Friday, October 28, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Day

Hi all,

Today, in Queensland anyway, is Teacher Appreciation Day. A day to say thank you for being a great teacher.

My son has 2 teachers that share the week and a teacher aide who is there all the time. So I needed 3 quick and easy presents…nothing too over the top.

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I got the idea for fabric bookmarks from here. But of course I had to make them scrappier.

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You can use up some left over charm squares for these. For the flowers I used 4 matching fabrics and used the leftovers for the bookmark. So you would only need 5 charm squares per bookmark! And a piece of heavy interfacing.

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The flowers come from a book called Kanzashi in Bloom, but I have just found a tutorial here for you.

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I used metal buttons that you cover yourself. You can get the kits from the Haby Goddess. It is the first time I have used them and I am so in love…super easy to make and don’t they match so well?

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The bookmarks measure 10” x 2” and the flowers are 2” across diameter.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stash Building!

Hi all,

I don’t always blog about what I buy at the local or not-so-local patchwork shops….maybe it is buyers guilt or maybe I don’t want you to be envious!!! But tonight I feel like sharing!

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First up I have the 2 fabrics I bought at The Fabric Palette. I seem to still be collecting space fabric which I am using in the wonky star quilt. And I could not go past the kids stripe at $5 a metre! That is a huge discount, like 75%! I got all 10m’s, I am thinking quilt backing, kids totes, all sorts of kids stuff!

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This is what I got at the Quilters Shack….there was actually so much to look at that I found it hard focusing so ended up just getting fat 1/4s. I love text fabric so I had to get them, and the others just caught my eye.

On Sunday I went to the Craft and Quilt Fair in Brisbane. I went with my SIL Debbie and had a great time! It was pretty quite, we didn’t feel like we were fighting for space, and the quilt display was very inspirational!

I didn’t take any photos because I forgot my camera. But I was wondering are we allowed to take photos?

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I went with the idea of getting a few specific things…Cottage Garden threads were on the list and I picked up 3 shades to try out. They look so good!

They were also the only thing on the list to get ticked off!

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I found a fat 1/8th bundle of Spring Street, which I have loved since first seeing it. Random fat 1/4s and some Little Apples. Oh, and there is some natural twill tape with measurements on it – love it!

Plus the book, which still needs a good going over. But I love the tent on the cover!

We both bought a pattern that had been sold out, so I should be getting that in the mail very soon.

This Friday is Teacher Appreciation Day….so I have been making a little something for TP’s teachers. I’ll show them to you soon!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Holiday Adventures!

Hi all,

Yesterday we got home from a week at the beach at Elliott Heads. There were a few drama’s, but we are still new to caravanning so I guess that is to be expected…..forgotten ropes, leaky windows…. but there were good times too.

Playing around some rock pools.

On the beach at Burrum Coast National Park near Woodgate. We discovered a great little camp ground that you need a 4wd to get into.

The Boardwalk in the same national park. Great for the kids and their scooters.

I also checked out the 2 quilt shops in Bundaberg…

The Fabric Palette…A great store with a fantastic fabric range, they even have dress fabrics. I forgot to take a picture inside, it is a beautiful shop with exposed rafters and big open space.

The Quilters Shack…The store front is very, very deceiving. Let me show you!

This is the front of the shop, the door is just to the right. Some gorgeous Debbie Mumm things available here!

The back of the shop!

I have to admit this shop blew my mind….So big and spacious, absolutely (almost) anything your quilting heart could desire! They have all their bases covered - kids, batiks, repro, 1930’s, japanese, blah, blah, blah.

I actually got a bit overwhelmed and ended up just getting a few fat quarters. But it is definitely on my visit list again for next time, I will be more prepared!

In my next post I will share my purchases with you, I haven’t taken photos yet!

I also got some sewing done!

I started some rainbow hexie flowers.

I am using 1/2” hexagons, they are sooo cute! If I say so myself LOL

I don’t really have a plan for them, but they are great for a bit of hand sewing!

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PS. Guess were I was today? I will blog about it in a few days!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Good things!

Hi all,

Today my potholders from the swap Potholder Pass 9 arrived!

They are from Denise, I couldn’t read on the envelope where Denise is from….if you are reading this can you let me if you have a blog or anything?

The little one is a needle and pin holder with cute little pockets along the bottom. I think it would make a great mug rug too. I love them!

Perri from Stitches in the Bush is having a great giveaway….

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I have been working on the next part of the Bonnie Hunter quilt (the blue and cream quilt)….

I need 168 of these squares. I think these will take a while!

We are going on holiday tomorrow so it will probably be quite around here for the next week or so. Bye!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sewing frenzy!

Hi all,

I am in a bit of a sewing frenzy at the moment! My mojo is pumping! LOL I hope it sticks around for a bit….

First up, let me warn you that I am still trying to figure out our new camera, it is nothing like the old one which I realise now was fantastic and easy to use. All my photos are fuzzy ….ugh…. very frustrating.

For sewing day last week at Christine’s I took my machine so I could get the rest of the Broken Dishes blocks made…

Since sewing day I have sewn them into the required units for the quilt….I have 15 x light Jamestown Square blocks, 15 x dark Jamestown Square blocks, 22 x half Jamestown Square blocks and 46 x Broken Dishes blocks.

I have made a pair of potholders for my Aunt and Uncle who put us up for a night on our holiday. Just to say thank you!

They are 10” square. I made 2 square in a square (I think thats what they would be called) blocks, cut them into quarters and swapped them around a bit. And ta-da two gorgeous blocks that would also look great repeated for a quilt. I have run out of insulbright now, some more is on my sewing shopping list…I love making potholders!

And as if I need more projects here are two I couldn’t resist…

This is a Colour Block Placemats and Napkins sew-along. I thought I might use up some of my DS Fabrics for this one as I am making 2 sets that will coordinate and be for everyday use. 

This is a stitchery book by Helen from Hugs n’ Kisses. I am a bit late joining this one but I have always wanted to do something like this and the end result is gorgeous!

I am starting with Lesson 2. Because lesson 1’s PDF wouldn’t download with the proper font for the title, hopefully I can go back and get it later.

So there you have it, my ever growing list of WIP’s! I just can’t help myself!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Potholder Pass 9

Hi all,

I joined in with a swap for house shaped potholders and have been working on them over the last week.

It took me a while to decide what to actually do but I came across this great garden print in my stash and that set the ball rolling….

I am really pleased with how they turned out. I didn’t have a pattern so I was winging it. I should have measured them but they are approximately 8” wide x 11” tall.

I found some fabric with people dancing on it so I put that in the windows…there’s a party goin’ on!

I even broke into my Hometown layer cake to make the roofs, I love the red roof! 

I hope my partner likes them!

There was a sewing day today at Christine’s….I sewed like crazy but need to do some pressing before I take a picture of my minor achievement!

Great company, great food (awesome muffins made by Christine) and uninterrupted sewing time equals one very happy girl! Thanks Christine!

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