Friday, 29 February 2008

February Goals

with an extra day in February...this is what I managed to do from my list!

Nancy Bush Ribbed Madder Sock - 1 sock (to complete the pair)
Xsers Xmas Ornie Challenge
Little Pumpkin Socks (managed to get one completed.)
Lizzie Kate April Xstitch
1 beading project
Water Rainbow Jumper -1 sleeve
8 scrapbook pages _ started to plan the pages, but didn't get any further...I need to finish at least a few pages in March
Blue Tumbler Quilt - backing and pin
Green Tumbler Quilt - backing and pin
Colour Wave Tumbler Quilt - top, backing and pin
1 single bed quilt....(churn dash black and white with green) start to finish
1 baby quilt for a boy - disappearing nine patch start to finish

from January
Water Rainbow Jumper - 1 Sleeve

extras
Jumper is now sewn together, need to press and photograph.
Completed 3 baby cot quilts

Fab 4 Friday

Here was last week's list...

This week's Friday Fab 4 list is....

1. Quilt 2 baby cot quilts
2. Pin and Quilt Curn Dash Quilt
3. Binding on 3 quilts
4. Pin 2 other quilts ready to quilt the following week. (only managed to pin one quilt...because I ran out of pins)

extra
1. Quilt 3rd baby cot quilt
2. Binding on Churn Dash and completed.
3. Binding on 3 baby cot quilts, and completed.
4. Started quilting on 5th quilt.

This week's goals are a little less ambitious (lots of other things planned to do this week).
1. Quilt 5th Quilt
2. Binding on 5th Quilt
3. Pin 6th quilt
4. Add extra blocks to blue Quilt

Friday, 22 February 2008

Stashbusters Fab 4


1. Sew 2 baby cot tops from blocks (all blocks are complete).
2. Iron and cut out black and white fabrics for a churn dash quilt.
3. Put left over strips fro the last 3 quilts into the right size boxes.
4. Graph the next tumbler quilt on EQ5


Yippee..I managed to do all of it this week...and extra!
1. baby cot tops, all have borders, backing complete and 3 layers pinned ready to quilt next week
2. Churn Dash quilt top complete, borders on, backing done..needs to be pinned
3. 16 extra baby cot blocks sewed into a smaller top, with borders and backing ready to be pinned.

This week's Friday Fab 4 list is....

1. Quilt 2 baby cots
2. Pin and Quilt Curn Dash Quilt
3. Binding on 3 quilts
4. Pin 2 other quilts ready to quilt the following week.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

quilting heaps...

just tops at the moment....next month I will quilt and bind them all(hopefully).
But I just wanted to show you that I have actually been quilting..and from my stash too! :)

Black and White and a touch of green...(the greens I had to buy this week, but the black and white stuff I have been collecting for awhile) Pattern is Churn Dash...I love this pattern!


2 baby boy quilts, using that fabulous Disappearing Nine Patch method....all from stash (I love playing with this pattern too!)
A blurry close up..all novelty prints for "boys"

I cut up all my ugly fabrics, and am playing with these tuimbler blocks....I am sewing these in between projects, when I am not sure what to do next. I have a huge basket full of them cut out. Instead of cutting the thread after I have sewn a block, I sew 2 tumbler blocks together, and snip the thread inbetween the blocks, saves on thread, and I am sewing extra blocks for the next tumbler quilt! Lots of ideas for these Tumblers, that I have been playing with colour patterns on EQ5...stay tuned for more!

Here is the multi colour one (I love playing with colour gradations)
A Green one
A blue one



Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Nancy Bush Socks for Jan/Feb

My finished "Madder Ribbed Socks" by Nancy Bush


Fyberspates Superwash Merino Sock yarn Size 2.5 needles.

Friday, 15 February 2008

Stashbusters Fab 4

I belong to a Yahoo group called Stashbusters....a group where we try and encourage each other to "use what we have", and try really hard not to just buy fabric "just because"

We have resumed the "Friday FAB 4".

You must write down 4 things you want to achieve for the week.
As someone who loves lists...(and has now worked out how to strike off the list in blogger), this really appeals to me! I have lists for everything! :)
Nancy suggested we put the list on our blog, so we are more accountable (cause I really don't want to have to tell you I did nothing, maybe I will do more..as my Sydney Quilt group call me the "overachiever")

So, here is my list for this week
1. Sew 2 baby cot tops from blocks (all blocks are complete).
2. Iron and cut out black and white fabrics for a churn dash quilt.
3. Put left over strips from the last 3 quilts into the right size boxes.
4. graph the next tumbler quilt on EQ5

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Tagged

Thursday, 7 February 2008
Tagged
I have been tagged by Linda!
I have never done these tages, before, but will follow Linda's examples...cause I don't know what else to add....

