Sunday, February 26, 2012

Parrots in the Garden

I had a little stroll around our garden.

We've let the pumpkin plants do their own thing, and they've grown everywhere! It's one big pumpkin party out there!! Pumpkin vines here... pumpkin vines there...

pretty pumpkin flowers everywhere!!

The next two photos are Alocasia plants. As I walk past I like to say " Hello Casia".

This next one is called a Bat Wing Alocasia. How perfect! The leaves would great in a Halloween floral display. They look quite surreal.
The pink Kangaroo Paw plant is waving at you!

Beautiful succulent!
We planted lots of sunflower seeds just outside my sewing room window. A few days later there were lots of holes in the garden bed. The pesky birds had eaten our seeds! With visions of a mass of sunny faces keeping me company while I sewed, we planted another round of seeds. This time 5 little seedlings popped up. I've been watching their progress every day and this week the yellow petals unfurled to reveal this beauty!! Good morning Sunshine!!
So... Where are the parrots? All day long we have parrots flying around our garden. Squarking and hooting and chattering. We have sweet little finches that flitter around. There's some cute little black birds that hop around it the happiest way. My favourite is a pair of zebra striped pigeons that often visit late in the afternoon. I've tried in vain to take photos of all my feathered friends but they fly away if I bring my camera out.

So to make up for it I'll show you a photo of a skirt I made recently... It's just a simple A line skirt, but...
... It's got lots of parrots on it!! :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Halfway there...

Remember my Matilda quilt... the one that was bigger than my design wall....

Well, I went to see a sneak peak of it being quilted!! Check this out...

That sure is a big frame. It makes my 96 inch top look small.

I'm so lucky to have found Tanya Croft, a local long arm quilter. When I say local I mean she's only 5 minutes from me. I used to send my quilts to someone I never met. We'd talk over the phone but that was it. With Tanya when I took my first quilt to her she showed me lots of patterns and from that we chose a pattern. I also learnt we have similar ideas about what suits what so now I leave the quilting decisions to her. And boy oh boy, Tanya has out done herself this time with a beautiful floral curly whirly pattern that looks as though it was designed just for this quilt!

One thing that surprised me about seeing the my top on the frame was how tightly it gets wound on. I mean soooo tightly that it made me cross my fingers that my stitches hold. :)
It wont be too long before I get my quilt back and I'll take lots of glamour shots to share with you and I'm sure I'll be taking lots of the gorgeous quilting!

And just in case you didn't know, this quilt features fabrics called Matilda and Nuala by Sis Boom. If you like what you see then you should see Jennifer Paganelli's latest range Crazy Love! If you want a chance to win a fat quarter set race over to the Sis Boom blog and leave a comment. There's two packs to be won- one for you and one for me :) ... fingers crossed!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

“How much do I love you? Count the stars in the sky. Measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon. Number the grains of sand on the sea shore. Impossible, you say. Yes and it is just as impossible for me to say how much I love you. My love for you is higher than the heavens, deeper than Hades, and broader than the earth. It has no limits, no bounds. Everything must have an ending except my love for you.”
Philip Glass, from Einstein on The Beach

Thanks to the lovely Mary of Molly Flanders for her tutorial for making fabulous scrappy letters.

And a very Happy Valentines day to you all!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

UnRuly Star

A few weeks ago I had Tonya Ricucci's Liberated Amish challenge in the back of my mind as I cleaned out my scrap baskets. I made a pile of what I considered to be Amish colours, well.. the brighter Amish colours, I don't have many sombre darks in my stash. :)

I found this picture of a quilt and said " Oh my stars!!! I've found my inspiration!!".

And I liberated, wonkied, improvised and sewed my scraps together...

I made big stars and little stars...
And this is where I'm at now...
It's pretty busy for an Amish quilt, so I might have to ponder more about the Amish challenge and see if I can come up with another quilt. But as scrappy liberated star quilts go I'm really happy with it.

At the moment it's 50 x 60 inches. I'm not sure whether I'll add borders or just leave it as is. I don't want to go too much wider because I've got a wall space for it. Maybe a border along one side and the bottom? I did wonder about piecing the year along the bottom or the words "Happy Star".

Check out the wild and unruly fun over at UnRuly Quilting blog. Lots of clever quilters getting liberated and wonky and quite Unruly!! Or feel free to put aside your ruler and join in the fun!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Buttons from Melody

Back in September Melody from House on the Side of the Hill had a blogiversary giveaway. The grand prize would be a handmade gift every month for a year!! It didn't really occur to me that I might win, I left a comment because I'd been following Melody's blog since the early days of her blog. A few days later I checked in on her blog and guess who'd won, oh yes I had my lucky socks on that day for sure!!

Each month I receive the most wonderful presents that amaze me with their creativity and thoughtfulness. Just wait till you see what Melody has made me for my January present... but before I unveil it I thought I'd review what I've already been sent.

It began with September's gift featuring some fabulous fussy cut hexagon coasters..

And some very handy picnic wine glasses. There's always chocolate ladybugs in my parcels too. mmm sweeet!
Melody and I share a fondness for Donkeys so for October she stitched the prettiest donkey tea towel for me. I use it as my sewing machine cover. She also sent a teeny weeny tiny donkey. What a little cutie!!!
November's present was an apron featuring this fun hexagon flower. That's a piece of pie smiling in the centre - A happy pie!

December's treats had a theme of pins and needles... with a chirpy duck needle holder...
and what has become my very favourite pincushion. This is the pride of my sewing table. And doesn't it photograph well, a real pin-up girl... hee hee... I just had to stick that joke in there.. hee hee... okay back to the point.. giggle...
And so we come to January... I saw this on Melody's blog and crossed my fingers and toes that it might be for me... I must have had my lucky socks on again because it Was for me!!

Melody's Banksy Balloon Girl!!
The fine outline is the made with the most perfect hand stitches I've ever seen, and the collection of buttons are so wonderful. I love it's modern simplicity and the idea it conveys. When I worked in flower shops that had helium balloons, I would sometime wonder how many it would take to lift someone off the ground. Now I know it takes eight magic button balloons.

It was Melody's birthday last Friday (3rd Feb) so a super big "Happy Birthday to you, Melody!!!". I hope you had a smiley birthday cake and some happy balloons!!


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