05 March 2015

Sometimes Others Conspire and you end up looking like an Idiot

The others being DH.  The TV was doing a few odd things this morning, I mentioned to DH that maybe it needed to be turned off completely instead of just by the remote  (which is the only option for out TV).  He must have listened for once and turned it off at the plug, left for work.

Maestro is home sick today, he's close to deaths door as you know males tend to be, and he was complaining that the TV wouldn't work by the remote or the override switch at the back.  Changed batteries did all that unplugged what I thought was the cord plugged it back in, unplugged the cord from the back of the tv still no go.

Next step ring Harvey Normans, then Samsung.  Got through quickly gave my name, etc, went through what I had done.  Then he said try another plug so followed the plug to the powerpoint at the other side of the TV and discovered that I was an IDOT because DH hadn't turned the plug back on.    Great start to the day.

So there has been more retail therapy today, of the book variety.  Yesterday I picked up a couple of pieces of fabric that I am itching to cut, however I am working on another quilt at the moment, which was going to be another beginners quilt but I think I have scrapped that idea.  So it may just be used as an alternative if some of my beginners from the last 2 classes want a refresh course in the future so I can offer them something a little different and still cover the same basics for newbies.

My Beginners Class is finished for this term.  We basted 8 quilts, and one student has already posted a photo of her finished quilt on my Facebook page.  If you have done one of classes please do the same or if you aren't on Facebook email me a photo.

Next week begins the Skill Builder Class which is 4 weeks of learning a few more techniques.  There is one spot left so if you have done my Beginners Class or are not a completely raw beginner contact (you need to be able to do a perfect ¼ seam at the very least and know how to put a quilt together by yourself) Patchwork by Sea.  In this class we will be making blocks only and I will give you the details to finish the quilt just like mine in the final class as well as some alternatives you might like to try.  

27 February 2015

Fresh of the ironing board

Here is Chocolate Marshmallow Sampler top all finished.  I'm probably going to chicken out sending it out to be quilted and will just do an allover big stipple.  I looked at one of my older quilts done this way and all washed it looks and feels vintage and comfy so I think that will be perfect for this quilt.  I've just gone an added another border from the shot that was on instagram earlier this week.  I wanted the centre and sashing to look like it is floating and of course I ran out of the Pat Sloan plaid circa 2005 I used.  On the way home I zipped to the Hetties  and found some fabric which blends pretty well with the sashing.

I'll post instructions to finish the quilt my way on or around the 15th.  

Individual blocks will continue to remain for sale in my Etsy shop however I will make it into one pattern at a later date.

15 February 2015

Chocolate Marshmallow Sampler Blocks 11 and 12

This morning I finished my magazine project, I can't tell you how hot it is binding a quilt in 40 degree heat can't say it has been enjoyable but the quilt is finished and I just have to finalise the final draft of the pattern to send of to Handmade.  The project is fresh and bright and Squid has her name on it already when it eventually comes back to us.

Drum roll please.  The final two blocks are here ready for you to download.  I hope you have enjoyed the sampler and I would love to see you finished blocks, post on instagram all email me your photo's and I will share them on Facebook and wherever.

I will try and get the quilt top together over the next couple of weeks.  I will send it off to be quilted I think but will post instructions on how I finished mine by the 15th of March.    Then I will need to plan what I will do next.  I think another sampler is in the works but I might mix it up a bit this time and put in some appliqué  oh well we will just have to see how much time I have.

Block 11 Summer Winds

Block 12 Not Key Lime Pie

Here is the link  stay tuned for the finished quilt top soon.  I'll keep last months blocks up until tomorrow morning as promised.

12 February 2015

Its My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

It's my birthday today, we will forget about the number, DH told me I was getting old, I told him he had 5 years on me so he should take a look at himself, to which he replied Don't crack jokes.  He's been 27 since the day I met him its now at the point where I have no clue how old he is unless I actually calculate it.

The crying part of the title refers to my decision to watch Philomena this afternoon, which I thoroughly enjoyed but it had me sobbing in parts.  I quite often cry at movies, happy, sad it doesn't matter.  Today it got to the point where I fogged up my glasses and couldn't see the binding I was hand stitching.    

Instructions for the magazine project are nearly complete just have to do some final edits before I send it to my mate to work her magic.  Will have to start working on the final block instalment of the Choccy Sampler soon and get back to the quilt top so that you can see the finished product.

09 February 2015

New Beginnings

Week 1 of my Beginners Class started this week.  Some of the ladies were quite nervous.   I can't remember how I was 20 years ago when I did my Beginners Class, I was probably a bit nervous too.  I think they started to feel at home about half way through.  I don't want my class to be stressful as quilting is my stress relief I hope that it will become that for my students as well.

I have always loved doing classes.  I go to them with the expectation of learning something new or simply just absorbing the teachers creativity and ideas.  Even just quilting with the girls, as we all tend to work in isolation when we do come together we share "Why do you do that?"  ... "You don't do that? Don't you find? and you are bound to pick up another tip to add to your box of tricks.

This week I have concentrated on my magazine project, the quilting was all finished yesterday.  I know that I always underestimate the time that it takes to quilt a quilt and was prepared for that but the quilting of the borders over the last week has taken what has felt like a really long time.  I had 2 feet to go yesterday plus the sashing and I just stayed put until it was done.  My body needs a break that is for sure.  I think the chocolate marshmallow sampler is going to out to be quilted (something I have never done before) I just don't have another quilt in my at the moment, my body needs a rest.

And a reminder about the Choccy Sampler final 2 blocks will be posted next weekend.