Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Well I am a little late joining in, but better late than not at all!  The quilt I have chosen is one I made last year, it was made as a mystery quilt designed by Helen Stubbings of Hugs And Kisses fame.  I don't usually have a lot of luck choosing fabrics without knowing what the quilt will look like, but in this case I love the fabrics and love how it turned out!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm a winner!!

Woohoo how exciting, my lovely postie brought me this yesterday, all the way from Cyndi of Bluebirdswing!  I was so excited to hear I had won her Frolic charm pack she was offering for her May Give Away.  I was absolutely tickled pink when it arrived to find that she had also sent me an absolutely gorgeous key fob!!  I have been wanting one of these for AGES but have not been able to source the metal part here in Australia, so now I am super excited to have such a special one!  Thankyou Cyndi!!

And can you believe the postal service, huge brownie points are deserved there!!  I won last Wednesday, Cyndi emailed me on Friday to say it had been posted, and it arrived here on Tuesday - thats like 2 days and a weekend to get from America to Australia - unbelievable!!

A couple of weeks ago I was also lucky enough to win some patterns from Beki of Artsy-Crafty Babe fame!  I got to choose 3 of her patterns, so I now have Pretty in Pleats, Round Yoke, and Lily Beth to make - yay!!  You can check out Beki's patterns in her Etsy shop here!

Also Carmen from It's A Wonderful Life was generous enough to offer everyone who commented on her blog recently a copy of her Owl pattern - how nice is that!  You can check out Carmen's Etsy shop here where she has her owl pattern as well as ready made owls for sale if you missed out!

I have been blessed to have a few more wins lately, will post about them once they arrive :)

Getting back into the swing of things..

OK so I seem to have fallen into a bit of a hole lately, and I really need to pull myself back out and find some inspiration again! So I thought I would start with a small To-Do list that I can choose a project from and off I go! So here is the illustrated version :)

Firstly years ago a friend gave me some Liberty of London scraps, the fabrics is so fine and soft and just lovely to hold and fondle, and it was so special that I couldn't bring myself to cut it up!  Well the last few weeks have taught me that life is short and unpredictable, so I might as well enjoy using the fabrics while I can!  I really love Pink Penguins fabric baskets so I thought I would make 2 baskets, one for me and one for my friend, and I will still have enough fabric left over to fondle and horde for another day :)

Next up is my French Kiss quilt, I have all the blocks made and sewn into rows, and half the rows are sewn together, I just have to sew together the rest of the rows, add the borders, and it will be ready to quilt!

Then comes my Raspberry Ripple bag, the outside bag is made, just have to finish the zippered pocket, the handles and the lining and put it together!  I am not convinced on the striped fabric at the top though...

Then something small and quick, a few of these adorable mini oven mitt magnets by Obsessively Stitching (no pictures, you will have to go and have a look yourself :).

Then is The Boy's Dresden fan quilt, the blades are cut out and have points, but I think it needs to be bigger so I will need to make more blades.  The fabrics are partly Amy Schimler and others from my stash thrown in.

Then my Beach House bag (unstarted)...

And my Toffee Apple bag (unstarted)...

Then the Girly Girl's pink and green quilt, this was a kit but I modified the blocks so I could cut it out with my Go! LOL!  Again all the blocks are made, just have to finish putting them together!

My Chocolate Orange quilt, this is not yet started, I bought the orange fabrics and pattern from Quilt Taffy, and will use Moda Bella Chocolate fabric as the background.

And then the hubby's quilt, same story, blocks are made, just have to put it together!  Can you pick the part of making a quilt I like the least?  LOL!  This is a Moda kit.

Then there is the butterfly quilt from Mode Bake Shop that I am going to make with the Frolic charm squares I won (picture taken from the Moda Bake Shop website).

OK that will have to do for now, otherwise I won't know where to start!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Still here...

I am still here, just in case anyone was wondering :)  Been busy with Uni and other stuff. 

On Friday I lost a dear dear friend, she was one of those really special people who touch your soul and bring joy to everyone around them.  I am so privileged to have known her and to have called her my friend.