Saturday, July 24, 2010

What's in the Box?

Photos (non-digital) of Quilts Past...

I've scanned them in but the quality is shocking. I will show you 3 today.
This first one I made for my sister-in-law Sandy (she of the amazing bead prowess - on my blog search 'pretty bauble') in 2005. It's meant to be a kitchen quilt and used as a hot pad. At a recent family dinner she was deficient in hot pads (some didn't make the move) and I asked her about it and she said it was too good to use. I explained that she should use it, and if it got wrecked I would make her another. Some of the scrap sewing I'm working on will be used to make her another - one that doesn't look so precious so she will indeed use it! And you may be interested in knowing that the potholders I made my mother-in law (here) are being used and one even has a scorch mark! I gave her a big hug and thanked her so much for using them!

This one was made for my sister-in-law Wendy. I don't know if she uses it.

And this one was made for my dear mother-in-law.
She does use it everyday on her kitchen bench under her fruit bowl.
I did warn you the photos were shocking!
I built these up from the centre out using a stitch-n-flip, quilt-as-you-go technique. I gently pressed every seam and squared it up at the end. Finished is around 12 inches as I recall. They were so much fun and quick... I feel a couple of more coming on... but my sewing table is filled with little sets of scraps at the moment so maybe next week...

Friday, July 23, 2010

A little progress

So I did the pressing last night and laid it out to get an idea of what it might be. I had to use the flash for the photo as it's too early for any natural light. Hope to get the pairs together tonight after the day job...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Make Fabric

So I've been working on making fabric with the 15 minute sew-along.
I posted about it here. Not too exciting yet, but maybe later...

Handbag Detritus


Detritus can be defined as accumulated material.

This was what was in the bottom of my handbag last week.

Bits of a stapler, coil from a pen, a hairclip,

odd buttons and beads salvaged from the ground.
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And the cause of the clean-up, the weighty coins.
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Anything unusual in your handbags?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How was Your Sunday?

So today was a much better day. I attended a WAQA (guild) workshop taught by Kerry Wettenhall. It was a great class. It was a jelly roll class and these were the class samples of the patterns to choose from.

This is the hall and these are my fellow students.
We were a small group of 12 as a couple of ladies couldn't make it.
We worked hard from 9:30am to 4pm.
And here is my workstation. Can you tell which pattern I chose?


No sneak peaks at the moment, but you can get an idea of my jelly roll colour (sort of).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

How was Your Saturday?


Overslept.
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Coffee.

Laundry.
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Coffee.

Paperwork.

Taxi Mum.

Food Shopping.

Lunch.

Paperwork.

Taxi Mum.

Paperwork.

Phone Call.

Paperwork.

Taxi Mum.

Laundry.

Paperwork.

Cooked Tea.

Dishes.

Paperwork.

Hot Tea.

Chocolate.

More Chocolate.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Homage to Josef Frank


So I opened Google to check my gmail and this lovely Google art popped up in an homage to the artist Josef Frank. What a wonderful quilt this would make! For more Josef Frank images, click here. I'm really supposed to be catching up the QuiltWest paperwork, which I will do, but just wanted to share this first.
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A quote from Josef Frank:
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"The home does not have to be planned out in detail,
just put together by pieces its inhabitants love."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Make Fabric Block #1

6 1/2 inches square

Make Fabric


Victoria at Bumble Beans is inviting us to sew for just 15 minutes a day to make fabric out of our scraps. She has done a great tutorial here if you are interested. Victoria has set up a blog for our progress if you want to show off your blocks. Go and have a look!

PS I know this is similar to Em's Scrap Happy Summer Challenge - and Belinda's Crummy Therapy - but really, the idea is to just get sewing!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Birthday (but not mine)


This little cherub turned 21 this week.
She's an amazing young woman and I am very proud of her.

I had no hope of lighting 21 candles without waxing the cake...

(should have cleared the table more...)

She recently gave me a late Mother's Day present.
Do you see what I see?
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A street artist in Sydney did it for her. The framers took a little while.

Maukie - the virtual cat

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