Sunday, July 31, 2011

FOUND! - One quilt finished and another one starts

Thank you. Sometimes I think you just have to let go and admit you can't find something and what do you know, you discover it. 

I found the strips of fabric in an old suitcase I use to store fabrics.  I had looked in there several times, but I think I must have been having a boy's look, because on Wednesday I pulled everything out and went through it thoroughly and voila - there they were.  So this weekend I was finally able to start my new quilt, here's one of the first blocks of my Fussy Fairytales Quilt using Heather Ross Far Far Away 2 fabric.

And after the shocking weather ealrier in the week the sun shone and we have had beautiful almost spring like days at the end of the week.  Enough so I could get out and take some photos of my Sherbet Pips quilt.

The back using Kona Baby Blue

and with a little applique to finish it off.

I hope you have had some sunshine too.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's official I am going nuts!

My kids have told me this for years and my brother's kids call me and my two sisters the "Crazy Aunties" and usually I am quite proud of being slightly nutty, doolally, or if we are being polite a little quirky...


I feel like I am losing my marbles.  I have cut 20 strips of fabric 1and half inches wide out of the Kona cotton solids and some Echino solids ready to make this quilt...

But do you think I can find them!

It is no use asking Mr Stitchbird for sympathy or if he has seen them because I will get a lecture about leaving my crafty stuff everywhere in the house.  SIGH... I will keep hunting tonight, as I am ready to go on this project. 

I will keep you posted as to whether I find them or end up cutting new ones.

What have you lost?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

finishing touches - putting on the binding

It is a cold wet day - so perfect for hand stitching the binding onto a quilt.  I use snap hair clips to keep the binding in place while I stitch it down.  I thought that was how everyone did it, but judging from some comments I have received maybe not.  Any way I definitely recommend it as a technique to use.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lucy wants to go to dance school too

It is school holidays here and we have family staying.  My niece Izzy is a JA at the NZ School of Dance and is dancing every day.  Lucy doesn't understand why she can't go too - she is sure she could plié and chassé with the best of them.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Woolly Goodness

There is nothing like new fabric arriving to brighten the day.

These are all 100% wool and are beautifully light and soft, they are now in the shop here.

I am inspired to make one of the otters

from Amy Adams book Countryside Softies

and perhaps a needlebook by Sue Spargo...

Hi Ho Hi Ho it is off to sew I go.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blah, Blah and Double Blah

I have been sick

....and very pathetic....

I think it may have been a case of cross-gender man flu.

I know my brain was not working properly.

Luckily I think I am through the worst and am hoping my brain may start to function (normally?) again.

Today I couldn't resist the $2 bunches of sol d'ors outside the local florist and taking a photo of some of the first brave spring flowers in our garden.

 Camellia - Spring Festival

I hope you are all well and staying warm. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Craft 2.0 and Facebook

There has not been much time for blogging lately - partly because of winter colds and snuffles at our house and also because I was crazy busy getting ready for Craft 2.0 which was on last Saturday.  Now if I was any good at this whole marketing, self promotion stuff I would have told you all before the market... but... it just didn't happen.  Thank you Sue for organising a great day.

But I did take a photo...

This weekend I am back at the Underground Market.

Also on the whole self promotion bit - Stitchbird Fabrics has got it's own Facebook Page.  I am not necessarily good at this yet but I am trying and if you want to you can come and visit me over on Facebook and if you want to (no pressure :)) you could even "Like" us.