Thursday, July 17, 2014

Healing Heart quilt finished

Following on from yesterdays post, here are the pics of the completed Healing Heart Quilt for my friend Pat at Lake Bonney Quilting group.  She was presented with the quilt yesterday, and was overwhelmed to put it mildly.

As you may all know, healing heart blocks are made by several people and then joined together, either by the recipient, or, as in the case of this quilt, by one of the quilters (OMG, did I just clasify myself as a quilter? lol) who made a block.

 As I mentioned yesterday (at least I think I did), I put the blocks together using fancy quilting, I just quilted around the hearts on the blocks.
 Above, is the label for the quilt, which I put on the front (which is kind of my trademark if you've seen the Aussie Hero Quilts I've made) as we were one block short to make an even amount, and I didn't want to relegate 3 peoples' blocks to the back of the quilt!  Talking of the back of the quilt, there's a bit of a story attached to that.....I cut up the red check patterned fabric into squares to use as backing, and ended up being a couple short......grrrrrrrrrrrr so what was a gal to do, but go find another fabric in her stash to mix with it......I think the red blender fabric works well with it, and as you can see in the pic below, makes a great secondary quilt should Pat ever want the hearty hugs closer to her.
Now, I'm all for finding techniques on the net and trying them out, and the binding on Pats' quilt was one of those times.....I tried and tried to see how THIS technique would work out in my mind, and then just decided I would have to try cut, sew, attach, 7-8 hours of hand stitching the binding down and voila.....two sided binding technique......check  It's amazing how it turned out, even if I do say so sections where the dividing seam wasn't on the edge of the quilt and I highly recommend the tutorial to anyone who is looking for a binding that's a little bit different.  If you want to try it out yourself, click the above link to the tutorial.
So, there you have it.....another quilt made and gifted to someone in need.  I think those types of quilts are the best, coz you get the warm fuzzies when you see the delight on the recipients' face, or get a note/email saying how receiving the quilt made them feel.  I love that feeling.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

*Waves* Remember me?

Wow, has it really been 'that' long since I did a post?  According to the date stamp on my last post, yes, yes it has.

I have been sewing, and crocheting, but I don't have pics of everything to share with you just yet, as I have to either take photos, or find that safe place that I saved them in!

I do have a couple of pics to share with you, both are of WIP's, but the quilt is now finished, and perhaps I shouldn't be sharing a pic of it just yet, as the recipient hasn't received it, but by the time I publish this post, she will have, so I think I'm safe lol

First up, is a crochet blanket I'm making....using whatever balls of pink, blue, white or purple yarn I had lying around in my stash spots (we all have those right?)

I took the photo with it sitting on top of my queen sized bed, so you have an idea of the size of it.....I still have a few more rows to add to it before I call it done....oh and I need to sew in all those pesky ends, which is my least favourite part of crocheting, which is why I tend to leave them to the last lol

This pattern is called Drop in the pond, and is a free pattern on Ravelry, which you can grab for yourself by clicking HERE

Next up, is a Healing Heart quilt I suggested that my quilting group do for one of the members who has had some health woes.  I got everyone to make 12 & 1/2" heart blocks, in THEIR favourite colour...and of the 19 blocks, there wasn't two the same, and I think they look great in their multi coloured splendidness, don't you?

I ended up putting them together using the Quilt as you Go Method.  I didn't quite have enough of the backing fabric to make the back out of one print, so I did half and half, and made it a checkerboard pattern.  I'll show you pics of the finished quilt after we present the quilt to the recipient at quilting (today - as I'm postponing publishing this post until after she'll have received the quilt, because I have my blogger account linked with my Facebook account, and she's one of my FB friends....don't want her reading about her own surprise early now do I? lol)

When I joined the QAYG blocks, I used two different colour sashings, so when it came time to decide what I'd do for binding, I remembered seeing a two sided binding method, which worked perfectly on this quilt, and I highly recommend it to you for a different take on two colour binding......just make sure you cut/sew it using the measurements that you'll find HERE

