Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Creative Space .. Admitting my quirks

I'm still trying to blog my knitting.  Stash busting here with a few beanies to go to the Ballarat Soup Kitchen to give away for those in need.  This red wool doesn't photograph well,  but it's a beautiful cherry red.

Admitting my quirks.  Always mean to grab some stitch markers,  but the kids little blue circles from their Knex, or just a safety pin threaded onto the needle just has to do sometimes.  A crafter in need ..

More creative spaces at Kristy

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Block-a-Palooza ~ Blocks 7 & 8

As promised,  here are the next two blocks from the Block-a-Palooza,  on Flickr, which took us to the half way mark - still time to join..

The first block is pretty bright but I wanted to introduces a few more of the fabrics in the Wildwood range.  The block is called "Orange you glad I picked a nine patch" by Heather at House of A La Mode and can be downloaded here.

The eight block is a bit different with a machine appliqued basket of geese in the centre.  The block is called "Basket of Geese" and is by Angela at Moda Home Mom.  The block can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Block- a-Palooza ~ Blocks 5 & 6

 Yesterday I was down with some type of virus.  The sort that won't let you do anything much,  or even think clearly.  I managed to get three loads of washing onto the line (as the laundry almost feels like a hobby I do so much of it..) and photograph my Block-a-Palooza blocks to add to flickr.

The top block I was brave and decided to add a solid.  The fabric was thicker and firmer than my wildwood fabrics and made it a bit trickier with the accurate seams and points in this block.  The block is called Geesey McNinePatch, designed by Kaye at Miss Print and can be downloaded here.

It's getting trickier and trickier to work with my limited fabric from my stash on this quilt.  I wasn't sure about adding the pink but it seems to pop okay.  This block is called "You Are Here" and was designed by Monica at the Happy Zombie,  and can be downloaded here.

I''ll blog the next two block tomorrow. I'm all caught up!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Creative Space .. Honey Cowl

I've joined my creative space today with my knitting.  I rarely blog my knitting and thought I really should.  The kids think I mad knitting a "neck warmer" in summer,  especially when I pull it out at the University pool during swimming lessons.  You know how it is,  more about having something to do with your hands that what you are creating sometimes.  That's knitting for me.  This is the Honey Cowl,  a free pattern from Madelinetosh.  I've cast on 160 stitches for a mid sized cowl and it is a very easy knit.

More creative spaces here.

Of course I am a proud mama,  so excuse the bad photo,  last Friday was Ayden's formal welcome to the school as Yr 12 Environment Leader.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Maya's Panda Bag ..

Poor Maya came home with a borrowed library bag last week.  I had such good  intentions but was caught up in everything else,  including making library bags for two of my nieces who started school last week too.  Now you know it,  I'm not perfect :)

So before this weeks library lesson,  the Panda bag was finished.  A simple drawstring bag, with a yellow spot fabric from my stash lining it,  and felt to make the appliqued panda. 

I checked a few times to make sure Maya really did want a bag that would be different to the other kids and that she did want a panda appliqued to the front.  She did.  Kane gave his stamp of approval too.  I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Thanks too,  Jodie for the gifted felt.  Beautiful to work with.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Block-a-Palooza Blocks 2,3 & 4

This been a big week,  with all the kids back at school and me back to work.  Lots of new routines and even more changes this week.

Gradually I have been working through the Block-a-Palooza blocks.  Block two is called "Word Search" and took me ages and can be downloaded here from Oh, Fransson.  81 little 2" squares,  that were trimmed after they were sewn into 9 patches.  I am pleased with it now its done!

Block three is called "Shoo fly Geese" and can be downloaded here.  A quick, fun block to make and nice to add a bit of green to my blocks too.

Block four is named "Gingham Pinwheel" and can be downloaded here from Lizzy House.  This one came together quickly too. 

These blocks are all sized 12" finished and would make great donation blocks for Corrie at Retromummy's Flood Appeal.   My plan is to donate the finished quilt or quilt top to this cause.  The Wildwood fabrics remind me of Queensland too.

See more inspirational blocks at the flickr group here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Our Middle School Boy ..

It's a year of beginnings and endings at our house.  Today was Callum's first day at Middle School.  

It's a big step in Grade 5 to move to a whole new, large campus where the kids are much larger than you. The kids start their laptop program and you can see Callum clutching onto his new tablet laptop.  He had a training day last week and they were all told how to look after them, including how to carry them.  It's his new pride and joy and makes him feel like on of the big kids,  just like the change in uniform to white shirts and walk socks.   He even caught the bus home with Ayden. 

Everyone is looking so grown up at our house.  It's hard to believe how fast the years are going past.

Back to the real job today too.  Those holidays went way too fast.  Oh,  and Maya was on the local news tonight!


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