Saturday, 18 February 2017

NEW AND OLD ,(UFO), PROJECTS



I have been quite up and down with my sewing mojo lately. Some days passed without threading a single needle and others saw me happily stitching to my heart's content. Meanwhile my youngest daughter flew over to NZ to attend  a wonderful week long workshop by Jordu Schell who is a world reknown designer for creatures, character design, props and special effects in the film and TV world. He is known for his creations in Avatar, Men In Black, Edward Scissorhands and many many more movies.  This is the pic she sent to me of her creation. ( I have no idea why the computer insists on showing it sideways).  She flew back home this morning so at least she will be in the country when her new nephew arrives in a few days.


 
 
So, what have I been up to? Well I really wanted to stitch something a bit different. I searched the internet for inspiration and found a lovely gothic drawing with an owl, skull and roses. I stitched the roses in a gorgeous Cottage Garden thread and now the black and purple stitching looks rather flat. I think I shall add more texture to the skull and owl by shadowing the backstitch with another row of backstitch in a dark but slightly lighter thread than the colours used. Hmmmmm, still thinking about that.
 
 
 
 
Yey! I finally finished another cushion. This one is for me as the stitchery pattern was a gift from Barb a couple of years ago which I had completed but put in the UFO drawer. I don't think I measured properly as the cushion cover is a bit loose. 
 
 
 
 
I finished a stitchery (Jenny's design) and have put the borders on. I still need to sew a button on and finish it off,  (when I work out what to make it into ). It is a gift for someone.
 
 
 
 
I also put the borders on this little mini ready to quilt which is also a design of Jenny's.
 
 
 
 
I am enjoying needle turning the Rosie Quinlan BOM block I started. I had to add a strip to the bottom as there wasn't enough fabric for the background Grrrrrr. This really is "Patch" work. It is quite noticeable as the pattern is crossways rather than vertical so it doesn't meet up properly. I am not fussed because it is for me. I would be really stressing out if I was making it as a gift.
 
 
 
 
The cockatoos have now stripped our trees bare of fruit. At least we did get a few peaches which we enjoyed stewed. I was quite proud of this fella because he actually ate the entire peach rather than just taking a bite and dropping it to the ground like the others did.
 
 
 
 
 
 BABY IS DUE IN 3 DAYS!!!!
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UFOs


This year I am once again attempting to finish projects stashed away in my UFO drawer. The first thing I came across was the Cupcake BOM I started a couple of years ago. Each block depicts a special day of the year and this one is Fathers' Day. I must confess that I have changed all the blocks using the original designs for ideas.  The BOM was designed by a stitching friend for one of our quilt groups and she has no problem with individual creativity. I tried to think what to put on this block to remind me of dad, thus the cap and the bee.  ( He always wears a cap and he is a hobby apiarist). I think it needs a few more things on it. Do you think it is a bit bare?


 
 
The 2nd project I found was a block from one of Rosalie Quinlan's BOMs that I had bought in kit form. I completed the other one ( only have 2)  quite a while ago and have no idea why I put this one aside. This is the centre part of the block that I have needle turned. Unfortunately, I need to improvise with the foundation fabric before I can needle turn the other parts as there wasn't enough fabric included and it is 1/2" too small!!!! So, I am cutting a strip and sewing it along the side hoping it won't be too noticeable. Fingers crossed! Shall show you when I have finished it.
 
 
 
 
It has been too hot to sew the last 2 days. No air con means sweaty hands and glasses sliding off my nose all the time. So, yesterday I decided to put all my DMC threads into new containers and re sort them. I also wound a few onto plastic bobbins replacing the old cardboard ones which wear over time. Alas, not enough plastic ones for all the threads but that can be a another day's fun.
 
My old plastic boxes were damaged after over 40 years of use and I had more threads to be wound onto bobbins. A mess!!
 
 
 
 
This time I sorted them by colour, then number rather than simply by number. I figure that most patterns have the colour listed beside the number anyway and I often choose my own colours. How do you store your threads? These containers are slightly larger than my old ones . Even better!
 
