Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sale at Fresh Squeezed Fabrics

The fantabulous Randi from 'I have to Say' blog has a super dooper shop in Etsy. She is having a sale with 20% percent off everything until 5 April. I bet you find it hard not to like her selection of fabrics. I certainly have in the past.
Randi is also having a giveaway. So if you are feeling lucky head over to her blog to read how to enter).
Do I really need anymore Nicey jane.....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sew and Tell #13

Well finally I am back with something to show. Nothing much is getting finished at the moment though. Not sure why. It may have something to do with my headspace. Its been a busy few weeks. We went to visit my parents and sister up the coast for Easter and both hubby and I managed to score some extra time off work so all told we had a week away. We had an excellent time. Built in baby sitters/entertainers sure lessens the load and allows for a rather relaxing time.

My son was reassured that the Easter Bunny knew where he was and that he knew he liked Mini Coooper cars (as well as chocolate eggs).

One day we went for day trip up river basically to play in the water. We (yep child and adults) had a great time skimming and throwing stones once the bull had departed. He just wandered off across the bridge. It was quite amusing to watch this huge beast walk across the bridge with no sides. Obviously he knew where he was going and lucky no cars or cattle trucks came barelling along.
I got Block 4 of the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along finished. I am loving this quilt along.

Below is Block 3 of the Jelly Roll Quilt Along.

I made a runner for one of my work friends for a very special birthday. I used Frolic (Sandy Gervais) squares from the Moda Bakehouse Sampler Box. I fortuitously had some Moda solid which matched perfectly with the range. I just did straight line quilting. It was a chance to check my sewing machine was working OK after having a service and repair. Glad to say it is zooming along nicely now.

The recipient was very happy with the present (or gave a very good impression). I was thinking of using some of the squares up in a similar fashion for gifts. Don't be surprised if it is exactly the same as I am really hopeless with the design/maths side of things. Its just way to stressful for me when all I really want to do is sew and create.

Now for those who would like some photography tips the lovely Konda from Moose on the Porch Quilts has posted a very informative post called 'Taking and Posting Photos 101'. This has been great for me but probably because I am such a novice.

The weather is definitely turning cooler which is nice but the coming home from work in the dark is not.

Please do yourself a favour and check out all the other great finishes over at Amy's.

I hope you all have a super dooper weekend.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Blogger Awards

Kylie over at Antmee has nominated me for an award. Thanks Kylie for the award and your great blog. I really enjoy reading your entries.

The rules for this award are:

1. Place the logo within your blog or post.
2. Pass the award on to 12 bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within the post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blogs.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.

Catherine from The Sewing Attic has nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger award. Thank you Catherine. I have only been blogging for such a short time so this is a lovely surprise. The rules of accepting this award are:
1.Thank the person who gave you this award.
2.Share 7 things about yourself.
3.Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who you have recently discovered and you think are fantastic!
4.Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

Ok now on to some things about me. Hopefully I can come up with 7 semi-interesting things about me. These are going to be in no particular order or importance.

1. I love, love, love to make things. My favourite being quilty things and making them for my family.
2. I have really enjoyed lately knitting up simple (and I mean super simple) items for a charity.
3. I really want to make more things for charity groups especially for the NSW Quilters Guild who make quilts for foster kids. Letters from recipients express how great it is to have something that is solely theirs.
4. I have way too many things I want to make but in reality may never get to do.
5. I don't think I will ever be able to stop buying fabric. There is just way too many divine fabrics available. Favourite at the moment is Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.
6. I still find it hard to believe that I am married and have a son. I am sooo lucky to have such gorgeous and wonderful men in my life.
7. I am turning 40 this year but still feel like I am in my twenties. Most days anyway.

I am going to nominate my buddy Sue's blog. She is also new to blogging and makes wonderful things. Please check out her blog Mother Patchwork and give her some comment love.

( I know I am supposed to nominate more and ideally I would love to nominate all the blogs that I follow as I find so much inspiration from these but that just isn't practical)

Sew and Tell #12

Well it was back to normal programming this week. My right arm (aka sewing machine) was out of action for a week for a service and a repair. I kind of forgot that the 1/4 inch foot is not compatible with zig zag stitch. Oopsy. So I don't really have much to show but I so love Amy's Sew and Tell Fridays (Saturdays here). Do yourself a favour and check all the wonderful finishes for this week.

