Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Meanwhile, check out the gorgeous items that Leah has made for Kris! Here is one of the items - a fabulous bag! I really like how Leah has predominantely used the linen, and then stitched it with the red stitching around the top, and handles. It really looks so striking. I must say, I love red and cream/white together.
Please check out Kris and Leahs blog to see the rest of the items that were made for the swap.
And lookie what came in the mail this week.... my giveaway prize that I won! Check out this ultra cute tin that Gail made. I just love it! And inside? 3 fat quarters!! Oh, a girls in heaven! Thank you so much Gail - I'm so thrilled that I won!
Now ladies, thoughts and opinions needed! What do you think of these fabrics I just bought today at work? The pink one on the left is from the Aviary range by 3 sisters for Moda, the center three are Somerset Cottage by Robyn Pandolph, and the last one is a cream quilters muslin. Do you think they look good together? I ummed and ahhed over them for about 30 minutes, trying to decide. I'm quite happy with them, and I really like the soft, feminine pallete, but are they too soft?
Oh, if you are wondering what they are for, well, it's for a secret project that I can't divulge on just yet. Oh, I'm horrible aren't I?
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Sorry for the teasing sneak peeks Maree!
But I promise that all will be revealed soon!
I'm so curious to know what everyone has been making! I keep seeing sneak peek photos turn up on various blogs, and my curiosity is killing me!!
Have a look at this sneak peek that Tracey is sending to Jantine....
Any guesses? Nup, I'm stumped too.
And have a look at the sneak peek of what Erika has made for Beatrice...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
But you know, something must be changing! Last post I mentioned the cute tin and fat quarter I won from Gail. Well, blow me down, but I won something else from Gail! She was having a week of giveaways, and it seems I won two more fat quarters! Who needs a new car, when I just won some fat quarters!
A big thank you to Gail for running her giveaway! Go over and check out her blog, go on!
We have some Rustys and Freds to share with you! It seems Stringybark Farm is gaining some popularity which I am just thrilled with! Talk about a buzz when other people like your work and design!! So, please take some time to go and visit Beatrice and see her block 2, and then trot on over to Amy's blog and check out her block 1!
I have had some people asking about what sort of pencils to use for the BOM. I have been using the Derwent brand of pencil, however they are not waterproof. Since it is a small wall hanging, I won't ever be washing it. However, if you want your quilt to be waterproof, I recomend trying the Faber Castell Polychromos Artists Colour Pencils. They have soft waterproof wax leads, and are resistant to smudging. They have acid free, and light fast pigments too.
Or you could always try wax crayons. Simply use an old tea towel to cover your colouring in piece, and then a warm iron over the top. I'll do a tutorial in a few weeks which might be helpful for some.
Figured it was time for a Paper Bag Swap update! How are all you wonderful ladies going?? In just over 1 week and a half, all the items must be sent back to their owners! Gosh - it's snuck up quickly! So please ladies, make sure you send your item on time. I don't want to have to publically name anyone who doesn't complete the swap, but I will!
Without giving too much away (I hope!) here are some progress photos of my swap item.
I bet Maree is thinking, "Now what is she up to...."
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Anyway, have a look at what I won!
It's an altered tin that Gail has made, plus a fat quarter in my choice of colour! I love the little tin, and think it's just gorgeous. I was so wrapped that I won. Thank you Gail!
Well, I am so happy to see that you like my block 2 for Stringybark Farm! Thank you for all your comments that have been left. It's such a joy to know that others are enjoying my blocks! I can't wait to see some Rustys, and Freddies come to life. Please let me know when you finish a block, because I would love to share them on my blog.
I have some exciting news that involves a popular craft magazine, and one of my designs! And that is all I shall say on that subject for now, but I shall keep you posted on what is happening!
Maree, from Farmyard Crafts, asked me how I was going with my Homespun Breast of Friends blocks. Very slowly is my response! I have finished the first four blocks, but the fifth one is a BIG one. And so it has unfortunately slid down on my priority list sadly! But I have been reinspired, and now that block 6, 7, 8 and 9 are released- I really need to get moving!!
This was my Block 4, that I did a month or so ago now.
We are selling the Breast of Friends fabric kits at work, (Patchwork with Gail B,) for anyone that is interested. It is a pack with the "In the Pink" range of fabric, and enough to make your quilt. It's gorgeous stuff in real life, and is incredibly popular! And we also have 'scrap bags' of the fabric, if you want some bits and pieces to throw in.
It's raining today, and freezing cold outside, so it sounds like the perfect day for sewing! I better keep moving with Maree's paper bag swap item!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I hope all the mothers had a lovely and fantastic day yesterday!
Whilst I am not a mother yet, I do hope to be one in the future. It is such a wonderful gift to be a mother, and I firmly believe that mothers can shape the future of the world, by how they raise their children. They are the next generation of world leaders and changers, workers, helpers, pastors, doctors and parents themselves.
Be proud of the the amazing and high calling you have as a mother, and I pray that you and your family will be richly blessed.
Block 2 for my Stringybark Farm Block of the Month will be released very shortly, hopefully today. Below is a sneak peek... what do you think it is??
Friday, May 8, 2009
I mean, sure, it doesn't sit flat on the table....
And the stipple quilting leaves a lot to be desired...
And I have no idea what we are going to actually do with it.... Though it looks rather good thrown on the top of the recliner...
Thursday, May 7, 2009
By the time I have done all I had to do, there was simply no time for sewing. *gasp* Could there ever be a more tragic tragedy??
You know what I have learnt? Don't force creativeness and sewing.... It really doesn't end well.
Another thing that has been on my mind of late is the Paper Bag swap! Who would have thought May would have come around so quickly?? The items have to be completed and sent by the 31st of May. And truth by told, I haven't really started yet. *gasp* But I have bought some extra fabric, and I know what I am doing. As soon as Mothers Day is over, I shall get stuck into it!
This is the lovely fabric Maree sent me to use.... "Swell by Urban Chiks" for Moda.
And before I finish this post, and head back to the sewing machine, check out these pretty colours below! I reckon they would look wonderful in a quilt. Yup, that will be my next project. After I finish all the others of course.