Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Not so quiet

All's not so quiet now!
We just had a lovely couple of days away. We went to Ballarat and then down to Portland. Lovely weather too.
The batteries have been recharged....
Have to finish a doll for Country Threads mag, then start on another one for them.
2 UFO's need to be finished, and I want to get them done asap.
I pick up my new GO! Accuquilt cutter today. YAY.....not much work going to be done while I play.
And so I spent a lot of money at Hancocks of Paducah on fabric for projects using my new machine. Mmmmmmm can't wait til they arrive.
What else....what else........oh, I've been avidly watching shows from The Quilt Show online and have learned SO much. Therefore, there are tools and stuff I need to buy.......heheheheeeeeeeee...must haves!!!!!!
Since watching and learning from The Quilt Show, I have been bitten by the quilting bug! I know I've made and designed a few basic quilts, but the 'patchworking' of putting the top together has been...I won't say easy, for it has certainly not been, but let's say I got a handle on some basic stuff and went with it. But the actual quilting motion quilting etc...this I have to learn and can't wait.

 And last but not least today.... My little girl Nikia is in this months Patchwork & Stitching magazine.
This adorable little baby is named for my equally adorable granddaughter Nikia (9now). The only thing that disappoints me about the doll is that I didn't have blue Prisma pencils to colour her eyes, and my Niki has huge eyes that are blue as blue! I'm pretty sure they will both forgive me this latitude, xxxxx

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Another new doll

I was thrilled to find in my mail box this morning, my copy of this month's issue of Country Threads.
My little girl, Patch is sitting right there on the cover page, amongst awesome projects by Michelle Ridgway and Bobbie Small.
If you're a doll maker, I'm sure you'll love making her. She is an absolute delight in the flesh.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hopefully the home sretch

Well, those injections weren't too bad!! Although I did have my daughter next to me with hands to squeeze...and I did!!
The pain of the bursitis in the hips has severely diminished, for which I am incredibly grateful. Although I'm told it only lasts 3 months!!! grrrrr, isn't there always a catch? lol.

Anyway, not much crafting done lately, have just been relaxing, reading and just vegging out, while I collect my pain free thoughts, lol.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Not a happy camper today

I'm off for an ultrasound and steroid injections into both hips this morning, so yeah, not a happy camper. But! if it takes away only half of my pain, I will instead be a very happy camper, lol.
Wish me luck.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Finished Project

What a better way to start my week than to finish a project.
This is the bag I made from Michelle Ridgway's pattern. I love it.
And so my collection of handmade patchwork tote bags grows.
I also couldn't resist an invitation to join a Bag Pattern of the month Club.

I think I'm on a bag roll. Going to spend some time looking through the Club info and I do love the first bag off the rank....

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My project so far

While watching the cricket this evening, I needle turned the stitchery and scallop to my stripes in the Michelle Ridgway bag I'm making. The fabrics I chose are turning out better than I had hoped.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Who am I stitching?

The last few days I've been working on a project for myself, for the simple joy I feel when making something from another designer.
I fell in love with this tote from Michelle Ridgway, in Country Threads Vol 13 #8.

Being a collector of handmade bags and a lover of stitchery designs, how could I resist?
I've done the stitchery and chosen my fabrics; from the Botany range by Lauren and Jessi Jung.