Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Show and Tell Tuesday.. Bears with sticky out ears..

I've been a bit unwell and didn't manage to get the binding put on the Lime and Soda quilt for Show and Tell... so I grabbed this little mini quilt of Kane's to show you. Looking at it now, it's a good example of how my sewing skills have improved over the last 6 years, but it is still cute and very well loved. I used a pattern by Debbie Mumm called "Bow Tie Bears". I really do like silly little things, and the bears ears did it for me on this quilt. The are sort of 3d and can move around and stick out, great for little kids to play with and a bit of whimsy for me.


And my last star from the quiltalong is done! I've still need to make the last two borders and sew all the blocks together, but it has been great to make something different.

Well, back to work, then a bit more binding x Rachel

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A bit of stitching on Sunday..

I really appreciate it when I get to do a bit of sewing on a Sunday. Saturday was just mad with the Kane having two parties to go to, swimming lessons and haircuts all booked and an unexpected visit from Matt's cousin in the evening. I started putting the binding on my Lime and Soda quilt at 11 pm.

Last week I started this star but my sewing machine wasn't happy and version 1 ended up in the compost. A clean and a new set of needles and it seems to be going better. Hooray! The last star for the quiltalong is cut out on the dining table ready to go when a few minutes are free and there are a few half done pinwheel blocks too.

Ayden rang tonight and said they are learning to surf every Wednesday and his cooking is going well. I guess teenage boys will eat anything.... A five day hike starts on Friday so no weekend call next week.

I hope you had a great weekend and see you for Show and Tell on Tuesday!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Stashbusting Butterflies Update

I thought I might give a bit of an update on how my stashbusting butterflies are going. I've sewn together the 2o background blocks with their 8 thin log cabin strips and ironed on some of the butterflies. On the ironing board is a container with bits of butterflies thatI can work on when I have a minute. Some of the shapes have been appliqued and when they are all done, I'll stitch on the antennas. I'm using up heaps of scraps. 6 of the 109 pinwheel blocks for the border have been made, and I've cut out some of the squares to make more.

Slowly getting there. The boys have been cutting the "ears" off the pinwheel blocks for me. The pattern is called The Butterfly Collector by Lynette Anderson Designs.

In my last post, I've had a few questions about the drawstring bag. Its a pattern called Santa's Helper and available here from Hatched and Patched. It is part of their Simple Stitches range and I have the bunny one too. The pattern gives details to make it into a bag, cushion or a wallhanging. Another great way to use up your scraps!

Have a great weekend all! We will be running kids all over the place tomorrow. Bernadette has finished quilting my Ruth's Quilt and Lime and Soda Quilt too so maybe time for a bit of binding for me too.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Show and Tell Thursday.. Christmas Stitching

Some Christmas Stitching for Show and Tell today. I know its Thursday, but when I saw that Anne was making this Christmas table runner, I offered to post a pic of mine. I made this one maybe three years ago and its a great size for piling lots of plates and decorations on. Both of these projects are designed by Hatched and Patched. Cute! Have a look how Anne is going with her stitching.
I don't do alot of Christmas sewing for us, just little crafts that I can do with kids when they are on holidays, but I do make a heap of these little drawstring bags. They are just perfect for filling and giving to the kids teachers and carers. I didn't manage to give away this pink spotted one last year. It mine!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kitty Cupcakes and Awards

I had to put Show and Tell Tuesday on hold today, because look what I found in the post today. This is what I have recieved from the Red Geranium Cottage Cupcake Swap. I can't believe all these sweet cupcake goodies! Thank you so much Jen, you have absolutedly outdone yourself with these.
You can tell how impressed Maya is with the wallhanging! The fabric that I ordered for Jen's gift only arrived in the mail today so I am going to have to get to my stitching for the return gift. Aren't I just so lucky!

I've also been nominated for these award. Thank you Candace and Bernadette! You really made me smile with these. So I am nominating these bloggers for the two awards Lucy Locket, Maree, Jen (how could I resist?) , Rachael Rabbit and Nic.

Now the orthadonist had done something really interesting with elastics on my braces today, and she said I might have trouble trying to eat.... now theres a challenge for me!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cupcakes and Tea .. Cupcake has arrived!

My Cupcake and Tea swap project has arrived! Cupcake is now at home with Valerie. I used a pattern from Rosalie Quinlans new book Gift for the bunny called Milly and made her a dress with cupcakes. Thanks Rachael Rabbit for organising such a great swap! Maya was not pleased to see this bunny go.


