Friday, 30 October 2009

Keep an eye out ...

This is going on the side bar. What is "Telly Projects" I hear you say? I am so glad you asked. "Telly Projects" is a project that can be done in front of the telly (TV) that will take one night or a couple of nights to complete. I am working on the first one now and it should be ready to motor in the next couple of days. I'll post the details and patterns under the logo for you guys to use and make yourself. For yourself, 'cause you are all groovy and understand that I'm putting this up here for nix to enjoy and not abuse? I know its all cool. So keep an eye out, first telly project coming up!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

It's Sciting time .....

"Sciting" ... it's a word my Nana used to use. It means having a crow or a brag about something etc. I have some stuff I want to scite about. I was going to tell my husband, but other than the fact that his eyes would glaze over and he'd go to his happy place. He would also start to look at the stuff and start adding up in his brain even though he doesn't really know how much it all costs. I'm saving his health by just not sharing with him my hobby with him. So I get to share it with you!!!!! Can't help it, just need to.

The lovely girls out at the Cottage Quiltworks have just moved. They used to be up behind my Parents in Law, and there were a few afternoons when the football was on the telly, Grammy was playing with Pickles and me, I was staring at the wall. So off I would go and just poke about in their shop until I bought way too much. They have moved to a bigger place about 10 minutes away from my in-laws now and they are having a 30% off sale on most of their stock until the end of October. So yesterday, My girlfriend and her daughter, myself and Pickles all went down for a bit of a look. Look hahahahahaha, yeah right. The little girls were amazing, they sat and coloured for ages and had a chat. We were there for two hours, and I bought these (scite warning) ...

Bar the last four on the bottom right hand side, are all for a new quilt design to come hard on the heels of Hard Candy but I'll tell you about that later. Lovely muted palette this time, and a little bit vintagey-shabbyish- whatever. I also found this, drum roll please :

Flea Market Fancy my friends, yes that's right and still on the bolt and it's mine all mine ... well, that's not quite true. I shared it with my girlfriend but I reckon it has to the last bolt in existence and now it's gone and here at my house and my girlfriend's. And just for the sake of it, here is my precious Flea Market Fancy stash:

I have decided to use some, I have too. Now because I felt like a guilty wife today, I went out to Country Pickins to see the lovely girls there and to let them know I hadn't fallen from the face of the earth and to pick up these:

Another couple of Matilda's Own Quilting templates. I have about 6 sets or more now and they are wonderful. I using one of the sets for Hard Candy and have ordered another set for the new project. The dresden plate is being used for the block carrier. When I am finished it, I'll post the details here so if you want to tackle it you can. And finally, this isn't a scite it's an apology. I should always be bothered to make sure the pictures you look at you can see. So sorry about being flip about my embroidery pattern. I am going to take some proper pictures so you can see her in all her glory. Check back in the next day or so, and this pics will be up!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Its been a couple of days since I posted. Its been a busy week. Cai is back at all her stuff so that means we spent the week going from playdates to ballet to preschool to language classes to the zoo and on and on and on and now ... it's Sunday. So B is painting a cardboard Dinosaur with Cai in the kitchen and me ... I'm making China Blossom dolls for the special little girls we know and I have until the 21st of November to get them finished. So, I'm making dolls and listening to an audio book on my lap top. I thought I would show you a couple of pics of the block holder I am going to make. I figured I needed a block carrier for my Hard Candy quilt. And I muddled about for a couple of days deciding what I would do but now I have decided!

I thought I would do a wee bit of embroidery to put with a wee spot of something else to put on the front of my block carrier. So here is a picture I thought I would use as the embroidery:

Yes, its dark but I really couldn't be bothered getting out my canon, taking the picture, loading it in the puter blah blah blah. So sorry, here it is and its dark. And here she is on the hoop ready to boogie when I watch Bones tonight and I am going to cheat. I am going to use a combination of punch needle embroidery and standard embroidery. I'll keep you posted. I have a spot of crowing about a find for my stash, more on that later!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

I had a bunch of stuff to do ...

