Sunday, January 31, 2010

Last minute OPAM project!

WAHOO! A WIP is finished!
This is a bag I started a few months ago. It is out of Homespun magazine, they called it Baguette Bag.
I was just waiting to get the handles so I could finish it. I am quite happy with it, I hadn't done much stitchery before so that was a challenge but I enjoyed it.

Also, my SIL has just started her own blog - Jump Creations. She is the one that does the screen-printing and fabric dyeing. Feel free to check it out!

Don't worry be happy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chasing tails.....and remembrance.....

Hi all!
Well....looking at my OPAM list you would think I haven't been doing much lately! But I feel like I have been running around chasing my tail and getting no where, I think it may have something to do with too many WIPs!
I think I will make a WIP list so that I can keep track of what I am doing!

This cute house is the first block for Homespun's new BOM. This project is one that I really would like to keep up with as I subscribed to the mag especially for it! I'll keep my fingers crossed!

I've been playing with the idea of making water bottle holders for the boys drink bottles. This is one I made out of an old baby t-shirt. It was quite stained so I wouldn't give it away, so I cut it up! TP loves it and I guess that is the main thing!

While working on some more petals for the Don't Look Know Quilt Along I made a huge mistake. All I can say is my brain is tired!
Instead of cutting the Floriani stabiliser on the line I ironed my fabric on and then cut the petals out, then I went to fold the edges over and ah-oh!
I feel like I am getting way behind in this project, I am nowhere near having 14 blocks to join together. Maybe I will end up just making a smaller quilt, however I am not ready to give up yet!

On a sadder note, my grandmother passed away a little over a week ago, and the funeral was on Monday. She was 90 years old, with 6 children, 15 grand-children and over 30 great grand-children. Her family played a role in the growth and development of the area, and a lot of us still live in the area and surrounding areas. Sadly a living piece of history is now gone, fortunately there are many photographs and home videos (silent and black & white) for us to remember her by.

Hopefully I will be able to get into a bit of a routine over the next few weeks, with kindy, work and life in general.

Til next time,
Don't worry be happy!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Isn't she lovely .....

I couldn't resist her!

So I am trying to win her! Ha Ha, I'll fall off my chair if I win! I NEVER win anything!
She is from Cathron County Designs, go and check it out - you have til the weekend to enter.

And remember,
don't worry be happy,

Saturday, January 16, 2010

OPAM and Spaceships!

I have completed my 1st OPAM project - I very quickly whipped up a double-sided/reversible bag for a friends little girl. She was having a baby shower this morning but didn't want anything for the new baby, I felt strange going empty handed so I made this bag using some panels from my stash.

Over the last few weeks I have also been doing some more screen-printing with my sister in law. I took a couple of weeks to draw up a spaceship and this is how it turned out.....

We are also half way through printing the spaceships onto some fabric that I dyed. So I will keep you posted on how they turn out.
I wanted to do the spaceship for a reason - I love this book.....

Material Obsession is a fantastic book, so inspiring and I would love to make probably at least half a dozen quilts out of it...."patience" I tell myself - all in good time!
Anyway, there is a quilt in there called Rocket Man (I think). It has a rocket panel in it, I'm going to try to make this quilt but I'll have to make it bigger as the pattern is cot size and I'd prefer a single bed size. So this is on my to-do list for this year!

Now, my sign off for this year is "don't worry be happy", I know this is often a hard thing to do because there is so many awful things going on at the moment. Particularly in Haiti, so check out this Etsy store called Craft Hope all proceeds go to Doctors without Borders in Haiti. And this is the great blog Ric Rac that I found out about it from.

So, try not to worry too much and be happy,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My word for the year.....

This is an idea from Kates blog.
Instead of having a complicated resolution that you never stick with - you pick ONE word to live by for the year.
I'm not into resolutions but I thought that having just one word to focus on was a great idea, so my word is.......


I'd like to have more patience when dealing with the boys! More patience with my sewing projects - I will try not to be impatient to get through all the projects that are building up!
I'm sure I will find many uses for Patience through out the year!

Anyway, have a go and see what you can come up with.

Don't worry be happy,

Monday, January 4, 2010

A year in reflection...

I have been inspired to reflect on my year of 2009! This is all the other bloggers faults, so feel free to blame them!

An engagement present in February....

A present for a new baby in March.....

A day at the beach in April....

A pair of slippers for my new niece in June....

Camping in the cold air of August.....

Camping at the beach in September..... (what a contrast to August)....

The beginning of me being a blogger! and the DLN Quilt along in October.....

My boys sharing morning tea in December....

Obviously this is a simplifed version of 2009, but it was a great year and I hope 2010 is just as good!

I hope everyone out there has had a great year too,
Bye for now Jess :-)