Saturday, 25 August 2012
After the rain.......the rainbow.
this was taken outside my backdoor during the week, we are heading into Spring and we are getting some topsy turvy days.
Which may explain my headspace, not really I can be pretty topsy turvy whatever the season!
After my exercise in fiddly blocks with precision sewing and the clothes making stint, I turned my attention to a simple and quick project just to blow out the cobwebs.
I bought this charm pack of vintage sheets from Deb at Fabrichicks, now I am going to attempt a link here, so hold on......
Check it out, there are some lovely packs, I am currently waiting for a scrap pack so I can start another project.....more on that when I start.
I was thinking about what to do with these lovely fabrics, and then it just hit me, I got them on my design wall and just stared playing just as imagined Deb would. I love her colour sense and straight talking quilting......just do. So I did.
Then I wanted it bigger so when I was potting around Spotlight as you do when you want to have some escape, I saw Denyse Schmidt on SALE, $8 a meter and this is what I found.
I really could not believe my luck, her fabrics were made for vintage sheet sewing.
Two inch, inner border, 4 inch outer border and the binding. I am very happy with this one, it makes me smile.
I may have to fight number one daughter for this, but she will win because she does love my quilts and that makes me smile a lot harder.
And vintage sheet found at Vinnies for the backing......happier still.
I have found such a wealth of inspiration and hints since finding out about craft blogs, and for that I would have to thank my friends Debbie and Tracey.
I met these wonderful ladies because I hung around their place of work buying and dropping off op shop goodies, I had just been through a really rough time in my family life, it was hard, people I thought were reliable just drifted away in my hour of need, but after the rain the rainbow........
So I am grateful for the chance I had to meet you all, real and virtual, and the shared inspiration.
Still plugging away, happy about this too.
PS. Do you like my new layout?
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Feeling quite productiveCompared to my previous dilemma about the number of projects I had piling up, I feel very productive now.
Maybe because I have finally finished those blocks
20 of the little B%%'s finished.
If this project has taught me anything, it is I really do not like lots of repetitive complex fiddly blocks, so after I stumbled across the line I did a quick clothes sewing binge.
Meet my other friend in the sewing room, her name is Diana, and she is a recent addition to my life.
Because I am a size utterly amazing, I have found that sewing at home enables me to sew clothes that are not made to make me look like a refrigerator. I have curves and damn it I will wear a red polka dot dress if I so desire...and I do. But do the chain stores make them for amazing woman....nope.
I love Diana because initially I had to try and fit and alter this dress on me, and there are only so many times your teenage daughter will zip you up and pin you. Son just runs screaming from the house and husband disappears to the shed.
When Diana came to stay, I thought I may be a little confronted to see my amazing size replicated...but hey I am not so bad. My tummy is a little bigger but this pattern skims over the belly and I feel very pretty in it.
This pattern is very versatile, and I have made another dress with out sleeves which I wear a top under.
So that is what I do when I am not patchworking.
Now before I go I must show you some amazing fabric I found in my local Spotlight store.
It looks like rows of ruffly crochet, and it was stretchy and colourful. Bought a meter and whipped this up, tube skirt, elastic in waist and didn't even need to hem it due to the fabric construction.
Done in 20 mins tops!
I wear it under a big black loose tunic top and have already received a few compliments, I must say!
Got to love the sewing, just not the fiddly blocks, did I mention that?
Friday, 17 August 2012
A Little Trip to Town
During the week number one daughter and I took a little trip to town, mixing a little chore with some pleasure.
We have done this on a regular basis over the years and we have a real girly time together, usually with me paying....but this time as she is a working girl, she got to spend her own money. I did pay for lunch!
As we sat down in the food hall for said meal, I looked up and saw this.
So I whipped out the trusty mobile phone, and snapped away, and so did a few others I noticed.
Tis lovely and cheery.
Then I persuaded number one daughter to shop upstairs in Morris and Co, a cute little wool shop, where I saw this.
This bicycle is being lovingly yarned, I got permission to snap these, and the artist responsible told me she still has things to further do. I think I should pop back later and witness the progress.
This shop is a gem for wool lovers, and it is arty as well.
Not hugely practical but I dont think that was the point, so pretty.
I apologise for the blur, it was my mobile phone, and I was giddy with excitement.
This is the back view, I forgot to get shots from the front as daughter was very embarrassed by her mum at that stage.
I just love the thought and work that has gone into this.
We continued the day with me turning my focus on number one daughter and her needs.
She was persuaded by me to finally buy the shoes she had been talking about for a long time now.
Pretty cool huh?
Sadly I remember Doc Martins the first time around, but they only came in black.......do you think a woman of a certain age could revisit her lost youth?
Somehow, I think I will stick to my more appropriate orthotic friendly sensible shoes......for now.........maybe.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
THANKS NOW I FEEL BETTER!!!
I really do appreciate the comments that fellow bloggers have taken the time to leave me. It is the sharing of these little crafty moments that make me glad we have such interests that keep us sane.
Because sometimes I can be a little
(not the fat free part....the 2 minute part)
When I want to be more
the slow and steady part....not the old crock part!
But I did manage a small project finish...well two actually and that made me feel a little better....cos I do love a finish.
A little kit from an English cross stitch mag, designed by Emily Peacock......check out her website she has more wonderful designs, and she was the designer of my HUG tapestry also.
...and a small pin cushion from Robyn Rich, the photo doesn't show all the detail, but thems all french knots.
I also kept up my goal to chip away at the nosegay blocks, and they are coming along....only 3 to go...yay.
I kept a photo of the finished quilt near my sewing machine to also keep me motivated, I have had this on my list since 1993! so you can see why I got impatient a little.
Anyway, this blogging has caused me to meet some wonderful crafty souls out there , and I have never met a crafter I did not like.