Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Journey Of A Design - Part 2

After taking a couple of weeks to complete my SBS top, I really have to finish off a few of these new designs, so its back to the Guiding Angel stitchery:

So this was were I left off in Part 1, a completed stitchery. Now for the borders.....I wanted to use something that I havent tried before, so I went for a Pioneer Braid:

A few practise ones to work out the sizing and the colour combinations. These were actually quite quick and easy and lots of fun!! And Im happy with the effect:

This Winter range of fabric is just so pretty and soft. So then its time for the quilting:

Nothing too fancy, just following the lines of the braid. I love this colour cotton, its called Snowflake and it has a lovely shimmer to it.

So nows its all quilted and bound its time to go back over my notes and start the pattern writing process......more on that, next time!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Doctor In The House??

Maddi has her heart set on becoming a Doctor or a Surgeon and we have been looking into Year 11 and 12 subjects for University admission but she was "itching" to try something right now!! So we decided to try a First Aid Course with St Johns Ambulance:

For the last 2 weeks her and I have been attending night classes and learning CPR (unfortunaltey our plastic dummies didnt make it lol!!) and how to give aid to burns, fractures, shock, poisioning, drowning.....just to name a few!!

Initially,I was just going along for moral support but I did learn so much (I did First Aid in Year 10, so a lot has changed). Maddi just loved it (especially wrapping me up in bandages lol) and she has such a good knowledge of the human body. She participated in the class discussions and was so eager to learn more. Monday night we had our "test" and I didnt realise how nervous she was until it was all over. She had nothing to worry about, she passed (me too, phew!!!):

Our certificates arrived Friday afternoon. We have the option of going back and completed the Level 2 certificate later on. If you have never done one before or like me, you did one a long time ago, I recommend you give it a go. Hopefully we never have to use anything that we were taught but you just never know!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tutorial- Right Hand of Friendship Block

Teresa very kindly hinted for me to provide a tutorial on the Right Hand of Friendship block, so here we go, my first tutorial:

For a 6" block you will need to cut:
4 x 2 1/2" squares from your background fabric
1 x 3 1/4" square from your background fabric, cut diagonally twice to make 4 triangles
1 x 3 1/4" square from your dark fabric (blue), cut diagonaly twice to make 4 triangles
1 x 2 7/8" square from your dark fabric (blue), cut diagonaly to make 2 triangles
1 x 3 1/4" square from your light fabric (burgundy), cut diagonaly twice to make 4 triangles
1 x 2 7/8" square from your light fabric (burgundy), cut diagonaly to make 2 triangles

Sew together a large dark and large light triangle, along the short sides. Make 2 of these units.

Sew these 2 units together to complete the centre square.

Sew a small light triangle to either side of the background square as shown above. Make 2 of these units.

Sew a unit to either side of the centre square, along the light triangles.

Sew a background triangle to a small dark triangle, along the short sides and then sew to either side of the remaining background squares as shown above.

Sew these three units together to complete your Right Hand of Friendship Block!! Hope that helps Teresa!! I will put this tutorial in my sidebar for those who are working on my BOM Tender Moments. You will encounter this block in Part 4 and it may help .

I used this block as the inspiration for the borders on my SBS quilt and basically just used half of the block:

The construction was a little different as you can see from my "expert' drafting lol.

I have managed to finish the borders and Im really pleased with the end result. This quilt is so difficult to photograph, I promise to take some better ones when its finally quilted!!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

SBS Borders!

A little bit of therapy sewing was in order, so I have started working on the borders for my SBS quilt. Anne Ida suggested I use the Right Hand of Friendship block as my inspiration, which was the perfect choice. This quilt was the starting point of a very dear friendship between the two of us and I think it is going to be quite effective:

I will be continuing with the "scrappy" theme as I am finally coming to the end of some of the fabrics I used in the blocks. Its nice and quick to complete, so hopefully in a few days the borders will be attached and I can start to plan the quilting!

I would really like to thank everyone for the lovely, warm comments, emails and SMS's over the last few days. I have tried to reply to everyone. At a time when things were so scary and traumatic, it was wonderful to reach out and receive such amazing support. Our family thanks you all!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

With All Our Heart

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

My sister and her partner lost their unborn baby today, after a very complicated pregnancy. Our heart is with them now and for the hard times ahead!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

YAY!! I Did It!!!

All 140 SBS blocks complete, sashed and together!!!
(not the greatest pic but its a big quilt to photograph & the lighting is bad, due to the weather)

This has been a huge learning quilt for me, but an amazing experience.

Ive survived Paper Piecing, Circular Seams, Y seams, Set in Seams, Needleturn Applique and so much more!!!
(well there may be some residual damage lol)
Ive made wonderful friendships with other SBS quilters, some who have finished, some who are still going!!
I feel that I now deserve the SBS pin Anne Ida gave me for my birthday!!!

But most importantly, Ive had fun!!
Now I just have to decide on some borders and how Im going to quilt it!!
(might sit on that one for a little while!!)

Friday, August 8, 2008

An End In Sight

I decided to take a week and work only on my SBS blocks. My tally was at 93 blocks and I really missed working on this quilt, so Monday I started to work my way through the remaining blocks:

My tally now stands at 121 and with 3 days still to go, I can see an end in sight. I have decided to just keep going until the blocks are all complete and then return to my designs and a pile of pattern writing!!Urgggh!!

Of course I wouldnt be able to do it without my ever present support system.......the encouraging emails from Anne Ida, the fact that my family suggest takeaway every nite (just so i dont have to cook......yeh right guys, nice try, eat your veges lol) and of course the diva of the house, Maria:

She has her own scrap there but im not sure it works with this block lol.

As lovely as she is, she can make sewing quite difficult at times!!! Be back soon with a quilt top of completed blocks!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Lets Make A Teddy!!

The girls in my Saturday class, were discussing how their daughters didnt show any interest in sewing (mine included) so we decided to arrange a mother/daughter sewing day and what better way to tempt them than learning to make a teddy bear!!:

Of course the first decision was which bear to make and it was a difficult choice, they were all so cute. Then we had to chose the fur, now this was fun.....everyone chose something different, from the traditional gold to a soft lilac!! Then it was time for action:

There was lots of talking, lots of laughs but also that important bonding time between mothers and daughters as we worked together!!:

Pauline wanted us to handsew the bears head, which wasnt a favorite with the daughters but they all managed to do a great job!!

The mothers helped out with the machine sewing of the body parts and then it was time to join it all together. Of course the daughters got a lot more done than the mothers:

Maddis bear is the white one........looks like Ive got a fair bit of "catch-up" homework with mine before we head out again to finish them off!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

14 Today!!!!

Happy 14th Birthday Maddi.

It feels like we blinked and you were suddenly this amazing, beautiful young woman!!
Have a wonderful day!!
We love you and are so proud of you!!

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world"

Love from Mum, Dad and Cohen xxx

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