Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm inspired!

I did the best two day course at Amitie during the week with Deborah Louie, machine quilter extrodinaire, and it was fantastique!!! I loved it. I learnt so much and I think I will get better with time. Practice, practice, practice. Thankfully Deb is a very patient (and kind) teacher. If you are looking to learn machine quilting, free motion, trapunto, machine applique etc. then Deb is your woman! Her blog has a list of stores/groups she is teaching at this year.

Speaking of Amitie, good God, I love that shop.... spending two days there was like being in heaven. Jenny and the girls are all so wonderful and seeing all that fabric shelved beautifully colour co-ordinated is enough to make a grown woman weep with joy, (I am not a drama queen!!)

Woo hoo! The first meeting of the Melbourne branch of the Modern Quilt Guild is being held on 22nd May, I'm pretty excited! I don't know how I will hang on for two whole months, but I have plenty keeping me busy so the time will fly.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it....

I'm going to a class on free motion quilting at Amitie next week run run by Deborah Louie and I am so excited that every time I think about it I let out a little squeal..... (normal?)

I actually get excited about going to Amitie regardless, so this is a real double doosey.

Anyone who knows me, knows I cannot free-motion (stippling) quilt for peanuts.... I have tried, I have watched tutorials, watched demos at quilting shows, taken little classes... it's just not a happening thing. So, I bit the bullet and booked in to be taught by who I think is one of the best teachers around. Wish me (and her) luck!!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Addicted to hexies

We went away to Tocumwal last the weekend and I was really annoyed about all the wasted time in the car without a quilt ready to bind, so I thought I would try my hand at paper piecing 1" hexagons. I printed out hundreds, I cut them all out, got all my scraps ready and proceeded to make about 500 hexies over the weekend..... I can't stop..... every lunch break at work I eat my lunch then start on my hexies.... my GenY workmates think it's hysterical....
Thanks to Simon Scoggins, for the inspiration!!

My self-imposed fabric diet meant that I might miss out on 'Plume' by Tula Pink. But a diet is a diet and I need to save for my overseas trip in October where I will be able to buy fabric to my heart's content..... Anyway, I found (yes 'found') $37 in my Paypal account and with Kelani Fabrics free postage offer, I knew I could get at least a couple of bits and pieces from the Plume range. Isn't it magnificant?

Bye for now, I'm off to do more hexies..... xx

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Two down, one to go..... for now.....

Seriously, I know about 12 people having babies, they are everywhere! So this is number 2, I have one more to make for the moment.

This is the second baby quilt I have finished in the last two weeks. I love the blues and greens in this one and the quilting was super fast, (half an hour to baste and quilt a 1.2 x 1.2 metre piece - I likey!)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Something to make you laugh....

Tonight I stopped off at the supermarket after a big day at work.

I walked all the way from my car into the supermarket, all the while thinking that my foot felt weird... not uncomfortable, just strange.

It wasn't until I noticed a woman staring at me, our eyes met, she looked at my feet and smiled, then our eyes met again..... at was at this stage that I looked down and noticed my two very different shoes. One shoe was open toe, the other wasn't.

Go on, you can laugh now!

Monday, March 8, 2010

An Owly Week

Recently I picked up this very cute fabric, 'Spotted Owl' by Alexander Henry. As a number of my girlfriends are currently pregnant, I knew I wanted to make a cot quilt with this adorable find.

When it came time to work out what to do I actually couldn't bare to cut it, so I did a simple whole cloth quilt, (which I never do), but I tell you what, I'm pretty happy with it! The small border is a stone washed orange fabric find and the larger border is a lime spot.

I love how quickly I was able to finish this. I quilted it with inch wide diagonal lines, this was super easy, made with the same amount of love and better still, it's another finished (albeit tiny) quilt!

The other owl in our house is Hoot. My son loves 'Giggle and Hoot' on ABC. This is a child who wants me to make clothes for his guinea pigs... outfits like Alvin and the Chipmunks. The only way I got out of making those darn clothes was by making something that resembles 'Hoot'. Thankfully since Hoot arrived in our house, the guinea pig wardrobe has not been mentioned again...... yet.

Lastly, and this has nothing to do with owls, Happy Birthday to my baby sister who turns 35 today! She was born at 25 weeks and weighed a little less than a pound and a half (660 kilograms). During lunch today Mum mentioned that she would sometimes dress this tiny baby in dolls clothes, there just wasn't the tiny premmie clothing around. She was our little miracle baby. Happy Birthday Macca xx