Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rainbow Charm Swap - Round 2

the lovely Sharon is hosting another rainbow charm swap ;-)


HURRY - limited spaces left ;-)


HERE is my post about what I have done so far with the first lot of charm squares.

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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cushion Cover Swap

I finished off my cushion cover for Our Craft Forum Swap #10 for TrishJ during the last FNSI.  TrishJ has now advised that it has arrived safely and that she likes it ;-)

doin' a happy dance

Here is what I sent



here it is on my lounge suite



this is the gorgeous cover I received from TrishJ
thanks so much TrishJ - I will get a better insert for it and use it while I am sewing ;-)



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Block Lotto block & Shopping Spree

Here is the Block Lotto block for this month

Hot Cross 9 Patch

I can't believe out of all my stash, I don't have any other plaids ;-)

I am hoping to get to make some more before the end of the month ;-)  


I got an excellent bargain on eBay the other day - all these fat quarters to add to my stash





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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Block for Dawn

Dawn's block for QBSA has arrived safely ;-)

Dawn asked for any block in a south west colour scheme - Browns, Oranges, sage greens, golds - I must admit, I had to Google it to get a better idea of what it was.  I had very few greens, so I stayed with the browns, oranges & golds.  




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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.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

FNSI show and tell

Yesterday, I had a wonderful day ;-)

First up, the day started with a quick sweep, mop and vacuum; kitchen sink nice and shiny ;-) now with the chores out of the way, I could sew to my heart's content ;-)

The postie delivered some squishie joy this morning ;-)





The above goodies from Carol for April Fat Quarter Swap - thank you so much for the extras ;-)

See my other post about Fat Quarters received in the Fat Quarter Swap group HERE



The choccies came in handy for the obligatory FNSI preparation - Step 1 - Drinkies (Bubbly & Orange Juice) and choccies ;-)

See what I am putting my tools on?  That is the potholder I received in the CraftMad Potholder swap from Lauren - it was far too nice to get all dirty using it as a potholder ;-)  now I can see it every time I am sewing and admire it's beauty.  Better pics HERE

The postie also delivered this


from Busy Thimbles - Moda Old Primrose Inn. - their recent newsletter offered free postage for a short time, so I went to the site to have a look see - this layer cake was on special and so was some yardage ;-)

Now onto my To Do List .................

CraftMad Ugly item for Mandy
CraftMad 3 dudes jelly roll block for Kelly
CraftMad 3 dudes jelly roll block for Mandy
CraftMad 3 dudes jelly roll block for Merry
Cushion cover for Our Craft Forum Swap #10

First up - ugly item for Mandy as part of our CraftMad sewing swap

We had to pick an ugly fabric and make something with it - this was much harder than it seemed ;-( I picked this fabric, as it was not my most favourite colour scheme - I got it as a bulk lot from somewhere ;-) It is beautiful Lecien fabric, but the pictures did not really represent what I was buying - live and learn ;-)

Next up the 3 dudes jelly roll block (Let's strip it) this was part of our CraftMad Family Quilt block swap.

for Kelly


for Mandy


for Merry

I love how this block comes together and how many different effects can be created with this procedure. These blocks finish at 9 1/2" and could be a good candidate for Block Lotto in the future ;-)

I finished off my cushion cover for Our Craft Forum Swap #10 for TrishJ
here is a tease photo
this will be in the mail on Monday ;-)

this is the gorgeous cover I received from TrishJ
thanks so much TrishJ - will get a better insert for it and use it while I am sewing ;-)

I also did a little re-arranging of my Fat Quarters - I am getting a lovely collection together now ;-)

I am buying a clear storage container every two weeks to help store my fabrics - the latest one is for my Christmas Fabrics.

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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.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Block for Michele-Marie

2nd Post today - scroll down for FNSI post.

Michele-Marie has let me know that my block has arrived safely.



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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 tonight ;-)

The next Friday Night Sew-in is on Friday, 20th April 2012.


How about you? Participation is as easy as one-two-three:
1. Commit. More Info HERE  and post your intention on your blog.
2. Sew. On Friday night, get your house and family settled, get comfortable and work on projects of your choice.
3. Share. Sometime on Saturday, publish a post about what you worked on (and share photos in the FNSI Flickr group)






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, April 19, 2012

March/April To Do List

I had lots to post at the post Office today ;-)

CraftMad D9patch to Kelly
CraftMad D9patch to Annmaree
2 FQs to Annette for CraftMad sewing swap
2 FQs to Carol for FQ Swap
2 FQs to Jeni for FQ swap


Still left on my To Do List for March/April

CraftMad Ugly item for Mandy
CraftMad 3 dudes jelly roll block for Kelly
CraftMad 3 dudes jelly roll block for Mandy
CraftMad 3 dudes jelly roll block for Merry







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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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Blocks from Shannon

I have received these two lovely blocks from Shannon for April, BSA.



Thank you so much Shannon - they are absolutely wonderful!

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, April 14, 2012

Christmas Block from Michelle-Marie

I have received the most gorgeously sewn Christmas Log Cabin from Michelle-Marie.


this is going to fit in nicely with my other Christmas Log Cabins.


here is a tease of what I have made for Michele-Marie





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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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Weekend - Highs and Lows

I have had the most wonderful Easter Weekend - with lots of sewing and crafting (highs and lows), time with the hubby, a family BBQ, a few glasses of bubbly ...... what more could a girl want?

First up the highs ;-)

Family time - we celebrated the nephew's 16th birthday this weekend



Jessisca, my partner for April for QBSA, asked for a Birdhouse block and provided a link for a paper piecing pattern.  Arrggh!!  I can't get my head around paper piecing ;-(  So I contacted her and she suggested I didn't have to paper piece, but she would love the end result to look like a birdhouse ;-)

So I searched the internet and found a block pattern that I could work with HERE - this is part of a BOM Garden Quilt Along

I normally post tease photos and save the surprise for my partners, but I am just so pleased with the results, I want to share ;-)

Here is the completed block


I have included antique black buttons for the holes to be attached after the blocks have been quilted.

Next for another high ;-)

Shannon, my partner for BSA, asked for an asterisk block and provided a PDF with full instructions on assembly and colour choices.  I was a bit overwhelmed at first, but followed the instructions and started cutting, laying the pieces out how they would be sewn before taking it to the sewing machine.

Let me say, these instructions and photos are wonderfully written and well presented.




Shannon did ask for the block not to be trimmed - so here it is not trimmed as requested - I do hope I have picked bright enough colours - I was so out of my comfort zone with these colours, but I actually like the end result ;-)


Next up, for some of the lows ............ the CraftMad girls are making up a CraftMad Family Quilt and we are swapping 9 1/2" blocks in our preferred colour choices.

So far, we have done a Fence Rail, Heart Strip block - March is a Jelly Roll block by Three Dudes, and April is a Disappearing 9 Patch.  

Well, let me say the first two blocks were fine, but this last two blocks have been very 'testing' for this little mathematically challenged black duck! (loony toons reference here ;-))

In the end, I consulted with mathematically non-challenged husband, and we worked it out ;-)

For Annmaree

For KellyG

still working on the Jelly Roll blocks and will post pics when finished




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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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