Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Winter has a beauty all it's own, so when my DH had some time to spare yesterday, we decided to go for a drive and take in some fresh air. Yes, I have a long list of things to do, but sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate the trees...and I'd rather admire tree moss than do the ironing!
On the drive home, this rainbow was 'following' us. We couldn't stop as we were on a freeway, and this picture is through the car window... but it really made my day to see such a radiant rainbow streaming colours through the gloomy rainclouds.
It's really the simple things that are so wonderful.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WOW = WIPS On Wednesdays
Winter has really arrived down my way: the heating is on, it's raining outside and it's time for some serious slow cooking. I love cooking in my crock pot, I think slow cooking is a quilter's best friend. It means I can mix everything together, forget about it for 8 hours and then return after a days quilting to serve dinner.
This morning I have prepared my ingredients, mixed it all together and now I've got a day of sewing to look forward to. I feel productive already...and it's not even 9am!
How's Your Wednesday?
Hopefully this week I will be able to leave a comment when I stop by your blog, I've been having ongoing troubles with commenting on other blogs for a while now, this problem comes and goes. I just want you to know I visit each and every WOW, it's my wednesday / thursday ritual!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Well, I have wanted a Kindle for a while now, but with one thing and another, hadn't given it much thought since that post last year...well not until DH bought home a tablet for us each last week.
Excited? Not really, at first I thought it was just another piece of technology 'I was going to have to adapt to'...and I was right, it has been a learning curve! However I have since realised the advantage of a tablet for me is browsing the web, checking emails and reading without the need of a 3.5kg laptop- which can get cumbersome when travelling. I'm still getting used to my new gadget, but am growing very keen on it already. I would never have wanted one before I got used to mine, but now I am starting to really love pulling out a slim journal sized 'access portal', wherever and whenever I want.
With the new tablet in the house, I decided to get savvier all round and have also enrolled in a Step On Pins online class and am working though my lessons...and I have to say, I am starting to get the hang of it! 5 years ago I would never have thought that my quilting interest would become so technically based, I had no intention of doing 'computer related things' and now I find that so much revolves around technology, I don't know how we lived without it!
Today I am working through a Step On Pins online Class...and I'm actually looking forward to it!
How's your wednesday?
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Details from my Calla Lily Block from Part 3 of my Mystery BOM: Forget Me Not.
Well, it was only a matter of time until the lily block arrived and here it is.
The technique used for the lily is turn edge applique, just like my Peony block last month.
Once again, I used pencils shading to add some green around the yellow stamens.
Sewing the leaf lines. Like last month, I am sewing the back of the leaf so that the 'wrong side' becomes the right side and the the bobbin work is what you see on the front of the leaf.
I do this because I used thicker / heavier thread to achieve this look. This is done before the leaf shape is cut out, it just makes working the stitches so much easier.
You can of course embroider the foliage background, I opted to sew it in
The pattern calls for tiny red points at the tips of the background foliage. I haven’t added these in yet as I am undecided on how or if I will do them. Because my background is yellow, I am still yet to decide if they work or not.
The red tips might be too much…or I might change the tip colour so that it doesn’t stand out as vividly as red- on -yellow is certain to! These are the little changes that need to be considered when working with your selected backgrounds.
What will yours look like?
Tomorrow: details of the Cosmos block!
‘Forget Me Not’ is my current free BOM
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This month we are creating either a beautiful Calla Lilly block or a joyful Cosmos block, the choice is yours! Remember, you need only make one block per month. I am making both because I am making 2x quilts ( 2 x DDs!) and the real pleasure of this is that no two Forget Me Not Quilts will be the same.
Over in my Yahoo BOM Group you can download the current block for free. The other advantage is the helpful chat we exchange with each other – sharing ideas and sharing photos. I have to say, whilst I love the chatter, seeing the newly posted photos of blocks is a real highlight of my day!
The Corn and Sunflower and Peony Blocks from last month look amazing, I am so impressed with what you have all done with them!
Tomorrow I will post up close pics of the block…
‘Forget Me Not’ is my current free BOM
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Easter Egg Cozy
I think this little bunny is too cute, he's from my sketchbook and the fabrics are all from my stash, so he's a stash busting bunny!
After drawing him onto my fabric, I stitched the outline on my machine with wool wadding behind to give him some shape. Looking at the reverse image (below) I realised that he would look pretty cute the wrong side up too.
Then I coloured him in with Prismascolor pencils and Indian Ink
Then I outlined the overall shape and cut him out with a seam allowance
Heat set the pencil work
Select the egg cozy background. I opted for felt.
Stitch the bunny down, turning the seam allowance edges as you go. You could also raw edge applique him if you wanted to.
And lightly stuff to puff out the bunny shape as you stitch
Don't forget his tail...
and this is the shape you will end up with. Simply stitch the outline together to create the cozy. I used 1 inch felted wool for the bottom edge you see here, cut with pinking shears.
I will post pics of my finished cozy tomorrow...
I can't add downloadable files to blog posts, so I'll be posting this quick and easy free pattern
over in my Yahoo Group