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!

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Another birthday present!

Just had to quickly share my last birthday present from my family who bought me a Go! Big Accuquilt. How fantastic! It arrived today. Those 2,000 odd hexis are looking a lot easier to do now! 

I have been very spoilt this birthday. I even got the game ‘Cards Against Humanity’ with all the expansion packs. If you haven’t played it, it’s so funny but not for the faint hearted. 

Until next time…happy creating!

Creative Space · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Birthday Delights!

Just a quick post tonight to show off the birthday presents Hubble gave me. He gave me a Horn sewing chair, which I’ve wanted for ages.

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Then the piece de resistance of his present was a handmade thread holder for my Cottage Garden Threads. He made it with his own hands which is what makes this present even more special. Beautifully finished, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.

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I’m a very lucky girl and feel very blessed this birthday.

Until next time…happy creating!

Knitting · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Fabric Stores & Honeymoons

Due to all the crap that went on in our lives last year, Hubble and I did not get to go on the honeymoon we had planned and it was looking like we would not get to go this year either. But as you know some things are best when they are organised at the last moment. On the spur of the moment Hubble and I decided we needed to have a honeymoon even if it was for but a short time. The Universe was surely looking after us too. The Sunday before we were to leave we got an email from the place we had booked advising us that due to unforeseen circumstances they had to close the hotel down for three days and would we like to reschedule or be placed in another hotel…this hotel being Cape Lodge – a 5 star luxurious hotel. Since it was too late to change our leave we jumped at the chance to stay at Cape Lodge. And it was beautiful. We were greeted in our hotel room with rose petals in the shape of a heart.

The weather was pretty dismal whilst we were away but it didn’t dampen our spirits. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, eating great food, wine tasting and visiting quilt stores (yes I have the best husband ever)!

We first visited Sew Gentle Era in Bridgetown. A lovely little shop on the main thoroughfare through Bridgetown. The owner was lovely and she had some lovely fabrics available.

Next we visited Spool & Spindle in Margaret River. Helen, the owner, was lovely as well and really helpful, telling me about another quilt store in Vasse. This store sold more wool than fabric but it had Liberty fabric, and some gorgeous Tilda (I think). The wool products were gorgeous and there were comfy lounges and chairs so you could while away the hours knitting in the warmth of the store.

Lastly we visited Cotton Rose in Vasse. Tanya is the owner and she has a gorgeous store. Tanya was really knowledgeable and helpful, giving us some great tips on where to eat. Another store with a comfy lounge, which my patient husband was grateful for.

I obviously could have spent hours in each store but I couldn’t torture Hubble too much and we were on our honeymoon.

So this week has been more about shopping than creating, although I did get a few hexi flowers done up. When we got home I had some time to finish the blocks on my Happy Days quilt so now I have to put them together. And I spent about an hour undoing my cross stitch where I had stuffed up – so frustrating!

Sorry there are no photos this week. I wanted to put the stores logos up and some pictures of our trip but all this weather is playing havoc with our internet connection, so it isn’t happening this week.

Have a great week!

Until next time…happy creating!

Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Sewing and stitching and quilting oh my!

Friday was the WA Craft Fair and I was there with hundreds of other people when the doors opened at 9.30am. My first port of call was to the Cottage Garden Threads stand to meet Katie Dawson and her Mum Pam. Cottage Garden Threads are gorgeous variegated threads made here in Australia in the most beautiful colours I’ve ever seen. They are lovely threads to work with. I had a great chat with Katie who is so lovely. It was a bit of a thrill really because I have been following Katie on Facebook and her blog. She is wonderfully creative and the right type of quirky…something I think is essential in creative people.

I looked through the other stalls, stopping at one of my favourites, “The Quirky Stitch” where I purchased a couple of patterns. I looked through the rest of the stalls and then ended up at the exhibition part of the fair where I was greeted by some friendly ladies from the Southern Country Quilters Group. The quilts in this exhibition were gorgeous! My favourite being the quilt using felt appliqué.I have some photos of some of the quilts below.

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I then saw this gorgeous art quilt by Loana Peculis from the exhibition “A World of Difference 2016”. The gorgeous green fabrics look lovely against the black backdrop.

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All in all it was a lovely way to spend the morning.

As far as the craft I have been doing this week. I have continued working on my quilt and stitchings. But nothing yet completed. I did get to prepare some more hexis to sew together.

This afternoon I got to have a good look at the Singer Sewing Machine Hubble bought last week. I was surprised to find that it is in better condition than I thought. I gave it a good clean with a soft cloth and some warm soapy water. The decal on it is all intact, except for one tiny part that has been worn away. The varnish has discoloured and I will get a quote for someone to totally refurbish it. I did break the belt unfortunately but that’s okay because I was planning on replacing it anyway. I could see some parts of it had been compromised.

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Hubble and I did some research this morning over breakfast using the machine’s serial number and we found out that it was manufactured in 1935 in Kilbowie Scotland. The decal is called the Thistle or Lotus pattern, although Singer never actually named their decals. These are names given by collectors. It is a 66k treadle machine in a rather sombre cabinet as can be expected of the era (just before World War 2). The cabinet has had a cheap pineboard top put on it which we will fix up. The treadle needs to have some rust taken off but it is in really good nick. Really worth the money we paid for it.

So I’ve had another really great weekend and am looking forward to another crafty week.

Until next time…happy creating!