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

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Been a while

I have just noticed that it has been so long since I last posted. However, if you happen to look at my Facebook page you will know that I have been very busy.

First up I have just finished writing up the instructions for this new quilt using the Puppy Patrol  set of designs from  Hatched in Africa. The quilt has already been adopted by a school group that makes projects etc for disadvantaged children and they will find a very good home for it with a little girl I am sure.
HIA Puppy Patrol Quilt
You can download the instructions for this quilt from HERE.
This quilt is very versatile in that you can use a wide range of 5x7 inch designs.

We have commenced penguin guiding of a Saturday night although it is still a little chilly at the moment. There are already chicks to be seen. We had a beautiful moon and sunset last Saturday night.

Sunset over Lillico Beach Saturday September 26th
Although most of the spring bulbs have come and gone in our garden the azaleas are at their most spectacular best.

I have also been working on some items for  Bridie's Blossoms. Packs have been delivered to hospitals and I have just finished 120 keepsake handkerchiefs for those attending the Bears of Hope International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in Hobart on October 15th. I think I have used 8 metres of lawn and 123 metres of lace in the making of these handkerchiefs.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Finally it is done

I am finally on the mend after having been unwell for nearly 3 weeks with what appears to have been a pneumonia type virus. I am sure that by this time next week I will be back to my old self.  
Night and Day Quilt

I have been slowly completing the Night and Day quilt and have just now finished writing up the instructions. You can download them from HERE. When the page opens click on the downward pointing arrow in the centre at the top of the screen.

We have had a glorious start to spring and the garden has been magnificent.

Friday, 21 August 2015

A big update on projects

I see that it has been nearly a fortnight since my last blog post although I have been putting things up on the Facebook page which anyone can view whether you have Facebook or not.
I have been very under the weather since Tuesday night with a flu like virus and last night my temp spiked at 39.1C again so hopefully I am on the improve. Why does every little illness seem so much more intense as we get older?

I have made another quilt top and have it sandwiched together ready  to quilt and write up instructions to so that they can be available for download. I have not started quilting it yet as I don't think it will be much good for my health at the moment. I am calling this 60 inch square lap quilt my Night and Day quilt because of the split colours in the embroideries and also the contrast in the fabrics. The quilt is embroidered with the Black and White Florals set of designs from Hatched in Africa. It is a set of only 5 designs but I was able to get the 9 blocks out of it.

Hopefully the instructions will be on the blog early next week. I am not rushing this.
Night and Day Quilt
Last weekend I made an number of dresses for  Tasmanian angel babies from a wedding dress that had been given to me, firstly to use as a costume for the musical I did the costumes for back in May and then to then to transform it into these little dresses. Helenmarie's late mother had lovingly stitched her wedding gown and now it will be used to wrap angel babies in love.
Angel baby gowns made form /Helenmarie's gown.
We have had quite a few photos sent in of the projects you are working on using my project instructions or BOM instructions.

Remember if you want me to send you the links to any of these you need to send me an email.

 First up we have Roberta's BFC 10 000 member set BOM.
Roberta's 10 000 member set BOM

and Megan's BFC 11th anniversary set BOM 
Megan's  BFC 11th anniversary BOM
Joan has been working on the Kenny Kreations candlewick quilt as you go quilt. (These instructions are also available if you request them.
Joan's Kenny Kreations Candlewick Quilt as You Go Quilt in progress.

Joan has also made a quilt using the layout that I used for the Pretty in Pink elephant quilt. You can find that project on this page and the link for download is there. This quilt layout is very useful if you have a set of designs to use that are of varying widths as you can choose which ones to go in the horizontal blocks and which ones to go in the vertical blocs.
Marylynn has sent in a pic of her Aristocat quilt using the Hatched in Africa's Aristocats set of designs. I love the black background color. If you are using any black fabric please remember to prewash. One of my friends found that out the hard way this week.
We have some Toys for Boys quilts in progress. This quilt is made using the Toys For Boys designs from Hatched in  Africa
These are Carol's blocks
Carol's Blocks

I have made a collage of Lucy's blocks to date
Lucy's Blocks
Roberta just has to add her borders
Roberta's Toys For boys quilt
Megan did not have any little boys to make a quilt for so she has used the Toys For boys quilt layout with some Tea  cup/Tea set
Megan's quilt
Although the spring bulbs are out in abundance we have had some very cold mornings. The frost on the car during the week was like diamonds glistening in the sun.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Wow, it has been a while

It has certainly been a while since I made a blog post and there have not been that many more Facebook posts either.
We are certainly in the grips of winter here in Tasmania and last Monday it snowed here in Devonport. We are at sea level and in all of the years we have lived in Devonport we have never seen snow before. Although it did not settle when you looked out of the window you could see the snow falling. My husband went out to the drive way to get the paper and had snow on him when he returned. All of the spring bulbs are coming out in full force so will try and get some photos of them during this coming week. Unfortunately the camera card I was using with some photos I have not backed up has decided to call it quits.

Snow from my sewing room window in Devonport
I have just sent out the last file in the Hatched in Africa Toys for Boys BOM so that is now concluded. Yesterday I sent out an expression of interest via email for another BOM using  a Hatched in Africa design set that I contemplated doing but had very few responses so have scrapped that idea. In fact I am seriously considering whether to do anymore BOMs as I receive very little feedback at all, apart from emails from people who fail to get a block or alerting me to typos in the instructions.All the photos I receive form people doing them I post on here and I think you would have to agree with me that they are very few and far between.
Am I being too harsh and critical?

Last week I spent most of my sewing time making baby items for families of angel babies who recently gained their wings. At the moment I am also making these little memory quiltlets to gift to Tasmanian parents who request one. This one is for Bridie's Mum and Dad. It is baby Bridie's memory after whom the Bridie's Blossoms and Blessings was named. The little memory quiltlets as I call them have a finished size of approximately 13 inches square.
This is also one of the little dresses that I made during the week. This little dress will fit a tiny 30 -35 week gestation angel. The satin and lace are the remnants from a wedding dress I transformed for the musical I costumed back in May.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Toys for Boys quilt finished

The Toys for Boys quilt is finished. I have taken a photo this morning whilst we had gale force winds so it was a case of trying to snap a pic whilst it was still for a split second. I have just sent out Block 6 to those people who are receiving these lessons.
HIA Toys for Boys BOM quilt
Roberta has sent in pics of her first four Toys for Boys blocks. Make sure to send in pics of your blocks so that we see all the different colour palettes that palettes are using.

Elizabeth is powering along with her BFC 10 000 member quilt in these glorious batik fabrics.
I am sharing these pic of some of my neighbour's exquisite hellebore flowers.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Long time since my last blog post

Wow I did not realize that it has been nearly two weeks since my last blog post. I have been posting more frequently on the Facebook page as it is much easier for me to do so. Remember you can still access that page even if you are not a Facebook member. You just cannot leave a message etc on it.
It has been very cold here in Tasmania, in fact the south eastern part of mainland Australia is going through a bit of a cold snap. The cold has not stopped the little silver eye birds from having a bath in the fountain.

The cats have taken every opportunity to sun themselves around the house during the day.

We have also had some lovely sunrises this week.
I have been busily working away on lining more of the little coffin boxes for the little angel babies on the north west of Tasmania.
I have also stitched out all of the embroideries for the Toys for Boys quilt. I have completed the first 6 blocks put the first two rows together. Instructions have gone out for  Blocks 1-4.
Toys For Boys BOM
I am feeling a bit under the weather today so think it will be a quiet one.