"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Friday, July 31, 2009

Stash from the Quilt & Craft Fair.

Now that I have my computer back all healthy again, I can post some photos! A blog isn't the same without eye candy. Here is what I bought at the Q & C Fair last Friday. Cute calico tote bag!
Stretching Cat pattern (super quick stitch to do)
Chook pattern fabrics
Coloured homespun to go with the chook fabrics.

Little variety pack of fabrics including cupcakes designs.
Three lots of Aboriginal art fabrics. I've been looking for these for ages in the shops without any luck, so I snapped these up as soon as I saw them.
Couldn't resist this - AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE!!
Gorgeous teacups fabrics!
And now some commonsense necessities - a quilting ruler to use when cutting fabrics on my cutting mat with the rotary cutter. Much better than a steel ruler, which is all I had until now.
This is template plastic, to cut out templates for patchwork pieces, as if most of you don't know...The other item is a packet of Applifix, a new version of Vliesoflix or whatever it's called - I can never remember how to spell it OR pronounce that brand name! Also tucked in that packet is a pack of applique needles. I've tried one out already, and it was so much easier to use on fabric that has been fused to other fabric, which gets very stiff and difficult to pierce a needle through, but these needles are designed to make it easier.
An Applique ironing mat - much more useful than baking paper, when ironing fusible web on to pieces of fabric, to avoid wrecking the ironing board cover!

A quick stitch, RR, FPC and ATC.

Don't you hate acronyms when the letters don't make any sense to you? I don't like feeling left out either, so for the benefit of anyone reading this who isn't familiar with any of the above acronyms, here are the details: The Quick Stitched project is this Stretching Cat, which took me a couple of hours to finish. I bought the pattern at the Craft Fair last Friday, and couldn't wait to do it! I've stitched it on 28ct. evenweave instead of Aida, as the example on show at the Fair was done on 28ct, and it looked great. Mine needs pressing, as you can tell!
This is my contribution to a Round Robin in the Stitchin Fingers Cross Stitch Group. Jan asked us to do something in magic or fantasy on her 32ct fabric, so I selected Pegasus, but when I'd finished, he looked so tiny compared to the others that had been done on the RR, I added the Man In The Moon.
Another Fabric Post Card to add to my collection. The theme for this Yahoo group monthly swap was "My Country", and I love Cindy's interpretation.
Another Stitchin Fingers Group is the textile Artists Trading Cards group, and the theme for this month was "Passionately Purple" - great fun to do! Love this one sent to me by Diane in the U.K.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday night.

It has been an exceptionally busy three days for me, so tomorrow I plan to relax with some stitching! I have to wait at home anyway, for my computer to be brought back in working order (I hope), so it is a good opportunity to stay put. I did extremely well at the Guild's Paddy's Market on Saturday morning. I took a box of stitching books, magazines and charts, and put a price tag of $2 on all the books, $1 on all the magazines and 50cents on the charts. I think I sold about two thirds of them. I'll be taking the remaining books up to the bushfire recovery centre soon.
As well as those, I took a box of UFOs and SINS - tablecloths and suppercloths which I knew I would NEVER stitch in this lifetime; doilies and other small items which I've hung on to, thinking I might find a use for them, and a few other bits and pieces. I priced the clothes between $20 and $25, and the smaller items for a dollar each. Most of them sold. All up, I came home with $175!! I was so pleased - firstly because I'd got rid of so much stash that I just didn't want, and secondly because it went a long way toward making up for what I spent at the Quilt & Craft Fair, thus reducing my guilty conscience ;-)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Craft & Quilt Fair, Melbourne

