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Busy Bee!

This week just gone has been a busy one for all things crafty. I worked on my “Just Sew Happy” mini quilt (Tied With A Ribbon).

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I also went & bought some flannel to make some baby bibs for a lady at work whose just had a baby girl (such a gorgeous little thing). These are so easy to make and so easy to tizz up if you want to with a little pocket or some appliqué or some lace trims. I love the rose bud flannel that I used as backing fabric, making the bibs reversible.

I also found a great way to use my scraps. I personally hate keeping scraps. I hardly ever use them and all they do is take up lots of valuable space, so usually I throw out the tinier scraps. However I am loathed to throw out scraps that are a bit bigger because they can be used for appliqué and such. However, my scrap box was starting to overflow and I had to think of a way to get my scrap pile down. Browsing through Facebook the other day I saw a video from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and she talked about crumb piecing, which is basically sewing your scraps together to make fabric which you can then cut up to use in blocks or in appliqué, etc. I loved this idea and started to piece together my scraps.

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It is actually pretty relaxing, piecing pieces of fabric together in no particular order. And it gave me a great excuse to use my brand new tool – the Violet Craft Seam Roller. Whilst it was a little pricey at $25 I think it will pay for itself again and again, especially when doing piecing like crumb piecing. It saves you having to have the iron up. You just roll the seams flat and then at the end you can iron the seams all together. I was really impressed with it.

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I also have 2 new rulers I wanted to share with you. One is a quarter inch ruler which allows you to measure a quarter inch out from your seam. This is great for foundation piecing and needleturn applique. The last one is just a normal ruler but it has one side with rough dots on it so that it doesn’t move so easily when you are cutting fabric. There is nothing more annoying then measuring up twice, only to have your ruler slip on the cut and put your measurements out. I highly recommend both rulers.

Lastly I have been working on making an iPad case for my iPad for when we go on holidays later in the year. The original design by Hatched and Patched called “Nature’s Pace IPad Case” called for a mixture of applique and stitching. This is how I started it but decided that I just wasn’t feeling it so I decided to start again and do the whole front design in embroidery. I’m using back stitch, running stitch, satin stitch and a stem stitch. It is all in Country Garden Threads Granny Bonnet that was picked by Hubble, who I must say has pretty good taste. I’m loving it so far.

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Oh I almost forgot. A present arrived for me last Friday. For Christmas my niece received a Lalaloopsy doll, which are dolls that come to life when the very last stitch is sewn. She got Yuki Kimono & I fell in love with her instantly. So my gorgeous Hubble decided to buy me one for my sewing room.

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I’m one very lucky girl.

Well that’s all for now. My surgery has been brought forward to this week so I may not write for a couple of weeks, depending on how well my surgery goes.

Until next time…happy creating!

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Healing · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Happy New Year!

Well it has been a while since I have written in my blog. Unfortunately I have spent some time in hospital and the rest of the time I have been busily finishing my Christmas presents or resting as the good doctor ordered.

I promised that I would put some photos up of our Christmas decorations. Couldn’t go as all out as I wanted, purely because I wasn’t well enough but it was a start & I’ll expand on that next year or should I say this year. 2018 already! Christmas was quiet but relaxing, not as sad as I feared it might be (of which I was glad).

So what has been filling my time up? Christmas presents I made for my Mum and my sister. My sister was my secret Santa this year and since she’s had a pretty crap year I thought I would make her a quilt so that anytime she wanted a warm embrace & I couldn’t be there to give it to her, she could just wrap herself in her quilt.

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She is just such a gorgeous person. I truly hope she knows how much she means to me. I used my Accuquilt to make the chevrons and because I was only supposed to spend $40 – $50 I tried to use fabric from my stash. I wanted to quilt lots of geometric patterns on the chevrons but then I got sick, so in the end I just did some in the ditch quilting. I was so close to finishing but alas time did get away from me so the quilt was wrapped with a temporary label until I have time to embroider the real one.

