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

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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.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Round Up of Bits and Pieces

We are definitely in the middle of winter here in Tasmania. Cold dreary days do not do much for me at all. However, one daffodil has decided to make an early appearance so spring is trying to come.
I have just finished the Hoopsisters 2105 Mystery quilt.I have used fabrics i had in my stash and went for clear bright colours so that the elements of the design stood out. 
Hoopsisters 2105 Mystery Quilt
Roberta and Sandy have both completed their BFC 10 000 member BOM that I just finished the lessons for.
Roberta has used the black, white and red that I did, whilst Sandy used a coloured fabric to stitch her designs on. It is so inspiring when we can see how everyone chooses and interprets their own colour palette.
Roberta's BFC 10 000 member BOM

Sandy's BFC 10 000 member BOM
Karen has completed Block 1 of the new HIA Toys For  Boys BOM that we have just started.
Karen's Toys For Boys  Block 1
The instructions for Block 2 will go out over the next day or so.

Don't forget to pop over to Julia's Needle designs to pick up their sewing alpha in progress.

If you are looking for a lovely heart shaped pot holder to make for a gift perhaps for Christmas in July you can find a great tutorial here at A Spoonful of Sugar. I stumbled across whilst looking at their recipes. Make sure to check out all the other great craft ideas they have on their blog.

Now that I have a little more free time I have been going through some of the websites I like to visit. Don't forget that  the Bernina website has lots of free stuff. Be warned you can spend hour there!

They have an online magazine called  Through the Needle that you can download issues of. There is a lot of valuable information and many projects in them. Occasionally you will find links to free design you can use with some of the projects in them. Click on each issue, a new page will open and links to download are on the right hand side of the newly opened page. Just be aware that not all formats are available and you may have to convert them to your preferred format to use them.

They also have Inspiration issues along with free downloads of designs.

Their Tips and Tutorials page is well worth a look even if you do not own a  Bernina sewing machine or have Bernina software.

If you haven't done so hop on over to Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine website and download their freebies for the current July/August issue. Why not have a go at making a pair of ballet flats to use as slip ons with the free pattern available for download



Saturday, 27 June 2015

New BOM

Block 1 of my new free BOM using  the Hatched In Africa's Toys For Boys set of designs has been sent out to those on my email list who have  sent in a request to do this quilt. I think this is going to be a very eye catching quilt because of the bright colours.
HIA Toys For Boys Block 1
I still have some bird pics to share with you. These are more pics of the magpie family. The adults are distinctly black and white whilst the juveniles are more grey and white.



This is a pied currawong. They are about the same size and ook like a magpie but have less white. They also have a black beak and a yellow eye. We had many frosts in Canberra and they used their beaks to break the ice in the bird baths. 



Finishes and starts

I have this afternoon sent out the last two files in the BFC 10 000 member BOM. Block 14 and the construction file.
Block 14
Shirley has sent in a pic of her blocks to date. I have said it many times and will continue to say it. We all just love to see the fabric and thread colours that everyone else uses.
Shirley's BFC 10 000 member BOM blocks to date.
I have stitched out the first few designs for the new Hatched in Africa Toys for Boys quilt BOM that I am doing and the requirement has been sent out to those who have signed up for this free BOM. At the time of writing  this post I have 135 people on my list. All going well, the first block will be sent out tomorrow. Email me if you wish to be a part of this new BOM.
HIA Toys for Boys BOM quilt underway


Tineke has also sent in a pic of her Polka Dot Giraffe quilt. Tineke used the same fabric I did for the borders and last time I looked it was still available in our local Spotlight store. Remember this one of pour recent BOM projects.

I promised to post some more pics of the birds that were in the garden whilst we were in  Canberra. Below are pics of  magpies having a lovely time under the hose we put on to water in the new plants we had just planted in the garden. These birds are very vicious during the breeding season and will swoop and dive bomb anyone who happens by but this little family of two adults and 2 juveniles were having a great time. They took turns and kept us entertained for quite some time.