Sunday, 8 September 2013

Stinging eyes and fingers

My eyes are crossed and my fingers very tender.... But Brutus the 3rd is very nearly finished!!! Has been a relaxing weekend

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Getting my groove on

After finally finishing my last quilt I'm now back into my stitcheries and see if I can make some good progress with Brutus before getting side tracked with something else...
Hot everything traced off last night and started some stitching tonight while in my motel room

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Another one down

I have FINALLY!!!!! finished the baby quilt for my friends new baby. I started the planning for and organising the quilt as soon as I found out she was pregnant at 12weeks.... Baby Lillie was born nearly 3weeks ago!! The benefit of being later than expected is that I was able to add her name....

The very hungry caterpillar... Machine quilted and my first real attempt at free motion!!

...The back view

... And where I've stitched the name. My first go at top stitched on a quilt once it's been out together. I'm getting the whole hiding the starting stitch okay but still need to work on the end stitch.

Now to start on the next project :) and hopefully it won't be so long between posts next time 

Friday, 5 July 2013

I wish I could sleep!!!

I've been on holidays this week... And have slowly ruined my body clock! I'm now staying up late and sleeping in late everyday. You'd think this wouldn't be a problem only when you get up at 12pm there's not much day left to fit in all you want to do!! I was attempting an earlier night tonight to start to reset my body clock for work next week but it doesn't seem to have worked... I'm lying here looking at the ceiling very much awake :(
I did spend some time playing with my blog today in the computer though (to date I have only worked with it on my phone or iPad) and have reorganised it a little and am much happier with it now. I'm hoping to be a little more regular with it too now that it looks prettier.

I guess I'll stop writing stuff as its only keeping more awake and will roll over and listen to some of my audio book.... Surely the soothing tones is Jim Dale reading Harry Potter and the Chamber if Secrets will send me off to dreamland in no time at all :)

Sunday, 9 June 2013

In the craft groove

Had quite the productive day today!!! And what's better is that tomorrow is a public holiday for Queens birthday work won't get in the way of my craft groove (which normally happens after a Sunday afternoon sewing session).

So I finished off Brutus the 2nd

And got a start on the quilt I'm making for a friends new baby (due in a few months). I bought the kit ages ago and have kept putting it off. This afternoon I thought I would just go in and cut and prepare all the material ready to do aver the next week. So I pull everything out and what a delightful surprise it was to discover everything was pre cut!!! A quick squiz of the instructions proved it was a series if straight lines sewing so I thought bigger it why not??? So the top is done. I've also prepped all the binding so just need to cut backing and wadding, quilt and bind! 
Am very excited about how it looks. Can't wait to finish it. Now to think about how to quilt it.

Shall keep you updated

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Winter is here

Well it's been a while between posts, but I've had some fun crafting this afternoon and thought what better reason to blog is there??

Winter had peaked its little frosty head in a bit early this year. The quilts are getting plenty if use, the slippers are on and the tea pot is getting plenty of action. But don't you just hate it when your only one cup into your pot and its going cold! By the time your pouring the third it's all cold and not at all meeting its winter night requirements. So, to ensure plenty of warm tea this winter I have made myself a cosy! And it's reversible, which I'm a little chuffed about. Will venture to make a trivet tomorrow.

This is it with the pink side showing

And now with the alternative purple.

I had so much fun with the free motion quilting, and am somewhat impressed with my stippling skills. My discovery the other week that the bobbin allows a different colour on the bottom vs top thread meant I was able to easily blend the quilting cotton!!

Well, now I'm off to have a shower and a pot of warm tea!!! Have had it sitting, warming with water and cosied while we had dinner. Another invaluable tip of tea drinking in winter - be sure to pre warm your pot and cup!!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

All my quilts are home...

I've just finished off the binding on my wedding signature quilt and taken photos of it and my other 2 finished quilts ready to put in the show next weekend.

All my quilts are currently "home" except for the shaggy I made for my brother as a quick throw together. It's a great feeling being able to lay them am out and know you made them!! Or most of them as the topper of the wedding quilt was put together by the amazing ladies at Tuesday night craft!!!

I've posted some photos, but have been limited in my layout options as blogging from my phone!!