Friday, December 9, 2011

The debate

Today I took a well earned annual leave day for my birthday. I planned the day starting with helping in a craft class with my son's class. Then off to a favorite quilt shop an hour away for 2 hours of uninterupted serious fabric shopping..... bliss. All was perfect until I remembered with a shudder that this quilt shop tear your fabric off the bolt. I feel the tear everytime and it always annoys me that there are always threads everywhere. I'd been given money for my birthday to spend on fabric. I bit the bullet and asked the lady if it would be at all possible to cut my fabric, not tear.... a fairly innocent question....not too unreasonable. She said no.... Huh? Really? Ok, tear away, I thought.... Tear away for the last time. I got home, squared up my fabric, cleaned up all the loose threads and low and behold all of my pieces of fabric were well short of what I had actually requested. Not happy, not fair, not ever going back.

It is easier to shop online sadly, no travel, cheaply well cut fabrics. Sad huh?

I think I've banged in about this before. Sorry, just gave me the shits!!

All that aside, I got loads of gorgeous fabrics. I'll post pics tomorrow

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I want to learn to crochet

Haven't blogged much, busy with work, life, and sewing... not quilts, clothes.  Who knew?  I signed up for a sewing course and I can actually make things.  Amazing!!

Now all I need to do is learn how to crochet.  Did a course once, but the teacher had a really funky smell going on so I couldn't keep going.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fabric at Amitie - $18.50 per metre

Jenny at Amitie has reduced her prices to $18.50 per metre!! (excludes Liberty & linens)

I very much like and appreciate that an Australian store is passing on the savings to customers!!

Amitie has moved, they are now in a gorgeous much smaller store in Gardenvale.

103A Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Before the fabric buying diet begins.....

With flabby rolls and bulges of fabric I could hide no longer, I put myself on a fabric buying diet.

Before doing so, however, I waited until both Loulouthi ($23.10 for 10 FQs) and Price Charming ($16.25 for 7 FQs - so I bought two packs) were back in stock at Hawthorne Threads  and I pounced, then I quickly put away my credit card.

So, now, with the dietary rules in place, I'm back to actually looking through my fabric bundles and using things out of my stash.... what a novel idea! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MMQG Pin Cushion Swap

I really find swaps very stressful.  I'm not normally a stressed person, however, when making something for someone else I am filled with dread. 

I think my receiver will like the concept, it's pretty, it's simple, it's red and black and has a skull front and centre.  As soon as I finished it, I made one for myself.

Here's a sneaky peaky

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Comfort for a loved friend

Yesterday I went fabric shopping with Lainey.  We went out to Gail B's and rummaged through all they have to offer and had a good shop.  After dropping Lainey off, I nicked in to Amitie to see if I could find what I was looking for..... I was really on a hunt for something mauvey/lilacy.  Boy, did I find it at Amitie.  Innocent Crush, $17 per metre, grabbed half a metre of each, some solids and some other purplish fabrics and I was out of there in 12 minutes flat.

I was originally making this for my middle sister (who adores purple, lilac, mauve - you get my drift), however, the whole time I was making the blocks, I was not sure she would really like it, actually I am pretty sure she it would be too much colour for her.  A minute or two after that realisation my hubby came in and as soon as he saw the quilt on the design board, said, "Oh, is that for *******?  She will love those colours, how nice."  He is so right, ******* will love this quilt and it will be nice to hibernate under whilst she recovers from her chemo treatment (again).  ****** is a beautiful family friend who we all love dearly.  She is a fighter!

I am still moving blocks around, there are a few spots of light and dark..... it was very random, perhaps too random.  It'll be fine.

So, my sister will get the next quilt.  I will have to choose carefully.  I know she won't mind.  xx

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sewing Room Progress

I love the panoramic app on my iPhone, so whilst it's not quite finished, I thought I would share the progress of my sanity space......

Notice the fabric wedged into that one poor bookshelf on the right..... that's all gonna change!!  YAY!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My Dad's quilt

My Dad is pretty awesome, he is always there when you need him.  He is a great Dad, a fantastic Grandad and a wonderful friend.

Every time I give my Mum, my son, my husband, one of my sisters, or my nephew, a friend or a neighbour (you get the idea) a quilt, he asks with a smile, "Where's my quilt?" and I always reply "Oh yeah, I'm still making that".  I didn't ever think he would want a quilt, but the last time he said it I realised he might be serious..... so here it is... almost finished.  I will baste and quilt it before the Easter break is over!

This is my version of Jaybird Quilts 'Unwind'.  

hmmmm... I might have to piece this back a little more, I'm not sure it is wide enough.... my tape measure obviously wasn't working when I measured it.... :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

The best of both worlds

I adore making scrap quilts and I love foundation piecing, so this simple idea made me smile this morning. 

It is so very basic and there is no real challenge, but sometimes you need a project that you can do with your eyes closed (you may need to peek so as not to sewing over your fingers) and you can finish within a couple of days.

How satisfying to turn this;

Into this;

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sewing room overhaul

With the arrival of the new machine (which I am a bit nervous about using - I'm only half joking....), I have decided to give my sewing room an overhaul.  Anyone who knows me, knows I am messy and I have stuff everywhere..... I do try to be neat and organised, but I need help, (thankfully Mr Bravo is a neat freak and can tidy up like no-one else I know!).

When we built our new place, we decided that we would make one room a study/sewing room.  Okay, that works fine...... however, we now think it would work better if it was just a sewing room.  So that means a tiny desk in the corner and the remainder of the room is mine, all mine...... (and any sewing friends who care to join me - seriously!!)

Here's the start of the new 'organised' space.  I smile just thinking about how it will be........ more updates as they happen.

Friday, April 8, 2011

FOR SALE: My Brother....

My Brother has been with me for nearly 18 months...... I do love my Brother, very very much, however, it's time for him to leave and live with another family... maybe he could be your brother......

For Mother's Day this year I am being spoilt beyond my dreams.  We never really go in for big pressies like this, it's not about material possessions, it's more about real handmade goodies from my 7 year old prince.  This year however, I think my nagging paid off, because I pick up my new Bernina in the morning.

$450 ono

Comes with Walking Foot and Free Motion Quilting Foot, Hardcover case and manual.
This is a great machine.  I noticed the difference going from my first machine to this one, very smooth.

The website blurb.....
The NX-200QE is a user-friendly computerised sewing machine with a convenient touch-pad operation panel. It features 50 built-in stitches and has a host of features which make sewing fun and easy.

The range of features include: ·
F.A.S.T. automatic needle threading system ·
Quick-set bobbin ·
Presser foot pressure adjustment ·
F.A.S.T. bobbin winding system ·
Extra large sewing bed ·
One-step automatic buttonhole ·
Six-point feed-dogs With a new aesthetic and slimline design and a host of time saving features, the NX-200 is a delight to work on.

RRP Price                    RRP $799.00
LCD Display               Monochrome LED
Stitch Select Display    Direct Stitch Selection
Stitch Number             50 plus 50 utility stitches
Button Hole Method   Auto
Stitch Width                7mm

General Model NX-200                                   Display LCD Display
Monochrome LED                                            Stitch Select Display
Direct Stitch Selection Sewing                        Stitch Number 50 plus 50 utility stitches
Feed Dog7 Point                                              MAX Sewing Speed 850 spm
Button Hole Patterns 5                                   Button Hole Method
Auto Stitch Width7mm                                    Start/Stop Button - Yes
Speed Controller - Yes Foot Controller           Separate Needle Position Key (up/down) Drop Feed                                                 Presser Foot pressure adjustment     
Thread Bobbin Type Horizontal                      Thread Tension Auto              
Automatic Needle Threader                            Quick Set Bobbin

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This looks familiar.....

Seriously, I love Tula Pink..... I love her designs.  Whilst I haven't bought every single line as I have done with Amy Butler's ranges, I do adore her work.

So, imagine my surprise when I opened her blog today and found a sneaky peek at her new design to be launched this year.... beautiful...... but I couldn't help but think it was very very very similar to an Amy Butler design from the Belle range.  You be the judge.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Twins Quilts

I'm making a couple of quilts for my Mum's next door neighbour, who has just given birth to twins..... her third and fourth children.... yes, she does have her hands full, but this chick is amazing!

I did start a couple of quilts for these babies a while back, but I hated them and found I couldn't finish them.  These quilts are much better and I love them!!

One down.... another to go (that orange one on the right is the second one)

Update you on these later.


Monday, March 21, 2011

ah.... fabric shopping.....

Yesterday I zipped down to GJs in Lygon Street during my lunch break and the rumours were true..... all the patchwork fabric was now on the ground floor.  I won't miss the stairs up to the dream room ont he top floor! 

The entire ground floor is is filled with shelves containing everyone's favorites and it's all fresh and new and beautiful!   You still get the 'ahhhhh' feeling, only now you get it as soon as you enter the store!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The price of tea in China

Okay, so I'm not going to really rant about the price of tea in China, however, I going to rant about the price of fabric and patterns in Australia!    I just purchased two patterns plus shipping from Heather Bailey's online store (including postage) for US$23.02 (AU$23.22).  Purchasing the same from an online store here in Oz would have cost me AU$37 (incl postage)......   WTF??

So, when prices go up, fabric costs go up.... however, when our dollar is strong and we are getting more bang for our buck, aren't the wholesalers and store owners also reaping the rewards?   Why is it that when the prices really go down, we never see any decrease?

I know I may see things fairly simplistically as I am not a trader and don't buy wholesale, but the whole premise of a strong dollar, buying from a country like the US with a weak dollar means you save some..... don't you? 

Buying online from the US is crippling our stores, it means that we may have less stores  where we can peruse and fondle beautiful crisp quilting cottons.... however, the price of health insurance, school fees, interest rates, food, petrol, car insurance, doctors bills (you get my drift), mean that I will save money where I can and if I can save $15 for 2 patterns coming from the US, sadly I will do it guilt free.  Whilst I will buy Australian as much as possible, it is not always right for me.

I would love to hear your view.


PS: here are the patterns I purchased, cute huh?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I found my quilty mojo.......

I've been down for a couple of months, not interested in much, not even quilting..... I know, awful huh!  Anyway, things are getting a whole lot better and much more enjoyable and I have found my quilty mojo, right where I left it...... Phew!!

I have looked at the Curlicue Crush on Bec's blog, Chasing Cottons over the past few weeks and I have ummed and ahhhed about ordering the pattern.... if I ordered it, I would have to make it and that seemed too hard to contemplate.

Well I ordered the pattern the other night, got the PDF (I love downloadable patterns so much), and have cut out about half of the requirements.  I'm loving it so far!  I'm using a mix various French General ranges - some I've been collecting for a while, others I have only bought today from Essendon Patchwork. Not my usual colour combos, but it will suit our place, lots of red, taupe, creams.  


By the way, common behaviours associated with depression include:

  • moodiness that is out of character
  • increased irritability and frustration
  • spending less time with friends and family
  • loss of interest in food, sex, exercise or other pleasurable activities 
  • being awake throughout the night
  • staying home from work or school
  • increased physical health complaints like fatigue or pain
  • slowing down of thoughts and actions.

If you think you might need some help, go to the Beyond Blue website for more info.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Money well spent

I just subscribed to the Fat Quarterly eZine (12 month subscription) and can I tell you it is really USD$28 worth spending.  There are patterns galore, fabric previews, interviews, oh and did I mention all the fabulous patterns?

This eZine is the brain child of bloggers you would know, including John from QuiltDad, Kate from One Flew Over, Katy from Iamagingermonkey and Brioni from FlossyBlossy and with an approximate 85 pages, it is really a great buy!