Sunday, 15 April 2012

Found that pesky file

Hereis an OLD embroidered quilt with fascinating lion fish

This was sewn about 10 years ago and I still drag it out for a class here and there ! While on the embroidered theme, here is one for my GS at 3 years old, when he adored dinosaurs

and another from his 7th bday - no scary stuff now!

Now that he is 8+, he would like a surfie quilt. I have fabric with VW's all over and no clue as to what to make !!!
The following 2 shots were on the same stick - just love the fact that he sometimes likes to help , and even cleans up the extra mess. You have to know that he needed dry pj's after this !Here's the proof !

Of course, this was a year ago, and my little one has grown past these activities!!!

I have had a very productive couple of days this past week and shall post the pics later in the week.
Meanwhile, stay happy

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Time for a break -

Truly, I have been so busy for the past months that I have not even taken the time to check other blogs, let alone add to mine!  I began this as a sort of diary to keep track of my doings, but there are so many of these that I dropped the ball - now, I can't remember what I have done beyond the past week !  I have done quite a lot of quilting on my domestic machine and made quite a few samples for my friend , Kims shop and have kept up ( almost ) with the lovely red and white quilt put together by Just Takes Two.
My apologies, ladies, I need to learn how to grab your button and place it where I want it to go - any button I have tried lands right over text or photos and will not be moved !!!
I have become involved with a number of projects which I am enjoying thoroughly. My friend, Tracy Sims of 

asked me to help with machine embroidered projects using designs from artwork by Tracey , digitised by Zundt
These are stunning designs, 3 sets so far with a book of projects for each.  I did a bit of the quilting in the first book, and my first projects will appear in number 3.

This is half of the centre of the tablecloth, sewn on a very fine linen and very elegant. There are matching napkins to complete the set. Tomorrow is my day to embroider 3 cushions and get creative - YIKES

Its" been a long while since I have done any embroidery of note so this will be a lot of fun. Here is one of my old favourites from long ago featuring the elegant but deadly Lion fish. Hmm, lousy shot  and I can't seem to locate the original file. Shall try tomorrow -----

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Kangaroos thru the outback

As promised, here is my finished jelly roll surprise - I think that each top suggests an applique to set it apart. 2 of the other ladies have done the applique and as soon as they have quilted, I shall show the before/after pics.

The 3 big roos in the foreground have been stuffed to provide dimension - I was really pleased with the final result and will definitely hunt up some more rolls. Tried to do some quilting on my midarm quilting frame at Kimz today but I have lost my mojo - tooo much quilting on the domestic and not enough practice on the biggie. Tomorrow is another day, however, so hopefully my mood ( and expertise ) will improve overnight !  

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A second try

We have been inundated with lots of rain in the past weeks and some murderously hot days in between. The almost 100% humidity is the worst, but look at these shots from outside last week.

Cars parked at the front had to be moved quickly as the level rose - rather exciting !

This was Kims present and a class scheduled for February. Isn't he the cutest !!!!


Dang, back to the middle again ! This was a customers Sunbonnet Sue . I really need to take before and after shots to remind myself  how beautifully quilting finishes a quilt.


Had agreat day at Kimz recently where about 10 women did the jelly roll race - no racing, and we mostly completed the tops in under 3 hours. Just have to pop over to Kimz blog to grab the photos of my top - the above was my bali pop in Cappuccino  

Here  is the top - tomorrow, I shall post the finished quilt. I added lots of kangaroos and quilting and was very pleased with the result. Of, course, I forgot the photo !

Stay safe, one and all!

A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in blogland and beyond......

This is meant for the tail end of 2012 which means I am probably the first in the WHOLE WORLD  !!!!!!! (Or, it's a really late greeting from 2011 ). I have been rather busy with some things I did not want to do, but they are now behind us and it's time to play- yay !

Christmas was all about family and, as usual, most enjoyable. Everyone was thoroughly spoilt, my fave gift being a E-reader. I can't believe how easy it is to rack up a huge bill in just a few books, well, 48, so far. I love to read novels, but could not bear it if our quilting mags ever became totally digital. There is nothing like leafing through a stack of magazines and being inspired all over again !

I did manage to quilt a few customer quilts in the past couple of months. I have only recently been ' for hire ' -  had  lot of practice before accepting decent monies, but I am becoming much more confident.

This is a pretty GG flower garden which was outline quilted on the patches with a viney pattern on the border. Bad photo, but the quilting was pretty.

The next belonged to the same lady and was paper pieced.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the feathers - the corners were gorgeous,

as were the sides

I also finished a small selvage project , small because I had run out of cut selvedges and wanted it finished.

I also made a SUIT for my daughter - this is the first clothing I have sewn since 2003. It took me 3 days to make as I had totally forgotten all my expertise in the field.

This shows the detail on the back. Obviously !  She has a dear little Boston Terrier who is a very showy little girl and is well on her way to becoming a champion.  Not sure what has happened , but each  line starts at the centre. I shall shut down and try again soon !