Block of the Month · Quilting · sewing

Being a Domestic Goddess.

This week finds me in a very good mood. It’s been over a month since I’ve had a visit to the hospital and I’ve been pain free. I’m getting my life back and with it a renewed vigour. I still have some more tests to do but I am finally seeing a light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel. I can finally see life without endometriosis. It’s been a very busy week but not much craft has been done.

I was a Domestic Goddess on Sunday, making some mixed berry jam, pikelets and some lunches for the week. The jam & pikelets were absolutely delicious for my morning tea this morning.

On Saturday I spent the afternoon with my Mum and my niece and nephew, Darci & Braith, at the park in Kalamunda. It was a beautiful, sunny, cool afternoon and we had heaps of fun walking around the park and then playing in the playground. Oh and eating tiny chocolate Easter Eggs.

On Friday night, Hubble and I went to the Night Markets in Kalamunda. We had the best pizzas – so fresh! And then we downed some Dutch Pancakes. Absolutely devine! The sunset was amazing!

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So, on Wednesday night I went to Laneway Quilts for my sewing night. I had a lovely night with some like-minded women, all working on beautiful projects. I managed to get most of the charity quilt rows sewn together. I have one more to sew and then I can sew them all together and get ready to put the borders on.

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Then on Sunday I got to spend some of the day working on my Dresden plate cushion cover, which has now become a wall hanging for my sewing room because I love it so much. Last time I put some photos on I was trying to decide how I could hide the fact that you could see the fabric underneath. I ended up doing some machine embroidery (something I haven’t done before) around the edges. Then I started quilting it. I did some echo quilting and then some big arcs randomly around around the plate. Instead of using my walking foot, I used my open toe foot so I could see what I was doing and it also gave me a bit more freedom in the movement of the foot. Not perfect but good practice. I still have the borders to do.

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I then finally started my Homespun BOM block, which is a sampler block. I’m putting together some clamshells. I’m loving that I get to try lots of things I’ve never tried before with this BOM quilt, like clamshells. I might even work on these tonight after dinner.

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One of the most exciting things I did this week was I found an app called Quiltography. I have wanted to buy the quilting design software EQ8 but I need to update my computer, so I had a look to see if there was an app that did something similar and that’s when I found it. It’s a great app. It lets me add my fabric stash so that when I’m designing quilts I can see what it looks like with the fabric I have in my stash. It also lets you take shots of fabric on the internet so that you can see what the fabric will look like in the quilt before you actually buy it. It has about 180 blocks and you can design your own blocks. I’ve had so much fun with this app & I’ve already designed a quilt and a wall hanging too. If you’re a quilter who likes to design then go check it out.

This week I have my WA Quilter’s Association sewing night. I’m looking forward to picking up more Community Quilt blocks. I also have a one-on-one demo at Handcrafter’s House to look at the Amara, a long arm quilting machine I’m thinking of buying. I want to have a really good look at it before I make a decision.

I also want to check out some Artisan Markets on the weekend for inspiration, so I hope the weather continues to be lovely.

Well Hubble has cooked a roast pork for dinner and my tummy is grumbling, so I’m off to eat. Have a great week!

Until next time…happy creating!

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