Sunday, 11 December 2011

Off On Holidays -Cruising New Zealand

Being back at work and with the fast approaching holiday seasons I havent managed to do much sewing or blogging and it doesnt look like  my free time is going to improve in the next few weeks.

We have a week left of school,  then  we will be off seeing friends and family for the Christmas period  and then off on our annual  New Years Eve  cruise for 14 dyas of pampering and being spoilt

I will be back blogging  mid January with pics from our cruise on the Diamond Princess and  new  projects.

I'm looking forward to finding  the quilt shops in our New Zealand ports: Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin  as well as Hobart & Melbourne.

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas 
 and if you do not celebrate Christmas
  have a Happy Holiday Season
may the new year
 bring you health and happiness
lots of time to stitch
from my family to yours
Merry Christams &  a Happy New Year


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Inspirational Quilting Video’s

I just love quilting videos here is a selection of my favourites that have come thru my mail box  this week. So grab a tea or coffee and get inspired.
and last  video this week
a cartoon  with a quilting theme
Have fun sewing
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Back in My Sewing Room

Party smile
Its been a hard week getting walking again but worth it , so  I  have been concentrating on that  & I haven’t done much sewing this week. 
However,  I have moved all my stuff out of the lounge room and I’m back in my sewing room.
Now  waiting for me was a few alterations & some mending  to be done before I can play in there again.
  1. DS left his split trousers to be fixed -
  2. A pair of brand new undies worn once, DH pulled thread on & elastic came away, needed stitching back on -   
  3. Purchased online some new summer tops that need a few adjustments
    1. Purple stretch top with beautiful non stretch lace around hem…..cant sit down in it. Some designers just don’t think.
Solution: put splits in sides.
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2. Purchased & T-Shirt which was described as aqua in colour  but what arrived its more aqua mint…I don’t really wear green well.
Solution:  Purple purple buttons on it seen purple is a favourite colour. I really like this solution     Open-mouthed smile
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3.  Purchase a  dress which look terrible on me… way too big across shoulders. Solution:  pleats in the shoulder, cut of and make into a long length top, take in at side seams to give it more shape.
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Mending & Alterations done!!!!!!!!!
now lets have some fun
Have fun sewing
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Monday, 7 November 2011

accuquilt giveaway

want to win an accuquilt  cutter
have a look at this generous giveaway

have fun sewing

Houston Quilt Show products

My mail box was full this morning with exciting news from The Houston International Quilt show.
so I thought I would share the video links.
have fun watching as I did
  1. Heat Press Batting product
    • I think I want some of this
  2. Clover wonder clip
    • Yep need these too
  3. Clover fuse and Bind
    • I can see a use for this
  4. Clover Fuse and Gather
    • Not sure I need this one
  5. Jenny Haskins
    • Love her work
  6. Prescenia
    • Never heard of these threads
  7. Doug Antler Patterns
    • Interesting
  8. Moda YMCA fun
    • Just some fun
  9. Flip Flop Block
    • Clever idea
  10. Trace and Create template from Nancy Zieman for a eTablet or Paper Tablet
    • Love this...good way to use all those clover products I  buy
  11. Suzanne McNeill Zentangles
    • Must try this
  12. Moda Booth walk
    • Get a pen & write down the stuff she mentions you like so you can look it up
  13. Moda Fabric Booth Walk2
  14. Fixon Pens
    • These are the best I use them all the time
  15. American Jane 
    • Love the school days quilt
  16. Kanas Troubles
    • Love the honey bun ideas, & round table topper
  17. Laundery Basket Edyta Sitar
    • love her work
  18. Deb Strain
    • pretty
  19. Jan Patek
    • great ideas
  20. Me ans My Sister
    • very pretty colours
  21. Sweetwater 
    • love heart strings & the sewing words..will have to look for those
  22. United Notions
    • Love all the tools
  23. Bunny Hill
    • Love the snowman quilt
  24. Kathy Schmitz 
    • I think i want that book
  25. Primitive Gatering
    • great designs
 Hope you  got some useful info from those links from Moda,  I know I did.

Update on my foot: Had the stitches out 3 days learning to walk again on a numb foot after nerves where affect..its a very slow process...the nerve sensation in my foot will return slowly the surgeon said... and is saying operation was successful, but its hard to believe when you can not feel anything with your foot. So am off work a little longer than first thought....looking at this positively I can do some more sewing..:-)
have fun sewing


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fabric stash

Day 12 of sitting with my foot up
I'm so over this now !!!!!!!

I've had some interesting days  just sitting.
I've cuddle my pussy cats; Misty & PC
I've cuddled the new puppy;  Sugar
I've started a few sewing projects
I've read lots online 
I've blogged

I've taken photos & videos 
I've watched a lot of TV & movies
I've done some shopping online

which brings me to what happened last night.

