Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stash

Don't ever let me hear the comments about quilters collecting, stashing and hoarding things.
I have just spent 2 hours with DH clearing out his workshop/garage.
Talk about a hoarder.
Hi comments to me were, "now let's start on your sewing room". Sorry buster, you stay clear of my room
I went to the tip while he worked in the vegie garden, and the tip guys swooped on the boot of my car.
You know that saying, "one man's rubbish is a another man's treasure". Well, how true it is.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday Drivers


We are what some people label as "Sunday Drivers" but not the dawdling along the road kind.

As DH sometimes works 6 days a week, we often like to get out for a change of scenery on a Sunday. Even if it is only for a coffee at our favourite nursery.

Sunday we headed up towards Warburton, and stopped off at the Patchwork Teahouse.

I was tempted, but I didn't buy anything.

Spotted this amazing house from the main street.

It reminded me of a gingerbread house.


It was very hot yesterday and the creek was very inviting. Apart from the ducks, the local kids were having a ball cooling off in it. Wish I could have joined them.

One couple were paddling along in their rubber raft, not exactly white water rafting, but hey, they were enjoying themselves.



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vitamin D

There has been a lot of discussion lately re. Vitamin D due to lack of sun exposure.
Within the last 24 hours I have received the new Down Under Textile magazine and the book
"500 Quilts - An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work"
I have no excuse now but to sit in the sun and engross myself in these 2 publications.
Only one question though, do I put on Sunblock or not?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Some more....

Another 4 ATC's to add to my stash to trade with my New Zealand group.
I now have 9 made.
I asked the Newsagent last week if they still sold the little packets of mixed stamps.
I was given a look of "you are showing your age".
I remember buying the packets with my pocket money when I was young. It was exciting to open it up to see what countries were in it.
Remember swap cards, if you had both a 'pink girl" and a "blue boy", you were lucky. Every recess at school we would stand and shuffle our swap cards for swapping.
I also collected the packets of chewing gum that had the cards of The Monkees in them.
Funny how it has now done a full circle, these day's they are called Artist Trading Cards.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Got a bit carried away...

...with the stipple machine quilting on my Red Delicious. I am not a machine quilter and have trouble hand quilting with my rotten back, so thought I would stipple the background.
Quick and easy.
It's a bit close, never mind, I'm happy with it and the quilt is sitting flat.
I don't exhibit, so no-one needs to see it.
Picked up a roll of stipple border pattern in Houston. it's been sitting in my drawer since 2006. It has a thin adhesive strip down each side to stick to the quilt and after sewing, tears off.
I Googled the company, there are more patterns available, $14.95US a roll.
Pity it's too wide for my Red Del border
Might pick a couple of rolls when I head back there at the end of the year.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fixed Vase

Unpicked Vase, re-did it and am now happy with it.

I have a reputation with my DH and DD, "don't let mum near glass vases", I always chip or break them. Whenever I buy a new one they shudder and wonder how long this one will last.

Perhaps this was bit of an omen having to re-do it.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Red Delicious

I have finally put together my Red Delicious quilt.
(mystery block of the month by Esther Aliu 2009)
Now for the part I absolutely loath - the basting.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to "click" your fingers and the basting appears out of nowhere.
I still think the fan block I have done in the left hand corner looks like
"Ossie Ostrich at the Mardi Gras" and my vase needs fixing, bit wonky.
For the UFO challenge for CBD, I have to have it quilted and finished by June.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Vic Quilters

I attended the Summer Gathering of the Vic Quilters today, and decided to join up.
What's another group to add to the collection.
I spoke with Esther re how to delay my postings, will give it a go on her advice and see what happens. So here goes...... This stuff is all new to me.
Thank you Esther.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thank you

To each of you who read my blog and have sent me comments and emails
"thank you".
I send you all a bunch of orchids.
I am still very new to this and all the positive things you have said has been so encouraging.
Have a good weekend.

Coverings


I feel like I am back at school covering books.
My gift for Kris Kringle 2008, were some lovely gift wrapping paper of Patchwork quilts. Thank you Jan from Scquilters CBD group.
I have covered 2 ring binders for my ATC collection and a note book for my Postcard/ATC's. In this book I write who I am to send a swap to and paste a photo of the card I have made for them.
When I look back over the last 2 years, I can see how they have changed. I feel I am getting better at making them and my ideas have become more interesting.
I found a chocolate box, covered it and it is great for those little bits and pieces to take to classes and Guild meetings.
Needed a new set of pillow cases, and yes, the hard card they were wrapped around found it's way to the gift paper. Inside the folded card I stuck 2 pieces of sandpaper, great for my foundation piecing, tracing and my small cutting board fits perfectly inside the folder.
To protect each piece I have covered the paper over with contact.
I have a few pieces left, no doubt something will be found to cover.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This one was a challenge.

The ATC group I am in, has set the February Swap with a difference.
We were given a photo and had to make 3 ATC's from that photo. One to keep and 2 to send to 2 partners.
I have a new theory when making ATC's. The first thing/idea that comes into mind, is what I will do.
Saves the "humming and haaring" and "will I do this or that".
My old Janome 8000 had computerised embroidery disks, but I never attempted to do it free motion . Gave it a try yesterday and was pleased at how my 3 hanging baskets came out.
I picked out the window, curtain and hanging basket in the corner of the photo.
Quick and simple.