Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Just over two weeks until the big day!

Can you believe there are only just over two weeks until Christmas? I bet you've all got your list prepared and are well on the way to completing your shopping. I really wish I could say the same - I haven't made a list, and I've only bought one present - and that's only because my sweet brother gave me the coordinates of the exact thing he wanted. I strongly dislike being so disorganised in this way, but for some reason I just can't get my head around the Christmas list until Amy's birthday (which is this weekend) is sorted, and then I run at Xmas like a crazy lady!

But you don't want to hear me whine about my disorganisation - so here's some quilty content: Though stitching time has been limited, I've gotten a little more of the Montmellick project together:

It's looking kinda cute right? Once the other two sides are in place, I'll work on the paper pieced stars that will go into the blank squres. That part will definitely be time consuming. Once that's done, there's a final border print, and rather than go for something like the designer chose, I think I'll put a repeat of the border that frames the inner applique block. I'm pretty sure I have enough *crossed fingers*

The quilt is going to be a little smaller than expected, more like a wall hanging size, and I've toyed with the idea of making it larger, but I have a feeling I'll be lazy :-)

Just now I threw the quilt on the floor in the lounge to take the picture, and it's getting pretty dark outside. Without all the light coming through the front window, it's so much easier to see the Xmas tree and all the decorations on it, so I snapped a pic for you ...

One of these days I'll take the time to learn how to take better pictures with fancy effects, but not today :-) You can see though how completely full the tree is ... there's barely room for another single ornament, and that's how I like it! Note to self ... straighten those faux candles ... très messy.

Now, I'm sure I had a whole bunch of things I wanted to tell you about, but under pressure, I can't remember any of them - so that either means I have too much bouncing around in my head right now, or I'm completely losing my mind. Should I remember any of the Very. Important. Things. I'll check back in with you ...

Chatter soon!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Snippets ...

On Tuesday two of my besties and I went on a little road trip. We headed over to a shop I've never been to before - Widebacks. They're on the absolute opposite side of town, so it was quite a revelation to me. Working in a quilt store means that I have little need to visit other shops, but it was a fun trip! Wendy found the perfect backing she was looking for, and I accidentally found two things I could use:

The double wide backing you see there will be perfect should I ever finish Camo's aviation themed quilt - and it was a bargain at $15.00 per metre. And of course I love all the patterns by my sweet friend Michele Hill, and Arabesque just grabbed me! I have a few of her patterns now, but I haven't actually made one ... you just can't rush these things :-)

We made another quilt shop stop so Vicki could pick up a particular batting she was after, but I didn't break out the credit card at all. And before we stopped for lunch, we headed into some particularly dangerous territory ... The Christmas Shop on Goodwood Road!

Goodness me, my mettle was tested when I was faced with this wall of Nutcrackers! I have no clue how I managed it, but I didn't buy any of them ... though I was sorely tempted by the wind-up guy in the middle with the red base. He's so very cute.

But I can confess that I wasn't a complete angel, I did bring two items home with me ...

I just loved these glass ornaments, they're very regal looking. It would have been nice to have a bunch of them, but the tree is groaning already. Also, I'm TRYING to practice restraint as I've put some Christmas funds aside to hunt down a new tree in the post-Xmas sales - ours is starting to look a little spindly and I've been 'gunna' replace it for a few years now.

Last up in the shopping dept, while at work yesterday I picked up two fabrics. I really wanted the remnants of a strippy fabric the girls have been using in class to make table runners. It's my hope to also make a table runner for someone on my gift list:

And the fabric on the right is a gorgeous linen. The moment I saw it, I knew it would be perfect to make up a wrap skirt. I purchased the pattern from The Drapery when they were at guild not so long ago, and I've been looking for the perfect summery fabric ever since. I wanted to share a pic of the pattern with you, but my cutting table is such a mess that I can't put my hands on it right now. So, click here to check it out.

Finally, lest you think I've been wasting all my energy on retail therapy, I can share that I've actually finished the red applique border on Montmellick, and I've actually started cutting for the last instalment:

Obviously I still have a long way to go, but I'll be chipping away at it some more today ...

Chatter soon! xox

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Three down, one to go ...

In stolen moments, I've been chipping away at the Montmellick Di Ford mystery. I'm still humming along on border number 5, and the finish line for this part is growing so close:

Just one side left to go, and I can get busy putting part 6 together. Part 6 includes a pieced star border, and then a final border print. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out on the Quilt Mania website.