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I wasn’t supposed to buy for Mum but I had already started this table topper from Natalie Bird’s book, “Cottage Style Charm”. My Mum’s house is really country and so I did it in these gorgeous aqua and pink fabrics. For the embroidery I used a Cottage Garden Threads (Ruby).

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I can’t wait to see it on her dining table. I’ll try and remember to take a photo of it next time I go up. Mum loved it and I hope it reminds her that she always has family, friends, love and home to support her.

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So before I got sick I did another lesson at Southlands Fabric & Sewing Centre. I took a photo this time of my work. Very sloppy but I’m pleased that you can recognise some hearts and wishbones.

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As I may have mentioned previously I have finally finished my “Happy Days” quilt top. Over Christmas I went and bought the backing fabric and wadding for it. My brain is very mushy at the moment so once I have my faculties back I will start quilting it.

I thought that whilst I was on holidays that I would try my hand at a Jemima Flendt kit that I bought from Carols of Midland. It’s called “Just Sew Happy” (see www.tiedwitharibbon.com). Once again I didn’t get much done. I’ve cut and stuck down all the appliqué pieces and now need to sew them on. I decided to do it by hand, mainly because my brain is not working very well and also because I really want a handmade feel to this little mini quilt. I may even try my hand at hand quilting it…

So that’s it for me for now. I have a specialist appointment next week so fingers crossed this illness gets nipped in the bud quickly and I can get back to my usual crafty self.

Until next time…happy creating!

Quilting

I’ve got the bug!

I had my first lesson today on a long arm quilting machine and I loved it! I’m addicted, hook, line & sinker. It was so much fun! I went to Southlands Fabric & Sewing Centre in Willetton and had the lesson with the store owner, Helen. Such a lovely lady. In fact all the staff are lovely. So friendly. My work was mostly swirls and stippling (very bad stippling) but towards the end of the lesson I was doing these little swirling hearts. Did I say how much fun it was. So now I want one.
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Balance · Healing

Brighten your day…

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This bunting sits in my office. I made it for Hubble & I’s wedding. I like that every time I sit in my office I am reminded of one of the happiest days of my life. One of the last times that my family will ever be together as a whole, now that my Stepfather has passed. My office also has one of my favourite photos. I took it with a compact camera and it is of my niece, Ivy. She is just a flash in the photo as she ran past me playing at the edge of the ocean one sunny afternoon. It really embodies the personality of her – playful, joyous, carefree and so full of potential.
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Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Challenge Quilt Done!

Well it’s finally finished and whilst I love the design, I’m not that fussed on some of the finishes which makes me think that it most probably won’t leave the house. Hubble would say that I am a perfectionist and it’s good but I know that if I hand this quilt in, it will be scrutinised by everyone and well I think I can do better. Not that I have time to do another one but maybe next year I will feel like my work is up for the task.
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Housekeeping · Quilting · sewing

Flatter…

For those of you who know me I like to give credit where credit is due, especially in relation to products and services that I feel really meet their target customer’s needs. Soak is a Canadian company that produces a laundry wash and smoothing spray that helps you keep your delicates and more importantly your quilts clean and cared for…and it’s good for the planet as well so win win as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t tried the Soak laundry wash yet but if it is anything like the Flatter then I am going to be a loyal customer.
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Quilting · sewing

Jingle bells…

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Not much creating going on in this household this week because of the dreaded lergy. Today is the first day that I have had a voice that doesn’t sound like a drag queen.

I’ve been sewing some hexis together when I had the energy and last night I put together a little Christmas decoration kit whilst I waited for Hubble to get home from basketball training.

I got the kit from Sew and So in the UK. I loved that it was all pre-cut and even had holes for the thread so I didn’t have to think about it at all. I just sewed and binged on episodes of “Will & Grace”.

This weekend is a long weekend in Perth and I intend to finish my Challenge Quilt and sew those borders onto my “Happy Days” quilt. Really looking forward to spending some creative time in my sewing room.

Well until next time…happy creating!