, I get to see a pretty cover.
Usually I tend to make the cover to show what I have been doing for the year that is nearly finished, This year I found I was doing and enjoying machine applique.





With my love for my cats I thought some silhouettes of cats would bed a nice way to go. I was going to put 4 cats on the front and back. But it didn't look right, So I went with 5 cats on the front.





Three cats on the back.

I'm a big fan of Shadow Play fabric and thought these cats would  look great in this fabric. Not only that, it wold use up those little scraps of fabric.






I haven't done much shadow quilting, does it show? 

Making this diary cover was lots of fun. I stepped outside my comfort zone and tried two new sewing forms. 


 
 

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Colour Me Fabric


I have been busy in my sewing room, though I did have a 4 day break while I was sick with gastro.

So enjoyed my time sewing this afternoon and 2 projects were made for our Tuesday sewing group's Christmas Swap.

Bit of a tease above of one of the present. The other one is a secret.



A friend of mine has me interested in the art of colouring in a picture and then making it into something. I have traced some geraniums onto a block and tomorrow while at Tuesday's sewing group, I'll shade it in.

Well that is the plan....shade, blend and I guess some smudging.



Took me a while to find the Derwent  pencils. I have slowly collected the items I need. Just noticed I didn't have my board that has fine sandpaper stuck to it, this will help to stop the fabric from moving.

Hoping to be able to show how far I have come tomorrow afternoon.






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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Block Month 1

                                                                                                                                                                                         
I just love getting goodies in the mail. And getting your starter pack for a BOM would have to be there at the top of that loving feeling.

My sister Debbie told me about this BOM that she is going to make. How could I not join in and have the same fun that making hexi's brings.

There is eight months to this BOM and the first month arrived today. The above photo shows you what is in the pack.

The BOM is by Sue Daley and it's called This Goes With That. I have ordered mine through The Patch Work Cow.

Stay tuned for some awesome hexi's in the future.


 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Second Cushion.





 Second cushion finished and already being used in the lounge room.

I can't get over what a productive day I had yesterday. Binding finished on the table runner, which I ended up giving to James and Tamara for their house. Tamara's cushion put together and completed and the binding done on my cushion.

Makes me a happy girl.











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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Couple Of Finished Items.


 So pleased to be able to show you a couple of completed items. These have been sitting or hanging on my table or coat hanger for ages. Just so happy to see them finished and being able to be used.

Back in 2009 I started making  a Dear Jane quilt and had no idea what I was getting into. I wasn't happy with the needle turn in my blocks and so I started from scratch.

Not liking waste I decided to turn the blocks into a couple of cushions. A quilter can never have too many cushions laying around the house.




One of the two cushions finished and this one is for my daughter-in-law Tamara. The other one I have just the hand binding to be done and that one is mine.


 Table runner finally completed and ready for use. I started these blocks back 2 winters ago and it was packed away when Pat was hospitalized with pneumonia.

I am sure you can relate to my statement of, "feels so good to have a UFO finished". My white board list is looking must better and more items crossed off.

Monday, June 10, 2013



Finally I have finished my wall hanger of Tis' The Season, that I started 2 years ago.

I was doing this as a stitch along and I was keeping up with everyone else. Then Pat was in hospital with pneumonia for a week and with his after care he needed, it was packed away.

So pleased I can tick this off my want to finish list for 2013.

Already I have started to finish off another BOM that I was doing and its a Dawn Hay   design. Yesterday I put the top together and now I just need to find the right backing and Bob's your uncle another BOM is finished.



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Sunday, June 2, 2013

M.I.A.

 Gosh it's been almost three months since I last posted on my blog. A lot has happened and I have been busy in so many directions.

First off sorry I didn't get part 2 posted on our Lets Get Stitched weekend. But here is a picture of one of the finished projects I made.






I love this bag and I used a French General range by Moda . This is a Fiona Ransley design.





Inside of the bag. I know I will be making more of these as they will make great gifts.

As for being M.I.A.



Lot has happened. Couple of months ago my other cat "Rebel" was diagnosed with Cancer. It wasn't the result we were expecting when we went to the vet. Loosing Rebel bought back all the hurt of loosing my darling Lucky.  So it was a very hard time going through the grieving period again.

I haven't been slack by any means. Been busy as I have taken up being an Avon Lady again. I started that back at the beginning of Feb. I even have quilting  friends order through me and I post all over Australia. Postal orders get 10% off their order, due to having to also pay for postage. Now that was a  plug and a half wasn't it?

Been busy with Patrick and his health issues. Last week he had his hand operated on and so I am busy doing things like cutting up his meat and tying shoe laces. Be glad one this ends and frees up some time for other things.  Plus I am chief  bottle washer. This will be on going for a few weeks....bugger hey??

Had a fox raid and attack my ducks a couple of nights ago. I lost Daphene number 1, while Bundy, Sunny and Daphene number 2 were also mauled. Rhett was the only duck the fox didn't get hold of. I am thinking it was a young fox.  Also that evening they were attacked we had our wettest day in 10 month.

That leads me to the following photos.

I needed some me time. No one wanting me for anything, this includes the fur kids. We still have Harley, Pat's Siamese and Amy's two cats.

For the last 24 hours I have been stitching the binding up on a wall hanger. When its finished I'll show you it. Plus some zipper bags made out of some left over honey bun rolls.





I love the prettiness of this bag. I didn't have enough of the pink for the top piece, so I added






the pink stripey fabric.





Then today I made this zipper bag and had time to make the third one.





Really happy with the look of all 3 bags I have made this weekend. I feel like I have achieved something in my sewing area. Sewing therapy is good for the soul.



 Still some honey bun strips left over for more zipper bags on another day. They'll make great gifts.

I hope not to leave it so long til the next post.













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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lets Get Stitched 2013 Part 1


 On the 8th if this month I had the pleasure of spending the day with some awesome quilting sisters. We had a bus hop to 3 quilting shops and 2 hours spent up in the Adelaide Hills around lunch time.



I met up with the girls at Hettie's Patch. Boy that is one beautiful quilt shop. I'm a fairly regular shopper here.




 Behind the girls was a table with morning tea on it. After drooling over all the fabrics and notions, it was nice to have a cuppa, before we headed up into the Adelaide Hills.

We had lunch at Hahndorf and I had a kransky in pastry with chips and salad. When Pat is well enough, I want to take him there for a lunch.

There was this beautiful shop in Hahndorf and it was all about lavender. So many pretty goodies in the window, beautiful tea towels with lavender pics on them.

I had to sit outside of this shop while the girls went in for a look. I am allergic to lavender. I get migraines and start to vomit. Dawn who saw me sitting there gave me a little prize for not being able to go into this pretty shop.





Two fat 8'ths, I'm thinking a pretty zipper bag or a pin cushion. Thinking...................


Back on the bus and off to another quilting shop. Darn I can't find the card to tell you the name of it. Story of my life, always misplacing things around the house.

Then it  was off to Trisha's quilting shop down near Castle Plaza. It was great to go back to this shop. It was my second time  visiting this shop.



These are the fabrics I bought on the bus quilt shop hop. I am going to use them in my mystery  sampler quilt I am doing this year. I bought 1/4 a metre of each.





There was a charm pack game that night and I took a Christmas charm pack and I went home with a "Whimsy" charm pack....good trade I say....lol.

Part 2 will be of the workshop day that was held on the Sunday.











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