Thursday, 16 September 2010

fluttering madly

........ and this is no 7.........
I have been stitching madly trying to complete the Butterfly Garden quilt. Partly I am so excited to be almost finished with it, and I can't wait to see what it will look like completed.


Mostly it is because I am excited about my next applique project which I will not allow myself to start until I have Butterfly Garden. Self-discipline, see? (it's not a dominant trait in me as far as quilting is concerned, but I can always pretend)

Redwork quilt by Tita Leach

I have fabrics (red/ecru prints and ecru osnaberg) as well as embellishments ready to go.
My friend Adri and I will be stitching together on this one. Always good for motivation!
Imagine our surprise when in the pattern pack was discovered an extra border not in the photo (or on the original quilt displayed at the Craft Depot!).

By popular demand Tita added another border consisting of houses and trees made up of suffolk puffs - 320 in total. No, that is not a typo.....  320!

Good thing I'm such a dab hand with them after finishing Tita's Christmas Quilt.

Monday, 13 September 2010

check out this giveaway!!

Becky Johnson of Chasing Cottons has done it again and the "Rolling Meadows" pattern is now ready for purchase through her website. To celebrate, Becky is doing a giveaway - check out this bundle!!!!! A free copy of the pattern,a whole yard of the tree fabric (Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow) and assorted strips of other fabric.

All you have to do is visit her blog and leave a comment. For an added chance, follow her blog (which you'd want to do anyway, so that you can find out what this talented new quilter is up to!). For a third go at the prize, put Becky's blog in your sidebar or blog about it.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

room to let

Looking for a new home?
A great opportunity has come up in this brand new single dwelling development.

We are offering a spacious 34 ltr modern home tastefully decorated with white, fine grain gravel flooring throughout. Decorations include a replica shipwreck.
Environmental issues have been addressed and we can guarantee a comfortable, stable room temperature and excellent ventilation.

Landscaping artists will be starting work on the planting of greenery later this week.

Services include food delivered regularly straight to your door.

Premises are suitable for a couple or a family. House share welcome. Premises are also suitable for a school.

Applications to Little Possum.

and the winners are.....

The quilt goes to Caroline of The Simple Things for $70.  Thank you!!

The highest bid for the pencil roll was by Fiona who bid a very generous $100, but didn't leave contact details. Thank you for your bid!!

Can both winners  please email me with your details -

Thank you to those who bid, it was very generous of you, and I am happy to be able to use this money to contribute to a very worthy cause.

I will be starting another silent auction again in the next week, so watch this space!

Friday, 3 September 2010

presenting...... Gemstones!

The quilt top is now complete in all its glory. The original pattern is from "Jelly roll quilts" by Nicky Lintott.
The picture in the book also featured Kaffe Fassett prints and the fabrics were pieced in a random/scrappy way. This looked fun and cheerful, but as I started piecing my rectangles, I decided that I would make my gemstones by organising the prints by colour, and here is the result:
For the backing I had originally intended on using white homespun with a strip of leftover rectangles pieced into it. However, when I went to buy the homespun, I must've had a brainblip, and I miscalculated the amount I needed and I was short by 20 cm.

I considered my options - going back for more homespun, or going on to plan B,
a pieced backing.

Plan B feels very satisfying in a stashbusting way since I used KF yardages from my shelves.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to Adri I go :)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

the table is set

Finished all the placemats. I made 8 in total.

Quite pleased with the result, especially when I added the candlestick made by my grandfather. He also made the mirror on the wall.

Just need some food to serve up now :)