Friday, 31 December 2010
Monday, 27 December 2010
I made this bag for my Kris Kringle recipient at the SS&Q Christmas dinner which was held early in Dec.
What's even better, the recipient loved it! She came up to me later very happy - what more can you want when you make something for some one in the group who you don't know very well? It certainly made my night even better. - aw shucks.......
Friday, 3 December 2010
A few weeks ago, for the first time ever I compiled a list of what I want to achieve in the way of gifts to be made and other quilty things that I want to finish by a certain time. A bit like a 'to do list', but longer. So far, so good. My list seems to be working by not letting me get distracted by other things.
The list I mention won't get many UFOs completed, but it will clear space in my sewing room - mostly the sewing table and it will empty a few ziplock bags that seem to breed more projects when I am not in the sewing room.
I feel very calm since I have made this decision to follow the list. I will have to pay an UFO penalty to Stashbusters and will probably become their UFO Queen again before the end of the year, but that's OK because I am achieving projects which will make me happy, make others around me happy and I'll be having a few good catch-up sessions with friends when I see them to hand over the gifts - That is the important thing.
And.... the count of remaining UFOs and sewing room clean up will happen the week before Christmas when I have to get some projects out of the loungeroom and back to the sewing room so as to leave space for Santa to visit.....
Friday, 26 November 2010
Oh well, next time........
Sunday, 21 November 2010
By the way - don't you just love the backing fabric?
Friday, 8 October 2010
Guess what? - the inspiration ran out when I had the top pieced together, so it became a PIG.
Then I purchased a new book - see photo below - and it's FANTASTIC. Now, on the photo above is a selection of fabric and thread to create something a little, I mean a lot, more interesting with this quilt top
Now the name of Funky Granny has come about because I always thought that this quilt looked like the fabrics from the cupboard of a very old Granny, but now with the appliqued tulips to go on the top, it's become a little bit funky looking now - hence Funky Granny!
And - yes,my applique shapes are all traced onto the fusible web and I am looking forward to machine appliqueing the shapes on with the rayon threads in the next week as my "relaxing" sewing - large pieces with no sharp corners -hmmm... nice...
Guess I'll just have to keep you all posted now!
Monday, 4 October 2010
Friday, 10 September 2010
My inspiration has come from our cold Christmases when in Germany and the gorgeous stars which were hung in the windows of the houses and shops. In Germany the stars had lights in them in the windows, but here in Australia with our long Summer daylight hours, the small lights are not necessary. So, without further ado - here are my Hanging Stars for Christmas, to hang in my Aussie windows...
Friday, 3 September 2010
The first one here is a pattern which I have made once before. Called The Original Scrap Bag it is a pattern from ScrapBags . Normally 4 x Fat Quarters are needed, but in this case, I used 2 x 50cm pieces as I had some gorgeous Japanese fabric in my sewing room. I have padded this particular bag with some very heavy duty stabilizer, so that when I put it down, it will stay standing up and not fall over. Big enough to hold A4 size books, but not so big to be bulky - make sense? I hope so.
The second bag to be presented to you in this post is called The X Bag from FourCornersDesigns . I made this one in a single afternoon. It was very, very easy to construct and required 1m of each fabric. Once again, I had some gorgeous Japanese fabric which was perfect. What you can't see in the photo is how the two panels of the bag cross over each other, so that there are 3 internal pockets. The middle one is the widest 'cos that's where you put the covered cardboard base and the outer two pockets are narrower, perfect for diary on one side and my hand-sewing in the other, making the centre pockect perfect for all of my everyday paraphenalia.
Monday, 30 August 2010
So - without further ado - here it is.......
And - here's a close up - don't look too closely, my points might not be perfect! LOL...
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Now - I am having to have a finish this week, as on Stashbuster, I am in the top 10 of those who have no UFO completed this quarter year. Must do some quilting and stop mucking around with pieceing. I'll keep you posted! :)
Monday, 26 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
I made a Strawberries and Cream table centrepiece from a pattern in old Homespun Magazine. It was fun to make and a little different to my usual style, as it included stitchery. I am very pleased with the result.
Friday, 25 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Now I am going to play with my fabric... while I tidy up the sewing room of course :)
Friday, 18 June 2010
As you can see, he was tiny, but boy, he sure could move really, really quickly! He slowed down though when he was put outside. Hopefully he is happy now living in one of my pot plants.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Two IKEA Billy Bookcases (80cm wide x 120cm high) almost but not quite neatly stacked and a pile of stuff on top them. There is some wool mixed in there, things to make Xmas decorations and a bit of scrapbooking too. I also have two more bookcases with magazines, books and tapestry/cross-stich in them.
I seem to have a much larger volume of containers all with projects (UFOs) in them and some PIGS all kitted up ready to make. The new things I have started this year are to be 90% from stash, with some allowable purchases for background, borders and backing if necessary. Some of the larger pieces of fabric with suitable colours for the flimsies are making great backings these days. I am quite surprised by what I can make with what I already have.
My big splurge this year was a whole roll of wadding (batting). I have found this to be a good buy and it has turned out to be a very econmical thing to do with far less wastage when cutting for a quilt.
I decided as part of my new years' resolution way back in January to use up not just my stash of fabrics, but my cottons/threads (for piecing and quilting) as well and slowly, but surely there are some gaps opening up in the shelves and drawers. It's very satisfying and now when I do make purchases, they are more planned and have an immediate use as opposed to just being "stashed" - I only hope my halo doesn't slip! :)
Thank you all for listening!
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
The quilt below was started in Nov 2009 and finished 2 weeks ago for a baby who is now 5 months old. Time to wrap it up and give to the Mum.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Isn't she just so cheeky? Perfect for my neice for her 1st birthday. Just need to add the stick with wheels on it and she can ride to Banbury Cross and back again! :)
Monday, 29 March 2010
Here is a detail of the quilting from the back of the quilt.....
Monday, 15 March 2010
And.... I still managed to get the borders on the quilt top, below after everyone went home later that afternoon. This was a fantastic pattern, which I tried for a friend. An excellent Stashbuster, as out of 5.5m required for the top, I only had to buy 1 - and I have all the backing and binding fabrics from stash as well as wadding and quilting thread! It was clearly meant to be! Very happy.....
Enjoy, life is good.... :)
Sunday, 21 February 2010
While I have been away from the PC this past month, I have not been idle. Here are some snapshots of what I have been working on lately...
Blue & White Toile Cross Stitch, which is currently being framed.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
However, I am not going to complete all of them this year, they currently stand at 38, but I aim to have 20 finished before NYE 2011. 13 of the 20 are ready for quilting with tops, backs and wadding ready to go.
I have made a list for January - if it goes into February, it doesn't matter. This list has 5 things on it; 3 x UFOs and 2 x other. A bite sized chunk of projects, with interest and variety to keep my mojo in top motivational order :)
Oh, and while there are no photos in this post, I promise that there will be in the next one. That's all for now, the roast dinner is nearly ready for serving....... mmmmmmm, yummmm