Thursday, October 16, 2008
Two of my sewing buddies, Lisa and Ellie are both making quilts and were eager to see photo's of some of mine so here they are! The first is my all time favorite - My Japanese Quilt. This was made pre-kids and it's huge. Brett actually received an all expenses paid invitation to run in a marathon in Japan which he did and mum and I tagged along. We also got to meet up again with an exchange student who had stayed with us years before. So that was the basis for this quilt. It was simple to make but I think the end result is very effective. I had it professionally quilted and have included a close-up of the beautiful job that they did of it. It hangs over the back of my couch and gives the room a real cosy/homely feel. I love it.
The 2nd one is an "I spy" quilt. This one was also easy but loads of fun. You collect as many novelty type prints eg butterflies, bugs, faries as you like and then once its made up you play "I spy" or a version of it if they are little - eg who can find a butterfly? Its so much fun. Sophie has it on her bed at night as she is a cold frog like me and then it also gets dragged out when watching dvds etc in winter. Much loved! This was made way back when Sophie was a baby (so almost 4 years ago)!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Here is the Madeline dress and I love it. I used Tula Pink fabric which I just adore. It is actually for my niece Phoebe but I was eager to blog it and not sure when I would be able to get a photo of Phoebe in it so Sophie will have to do for now! I will definately make another of these! I also made a matching little hair tie. Very cute.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Last week I was lucky enough to meet 2 great friends, Lisa and Rachel in Ballarat for lunch. We had a great time chatting away over lunch and then doing a little shopping afterwards. Here is something I made them to thank them for their inspiration and encouragement! Its a thread catcher/pincushion. Its great to have just beside you as you are sewing and all the threads just get thrown straight in. Keeps the whole area tidy. I find it really handy. Hope they do too!
The tutorial is here
Wow, we are so lucky. Last week was Sam's 2nd birthday and we were so suprised when we recieved a parcel from Lisa. Inside was a gorgeous robot, hand sewn onto a cute bonds t-shirt. Perfect fit and he loves it! Thanks Lisa, you are so generous.
Speaking of Lisa, we also received one of her fantastic art bags. Sophie is always asking to go to a cafe so she can use her art bag. Not sure why she can't use it at home?????????????
I love these shorts. The pattern is burda 9793. I love the little pockets in them. Couldn't get Sam to model them for me (I can't blame him - too cold for shorts)! I think I will make another pair tonight - there are a couple of things I need to perfect! Feels good to make something for my little boy for a change!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Finally, I have something to show! Yesterday I made this cute little top. After seeing my friend Lisa make this gorgeous top, I decided to give it a go. It is actually for my niece Phoebe and reluctantly modelled by Sophie. It was very easy and I love it. I was going to add a ruffle to the bottom but decided to leave it. Added a little tie to the front though. Got half way through a 2nd one and my machine decided to be un-coperative. Will have to get someone to look at it today.
Yes, I know this isn't sewing but there is so little of that going on that I thought I would blog something else. Yesterday, Sophie and her cousin Ella had a wonderful time at the Justine Clarke concert. They were perfectly behaved and sang and clapped and danced with hundreds of other kids. Sophie was adament she wanted to meet Justine so we lined up, waited our turn and finally got to meet Justine who was just lovely. It was a great morning!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Very happy with this Tin Whistle bag. What a wonderful free tutorial! Was so much easier than I thought it would be! Its the same size as the green supermarket bags, just much prettier. Can see myself making many more of these as gifts. The photos really don't do it justice. Although the handles look kind of wierd in the photo they are actually perfect!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I love this! So easy to sew. Its not sitting properly in this photo but my model wasn't up for a reshoot! Also excuse the hair as she had just got up. Sophie loves it and wants to wear it today - pity it is about 10 degress outside. So we have compromised and she is wearing the t-shirt (under a jumper!).
