Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Back together

I Just want to say a huge thanks for all the responses i got to my last post

Durlindana is back together

I steamed it so much, my face got a facial

then i starched it to within an inch of it's life
sewed a straight line for ? gathering, ? stabilising

as it turned out i didn't need to gather it
it went back together perfectly

Pinned ready to be re- attached

Layed out ready to be pinned
and yes i can see the wobbles in the boarders but i hadn't smoothed it out properly when i took the photo

let me tell you there was no wobbles in the borders when it was pinned
otherwise she would have been in a garbage bag in the Back of the wardrobe

Pinned ready to quilt

and i just had to show you my gorgeous tree, i planted this tree about 4 years ago and i just love it
i am pretty sure i put a photo up on the blog last Autumn too, but i just love the colours

and a close up for you all

so now to battle the nerves and actually sit down and free motion quilt . .  . .

hope your hands are working on something that you love



Monday, May 28, 2012

come undone

In  my last post i made the comment, i feel like there is always something new to learn
i just wish it wasn't always by my mistakes . . . . . 

around a year ago i started this quilt, Durlindana
 i have slowly plodded along making the blocks,
 being a little pedantic about my seams and points ect . . . . 
finally i had it all together 
sooo i bought my backing and batting and 

took my quilt to my local quilt group on Friday night so the girls could help me batt it up
only to discover . . . . 

. . . . This . . . .
my borders had rippled, i am pretty sure it is because my bias cut triangles have stretched

some of the girls said it would quilt up okay and probably not be noticeable 
but i don't want to look at this quilt and always think

. . . . . hmm the borders are bodggy . . . . 

plus the edges wouldn't lie flat

so i set to work this morning with an unpicker and the offending borders were removed
(it was only two)

(super sad face)

now . . . . i really don't want to unpick the triangles too

has anyone got any suggestions as to how i can unstretch my bias triangles ???

hope your hands are working on something that you love
(and not reverse sewing like me)


Monday, May 21, 2012

Getting to know her.....

during the past couple of months when i all but disappeared from the blog world a lot of things have happened in our household, most pretty boring but some exciting 

one of them was the introduction of a new member to the family

her lines are sleek and smooth

she is shiny and oh so clever

she has some lovely curves as well

she is solid and reliable

and because she is oh so ultra modern and so very solid, stable and (i hope) reliable i have chosen a very old fashioned name for her
( you guys all remember that i have a weird thing about naming almost everything don't you......???
it makes it so much easier to curse something that has a


Victoria is a Bernina 550 quilters edition, she is actually, according to the manual a sewing computer and well yes she is computerised but i think Matilda (my mac laptop) might be a little offended with that comment 

so far we are getting along pretty well

although. . . . . . . . .

i recently attended a workshop and thought
here we go a good way to get to know my new machine

ummmm not a good idea
BEFORE you go to the workshop . . . . get to know . . . .  your machine. . . . .  a least a little bit . . . . lol

okay well the workshop was with Pam Furniss and the goal was to make a little quilt using a variety of techniques and in the process get to know your machine and what it can do 
so we started with a quilt as you go technique (which i wish i could show you but i was a very bad blogger and didn't take a photo)

then we used our decorative stitches to stitch over the seams using a similar coloured thread
i loved this it was like. . . . . . ahhhh. . . . i'll pick this one and then . . . . . ohhhh i want to do that stitch
heaps of fun

you really should try this you see the quilt was all together all three layers so the decorative stitches was the quilting
Pam showed us lot's of examples of how the decorative stitches make even the most mundane quilting look brilliant

then we  stitched some curved lines and then needed to do some satin stitch fancy stitches over them
now this is where Victoria and i hit some difficulty

you see you have to make sure your tension is perfect . . . . 
 you know, no back thread at the front, no front thread at the back  
and since i had black on the back, silver on the front it was very noticeable
and well Victoria wasn't behaving according to expectation 
also to me a satin stitch has the thread laying side by side as above, and Victoria's default setting had the satin stitch looking like a very close zig zag 
( easily fixed, but it really annoyed me on the day)
and when i received the comment 
ohhh it might need a service i almost went through the roof she was only two months old


when i got home i threw the quilt on the sewing cabinet, left Victoria there still in her travel bag and ignored both of them for a couple of days , then it got the better of me . . .  .

i set Victoria up with a sample fabric and started playing , re read her manual and we did it, we got the tension right

you see Victoria is a Bernina and Bernina's have bobbin cases the bobbin case has a little arm and when you do satin stitch the thread should be threaded through the eye on the end of the arm

this done i adjusted the tension appropriately and she sewed like a dream and we have got past our first argument

we also had to blanket stitch lot's and lot's of little circles and flowers onto the quilt with a blanket stitch appliqué  and whilst i had done this before i had never done it to this extent and by the last few circles i got pretty good

well i  think so anyway . . . . . LOL

so all in all this workshop taught me heaps about needles, thread tension, using your walking foot and all the lovely decorative stitches your machine has.

i am a firm believer that you never ever stop learning and i know that there is a lot i have yet to learn in  life and about my craft 

Ohhh and  i just had to show you this 
my very very best friend made this for me, it's a little ladybug pincushion as you can see by the size of the needle it is pretty small, and is perfect to sit on top of the machine
(apparently she used a coca cola lid as the base)

and i also just wanted to show you the detail, she is a wonderful embroiderer and never resists the temptation of stitching on the smallest pieces of fabric

anyway i think i have talked your head off enough for one day,

 i am starting to get writers cramp . . .  .LOL

i hope your hands are working on a project that you love


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Coite's shenanigans part 2.....

so the sequel to Coite's shenanigans has been a while coming, but here it is........

Lounging Coite travelled to The easter camping trip with kidnapping Coite in the relative comfort of their new van

Since thieving Coite didn't arrive till much later that day, kidnapping Coite felt pretty relaxed and allowed Lounging M & M to wander the camp at will

here he got to meet Cheffrey a new addition to the Coite camp site

He checked out some of the four wheel drives, and wondered if we would take him for a bit of bush driving

kicked back and enjoyed the view of river and peaceful surrounds

but then he decided that he was tired of being social and he started to look for Thieving Coite's van
he looked in Tim's trailer

he discussed it with the Coke can who didn't have a clue

he checked out Nanny and Poppy's camp site, but could find no clue's as to how to find thieving Coite's van

in desperation he travelled to Mount George

he phoned home to check with his M & M brothers and they provided him with a detailed description of thieving Coite's trailer, and assured him that help was on the way

thieving Coite had organised for Commando M & M to come to camp to help avenge the kidnapping of Lounging Coite

Commando Coite launched his attack on kidnapping Coite and a battle of hilarious proportion ensued

after exhaustion from laughing and covered in too many bruises to count

Kidnapping Coite relinquished Lounging M & M

Lounging M & M celebrated with Thieving Coite with a mouthful or 4 of cask wine

celebrated being home amongst his family

and decided that he would hit the sack and stay far from view, just in case one of the other Coite's decided to take him for a visit.....

hope you enjoyed our little story