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

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

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Better Block

After posting the photo of the block that didn't work I pick this out of the other two from the list.

Much happier with the outcome of this block and I just love the colours of the block.

I have been busy the last few days with the "Let's Get Stitched" weekend that was held here in Adelaide.  Lots of photos and one I have found more energy I'll post some photos of fabric I bought and of the workshop.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

One Of Those Days

 Today has been a mixed day of good and bad.

On the good side, today Patrick and I have been married 30 years. We have seen so many changes in the last 30 years. Both of us are still happy to be "stuck" with each other and are looking forward to the next 30 years.

Now the not so good side of today.

I wanted to make a sampler block for the "Monthly Sampler Block" I have joined over on Our Craft Forum. After setting up the templates and cutting out the fabric, it all went down hill.

I checked the printing settings before I hit the print button. But the templates don't seem to match up size wise, the photo will explain it all.

The left strip comes up 2 inches short and is only 10 inches and not 12.5 inches, allowing for the 1/4 in seam allowance. The plain fabric isn't big enough to cover the square block and when the other triangles are added, on the seams for points, it comes up short.

Wasted fabric is annoying me more than the time spent this afternoon working on it.

The block is called Empire Star Block and I am sure its nothing I am doing wrong. Looking back on what I have made in the last 4 years I am 99% sure its nothing I am doing wrong. But there is still that doubt.

Tomorrow I will do a different block as there was 3 to choose from. Stay tuned.

On a brighter note. I finished off my flower for our Let's Get Stitched get together this weekend.

I've added my own touch to the design that was sent to me. Many thanks girls for sending the fabric for this little flower. Looking at the flower gives me a good feeling.

On Friday while we're doing our bus tour to 5 quilt shops, we'll all look pretty with our flowers. Then on Sunday its a workshop.

I'm going to meet so many wonderful quilters, who I have known through the magic of the internet for the last 4 years. That is going to be so special.

Taking my camera with me too.

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