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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!

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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!

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Busy doing nothing!

I have been very busy over the last week and a bit but not very productive. And that’s okay. Sometimes life takes you on these journeys where you don’t feel like you’ve achieved much but really things have been happening under the surface and you’ve had time to refresh and revive.

My Mum and her best friend Michele came to stay the weekend and
Michele had a great time going through my sewing room and reading all my stitching and quilting mags and books. We shopped, we drank and we ate (very yummy cake and my delicious home cooked spaghetti bolognese), and we laughed a lot. I mean a lot. We went to the Stiched & Bound Exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery on the Saturday morning. It is held by the WA Quilter’s Association and the displays were great. There are some very creative people out there. It’s only a small exhibition but I highly recommend seeing it if you like artisan quilts/crafts. It’s on until the 30th of July.

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It actually made me feel inspired to get down and do some more of my unfinished quilt. I’ve been working on that in the mornings before work and sometimes in the evenings and I’ve also been working on a cross stitch as well. I’m enjoying my hand stitching immensely and I must say that I feel like I’m getting better all the time.

On Sunday we went to the Grand Opening of Southlands Fabric & Sewing Centre. They moved across the road in Yampi Way Willeton to a much bigger premises and it looked great! Their staff are so friendly and welcoming. My darling Mum and Hubble patiently waited whilst Michelle & I had a good look around. Luckily they had morning tea on. That kept them amused for a while at least. You really must check out their new store. You won’t be disappointed.

We’ve had some pretty miserable weather, perfect for hibernating away at home and doing stitching in front of the fire. Unfortunately I don’t really have much to show you for this week. Although I did manage to finish my hot water bottle cover. The ribbon goes over the shoulders of the bottle to keep it in the cover. I love it. Got to use up some of my scraps and the pink ribbon I’ve been holding onto forever.

Stay safe if you’re in a rainy part of the country.

Until next time…happy creating!

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Pink & Green Should Always Be Seen.

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One of my favourite colour combinations in quilts is pink and green. I always come back to this when I can’t decide on a colour scheme. Two out of the three unfinished quilts I have are in this colour combination. This one is called ‘Happy Days’ by Mums Moments. I love the retro feel to it. Those were the days when body shapes were real and luscious!

I was trying to finish my crocheted rug but it just wasn’t rocking my boat so I decided it was time to tackle one of the quilts. This one is mainly appliqué and looking at some of the blocks I completed when I started it, the stitching is pretty dismal. My first thought was to unpick it all and start again, but then I thought, this is part of my quilting journey and it should stay as it is. And also if I started to unpick it, I can safely say that the quilt would end up back in the unfinished projects box. I feel that once it is finished, the joy I get from having finished it, will far outweigh the feelings I’m having at the moment of disappointment that it’s not perfect.

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I find that often I put too much pressure on myself to have everything perfect and that can really ruin the enjoyment of doing the project. I’ve gotten better as I get older at letting things not be perfect and what I’ve found is that people still love my work and I’m enjoying the whole process a lot more. And let’s face it, at the end of the day that’s the whole point of doing this…to enjoy it!

Until next time…happy creating!

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Being part of a community.

It is so easy to become a lone figure in your sewing room when you become engrossed in whatever you are working on. When you do something that you love, you tend to get lost in it and time just whizzes by. Hours, days, weeks go by and all of sudden you realise that you haven’t spoken to your friends or family in what feels like forever because every waking moment is consumed by your craft. I felt a bit like that. I also felt that all the other things I had to do, like go to work and do washing and housework, were encroaching on my valuable craft time and at the end of the weekend or day I would have very little time left to do what I truly loved, which is so very frustrating.

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Sew, sew happy

I am usually happiest when I am at my sewing machine or sitting with stitching in my lap, but sometimes I must stop sewing and do some housekeeping. Now I don’t mean cleaning the toilet or vacuuming the floor (although that does need to be done too). I’m talking about putting the finishing touches to my quilts and sorting through the myriad of patterns and papers I have collected over the years.

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Fun at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair!

Well, I have had an amazing day at the Craft & Quilt Fair. If you’re in Perth and you love craft then you should definitely check it out but make sure you have your wallet because you’re definitely going to want to spend some money. I have been saving for a few months now so I could go wild and I came home with some fabulous stuff. Now bear in mind that I have promised I will not be starting any new projects until my UFPs have gone, so I spent my money on mostly tools and some materials to use for projects that are in situ.

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Just a few things…

Welcome to the very first post in my new blog. I thought I would start by saying hi…hi! I also wanted to show you some of my completed projects. I have had my sewing room packed in storage for the last 9 months so when Tim and I moved back into our own home it was like Christmas for me, opening box after box of crafty delights. I couldn’t wait to get started. However, when I gathered all the UFPs (unfinished projects) together I felt a bit overwhelmed and really didn’t know where to start. I actually couldn’t remember starting some of these projects, so maybe it was the craft elves???

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