Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Progress Report

A beautiful colourful Autumn is nearly over and Winter fast approaching.  The other day I found crochet demonstrations on You Tube.  I thought I would give it a try as I have never crocheted before.  Here are the results, some colourful granny squares.  They have been very quick and fun to make.

Our little dog Pip was desexed the other day and has returned to her normal self, although we have discovered that she is not the breeds we thought she was.  She is a Ridgeback x Rotti (we think).

This week has seen the progression of my Truly Scrumptious quilt.  Here is a sneak peak.  I still have to put on the outer borders and three more little lady heads.

Husbands jumper front had to be undone about half way because I did not shape the arm holes (What a silly dill).  It now has to be re knitted.  Never mind.....

The weekend will see Dear Jane blocks emerging one by one. I have been collecting fabric until now so I am ready to get into it.

"Blessed are the Piecemakers", From Quotes for Quilting.

Signing off for now

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Easy Breezy Weekend.

The sun is shining outside today, what a perfect day for some sewing, looking at blogs and piano playing.

I don't have any interesting news except that our son is going to camp this week for the whole week.  This is the perfect time for me to get ahead with work stuff and sewing.

I have started the Dear Jane quilt with the corner blocks and one of the border triangles.  These are shown in the photo.  I have also made two little bags.  One which I sent to my mother for mothers day and the other I kept for myself.  It is such a handy size.  I use it to carry my lunch to quilting every Thursday.

This is the one I sent to my mother for mothers day.  I used the main fabric for the body rather than the pockets.  It is still pretty.

This is the one I made for myself using the same fabric as the other one but in a different arragement.

The rosellas have started coming to the garden now and they are staying longer.  They are funny to watch and each have different personalities.

The other day I spotted Toffee and Pip sleeping in Unison in the sun, so I took a photo.  

Bye for now

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Autumn Activities.

It has been a very busy time for me since my last post. Apart from the regular work related activities, I have been progressing on my various projects and starting some new ones.

On the 2nd of May a friend (Leanne of Lizzie's Page) and I went to Campania for an Autumn Gathering hosted by "The Quilted Crow", a quilt shop in Hobart.  Two designers were invited to tutor various techniques.  They were Helen Stubbings and Natalie Ross.  I have not put photos of this day on this post as I know that there have been quite a few others who have put pictures of the day on their blogs.  

Helen tutored the technique called "Colourque" which she devised.  This involves colouring in a design with pencils and sealing the colour with a medium and then stitching around as you do with a stitchery.  The effect is a beautiful applique like effect.  I have started a project which is pictured below, I just have to finish stitching the green areas and then have to applique on some hearts onto it.

When I got home I pulled out an old unfinished bag project which I was going to applique.  This was perfect for this new technique so I started colouring the design.

As a pre mothers day present, I have just purchased some new yarn to knit a jumper.  It is italian wool with different coloured fleck through it.  I will start this after I have finished the other husband jumper I have been knitting.

I have also started making some Dear Jane blocks which are not ready for viewing yet.  Perhaps in a later post.

Happy Stitching to everybody.