I was the birthday girl yesterday, and Matt and the kids made it such a lovely day. Matt did a bit of shopping at Ballarat Patchwork too .... lucky me!

EDIT - Whoops - this is fabric for my pinwheel blocks not what Matt bought. I'll show you that later...

We finally heard from Ayden too tonight and he said that King Island was even better than he expected. He had been off whale watching today, and has seen platypus in the local creek and bought yoghurt at a cheese makers. He has a duck to look after at the house, has already broken his camera and managed a sleep in until 7.15 today.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and your footy team did better than mine...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Stitchery 102 - What is Pellon

In my last post, I left out answering a question - what is pellon. I guess it must be one of those things that doesn't translate well around the world. I never thought I would be showing the backs of my stitcheries to the world but here goes..

Just by chance in my fabric stash cleanup I have been stitching these little ladybugs to use in gifts. A new pattern by Cinderberry Stitches called Little Lady Bug Bag. The first pic is backed with Whisperwelf, the second has a very fine iron on interfacing and the third is backed with pellon. The pellon that I use is fine, soft and sort of springy. It is synthetic, like a very thin, smooth wadding and you can get it in an iron on version or a sew in version. At the edge of the pic you can see a bit of pellon that is larger than the stitchery that I have not trimmed down to size yet. If you do a google search, you might get a better description than mine. Click on the pic for a larger pic to pop up. I use this pellon to make fabric bags too.

And here is a pic of the stitchery fronts, before I make them into little bags

Have a great weekend all. I'll leave you with a pic of Maya who needs to cuddle this big monkey while her biggest brother is away!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My stitchery tips

I've been asked a few times on how I do my stitcheries, and the colours I use etc. This is just how I do it, I'm not telling anyone else to sew like this or I am right, it just works for me! Here goes.... stitchery 101

  • I always use a hoop, and I like my little 6" one. I never seem to cover a large area in one go, so this size is easy to manage and to pack away, plus, I am used to this size now!

  • The colours I uses are generally the ones that will match the fabric I am going to work on, or what catches my eye at Lincraft when I have a project in mind. For the Sunshine in your Pocket it was 3328 a nice pinky red. I also use 3832 for more of a bright pink, 221 and 224 and 814 for other red shades. I also like to stitch in blue dmc 930 and 931, and for a brighter blue 824

  • In my last post I said I don't use calico or black dmc anymore. I do use a bit of black for things like stitching ladybugs but not very often. I'm more likely to use a dark brown and this is because it matches the fabric I use. I don't like calico. I can't iron it perfectly and its never the quality of the patchwork fabrics I use.

  • I stitch on patchwork quality tone on tone fabric, quilters muslin or quilters homespun or nice cotton/linen mix fabric. I use 2 strands of dmc thread, one sometimes and never more than two.

  • I've tried using fabric stablisers and whisper welf. Okay on a linen/cotton mix, but I prefer using pellon behind my fabric. I like how it keeps the fabric in place with the hoop and the slightly soft look and that you can't see any of the threads through it.

  • Yep, always use a hoop and I stitch around satin sitched areas. I use back stitch, french knots, running stitch, lazy daisys and satin stitch.

  • I always use a wash out marker and I wash it out really throughly.
Ummmm, is that it? I think you have to practice stitcheries so make sure you do them often! hahahaha. I hope this helps Anne!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Show and Tell Tuesday ~ My first stitchery quilt


For Show and Tell Tuesday, I have have dragged out my first stitchery quilt that I started in 2003. This is the only quilt I have made as a block of the month through a quilting shop, and it came from Candleberry Country in Yarragon. It is called "Pleasures of the Garden" by Viv Robinson (I think..). The original is stitched in a more naive, or prim style, but I neatened it up, couldn't help myself!


It is interesting to look back at, because now I would not stitch on calico, or use black dmc thread. It was a great learning curve for me, and now I am a stitcher rather than a quilter. I have fixed up my messed up star block in the last post too!

Ayden left this morning, and I haven't felt like myself all day. He was fine .. hoped on the bus to the airport with his mates, but he looked so young and blond next to all the other boys who are just that bit older. What I would give for a phone call or text or email to know he made it there safe and the flight was good. Phone calls on Sunday to look forward to.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Taking a big breath..

Franticness has completely set in at our house. The only craftiness this weekend has been repairing the sleeping bag cover and sewing a big laundry bag ready to pack for Ayden. Luckily on Friday I made the star, so I don't have "behind on the quilt-along anxiety". Well, to be very honest I have done a bit of cutting out in anticipation for other projects, thank goodness.

