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

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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

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter and a Freebie Roundup

Happy Easter to all.
I must apologise for taking so long to make a new blog post. Things have been steaming ahead in the costume department. I have been working on costumes from 7am to around 9.30pm each day for the last two months. The end is in sight but it is taking a real effort to get here. I am presently working on some 1950's wedding dresses. I am making them tea length which became popular back then.

I must also apologise to Sue . She sent me in this pic a couple of weeks ago of her finished BFC 11th Anniversary BOM that we started at the end of last year and I have been forgetting to put it up.
Sue's BFC 11th Anniversary BOM quilt
For those of you who are doing the BFC Yahoo group 10 000 member BOM with me please make sure to download over the next day or so all of the designs from the links that Suz has provided.

Kreative Kiwi have some cute sewing related designs for free download. I am not really sure how many more there will be but there are 8 posted to this point. The little ric rac frames around the designs are very useful as well.

This gorgeous Love To Bike design is available for limited time from Urban Threads.
This is just one of the design available from the BikeStore.  Go for a bit of a search around the site to find freebies from previous years. There is a new design every month and there are some from previous years.

Lagrangeauxloops is a blog that has a lot of freebies. The latest is this cute little zebra design. Although not in English it is easy to see where the download the zip files as there is a paper clip beneath each design.
Below are just two of the designs available for a few months on the  Creative Machine Embroidery site. Click on each project to go to a description of the project in the current issue of the magazine and download any free designs that may accompany it. There is also an ITH Tissue case so make sure to grab that.
Embroidery Library have their April free designs up as well. I have been too busy and forgot to get the last two months.

Kenny Kreations have  a lovely Tea/Coffee pot morning tea design. You can find the link on their blog to go to the download page.

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)