Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Giveaway Goodness!!

Debi is hosting a Fall Into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway, so if you havent signed up already, pop over to her blog and join in with all the other bloggers hosting a giveaway from Oct 1- Oct 15.

Its a wonderful idea, a great way to share in that giveaway goodness. You dont have to make an item, you may like to giveaway some patterns or some fabric.....anything quilty!! And there is a great incentive to all those that sign up....you go in the draw for a yummy giveaway yourself!!

I will post my giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dandelions and Daisies

The kids are back at school and the break has been wonderful but its time to get back to work. I get asked all the time, what can be made from a Jelly Roll. I love them, so my challenge was to see how many projects I could make using one Jelly Roll, a metre of cordinating fabric and some scraps from my stash.
My Jelly Roll of choice was Dandelion Girl from Fig Tree Quilts. Firstly some things for me, so I played around with the fabric buckets:

I love these, they brighten up the studio and they are great for packing my sewing supplies into ready for class. They sit right near my machine and everything is on hand easily. The little pin cushion was also desperatley needed for my ironing space....no more sticking pins into the ironing board!!
Of course there are some new Threadbare patterns. The first is this Daisy Chain cushion:

This reminds my of those warm summer days in high school, when the girls would sit around and discuss the important things in life (like make-up and boys lol) and make Daisy Chains.
I also have a table runner which just needs binding and a sewing bag that needs lining (more pics next post) and I still have around 10-12 strips left and a small amount of the meterage.....best get back to it!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Diamond Anniversary

To my Grandparents,
We congratulate you both on 60 years of marriage!!
Such an amazing achievement and an inspiraton to us all.
Love you both xxx

You can read the article about them which appeared in our local newspaper today, here

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bush BBQ

We took the kids to Hollybank Forest for a BBQ. Nothing tastes better than food cooked and eaten outdoors!!

I had a Martha Stewart moment and decided to make a little bushland centrepiece for our table:

After lunch we played a game of soccer and then went off exploring. The forest was really pretty:

A lot of the trees are still bare and the rocks are covered in moss but there was a peaceful serenity as we walked and enjoyed the open air.

There is lots to explore and we eventually came across the River Track:

It was definetley worth the muddy decline to get there and they slippery incline to get back to the top:

And amongst the trees, we found this gorgeous Holly tree:

Guess Xmas is getting closer!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10 Things Im Loving Right Now

Not a lot of sewing or blog reading going on at the moment, its school holidays but I thought Id share my top 10 favorite things right now:

1. School Hoildays- I love having the kids at home, makes me feel like a "real mum". We have been heading to the park everyday, playing cricket and soccer, doing some yummy cooking and just enjoying the relaxation. Best news, Les has decided to take next week off as well, which will make it perfect!!

2. Spring- Everywhere you look Spring is starting to blossom. This is my favorite season. The colours and the smells are wonderful and its time to get out in the garden and have some fun!!

3. Fabric buckets- These cute little buckets have been floating around everywhere in blogland and I decided to give one a go (with just a few little changes). I can see more of these in the future, they will make great pressies!!

4. Romance- My best friend (and next door neighbour) Annie and her boyfriend, got engaged on the weekend. In a crowded resturant he got down on one knee and proposed (*sigh*). Love you guys and big congrats from us!!

5. Wildflower Seranade- These Jelly Rolls and yardage arrived a week or so ago. Such a gorgeous range from Kansas Troubles Quilters. I love the country colours and cant wait to get started on these.

6. Reading- I am really loving listening to Cohen read, he is doing so well and he looks so cute in his new glasses. Its funny how they go to Prep and then they just read. Dr Suess was a favorite with Maddi and even though I know these books by heart, Ill never tire of hearing him enjoy them!!

7. DVD Dates- I love having a DVD date with Maddi. We arm ourselves with Hot Chocolates and lollies (BTW too many Jelly Beans give you a bellyache lol) and our current series of choice is Dawsons Creek. Love it!!!

8. Machine Applique- Im slowly mastering machine applique, curves still require lots of concentration but Im so glad I decided to try it.

9. Scissors- I love scissors and I have many pairs but they always seem to be across the other side of the studio as Im working. I got these little scissors at the Hobart Craft Fair and with the addition of a retractable tape measure and a lanyard, they are always right where i need them!!

10. Photography- My camera seems to be permantley attached to me and I just love capturing that moment in time. I am trying to take a day to just point and shot at what interests me (which is fun) but then shots like these come when your not really looking!!

Whats your top 10 favorite things right now??

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday On My Mind

3pm today signifies the end of the long winter school term!! I love the school holidays and we have so many activities planned for the next 2 weeks. As an end of term treat for us Mums, we are having a stitching/sewing pyjama sleepover at the shop tonight for my Saturday (and Wed night) girls. Heres my contribution to the dessert table:

Berry And Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

5 thick slices of Sourdough, buttered and cubed
1 1/2 cups of mixed berries
200 grams of chopped dark chocolate
1 1/4 cups of cream
4 eggs
1/4 cup of caster sugar
teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix together the bread, berries and chocolate in a ovenproof dish. Whisk the eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar together in a seperate jug and then pour over the bread. Let it stand for 15mins, so the bread absorbs the liquid and then bake in a 180 degree ovens for 50 mins. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cream.

Should be a fun time! Lots of sewing and chatting, some good food, wine and music and I believe there is going to be a Canasta challenge!! A great way to unwind.

Have a great weekend and to all the Dads out there, especially to Les and my Dad, I wish you a very Happy Fathers Day for Sunday!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Journey Of A Design- Part 3

Once the sample is made, its time to begin the pattern writing process. Firstly I like to draw up the design ready for print:

This can be time consuming, making sure everything is perfect. Then its on to the laptop for the written instructions and diagrams:

If I keep good clear notes it makes this step so much easier. (Notice my lolly bowl is empty? Hmmm and the gargabe tin is full of wrappers.....how did that happen?? lol)

Next comes the photo shoot. Sometimes this is just as much fun as the actual stitching.

And then the pattern is sent off to the printers, the sample goes to the shop and I have a new pattern. The process is always the same and its a great feeling to see an idea come to life. Just like these other new designs:

This is the "My Xmas Wishes" Wallhanging. I started this ages ago but life got in the way! With the help of my children we chose some of the more traditional Xmas gifts kids wished for before electronic devices became so popular (or in the "olden days" as Cohen likes to refer to it):

Theres a Teddy Bear, a drum, a Jack in the Box, a train, a spinning top, a doll...

....a rocking horse and a tricyle. And then of course I have finally written up the pattern (and made a shop sample) of Maddis Tote:

The process begins all over again. My sketch book is full of ideas and Im ready to start something new!

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