Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Finally, some sewing and decisions.....

I've had this on my wall for weeks,I think I've spent too much time lately playing with photographs and blogs......!!




...so I thought that I had better get it together as it's for my SILs wedding in September. I think I'm going to put a border around now of the green in the blocks..



..then another white with some small squares of the rest of the jelly roll - maybe ;o)

It's a Moda pattern from the Moda Bake Shop and I used a jelly roll of Gypsy Rose by Fig Tree Quilts plus a jelly roll of Moda Basics in White, hardly any cutting at all in this one so far.



I just did a post on the CWBQ blog, I think it's the first post I've done on there for months and it's been a long time since I did anything with my Civil War Bride Quilt, it's been residing in this box on a shelf in my sewing room..



and hasn't been touched since before Christmas. It was really hard to get back to it, I've taken the box off the shelf several times, opened it and looked at the finished blocks. Then they would just get put away again!! All my inspiration to finish had vanished.... I realised the other day that it's nearly a year since I bought the pattern and starter kit from Corliss at the Craft & Quilt Fair and I also remembered that I really didn't want this to become another UFO, that's the whole reason that I started the blog! I felt I needed the inspiration of others to keep me going, how true was that??

I've used countless keystrokes advising others that this is 'your' quilt and yes it's OK to change it, make it your own, as long as the basic pattern is Corliss' pattern then it's ok to join the group. So I've decided to take my own advice and change the way I make this quilt!

I have made a decision and if you're a purist for following the pattern, then close the page now, you don't need to read anymore, you'll only be disappointed with me ;o)
I really wanted to drastically alter the whole composition of the quilt, what I really, really wanted to do was start the whole thing again - in wool and include some pieced blocks too!! I'm not going to do that though as I've invested too much into the blocks that I've finished, I am however not making anymore centre blocks!!
I have nine blocks that I've finished and I'm leaving it at those nine. So today, I took them out of their box and joined them together!!



This is how the centre of the quilt will be, I've also stitched on the borders, not as per the pattern, these are five and a half inch borders and I'm going to stitch a vine all the way around and then randomly sew on leaves and flowers. I'd like to say that I will fill it with all the different flowers that are in the original quilt, but I don't know how much I'll do on there until I do it..!





Honestly, I don't know whether this is going to spur me on to finish soon or not and I don't know whether I'll change my mind again? Who knows the way my mind works, certainly not me lately!!
Sorry about the photo quality, it's been dull and foggy here for the last couple of days, too wet to go outside but very hard to get true colours inside...sigh!

Friday, 21 May 2010

More garden wonder........

You could be forgiven for thinking that this was a gardening blog over the last couple of days, that or a photography blog!! There have just been so many lovely things to capture in a snapshot this week and I do love a little snapshot of a moment in time, you never would have guessed would you...?

I was wandering out to the clothesline today (sometimes I do do housewifely things like washing etc.) when I spotted this little snowflake popping it's little head out of it's leaves. Still May and we're getting spring flowers......errrr, what's going on here?



...and because I've been playing with photographs in PSE all week here's a couple more..




......here's the last rose on my Bonica bush..



..pretty isn't it?

The sky was very heavy and black this afternoon, no rain though and the storm clouds just swept over us but I did take a couple of nice shots of the trees....





..if you want to see what I did with these go over to my photo blog HERE.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Back in the garden..........

Eleven days to winter.....



...you wouldn't think so with the sunshine we've had this week....



....the afternoon sun hitting the Japanese Maple outside one of the windows in my sewing room......



....turns it into a fiery, golden red ball of loveliness...



Underneath the roses and the Maple is this little village of faerie fungi.....



....a veritable landscape of tiny abodes for tiny beings......



...they must have all been out doing faerie things the day I visited!!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Go visit Elaine......

...'cos she's having a lovely giveaway, nothing to do with the HUGE giveaway thing this week...



Just click on the picture to go visit her.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sew it Together. Part 2

So, some more photo's taken on Saturday at Sew it Together Melbourne...
..we all received a bag full of goodies at the door..



..some VERY talented people had donated/sponsored heaps of things:
Patterns from the super talented Jodie, gorgeous bamboo knitting needles from Donna, a lovely pack of sample fabric from The Oz Material Girls. A gorgeous wallpaper inspired notebook from Lark, a coat hanger cover kit from Thea & Sami, a little moleskin notebook decorated with a vintage picture from the talented Cass, a little packet of buttons ready to cover from Jackobindi and last but by no means least a little packet with pre-cut hexies and some squares of gorgeous fabric from Retro Mummy. All packaged in a calico bag with the Sew it Together logo on.......WOW!




Here's the amazing Cass who organised the sample swap, those of us that joined, 14 in all, were to be split into two groups of seven. We had to make six of something, all the same thing but different fabric etc..
I made these pear pincushions......



.....and this was how the swap went! Cass called out names pulled from a bag, the first seven split off for one group, the last seven formed the 2nd group. I was in the second group and boy oh boy, was I lucky....



...we stood in a circle and placed our goodies on the floor in front of us......



...I missed my feet while I was taking the photo ( I was wearing brown leather clogs in case you're interested?) So, we then all jumped to the left (yep, jumped) and picked one of the swap items from in front of you, jumped to the left again and picked up one item and so on....! Don't ask what seven grown women looked like jumping around in a circle?? I can just about bet my last dollar that someone has a photo, I'm just hoping it doesn't make it's way to me...!!!

What?? Oh yes, the swap items........



OK, the fabulous blue birdie lunch box was made by the lovely Karen, the awesome craft bag/keeper with wonder woman on the front was made by Trash (how did she know that I have a green cape?), a gorgeous linen tea towel trimmed with beautiful fabric from Sheridan. See the lovely red flowery bag at the back? That was from Cass, a little ramekin pin cushion from Sophie and a cute little wash cloth from Donna.
I did tell you I was lucky didn't I??

THEN..............everyone got a prize at the end of the afternoon from a whole bunch of wonderful sponsors, this was mine............



...a $50 Spotlight gift card.....Woo Hoo!! Thanks Spotlight! I'm thinking of stocking up on needles (just kidding Jodie!!). Seriously, I might just buy something that I would think twice about if I was paying ;o)

Following are some random images from the day...........





...the multi-talented Deborah finished these wrist warmers (when she wasn't ironing her bunny)...




Here she is standing, before her pressing engagement!!



I nearly forgot to show you what Cass gave all the 'swapees' as a thank you (as if we needed to be thanked), clever isn't she??



..this was what I was planning on working on during the day....



...my March Sue Spargo block. Did I get any work done............?



...course I did AND I taught Rachelle to crochet (we'll see how good I was and if she remembers?)














....thought I'd slip this one in......




...that's it folks, all the rest are not fit for human consumption!!

It was a wonderful day, can't wait for Sydney 2011, I'll be there with bells on!!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sew it Together........................

WARNING:
Extremely long post with lots and lots of tell all photo's!!



What a great day we had yesterday at Sew it Together Melbourne, all accolades and kudos go to Sheridan from Chaletgirl she must have awesome organisational skills! Well if she didn't before I'll bet she has now...........

Now, where to start?? Start of the day on the train at 7.28am, Ballan station, walk through the carriages until I find my travelling buddies, Jodie, Jan, Rachelle and Deborah. We did become known during the day as 'the Ballarat table', honestly, I'm sure it was in the nicest possible way?? Let me just say before anyone else say's anything, I'm sure we weren't the loudest table! Really, I don't think so!!






Jan and Jodie hard at work.................



Can you see Bronwyn at the table there, listening to someone obviously? Not that there was more talk than work you understand! Oh dear me no! Never!



......Julie, Abbe and Trash



...not a great photo, but there's Sheridan still organising I reckon!!



.....could this be the youngest blogger and is that Ernst I spy holding her attention?



There was a bit of a media frenzy when these guys finally made an escape from their suitcase



I do have a couple of VERY unflattering photo's of Jodie being mobbed and in the interests of bloggy friendships, I've taken the prudent step of deleting them!!



This little guy thought that was a wise decision.......!



Here's Deborah ironing her bunny - don't ask!!



See, her poor bunny had to lie down after her pressing engagement...!!

On that note I'm going to finish this post and continue tomorrow, I'll show you all my wonderful swap goodies, prizes and lots more photo's, but you'll have to wait. I'm out of here now.............

Monday, 10 May 2010

A bit of this and a bit of that.............

I've been playing around today, just making a couple of small things that I've been meaning to do for ages....



...I made this sleeve for my camera strap, I got the idea from the Moda Bake Shop . I used some of my 2 1/2" squares in Martinique from 3 Sisters from my sample boxes. In hindsight, I should have used something else and cut it to the 5" size that the instructions stated. It fits fine but it was a pain to slide on to the strap, the extra wee bit would have made it easier!!





I even put my name on it, just in case I forget who I am !!




Do you wear reading glasses? Well I do and I'm always forgetting to put a case into my bag if I'm going out, so I end up wearing them on the top of my head all day. I made this simple little case to leave in my handbag, I have a feeling that I'm going to have to make at least 3 or 4 for different bags! I used some of the Bar Harbour squares for this, the colour isn't very true in this picture. The reds are really bright and clear with some soft blues mixed in, very pretty.





I picked this up from the post office today. It was my other purchase from those gorgeous 'Quilted Crow' girls, a lovely table runner in wool applique. It should look beautiful on the cedar table in the dining room, now I just have to make it!!

I had a fabulous time at Stitches & Craft on Saturday, I met up with Sue from Charlotte's Cottage in Western Australia, she was over with her hubby to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. It was wonderful meeting up for a coffee and a chat. I met a couple of local bloggers from Ballarat, Annie from Flower Garden and Jodie from Ric Rac. Jodie's stand was beautiful and I did succumb to a Pocket-Bot and a Parsley and Beet pattern as well as some of the amazing felt from Winterwood. So all in all a great day, Sew it Together is this weekend, I'm only going to the Saturday crafting session, but it should be a great day, I'm really looking forward to it.....lots more bloggers to meet!!

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