EDIT - did you see that I placed one square in the star block the wrong way - lol - thats the weekend I had!

Our 18 year old nephew Martin travelled up from Gippsland for the weekend, with his car and job he is suddenly a very big boy...

There are piles and piles of stuff ready to be packed, and the washing machine still going and photo's still to print. And we have run out of soap. What next!

Taking a big breath, Ayden's off on Tuesday and I'll be a year older too next week...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Meet the Elephants and more...

Guess where I have been!

Well, first I have been visiting Lynette's blog to download the Elephants. I just love these ones. I've decided not to add the borders for the time being and add them at the end. My fabrics have ended up very dots and spots and I think for the best look I might be better holding off until they are all stitched.

Then to see Jodie, who is calling herself Mrs Big-Head today... but isn't she just so clever, and Annie too. Lots of show and tell, and I came back with more fabric than I went with. What a good start. I took my redwork to show, and some other stitching, and my project for the Russian Doll swap. I haven't laughed so much in ages and Annie and Jodie sure are clever crafty cookies!

A lesson in Gocco too, and just look what fell into my bag. Lucky, lucky me!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Show and Tell Tuesday .. More Redwork

For Show and Tell Tuesday I am being very slack again. I've got a fair bit of work to finish off before a day off tomorrow to do some crafting. The good news is that I finished off my second last redwork block last night and here it is! I've also made a good start on the elephants from Lynette Andersons block of the month. (sorry, the quick pic is a bit wonky)

I thought that I might also show you what inspired me to make all the Sunshine in your Pocket stitcheries as redwork. I saw this little quilt on the back of Bronwyn Hayes Cotton Country book drapped in the corner and I loved it! I've taken a pic so you can see. I emailed Bronwyn to see if there was a pattern for it, but sadly not and the quilt was lost after it was loaned to someone for a show. I couldn't even get a photo of the quilt to work from.



I'll have to see what I can work out when I am rummaging through the stash looking for fabric for butterflies!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Stashbusting butterflys?


Don't look too carefully at this weeks star! The points are not so perfect on this one. Oh well, its pretty and I used some of the pretty fabric that Bernadette gave me too.

Not much else to show, because I finished sewing for 2 of my swaps and I am pretty pleased with the projects!

I've been thinking of what next, after my redwork quilt is finished. I'm keen to cut down my stash, so what do you think of the Butterfly Collector by Lynette Anderson designs? Buttonhole stitch applique is not my favorite, but I do love these pinwheel blocks.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A boy in sheeps clothing..

Saturday morning crafting ... sheep ears for Kane.

Kane's off to a party today in a shearing shed on a farm about 45 minutes out of Ballarat. The children were asked to wear sheeps ears, so at 10 am, my helpers and I were making this pair from batting. Sadly, costume design is not my forte, but at least when you are 5 wearing home made sheep ears is not a problem! Last I heard from Matt, the kids are toasting marshmallows on a bonfire and the parents are drinking mulled wine.

Thanks for the nice comments and emails about my last post. On Thursday I finished my report at 1 am, the started again for a busy day on Friday. I am very, very ready for a bit of sewing.

Back tomorrow to show you what I have done!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Restoring my sanity..

Help..... I've written up to page 29 for my fourth corporate report this week.. still more to go. Callum is home miserable with a cold, Maya has tipped out an entire toybox and I said Ayden could practice his cooking and make lasagne tonight. Lucky Kane is creating things with plaster at holiday program. Guess what I would like to be doing... :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Show and Tell Tuesday .. and the Winner is...

And the winner is.... Chocolate Cat who said .. Blogging certainly is fun! Please count me in for this giveaway. I would love a copy of this book. I'll email you for your snail mail address. Here's Ayden with the lucky pick.

Sorry for this terrible child promotion, but Ayden is a finalist in the Teens section on the Lincraft website with his Melly & me monkey he made, Magoo. Voting is here for anyone who would like a look!

For Show and Tell today I've picked out Maya's cot quilt, dragged off her bed for this pic. I made it from a very cute pattern designed by Emma at Ballarat Patchwork. I just loved the fabric in the kit and had to buy it, it's the sweetest little farm animals and polka dots. I can't remember the name of the range, but I hope you can see the sweetness in the pics.


Well, back to work for me. End of financial year reporting to do, but I did notice a new star posted for the quilt along....

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