Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I had a lovely phone call from Miss Hollie last night. It appears that she won't be a Miss for too much longer. She and her boyfriend plan on getting married this year. She also told me that I'm going to be a Gran in September. Not exactly the order in which I would have wanted it, but these things aren't always in the control of the parents, all we can do is to continue to love them. Now I will have a little one to to spoil rotten and love on and of course to make far too many quilts for.
Spring Swap Update
The last of the emails with your swap partners details were sent this morning. If you haven't already done so, please email me to let me know that you have received it.
Now for just a few basics of the swap.
1. Please email me when you send your parcel to your partner so I can let them know to expect it.
2. Please email me once you have received your parcel so I can mark it off my list.
3. PLEASE email your partner with a thank you, just a blanket thank you on your blog will not do. If I find that thank you's have not been sent I will publish your name on my blog.
4. If for whatever reason you're running late with the mailing of your parcel to your partner please let me know so I can let your partner know.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The photo of the Poppies is the Swap Button if anyone wants to add it to their blog.
I've spent the last couple of days designing what I'm going to make for the Spring Swap, and here's just a tiny peek.
Friday, February 20, 2009
As it's a gift and it's a surprise swap I can't show you the entire project, but I can give you another couple of peeks.
Thought some of you might like to know that you can now get the Down Under Quilts magazine free as a downlaod from here:http://subscriptions.creativelivingmedia.com.au
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It's now been transformed into this and another finish for this month. I decided that rather than doing it in red I'd like to see it with a little more colour to it. I also enlarged the pattern a little.
I haven't decided if this one will stay here, or travel to Australia to live with Jenna.
And this peek that I also showed? It too has been transformed.
I spent yesterday adding borders, and this morning I added the last of the embroidery. This afternoon it was sandwiched, ready to start the quilting tomorrow morning. (Different block, same project).
Hopefully by the weekend it will have it's binding and label attached and it too will be able to be marked off the list.
I've been trying for days to get a decent photo of the "Nature Of Love" quilt for you all, but the days aren't bright enough for an indoor photo, and the quilt is too big for me to handle by myself. So if the weather is willing, I think dh and I might take a little trip and find a nice location for a photograph this weekend. Then the only thing left is to get the plastic bags for the pattern to slip into and it will be ready for sale.
There's only three days left to sign up if you're interesting in this swap. So far we have 44 swappers from around the globe. I am looking for a few more swappers outside the US to balance out the swap pool a little.
Just a little clarification on the hand made item. A few people have asked what the medium is for this item. As this is a quilting/stitching blog and most of you are quilters/stitchers the medium is fabric.
Monday, February 16, 2009
If you want to see some amazing blocks, pop over to the group and have a look.
Tracey is also calling for blocks for ladies in her area that have lost their homes in the fires, so I'll whip up a few more and send those off as well. I think that should keep me busy and that's where I'll stop with the bushfire blocks.
and this, this weekend.
Two separate projects, but both with deadlines and both just peeks at the moment, and this one had the first of the machine quilting started on Friday.
Hopefully this will be the year to finish up some of the projects that have been left behind from last year.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I wanted to give you all a little inspiration for your handmade item, but first I want to say that the item that you make and send should be something that you would be thrilled to receive.
Now when I was thinking about what I could show you, the first thing that popped into my mind was the beautiful and stunning work of Kellie from Don't look now! who has very kindly given me permission to use some of her photo's. Her choice of colours just shouts Spring to me, they are such fun and vibrant shades and such terrific designs. I'm not suggesting that you copy her work, although I'm sure she would be flattered. I'm also not suggesting that you make a quilt, what I'm trying to do is show you some beauty and simplicity. After looking at her work and admiring it for quite some time, I've decided to step out of my comfort box and try my hand at this type of quilting. Perhaps my partner will be the receiver of my creation, perhaps I'll want to keep it.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I am astounded that living in a State that has a huge number of tornado's so few homes have either basements or storm cellars.
So today's plans are to work on the blocks I had hoped to do yesterday for the bushfire quilts. Janet from Wildcraft Farm is also rallying quilting ladies in the Dandenong Ranges area, and via the internet to make quilt blocks, perhaps you'd like to help.
I was reading Kim's blog yesterday and she's managed to get major quilting suppliers to supply batting, backing fabric and quality threads for Tia to use in the bushfire quilt project blocks, along with ladies willing to quilt the quilts. It just never ceases to amaze me the willingness of quilters and suppliers to step up to the plate when there's such a need. To all of you who are helping the bushfire victims in some way, a huge thank you from me. I lived through the Canberra bush fires and know how devastating a bush fire can be.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
As in the last swap, if you sign up and do not fulfil your swap you will be named publicly.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
A very sweet friend sent me some gorgeous fabric to use for the background on the Bunny hill Bom and I think it's been fondled enough that it can now stand to be cut.
I'll need to have a rummage and see what I can come up with for the background for the Willowberry Bom.
Yesterdays mail brought a lovely parcel all the way from Illinois. Bren had a giveaway on her blog a couple of weeks ago and Nancy and I had a little playful bribing going on. Neither of us won, but we were happy for the winner and had loads of fun at the same time. Sweet Bren sent a little consolation prize to both Nancy and I. Two pieces of beautiful fabric.
Also included in the box were the last of the nine patch blocks that we had been swapping.
There was also another box inside the parcel, a late Christmas gift. My heart jumped and tears welled up when I opened this box. A beautiful pink tea cup and saucer with one of my favorite Scriptures written around the rim of the saucer and some lovely raspberry tea.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
It's very rare to see a Koala drink water, let alone come close to people. Unlike the image they portray of being cute, cuddly and friendly. Koalas can be very nasty and aggressive.
Obviously the heat was just too much for these two Koalas.
If you click on any of the photo's it will take you to a full screen view.
Ahh that feels better, look mum I'm on camera.
I've lived on two of Australia's coastlines, and both were in rural communities and I've never seen anything like this before. Kangaroo's are extremely good swimmers, they'll hold a dog under water without blinking, but I've never seen them on the beaches before for a quik dip.
I hope you Aussie girls are staying cool.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I've been working away on the Pink Stars and managed to get the first border on last night (with a lot of math help from Bren). Now I just need to piece 60 little blocks for the final border, then I think I'll send this one off to be quilted. I can just imagine the frustration I'd have trying to maneuver a queen sized quilt under my little machine.
Now for the finish. I'm happy to say that "The Nature Of Love" quilt is finished. I have Bren proof reading the instructions for me, and I have the final embroidery designs to complete, take the photographs for the front cover, try and work out how to get PayPal on my blog, purchase some hang sell bags for the pattern, and then the pattern will be ready for sale. Phew that made me tired just thinking about it. Hopefully in a couple of weeks it will be ready, but at this point you only get a little peek
I just love the way a quilt looks lovely and wrinkly after a quick dunk in the washing machine and dryer.
Happy Stitching, and thank you for visiting with me.