Monday, January 26, 2009

The long weekend of sewing.

The type of quilt I never, ever thought I would be making is done and hung. Apart from it's content, I am stoked with how it turned out. I love the quilting effect, makes it look like it is flying.

And hanging in the room.

Then, a pin cushion for a new-to-quilting friend.

Picture of the pin cushion that is being posted out later this week.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

THE Jolly Roger!

Not something I ever thought I would be making however, all in the name of the joy of a child. Master B is in QLD on holidays with Grandparents. We thought we would do the great room make-over. As he doesn't do too well with change we asked about what "theme" he would like as dinosaurs is getting a little old. Apparently Pirates is the new in thing. Quilt cover purchased, new bed, desk etc. Wall hanging, well, the request was a jolly roger and I need to practice my machine quilting.

Jolly Roger it is, even if it is slightly off centre (though only saw this in the photo...grr!):

The idea then is once pinned to practice quilting. I am totally in love at the moment with Don't Look Now's Blog. Her skills are fab. I am determined not to mess this up. So, the process:
1. Produce quilt top
2. Practice the doodle of pattern
3. Sandwich the quilt with pins then quilt.

So how many pins is too much?

Well, a quarter has been done. It is a little dodgy but an almost 7 year old wouldn't care. Quilting photo's tomorrow.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Out of a lovely little small pool of wonderful people the computer says:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-01-24 07:21:11 UTC

After looking at the posting order, Jenn, sweetness, it's you :)

Cupcake coming your way!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Give Away On the 12th day of Pin cushion, it's all for the readers.

I have come to the end of my pin cushion-fest. It has been lovely and I have enjoyed it so much I'd love to make one to give away. However I'd like to make one in colours you love. Leave a comment by Saturday 5pm (EST) with your favourite pin cushion, your favourite colours and if you like traditional/brights/modern and I will have on in the post first thing after the public holidays (tuesday) for you.

Choices are:
1. Wild Flower
2. Patch square
3. Amish Puzzle Ball
4. Hanging Pin cushion
5. Wooly ball (I promise yours would look far nicer than mine!)
6. Circles Pincushion
7. Star
8. Itty Bitti

I will also pop in a little finger one of matching fabric.

Here they all are for size comparison!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Baby girls are very cute!!

There is a new little bundle in the cyber-mummy world. What better way to celebrate, than with pretty things. Her mum is a bit of a trend setter so no pastels for her!

Ended up with a couple of little singlets and what has become the standard pressie now, the shoes! CUTE!!

On the 11th Day of Pincushion, I got all Pin-y

All pin cushioned out however, every good pincushion needs a pretty pin or two. I found this gem of an idea on Wee Wonderful's Blog to make pins all very pretty.

Considering I could only find a few texta's in the house that actually worked, I am pretty happy with the outcomes and can't wait to make more.

We have love hearts and flowers of course:

Then, every good podiatrist needs feet pins.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On the 10th day of's woollyness!

A pin cushion fest would not be the same without the trial of a woolen felted ball.

In a similar vein to this fab Etsy Shop - Handworkstudio, I cut it open. I used the method by It's not as nice, but a good trial. Think I know how to make them look really pretty now rather than a gray elephant poo.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

On the 9th day of pin cushion, the end is nigh.

Yet another quicky but a goodie.

Made from the good old pyramid door stop idea from the fab Tin Whistle Blog however with the tab at the bottom.

I have a magnet board behind my sewing machine. Good for pattern holding and ideas. This now hangs off one of the magnetic hooks. The tab at the bottom of the pyarmid allows the flat edge to rest against the board.


On the 8th day of pin cushion....we have a winner. I'm sure of it!

I just love this. LOVE IT!!!

Finished it this afternoon however life got in the way of a photo in the sun. On the 12th day of pin cushion I will take a photo of the full collection and add a give away, so for all those blog readers....check back.

This is the puzzle ball or Amish puzzle ball. Could also be a fantastic baby grab ball. Right now though it makes a great pin cushion or brain (according to my husband). Either way it is lovely and way easy to make.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

On the 7th day of pin's a cop out, but one for the best. .

After being called into work at 9pm, I was still at that time debating what the 7th day of pin cushion would be.

So, we have the cop out pin cushion. However, I think it has already become my favourite. I wasn't going to do this one but, time wasn't on my side. So I whipped it up. Stuck in a pin and promptly stuck it through into my finger. Whipped it off, unpicked, slid in some template plastic and it fits like a glove, or is that a finger pin cushion. I can't wait to add these to some pressies throughout the year for friends that are hand sewers.

Yay for pin cushions.

Friday, January 16, 2009

On the 6th day of pincushion...........only 6 more days to go!

Well, I think tomorrow in the nice sunshine I need to take out the 6 and get some good photo's as the dodgy flash in the night ones aren't showing off them in their glory.

I am back to my love affair.

First comes my wild Flower, which when you have a quick look you think, hmmmmm, nice, pretty, average size. It is the MONSTER pin cushion. It's fantastic!!! It is the pin cushion of all pin cushions. The one you use for your quilting safety pins. THE WHOLE BOX OF THEM!!!

Then just a pretty little one to finish the night. I just love the fabric and the little vintage buckle.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the fifth day of pin cushion......must keep going!

OK, there is no photo. There has been sewing, but I just can't leave you hanging with nothing. A 12 hour work day and pin cushion passion does not mix.

Check back, on the 6th day of pin cushion, I will make it up to you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the fourth day of pincushion.....I really should give up now!

It is going downhill.

My search continues. I hate this one and cut out the look of horror on my face as I held it up!

Monday, January 12, 2009

On the third day of pin cushion, my true love said to me......

OK, while it isn't the same as 12 days of Christmas however Day 3 and the third pin cushion has been turned out and the Day 2 pincushion tweaked.

While I am not overly impressed with the fabric choice, it was a pattern trial. Like the effect, tad big for my liking but I have a friend that is a green lover so this will definitely be a gifter. Can't wait to do another in some fabric I have been saving just for the task.

Next one...hmmm, do I go easy or tricky?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Leftovers from Christmas

Oops - just found a few other photo's from Christmas past.

I found these fantastic molds at the market for making fondant decorations for cakes. They turned out like this. Please excuse the finger dints. My nice smooth cake was Archerised:

And just some other very yummy gifts to make your mouth water.....

Sunday Stash Week 7ish (am sure there are been a few weeks missed)

Oh I love this. It's crying out to be made into an apron of course. Have just the person for it in March so it's on the to do list.

Year of the Pin Cushion.

Have no idea where it came from but I am currently totally obsessed with Pin cushions.

There are just so many fantastic ones out there. Thank goodness there is a Pin cushion swap out there so I have a reason to try a few patterns. In honour of this, I dedicate the next week and a bit to the "12 days of Pin Cushion"

Here is a couple I worked on the last 2 days making the First and Second day of Pin Cushion. The pink one needs a bit more stitching though now that I look at it. More to come including a give away on Day 12, so check back.....

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Abyquilt: A challenge...what have I done???

Abyquilt: A challenge
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How exciting - a challenge to complete a project a month. I can do this....right?