I promise to show you the pics of the finished quilt, as I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, and I also promise to get back into more regular posting.....I spend so much time on the internet, I should have the most up to date blog out there, but sadly I've been slack.....well, it is my middle nickname after all lol

Oh, I also need to post some pics of the trip to Melbourne I just took with my gorgeous daughter, and her two little princesses.....I think my feet didn't know what hit them, but I survived and for a whirlwind trip, it was a blast.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New addition to my family

On January 1st, 2014, another ray of sunshine came into the world, a little ray of sunshine in the shape of a girl...yes, my latest grand baby is a girl...and she put in an appearance 4 weeks early.  So now, without further adieu, I announce to you, Justice Ella G************ (Surname isn't that many characters, but just protecting the familia!)

She is a good baby and ever so pretty, so we'll keep her lol  I know it took me a while to put the pic up, but I wanted to wait till I knew everything was ok first.

As she's so tiny, I wanted to make her a little dress that would fit her, so I made her one of those cross over pinafore jobbies!  Here it is:

For most of you who know me, you will know I profess to NOT doing clothes, however, how could I resist, and I'd had this Birdie fabric obviously in preparation for Justice's arrival.   I did plan on making a quilt with it, but I think it looks quite cute as a dress, don't ya think?

I'm off on Monday to spend some time with her, her big sister TaShie and her Mum n Dad....back on 12th Feb...but will try and post some pics of my 3 gorgeous girls while I'm away.

Due to me going away, and trying to get everything ready, and dealing with the heatwaves we've been having here of late, I haven't organised/made anything for my Birthday (in 21 days!) this year, so it might be a little late....or maybe I'll be able to quickly rustle something up between now and Monday so I can pop it on the stay tuned....that's if anyone still reads my blog.

For those experiencing the Polar Vortex, stay safe and warm, and for those in my neck of the woods, drink plenty of water, stay cool and keep an eye on kids, oldies and pets....for they can suffer so badly in this weather.

Friday, December 13, 2013

I'm always 'down' for a good fart!

For those of you who know me, my subject choice is a very scary title, but if you want to know what I mean this time, click HERE and check the list out.

I definately have a 'sable' but am always up for a 'fart' but so far I haven't made many 'wombats' how about you???  Which of the acronyms can you relate to?  Or do you have some to share that aren't on that list?  I'd love to see them

Talking of one of the groups I'm in, one of the lovely 'mature' quilters said she'd just found out what "WTF?" stood for, and was mortified....for ages she'd been using it....thinking it stood for "WOW, that's fantastic" lmao....I can imagine the face of her grandchildren on showing her their latest school project, and her happily exclaiming "WTF" lol

On that note, I'm outta here for now, but before I do, here's a cute owl project that you can make for yourself, Carla at The Scientific Seamstress shares a pdf download for how to make them.  I'm going to make some up...and they'll be available for purchase if you can't sew, don't have the time or can't be bothered making them yourself....keep 'em peeled for the link to when my new online shop is officially launched.  Click on the photo below to go grab the pdf from Carla's blog.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hero Uniform transformation

A while ago, I pleaded with an 'Army' friend, to part with a couple of his old Army shirts so I could make an Army bag out of it....such as the military bags you see in the U.S.A  After a little coaxing, and the promise that he could have one of the bags to give to someone as a gift, so long as I got to keep one for me....he relented and sent me 2 shirts.

I've sat and deliberated over them for a couple (maybe it's a few!) weeks, trying to pluck up the courage to cut into at least one of the bags....Yesterday became the do or die day....and I hacked and sewed and designed on the's the fruits of my labours.

This is the shirt in it's uncut state.

In case you're wondering, I've smudged out his name badge, to protect his identity...but on the actual bag, the name shows up....I just don't think I should be brandishing his name about in cyber space....but around South Australia on my bag, it'll be fine lol

Then, after holding my tongue to the west and the scissors to the east, and with a snip snip here and a snip snip there, I had gone too far to stop.

I managed to get a fairly decent size tote/shoulder bag, a zippered pouch and a coin purse/phone holder out of the one beauty...that means there'll be enough for me to make me a decent sized bag, and maybe a coin purse like the one pictured below.