Australia doesn't do Halloween  like the USA
but retailers have been pushing it over the last few years to get us involved.
So let me set the scene
Me in my chair, foot up
DS & His GF & DH all in our lounge room
 its just on dusk
 there is a  knock on our front door, & another knock  & another knock
DH says I'm not getting it, DS says its trick or treaters
still another knock getting louder
then quiet as we all ignore the knocks
we hear a car door slam
 we start talking about how the kids are getting driven around by their parents to get treats
I ask can you please check I cant stuck in this chair
now this is where it gets funny
Its not the trick or treaters  but my local delivery man
Trying to give my a few parcels....ooops  my online shopping deliveries while my DH is here
DH says what have you been buying now......
DS opens door to delivery man & apologises
 saying we thought he was trick & treating
lucky he is a lovely man & just laughs....
 he is running really late, he has never delivered this late, only at Christmas
DS brings me the package the very large package....
Well looks like I got the treats
check out what he bought me

yep fabric for my stash
what a great treat

now I found a great website

and I got all this for $90  - 100 fat quarters all different
I am very pleased
they are prefect for all my applique work
now here is Australia  a fat quarters average from $3 to $7
so you can see why I 'm a happy girl.

now I have to get DS to stash it in my sewing room.
I think I will have to reorganise my stash
when I get back into my sewing room with this little arrival.

Have fun sewing

Giveaway- Accuquilt baby Go and 3 dies

This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere – not only in the US, but around the world.

Have fun sewing


Monday, 31 October 2011

Houston International Quilt festival

Another  taste of the Houston International Quilt festival


have fun sewing


1,500 Quilts to Houston

check this out  about the Houston quilts

  wow is all I can say

have fun sewing

New Addition to our Family

Day 11 of sitting with my foot elevated

I’ve got a little side-tracked over the past few days.
Foot is coming along well but I have only got a few flowers done

This is why I have been side-tracked
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She is our new addition to the family
My DS 22 brought home a new puppy
she is a long haired miniature Dachshund
the cutest thing you have ever seen
Born  1 August so she is 13 weeks old
Weighs  1.7 kilos and is 20 cm long
she is so tiny  and so cute & the sweetest nature
He called her Sugar
so I have been having lots of Sugar cuddles
watching him
run after her
trying to teach her
cleaning up after her
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Playing in the sun on the grass
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Playing with Dad
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I didn’t do it the cats did”..
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so you can see why I have been side-tracked

Have fun sewing

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A Bunch of Flowers

Day 6
of sitting with foot elevated
Today I  received a lovely surprise
A beautiful potted cyclamen flower from my beautiful daughter and son in law
flowers from jackie jeff
also some beautiful flowers from  my In-laws

flowers from the darts
so inspired I  made my own bunch of flowers today

pc helping fabric decisions
PC is of course helping with the auditioning of the fabrics for my flowers

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so I did a pussy cat one
a few others 

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Made me a bunch of flowers
sewing themed of course

Open-mouthed smile

have fun sewing


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Win a Accuquilt Go Baby

Would you like to win a Accuquilt Go Baby

then check out
 a great site

Have fun sewing

Hexagon Challenges & Decisions

Day 5
Sitting with my foot up

I am feeling very  excited about this project.
As I rummaged through my stash of fabrics I  had forgot about just how many  fat quarters of fabric I had with sewing themes on them. 
Now that I have cut my hexagons and  I even fussy cut a few…. .the go cutter makes this process so easy….
ahhh I do love my Accuquilt GO

I need to decided about a design that will also suit my situation of sitting.

Design Brief…. make something fun to show my love of sewing using my sewing themed fabrics.

Limitations: Must be able to complete sitting  and with  hand stitching, with limited access to my gadgets & supplies in my sewing room. ( I do not want to risk sending DH into my girl cave to many times)

What can you do with a hexagon??????

After  doing some researching on the net…(yes laptop is close at hand), I found several designs.
  1. Tiled Hexagon arrangement – where hexagons are just stitched in rows  to create a pattern.
    • this design is very achievable with fabrics I have, I can just mix them up & sew, row after row. and would give a scrappy look.
  2. A Charm hexagon quilt – where every hexagon is a different fabric  stitched in rows.
    • this design I could achieve with the amount of different fabrics I have  however, I will only using one hexagon of fabric and I want to display more of each fabric in the quilt
  3. A grandmothers flower garden- where the hexagons are arranged into a flower shape then join together to create a second pattern. The flowers can be 2 rows big or 3 rows  or 4 rows  depending on final design.
    • this design shape is still my favourite but I think I will add a Kimzeee twist to it.
And the Winner is......
A  flower design  with  Kimzeee twist, it is to be.

Fabrics have been sorted into  light & dark backgrounds
Most of my hexagons I have cut at least 6 hexagons of each fabric and i can cut more  if needed.

so let the party & fun  begin

I need to mark my hexagons seam allowance….
Oh dear
I need some  more gadgets from my sewing room….
 Lucky son is home today I can send him to fetch…
 this could be fun
 as I  describe what he is looking for & where I left it last.
  1. 2 Marking pen – Pilot Frixion Pen, disappears with heat, a purple & a pink ( lucky they are my favourite colours)
  2. 1/4” clear plastic ruler – this is so handy
  3. sandpaper board-  this has fine sandpaper glued to a board that is perfect for marking as it grips the fabric
ok he found them … 
with a few yelling matches back & forward …
” try here or try here” ….
from me in the front of the house & him at the back of the house.

All gadgets found
marking hexagon seams
Marking all the 1/4" seam allowances in before I stitch
with my Frixion pen.

  now comes the fun bits 

arranging fabrics to create a flower shape
I am creating the  flowers by using  a light coloured center & dark petals or a dark center and light petals.
I lay them out on my board to decide arrangement

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PC is keeping me company
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join together the hexagons,
using a  small running stitch, 
from intersection of each corner to corner,
joining each piece to center piece until you have a completed flower
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Flower 1
hexagon flower 2 w
Flower 2
flower 3 w
Flower 3

Ok that's enough  fun for today

Have fun sewing
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