Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So everyone, meet Penny!
She is currently hanging around a playground in our country town in the Yarra Valley, looking for someone to love her. It's a very hot day out there today, so I hope someone will rescue her soon!
I encourage everyone to check out the The Toy Societys blog page, and try to get involved. It's a wonderful idea to spread some love and cheer to others, and to make the world a better place, one toy at a time.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Till when I laid it out on the floor, and EGADS! IT PUCKERED!
And badly too! The only reason it doesn't look puckered in the top photo is because it is taped down tightly. It's bad....quite bad...very bad infact. Oh you should have seen my hissy fit. I am so annoyed at myself. I had a feeling it might happen, but pushed those thoughts aside and continued sewing (maybe I did get a little distracted by my BOM block. *sigh*)
So now I don't know what to do. *sob* Any advice? Any help at all? Or am I going to have to unpick all the borders and start again, (please don't say that!) *goes off to sit in the corner and nurse some fat quarters.*
Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm afraid I had to deviate from the pattern (any purists out there- block your ears, or cover your eyes more to the point,) but I didn't do the needleturn ( I hate doing needleturn with a passion!) and I used my machine to applique the birdies. Oh, the horror! But, I have since been told by my friends that the buttonhole police are on holidays, and I am hoping they will stay that way for another 9 months or so.
So I have finished all the wording on the block...here is a sneaky peek... (ignore the wrinkly fabric, haven't ironed it yet.)
So, there are quite a few of us ladies who are doing this quilt now, and sharing it as we go along. If you want to join in with us, or keep up, check out Homespuns forum.
Onto something different, I think the fabric below is some of the prettiest I have in my stash at the moment. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect as a quilt for my Omi (grandmother.) I started these blocks last week, then someone got me sidetracked with the Homespun BOM. So I have promised myself that I have to finish all the blocks for my Omi's quilt, before I start the second block in the BOM. Somebody please hold me to that if you see me weakening!
Thanks for all the comments on my previous posts. I LOVE getting comments! I'm sorry if I don't get around to replying, but I do try to visit your blogs and see what you are up to. :)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I only heard about this yesterday when a few of the ladies on the craft forum mentioned this BOM in Homespun, and how great it was. And I thought, "What BOM? What am I missing out on? Gah, I have to buy Homespun, and NOW!"
So, when I eventually got my hands on the latest Homespun (the last copy in my local newsagents mind you...alot of ladies must have had the same idea as me,) I soon found what all the fuss was about. Incase you haven't heard about all the 'fuss,' I'll explain! Some of the top Aussie designers ( Leanne Beasley, Rosalie Quinlan, Lynette Anderson, Anni Downs, Bronwyn Hayes, Natalie Lymes, Amanda Browning and Natalie Bird) were asked by Homespun to help them make a quilt in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The designers were given a stack of fabric, and the theme of 'women and friendship,' and then to go for it! So each month, for nine months, there will be a block (or two/three) in each issue. It's a mystery BOM, so they haven't shown the finished product, only the first two blocks. But, the blocks are gorgeous, so you know it's going to be a great quilt!
So of course, I had to jump on the bandwagon. And as much as I like their fabric choices of pink and brown, I don't love them. So, I went through my stash and decided that blues are definately more me. So, this is the result of raiding my stash, and visiting Spotlight this morning... Blues with cream and tan.
I can't wait to get started! :D
Thursday, January 15, 2009
And, I recieved an award from Tozz's Corner too! Must be the season for award giving! Thanks ladies!
So, today was spent making two baby cot quilts for my friend. I would love to take a photo of the finished product and put them up on here, but alas, we have to wait till April as the gender is a secret, and the colour of the fabric would be a dead giveaway! Sorry Kylie! :D
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
My "Be Creative Challenge" piece is finally complete! Some of you may remember a few posts awhile back about the "Be Creative Challenge," and the lovely picture of a gate that had to be used to inspire a project.
Well, this is my answer to the challenge....
I must say, I'm so pleased with how it turned out, and it looks fabulous hanging on the wall at home.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Two days before Christmas, I was suddenly lumped with the task of making the christmas table cloth. Ok, so I may have volountered, but the partciulars aren't really that important anyway. What is important is to mention that the table is a large oval shaped table...a very large oval shaped table. So here I am, two days out from Christmas, sitting on the floor and muttering away to myself with pins in my mouth as I juggle 4.5 meters of heavy Damask fabric.
And yes, all the blood, sweat and tears were well worth it in the end. The table looked fabulous, my gifts were well recieved and loved, and on the whole, the day was fantastic. :) I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well!