Monday, October 24, 2011

tah dah . . . . . all finished thanks to my Friday night sew in

My Tis the season stitch a long quilt
all finished

i snuggled up on my lounge, my dear hubby popped the rugby on the television
and i stitched and stitched until my little fingers were all sore and crampy
(not really)

Tis the season with Newcastle beach in the background

on the safety rail with the ocean off the coast of Newcastle in the 

i am so thrilled with it now and feel such a 
sense of achievement
my first quilt sew in  conjunction with 
all my new blogger friends

and only 24 days late . . . 

hope your hands are working on something that you love


Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Stitch in

I have been planning on Joining in on this little activity for ages, and tonight have finally got organised. Friday and thursdays always seem to be a stitching night for me, so really this just makes it nicer knowing that there are 151 of us all stitching together, from all over the world......

 . . . and tonight i am number 151 . . . .

hope your hands are working on something that you love


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a quilting lesson

Now if you have connected with my blog in the hope of learning stuff
your in the right place but it may not be what your think you are going to learn

a couple of weeks ago i put my TTS quilt together 
i was kind of rushing i had the deadline and lot's was happening on the home front so i rushed a bit

anyway i layed it out and pined it
as i was pin ning it i had in my mind 
how i was going to quilt it
so i pinned it accordingly
unfortunately i under pinned it and about three quaters through the quilting 
of the inside blocks i hit disaster....
the backing fabric had gone squew wiff
it was puckered and messy, so whats a gal to do......
find a comfy position out in the sun and unpick
(sadly as a not very good blogger i didn't 
take a photo of the mess,  i wasn't planning 
on telling all of you how much of a bodge i am)

anyway the quilt was layed out on the floor re.taped and this time i hand tacked it 
two reasons
1. i had a design for the borders that required me to use iron on tear is easier to iron on when there are no pins

2. that sucker of a backing fabric was not moving one inch, if i had anything to do with it
(and it didn't)
unfortunately i hadn't done machine quilting for ages and my experience is not great
so i forgot to release the pressure on the foot

can you see how the fabric pulls slightly one way, then goes the other
Lesson 1..when you are using a walking foot reduce the pressure on your foot
the tension could have been a little tighter too,

 now for the dreaded and scary free motion quilting

it's a little wonky but hey it has character

a close up of the free motion

lesson 2..  when free motion quilting tighten up the tension
Lesson 3.. see the little knots well the lady at my local machine shop was telling me that
when you are free motion quilting your feet should be tango ing whilst your hands are waltzing
i am not sure what my hands were doing....i think they were dancing on the inside

conclusion i am thinking that i need some lessons in machine quilting
now i am making this quilt sound like it is a disaster, 
really it's not, from a meter away you can't notice any of the faults 
and on the front she looks really very good

so i guess know there is a decision in order

the perfectionist in me says unpick it and do it again

the student in me says leave it , it is a lesson
to remember before starting quilting 
get the little book out that you dutifully wrote notes in (about two years ago)
and read over the notes then you will remember about the pressure foot, and the tension

the tangoing and the waltzing will come with some practice

who would you listen to

the perfectionist 
the student?


Monday, October 10, 2011

Whats in a name?

Lots of my bloggy friends have been telling  their story of how they got their name
this was all started by a curious little blogger called
so i thought  i should tell my story as well

so i was a lurker just like Cardygirl, there were several blogs that i particularly liked to lurk at, Leanne Beasley's, Cinderberry stitches and  one of my particular favourites was 
 actually it was on Chooky's site that i first heard about 
i also really loved visiting a blog called 

so at my second trip to nundle for GDITC i found myself sharing a table with
we were all chatting away when i leaned over and said to
Kerry who's Chookyblue ?.... she laughed and pointed out Chooky
just like Cardy girl i was like a teenager who just discovered that her pop gods were in front of her 
(for me it was Duran Duran....aghhh i am showing my age)
 Kerry introduced  us
and Chooky spent the remainder of the weekend convincing me i should start a 
blog, i have to admit i had already been thinking about it

So the name.....well i always seem to have 
too  many things going on
too many hats to wear
too many eggs in my basket

Hope your hands are working on something that you love


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lately in the mail

I have been receiving some nice little goodies from my friendly postman recently

i signed up for the Sue Daley 
"this goes with that"
from Kerry at

the package is fantastic, i received the first two months
as i signed up a little late
i received lots of papers

thread, needles

and all these super yummy fabrics

i am trying really hard to resist the temptation
of playing with these
(okay , okay i admit it, i have made one already)

i have a few deadlines which i really need to focus on
the least of which is my
which is now 6 days late

but thankfully it is all batted up and the label is on
so i am hoping to start quilting tonight . . . .

i also received this very  intriguing book
which explores the idea that quilts were used as signals
in the 
underground railway during
the American civil war
i love the history of quilts and am really interested in getting into this book

other than this not much happening down here
excepts lots of spring cleaning
mainly in my backyard
my pool now looks fit to swim in and most of the weeds in 
the garden beds have been

hope your hands have been working on something that you love