Friday, March 30, 2012

Pinwheel has arrived ;-)

Hi there

Richard's block for Block Swap Adventure has arrived :-)

Richard asked for any block in any colour ;-)




I have a few fave blocks that are easy to make, and I just love the blocks that look good in two colour combinations.

During the most recent FNSI, I had a bit of a tidy up as well, and came across some HSTs that I had partially sewn and set aside.  I really like the pink & brown combination so I made up my fave Pinwheel #7 block - there was a vague feeling of de ja vu ;-)

I finished sewing, took some photos, placed the block in the envelope ready to mail and proceeded to write my blog post.  

I am the first to admit I am a bit anal 'thingy' about keeping track of my swaps - I can get sidetracked a bit during the month and sometimes it is a bit of a panic when I realise I only have a few days left to get my block in the mail.  I keep a speadsheet of who I have swapped with and photos of blocks sent and received - that way when I put a final quilt together, I can see who made what ;-)

I discovered that I had already made this block in this very same colour combination back in August 2010 - it was my VERY FIRST international block swap for Quilt Block Swap.  I discovered Block Swap Adventure at the beginning of 2011 and I have not looked back since.



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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

A new LQS! ;-)

Hi everyone

I was at the local shopping centre posting off my latest block to USA and I came across a display for a local quilting group (didn't know there was one this close ;-)) with a BEAUTIFUL Quilt on display and it was up for raffle - of course I bought a ticket - actually I got two tickets ;-)

They mentioned that there was a 'new' quilt store opened in another shopping centre just a few minutes drive from me - it has been open for about 6 months or so .....

A Quilter's Odyssey is at Modbury Triangle Shopping Centre, and is a real pleasure to walk around.

It is a beautifully laid out bright and cheery shop and Kate, the owner was so helpful.

I spent up ............... 




I fell in love with this layer cake ;-)

now I have so many ideas running through my head .............. I want to go back with a real plan in mind.



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Block for Dawn - in the mail at last ;-)

I have finished my swap obligations for March - nothing like leaving it till the last minute ;-)

Dawn, from Quilting Block Swap Australia has been wonderfully patient with me, and I am happy to say her block is on it's way to USA.







Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Block from Leena ;-)

The lovely Leena has sent me these two beautiful blocks for the 6" swap Group


I am loving these gorgeous little blocks, they are going to look so good all together.

Here is what I sent to Leena

I hope they have arrived by now  - the heavy rains around some of the country has impacted on mail deliveries ;-(



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, March 26, 2012

March Block from Richard

Morning everybody ;-)

I have received two blocks from Richard for March Block Swap Adventure - I am feeling very special  ;-)



thank you Richard - I hope the waiting game for the new baby is over soon ;-)



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Concerns about Pinterest - UPDATED

I have been watching the Pinterest explosion with interest (pun NOT intended), and I have come across some information which concerns me ;-)

I often wondered how people could pin something (as good as taking it from the original source - be it a blog, or a photo gallery) and not seek permission from the original owner.  Yes, there is an option to credit the original source, but how many 'pinners' go back to that original source?

Now it seems the 'plot has thickened' and there is more to this than just pinning.

I have discovered a wonderful blog post HERE which articulates so wonderfully what my concerns were and gives some more information.   

UPDATED:   
A beautifully written article by Sharon from Pin Tangle is HERE mentioning that Pinterest have updated their terms - a result People Power maybe ;-) 

UPDATED:  
some links for various How To's are HERE - thanks for sharing Sharon ;-)


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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March Block for Richard on it's way ;-)

Hi there

I have finished the block for Richard for March Block Swap Adventure and it is in the mail ;-)

Richard asked for any block in any colour ;-)

so here is a tease ;-)



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My USA followers .... anyone recognise this quilt?

My second post today, please scroll down to see FNSI show and tell.


I saw this in blogland and thought I would try and spread the word ;-)




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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

FNSI Show and Tell

hI everyone

FNSI came around quickly this time ;-)

I worked on my Rainbow Charm Quilt last night.

It had been sitting on my Design Wall for long enough, and I liked the way it was arranged so I put it all together.

Started with the right preparation - glass of wine & choccies.


pulled blocks off the Design Wall

and sewed

this was where I was up to earlier

then sewed some more and got to this stage!

Ooops!

some blocks didn't land where they were supposed to - lost my place a few times when putting it together.

I am liking this very much and want to make it a bit bigger - but that will be for another day.

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spotlight had a sale ..... again ;-)

I popped in to Spotlight the other day, especially to get some Modge Podge for another craft project I am working on.

I got some solids to see if they go with the Sassy Layer Cake I won






What do you think?  I think the coral in the middle is a winner - maybe I should get a blue too ;-)

I spied some fat quarter bundles going cheap ;-)


and got some variegated embroidery threads

Now I am off to do some sewing for FNSI.

Will post results tomorrow ;-)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Scrappy Triangles for Block Lotto

After spending some time making wedding invites and a few cards I have managed to get a bit of sewing done ;-)



these blocks are for Block Lotto

I started sewing my Rainbow Charm Swap Squares




Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Postie has been kind this week ;-)

Hi everyone

well, the postie has been kind to me this week - lots of squishies and no bills ;-)


I received this lovely potholder from Lauren in my February Sewing Swap for CraftMad


The photos do not do it justice - the fabric is just GAWGUS!!!!




This is the potholder I made for Annmaree to fill her request for BRIGHT COLOURS


I hope it is bright enough ;-)


I posted earlier HERE about what I made for the February CraftMad Quilt string block swap and here are the blocks I have received
From KellyG - thank you so much, these colours are perfect ;-)

From Annette - I love the florals


From Mandy - I love the soft batiks

For the February 6" swap I received the following blocks from Robyn
Thank You Robyn, I love the fabrics you have chosen
and I just love the cute tape measure included as well ;-)

Here is what I sent Robyn
Robyn asked for any block in any colours with a touch of blue.
I promised myself next time I got a request for 'any block' I was going to do a 'scrappy' block - I am unsure if it worked or not ;-(

Next are the blocks I received from Dawn - yes, I was lucky enough to receive 2 blocks - and so quickly too!
These are for the March Swap for Quilt Block Swap Australia



Thank you so much Dawn - your block will be made and posted to you soon  ;-)

Now for the block received from Michelle for February  Block Swap Adventure

Here is the block I sent her 





Wow, that turned into a marathon post!


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's the unexpected things .....

I posted on my other blog about unexpected things .............

Just recently, I received an unexpected request to become the Swap Co-ordinator for the Christmas Quilting Block Swap Australia group.  I was extremely honoured and had no hesitation in saying 'yes'.  

Crafty Pug has been the co-ordinator since the group's formation in October 2010 and has done an excellent job.  Crafty Pug recently posted on the Group Swap Blog saying she needed to step down   ..... 

'there are a few reasons for this, but the main ones are the ones tugging on my pant leg when i am typing :)'

Well, I had the pleasure of meeting those reasons when Crafty Pug and myself  met in real life recently to do the Blog Admin handover.  I must say, those reasons are adorable ;-)

I hope I can do a good job of being the new Swap Co-ordinator ......... I have some big shoes to fill ;-)


Official handover date will be 15th March - stay tuned ;-)




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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
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