Thursday, 23 June 2011
I’ve posted here before about my work on Raggedy Friends and how I looooooove Kaaren’s design.
She’s been busy moving house and has taken a break from blogging due to a serious health issue rearing its ugly head.
Kaaren’s always been so generous with her FFF (First Friday Freebie) and her BOM and many other ‘gives’ that my lovely blogging friend Allie is asking us to make a block and send it to her (Allie!) so she (along with Paulette and Leslie) can make her a quilt to show how much we care and love her!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Stitching is something I think I’m pretty ok at….well, not ALL stitches, but most I’m ok at……I DO need some practice and would like to learn some tricks to getting them right….(instead of ending up wound up in knots!!)
when Helen from Hugs ‘n Kisses decided to offer up her Sundays to teach me, I jumped at the chance. Wouldn’t you?????………..(well……maybe not just me…..!!!)
Would you like to join me too?? I’m willing to share my personal tuition time…..well, I guess I have to be COMPLETELY honest here……Helen’s offering her time to ALL of us….I didn’t really get a special, solitary invitation……(but it sounded good didn’t it??)……but she IS offering a personal lesson program for us all.
Starting this Sunday, starting simple and getting progressively more challenging, Helen will post a new stitch or tip or tutorial on stitching and embroidery….woohoooo……. I think it will be wonderful to learn together, don’t you??
So, what do you reckon…..you in????
See you on Sunday!
Monday, 20 June 2011
Ta Dah!!!! What do you think? I’m very happy with my take on the Vintage Turnover pattern I found here. I managed to finish it at our Guild’s UFO weekend to attack our stashes of UFO’s in preparation for our biennial Quilt Show at the end of July.
My gorgeous friend Dawn helped me by stippling this beauty and I finished it by quilting the flowers and binding…..I’m sooooo happy with how it turned out!
I don’t know if you can see the spiral quilting in the flower centre but if you squint and hold your tongue the right way, you just might!!!
A nice, bright yellow for the binding….
….and my very own touch for the border
A pieced backing which is lovely and crinkly AND very snuggable! A real girly-girl ‘pretty’ that will hold its own in a very male – oriented home! *hee hee hee*……Girls unite!
I’ve also been working on my ‘Raggedy Friends’ quilt which is nearing the flimsy stage…..just one block to go and some sashing and borders, which should be done by the weekend…..and no, I haven’t taken any photos yet!!!…..sorry!
I do have one other finish but because it’s winging its way south, I can’t divulge too much but I can give you a little sneaky…..
I told you it was sneaky…this could be
You’ll just have to wait and see!
Hope your weekend was full of crafty finishes too *wink*!
Friday, 17 June 2011
A visit to the specialist yesterday revealed that healing is only about halfway there……I need another 6-12 weeks before I can go back to work……good in some respects but…….
So today I was feeling a bit ‘blah’…sad and sorry for myself…no inspiration…..
…and then I checked my emails…..and a good friend sent me this video….
Watch it……it’s sure to inspire and maybe even bring a tear to your eye but, I certainly don’t feel sorry for myself any more! And I’m well and truly counting my blessings to have what I have.
Now……I’m inspired to go off to pack my quilting gear up for a weekend of UFO busting ready for our biennial Quilt Show in July!
Hope it inspires you to achieve all that you wish for too!
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
The weather over the weekend was perfect stitching weather and I also used the time wisely by sitting at the sewing machine and procrastinating about preparing for ‘school’ again!!!
I found a kit I’ve had sitting there since 2009…..loved the fabric when I saw it and just HAD to have it…..and now I remember why…..
Isn’t the fabric just scrummy???
I completed this table runner in a day….why is it that starting a project always takes the longest???……or should I say…..finishing!!!
And, I even added a label..
I’d managed to finish it before the sun had set……amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it!!!!….and finally I can say that’s another one off my UFO list!!!! Hooraaaaaaaaaaaay!
What will you finish this week??
Saturday, 11 June 2011
The weather is P-E-R-F-E-C-T for sewing this weekend…..windy, cold and wet…..just miserable….but absolutely perfect for stitching….so guess what I’m doing this long Queen’s Birthday weekend???
…and anything else that takes my fancy!!!! Perhaps snuggling up in the quilts with the rain beating on the roof, hot cup of coffee and a good book!……maybe one of the Sophie Kinsella ones I borrowed from the library this week!!!
Which reminds me……I’ve joined with Mr RNG to draw the winner of the PIF giveaway, and after he’d shuffled the numbers, the winner is…………….
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and who might that be????
Number 14 is…..
Fiona has left a new comment on your post "Birthdays and a PIF Giveaway":
Wow look at all of those goodies - You deserve to be spoilt. That book sounds like a real barrel of laughs - Some good light hearted humour - We can all do with that in our lives :)
Hugs - Fee XX
CONGRATULATIONS FEE!!!!! You’re going to love this book and yep, there is lots of light hearted humour….a definite bright spot in these wintery days!
I’ll email you for details of your snail mail so I can P.I.F.…..and thank you to everyone else for entering……I can highly recommend the read if you get the chance!!!!
Now….off for that coffee and book and a little bit of stitching!!!!
Friday, 10 June 2011
There’s nothing more a quilter needs than good coffee and good chocolate…….and in winter, hot chocolate is magnificent…..but I decided something more substantial was needed and I made our favourite Gooey-in-the-middle Molten Chocolate Puds ……….mmmmmmmmm
This is the type of pudding that when you push your spoon into it, the centre oozes out like molten lava and is rich and wonderful……a high energy food…..YES…… but certainly v-e-r-y delish! It’s yummy served with cream (you can use the low fat variety…..it DOES make you feel better!) or ice cream (I don’t recommend both…unless you want to jog all night and into the next day LOL) ….and raspberry coulis goes incredibly well with it too!
Would you like to make it? The recipe came from one of my favourite chefs….a Kiwi cook called Jo Seager…..I love her down-to-earth style and her philosophy is “'Minimum effort for maximum effect.'….my kinda lady!
It will definitely make you quilt faster after one of these!!!!
Don’t forget tomorrow I’m drawing the PIF Giveaway in Sophie Kinsella’s book “The Undomestic Goddess”….I think she’d mastered these puddings by the end of the book!!!!
Click here to leave a comment to go into the draw, but remember, there are some conditions, so read the information first! (it’s very easy!!!)
sugary warm gooey molten chocolatey low-cal hugs
XXX Wendy :0)
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
“The story of a girl who needs to slow down. To find herself. To fall in love. And to discover what an iron is for…….”It’s a definite feel-good novel that I couldn’t put down….Dawn was absolutely right…..and I, not being one for reading novels, finished it in a day and a half!!!! She thought I might relate to it…..not the undomestic bit, but the ‘having to slow down’ bit, and I must agree….with having this time off with my surgery, I’ve discovered another side to life other than work, work, work! So we decided it would be a ‘pay it forward’ type of giveaway……Dawn has sent it to me with the proviso that I forward it on to another worthy recipient. If you would like to ‘win’ this book then just leave a comment and I will pick a winner (with the help of Mr R.N.G.) on Friday 10th June AEST. There is only one proviso……you MUST NOT break the chain……this book is a Pay It Forward and MUST be passed on to another winning blogger, to eventually make it’s way back to Dawn after 25 people have read it. If you ‘win’ the book, you must contact Dawn and thank her, then add your name and blog addy to the list inside the front of the book. The 25th ‘winner’ must contact Dawn via her blog and return it to her. These are the only conditions for entering this giveaway and must be strictly adhered to for it to work. Please don’t enter if you can’t comply. Good luck and sugary hugs XXX Wendy :0)