Saturday, January 29, 2011

January block for LindaM

LindaM has let me know that her block for CQBSA has arrived.

Linda asked for a Star block in traditional colours with a cream/beige background

here is the snippet I posted earlier
here is the full block

now to start on the February swap - doesn't time fly when you are having fun

Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 finishes!

I am loving being at home!
Hubby is home too, but he is busy on his laptop for a project for work, so I am left pretty much to myself.  What does one do when they are left to their own devices?
Well, I usually do a bit of sorting, and while sorting, I get inspired to make something, usually some blocks to go towards a quilt (eventually)  ;-)

I came across some beautiful fabric that was way too thin to use for quilting, but I thought it would make a lovely sewing caddy.

I found this caddy HERE, full instructions are HERE

more pics can be found in my other post HERE

I was so impressed with the pattern, I made another one.

I think I did a much nicer job on the second one ;-)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day - a day for cricket, lamb and sewing


a day for celebrating which, for this particular Australian citizen, means

watching the cricket on the TV,

having a rack of Lamb for tea,
and doing a bit of sewing

this is what I made up today

I came across this caddy HERE, full instructions are HERE

I didn't do all the embroidery, but I used the basic template for my shapes - this sewing caddy came together very easily and I am happy with my first attempt ;-)  there will most probably be another ;-)

January blocks for SylviaU and from Melissa

Firstly, I must apologise to SylviaU for taking so long to complete the block for our January swap for QBSA - I just got a bit carried away with the QLD Flood Relief efforts ;-)

I am very pleased to note that I raised $165.00
**doin a little happy dance**

Anyway, back to our usual programming now ...........

here is a snippet of the block for SylviaU - your block will be in the post on Thursday

I also received this beautiful block from Melissa as part of the Block Swap Adventure group

thank you Melissa, your colours are perfect,
I just love those rich red and gold tones ;-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

QLD Flood Auctions - congratulations to the winners!

Thank you all so much for your generosity ;-)

Zippered Purse #1 - owl with pink polka dot lining - WINNER - Jody $35
Gathered Clutch #1 - burgandy stripes & dots - WINNER - Merry $15
Gathered Clutch #2 - burgundy dots & stripes - WINNER - Kira $20

Gathered Clutch #3 - soft pink & cream - WINNER - Susie $20

Gathered Clutch #4 - black & white floral - WINNER - Toni Hill $15

Gathered Clutch #5 - black & off-white dots - WINNER - Kira $20

Baby Quilt/Blanket - WINNER - Lisamaree82 $40

What to do next?
1. Make your donation to Premier's Flood Relief Appeal
2. send me details/proof of payment and postal address via email.
3. I will email you when your item has been posted.

QLD Flood Appeal - My Auctions - NOW CLOSED

AUCTIONS HAVE CLOSED - Winners will be notified shortly

Thank you so much for your generosity ;-)

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone for their generosity. If what I have on offer does not appeal to you, then have a look at all the other auctions at Make it perfect (the full list will be updated each morning) and hopefully, you will find something that does.

Here is a collection of handmade make-up purses and one Baby Quilt/Blanket made of 100% cotton and come from a pet free & smoke free home. 

PLEASE NOTE: The following photographs show the actual individual items for sale, however, in the case of the make up purses, a different colour combination could be requested – just leave a comment suggesting a colour scheme and I will do my best ;-)  Unless otherwise noted, the strip on the front indicates the lining colour.

Purse Details:
Gathered Clutch Purse/Zippered Purse measures approx 21cm x 12.5cm (8" x 5")
Tissue holder measures approx 12.5cm x 8cm (5" x 3 1/4")
(to hold travel size tissues)

Gathered Clutch purses were made using a Tutorial from Noodlehead HERE but have no divider pockets on the inside.

Zippered Purse #1 - owl with pink polka dot lining - CURRENT BID $35 - Jody
Gathered Clutch #1 - burgandy stripes & dots - CURRENT BID $15 - Merry
Gathered Clutch #2 - burgundy dots & stripes - CURRENT BID $20 - Kira

Gathered Clutch #3 - soft pink & cream - CURRENT BID $20 - Susie

Gathered Clutch #4 - black & white floral - CURRENT BID $15 - Toni Hill

Gathered Clutch #5 - black & off-white dots - CURRENT BID $20 - Kira

Included with Gathered Clutch #5 - tissue holder
Baby Quilt/Blanket - CURRENT BID $40 - Lisamaree82
Made with 100% cotton and Cotton batting
Measures 76cm x 94cm (30" x 37")
(see separate blog post for detailed quilt photos)

Here is how it works…
1. Bidding for your preferred item will start at AUD$8.00 per item.
2. Place your bid by leaving a comment on THIS POST with the item number & amount you are bidding. I must have some way of contacting you – if there is no way to contact you, your bid will be removed.  If you are a noreply blogger, please leave an email address.
3. I will cover postage within Australia. International bidders are welcome, however, they will be requested to cover postage which can be advised prior to bidding, once destination known.
4. The Auction will start NOW and will END Tuesday, 25th January 9:00 AM(Adelaide time).
5. I will notify the winner at closing.
6. Winner will pay direct to Premier's Flood Relief Appeal
7. Once proof of payment has been received the item will be posted.
8. In the case of an international purchase, item will be posted once confirmation of payment to Appeal and payment of postage (via Paypal) has been received.

Remember that every single cent goes to those people who need it in Queensland.

If what I have on offer does not appeal to you, then have a look at all the other auctions at Make it perfect (the full list will be updated each morning) and hopefully, you will find something that does.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Shooting Star in Canada

The block I made for my Christmas Block Swap January partner, Brigitte has arrived in Canada.

Brigitte requested any star block in traditional Christmas colours
(the colours of red, green, gold, ivory, white) on cream BUT NOT FRIENDSHIP STAR

I made a Shooting star and here is a snippet photo

here is the full block

Brigitte loves the ornament fabric and finds it very charming
thank you Brigitte ;-)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

more QLD Flood relief efforts - wonky log cabins

I had a belated FNSI, and sewed up a storm on Saturday.
I had lots of strips set aside for some reason, so I decided to do something useful with them and have made up some scrappy wonky log cabin blocks.

the blocks made with 2 1/2" strips come together quicker,
but I think I like the 1 1/2" strips best

I will send these off to retro mummy shortly.

This gave me an opportunity to have a practice run before I cut up my black & white and red fabrics for a quilt cover for our bedroom.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blocks Received during the week

Hi everyone,  boy! going to work sure eats into your
blogging time, doesn't it ;-)

I have received some more blocks in the mail during the week, and now I can post some photos.

First up is a block from SylviaM - for the January QBSA my photo does not do the colours justice - it is actually a bit browner/warmer ;-)

next is a block from Cecelia QBS Mom, as a substitute block for an inactive November swap partner - thank you Cecelia, this block is beautiful - once again, my photo does not do the colours justice - it is rich red/gold tonings

I do have a fondness for fabrics with gold in them ;-)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blocks received - thank you so much

I have received two beautiful blocks in the mail this last few days - one from Cecelia QBS Blog Mom and one from SylviaM QBSA for January

I am unable to post photos just yet, but will get to them on the weekend.
Thank you ladies, the blocks will look great in my quilt.

I am currently doing some temp work on a short term contract - it is nice to be out and about earning some money, but I sure do miss my blogging ;-)