Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The lovely Leah asked about overlocking the edges of your quilt before binding, so this photo is just for you Leah! Just overlock as normal. I have ready a small zig zag stitch works too. Try it, let me know how you go!
I had some fat quarters arrive that I won off ebay too this week. 8 different prints from Valori Wells, a range called Sole. Just found out that she has a blog here. No idea what I'm going to sew with these goodies though, sure I'll be inspired soon enough!
Friday, November 23, 2007
So I started this afternoon. Laid all the squares out. There was 45 in this pack, but I've only used 36, might incorporate some in the border, see how I go. So even though I laid them out above, when I sewed them together, it looked nothing like the layout! Don't know how I went wrong there, blame it on the heat, it was a shocking 38C today here in Perth.
So now the fun bit, sewn up into 9 blocks, out comes the rotary blade, cut, cut, rotate, rotate and sew back together again! And wolah, the centre of a lap sized quilt. I purposefully didn't leave any yellow around the outside as I'll use that colour for the border. Unfortunately I don't have anything at all in my stash that would go with it, so I will just have to go to my local material shop on Monday for a look to see what I can find. :)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Since the weather is warming up here, Grace is sweltering under her doona, but I can't get it off her bed, oh the tears! So I have been inspired to get back into these log cabins. After all the dithering about the layout back here and here in June, I decided to go for the option on all the reds in the centre forming a cross. And am thinking a hot pink 3 or 4 inch boarder.....
And amungst all that, I still have found time to get some more material for the Humming Mini shop. Check out some new yummy prints here!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Arrived home yesterday to a package on my doorstep, don't you just love it when that happens! And I was even more excitied when I realized it was from the lovely Cass! She has been running a Pay It Foward idea and my comment was selected as a gift to be paid foward. I must admit when I commented in her blog I didn't realize I was in the running, but lucky me now! I meet Cass through Essential Baby and have formed a strong friendship due to a love of sewing, fabric and having eldest daughters the same age. I'm going to Sydney in March and can't wait to meet her in real person! We are buddies on Facebook too and always score 97% alike in silly quizes like "Summer 2007 movies" and "Life's Priorities" so we are going to get along like a house on fire I'd say!
But back to my lovely bag! The print is just stunning, so me, colourful and bright but still with black in it. I love how she has positioned the birds on the front of each side, very clever! And I love the stripes inside and the little pockets! I immediately emptied my old bag and piled all my stuff in it, thank you Cass, its stunning, I love it!
And a photo of my two pirates! Today at Grace's kindy was Pirate Day, she has been waking every morning for the last two weeks asking me "Mum, is it pirate day at kindy today?" At last I could say yes it was! Doesn't she look cool? Milly had to get into the action with a bandana and a plastic sword too. Must say this year at kindy has been the best fun. Ahoy maties!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
But good thing I'm not a judge then as it picked up a second prize! In what category I didn't ask! Naughty daughter am I! I snapped this shot of her and Grace in front of the quilt in question. Matilda was in the hallway refusing to be in the shot! Look how grown up Grace suddenly looks, hair in plaits and not wearing pink. Wonder if either of the girls will follow in Mum's and I's footsteps and take up quilting. Time will tell....
Friday, November 09, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
And she also enclosed a selection of yummy fabrics, thank you Corrie! The one on the very right, that's my favourite, definately inspiration for getting back into sewing the girls some summer twirly skirts.
And my swapee was Lily. I followed her guidelines of liking rasberry and lime green, well sort of... is pink rasberry? And I tried really hard to get it to a particular measurement, I'm an inch out on the top, but spot on across. So here is my effort, hope you like it Miss Romily!
And seeing as though it has been a focus on dolls quilts lately under the machine, I made this one for my neice Cate who was 5 on the weekend.
Friday, November 02, 2007
And here she is 2 weeks later in that quilt that her Aunty Ad made her. Has bit of an old man's look on her face still. And below we have her 3 years later, all ready to attack those smarties on her cake! She is a joy to have in our lives. I still remember at my 20 week scan being told she was a girl and the nano second I had of this intense dissappointment that she was a girl instead of a boy, but it was a nano second and now I can not think of anything better than having 2 girls. :)
We had a great day yesterday. I asked her what she would like to do for the day and she said catch the train to the museum! So thats what we did, took along my Dad for back up support as the city with a 3 and a 4.5 year old solo? *shudder at the thought!* It was fun, we had a whirlwind visit to the museum, checked out the essentials, the frogs and the dinosaur. Lunch at Hungry Jacks for the girls, Japanese for me, Chinese for Dad. Went then and looked at one of the large department stores Christmas display and then it was time to catch the train home again. Happy 3rd birthday Matilda!