But instead I brewed up the rest of the new quilt, not to be confused with the quilt along but my new project campers. I spent a while getting the images ready to boogie tomorrow after the new ink cartridge arrives home. I pay for the Katie Jump Rope tomorrow, so it will be sent and as soon as it comes then it's cutting templates like a fury.

I have decided that I'll pop up a pattern for a block carrier using the same design I am using on the quilt. And the quilt has a name, and because I had a whole heap of stuff to do I decided to pfaff about and make a wee button for it ... because I could. And now I look at the button I am worried that it makes me look a little bit ... well less than the straight girl I am ... aw bugger it, I don't care. The image made me laugh, a cow and a woman in a bra ... what the???? But wait til you see the whole thing, I think it's going to have a wee bit of zing to it...

Eventually this button will sit on the side bar and have pics of the design process and the finished quilt. I'll do this for all the stuff I make and pop in here. Watch out for China Blossies, that will be up soon and I will put up a pattern for a Wee Blos and I think I might hold a swap. Anyway, here is the button. Hoody hoo!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Squueeeeeeee! It's here, woohooo!!!!!

Look what came in the post today ...

I did my happy dance in the Post Office today ... internally. I almost leant over the counter and planted a big ol kiss on the fella behind the counter ... internally of course. But he did get a grin from me as I handed him my license (the book came registered post). To be hard honest, I thought that it was great he was checking my id, I bet there are a couple of girls around here who would have sold kidneys for this one.

I luurv Cath Kidston. And like a squillion others, I mourn the idea that we don't have a store here in Sydney 'cause we need one. Badly.

Anyhoo ... oh and I remembered a very important tip today. Yup, I remembered after everything was finished and I had been wondering what I did wrong. Jo's Wonder Tip for today ... when getting images ready for transferring onto fabric that you spent bloody ages dipping in Bubblejet Set, cutting out the Freezer paper while wrestling with a four year old for use of the really big scissors then trying to keep the same child from wanting to swim in the mix out back. Always make sure that your images are set on high contrast so when you go to rinse out the images you spent ages getting ready and then nearly using up all of cartridge printing out ... because if you don't, you loose half your colour and your totally fab images look like they need to eat a good steak. Learnt that today, just thought I'd share.

So, tonight I watch "Flash Forward" and read this totally gorgeous book and drool over the pics and hopefully get some work done on my new fabric range.

A big thanks to the lovely folk at Lark in Daylesford, I got their last copy and they were bonza good sports.

Make sure you check them out ... they rock.

It's 2.30 in the morning fer crying out loud ...

Aaaaaaannnnnnnddddddddd ..... I can't sleep. SO, here I am at my blog. HAd some cacke too, just to make the no sleeping thing a bit more real. In my own defense I have to say that I have never done this before, eaten cake and blogged at 2.30 in the morning. But sometimes in life, you just have to go with it. That's what I am doing now. Going with it .. and raving a wee bit as well.

I am so very, very, very, very excited. I am going to do a Quilt-a-long. Hoody Frickin' hoo, been wanting to do that for a while now, and managed to locate almost every single one one the web only to find out that had been going for eons and I had come late to the party. Not now chickadees .. kellie at Don't look Now is having a corker of a quilt along and I am down to play. And for my fabric, I think ... hmmm (she says looking like an over weight Vivian Leigh at the BBQ in Gone with the Wind) ... Moda's stunning new range Rouenneries is going to be the go. Yes, I could attack my stash, I really could, and I could use the umpteen different scraps I have left over from little Bow or from the Satchel Bag or whatever but I really love this collection. Its yummy to die for and so I have deemed it to be, Rouenneries it will be for this. It will look seven kinds of gorgeous, and have a really different feel to it. A wee bit olde worlde.

In case you have been living on the moon for the past six months, here is the range I am yapping about ..

Here is the link

THere is just something so .. so ... yummy about the range and then at the other end of the spectrum, I would sell my husband's left kidney for a whole bunch of Tula Pink's new range "Plume", let me see if I can find it for you now where did I see it ... here it is at Hancocks of Paducah in Kentucky. Went to High School there, don't you know (said in pretendy posh voice).

