If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Bit of a catch up.

It has been a while since my last post but the grass has not been growing under my feet.

The completed costume garment count now stands at over 80 pieces and it is good to see those items done and dusted. I spent last Thursday sewing on approximately 120 metres of red sequins onto four costumes.

I had not been out to the Lillico penguin platform for a few Saturday nights due to being unwell. All but 2 of the baby birds have gone and there are many adults on shore moulting. Once they have gone back to sea we will finish the guiding season for this part of year and will start again in September. The sunset was particularly breathtaking on Saturday night due to the soft colourful hues.
Sunset over  Lillico March 21
I have just boxed up 14 more Bridie's Blossoms packages for the main northern Tasmanian regional hospital and they will be delivered to the hospital this coming Friday.
Bridie's Blossoms packages
 The new packages contain the new keepsake pin that I have put together with charms attached. The pin is presented in a little white organza bag.
At the request of the hospital I have changed the design of the 26-30 week gowns to make it easier for hospital staff to dress the little angel babies of that gestation. Similar to the 17-20 and 21-25 weeks sizes it is a little tabard type gown with a back opening . The sides are also open and closed with ribbons. This will now be the pattern for future packages of that size.

I have also just now sent out Block 1 of the BFC Yahoo 10 000 member BOM to those who are participating.
BFC Yahoo 10 000 Member  BOM Block 1

Monday, 9 March 2015

Project Round up

Another week has marched by and  I am still knee/arm deep into costume making. The racks are bending under the strain. Still a fair way to go but getting there. The last four weeks have been the most crucial in terms of getting most of the basic costume sets well underway. It is a long way around a circular skirt when you have to level and hem them and there are 40 plus of the to do.
Costumes for  All Shook Up
Elizabeth is well through her BFC  11th Anniversary quilt. She is going to add extra blocks to each side to make it into a queen sized quilt cover. We will photograph each of the additional blocks and show you where we placed them if you wish to do the same.However, I will not be doing full instructions for each of those blocks 
Elizabeth's BFC 11th Anniversary BOM

Lexie has just started her Anniversary BOM quilt with a different colour palette again. Lexie is making a quilt for her daughter.
You can get some inspiration from the colour scheme of these ladies as we commence the new BOM with the BFC 10 000 member set of designs .

We have some HIA Stack Em quilts finished. 

Lorraine,Shirley,Tineke have used differing colour palettes to great effect.
Lorraine's Stack 'Em BOM

Shirley's Stack'Ems BOM

Tinekes Stack'Ems BOM

Karen has once made a small quilt from the blocks of the  Forest  Owls BOM
Karen's Forest Owls BOM
Sharon has finished her BFC Graceful Air, Land and Sea BOM from last year.
Sharon's Graceful Quilt

I hope to get the first block out to everyone who has signed up for the new BFC 10 000 member BOM. The requirements list has gone out and Suz has now put 10 designs up on the group page. I am going to do my quilt in Black,Red and White( what a surprise)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March already!

I just don't know where the weeks have been going. I have been working on costumes but for the last couple of days have been  making items for the Bridie's Blossom's packages. I have also just finished lining 7 more boxes for the little angel babies here on the  North West Coast of Tasmania.

Woke this morning with a raging sore throat,throbbing headache stuffy nose. This is the first time I have had a cold since retiring at the and of 2012. Could be because I am burning the candle at both ends with 10+ hour days sewing. Today was not a day to be designing and cutting out costumes even thought my little helpers were here with me.

I hope to send out the requirement list for the BFC 10 000 member BOM over the next day or so. If you have not received an email about this from me and would like to join in please let me know. Please be aware that this will strictly be a BOM up until the middle/end of June.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Another week has passed swiftly by

It seems to be that as we get older the weeks just seem to fly by. I am sure that when I was working it took longer for each Friday to roll around that it does now.

We have had a week of hot and humid weather and I hate it. Think we need a good thunder storm to clear the air. We have had a couple of glorious sunrises during the week.

I am moving along quite nicely with my costume making even though the embroidery has been a bit hampered by the helper I have had sleeping on the machine table.

At the moment I am trying to make a costume similar to this beautiful vintage dress which I found a photo of. Just drafting the pattern at the moment.

Those of you in the BFC Yahoo group will know that Suz has sent the link to download the first 2 designs in her 10 000 member free set. The  black and red combined design is one idea of how I will use Design 1.in the new BOM I will do with the free set.