Monday, August 11, 2008
1. Whilst in high school and uni I used to work as a checkout chick at Safeway. I was the Geelong Checkout Operator of the Year for about 3 years in a row and placed 4th in the Victorian State Checkout Operator of the Year one year and 3rd another year. Hey, don't laugh the prizes were $3000 travel voucher and $1500 travel voucher. The winner won a new Holden Barina!
2. I was engaged once (before Brett) and almost eloped. Thank God I came to my senses on that one!
3. Brett and I met at work when he did a 4 month intern placement on the surgical ward I was working on. I think we managed to keep that quiet for about 2 weeks!
4. We bought a house after being together for less than 6 months using a large deposit that was entirely mine (I sold the house I already had). He had NOTHING to his name. And we also put it soley in his name so we would get the extra $7000 first home buyers grant. I shudder now to think what could have happened if it all turned sour!
5. My brother Sam died in a motorcycle accident aged just 25, 4 days after our wedding. We were honeymooning in Palm Cove at the time and couldn't get a flight out until the following morning. He was on his way to his girlfriends house and was hit by a driver who had only had his licence for a week and failed to give way. Awful, awful time. The best and worst days of my life within 4 days of each other.
6. My mum discovered this site probably about a year ago. Amazingly we knew nothing of the message in the bottle until the finder wrote such a beautiful story about it. I will let you read the story yourselves. Message in a bottle
So there you go, 6 random things about myself. I am also supposed to tag 6 others but the only people I know that have blogs are the newbie sewers and I think they have already been tagged so I will have to skip that part.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This is a new bag I made last night from the book called Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts and I love it! It was so easy and was fun to make. I used some Robert Kaufman fabric from Spotlight and added interfacing. Easy! Next time I would probably do it all the same rather than 2 different fabrics. But I'm still really happy with it! It is lined in the same fabric as the top section.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Another quick and easy project. Some fitted cot sheets for my soon to arrive nephew!
From this tutorial http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/Blog/Fitted_Crib_Sheet_Tutorial.pdf
Think I will have to run up some more. I love them. Now I just need to work out how to do a matching pillowcase. Any links anyone?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I love this dress. It was fun to make. The tutorial is here http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/photos/sunny_day/ So well explained - probably the best tutorial I have followed yet! The fabric was from Spotlight and I love it. Can see myself making more of these for my nieces!
Friday, July 25, 2008
I made this Melly and Me Pussycat bag for my niece Phoebe. She turns 3 next week and we are going to fill it with little bits and pieces (plus she is getting a barbie and barbie car). At first I hated it, but it is growing on me now that it is finished! I think it would be much easier 2nd time around. This was also for the Newbie Sewers bag challenge on Essential Baby. So there you go, I have made a bag!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I am so in love with this top! Fairly easy to make although an error in the pattern had me scratching my head but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! Only just fits though so Sophie will be wearing it constantly over long sleeve tops and then I will need to make a larger size for summer. I'm thinking of making the dress version as a Christmas dress for all those parties/break-ups etc we tend to have in December. And best of all Sophie said "Mummy, I love it!". Woo hoo - its a winner!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I just participated in my first swap with a group of newbie sewing internet friends. We received the most gorgeous fish you could ever imagine that we absolutely love and Sophie has named "FISHY". Thank-you so much Lisa. We sent little Isabella Clarabel the cross-eyed frog. Lisa said Isabella was singing frog songs with Clarabel in the cafe so I assume she liked her! Both the fish and frog are patterns from Melly and Me. I also made Clarabels friend Clancy. I'm ready for the next swap!
Friday, June 13, 2008
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Here is my finished Emmeline apron. I found this quite a challenge and it took alot longer than anything else I have ever done but I am happy with the end result. Not sure if you can tell in the photo but the bodice is gathered and there are some darts in the bottom half. Excuse the hair - it is 41 degrees here today so we went for a swim!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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Monday, January 21, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I have decided to get back into sewing so have made this quick dress for Sophie. It was my first attempt at bias binding and although it almost got the better of me a quick trip to nan's house got my on the right path. It was far easier than I thought and Sophie loves it. It also looks cute with a little white tshirt underneath. The pattern was McCalls M5419.