Thursday, 25 February 2010

Swanky Circles are done!

Getting things done!!
I had fun with this quilt. Curved piecing and great fabric.

This is a new quilt design for me. Bubbles. It took a bit of getting used to, but in the end it was fun.

I had this great stripe in my stash. It goes perfect with this little quilt.

Happy Quilting

Monday, 22 February 2010

Newcastle Craft Fair

I went to the Fair on the weekend ( Friday & Saturday ) and came away with a stash of goodies.
I met alot of like mided people at their stalls. I networked like a crazy lady.  There were a lot of stallholders that I have met at previous shows and some that we do business with. On the Friday I had Ethan with me and I left early because he was being a typical boy. Huffing every time I stopped to look at something.
So I went back on Saturday and it was much better. I found a few bargins and had time to look at everything that interested me.

This is my booty.
4 jelly rolls, a layer cake, 7 fat quarters, 2 mtrs fabric,a crochet book and some patterns and a couple of specialised patchwork rulers.
Not bad for a few hours work!

Happy Quilting

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Busy Busy Busy

I am not doing dancewear anymore as it takes up too much time and brain power than it's worth. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I look foward to being in my sew space and not feeling guilty if I sew a quilt instead of costumes. Yay!!
I have been sewing like a crazy woman. I've finished a couple of quilt tops, bound a quilt and been designing my own patterns and printing them up to sell in the shop . This is an exciting venture. It's something I've been wanting to do for ages. At work I design quilts for people all the time. They come to class with a piece of fabric and ask "What can I do with this?". And off I go. I design a pattern on the spot and then help them with extra fabric choices. It's what I do and I love it!!!

I have a pink and green thing going at the moment. I think it's due to the lack of females in the house.(It's just me and 4 males) Anyhow here's some of them

I'm going to enter this one in the local show. My points are pretty good, although I have to go in the professional section due to my teaching the subject. We are all critical of our own work and I don't feel worthy of being called a professional.

It was made with a jelly roll and a couple of yards of background fabric. It took longer than expected. When I started it we were living with my parents and I couldn't just sew when I felt like it. I love this quilt!!

This is the nine patch quilt-a long by Amanda Jean that I started last year. The top is done and it is in the quilting queue in a box under my quilting machine. ( with the other 7 to do, better get on to that )
I used a green/white spot as the sashing instead of the white because there is a lot of white in the 9 patches.

Best get back to it. I am working on a top from another jelly roll and layer cake. It's almost done so pics will follow soon.

Happy Quilting

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

My Big Boy

This has been a big week for my eldest boy, Ethan. On Wednesday he was inducted into the Student Representitve Council at his school and on Saturday he turned 13. I can't believe the tiny little boy we brought home from the hospital is 13. He got a motorbike for his bithday. I don't know if maybe I was crazy to let this happen. Motorbikes scare me a little. I know a couple of people who have had really bad accidents on them and here we are getting one for our child.
The first time he road it though, made me feel proud of my boy. He was very sensible. I don't think I need to worry to much about him. His brothers might be another story though!
On Saturday we had a family celebration for Ethans birthday. It was the first time at the farm for a couple of the relos. The kids really enjoyed it and everyone stayed longer than I expected because it's just so lovely here.(that's what I'm telling myself anyway) They had fun walking over the farm to the gully and the giant swing was a hit. It was a hot day and the air con was a great relief while cutting the cake.

Signing the induction book

Year 8 SRC members

 (he does have a helmet, he wasn't riding it yet)

Happy Birthday to you.....

All the cousins here to celebrate their big cousin Ethan's 13th birthday


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Modern Quilt Guild & Stuff

I have been so busy!!
The Boys are back at school and the morning routine has started again. It has taken two weeks to get settled again.
I have been getting loads of sewing done. I have about 7 quilt tops ready for quilting. I know, that's terrible. I'm just a little obsessed. Most have their backing ready to go. I have had a couple of quilts to do for other people so they are priority over my own. Got to have an income to feed my fabric habit.
I am also back at work my 2 days a week. It's been great to get back into it. Not all my ladies are back yet and a couple have gone on holidays in the low season ( not school holidays ), so it's been a bit of a slow start but I'm sure it will take off soon.
The girls and I at the shop have signed on for the Modern Quilt Guild. We are called Central Coast Modern Quilt Guild. We are just finalising a couple of details and we will be having our first meeting.

Check back for details
Happy quilting