I am loving The tula Pinks, Heather Bailey's, The Amazing Denyse Schmidts of this world as well. Too much gorgeous fabric, nnow it's 3 am and that's me for the night. Now I am tired and my brain is feeling sleepy. Sent my China blossoms off to the good folks at Moda to peruse, I figured ..what the hey, why not? Why not indeed ... now I am raving. Off to bed I go.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

The blogging Quilt festival...

I have just found about this . After reading through the requirements, here I am, writing a post about a quilt I have made. The pic is of the main panel, it's missing the yoyos and the rest of the zhuzzing that finished it all off. It's currently sitting in Country Pickin's store down in Dural. I wanted to get a picture of it all finished but I haven't had a chance to get down there but I have a class there on sunday so I'll snap a pic of Little Bow in all her glory and post the pic here in three days time. And if I didn't post today about this quilt, I'd miss out on being a part of the festival so ...

Every quilt has a story, everyone. Even if you don't think your quilt or softie or whatever it is that you are making has any kind of history behind it, baby you is wrong. While we make our stuff, while we sew and create, life whirls around us in a steady stream of phone calls, emails and whatever else happens in our lives. Your quilt has a story. Little Bow does, it's not a happy one but she has a story. She came about just after my friend Chris died. I need to make a wee point here, but Chris was NOT a girly kind of guy. He was a big fella, liked Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd. He wrote prodigiously, was a screen writer professionally and he and I had a shared in interest in WWII history, the people side. He would be liking the new book I am working on, and its a real bummer that I didn't get a chance to run my plot by him when I had the chance. So as I was saying, Chris didn't inspire Little Bow, but in the days after his death Little Bow was the driving project in my brain. I needed to get her into the store lickety split, and instead of taking two weeks tops ... she took closer to 4.

I cried over that quilt. Not because it drove me nuts, although pinning it four times drove me crazy, I cried for Chris. Brent was working a long run of night duty, my little girl was in bed and was working on Bow, by myself in the quiet.

So ... I look at little Bow and I like her, she looks great but ... and there will always be a ... but ... about this quilt. I will always look at her and know that it was made just after Chris left us. Which is both a good thing and a sad thing.

So in response to Little Bow, I have come up with another idea today and its a cracker. So before I post anything else, I'm off to search the web for some Katie Jump Rope .... oh yes .... oh we go .... taa dee ta dum .... whistle!

Hi all, here are the pictures of the finished quilt, she looks okay and the girls at the store said folks have been asking about her, I think that's cool. Anyways, here is little Bow ... all finished!

And here are some close up pictures of some of the detail on Little Bow ...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sewn ...

And, I almost forgot ... you might also want to sign up for Sewn. I did, and here you go, off to Sewn with you!!!!

If your wondering what Sewn is, here is the "About Us" form the site, it sounds great and I am so glad to now be a part of it!

SEWN is new and innovative online quilting and sewing community for all lovers of fabric crafts. We have Tips and Innovative Tools to help with your projects, an Advice Centre for all your sewing questions, online forums and chats, and information on your local shops, sewing groups, quilt groups and classes.

SEWN will feature designers and shops from Australia and New Zealand, as well as the latest from the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.

There will be articles, interviews and tutorials from industry experts, competitions and free patterns! We’ll even be reporting via podcast from craft shows around Australia and the USA.

It’s going to be way too much fun! Get excited with me sign up to the SEWN Club for all the latest news and offers from SEWN and our partners, read my blog to keep up to date on all the SEWN news.

Happy SEWiNg!

Sarah Fielke, Creative Director"

Give Away at the last Piece...

I love The Last Piece

Its become one of my favourite blogs, as highly read for me as Allsorts . Sarah Falke was one of the quilting Divas who owned Material Obsession, now she is out on her own and is a mega super quilting diva. The give away is fantastic, French General's beautiful fabric line for Moda is lovely and Sarah has generously decided to give away six Rouenneries Honey buns. The details are all there in her blog, get to it!!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Something brewing ...

