28 July 2014

Xmas in July Has Begun.

Xmas in July at Quilt Fabric Delight's is up and running.  It started on Friday with a lovely project by Amanda Herring from The Quilted Fish.

And today it's my turn.  With this project for some Xmas Tree Ornies.

These are super quick to make and of course you don't have to use bright fabric they would be perfect in more muted christmas colours.  Great for Xmas Swaps and to put on your gifts instead of a label.  

I have to admit I am a little nervous but well prepared for teaching my first beginners class tomorrow evening.  I have written lots of notes for newbie quilters and I am really looking forward to welcoming a new group into the wonderful craft.  On the weekend I pieced ⅔ of a class sample quilt to help show the girls how to put it all together in week 4.  

22 July 2014

All good things must come to an end

Today we are back to routine again.  Maestro had a pupil free day yesterday, but Squid went back toschool.  As much as I hate having to go to work when the kids are on holidays at least it makes it a little easier when there isn't that rush to drop them off before heading out.

Friday I knocked off from work and headed to the Sewing Stitching and Craft Show, which had grown exponentially since last year and had quite a good selection of vendors.  I just hope Adeladian's have spent up so more vendors will come next year.  Cheap entry helps and I certainly spent the money I saved on the entry ticket in the show.  I managed to blow my budget pretty quickly because Can Do Books where there and Unique Stitching.  I really wish I had a bit more cash because I really could have picked up a few more mixed media supplies.

I've picked up my applique quilt again now that Xmas in July, which kicks off on friday, is all done.  I got a heap done last night, I seemed to power through the flowers last night.

I also cut out another version of my beginners class quilt evening and pieced half the blocks yesterday.  Bit slower today, my neck and shoulder is playing up... roll on Thursday were I will be have a torture session remedial massage.

The beginners class starts next Tuesday so if you have been toying with the idea of learning how to quilt or would like to brush up on the basics contact Patchwork by Sea there may still be a spot or two.

16 July 2014

Only 9 more sleeps

Apparently there are only 9 more sleeps till the start of QFD Xmas in July.

Lou is continuing with the traditional Bingo competition and there will be a door prize on the first day the only catch is you have to be all signed up before the 25th to be in the running for these two competitions.

Where do I join? I here you ask... Well just follow this link.

The all important bingo words go live tomorrow.  So head on over so you don't miss out on all the fun.

12 July 2014

Busy Busy Busy

It school holiday time, I am enjoying the break from schedule and I managed a couple of sleep in this week.  This morning I finished the last of my Xmas in July projects and they have headed up to Lou so that she and Sarah can work their magic and put the event all together.  The roll off designers is all new apart from me and Cheryl so it is bound to have a fresh new look this year and I am really looking forward to seeing what they all come up with.  There is still the usual chat to meet the designers and competitions so roll on 25th of July.   I have a few sneak peaks on my Facebook page  and if that wets your appetite you can head here to sign up.

Did I mention that I am teaching at Patchwork by Sea.  The projects are all done and I just have to finalise the all important class notes which I will be working on over the next couple of weeks.  The details are:

Raw Edge Appliqué (Tis the Season) is on the 26th of July

Introduction to Patchwork (5 week evening class) commencing 29th July

Needleturn Applique with a choice of 2 projects on 20 September.

You can read all the details on Patchwork by Sea's newsletter which pictures of the projects and contact details for the shop.

I am really excited about this opportunity.

In the next 3 weeks I have to also finish some study for work, that might be next on the list as it is bound to be mighty boring and really just needs to get done.

DH and I both have a day off together next week and we are planning a trip to Monarto Zoo with the kids... we haven't mentioned it yet to them.   It is all dependant on the weather which has pretty bad lately so if the forecast is for rain we won't be attempting it.

I tried to pick up this quilt last night and I had completely lost the plot on where I was going with it, I managed to sew on one leaf and thought I had better stop and have a look at notes and templates that I have abandoned for the last few weeks.

Its quiet here at the moment squid has a friend over and the boys have headed out to visit my MIL probably a good opportunity to get on with the TODO list.

03 July 2014

Photo Bombing Birds

The stars were aligned, the quilt was finished and today's forecast was for sun.  Adelaide has been in gloom for 2 weeks.  Today was the day for a photo shoot.... I just had a problem or two with the local wild life.

First there was this waterfowl who got in on the act.  Then this Murray Magpie walked straight over the quilt with me less than 2 feet away.  Just glad he didn't decide to christen the quilt on the way over.

I then headed to the beach but it was blowing a gale and the shots there really weren't that good.

Project 1 is all finished and has been sent to Quilt Fabric Delight headquarters to get ready for Xmas in July which is only a few short weeks away.

I'm hoping to put the final 2 projects together over the weekend.  Maestro is out with an ankle injury but I think we are required to head to footy on Sunday but we only have to go in one direction for tennis on Saturday if it isn't cancelled because of rain.