18 April 2014

Introducing Twilight Stars

This is the pattern I have been working on for the last few weeks.  The finished quilt measures 122cm (48") but it could quite easily extended to make a larger quilt.

The pattern is available in my Etsy Shop here and it is available as an instant digital download.

13 April 2014

A Finish ... well almost

Just finished pattern writing the quilt I have been working on.  Need to find time this week to do a photo shoot so that I can show you the finished product and add it to the shop.  But first I have to stitch the binding on.

Have been thinking about what to do next I have another quilt in EQ7 ready to roll but I also would like to do some embroidery work or maybe appliqué can't quite decide.  Thought up a project this morning on my walk and took some photo's to act as a prompt.  This is the Henley Jetty there were lots of dogs on the beach this morning.

There is also a Xmas Project I have been dreaming of and that might be next.  Depends on what comes out of the pencil first.

School holidays are here and Maestro came back from his trip to Canberra, sound like he had lots of fun and may have even learnt a bit too.

08 April 2014

Where do you get your best ideas

Just putting it out there.  I usually have my best ideas when I am driving to and from work or going for my morning walks.

The going to and from work can be handy as I can zip in to Hetties on the way home if I am in desperate need of starting something.  The morning walks is usually where I nut things out.

Now if only I had the time to put all these good ideas into action.

07 April 2014

A bit of a freshen up

If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen the new Do.  Its all part of the getting serious part of my little business.  I now have to work on new templates as well for my patterns and few more cosmetic changes to the website.  But first I have to finish quilting my latest quilt which I want to release the pattern for shortly so I think there may be a few late nights for me over this next week.

The Maestro headed to Canberra yesterday for a school camp.  He didn't sleep the night before he was worried about the plane trip, with the Malaysian Airline and then an emergency landing at Adelaide Airport on Friday he managed to work himself into a state.  Though once he got to the airport with all his friends he settled down a bit.

We got texts from Sydney airport and then Canberra and a phone call when he got to the accommodation.  I got some more texts this morning and all is going well... the exciting news this morning was that there was free wifi at the National Museum.... hope he was concentrating on what they were supposed to be looking at instead of catching up one some app on his phone.  

Back to the quilting.... my fingers aren't bleeding yet but they are close.

03 April 2014


Are you an Austen tragic, got to admit I am.  I like nothing better than to sit and stitch and watch or listen to one of the many screen adaption, except for that terrible version of Persuasion with Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins.

Austenland came up on Quickflix and I quickly looked at the trailer and thought it might be good for a laugh, and it came the very next delivery.  I have watched it twice now.   Last night with Squid ... the trouble with watching movies with my daughter is she asks a lot of questions during a picture if she misses something.  But we were both in stitches through it which meant there were lots of questions as we missed bits.  I watch it today without all the questions and laughed even harder.

Its stars Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour as the posher than posh Austenland operator.

If you love all things Austen and can laugh at a fellow tragic look for this video.  There is lots of male eye candy at every opportunity and lots and lots of laughs.

30 March 2014

Doubts and new things

I decided to wait for the sun to come up before I went walking today.  I didn't time it too well yesterday I started out later and there was just to many people on the track and too many dogs out and about which makes Coco a bit skittish.

While I was waiting I surfed the net and caught up on a few blogs, which led to the doubts part of the title.  Am I good enough, am I creative enough you know that inner voice that I have managed to block out for quite a few months but in early hours of this morning turned up the volume.

Got to say that the walk turned down the volume, I saw a dolphin just off shore always a good start to the day.

I started hand quilting the latest quilt on Friday night, got to say though my shoulder has been telling me loud and clear this morning why I rarely hand quilt.  Next quilt I want to quickly whip up and write a pattern for will be machine quilted.... but the softness of this fabric really screamed for hand quilting.  I am using a really soft cotton batting and voile backing.

I've started writing the pattern but I am waiting on my new logo which is being designed at the moment.

More quilting today really want it all finished by next weekend so I can fit in a photo shoot.

18 March 2014

The Project for the Week is the Computers

Back in 2008 I got my first Mac it was a Macbook.  A couple of years ago we bought the kids an iMac which I used when my old Macbook was running out of space and getting a bit clunky but it still runs so it was ok in an emergency.

At Christmas I bought another iMac for myself and let me son have the Macbook.  I moved all my crap off it as he likes to put it and he reinstalled the operating drive and has been using it to play mine craft and surf the net.  The CD/DVD drive in the Macbook died the next time we tried to load on some more software.

Maestro has started making Youtube Videos of Minecraft Tutorials and he needed to upgrade the operating system on the Macbook to get the latest software so that he could do the filming and recording in his room where it is quiet.  That software is only available on a CD and of course by now the CD/DVD drive is completely had it which means I needed to get a USB cd/DVD drive that not only worked with a Mac but also worked with a 6 year old mac.

I cannot tell you how many times Maestro told me I needed to try harder in my research to get it all up and running .... DH was all up for going out and buying a new computer if Maestro really needed it......  That probably spurred me on more to find a cheaper solution.

After a couple of false starts with downloading and or USB CD/DVD drives I found one on ebay $35 with postage and I made sure that the manufacturer said it worked with the MacBooks old operating system and ordered the necessary software from Apple.  It all arrived yesterday and to my complete and utter amazement the CD/DVD works a treat with both Maestro's Macbook and my iMac and all 3 Macs now have the same operating system and can talk to each other.

I told Maestro that he is a lucky boy that I have at least a bit of a clue about how computers work or know where to go to find out how to do stuff, even if it doesn't happen right away, I will do my best to find a solution.  "Yes thanks Mummy" was his reply.... he knows I hate it when he calls me that.

Do You EQ?

Did you know they have released a Mac Version of EQ7 (well at the moment it is only the migration pack that can be ordered so if you are currently running it on a pc or a pc emulation software) you can purchase it the migration pack to download it to your Mac Computer.  Got to say it was the simplest install I have ever done.  Haven't used it yet just opened it and had a look at it from first glance it looks exactly the same as the PC EQ7.  From what I understand my add on software won't work on the Mac version but I might be able to transfer some files over the home network... another thing to research.  
I have been super excited about this release because it means I can use the software whenever I feel like it instead  of when someone else is using the computer.  It also means that I can easily transfer images to my patterns which was a bit interesting at times when it was run on Parallels.

Looking forward to getting reacquainted with the software sometime soon.