Sunday, August 17, 2014

Show n Tell

Hello you lovely people,

I have a few things that I have finally uploaded pics for, and thought I would share them with you tonight.....hope your eyes are ready for a photo feast?  I hope they're not disappointed lol

First up, is a pincushion, you can never have too many of them I reckon, but this one is like the big Momma pincushion that presides over all other pincushions lol

The pattern has you leave a gap along the bottom edge of the pocket section....and I don't like having to hand stitch through so many layers, so I used my creative licence and altered the construction of the pattern....guess where?  I made the wedges up as per the pattern, but once the top piece was done, I folded it up and cut a bit off the centre bit, to make a hole.....this is where I turned it the right way out, and also how I put the stuffing in...then I covered it all with those two yo yo's.  Check out the super cute scissor buttons...and woot woot they're purple too.  (Pattern is from The Patchwork Cow)

Next up, is two Bionic Gear Bags.....which you can purchase the pattern for here.  Sally Thompson, the lady who is behind the Bionic Gear Bag (BGB) pattern, is a really lovely lady, and if you go check out her website here, you can see not only her video on how much stuff she fits in her BGB, but you can see all the other colour combo's that other people have made.

First up is my bestie's was part of her birthday present a couple of weeks ago (yes, it's take me 12 days to pull my finger out and upload the pics lol) She now has even more stuff inside it than when I took the photos....coz these bags hold a WHOLE bunch of stuff...and now Terri has one big pouch instead of about 4 that she used to tote around with her to quilting!

Terri is like me, she loves owls, and her favourite colour is purple....makes it hard to have 'unique' hooty stuff I can tell ya lol

Next up is Marc's BGB....I made it as part of her birthday present too, but it's not her birthday till next month, but I had kind of mentioned to her that I was making her and Terri the same she got her BGB about a month early....her fabric tastes are 'country' so I went shopping in my stash and these are the colours I came up with for hers.

In the front right of the last pic of Marc's you can see the small fabric's held in place with magnets, and you can use the gap behind the dish, in the corner there, to stand your pens, small scissors etc. I believe they both like them, Marc must like hers so far, as I couldn't spy a single baked bean or tomato sauce stain anywhere lol  (Sorry Marc xx)

If you want to make a BGB, then please click HERE to go purchase the pattern, you won't regret it.

Next up, is a USB wallet that I designed ages fact it was about 12 months ago, and I can't remember if I've shown you before or not, and I'm too lazy to go check previous posts (am still in disgust at losing my template etc so am still sulking with my blog lol) either tah dah, here it is, or here it is again lol

I'm in the process of doing a tutorial for the USB wallet....and will need someone, maybe two people to test it...if you're interested in being a tutorial tester for me, please leave a comment....ideally, I'd like a relatively new sewist as well as an experienced one, so I can guage whether my destructions (instructions hee hee) make sense.....these would make a great stocking filler...especially for the geeks in the family lol

Ahhhhh, it feels sooooo good to be sharing pics of a few projects.....and if anyone makes the BGB, I'd love to see the pics....I know I'll be making some more for me is next on the BGB to do list.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another update

Edited 4th August 2014:  I am soooo, so very sorry, I thought this post had already gone up...and it was indeed scheduled for publishing on 18th July, but for some reason it didn't post.....with all that went on with the blog 'adjustments' I'm still trying to fine tune a few things, so I've been having a look here and there, and I found this in my draft folder....oh well, I'll publish it now so you can see the hooty quilt, finally!!

 I've just spent the last couple of hours trying to find more details about a quilt pattern I tested for someone...I know we were corresponding through my Gmail account, and I normally save 'special' emails into folders, but for the life of me, I can't find any from her to me or me to her anywhere in my Gmail.

I can however let you know that I first had contact with her a couple of years ago, and then her life got in the way and I didn't hear back from her regarding the test pattern again, until I think it was either late last year or early this year.....I'm going to go with early this year, because then I don't feel so bad at only sharing the pics of the quilt now.

As you may all know, I kind of have a soft spot for owls..well derr lol  So it was a no brainer when Sue Lynn contacted me to see if I was still interested in testing the pattern for her.  Here's the link to her blog, where you can keep updated with any future patterns she with disclosure in mind, I must tell you, that her owl quilt pattern is actually needleturned, which I didn't do....yet, but will be, however I did thoroughly read her pattern, and could follow it along, and found no errors.

Yes, yes, I know, stop waffling Naomi and just show us the pics!

