Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pot holder swap

Yet another swap from the Craft Forum, and yet another beautiful piece of art for my kitchen. I think they look very good together!

I can't believe how this has inspired me. I bought 2 new tea-towels this week, and I'm thinking of buying a couple of waffle ones and appliqueing something on them. I mean, I do spend a LOT of time in the kitchen!!! Of course I can always pass my old tea-towels on to hubby for the garage.....

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tea towel swap

This is the beautiful tea towel I received from Barb in our tea towel swap. The hearts are appliqued on and then Barb has embroidered flowers on all of them!! Much too nice to wipe dishes. I'm afraid it puts the tea towel I made to shame!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Random Acts of Kindness

This is a RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) that I received from a friend on my Craft Forum, all the way from Hungary. The embroidery thread is even made there! Thanks Doti, I love it!!

Flowering Plum

Spring has sprung here in Sydney town, although today it's overcast and a bit cool. This is a flower from a flowering plum in our front yard. It went from bare, to budding, to full flower in about 2 weeks once the weather warmed up. Just beautiful!!

My Work Space

This is my work space. I set it up when I moved my youngest and his cot from my room to his brother's room. I actually have a bigger table now, a dining table so I can spread out even more. I decided to use my bubs' change table as
storage because I knew no-one else wanted it, I already bought it second hand and it has good shelves and the height is perfect for rotary cutting (for me at 5ft it is anyway). It holds my stash, my dress patterns, some wadding, cross stitch and stitchery kits, and in the bath I keep baking paper, quilt basting spray and pellon - things I don't need often.

I keep the ironing board up on the other side of the desk and everything is always ready to go. Hubby has even planted roses outside the window for me!

Aidan's School Quilt

This is the first "full-sized" quilt that I ever made, and only the 2nd of any size. I made it for my son when he started school so I used lots of fabric with school buses, letters, pencils... I bought all the material for the centre from Post Office Patchwork at Glenbrook. (What a fabulous shop!! and I have seen Rhonda's quilt "Insanity" in person and it is immaculate!!) Anyway, with Rhonda's advice and inspiration from a quilt on display with similar fabrics, I made this quilt that I am very proud of. It is machine pieced but hand quilted inside each square, and around each applique.

Aidan's Teenage Quilt

I made this quilt for my eldest son for Christmas last year because he started High School in January so needed an older quilt than his first. He loves all things Celtic and I had bought this pattern at the Stitches and Craft Show about 10 years ago. The stitcheries were sewn over about 5 years and pieced together (the quilt design is mine as the quilt pattern with the stitcheries only had plain sashing) over a few months, then finally machine sewn on my Toyota sewing machine.

Forever Sisters

I made this quilt for my sister's birthday. It is all candlewicked. I absolutely LOVED making it. I found the candlewicking to be so relaxing and easy to pick up and put down quickly which is good with the little ones. I've decided that I'll need to make another one soon. Candlewicking is addictive!!!

The $9 Quilt

This is my latest project. I'm going to work backwards until I catch up! I bought the fabric in the centre as a scrap pack at one of my local patchwork shop for the huge price of $5!! I decided that I would make the price the feature of the quilt, hence "The $9 Quilt". The colours are definately not me but I just love it. It is my snuggle quilt for the lounge!
What a scary experience! I've been thinking about setting up a blog for a while, so here goes....

Wish me luck!!