Wednesday, 19 September 2012
I'm really loving quilting without a frame, so much easier to handle a large quilt this way.
Last week I took Harry to visit Jill his Groomer this was his before photo. I gave him a valium beforehand but it didn't seem to make any difference. He was very distressed, he cried and carried on and we decided to leave the clipping and try another day.
Just hope we can get him clipped before the weather gets too warm cause he really doesn't like the heat.
As you can see we had a few cocktails to celebrate, they were really good.
I think they were all decorated to celebrate a special anniversary at the zoo. I'm just not sure of all the details. Mali is a baby elephant born at the Melbourne zoo a couple of years ago, she stole everyone's hearts she was so cute. There were huge queues of people for weeks when she first went on display. There is 50 Mali and they were decorated by 50 different Artists and put on display all around the city. They were to be auctioned off, wouldn't they be fun in the garden?
We saw a few around southbank but I liked this one best it is so bright and happy
I must tell you I grumped and groaned about going into the city but it really was a great night out. I was pushed well out of my comfort zone which probably needs to happen more often.
With Jack on holidays I might manage to get some more stitching done this week.
Bye for now.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
I'm enjoying the hand quilting challenge that Bonnie Hunter started. It has been a week and we are supposed to show our progress. My blogging skills are still a bit dodgy so I will do my best to link to Bonnies post, just can't guarantee I'll get it right.As I explained in my last post the back of my quilt got stained in an unfortunate incident during a teenagers sleepover. You can see above the size of the stain, it is quite large.
I used four different fabrics for the backing, this piece is used on one edge of the quilt. Luckily I still had the fabric and I'm pretty sure it's not going to look out of place. I decided to cut away the stained fabric then applique the patch over the hole. It took about 2 hours but it still counts as handwork and if I hadn't joined this challenge it might never have got done.
I have decided to have a go at quilting without a hoop. I watched an episode of The Quilt show online that demonstrated the technique. My quilt was already basted fairly closely so it should work out okay. I've found it much easier than using a hoop and I don't think you can see any difference with my stitches. It sure helps when quilting such a big quilt.
I think my total hours so far has been 12 which includes tonight. I'm very happy that I'm making progress, thanks Bonnie!
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
This quilt has been waiting many years to be finished, I've had it sitting in my bedroom all winter waiting for me to do some more hand quilting on it. As I've missed winter and we've moved onto spring maybe I better get a move on.
I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it, bought the book and knew straight away that I had to make it. The book is called Pink Lemonade and Other Delights by Linda Johnson and this quilt on the cover was called Pink Lemonade. At the time I'd made special quilts that I hand quilted for my Mums 60th Birthday and my Brother In Laws wedding present. I decided that as I was 38 I could start a special quilt for my own 40th birthday. I felt 2 years was a reasonable amount of time to finish it. Hahaha. I think I'd started the quilting by the time I turned 40 and now as I edge towards 50 it is definitely time to try finish it.
There have been quite a few obstacles along the way and I think I've learnt some very valuable lessons as well. One important lesson is don't leave anything you're working on folded up in the corner of the lounge room when your teenage daughter has a sleepover with 10 of her closest friends. I discovered after the sleepover that someone had spilt coca cola on the back of my quilt!! It was such a dilema I wasn't sure what to do, it was partly quilted but the stained part was only basted. The fabric wasn't prewashed or the cotton batting either. I decided to leave it in the too hard basket and now that its well and truly set I'm going to cut stained piece of backing off and applique a new piece on. Luckily stain didn't get to the front of the quilt.
Maybe by the end of September I'll be well on the way to finishing!!
Monday, 3 September 2012
I had a photo of myself as a baby which I photocopied onto some card. I then cropped it and used a decorative punch for the corners before sticking it onto a card I made up from some card stock that I already had. I used my alphabet stamps to write the message.
The sampler below is Mum's latest finish. Isn't it fabulous?
We weren't sure which way was up but it looks good any way you look at it.
After lunch Mum and I worked on our crochet projects for a while then it was time to go home. It's always nice when we get to do some stitching together.