I got my second block done for the Jelly Roll Sampler being run by Moose on the Porch Quilts. At this stage I am not really happy with my fabric choices but I am not making another one. Plus once its in the quilt surrounded by the other blocks and sashing it may well then be my favourite block.
I finished a couple of Poochie Bags for gifts. Pattern is from the talented Monica at Happy Zombie. They are gifts for some very cute people. It is an excellent pattern.
I also whipped up some flannel pillowcases for my son and his 2 cousins. I had a voucher for a local fabric shop and just coudn't let it go to waste. These were also the reason for the sewing machine repair.
My hubby finally bought me a new computer (laptop) as our very old one was very slow in downloading photos. Believe when I say a packed lunch was required when downloading. I still haven't got used to it yet though. However it is wonderfully quick compared to the old one and its not going to run out of virtual memory when I am trawling through Google Reader. This has been very frustrating when I am visiting all the entries in Sew and Tell.
We are having a final hurrah from summer here. Temps have been in the low 30 (degress celcius). Lucky the nights are bearable and the mornings coolish. Certainly the mad dash to the train station in the morning is not so sweaty for which my fellow commuters are thankful for I am sure.
I hope you all have a great weekend.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sew and Tell #11

Well its that exciting time of the week again - Sew and Tell. I love my Saturday/Sunday mornings when I have my breakfast and check out all the wonderful things created during the week. Do yourself a favour and go and check them out too. You can find them here.

I finally finished my quilt top for the 'On the Road to Spring' quilt along hosted by Randi. Its a whopper. Its 102 by 93 inches. Just the way I like them. It will fit my queen bed beautifully. I don't mind saying though the last half seemed to take FOREVER. I have got my backing worked out. Just need to piece it together. I am so very happy I didn't go with the white squares between the prints. I love the linen fabric I used instead. I was inspired by a post by the very talented Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. At this stage I have no idea how I will get it quilted. Maybe an allover design seeing as its pretty busy.

This is a photo of the quilt top strung over a tree outside our back gate. No its not a sappy tree.

I have also, rather impulsively, joined in the fun over at Moose on the Porch Quilts. They are having a Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. This is block one. Each month's block will be designed by someone different. I am using Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille. The background fabric is a Kona solid. For the life of me I can't remember the colour though. It was in my stash and was a nice contrast to the fabrics in the jelly roll.

Lastly I finished a beanie for The Winter Warm project. They send winter woolies overseas for the needy. I am a very slow knitter. This pattern is perfect for me. Nothing complicated and just plain garter stitch. I also have some blankets I finished last year. I teamed up with a work colleague who is a super fast knitter. She would knit up the squares and I finished off the ends and sewed the squares together. The model is my son. He was demonstarting his model poses.

Hope you all have a fabulous weeked!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sew and Tell #10

Well its been a few weeks between drinks for me. Life and work got in the road of finishing anything plus a pesky shoulder problem (which was really my neck).
First up is a peak at my rows coming together for the quilt-along I am participating in. I am about half-way there.

But my most significant and exciting finish for a while is my Christmas quilt. In 2008 I enrolled in the Fat Quarter Shop's 'Designer Mystery Block of the Month'. I really wasn't sure what to expect but am so glad that I signed up. What a fantastic BOM they put together. I managed to make my block each month. The instructions (cutting and piecing) were excellent. The batting I used was bamboo. I had never used this before but had the right sized piece in my stash courtesy of a magazine subscription. Well it has quilted up beautifully. I had it quilted by my local long arm quilter. Because the quilt is so busy we decided an all-over pattern was needed. I can't say enough just how much I love this quilt. Yeah and all the fabrics are from Moda's 'Peace on Earth' range.
I have had all sorts of bother trying to get a photo that I am happy with. It seems that the days I am at home it rains and the days I am at work it is sunny. This is so frustrating for taking photos. Its a pretty photo heavy post but hopefully its some nice eye candy for you.

The following pictures are of my favourite blocks but the first one is probably my number 1 favourite.

This is the back of the quilt. I used some of the scraps to make a label and include it in the backing.

Please don't forget to check out all the other gorgeous finishes for this week at Amy's and let them know you visited.