Friday, 4 November 2011

Sew Hong Kong ...

What a way to wake up in the morning and look over this:

It's Hong Kong Harbour. We are all sitting in our bed looking at the view will Pickles checks out her loot from the Night Markets last night and I am finally getting a chance to blog .

This is going to be a quick post, Pickles is starting to look at the pillows like they are food so that means that we are going to have to go looking for breakfast in a moment.

What I really want to say is:

Yes Cinderella, you can sew on the plane. I was told this by the ladies at the Cottage Quiltworks and they were "sew" right. But be smart, don't take scissors. But do get your hands on this:

Sewline's needle threader has a great thread cutter on the side and a small compartment for holding a couple of needles and pins. I made sure that I had two number 9 needles and a dozen clover applique pins, all very small and all stuck into a small piece of wool felt and then put in the chamber under the threader. I also had a sandwhich bag filled with thread and my thread heaven, plus the squares I was working on.

I sewed from Sydney to Hong Kong. And watched some movies at the same time.

At the Hong Kong disneyland Hotel.

And too and from Macao.

we have a couple of days left here and then back we go home. But it's been great being able to work on my new piece "Bon Nuit". I'll write more when I can.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

I said I would ...

Post and here I am. Posting. I am just buggered by the way. I want to know why it feels like I need 50 holidays to get ready for the holiday we are going on. I am washing everything that isn't nailed down and I have been cleaning the house (yucky, yucky, yucky).

I have been doing some stuff and I have been really enjoying getting my "mojo" back. so I have a bunch of stuff brewing in my brain and its in the process of spilling out and turning into things. I just love that. So I started to put together a travel bag for the holiday.

I went to the Cottage Quiltworks and I always come away from there spending way too much. I bought an amazing pair of really wee scissors and an amazing needle threader. I also bought some really beautiful Yuwa spotty fabric. French Blue Indigo, where have you been all my life?

I just love this colour, so much so that I am building a whole quilt around it and that quilt will be entered into a competition in March 2012, but more about that later. I am taking the laptop on Holiday in the vain hope that I can blog there too.

I'll post more pics of the bag when I get back home.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

SO its been two weeks but

I have been busy, and I have heaps of pics to prove it. I'll upload them tomorrow and when I got a chance I will post them here. I'm getting us all ready to go on vacation and I feel like I need 50 of them just to get over getting ready for this one. Aye Curumba.

There are pics coming and I am not going to go a year without posting again, so this is my wee filler.

Watch this space, no really, watch this space!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Being grabbed by the bits by my "muse" ...

Whoever or whatever that is. But I feel like I am in the grip of "something" and everything is coming in a flood. I think this has been a very weird "watershed" moment. Weird. I feel like I am in a daze. I have to tell you that it wasn't just my quilting that was going to get the elbow, I was getting ready to heave my writing as well. I have been plugging away and plugging away. Sometimes however, it can get very weary and it sucks getting rejection after rejection. After rejection after rejection. And more rejection and then another rejection and a bit more rejection for good measure. But ... I had something happen that has seen me writing again with passion. It was a whirlwind 5 days I spent buried in this new project until it got sent off Midnight Wednesday. Ever since then it's been as if someone has set my head on fire and my creative juices should be bottled right now. Reckon they might be worth something with the amount of things swirling around in my brains at this present moment.

So here is what is on the menu as we speak.

A new laptop cover and a new block bag (for my workshops I am teaching)
A new quilt made from two packs of charm squares
A new quilt for teenagers made it mainly homespun but with a little bit of zhushing to make it fab. I think this will be my very first quilt a long for here
Plus a new fabric range. Oh, oh, oh a new fabric range to design. My brain is just humming and it all feels so bloody marvellous.

Like I just woke up from a very long sleep and now I am ready to get going. Lovley.

The charm square quilt will hopefully be going to Katoomba for their quilt show in March along with another quilt I have talked about here (but it needs to be finished as well), but I might spare a post for that all by itself.

And here is a wee spot of evidence:

Thursday, 13 October 2011

I nearly died! ...

I just saw the date of my last post and nearly had a stroke. Was it really that long? Yup, that would be right. To be honest, it wasn't long after I wrote the last post that I was thinking about giving up quilting and sewing for ever. I had a really bad experience in a local quilt shop and it was enough to make me never want to touch my sewing ever again. Ever.

But like that was going to happen. I love to sew, I just love it and not doing it is like cutting off my arms. Or depriving me of music. Or good books, or hanging out with friends or spending heaps of time with Pickles.

Funnily enough I have had some quilting things begin to grow and perculate in my brain over the past couple of months and slowly and steadily I have found myself getting back into my quilting groove. I just thought by chance I should check on my poor little blog, languishing in the doldrums and then it all happened all of a sudden I am back writing.

There are some things I have to do over the next two weeks. I have another block carrier to make and another laptop bag, both for samples for classes I am scheduled to teach. So I thought I would pop them here. I decided to make them in a different colourway then I usually do (tones of green!), and some of the notions will be different because I am making them for a store and have to use things they have.

I'll put the details and pictures here, as well as design notes for the new quilts. Yes, that is "quilts" plural. I have about three that I am going to make up for other classes and I want to wax lyrical about the Slice Fabrique. And then there is the Bonnet Project, I am really looking forward to that and a bunch of other stuff all hanging around in the wings.

I am back this time. Big deep breath.