THE RULES:
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

So here are 7 things about me...

1. Mum has always tried her hand at different crafts. She tried to teach me to knit when I was little, but she is a left handed knitter, and didn't want me to be the same, so I would sit in front of her and watch. I started quilting when I was about 17 or 18 years old. I picked up a book and cut worked from that....it was years later before I did a course, and learnt lots of great tips. now I have picked up my knitting again, and learning how to knit socks, and do cool patterns, next I need to learn how to do cables properly. I love to do cross stitch, and it's what I enjoy doing when the kids go to bed (they say the sewing machine is too noisy). I have taught myself to "listen" to the TV, and stick my head up when something interesting happens...hubby has learnt to fill in the gaps when I miss the important storyline when I am stitching. One day, I hope to learn how to crochet.... I am willing to try almost any type of craft, and ne day I would like to get back into drawing....when more than 24 hours in a day has been invented!

2. The best thing to happen to me....
My family, the kids help keep my sense of humour, and "keeping it real"

3.I love living......
in Australia. As much as I have enjoyed my experience here....the "day to day" stuff can be lonely as an "expat wife". I am trying to fill my days....but I am an Aussie girl through and through!

4. I miss.....
Australia, and anything to do with Oz! I listen to Nova radio via the computer, and get my Aussie music, and traffic reports! LOL. I miss my family in Melbourne, girlfriends in Melbourne and Sydney. I also miss my 2 Nanna's and Great Nana, Brenda and others who has sadly left this world.

5. Pre children I was......
a trained teacher, but after having children of my own, I am less tolerant of "naughty" children...one of the teachers at the school says there are no naughty children, just children with challenges...well, I am not keen on challenging children either! Office work is what I did as we moved around the country...easier, leave work at the office, and anything that needs to be done after hours was on overtime pay! I am not sure what I want to do when I get back to Oz....

6. My favourite pastime besides quilting is....
reading, listening to music, knitting, Xstitch, beading, hopefully scrapbooking soon, and lately I am loving Facebook! I love making lists, and I make lists for almost everything I do...shopping lists, a list of book I have read from Jan - Dec, lists for UFO's, and the latest monthly lists on what I want to complete for each month..... Some people would say I am a bit obsessive compulsive, or a bit anal....I have to agree. I hate sitting doing nothing.....I doodle with pen and paper while I am on the phone. I keep my knitting in my handbag for when I am on the train, or waiting for the kids, in a playground anywhere. When I bought my new handbag, it had to be big enough to fit in a ball of wool and my needles!

7. My favourite colour is purple and yellow together.
I never know what to do with blue and green in a quilt, and have a huge pile of both colours, and just no idea how to use it! I love bright colours, stripes and black and white fabrics. My stomach churns at the sight of pastels in my stash! I love playing with colour waves in my quilting....as a kid I loved my 72 set of Derwent pencils, and they always had to be in the right colour order...not just stuck back anywhere!

Ok....now that you can see that I am losing the plot....it's now time for me to tag some other victims...I mean bloggers....

mmm....let's tag...
my new knitting friend, Kim,
another Aussie expat,Mel,
a Xstitcher who amazes me with how much she completes (and buys ;) ),Anne,
a brave stashbuster, Swooze,
an amazing quilter, Calico Cat,
a quilter who has the biggest stash of red fabrics I could ever imagine, Solvi,
a stitcher and knitter doing the expat round in Germany,Heidi

Good luck girls!

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Lizzie Kate Flip It April

Here is my February Lizzie Kate Flip It goal complete..

Here is a picture of the 3 I have done so far, there are another 3 to go for this piece, from other designers, but similar concept.

With any luck, I may even get time to do an extra one....we will see!

Monday, 4 February 2008

February Xmas Ornament

Here is my entry in the February Xmas Ornament Challenge...

Sunday, 3 February 2008

February Beaded Braclet

This one was made in one evening....the tension still isn't great, but I am gettinga bit better. I think I need to change the thread I am using.


It's using the peyote stitch with rectangle beads. I really liked doing this one. I especially like the toggle bead fastener! Very cool!

Friday, 1 February 2008

February Goals

Nancy Bush Ribbed Madder Sock - 1 sock (to complete the pair)
Xsers Xmas Ornie Challenge
Little Pumpkin Socks
Lizzie Kate April Xstitch
1 beading project
Water Rainbow Jumper -1 sleeve
8 scrapbook pages
Blue Tumbler Quilt - backing and baste
Green Tumbler Quilt - backing and baste
Colour Wave Tumbler Quilt - top, backing and baste
1 single bed quilt....design unknown yet - start to finish
1 baby quilt for a boy - start to finish