But before I get busy on part 6, I'm going to spend some time sorting out the sewing room, it's getting kind of messy and I find it hard to sew when I'm edgy in my environment. I may also have to send some of my fabric out into the world. I have Way. Too. Much. Fabric. Not sure I ever thought I'd say that!!

Alrighty, I have some chores to take care of, then it's back to the appliqué, chatter soon!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A spiderweb production line :-)

First up, if you thought I might be tempted by more Christmas Nutcrackers when faced with them at the store, you might be right ...

However when you're faced with a group of them like this ... can't prove anything ... right?? :-)

Ugh, just noticed that my fern needs a little 'greenhouse' time. It's amazing what you pick up in a photo but can ignore in real life!

But back to the quilty component of this post: This past week I have been producing spider-web place-mats at a rate of knots!

Here we have a gratuitous 'while quilting' photo. I have to say that even though I'll never have mad photography skillz, I'm enjoying my new iPhone and the pictures it takes a good deal better than my old one. Though this 6+ is huge in my small hands!

I made three different colourways - these ones are largely reproduction fabrics. The eagle eyed among you will recognise one of the red fabrics from my Farmers Wife quilt.

These ones using some of the Jinny Beyer fat quarters that I won (I think last year) at our guild show.

And these ones using more of the Jinny Beyer fat quarters. Though they scarcely look different from the previous picture, there are subtle differences :-)

All the Jinny Beyer mats have used Jinny Beyer fat quarters as the backing, so I've made a bit of a dent in the pack I received :-)

Here are the mats ready to head off to their new homes. I'll be passing them along today, and only just finished them yesterday - I always manage to cut things close to my self imposed deadlines!

Not sure what I'll work on next, probably get busy on the Di Ford mystery again, but the rest of the week is looking pretty chaotic. I'll check in when I can! xox

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catching up ...

On Sunday last week I was finally able to visit with my quilt at the Guild Show. Because the DH is away, I had to take Camo with me after he was done with tennis training. To sweeten the deal for him, I promised to take him to Krispy Creme afterward. I probably shouldn't have given him that information before we went to the show ... the whole time we were there I was hearing "Can we go now ... Can we go now ..." *sigh*

I managed to get a few happy snaps, so here's a close up for you:

During the week I had a call from our wonderful FOQ organiser Bron, she had the happy news that my quilt is one of those selected to represent South Australia at AQC in Melbourne in April. Isn't that just the best thing? Really the cherry on my sundae :-)

I've been busy during the week working on a bunch of spider-web place-mats, and I'll share a picture with you in my next post. I probably could have done so today, but this girl of little brains just forgot to take a snap or two.

But I did manage to take a few (a very few) pictures on an outing yesterday! Shay, Amy and I ventured to Costco!! It only opened here in Adelaide on Wednesday for the first time ever, and as soon as the schedule allowed, we were there with bells on! Definitely check in with Shay at some point, as I know she'll write a much more descriptive and humorous post than I'm capable of :-)

You all know my love of Nutcrackers, well, we weren't in the door five minutes and this guy was tossed into the trolley:

He's so much nicer than this guy that we saw later on:

According to the box, he's 1.9m (or 76") tall, and at over $400.00 he was definitely too rich for my budget right now. And if I'm completely honest, I don't think he's as cute as the little 32" guy we purchased :-)

Throughout the whole shopping trip, I was having doubts about whether I should bring the Nutcracker home, I don't know why, but it just seemed so extravagant! Now that he's in place though, I'm just so glad I bought him:

I'll have to take another pic so you can see how they all look together. Now that I've had a grizzle to some of my friends about Nutcrackers being harder to find this year, I'm seeing them in a few more places, but I'll have to restrain myself ... I really need to save some money for my vacation next year.

I skyped with Linda during the week, and I'll be booking my airfares shortly - DH will be booking some annual leave so he can holiday with the little guy while I'm away, it's all looking good!