Found these last night, they look groovy together. Bit of Heather Bailey, bit of Kaffe Fassett et al .... Hmmm. I have some things for the Marie Antoinette Mailing list to get out, and thats proving to be tricky. Printer issues, but I'll post the pics here so at least the pages can be seen. I also have some flowers to make plus 5 book pages all before 1 Nov.

The quilting is a distraction, a lovely one but a distraction all the same.

Back to Marie Antoinette Mixed media I go ......

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

A visit to Mecca ... I mean Material Obsession ...

I spent most of Monday night reading blogs. Don't ask me why, I have no idea myself. BUt as I read Blog after Blog after blog, it became apparent to me that a visit to Material Obsession was needed. I had been reading a few accounts of the Sue Ross B.O.M club. I was drooling. I wanted to play so bad. There are a bunch of girls out there doing it, 150 according to M.O themselves. the club is completely sold out : ( but there is a waiting list for a second round in Feb. 2010 : )

On the waiting list I went, and then I decided with all the raps the M.O was getting about the traps in blogs etc. I thought it might be a grand idea to go out there and check it out. So after lunch with Brent and Cai Cai and all her little girl friends at Macquarie centre to watch the Ice Skating while they all demolished the nutritionally questionable Happy Meals we were dumb enough to buy for them.

Then it was off to quest for M.O. It wasn't hard to find. I left Brent dozing in the car and with Cai Cai in tow, off we went. I got a wee bit of a surprise, it all looked a bit bare. And that really did make me wonder, in fact, there wasn't a great deal of anything there but and this is a big BUT ... the quilts that I could see were to die for. Absolutely stunning. I bought the two template packs you see in this post, came home and promptly started on one straight away. I'll pop the piccy of what I've done so far below. But I was thinking about it all afternoon yesterday. I get what they are doing at M.O . There was a lot of focus on using contemporary fabrics to make the old traditional quilt blocks to come up with something so new. They have done it. Its cool. I like that a lot. I love the idea of using old things in a new way to come up with something new and hand - downable! (I invented a new word!) . What's the point of spending hours and hours of time tom make something temporary? Let's make stuff out great great great grand kids will love and their kids and so on.

I think there has been a shift at M.O. The girls who started the business seem to have parted company. I don't know how recent that was, maybe its still new days for the changes. The website is no where as extensive as it was, and there was a definite feeling that a lot of stuff was missing so I'll keep an eye on things there and let's see what happens. Yup, I want to start that B.O.M as soon as pos.

Softie Blossoms ...

As if I don't have enough on my plate to worry about, I now have 6 softies to build for the 20th of November. All self inflicted of course but ... I think they should be cute and I'll post the making process here.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

I have been doing something, I really have ...

I have, and that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I finished the quilt. Yup, it turned into a quilt, the lady in the pattern, I'll post a pic from her new posie at Country Pickin's . If you get the chance, check out this store if you are Sydney local or check them out on line. Their fabric range is great and the girls are just bonza ! And ... they put up with me, it seems like I spend half my life there!

I spent a great deal of time sewing by my sewing machine light. I reckon it has to be one of my favourite light sources, the little light from my sewing machine. Not the best for the eyes but it's just a nice feeling. Well, that makes me sound nuts.

The lady is done, it was a real exercise. I thought that having all the pieces being big and grand, I would save myself a whole bucket of time. Yeah, right. I still had to pin the thing four times to get it right before I quilted it. Four times. Thank God Brent wasn't around to see me sticking taping the thing to the floor and swearing as I put the quilting pins in only to drag them out again. And then there is the Yo-yos ... sorry, Suffolk Puffs. It was a wonderful idea to use yo-yos as decoration on my quilt, to zhuzh my lady and make her look fab. Even with the help of my much loved Clover Yo-yo makers, it still took an age. But I love the Yo-yo makers, I have three shapes (circles, Hearts and flowers) and they work like a treat. I was so greatful to my mate Lydia for lending me Aaron Sorkin's great series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." I watched the entire series while making this quilt. Its a crying shame that only one season was made, the writing was clever and sharp, the characters engaging. I guess Mad Men will just have to keep me going.

Here is another wee peek at Little Bow: