Friday, 28 November 2008

Fizzler Friday

A fizzler because we were going to go camping, but with high winds and rain forecast, we decided to stay home instead.

I have no photos today. I am working on some ideas for the local Coochie markets, but nothing I am willing to show off just yet. I did however make progress today and that is all I will say!

What I have done though is have a look for some ideas on what else I can make to sell at the markets and have come across these sites.

yo yo headbands
button boxes
Pencil rolls

Tote-able towels
Tissue holders
Touchy worm

What do you think??

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Stash Sunday

This week I thought I would show off some Australiana fabric that I have been collecting. Not sure what I will do with it in the end, but I am sure I'll come up with something.
I think it all started with this group of fabrics.Then these. We love lizards in this house and there was no way I could resist those end three. And what is Australia without a few Cockies, gum leaves and native flowers?
As for these, I just love the deep rich colour of them.
This is my favourite. Not sure if you can see them, but it has gold flecks through it.

I realise these are most probably not to everyones taste, but I love them! Just wish I knew what to do with them!

WIP Weekend

I was lucky enough to have a quilty friend come and stay this weekend. While we did some beach sitting, wine drinking and friend catch up talking, we also managed some sewing!

I worked on something on the weekend that I'm not sure about yet, so will leave you hanging on details until I am more sure. Today though, I managed to do my fifth BOM and some 9 patches for the back of Luke's frog quilt.

This is the 5th block in my Block of the Month from the Fat Quarter Shop. This one is called Peppermint Star and is designed by Vicki Bellino. Once again, my points are not perfect, but I am getting better as I go.

More frogs! I've now done 25 nine patches. Half way there before I can start cutting them up again!

All in all a lovely weekend. We must do it again soon Kelly.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Stash Sunday

I thought this week I would show some new purchases. I went shopping during the week. Most of it is earmarked for planned projects, but some was just because I liked it!

Firstly, a little (or slightly bigger than little) package from Busy Thimbles. I lay the blame for this squarely at the feet of Ingrid. :) She made a lovely dolls quilt for the swap for Helen, using blackboard fabric. I though this was a fantastic idea, so went off to order some and then had to make up enough for the postage! So, first I got this Japanese fabric for a bag I am planning for Luke's teacher.

And to fill the envelope as much as possible, I got these two.

I'm also planning a quilt for Kira's day carer and need some bright. Which I got from one of my local shops.
However, they didn't have everything I needed so I went to another shop, where I found some possible alternatives for the stuff I already had.
So whatever doesn't get used, will become part of the general stash. And finally there were a few cute fat quarters.
Hmmmmmmmm, think I should stay away from the shops for awhile!

Hats sewn and sent!

I sewed some more caps for Caps to Cap-Haitien project the other night. I would love to sew a few blankets, but I just don't see me getting it done and posted to the US before the deadline. So along with the caps I first sewed I added this lot.
12 caps are now winging their way to Soulemama. Hope they are ok!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Just for AJ and Emma - answers to questions.

AJ and Emma both asked me about my Stash Sunday blues. AJ wanted to see a pic of quilt. Sorry about the quality, it's scanned from a magazine.
It came from a magazine called Beautiful Pieced Quilts Vol 1. Finished quilt is 72 x 82 inches.

Emma - I need 1/4 yard of 42 different blues. Some I have bought more of, simply because I can!

Doll Quilt Swap - my contribution

Having borrowed (stolen!) a photo from AJ's blog because stupid me forgot to take a photo before sending it, (I did the same thing with the Table Runner swap!) I can now reveal the doll's quilt I sent to AJ.
Apart from a couple of log cabin blocks I made for my first sampler quilt (which I've just realised I've never blogged!), this is the first log cabin I've ever made. Each block was 4.5inches wide, each strip 1/2 inch in size! I'd like to make a bigger one, if only because of the fun you can have with the organisation of it. Deciding on how to arrange the blocks was most probably one of the longest steps in the process!!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Sunday Stash

A few bloggers I read have been doing this for a couple of weeks and I thought I would join in, so here is my first Sunday stash!

This week's stash is a pile of blues that will eventually be made into a True Lover's Knot quilt. I need 42 different blues. Last count was 30.

These are most probably my 3 favourites.

Friday, 7 November 2008

More Friday Fun!

I'm not a good sewer, and anyone who says otherwise, bless them, are just trying to bolster my confidence. (mind you, I do respond well to praise:)) No, at best I am competent, mediocre, but when I saw this, I knew I had to give it a go. So today I made 6 caps.
Kira, now by the way, insists on her doll wearing one of these!
They were fun and easy to make and I know they are going to a good home.

Speaking of not being a good sewer, it took a lot for me to join the EB Doll Quilt Swap. I joined mainly because I wanted to join in getting quilty mail, but I quite enjoy the giving bit too! As mentioned in my previous post, AJ is the person I drew to send a quilt to. Apart from being one of the organisers, AJ is a beautiful quilter whose work I freqently admire. To be honest, I am terrified of AJ opening my effort and finding it lacking. I know she will say it's lovely, and I will even believe her, but if, by the smallest of chances she doesn't like it, I'll be happy to believe the lie and let her put it away in the cupboard and forget about it. In the end, I know (and I'm sure the people I make things for know) anything I make for other is made with love and care, and surely that counts for something.
In the meantime, I might make more caps!

Fantastic Friday!!

Today is the grand opening of the Doll Quilt parcels from the EB Doll Quilt Swap. I was very lucky, as my parcel only arrived yesterday so I didn't have it tempting me for very long.
I was extremely fortunate to have Joy as the person making my quilt and she has sent me this gorgeous little quilt for Kira.
Kira was immediately taken with it and announced it was for Baby's (her doll) big bed. She also said the sea turtle is her favourite.I personally love the embroideries, and the applique bucket, thongs and towel.

The colours are beautiful and bright and so much thought went into the label.

Kira insisted I take a photo of her with it. As I snapped the pic she said "Thank you Joy."Thank you so much Joy, it's just beautiful.

Now the nervous wait until AJ opens hers...

Monday, 3 November 2008

Not much sewing here...

There hasn't been a lot of sewing here recently. Lack of motivation, coupled with way too much else on my plate. However, yesterday I did manage to sit down for a couple of hours and start sewing 9 patches which will be made into a disappearing 9 patch for the back of Luke's frog quilt. I'm hoping to get some more done today, but wouldn't count on it. This is what I have so far.
I finished and posted off the Dolls Quilt, although I forgot to take photos so will have to ask the recipient for some. I've yet to receive mine, but since we are not allowed to open them until the 7th, I'm kinda hoping it doesn't arrive until the 6th!

In non quilty news, our block has been cleared! Building should start this week. Before and after photos.

Looks very bare without the trees, but we were thrilled to keep the mulberry down the back.

And finally, my baby girl is no longer a baby. The cot is gone to be replaced by thisShe loves it. Me, I'm still getting use to it!