Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Its based on Jan Mullen's Daizee pattern, although her design the daisy petals are just one colour. I decided to be a bit tricky and make the petals two colours, by having two rectangles instead of a square to cut. Just to add more colour to the design. These blocks will be 8 inches when I cut them down. This one is actually for our bed! Don't think I'll do it the full queen size though, just have it sit on top.
I had to stand on my bedside table to take this shot too!
And a special welcome to my sister Aunty Add in the comments too! See, bloggings not that bad is it!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Finished Grace's kindy bag on Friday night. She likes it, has been dragging it around the house ever since! She did make the comment, "Its almost as big as me Mummy!" I'm really pleased with the handles, I did decorative stitching on the actual handles then a double hem on the bag and then like a cross pattern over where the handle joined the bag. Tried to take a photo but not the best. Still, it should last half way through the year hopefully!
Bring on the big day on Thursday now!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
And I started this bag for Grace last night. She needs a simple bag for kindy. Has to be 43 x 50 cms and with handles! I am going to blanket stitch around her name and then sew the panals together. The kids are from a KP Kids print.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
While I am feeling emotional, I just want to thank Natalie, Cass, Leah, Suz and AJ for commenting on the last post. I feel like I am just a suburban Mum sewing alone in my little corner of the world, but you girls make me feel like I'm part of an online sewing bee. Thank you, the fact that you took time to comment and say lovely things means a lot to me.
Started cutting out squares for my next project and realized I haven't enough of this fabric below. I have taken the image from the Timeless Treasures web site. Its from a collection by Dan Morris, just called Novelties. I brought it through one of the US co op's so haven't seen it anywhere in Australia. Must be some out there somewhere. I have put a few plea's out there on different sewing boards so may get lucky. If anyone reading has any or knows were some is, that would be fantastic! I only need 4 x 4 inch squares!
Now a special post for AJ. I do my labels using iron on T shirt transfers from Celcast. I get a pack of 5 from K Mart for $17.00. Write the label up in Quark on the computer, print it onto the paper, then follow the instructions on how to iron it on the fabric. Easy peasy! And looks good. Let me know if you can't get any and I'll post some over for you.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
1. Kids…. Ages….Measurements….
Grace, nearly 4. Milly is 2. Grace's is more a size 3, Milly is a size 2.
2. Fav. colours
Pinks, purples, bright colours!
3. What is garish about valentines?
Garish? Valentine Day? Never! Fluffy teddies are a bit cringe worthy.
4. What do you LOVE about valentines?
A great excuse to eat chocolate!
5. What fabric, haberdashery item, sewing essential melts your heart?
Hot pink fabric I have a special weakness for. I'm in love with my water erasable texta at the moment too.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Have two things on the go at the moment. One is top secret squirrel stuff for part of my EB sewing groups Valentine Day swap. Lets just say what a fantastic way to use up all my scraps!
And here we have that teddy bear quilt. Getting there slowly. Decided to echo quilt around the bears (thanks Jill!) and do love hearts on the 4 patch rectangle blocks inbetween. I have always done echo quilting, well what little I have done, just by sight which would explain why most of the time it looked so bad! But this time, I have drawn with my water erasable trusty texta, a 5mm line around each bear and sewn on that as a guide. Its still wonky in places, but looks heaps better than what I would have done without that guide.
I haven't washed the line out yet in these photo's. Still have 3 more hearts to do then the binding. All on track for handing it over to Michelle next Tuesday, a small gift to say thanks for looking after my girls every Friday for nearly 2 years! Grace started with her back in October 2004 and Milly in January 2005. 2007 is going to be full of change for us!
Speaking of which, thanks to all those who posted their good wishes about our latest developments with Gracie Lou. Daz's meeting went well on Monday, very well. Nothings definate yet but they have told us to feel "quietly confident". What does that mean exactly?? Fingers crossed....
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
It was really a fun one to sew, I love this chook print that I "won" off ebay awhile back. And it was nice to practise my stippling stitching around the name panal, I think that came out quite nicely. Its a bit hard to make out in the picture, but the thread ran from red, orange to yellow and back to red.
Not even the end of January and already finished a quilt! What a start to 2007! Wishing you lots of happy dreams Lucy under your new quilt!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Doddie is a Gracie Lou character. When Grace was learning to talk, she said Doddie a lot, we thought he was an imaginary friend of her's. So Daz made him a character in the series. In this footage, it was taken at our local park on Sunday, nice and early so no other kids where around, never a good look filming in a park with other kids around. Note the girls shirts! That was my sewing on the weekend, appliquing two hearts, thank goodness for that blanket stitch on my machine is all I can say! Here's Daz and Milly in action!
We didn 't include the below shot in the footage. Grace can be such a silly billy!
Monday, January 08, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Am celebrating the New Year by a flurry of sewing. Here's whats under the machine at the moment. I am making two raggedy edge cushions for one of the girls in my Mothers Group. Its her 40th birthday on the 10th, we are catching up for morning tea on the 8th! Which leaves me how many days to finish them??!
Have finished the front panal for one, thats below and am 3 rows into the second one. Luckily its more effective if the edges are really raggedy! I'm hoping to finsh them by the weekend, then go over to my sisters and get her to help me do the backs of them. Went to Spotlight yesterday to find some matching fabric, but came away empty handed. Not very often that happens. The squares are from Moda, not really my cup of tea but for the girlfriend they are for it will match her perfectly!
Finished the binding on the "Is it a U or N" quilt last night. Just got to sew on the label then I can post a pict of it here.