If you would like to be a part of this BOM please email me.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

I have been far from idle

It has been a little while since I last posted but I can assure you that I have not been off lazing around. I spent a few days making  some more items for my Bridie's Blossom's packages and have two new keepsake items in the planning pipeline. My friend Jade is helping me with one of them.

For the most part been working from when I get up at 6.00 am to when I go tot be around 10.30 on costumes for the Devonport Choral Society's upcoming musical production in May of All Shook Up . Set in the 1950's it features 26 Elvis Presley songs. This is just a small selection of what I have been working on. These just need hems and buttonholes/buttons to be completed. Still a long way to go. I have sourced black elastic belts,white frilled bobby socks etc etc. The black and white items are for the Jailhouse Rock scene. Would love to show you more but it is all under wraps until we start the promotional aspects of the show. My husband has been working on blue suede shoes as well as helping out with set construction. This is his first foray into theatre but for me it is the sixteenth show that I have costumed over a period of 25 years.
We are still going out to  Lillico on Saturday nights. We have 8 babies left on shore still being fed by their parents.We had a wet night last night but we also had a glorious rainbow and a flash of a red sunset.
Sunset at Lillico Beach Feb 14 2015

Sunset at Lillico Beach Feb 14 2015
Rainbow over Lillico Feb 14 2015

Rainbow over Lillico Feb 14 2015

Rainbow over Lillico Feb 14 2015
This is a little pademelon and her little joey. You can just see its big ears popping out from its mother's pouch in the first photo. The pademelon is a nocturnal marsupial so it is hard to get good photos of them in the wild during daylight.
Pademelon and joey

Pademelon and joey
I will getting back to sending out instructions for the  BFC Anniversary BOM later on this coming week. Will try to send a lesson out later on today if I have time. I have had a few emails form people wanting to know where they are so rest assured I will be sending another one out soon.

Karen has made a smaller quilt from the Forest Owls BOM.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Bit of a round up

We are motoring along with our BOM's that I am running. 

The final two blocks, Block 16 and Block 17 in the HIA Forest Owls BOM have been sent out along with the final construction pdf. This BOM is now complete.
HIA Forest Owls Block 16

HIA  Forest Owls Block 17

Block 10 and Block 11 have also gone out in the BFC Anniversary BOM.
BFC Anniversary Block 10

BFC Anniversary Block 10
If you are receiving these blocks and you are an AOL or ATT subscriber it is quite possible that my emails have been blocked yet again.

Elizabeth has completed the first two rows of her Anniversary quilt

Elizabeth's Row 1 and  Row 2
We had some lovely cloud formations and sunset on Saturday night at the penguin platform as well as one little penguin trying to come out before dark.
Cloud formation from Lillico 

Lillico sunset

I have spent many an hour organizing bits and pieces for the costumes for the  musical (All Shook Up) that I am costuming. It is so time consuming looking online for things and not being to find what I want. I am currently hunting down some realistic looking sherrif badges without spending an arm and a leg.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Another new week and a busy one just gone

This has been my first post for a few days but I have not been on a holiday. I have today finished and packaged up 19 of my Bridie's Blossom's angel baby packs after they were requested by the major hospital in the state. My sister and her friend will deliver in the coming week. I must say a big thank you to the lovely ladies who have knitted booties for me and made the machine  embroidered lace angels.  
Bridie's Blossoms packages 

Amy has sent in a pic of her Graceful quilt  using the BOM blocks that I designed for the BFC anniversary set from 2013 . Love the black and white.
Pat has finished her Polka Dot giraffe quilt

and so has Karen. It is great to see them together so that we can all get some idea of other colour combinations we can use.

Karen has also used elements from the  Stack Ems BOM to make this gorgeous small quilt for a hospital.

The penguin colony has been very busy with many visitors both local and overseas. This little fellow came out of his burrow whilst it was still quite bright and quickly took off into the bushes. He was fully feathered and I suspect may have been ready to go out tot sea for the first time when it became dark enough. He  didn't give me much time to try and focus to get a sharp photo.
Baby penguin fully feathered
Over the past few weeks these lovely little grey fantails have been nesting on a small twig. However, I noticed last night that the nest was empty. We have had very rough weather and the little birds may have met some misfortune. The little nest are made from dry grass and spider webs and a golf ball would fit snugly inside one

We have also had some gorgeous sunsets and rainbows.

I will be sending out the next installments in the two BOM's that I have running, the HIA Forest Owls and the BFC 11th Anniversary , over the next day or so. It is also back  to costume making but I do intend to set one day a week aside to work on the Blossom's packages.