 
 
 
Thankyou for stopping by.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

2017 OPAM



 
 

                     It is time to sign up for "One Project A Month" with Peg. I found OPAM to be quite inspiring last year , motivating me to finish projects. So, if you would like to join in the fun pop on over to Peg's blog and sign up. I completed 2 things in January, both cushions for my new soon to be born grandchild.
 
 
 
 
 
Now onto February.
 
Angel Blessings.
 



Sunday, 29 January 2017

COCKATOOS, BEES AND A SINGER



 It is that time of year when we have an abundance of fruit on our  trees just waiting to ripen. Now, I don't mind sharing with the wildlife but the cockatoos are quite greedy and have a habit of getting to the fruit before it ripens. They leave such a mess too! A few mornings they arrive for breakfast  and wake me up with the sound of fruit rolling down our roof and plopping onto the paving. They return each evening for dinner as well! I must admit they do make me laugh sometimes peering down to look at me from the roof or having a frozen moment with a nectarine in their claws about to take a bite when I interrupt them. My neighbours must be wondering why they have half eaten nectarines on their paths and in their gutters because when I shoo them away they fly to the roof tops of surrounding houses and continue eating. A progressive dinner?


 
 
 
I now have a few feathers that they kindly left for me and I guess they think it will make up for the mess they leave behind.
 
 
 
 
While I am on the subject of nature I took a few sneak pics in dad's workshop yesterday after he said he would make me a beeswax candle. Dad is a hobby Apiarist ,( bee keeper), and we have had many jars of the purest most beautiful honey that his bees have made from local nectar. He is now getting some royal jelly from some of the beeswax.
 
 
 
He is also melting down some wax and purifying it ready to make some candles.
 
 
 
 
Today I was given this beautiful beeswax candle, hand made by my dear dad and created by those hard working bees. 
 
 
 
We are currently in danger of losing many bees in Australia and around the world. It is important that we try to encourage bees into our gardens because, simply put, no bees no food!
 
Now, back to something sewing oriented. A lovely dear friend of mine collected sewing machines. She had sheds full of them! All types of makes , models and vintages. Eventually she had to get rid of a few and she knew I had always wanted a Singer treadle sewing machine. So, I was completely overwhelmed when she saved one especially for me. It needs a bit of restoration and guess who is doing that job? DAD! He is such a special dad, and can put his hand at anything.
 
 
 
 
 As well as restoring it, he did some research. This machine was manufactured in 1920 at the factory in Clydebank, Scotland . Apparently, this was the largest sewing machine factory in the world. Unfortunately, it was bombed in WW2 and subsequently demolished in 1980 to make way for a housing estate.
 
I have been doing some stitching but I shall show you that next time. 
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 

  
 
 
  

Sunday, 22 January 2017

NURSERY CUSHIONS


        The 2nd cushion for the nursery has now been completed . I love this monkey.



 
 
I may just go and finish a cushion I was making for myself a while ago, now that I actually know how to do it properly.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

MONKEY BUSINESS


 Cushions. Well, I have always had "issues" trying to make cushions. I hate the idea of having to insert a zip, I have used Velcro before in a class and , until now, I couldn't even get the overlap method right.  Isn't U Tube a fantastic way to learn things?  As a result, I have mastered the overlap , no fuss technique and  thus completed the first appliqued cushion for the baby's nursery. Yey!!


 
I am now in the process of making a smaller cushion with a monkey on it that I have ironed on ready to hand applique like the giraffe.
 
 
 
 
So, I am off to participate in some monkey business this afternoon.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 



Sunday, 15 January 2017

OFF TO THE QUILTER



I am pleased to say that the crib quilt is off to the quilter on Wednesday . I put the borders on this afternoon and hopefully I will get it back before the baby is due next month.


 
 
Last week I decided to make a couple of little cushions to go in the nursery on the feeding chair. The nursery is a jungle animal theme so I searched the internet for some ideas. After finding a pic of a giraffe that I could easily make into an applique I traced it, enlarged it on my printer and this is the result ready to applique tonight. I have found a monkey I am going to do too but I haven't started it yet.
 
 
 
 
I have not been idle. I completed stitching a secret project.
 
 
 
 
Angel Blessings.