Next week is my birthday, and for the first time ever my DH is going to be away. I have a couple of celebrations planned with friends and I'll be going out with my family too, so I won't be feeling lonely which is nice :-) I was chatting with the Hubster the other day telling him that I don't want a bunch of presents also because of the upcoming vacation, but he assured me that when he gets back, regardless of my desire for a minimalist birthday he'll choose me some new beads for my Pandora bracelets. He knows how much I love them and how the beads have special meaning for me depending on where they came from and who gifted them to me, isn't he a honey? :-)

And for the very last thing, here's a random picture that's in my phone from the other day, thought I'd share it:

I was trying to work out if I wanted to do any more Christmas decorating in the front rooms, and I've decided I'm going to leave them be for now. I need to tidy away those messy cords, and neaten up the quilt rack. It's amazing how you don't notice those things in real life, but in a picture they stand out like crazy.

Well, that's it from me for today, I'm going to get back on to the spider-web place-mat production line, so I'll check in really soon!

Friday, November 14, 2014

More Excitement!

A big thank you to my sweet friend Bridget - on two counts!

First up, she's at the Craft Fair today, and visited with my quilt. She snapped some pictures for me, as I'm just not sure when I'm going to get a chance to go there ...

My goodness it's a big quilt, and I have to say that I'm feeling quite proud that it's hanging nice and flat. It's a tough gig attaching a border to such a heavily pieced quilt, and Lizzy's amazing quilting was the icing on the cake :-)

And a gratuitous close up so you can see more of Lizzy's fantastic quilting. A ribbon for her, and one for me too :-) Sue Garman's pattern is just wonderful - and it was a delight for me to put the quilt top together - albeit a good deal faster than I anticipated I would.

I'm just so thrilled that my quilt did so well, I really hope I get an opportunity to visit with it before the show ends on Sunday. 

And the second big thank you for Bridget: She knows my love of Nutcrackers, and my boundless enthusiasm to fill my home with them during the Christmas season ... well, she found one and gifted it to me:

He's front and centre there with the gold crown and green glittery legs - isn't he so very cute? I only have seven large Nutrackers (and about eleventy small ones on the tree) so it's not much of a collection really, but I really like them and see more in my future. There's one in Myer that's about a metre tall ... and at $100 is a little rich for me ... but trust me, I'll be there with bells on if he's still around in the post-Xmas sales!

Last of all - I'm waiting on a special parcel today - I may or may not (can't prove anything 'till they arrive) have ordered some shoes at around midnight on Wednesday. It's all for a good cause ... Guild's 20's night:

These will be perfect with the outfit I have planned - a red sheath dress with a black lace overlay, and a feather headband with a red rhinestone. Should be super fun. She shoes are Diana Ferrari's Lamour, and I purchased them from Birdsnest. I'm sad to say that they were the last pair. I think it was serendipity that the last pair they had were my size - they were meant to be :-)

**Just as I was typing this, the doorbell rang, and they have arrived ... OMG, they are beautiful!! Happy days!!**

Well, that's it from me, I have work to do in the sewing room today, and a bunch of chores to do, so I will chatter soon! xox

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thimbleberries Limited Edition Porcelain Stocking Ornaments

Just a quick note for my Thimbleberries loving friends out there - I've just created an Ebay listing for my set of Thimbleberries Porcelain Stocking Ornaments.

They just don't suit my decor any longer, and I know someone out there has probably been hunting for these for ages, you just don't see them around any more!

So, if these are something you're looking for, go ahead and check out the listing: Thimbleberries Limited Edition Porcelain Stocking Ornaments. Happy Shopping! xox

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Gearing up for Christmas ...

Yesterday was the day of the Christmas Pageant in Adelaide, and that means one thing in this house ... it's time to start Xmas decorating. I think my children may riot if the tree didn't go up on pageant day, and fortunately this weekend they were just a little preoccupied, so they didn't mind that I was a day late. But here it is ... long term readers have seen it all before :-)

There is still a little tweaking to do - some filler ribbons etc, but we're pretty much there. Just need to get busy with the rest of the decorating now. You know, break out the garlands, the nutcrackers etc ...

Amy had the fun quote of the day ... "The tree still needs to be pyramid shaped, it can't have any tumors". I'm super fussy about decorating the tree, and it seems my apprentice is learning well :-)

And because we're starting to get into the Christmas spirit, I've pulled out a few FQ's to make some spiderweb placemats to give away - I have a number of them to make this year, I hope I can manage them all.

A while back I won a whole pile of Jinny Beyer FQ's in our guild show, and I will use these for some of the spiderwebs. They're not Christmas fabrics, but the colours work don't they?

Hopefully I'll get all the strips cut and sewed tonight, and then I'll cut the wedges tomorrow. Better run, chatter soon!


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