Tuesday, 29 December 2009
It is quite a striking color combination in the center and the cowboy teddy bears make a perfect border. One of the narrow red borders is a different fabric, because I ran out of the original red fabric. The blue background and the teddy fabric is all gone (save for a few scraps).
Monday, 28 December 2009
I have been playing with border options. I am going to use the "bonus triangles" that were created as I sewed this mystery, along with the focus fabric and some more of the yellow and red.
My Mum and I made a quilt for a close friend of hers who was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas, she is scheduled to go in for surgery just after the new year and I decided that she needed a quilt to keep her spirits up - so Mum came up to my place and we sewed up a storm.
This was my first time using the Quick Strippie quilt pattern from MaryQuilts - it was fun, easy, quick and I think it looks great (oh, and the recipient LOVES her new quilt).
The quilting was fairly simple - I quilted over the seam lines using the "snake stitch" on my machine (the owls are too cute to sew over and because the wadding is poly I didn't need to quilt it too much), and the binding is completely done my machine.
This quilt is the perfect size for a knee/snuggle quilt (click on the photo to make it bigger):
And a close up to show the CUTE fabric that we used (the recipient loves owls):
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
I am also planning to join in with the Boxing day mystery at apocketfullofmysteries, I have found these fabrics in my stash and I know that it will be fun!
And the NYE mystery at FabricaholicsAnonymous, I did a mystery quilt NYE 2008 and it was a GREAT way to spend my NYE! I just LOVE Christmas but I turn into a scrooge for New Years - all of the drunk people out and about on NYE just irritate me (and no, I'm not old - just sick of disappointing NYE parties!) once again, these fabrics are from my stash:
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Center - Bear applique - by Viki (Australia)
On point and pieced border - triangles from pretty pink dot fabric and then pieced pink flowers - by Amber (Alaska, USA)
Squares - Winnie the Pooh fabric and brown squares - by Chrissie (Cambridge, England)
Triangles - green triangles for trees (using the previous border as tree trunks) with a blue sky background - by Gunn (Norway)
Applique border - fussy cut hearts on pink alternating with some more of the pink dot fabric - by Julie (California, USA)
Triangles - bright yellow suns (mariner's compass blocks) in each corner - by Karrie (Alaska, USA)
The ladies have decided that the theme of this quilt is "teddy bear's picnic" and I think it is just PERFECT
AFTER, yes it is a bit smaller!
This window gets the HOT Aussie afternoon sun and even with the sun blind my lounge room would get HOT in the afternoons (even on a mild day).
Don't worry the new window is 2.8meters long so it is still a large window, just not excessively large (like it used to be)
I have ordered a new sun blind, but the manufactures aren't taking any more orders prior to Christmas. The pretty new blind will be here in February.
Dad will put some insulation in and re-plaster the internal walls tomorrow (Monday) and hopefully I can get some undercoat on the walls on Tuesday. Might get some color on the walls after work this week - hopefully! Then I can put the curtains up again next weekend
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Dining room window was last weekend, today (and tomorrow) I am getting a new window in my sewing room/office..... YAY! I will be able to open it without fear of spiders entering (old one didnt have flyscreens) and I wont need to remember to close the window before I can open the front door (the old window swung outwards when it was open AND it was right where the front door opened!)
Will post photos as soon as the weather fines up - there is too much rain for me to venture out to take a photo.
I have made a postcard or two for a couple of swaps that I am in... I can show you this one because it has already made it to its final destination. I used a silver metallic thread to zig-zag around the edges and it was a big PITA, the thread was breaking every inch or so (and I was using a special needle for metallic threads) I ended up sewing VERY slowly and it looks nice but I wont be using that thread in the machine again.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
It was finished with minutes to spare - I put the last stitches in the quilt label 5 minutes before I had to leave for the christening!
I love the pattern that the quilting creates on the back of the quilt.
I used a combination of machine stitching in-the-ditch and hand stitched butterfly motifs (using perle thread) in the center of the octagons
This was last years New Years Eve mystery quilt at FabricaholicsAnonymous - they are hosting another mystery this New Years Eve and I am really looking forward to it!
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Here's what they have to say on their website about the specials:
Patchwork Products is having a November Sale
There will be
(During the sale: the normal prices will be displayed on the website but the total cost for online orders will be adjusted before your payment is processed)
$2 per metre off all fabrics
50c off all fat Quarters
$1 per metre off all waddings
$1 per metre off all homespuns,muslins
10% off all scrap bags and kits
Fabrics from $4 per metre
I recently ordered two fat-quarter rolls from them (one beige roll and one white roll). My stash was lacking in neutral colors so when I got the email from Patchwork Products saying that they were having a sale and that they also had packs of 10 fat-quarters in a variety of colors and styles for AU$20 I jumped at the chance to expand my range of neutrals! Postage for my 20 fat-quarters was only AU$6 and the customer service was EXCELLENT.
Here is a photo of my lovely fabrics (and yes there is only 9 beige fabrics - I have already used 1!!)
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Membership to the group will close from 15th December 2009 to 1st February 2010, so if you are interested in in being a part of the mystery - join the group soon!!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
"Dead and Gone" by Charlaine Harris
"One More Bite" by Jennifer Rardin
"Demon Mistress" by Yasmine Galenorn
"Bone Crossed" by Patricia Briggs
"Redemption Alley" by Lilith Saintcrow
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
I got some sewing done yesterday;
- first was a couple of pillow cases for the dog beds (much easier to wash a cover than the whole pillow!)
- second was sorting out my string basket into colors
- third was a couple of liberated log cabin blocks. The center of each is a machine embroidered carousel horse (each is a different design), and I surrounded them with logs from my string basket that coordinated with the embroidery color. I still have a few more of these to sew, then I will make them into a wallhanging
I have decided to send my leftover strings to a friend to make into Heartstring quilts (for charity). I figure that by the time I am ready to use the rest of these strings I will have another basket of them!!
I am very glad that the Stashbuster no-buy year is finished because I have been doing a bit of online shopping in the USA lately (our exchange rate is really good at the moment!)
I first of my parcels arrived this morning, this one was from Tennessee Quilts, the fabrics are from the "Forest Fun" range by Robert Kaufman and the "Mackenzie" range by Anna Griffin: