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.