 The test blocks were mixed in with both donated blocks and some I made to fill in the spaces....and was sent off to an Aussie Hero, to thank her for her time away from home.  Below are a few close ups of the owl blocks.  The quilt request was for owls and pastels....I think I nailed it didn't I?  I must've, because I received a lovely email saying how much the quilt meant to the new owner....R! (Name withheld for privacy reasons)

 Below you can see the 'cheater' Paris fabric I used on the back, this was donated to AHQ by Berri Uniting Church, and it works great as backing, even though its a bit too pretty really!
 And of course, a close up of the quilt label.....I like to add mine to the front usually, but broke my tradition and added this one on the back.....I also like to add them before the quilting is done, so there's no chance of it falling off at some stage!
Ooooh, and before I forget, I FMQ'd this myself....and yes, I am crap at it....but it's done with if I can just get my hand/foot synchronisation happening, I won't get all those loooonnnnng stitches every now and then, and those pesky eye lashes on the back.....need more practice = good excuse to make more quilts right?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Things that make me go Hmmmm

Just recently, I once again contacted Joanns craft and fabric online customer service, via their's a copy of what I sent to them

Tonight I received a response...

Thank you for contacting Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Customer Service.
We appreciate the time you have taken to write and share your feedback with us. Please provide us with the store location that you were visiting, including the city, so that we can forward this to the appropriate personnel for review and handling. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
You may contact Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Customer Service via phone at 1-888-739-4120, Monday through Saturday, 9 am - 7 pm Eastern Time.
Thank you,
Customer Service Coordinator

Now I don't see anywhere in my contact form where I suggested that I'd been into a store...or is that how it comes across to you?  But Terrie's response doesn't even come close to answering what I wanted to know.....wish they'd just hurry up and offer shipping to Australia lol

I have been busy sewing and cutting out the last couple of days, but you're gonna have to wait till Tuesday to see the finished 2 are presents for friends....1 definately reads the blog, so I can't ruin her surprise, even if it would mean I wouldn't have to wrap her gift hahaha  (Bad luck Marc, you'll just have to wait till's about a month early anyway lol)

Gotta drag out one of the old clunker machines (sorry Bertha!) as I'm up to a point where it's thick seams, and the old faithful Janome will sew through it like a hot knife through butter, whereas the MC9000 doesn't like the thicker seams so much, so she's on vacation tomorrow, well later

Friday, August 1, 2014

See anything different?

Yesterday sometime, I got an email from a company asking me to remove a link from my blog as they were getting into trouble with Google about it.....after another email back and forth between us, it turns out, it was in teeny weeny print down the bottom of the blog....who even looks down there on my blog?  I certainly don't lol

So, I decided that as my blog background host no longer offers the free version of the background I was using, that I would go with a different one altogether, as it seemed the almost defunct version of my blog template was where this mystery link was from.

As the line from one of my favourite movies goes (ala Pretty Woman fame) big mistake, HUGE

I lost everything apart from my posts, about me and one other was bare bones....skeletal I started messing some more, tried a couple more templates, and again found out it 'stole' stuff and wouldn't give it all back to me, so I rolled up my sleeves, put on my big girl panties and messed around with html (woah, isn't that a scary thing to try and 'speak' eeeek lol) and have now got a blogger hosted template, my own taste in colours somewhat, and I'm supposed to even have a different font, yet as I sit here and type this, the font looks the same....will pass judgement when I click publish lol

For those with eagle eyes, you may have noticed that I've changed the name of the blog....this is to reflect the labels I sew onto items I make (apart from Aussie Hero Quilts, they have official labels on them) and will be matching the name of my new online shop that I'm opening up soon...much to my daughters' dismay, it still isn't open....feel free to keep commenting to tell me to hurry up and open it daughter will love you eternally for being motivational to her ever so procrastinational (is that even a word?  If not, I claim it as my blondinese invention!) mother lol 

I don't believe I've ever done a post without a pic, so will find one to add in here, as with everything else that's gone on here today, I'd hate to start posting with no image to entice you all in lol

I'll try and minimize the amount of changes I make to the blog, and for those whose buttons I had on the side bar...please comment so I can visit your blog or site and add them back on.....soooooo frustrated I tell ya!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some more pics to share

I found some more pics to share with you....My bestie happens to also like the colour purple and owls.....and caused a scene just recently when I made myself an owl pillow (must take pics of mine lol) so as a surprise, I made her this one.

I couldn't resist taking a close up of her hooties eye I think it looks sooooo cute, right?

Next up, is some pics of a pouch I made for my besties' sister, Angela for her birthday...I designed it as I went...what do you think of it???

On the plus side, Angela, who can be just a little bit fussy at times (if you make/give her something and she says "nice" be assured that she's not keen on it lol) loved it...PHEW....she also got the box of Peanut M&M's under the pouch coz she loves M&M's and collect their fact, I helped Terri with an M&M wallhanging for Ange's birthday.  Will grab a pic off Terri so you can see what a great job she did of it.

I am still going through pics so there maybe more posts on the horizon.

Oh, and while I still have your attention, Aussie Hero Quilts could really do with some more Aussie Hero Friends....if you would like to assist them, please either email Jan-Maree by clicking here, or head on over to the Aussie Hero blog and find out how to get involved.  Please note, all the AHQ links are to different posts on the blog *smiles*

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.