Thursday, April 30, 2009
The basting spray that I purchased was from the June Tailor company, so I can only comment on that particular product as it's what I used.
This product is odorless and colourless, I did however have the front door open just in case but there was no smell, the only problem I found was that I forgot to shut the door and the dog got out...... The spray is removed by washing once the quilt is finished and is recommended for use with 100% cotton fabrics and batting. It's also recommended that you spray directly onto the batting, not the quilt backing or quilt top. I didn't have any problems with it gumming up my machine needle and it was extremely easy to quilt. It's extremely easy to re-position any of the fabric if you get a little wrinkle and it holds for up to two months. I used a queen size sheet on the floor to grab any over spray.
It's available in many stores, my first choice was just to go to Hancock's and grab a can, then I found it on special at Joann's. Once I'd purchased it I found it at Walmart for a fraction of the price. So it's worth shopping around for the best price, why pay $13 a can when you can get it for $7.00.
If you are interested in reading about the various brands available you can find a wealth of information here, just type in spray baste into the search. This is the site that I used to decide which brand to use after reading all the comments.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Today I tried a new method (for me) that took a total of 30 minutes. I did a little research before I attempted this new method, searching out the preferred product at the best price. I'm sure many of you have tried quilt basting spray before.
After reading a lot of the reviews on the various brands I decided to go with the June Tailor spray as it has no fumes. I also discovered that the best price was at Walmart, oh well.
I was amazed at how quickly I had the quilt prepared for quilting, and it makes the quilting process so much easier and so much faster. None of those nasty pins to remove. The quilt is now ready for me to stitch the binding down .
So what's your preferred method of preparing a quilt for quilting?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Because Maude thinks that Claude is such a handsome hunk, she didn't want you to see all of him all at once, just in case you got ideas for her man.
So here's some little peeks of Claude, just so you can be prepared for his handsome rugged looks.
Maude loves his ears, he can hear her when he's up a tree, miles away.
Even though his tummy is rotund, it ,makes her smile.
Now Claude is a bit of a show off, especially when he's up a Eucalyptus tree, and has had quite a few run-in's with the pavement, so his nose is a little grazed at the moment, and he's a real sun lover so he has a super duper tan.
Now isn't he a handsome dude?
Maude on the other hand is a little more refined and not so much of a show off as Claude.
Although she enjoys the sun, she's more aware of the damage the harsh Australian sun can do to a girls complexion, so she's been using sun block on her pale sensitive skin. Although her ears are a little pink from an afternoon playing in the yard with Otis and Ruby.
She wanted to stay in the shade for this photo opportunity.
Otis, Ruby, Claude and Maude will all be going to live at Hollie's house waiting the arrival of her baby........GIRL!!!! We found out yesterday what it will be. Now I can get into the pink sewing mode.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Pack of bobbins
Friday, April 24, 2009
He's also aware that his ears don't always do want he wants them to, especially when it's an extremely windy day.
He knows it's time for a lifestyle change as his tummy tends to rub on his feet.
She has a habit of accidentally hitting others, as her arms have become quite stiff.
She would rather that you didn't stare at her ears, like Otis and his ears, hers just won't do what she wants them to, no matter how hard she tries.
A quiet nap under the tree.
These two spend a lot of time under this tree.
They have two new friends Claude and Maude.
Claude's a little shy though, and doesn't want everyone to meet him until Maude has her new outfit finished. Then he's promised Otis and Ruby that he'll come out and play under the tree with them and Maude.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Don't you love how stores present your orders, nicely tied up with a bow?
These arrived today from Z&S Fabrics. All on sale which was a bonus and all for particular projects.Sweet little brown rabbits for the backing of the rabbit quilt.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
A nice wooden toggle button.
So that's another thing I can mark off the list.
We have seven ladies left to receive their parcel then we can say the swap is finished. Can you please email me once your parcel arrives.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So last week I busied myself and got the background cut and pieced.
Sunday evening I sat and embroidered the words.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Does this little signature bow and card give you a clue as to who the sender may be?
Then maybe this sneak peek that was shown last week may give you a clue.
Divine spots in gorgeous shades of blue, red, orange, white and green set on a soft strawberry pink, teamed with yummy red and white stripes and tiny little blue buttons. Beautifully hand stitched Dresden plate with such a cute little pink bird taking centre stage.
Friday, April 17, 2009
A quick trip to the post office will solve that problem. I seem to get stuck coming up with things I can post back to Australia that don't cost an arm and a leg, (I failed miserably on this one). As it was a big birthday for him I wanted something that he could keep, and since it's been five years since I've seen him I wanted something that would last and remind him of how much I love him. So hence the quilt. I worked on each block as a single block ie: quilt as you go, and then joined all the blocks together. He has a love of Asian, (martial arts, and the arts in general) so I decided to go with the red, black and white. It's finally been given a name, "Red Centre". For those of you that are not from Australia, the Red Centre is also known as the Northern Territory, where you'll find Ayres Rock, also known as Uluru.
I know Luke will understand the name behind the quilt. If you'd like to see more of the natural beauty of the Australian outback, click here, and if you'd like to either join in on the festival or see the posts from other blogs then check out Amy's blog.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Now as much as I prefer this bigger table to work on, (read more room to make a mess) I find that my machine bounces around like the EverReady bunny when I put my foot down and fly (speed). Any suggestions to get rid of this bouncing problem? I've tried a piece of foam rubber underneath it, and all that does it make it bounce with less noise.Happy Stitching.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"Dive Into Spring" This one was so much fun to play with, not my usual quilt, but when I found the pattern I just thought it was cute and different.
I'm sure I put a label on the back of this one, but I can't remember what I called it. This too was a lot of fun to put together, colours I normally wouldn't work with, but am leaning towards more now.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
None of the blocks are the same, none of them are centered (which is a feat in itself as I'm such a perfectionist). After looking at them for a while I thought, it's only for the floor, to be sat on, spilt on and played on, so it doesn't have to be "perfect", just bright and happy will be fine with me.
I love the way a quilt gets all soft and wrinkly after it's been washed.
I've been working on my Christmas in July swap items, started three and decided all three just won't suite. So it's back to the drawing board. I've also been working on another pattern, and still have more baby items that need to be stitched. I definitely need another pair of hands, a new mind or perhaps more hours in the day. Maybe all three.
I stumbled across another new to me blogger yesterday. Jenny is from Australia and has created some lovely stitching /applique designs that she's sharing with bloggers. So pop on over and say hello and have a look at her pretty blocks.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I feel like I'm flogging a dead horse here, but I can't emphasise this enough, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. Once you've received your parcel please be polite and personally thank your swap partner with either an email or a thank you card. Just posting on your blog will NOT do.
Let your hostess know when you have received your parcel. these may seem like simple things, and they are...... but........ I speak from past experience, with upset swappers who don't receive a thank you, just a read it on my blog type comment, and as a hostess having to cruise all the blogs to see if parcels have arrived.
Ok now on to the fun stuff.
Last week Stephanie shared with you a variety of Christmas stockings, so I thought this week I'd share some links for those Christmas sacks/gift bags. So let's get started.
Let's start with a terrific tutorial from one of our Christmas swappers Rachel. If you visit Rachel's blog, you'll find the tutorial in a PDF format on her sidebar. Or if you would prefer it straight from her blog you'll find it here, Thanks Rachel.
Pattern from Debbie Mumm.
The Wandering Sack made with Christmas fabrics could be very cute.
These links below are for patterns for purchase.
Crazy Santa Sack
Now that should get your creative juices flowing.