I removed the Aussie logo off the sleeve and sewed it (yes, I must've had my eyes crossed when I lined it up for middle....I should've used a tape measure huh?) onto the panel for the zippered pouch.

So, there you have it, bag one.....bag two to follow I have 2 baby bags to make ASAP and also some Christmas Pressies I hope to achieve, along with the binding on a very special Aussie Hero Quilt for one of the girls at my quilting groups son....who we get to present it to him on 18th December.  Hopefully I'll be able to share pics of him with his quilt...will let you know.  Till next time...happy sewing.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Rememberance Day 2013

Today it is Remembrance Day, a time to reflect on 'heroes' of World War I.  At 11am on the 11th November, we have a minutes silence because  at 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.  A short while ago, I spied the pic below on my friends' Facebook page and thought I would share it here, for those of my friends who don't do Facebook.
Lest we forget

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Grab your 2014 Owl Calender

Some really nice options for next years calender...don't delay, grab yourself your free downloadable 2014 Owl Calender by clicking on the pic below

Owl Lover 2014 Calendar

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Recent works, a mini tutorial & new hair colour

Just in case you thought I was having another hiatus in the craft department, then you'd have thought wrong....I have a few finishes, but can only show you two at the moment, until the others arrive to their destination.

First up is a tablerunner top...not technically a finish, but it's a 'hope to be finished soon' kinda deal lol

Quick and easy tablerunner....4 solid corner squares and the rest is all hst' doesn't all have to be one colour for the patterned could do two colours and a solid background colour and also use hst's on the corners, but face them dark side to the corners....even a scrappy one would look good.  To make it, work out what size you want the finished squares to be and add half an I started with 5 & 1/2" squares, made my hst's and trimmed them to 5".  Sew them together in rows, alternating the way the seams are pressed on each row, so they nestle together and play nicely lol  Then sew the rows together....and tah dah a tablerunner that's quick, easy and effective looking.  Back and batt it and then quilt it as desired, bind it and you're all done (labelling is an optional extra), pat yourself on the back.

Next is a birthday block for one of the 'gals' at the quilting group I attend....her birthday was a while back, but with her being away, and then me being away, I haven't had the chance to give it to her.....but here's the block (2nd one, I misplaced the first one!) I made for Heather B, who wanted teddy bears on black.

Later on in the year, once the last gal has her block, I'll post a photo of all the blocks I made this year I think I'll try and get some of the girls interested in doing a squishy fq swap for birthdays....I have enough quilt blocks from swaps to keep me busy next year, without adding another quilt full lol

Lastly, today I went to my friend Carols place, and she foiled me...well, not me exactly, she did foils on my I went with this hair colour....

And came home this colour.....

Think I need eye eyes are uneven lol  Think it was all those years of wearing my long hair plaited over to one side of my head....will try and find a pic of it one day, so you can see why I think it's my hairs fault that I have wonky eyes lol

Till next time

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pricing - how much would you pay?

This is a bit of a strange post, even for me....but having spied a couple of sites recently who don't charge for their patterns, instead they have a tip jar (how cool....sounds way more fun than a contribute or donate button right? Although the standard button from paypal is Donate still) then today, googling for something, I happened across a very cute to hoot Halloween quilt pattern, which is available for purchase here

The above is the quilt in discussion is/was a BOM, but now you can buy the pattern....whoop whoop, so off I toodled to the above site.....AND then, I saw the price......$78.00 for one quilt pattern....seriously?  I could possibly, would probably consider buying it if it were about $20 or even $25 but almost $80...sorry, but I just don't get it...if only I could draw and come up with something similar....but I struggle to even draw a straight line...with a ruler....well ok, I'm not quite that bad, but almost!
Don't get me wrong, I understand that a designer should get some sort of reward for their talent and skill, but if 100 people bought that pattern...that's a healthy down payment on a new car, for just one pattern in a designers can't tell me that ALL designers are making this kind of money...surely?  I know I'm coming  across as a whiney tight arse grinch, but it just grates at me, how much money people want to make on one item all the time.

