Monday, January 31, 2011

Maya goes to school

Finally Maya has the chance to wear her school uniform and new school shoes,  and to put the new red ribbons and hairclips in her hair.  Her first day of primary school.  Hello Preppie.

A few tears from me that I held back until I was in the car leaving,  but what an exciting time for Maya.  So many new friendships,  challenges and experiences xx

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Creative Space ~ Wonky Butterfly Quilt

I've been quietly working away at this wonky butterfly quilt using Bliss fabrics.  It's all quilted now with some wriggly lines and the binding is on,  ready to stitch down by hand in front of the tv for the next few nights.

For more creative spaces,  visit Kristy here

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day 2011

Congratulations to Robyn, who was the winner of the Queensland Flood Appeal Auction.  I hope your new grandson enjoys your new quilt and bag and thank you so much for your generosity, Robyn.  Another $280 to help assist our community and a special thanks to Toni and Carli for organising the auctions to raise $99,089.  Awesome!

Well,  it's Australia Day here, and we have spent it traditionally listening to the Triple J Hottest 100.  Music is pretty big in our family and I guess we will forever be listening to the "youth radio" station :)

I've made a start on the first Block-a-Palooza block with a tutorial up a Quilt  Dad.  These Wildwood fabrics by Erin Morris are all from the stash.  I'm getting there!

Monday, January 24, 2011


Flood Appeal Auction closes tonight.  Just a last minute reminder if you would like to bid.  Wow,  $280 raised so far.  Just love the generosity of bloggers!

I've been holding off the holidays post, to keep the auction on the top of the blog, but we have done so much! We have spent time with friends and family, gone bowling, painted up at the Plaster Fun House in Ballarat, visited the pool for a few swims, gone to the movies, spent a lot of time (and money) fitting all four kids out in school uniforms, shoes and books. The highlights have been our family trip to the Melbourne Zoo, and our holiday at Port Fairy.

The kids too so many pics of the animals,  but I took pics of the kids.  All of them posing on a stone elephant

Maya is a bit of a shy little girl in public,  so I was surprised when she decided to line up and wait,  and wait to have her face painted.  The butterfly house was one of the places she really wanted to visit at the zoo.  The kids all love their bugs.

We managed a couple of nights away at Port Fairy, one of our favourite places to be.  Maybe one of our last family holidays so any chance to get the kids together is fantastic.  Ayden does look a bit big with the other kids..

We did an hour long walk around the Shearwater colony and visited the lighthouse,  before a boat ride and spent a lot of time at the beach.

We stayed in the converted bluestone mill you can see in the background.  Beautiful x

Friday, January 14, 2011

Auction ~ Queensland Flood Appeal ~ Baby Quilt and Bag

With the rains and devastation continuing in Queensland, I couldn't wait until Monday to get my Auction up and running. I hope we can donate and help as much as possible. 

Thank you so much to Toni,  for organising the fundraising initiative.  My heart is warmed to see bloggers all over the world once again dig deep to support those in Australia.

 The Auction is for the Baby Quilt which measures 39" square along with the "It's an Adventure" bag.  The quilt has been quilted with a decorative machine stitch in a diamond pattern,  and on the back is a pale dusky blue backing.

The bag features a patchwork front and back panel,  with hand quilting in a diamond pattern using blue dmc thread.  On the front the words "It's an Adventure" have been embroidered in a dark blue dmc thread.  I have appliqued a rocket with two little bear adventures peeping out,  and several stars.

 The back of the bag shows the patchwork detail.  The bag is quite large and measures 16" h x 15.5" w excluding the handles.  The interior is lined with a yellow and white stripe fabric and it closes with a magnetic closure.  This bag was featured in Australian Homespun Magazine and was shown on the front cover of issue 9.12

How this auction works:
1. Bidding will start at $30 (Australian).

2. You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post with your bid amount and email address. Please make sure that your bid is higher than the previous bidder.

3. Your bid must be in whole dollar increments.
4. This auction is open to everyone and POSTAGE is INCLUDED. Yes, even international postage.

5. The auction begins NOW and will END at midnight on Monday 24th January 2011, my Australian time.

6. At the close of the auction, I will contact the winner (please make sure your bid comment includes your email address). The winner will pay the winning amount directly into the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and send me proof of payment via email. Once proof of payment has been received, I will post your bag and quilt to you.

7. Thank you for participating and happy bidding!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Queensland Flood Relief Appeal Auctions

Queensland and Northern New South Wales are suffering devastating flooding, with lives lost and people are missing.  People have lost their homes, business and their possessions,  and farmers have lost their crops.   As I type areas of Brisbane,  the capital of Queensland are being evacuated.  The rains are still coming.

If you have a blog or a craft business and you can donate or make an item to be auctioned to help raise money for the Queensland Governments Relief Fund,  please visit Toni at the Make it Perfect blog,  check out the post and offer your assistance.  If not,  then Toni will have a master list of bloggers next week where you can bid on an item in their auctions.

On Monday I will have up for Auction,  with postage included,  The "It's an Adventure" bag featured in Homespun Magazine, along with a baby quilt.

