Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
How is my space looking?
some more fittings to come e.g. the trays will become drawers
6 PIGS to add to the list: Easter bunnies, Aussie fabrics, monkey socks, Dargate violet and chocolate pack (no, not actual chocolate, that would have been eaten - it's purple and brown fabric), hexagon box, an armchair pincushion partly prepared (this was a gift at a retreat) and a dress with a pattern.
I kept finding stuff.
5 UFOs: SCQuilters sig swaps from 2003 retreat, smoking jacket, papercut windows, snowflake quilt blocks, 295 quilt. The snowflakes, sig swaps and papercut windows can make nice flip-sides for other quilts.
None of it is left on the floor!
This is the armchair kit:
LOST: one box of novelty fabrics.... (maybe I divided them all up into PIGs???) I can't remember!!
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Yesterday after cleaning and scrubbing and sorting (which becomes pretty mundane) I rewarded myself with some sewing.
I made these Christmas presents:
WARNING: (If you think these are for you, please forget you saw them here, because I am not making you something else just because it's no longer a surprise!!).
And I made this watermelon oven mitt from the Art To Heart book "Easy Does It For Summer".
The first watermelon I made was a bit wonky (I gave it to my MIL who doesn't sew at all - she will happily get gravy and all sorts of cookery on it). This is my second attempt.
My DH lovingly made me some shelves to go above my sewing machine table (oh, and he wants some of the stuff off the floor in there, so do I!!). He had to attach it to the wall. He said "If the shelves ever look like they are going to fall down, climb under the desk". Eep!! I know they will be heavy once I put all my stuff in them, but I usually have stuff under the desk too!
You know what the clean desk in the picture above means though, don't you?
Here is all the stuff that was on it before. It's all on my cutting board. I have a LOT of work to do today!!!
Last night I culled a few magazines. I have 13 to give to the Textiles department at my local secondary school (I cut some bits out of them), and 12 to sell at my local quilt group for $1 each. Let's get to work! It could be a long day!
And I still haven't tried out my felting machine!
Saturday, 27 September 2008
We won't be needing this will we? No threading, no bobbins. What's it going to say? "Plug in pedal here"? (OK, I'll keep it. Happy now?)
Whoops! Wrong way around!
Spare needles and tools to unscrew the plate. I bet a lot of dust-bunnies collect down there.
Friday, 26 September 2008
I like having a list of 4 items I am working on. If I don't feel like doing that applique, why should I? Quilting and stitching are supposed to be my hobbies, my relaxation, my leisure. I don't want it to feel like work.
1. The French Collection quilt. I have stitched all 15 pictures. I have designed the quilt. I have the fabric. I need to concentrate and make it now.
(Where's Noddy? I need some more DMC threads...)
I used some leftover blocks and a small UFO on the back. I like how it looks.
It's a bit difficult to see with the sun shining through the quilt. Mum quilted it in an allover pattern. The quilt feels soft and pliable while also being well-quilted (as opposed to over-quilted or under-quilted).
Thursday, 25 September 2008
This is 30cm of a delightfully textured Japanese print. I am not particularly into rabbits, but I loved the colour and texture. This will become some sort of bag or sewing aide. We make plenty of those sort of things in my local Patchwork group. This is a lovely feature fabric. I imagine it in something with a zip, so I can hang a little Japanese thingy off the zipper-pull.
These are 1/2 metre each of 2 new Christmas prints I plan to make into Christmas presents. I won't mention what I plan to make in case any of the potential recipients read this post.
The reindeer look funky. The Santas are Jolly.
This Santa looks like the "Hogfather" to me (ever read Terry Pratchett or seen the movie "Hogfather"?). Maybe it's the view of his nostrils.
This Santa is Jolly Old Saint Nick.
These other fabrics were purchased last weekend:
The Little Cowboys are just sooo cute!
The DuckDuckGoose fabrics will need to be used together in a little sewing thing or bag, or maybe along the bottom of a quilt, or on a baby bag.
These travel fabrics will be perfect for the fabric-scrapbooking I have been planning with my holiday stuff (tickets, pics, etc.)
Oh, and I forgot! I bought these today too! Sale items going at bargain prices. I thought I could use the brown one in the travel fabric-scrapbooking, and the blue one would make a good backing for a Trip Around The World quilt.
This might not sound very stash-busting. But it will be! I promise!! Everything I bought will assist me to slash my stash!
I finished the Eureka Chain quilt, I need to hang it on the line for a photo. If it's not too windy..... Stay tuned! (Keep your slobber off my screen! Drool over my fabrics carefully please.)
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
However, I do have some of my own spring cleaning to do too... I'd better turn up my wireless while I vacuum.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
I want to make the Mammy doll dresses brightly coloured in variegated stitching with almost all other stitching in plain black (I think they will need red lips).
Friday, 19 September 2008
They have photographed slightly different colour backgrounds, but I have used the same fabric for all of them.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
I would suggest you use an unbleached muslin or osnaberg or pastel backgrounds to ensure the white flowers show up on all the pictures.