ust in case you are wondering, there is a mobile friendly version of the blog. If you click on this little graphic it'll take you to the site, use this URL on your mobile. And yep, I also wanted an excuse to use one of these awesome drop caps, from the Daily Drop Cap, how sweet are they! (Sorry, can't remember where I saw this.)
Firstly the winners of the blogtoberfest birthday giveaway, they are Trashalou this one is not so random it's because her cheesy joke made me laugh, the second winner is random and it's Kate at Foxs Lane. Let's talk ladies!
Ok, day 8 and we're flagging a little, I've definitely gotten out of regular blogging practice. Today I'm sharing my recent score via Doll Quilt Swap 7. Emma made me a beautiful quilt, she's a demon! I'm so glad she included apples :) Here's a link to her post so you can read about all the details and the processes she used.
Today I spent a few hours cutting fabrics for apples. For kits and finished apples. There's a sort of process. Firstly I select sets of four different complimentary fabrics, wading through the stash, picking combinations, I love this part. Then there's the cutting, cutting matt, quilters ruler and rotary cutter at the handy, the only way. Cutting, cutting, cutting. I also cut the interfacing into strips, I've found it's easier to do use it this way.
From there it'll be a few hours fusing fabric strips to interfacing. Then tracing the apple pattern piece and then finally hand cutting all the pieces. At this point, I'll be wishing it was affordable to buy my own fabric diecutter with a custom die! Then, then I start sewing them all. I usually sew 10 to 20 at a time. Then stuff, stuff, stuff, insert the stem, hand sew the button on and felt leaves. Phew. Repeat over and again :) I'm not complaining, as long as they're wanted I'll make them.
Yeah I'm sure I'll get tired of the "tober" references. See this? I completely ripped Bel off. See her super sweet hair clip organiser. Well I don't have hair long enough for clips, but I have a chest big enough for brooches, love them.
Currently I have them pinned to a bag that hangs from a hook in our bedroom. It sorta works, a little messy. I had a embroidery hoop inspiration pinboard that I'd made a boo-boo on and couldn't sell. A little twill ribbon and bob's your uncle. Quick and dirty, just the way we like it here. I pinned as many of the brooches as I could to the ribbon and some I put through the linen. I'm kinda liking it.
This could be complete madness, well if you ask my lovely Sondra she'll say it is (hi honey!). I've signed up for Tinniegirl's "Blogtoberfest 2009". Blogging once a day for the month of October. Yep, madness.
I'm not really much of a joiner, well in some ways I'm not. I'm pretty independent and don't really feel the need to be part of a group. So as far as blogging goes I'm not that great at being super friendly and inviting people in. I don't think I invite conversation here. I'm sort of a here it is take it or leave it kinda lady for lots of reasons. That's what's so hilarious about blogging, well for me. Sondra says "you just do it to get feedback and people to tell you you're good" and I'm like "no I don't, it's so I can share my crafty with like minded crafty". But she does have a point, I do get a kick out of comments, out of feedback on something I've made. I'm a fringe dweller for sure, much happier to sit on the sidelines. I also don't share a lot of personal feely type stuff here. It is a craft blog after all and I figure it's my happy place to share the happy! You don't want to see my skeletons for sure, they're reserved for my shrink and Sondra!
You know what else, since I'm on a soapbox of sorts. What I've also noticed lately is all of the Aussie craft bloggers! I think I must have been under a rock these past 3 or so years and missed the explosion. All of a sudden I've come up for air and WHAM there you all are! It's fabulous. When I started blogging there were literally only a handful of Aussie craft bloggers. Now, there's oodles of us and it's pretty darn cool. I've recently been doing some house cleaning here and have changed my sidebar links, come out of your RSS readers and check out my list of Aussie craft bloggers.
I've also decided that we'll do a little giveaway as part of Blogtoberfest, since that also brings you guys out of the woodwork, everyone loves freebies! But you gotta be quick. Next Tuesday, 6 October, is my birthday. Drop in, leave a comment between now and then, tell me something, leave me a link to something you want to share, could be a tutorial or a crafty picture or crafty supplies, or just drop in and say hi or tell a joke, make sure you include your email address. We'll draw it on Wednesday 7th October. What can you win? Well a couple of you can take your pick from the store, one item. It could be a pendant, or you might want the apple pincushion pattern (and of course I'll throw in a kit) or even a finished apple. We can work it out later.
Ok, well that's enough talking. See you tomorrow! EEEEP.
Kate turned 30 last week and I figured for this milestone she needed a lap quilt. You know, for those afternoon naps she's going to be taking now she's 30. This is my 2nd ever finished quilt. It's not perfect, it has some puckers and hiccups but overall I'm happy and the Denyse Schmidt cheater print hides a multitude of sins. LOVELY pattern, though I am confused as to why it's a light weight decorator and not a quilter's weight. I've backed it with a mix of Joelle's "Net of Jewel" solids, a little bit of Tina Givens (the red and brown in the centre), a bird print and I can't remember who's this is but I love it and the green I'm pretty sure is from a back-tack eons ago. The binding is predominately a calico with a little strip of the backing fabrics added.
I didn't quilt around all the squares instead I did stripes. I picked up most of the edges in one direction and then did a few in the opposite direction, partly to do with me being able to maneuver the quilt under my machine. I've definitely caught the quilt bug and have enough cheater fabric for a quilt for us....as well as a few other's planned!
Well hello there! Thanks for your responses to last week's "Nose". Lots of blogs for everyone to check out, I'll list them at the end of this post. Last week's winner is Bronwyn, congrats, if you're reading email me your postal address! If you're one of the previous week's winners and haven't received anything yet....that's because I've yet to post them, I'll be doing so this week :)
This weeks nose? I've used Denyse Schmidt's new deco weight "County Fair". The linen tape has been hand stamped with little matryoshka's. For this week just leave a plain old comment, nothing special, just a comment! Good luck.
Hi everyone! Thanks for the acorn love and congrats to Diane, it'll be flying across to you soon. Yeah, well you know how I mentioned in my last post that I have a crush on Resurrection Fern? Well of course I had to make me some mushrooms. Dug out my scraps of Tana Lawn and got me some itty bitty crochet thread and hooks and here's what I ended up with. You like? It's small, about 5cm tall. I'm keeping this one for me I think. These are addictive and I think I'll be making more. Here's a link to her tutorial if you want to make your own. Now I just want to figure out how to make one of her itty bitt mushrooms like the necklace and next up some acorn necklaces, going to have to find me some acorns.
Hope you're all well and happy crafting! Can't wait for tonight's Gastro Guru's dinner!!!
Recipe to a perfect Sunday morning. Lazy sleep-in, followed by bacon and egg pies (no pictures, trust me they rocked), tea, trashy tv, hand quilting, more tea...Of course none of it would be as special without The Son.
To come? Homemade split pea and vegie soup and later, afternoon tea at Al M's. *Sigh* perfect.
This quilt top I've had finished for over 3 years I think. I'm no Jane Brocket when it comes to quilting and my style has changed a little since I made this top, however I think this will be a nice couch snuggling quilt. I still suffer from frozen quilt syndrome. What's that? Well it's that making tops is ok, it's the QUILTING that's terrifying. I have a machine that will cope now, it's just in my head! So I did chicken with this quilt and am hand-quilting it, next one, on the machine. I promise.
Thanks for all the lovely comments on the upcoming fourth birthday. I look forward to celebrating it with you guys.