Aren’t the days flying by quickly? It’s just about New Year’s Eve and I haven’t even finished clearing up from Christmas…
Saturday, 25 December 2010
As it's Christmas,
I thought I would share this festive link
I thought I would share this festive link
It is a Russian production, however no language is used so don't let that stop you enjoying it.
The detail is simply lovely, it's a pleasure to watch and is suitable for children.
I am not usually keen on animation, but this one is so charming
Part 1: 7 minutes
Part 2: 7 minutes
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Fall Quilter's Choice Contest
What a great honor - Cherry Thieves has been chosen by TQS members and has received 2nd place in the Fall Contest. I feel so privileged! The quilts entered alongside mine were stunning... so I am completely taken aback!
It means so much to be selected by other members. When you design from your own sketches you have no way of knowing if your designs and creativity 'speak to' others. Such positive feedback is always welcome!
Congratulations to dcrine who won first place with Autumn Birch and in third place was: Loving Nature by dreamquilter
A special thank you to Heather from my Yahoo Bom Group for alerting me to the fact that I had won. I didn't know! I was busy stenciling....
This is an extra special surprise because I also came 2nd in the Spring Viewers Choice as well earlier in the year. Next year: Summer and Winter! (just joking)
Do visit the Quilt Show's blog HERE
How can I be so sure? I taped the receipt inside the box! It cost DM19.50...now, I cant remember if that was expensive or not...what I do know is that I used the biscuit press over many many years.
It seems naive and fanciful to expect anything to last that long nowadays.
AU 49.95 (overpriced), appears to be fancier. It has it's own box and is sleek in black and silver. It works just fine but it doesn't have the charm the Gerda one had.
I have been asked a few times for the recipe I use in my biscuit press biscuits, so here it is:
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and spices. Sift in the flour, fold in the nut meal.
This year I have started making an effort to write down recipes that I watched my mother and other women bake so that I can pass it on to my DDs.
Cooking seems to be very fashionable at the moment, and it seems to me that lot of traditional recipes have been tweaked so much that it is hard to get the real thing when you go looking for it.
Also, there are recipes which I always had in my head and knew off by heart....which I have now forgotten ...and a few that I have misplaced.
One of these was Bear Paws.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Now, December is not the ideal time to start a new interest, especially not for me - but I couldn’t wait any longer so off I went…Screen printing is an interesting technique that can accommodate a whole range of styles. I really enjoyed the workshop and I learnt a lot.
I can see how effective screen printing would be in application for curtains, screens, etc.
or screen printing?
I had a great time and I recommend Harvest Textiles to anyone wanting to learn this technique. You can visit their website here: Harvest textiles
Friday, 17 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Now is the time of year when, as well as finishing some WIPs (as the mood strikes me), I am also full steam ahead for next year's new BOM.
Each BOM takes months to plan, prepare and test. So, at this stage of development, new fabric is needed.
You know I love stash busting, but I also have to take into account what's new and what could be worked in with existing stash bundles (that we all have and want to use). And of course, new fabric is inspiring, and helps me feel motivated to finish!
At this stage of design, I always look at fresh fabric designs to see what will work with my own sketches and vision for the next quilt.
I'm super excited about the next BOM...I think it will be the best one yet...and I'm pretty excited about these fabrics too...
a few vibrant greens ...
my new fusible batting and some Kaffe inspiration
(for my coffee breaks)
fabric that wants to be put to use!
Two liberty prints in green. I ordered these because I am planning on making myself a green shirt, but can't decide between the two.
The last one looks very Christmas ferny, so I probably won't go with it...but who knows ...
Ah December, a month of endings and beginnings....
before I stop for the year to wind down and appreciate just how special Christmas is, I have so much to do. I am pacing myself and hope to get over my list of WIPs to finish by the end of next week.
Wish me luck!
Friday, 3 December 2010
This is a block I made a short while ago for a wedding block. The idea being that I received the fabric in the post and, along with members in my quilting friendship group, we each created a different block using the same fabrics. This is the block I made.
I love an excuse to stop whatever I'm doing and create something new
(which may explain why I have so many WIPs, however as this was 01 block, I am glad to advise that I did finish it in one sitting!)
Here are my sketches and rule up
A heart theme was chosen (of course!)...
Testing the pattern and deciding on which fabric where...
Creating the pattern ...
the finished block design...
this pic looks a little gray, but it is green in real life
Saturday, 27 November 2010
You may be aware that New Zealand has suffered a major mining disaster at Pike River mine on the west coast of the South Island, resulting in the deaths of 29 miners.
Shirley Goodwin is calling on quilters from anywhere to send her a heart block: she is collecting these blocks and will make quilts to give to the miners' families.
Here are the block details if you want to make some:-
Cream background – calico is fine
Friday, 26 November 2010
It feels very unseasonal at the moment.
My succulents are thriving and seem to be OK despite the sudden changes in temperature.
Look at that pink!