Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hexies and a finish

Check out this beauty - I think they are 1/2 inch hexies, and the graduation of colours is quite lovely. It took me a while to see the rings when I was quilting it, but you can see them quite clearly in these photos. It was completed in a class with Lynne Alchin.

This is the back......

I quilted it using both the Classic and the Statler. The swirly designs in the centre and the corners are a design by One Song Needle Arts (from the Dogwood design series), and then the fill is freehand pebbling.

The outside border is half inch parallel lines.

My finish this week is a SAL I have been doing with The Stitch Specialists yahoo group and is called the Tree of Stitches designed by Abi Gurden.

Each of the colours is a different stitch and there are some beads in amongst them. And an owl in the middle. Very cute and I found it very enjoyable to do. I haven't done a lot of specialty stitching, but this was a good way to learn new stitches without being overwhelmed by a huge project. Thanks Abi.

And this morning young Hazza competed in a ten pin bowling tournament in town and managed to pick up a second in the handicap second. He played a really good third game and this brought h is scores up. Next weekend is another tournament which he is competing in. This is all in preparation for the Nationals over Easter next year, so the more tournaments he competes in now, hopefully he will cope with the size of the Nationals.



Monday, August 22, 2011

New computer

Try again...I tried to post last night but the internet was playing up.
Anyway, this quilt is one I made for my dearly beloved when he was having chemo and ray treatment 5 years ago, and it makes my eyes swirl - just like they were doing over the weekend.

I had a "catastrophic" failure of my hard drive last week (funnily enough when I was trying to upload photos to update my blog!), and now have a new beaut, touch screen, fast and large memoried (?) one. I have only lost a couple of months worth of stuff overall, as the backup was saving dying files, so not too much stuff that I won't be able to recover.

I did manage to get the 40GB of books off my ipod, as I was NOT looking forward to downloading all of those again.

Anyway I am up and running again - but with no recent pics unfortunately. I have some on my camera which I will sort out and show - some which I can't because of designer request - but I am still here and getting relatively back to normal.

I'll be back...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fancy Stitching

This beauty is a first quilt is is called "A Thankful Heart" by Natalie Bird.
I love the watermelon block - seriously cute!.

I quilted it with freehand hearts, swirls and curls, with a bit of continuous curve.

I love these girly quilts, mostly because they don't tend to make an appearance in my house, with an 11 year old boy who won't go into the girl aisle in K Mart (and who is now wearing size 10 mens shoes to school)!

Here we have another fancy stitched piece, and it is mine. Shock horror. I actually finished something - actually, it is one of a set of four and is a Chatelaine design called Micro 1.

It has taken me ages because I am not good with specialty stitches, although I am getting better, and I got stuck on the one-over-one in the centre. This is 32 ct and I needed both my glasses and the magnifier of the lamp to see the centre properly. I think maybe 28ct is what I need to be using!



Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's not Christmas...

This beauty belongs to Dawn and is a Chris Jurd design. I've loaded the pics the wrong way, so you get to see the back first.

It is heavily quilted with lots of feathers, and ditching to hold the points down.

Dawn has made it with traditional green and reds, but there a lots of florals and some stripes and dots in there, with a lovely floral piece of fabric fussy cut in the middle.

It was a pleasure to quilt, and it is probably going to have to go on my list to do....



Thursday, August 4, 2011

I'm still here..

Its been a while, but I have been working hard, just doing stuff which I can't show pictures of. However, now that school and music have gone back, my hand work is getting done - slowly, slowly.

These are the blocks from my Kim McLean class earlier in the year. I have nearly run out of prepared blocks, so may have to get my act together this weekend and get some more sorted.

Don't they look great?

So that's it for the show and tell! However I do have some pictures from when we were in Melbourne the other week.

This is a large sculpture along the river ?Southbank? which quite took my fancy and I can see a freehand design in there.

This is a fancy fish eye feature on my camera which I was playing with, and the red stick like things are a sculpture with fabulous colours. Near Federation Square and The Art of the Brick which was a Lego exhibition we had just been to.

Speaking of Lego, this exhibition had a build and play section, so off we went. I assumed the parents would be watching, but no - they had a little place where the parents could play too. Except we had to make a tractor with all the pieces inside a ziplock bag. You couldn't get them out or manipulate them, just build the tractor in the bag. The other lady on our table managed it, but not me. I couldn't keep all the bits together, so put it away before I said bad words! And, of course my dearly beloved managed to do it too.....

Harry's and my tower. He's not really that much taller than me - its the angle (she says, knowing that her 11 yo is already just a tiny bit taller)....