Thanks for reading and I hope we can all do a little bit to help those in need x

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tutorial ~ How to make a charm square butterfly

As requested,  here is a quick tutorial on how to make a wonky butterfly block using charm squares.  These are quick and fun to make,  and have been inspired by the quilt being made here

You will need, 1 charm square cut in half,  a centre strip measuring  5½" x  " and four rectangles measuring 2" x 3¾" from your background fabric.

 To create the first wing, take one of your charm square pieces and place a background rectangle on top,  right sides together, as shown in the pic.  Repeat with second rectangle,  to create a V shape.  Make sure that your background fabric extends past the charm square.  You can vary the angle of your background fabric to adjust the sharpness or wonkiness of your butterflies wing.  I'm going for a fairly gently angle with a bit of wonkiness.  Repeat to create the second wing

Sew with a quarter inch seam along the outside edge of the background fabric.  Trim of the excess wing fabric using your rotary cutter and ruler.

Press your seams towards the darker fabric

Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim the background fabric so it is level with the top and bottom of the charm square.

Trim the block so it measures 5½"  wide

Repeat the above steps with the second wing.  Sew the centre strip between each wing piece.

Press the seams towards the centre.

Trim your finished block to 5" square.  Finished!  A great way to use up charm squares and a few scraps.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Charm Square Butterflies ..

I've worked out what to do with my charm squares - Butterflies!   Based at a tutorial here,  I've modified the fabric requirements to make these butterflies.  Lots more to make and then I'll trim them down to their finished 5" squares.   All the butterfly centres are coming from my scrap tub,  so there will be a lot of variation there.

We all went to see the new Disney Movie Tangled today in 3D.  Such a funny movie that we all enjoyed.  Worth seeing it for the horse alone!   The giveaway for 2 x Family Passes closes today - comment here if you would like the chance win.   

I had seen read a few good reviews for Tangled,  but it really exceeded our expectations.  Great to see a movie that everyone had a different favourite scene.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Around the Block for Becky and Abbe ..

Towards the end of December,  Matt took the kids overnight to see his family in Gippsland,  leaving me at home by myself for the first time ever!

With the craziness that December brings I was pleased to catch up on a bit of sewing while they were away.

The first two blocks are for Becky,  who requested pink and green blocks with the theme of Triangles.  I hope it is okay with Becky but my maths wasn't too fantastic on one of the blocks and I ended up featuring more of my added fabric than I planned to.  I will include some scraps in the package back so Becky has the chance to incorporate it somewhere else in the quilt if she chooses.

These blocks will make a very cute and fresh quilt for Becky's daughter Possum.

Happily last night I managed to resew Abbe's block.  I just loved making this block,  with the random strip length and widths.  Abbe's theme was a stacked block,  and I think they will look fantastic!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Good and not so good ..

Good. A month off work starting tomorrow - Hooray!  It's been a biiiggggg year at the "real job".  Not so good is the report that I still need to finish :(

Good.  A crafty afternoon picnic and catch up with some lovely people.  Maya and I met up with Andi, her kids and her parents,  Kate and her three girls, Jodie, Lizzie and Annie.  So good.

Not so good
Unpicking this block for Abbe after I mismarked the centre and ended up cutting it too short on one side when I was trimming it to size on the end.  Luckily I think I have enough fabric left over to remake one side of it.  I was so pleased with it until I noticed what I had done!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Embroidered Library Bag for a Preppie ..

The other handmade gift I made for my niece Tiahni was a library bag.  Both my sisters little girls are going into prep next year, like Maya,  so I have also promised that I will make one that says Jada.

There is a simple little ribbon drawstring to pull the bag closed and my sister Liz just loved it.  The stitchery is a free download by Sarah Jane Studios and can be found here

And the best thing for Maya about visiting her cousins - cuddling a guinea pig!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Popover dress for Tiahni ..

Poor Maya was sent outside in the cool evening air for a quick pic of the dress I made today for her cousin Tiahni.  I thought this year that I should try and take more photo's of all the things I make and donate or give away as gifts.

This is the Oliver + s Popover dress,  a free download here. I love this pattern for a quick dress that gets so much use at our house.  I've made this version with my favourite fabric from the Melly & me range - the blue pinwheels.  

One more handmade gift still to work on.  Fingers crossed it's finished before the party tomorrow!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What I thought I would do ..

Happy New Year!

Back in November I joined the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  It was a fantastic way to see so many quilts and read their stories.  I was so surprised when I was selected for a prize from Sew Fun Fabrics.  Tisha's customer service was absolutely fantastic,  and a bit extra came home to me - I couldn't resist.  I'm planning to make some skirts from the Bliss fabric,  and I ordered some charm squares too - I've never used them before.  The fabric came awhile ago but I have been a bit slow in showing it off.

What I thought for 2011 was that I would record on the blog how much fabric I used/gave away and bought/won/was given.  My hope is that I will buy around 1 metre for every 2 metres that I use.  Often I am given fabric in return for making or designing an item,  so that will have to go in my "bought" list.  Fingers crossed I might even win a giveaway one day too :)  Of course I will still buy fabric,  but I would like to get the stash down to a more manageable level.  What do you think?   Are you up to it too?  You can keep it private or list it on your blog.

Don't forget my Nuffnang sponsored giveaway here too - two lots of family tickets to see the new Disney movie Tangled.


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