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

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy

We have had two shows of all shook Up so far with 8 more to go. Four at the end of this week and four next week. You can view some of the pics here.  There is also a lovely review in the Australian national stage magazine called Stage Whispers.
Sunday was spent washing and ironing many costumes so they are now ready for tomorrow night.

Block 3 has been sent out in the BFC 10 000 member BOM.
BFC 10 000 member BOM Block 3
Here are Elizabeth's Block 1 and Block 2. Love the colours.

Lexie has just finished all of her blocks for the BFC Anniversary quilt for her daughter. Here are some of her blocks. Once again gorgeous colours.
Have been working away on Bridie's Blossoms packages so they they are ready for when they are requested. Just have to crochet the booties and make some clothing pieces.
I also need to share with you a recipe for a delicious slice that is easy to make, and little prep with no washing up. I have made it twice now for our Tuesday afternoon sewing get togethers. It is called The Town Bike Slice (not my name by the way). Once you have made it you can see how easy it is to change it up with different ingredients such as dried fruit, rolled oats etc.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Opening Night is HERE

Tonight is opening night of All Shook Up so we will have some very excited cast members as they hit the stage with their first paying audience.
All Shook Up
Two of our cast members were also interviewed on the radio this morning and sang one of their songs. Have a listen. Two very talented men.

I am working on making some Bridie's Blosssom's packages so that I have some on hand. Will get back to our BOM early next week and will get the next block out by Monday hopefully.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Countdown to opening night

Well opening night is only 5 nights away and it has been full on hectic with dress rehearsals etc. Over the weekend we went into the theatre at lunch time and came out in total darkness. I am very pleased with the way my colours have come together with the set and the cast look amazing when they are all together. It will be a very busy week up until after the show on Saturday night and then we have two more weeks after that. A couple of hectic moments where 7 people have to completely change their costume into wedding attire between 2 minutes and 15 seconds and 1 minute and 10 seconds.
All Shook Up cast
On Saturday before rehearsal we too out daughter to the airport to catch her flight home after she had been home with us for 10 days. On the way back we saw these black swans all lined up in a nearby field.
Black swans in field near Devonport Airport

Sunday, 3 May 2015

A big week ahead

Tomorrow is 'bump in day" for our show where all of the set , costumes etc are transported and set up  in the theatre. I daresay there will be many trips in the car and lots of loading and unloading of costumes.

Block 2 of the BFC 10 000 member BOM was sent out to those on the emailing list last week. Please let me know if you did not receive it, especially if you are an AOL subscriber. 

From the Needle of Anne have a lovely little freebie for Mother's Day. It may not be new but there may be some who do not have this versatile sweet little design.

The Bernina blog has quite a few new freebies. Scroll through the pages. Many of the freebie links are in red font if you cannot translate the page.  There is an ITH Teddy on this page. There are instructions on how to digitize it yourself but if you scroll to the bottom of the page and find the words  Baer_gross and Baer_klein you can download the completed designs.

There is a children's alpha but as it is not in English so the objects to go with the letters do not correspond as we know them.

These lovely design are on the wedding page along with the pattern for the wedding dress.

We have had a beautiful rising moon tonight as the wisps of cloud passed in front of it.

 For those ladies living on mainland Australia and who visit a Spotlight store near you fairly regularly could you please email me as I am looking for more of the fabric I use for my Bridie's Blossoms packages. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

I am still here

I am sure that a lot of you are thinking that I have stopped writing my bog posts altogether.
I had a major computer crash at the end of last week so we are only now just getting it back up and going after much hair pulling and choice words at times. If anyone has emailed me and I have not replied please email me again.

 Things have been very busy here as I finish of the odds and ends of the costumes for the All Shook Up musical which starts on May 15.

We move or "bump" into the theatre next Monday so that will be a busy day as the set and all of the costumes are transported around town.

I have also been working flat chat on making Bridie's Blossoms packages or at least all of the small quilts/blankets and keepsake blankets which are the first things to go in the packets.I have about 50 packages now in various stages of completion if there is a need for them to be sent around the state.

Last Thursday I was honoured to attend the Devonport Chat n Choose group to collect quilts, blankets and trauma teddies that the ladies have made for the local women's shelter as part of our Bridie's Blessings project. We are delivered those last Friday. One of the ladies created a hand stitched crazy quilt for the women and their families at the shelter.
Quilts for the women's shelter

Quilts 2 for the women's shelter

Hand stitched  crazy quilt

knitted blankets

crocheted and knitted blankets

knitted blankets made form hand spun wool

trauma teddies

I talked to the group about Bridie's Blossoms and what we do for our Tasmanian angel babies. The ladies were very interested and some of them came up afterwards and shared with me their own stories of angel babies in their families.

I have told you before I think that Elizabeth, who is one of my Tuesday afternoon sewing group here at my house, has made a queen size quilt cover  from the BFC 11th Anniversary BOM layout. We added a column of extra blocks to the right hand side of the quilt layout to achieve the correct size. Unfortunately I took the photo when the light was fading so the gorgeous metallics in the quilt fabrics are not showing up.
Elizabeth's BFC 11th Anniversary BOM Queen quilt cover

We are having a beautiful autumn here in Tasmania. I love the silver birch leaves on the ground even though they do make a terrible mess for my husband to gather up.
our lovely autumn garden
Tomorrow afternoon our daughter comes home for a visit. She has not been home for 18 months so it will be lovely for us all to catch up again and help her celebrate a belated 30th birthday.She has not met our two furry family members and I am sure that she will want to take them back with her. No doubt they will be smothered in love by her whilst she is here. 

Monday, 6 April 2015

An Update

Took this pic a little while ago of costume racks in my spare bedroom. All are overloaded, there are a couple of racks not in the photo and there are still costumes to go on them but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel a bit brighter everyday.It is amazing how much time it takes to press pieces and check for threads. My husband is helping out with set construction with some other men twice a week. I have my furry helpers but it does get lonely at times especially when things go awry. 
Saturday night we went to do our penguin guiding and did not expect to see too many penguins come ashore as it is near the end of the season. Imagine our surprise when we saw groups of 8 and 10 birds at a time. Might have had something to do with the lunar eclipse on Saturday night . It was hard to get a good pic because we had intermittent cloud cover.

Lunar Eclipse April 4th 2015
We also had a glorious moon last night.

The cats have been helping from on high

and in the middle of the patterns, they are ever present.

Back to some freebies. 
Julia's Needle Designs also have a lovely sport font which would be great for a boy. There are quite a few letters in each download.
Ageless Embroidery have started a new spring flowers font. 
Over at Oregon Patchworks JHB Designs have a lovely Think Pink ribbon set of  6 free designs. This is just one of them.

I must apologise. I do have a few emails to reply to so hope to get to them early this week.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Don't miss these freebies

Just a quick post to make sure that you do not miss these free designs.

After I have finished making costumes and the show is over I am going to set up a Vicki's Fabric Creations Facebook page so that I can make quick posts such as these much more easily and frequently.

Embroidery Library have four lovely floral designs free until April 5th so don't miss them. This is just one of them. They would be lovely on a table centre or runner.
Julia's Needle Designs has a set of Easter Owls until April 5th as well.
Make sure to collect the Husqvarna-Viking April free sewing project, a cathedral windows runner with this free design