So, as the title of this post much would you pay for a pattern that you really really like?  How much is the most you've paid for a pattern, and have you used that pattern yet?

Thank you to Angela, who is the main 'culprit' for having great write ups on her blog about reverse engineering, copyright and how she's a 'Copy Leftist'

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Owly purchases

Hi again, remember yesterday I mentioned some owly purchases I made....well I said I'd share pics of them with you, and here I am, actually carrying through with that promise (ok, so I actually wrote the post yesterday and scheduled it to post automatically...but that's cool to do right?  I call it being constructive with my time management!)

An owl pop up laundry hamper, but I'm going to use it for the larger scraps/offcuts in my sewing area.....then when it's full, I'll take a break from sewing, get out the Go Baby! and have a blast filling up my containers below!
 Owl containers....even the lids have owls on them....gonna get me a few more of these hopefully....this size is perfect for those times when I try and get organised, and I'll keep scraps in them, but not just any scraps...these'll be in sizes, such as 3" squares etc....wish me luck!

Have a look at the cute hooks for the shower curtain...cute huh?  It's all so bright and cheerful, and the plus side was all the above cost $30 which isn't bad if you say it quick enough lol  I got all the above items from The Reject Shop.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Latest show n tell

Just recently I shared the pics of the items I made for the F-R-I-E-N-D-S Swap for Marcia (Marc - pronounced Marse for those who thought it might be pronounced Mark!) well I made her a couple more things, one was for her birthday and the other was a new tutorial I found and wanted to try!  Actually both were online tutorials, one a printed one, and one was a video one that doesn't really have a pattern, so I 'winged' it haha

So the above shows the twisted drawstring/dilly bag I made's an interesting technique and I think would look great in any fabrics.

Next up, I made Marc and Terri tissue holders.....doesn't sound anything flash or anything, except I think I really, really like the shaped top on these...I've made the straight edged ones in abundance, but these are going to be one of my "go-to" projects for pressies.  I found the tutorial here.

The bottom pic shows Terri's tissue holder and she wanted me to take a pic of it with her owl you should've seen her leaning over the cutting mat, but trying to keep her out the pic at the same was very funny, especially as I didn't tell her I'd zoomed in and wouldn't have got her in the pic

Next up, is a couple of pincushions I made, these were a printout that someone gave to me, as she had found it online, but the printout doesn't show whose tutorial it is sorry.

In the quilting group I go to here in the Riverland, we ran a Birthday block swap this year, and whilst I've taken pics of the blocks I've made, they're all on my old pc that needs some TLC before I can access them, so here's the latest one, which was for Pat M and she wanted animal blocks, so I did her an elephant applique (it's actually a softie elephant, but I just used the shape for the applique!) and gave her the bottom pincushion in the pic it has an owl on it, so she'll remember who made her the pincushion.

I've also made an owl's not finished yet.....still got to stitch around the edges...but I'm trying to decide whether to reverse sew the 'tree' sections, find some more brown tone-on-tone fabric and re do the claws and tree or whether to do faux ankles in the gap I've acquired in between the feet and the bottom of the owl.....decisions decisions, but until I decide, it looks nice on my design wall.

Oh, and the need to be centralized too, as I seem to have moved on from wonky wonky feet lol  The block is from Vol 7 of 100 Blocks Magazine.

Above are some scrappy blocks I'm putting together for Aussie Hero Quilts....they measure 8 & 1/2" and are a great way to use up relatively small scraps, or as I prefer to call them, offcuts.  I've cut more out, so I'll be making at least one quilt top out of them...coz I know Jan-Maree (although it's easier to see what she's up to by visiting the Aussie Hero blog in the link above) likes scrappy quilts....and I do too, so it's kind of a double whammy lol  I can't wait to share with you the final quilt pic....I reckon it's going to be a nice bright, cheery quilt/s.

I have some cool purchases to share with you, but I'll share them with you tomorrow, seens as though this is getting to be quite a long post...don't want to overwhelm you with pic overload