Thursday, 27 September 2012

Spring has sprung



School holiday’s are in full swing here.   

What better way to enjoy the delightful spring weather, which Melbourne has turned on, than to have a picnic in the back yard.




 Hats, 



sunscreen, 



colouring books and pens,



letting your sister paint your nails,

 and FAIRY BREAD.


Smiles all around here!

I had planned on sewing today, however with the children around and night shifts approaching, I have opted for some R & R.  





I am sure taking pics of my budding flora is classed as rest and relaxation!








Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Keep on Quilting



I have been hunting pinterest and blogs lately for designs for my dolls quilt swap.   

All the quilty eye candy is just so delicious.  It is a double edged sword, for I need to make something which I will no doubt fall in love with, and then have to give away!!  I love giving my mini quilts away; however I have decided that I am going to make something for ME, while I also make something for my secret swap partner.  This seems to be a trend … more quilts to love, I say!


I pulled from my stash a panel which I got not long ago.  I fell in love with this when I saw it, and can see this up on my quilt inspiration wall.  Hubby might not see the signifigance!
 

I also grabbed some batting and a piece of pink coordinating fabric from my stash for the back.


It is now basted and ready.  I have planned to play around with my free motion quilting on this one.  

Now to quilt it out!







Tuesday, 25 September 2012

EB DQS6



I am part of a small quilting group on line, and every year we hold a Dolls Quilt Swap.  Well it is that time of the year again … and I am in. 

The EB DQS6 has produced some gorgeous quilt candy over the years.  I cannot wait to see what we all come up with!!

My partner has thankfully provided me with some ideas, has a blog I can stalk and a fabulous pinterest!

Several deigns have been whirling around in my head.

Yesterday I got busy.

Here is a sneak peek at what I am working on.


Friday, 21 September 2012

A start


1 down ... 44 to go!


Not bad for a first paper foundation piece.  Nothing like a challenge to learn something new.



Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tula Pink SAL

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison


Isn’t this the truth?


My favourite fabric and quilt pattern designer, is the delightful, Tula Pink.




With an obsession with all that is Tula Pink, I have jumped at the challenge to sew something in the Tula Pink Sew AlongHosted by Sew Sweetness, with some fantastic prizes on offer (but yet to be announced … how cool would a new Bernina 820 with Tula Pink embellishments be!  I think I might faint if I won one of those!!)

I have to use up some of this gorgeous fabric which I keep promising to make into a beautiful quilt!

I keep tell myself this as I cut into a pile of fabric, which is not just any pile of fabric ... but a half yard bundle of Tula Pink’s yummy The Birds and The Bees. 





 Destined to be slashed and pinned into submission, hopefully to emerge something like the pattern, Space Dust … with my own twist!  

I may even have time to use up some of this Hushabye, or do something with my 3/4" EPP hexagons in Parisville and Prince Charming.  Got lots to choose from. 


So, am I kidding myself?   

No, just cut that fabric girl!!!!!



 
What are you going to make?







Friday, 7 September 2012

Bower Bird



Not a lot of quilting has been done lately.  Work and life seem to creep in at times and no matter how much you want to sew, you can’t.   


So instead I have been collecting quilting books.  Some were a steal at the Book Depository, while others have been lucky finds for almost half the price seen elsewhere.

Liberty fabrics, Scrap Quilts and quilting motifs and techniques have been on my collection list.  



So many quilts ... so little time!



Miss 8 has started her Christmas Rag Quilt.  She found the designs in Spotlight, too difficult to resist on a recent trip.   


Glad to see that she is enjoying sewing with mum … for now!



 Master 7 has also been busy.  No craft, however he participated in the school production recently and couldn’t resist being the center of attention at the end of their item!  Glad I caught his cheekiness for the record.


Now to tidy up my sewing space, so I can do some sewing.



Borders going on today.