Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Little Something on the Side.

I have just signed up for "Lets Exchange" which can be found at  Gone Stitchin' and the theme for the next project is Black & White, and each partner is required to make a black and white bag for the exchange.
Easy I hear you say......well I just looked high and low and while there is a selection of white fabric I can't find anything black! At least nothing you could make a bag out of.

Went to the spare room.......I looked on one side....



Nope...none there!
I looked on the other side.....

Nothing there.....
I looked in the cupboard in the craft room......


Can't find black and white anywhere! I guess I will have to go to Spotlight tomorrow and buy some! Life is tough sometimes! LOL. Lucky I have a day off tomorrow!
Do you find that you have a stash for just this purpose and you can't find what you want??  My daughter is always looking lovingly at black and white ranges and I just shake my head and move on to the other colours. She absolutely loves it!  Easy to see what I love the best! I have a pattern in mind and will need to do a bit of stitching, but am just loving having a new focus for a short period before I pick up the other projects I am currently completing. And I can't wait to see what I receive from my partner!!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Busy Week-end

I don't know where the time goes on the week-end!
Before you know it it's Sunday afternoon and I have to tidy up my craft room. Don't know if anyone else is like me but I always have to have it tidy for the coming week.


This is block 6 completed and in between there are alternating blocks of just fabric. While I sat talking with my daughter on Saturday I stitched up the first alternating block. Now these are not really my types of fabrics but I have always wanted to do a vintage inspired quilt and so I brought a quilt kit for "Cake Walk".
Maybe we are spoilt here in Australia, but I found the piccy on the front was not fully visible so I have just had to wing it with some of the colours with the stitching. I do try and pick out some of the colours of the setting triangles but I will just have to wait and see when the whole thing comes together.



I have cut out all of the bits and pieces required for all the blocks and had them laid out in the order of sewing. But this was done a little while ago and I had forgotten that they were in order, that when I started to muck around with them I then had to spend time re-arranging again!!!! Need to write notes to self!


 I just love stitching and last year completed Leanne Beasley's "Down in the Garden". Thought it was just made for me as I love to sit and stitch in the garden whenever I can. This one took 12 months to complete and I added some borders of stitchery as well. I used to stitch most mornings when having my coffee with Mr B before leaving for work and then at night while pretending to watch TV.  Looking at all  the photos I had of the quilt...........all I can say is it looks better in reality......I don't take the best pictures no matter how artistically I try to arrange them LOL!!!!






Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Practice Makes Perfect

I recently brought a new Sweet Sixteen quilting machine and I need to spend some serious time on it getting to know the machine and practicing my stitching.


I have done a fair bit on my normal machine, but this one is quite different, especially the tension. They didn't tell me at the time of purchase that it was a bugger to get the tension right. They only mentioned it when I was commenting in the shop!
I have been practising on a Christmas wall hanging........I did make up some test pieces, but thought what the  heck! I may as well do some real stitching. If it's not perfect it doesn't matter as it is only going on my wall. I am loving all the different patterns that are sooo easy to create. I'm not perfect by any means and surely I can only improve as time goes on?


Of course the cats love to sit on everything when you are trying to manoeuvre things around! I love them all the same and it does make it fun to try and sew.


This is Fleur who loves to sit on my chair the moment I get up and then I have to try and shuffle her out of the way with my bottom to regain my seat!


And this is Ida who is quite timid but can make herself known in no uncertain terms! I got both of these from an elderly lady who was moving and couldn't take them with her. It must have been destiny as I was at the Animal Refuge looking for a cat to adopt and she came in with her cats. The refuge only had room for one cat so it was lucky I was there. It must have taken about 3 weeks for them to settle into their new home!


Well I am off now to make a card for a work colleague who recently lost her mother.
Back soon. :)

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Breaking Out

 I have had a private blog for a number of years now and feel it is time I published to a wider audience.

I have been busy in the kitchen over the weekend...as well as cleaning the fridge I have also done a little baking.

I made a couple of fruit cakes, one to stay home (hubby loves them in his lunch box) and one for the grand-kids (they love it any time, but lunch box is OK) and


 a batch of chock-chip cookies.


I have not neglected my stitching as I have completed another block from "Cake Walk" quilt. It is just great to sit in front of the television and do some stitching, catching up on the latest mini-series and just relax - all at the same time.
I think this is block 5 and I have block 6 in the hoop......will do some more tonight! It is surprising how quickly these are getting done.



I also need to complete the quilt I am making for my grand-daughter as it is her birthday shortly. I have done the top and now have to go to Spotlight and get some batting. Have lots of little bits left over from other projects but nothing big enough for a single bed sized quilt. I do have to paint the faces on! The pattern says to stitch them but I don't think they will last and I am going to paint them on instead.
The pattern is "Bella Babushka" from Cinderberry Stitches and I have used the same fabric as Natalie has. I'm sometimes not game to diverge too far from the original!



After having gone through a drought in the mail delivery department, last Thursday saw 2 parcels in the box. I had recently placed an order for some fabric and just when I was feeling a bit down along came this surprise! I saw this fabric on a Quilt shop e-mail and knew I just had to have some!


I don't know what I am going to make from it but the little elephants were just too cute to leave in the shop and I got a good selection of colours and some co-coordinating fabrics as well. You can see these and even get some for your own at Hawthorne Threads and are called Tiny Tip Top. They are described as canvas but are just study cotton. I think they will make great bags and totes.

Until the next instalment.
H.