Sharon and I spent all day at the Craft & Quilt Fair yesterday (Friday). We arrived there well before 9 am so we got the early bird parking rates for $10 for the day, instead of nearly $30 if we'd arrived after 9. It was a good start to a great day. We strolled up and down the aisles looking at all the stalls not once, but several times during the day, as we'd break our walking to attend workshops, stop for coffee, and later, lunch. We also had a look at the fantastic quilts on display; they just get better every year! I didn't take my camera this year, as it was just one more thing to carry when I knew I was going to be buying a few items, and decided not to take any extras this year. Sharon took some photos with her mobile phone, so I'm hoping she'll break her silence on her blog and post some of them!
Ken asked the obvious question when he got home - did I buy anything and did I spend much? Oh yes I bought some things, and yes I spent a fair bit... I showed him some of the fat quarters I'd bought (the chook ones because I figured he'd like those) as well as some Aussie themed fabrics. I didn't show him the other goodies (patchwork tools of various kinds among them) because he wouldn't know what they are for, and would probably think (rightly so) that they were expensive. It's just as well I'm the Keeper of the Purse in our household, and he doesn't see credit card statements...
Anyway, once I get my computer back (next week hopefully), I will photograph my stash and you can see what I bought. I'm just ITCHING to use everything!! This morning Sharon and I are taking our unwanted stash to the Guild's Paddy's Market, where I hope to recoup some funds to allay my expenses yesterday. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Computer woes.

I have just written a lengthy post at Patra's Other Place about my computer problems, so I'm not going to repeat it here, but I need to tell my readers that there might not be any more photos here for quite some time, i.e. until my computer is fixed (fingers crossed), or I get a new computer (highly unlikely).

Sunday, July 19, 2009

This is what I've been doing lately.

The Round Robin I am presently working on belongs to Jan in the U.K., whose theme is Fantasy or Magic. This presented a challenge to me, as I don't have much in the way of that subject in my charts, but I eventually found something suitable in one of the Better Homes & Gardens cross stitch books. This is Pegasus, the Winged Horse. But he is so tiny in comparison to the other items stitched on the RR, I decided to add a Moon (complete with face) for Pegasus to jump over. I'm still working on that. Pegasus didn't take long to stitch, so I have been playing with some of my stash this month. I was showing a friend all my kits and UFOs, and two in particular begged me to make a start on them soon! Like most crafts-mad people, I can't resist adding to my stash when I visit Stitches and Craft Shows, and I bought these two kits a few years ago: a pair of napkins with teacup and patty cake to be appliqued on to them, and a patchwork wall hanging of three black cats. I've still got to finish the blanket stitch on the teacup, as well as hand stitching the binding on the napkins.
When I saw this completed wall hanging on display, I asked the stallholder if I could buy it and he said no, but you can buy the kit. I said "I don't do patchwork", and my friend Cheryl said "But I think you're going to learn!" And she was right. With the help of Sharon and Cheryl, I've got this far. I still have to finish the cats off, then put a black edge around the coloured border, and then put the padding and backing on it.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Antique American potholders

I have several American-born friends who married Australian men, and have lived here ever since. One of these ladies (D) told me that her Nanny stitched many articles for her and her sister over the years, and D brought most of them to Australia when she came to live here. She was showing them to me the other day, and bemoaning the condition they were in, with old stains that probably wouldn't come out. I said "Just lend them to me for a few days. I'll treat them to some Napisan magic". I think D will be delighted when she sees her Nanny's pot holders almost as good as new! She gave me her permission to photograph them for my blog.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Two small completions tonight.

These two are for Stitchin' Fingers swaps: A fabric postcard for Joy's birthday this month. This one incorporates a piece of a necktie - the brightly coloured bit. The other plain and small floral bits are scraps of fabric I had in a bag. Please note my newly acquired skill with Cretan stitch - not yet perfect, but at least it is recognisable! (If you still can't pick it, they are the dark blue and the light green seam embellishment stitches. The red seam embellishment stitch is detached chain stitch.) and my ATC for the July swap in the ATC Group. The theme was 'Purple - passionately purple!" so I gave this all I had. Every scrap from my stash of anything purple is in this ATC. I hope Sheila in Scotland isn't overpowered by it!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

My teapot for Amber's Round Robin.

When I suggested having a round robin on Stitchin Fingers' Cross stitch group, I asked the participants to choose their own theme. Amber and I both selected teapots or teacups, so it will be interesting when the RR is finished, to see if the other stitchers use the same design for teapots on both of our RRs! Here is the one I have just finished on Amber's RR:
This design was in the March issue (Issue 63) of Cross Stitch Gold, an English magazine. I avoid buying magazines regularly, because I don't want to end up with boxes of them (too late now), but I will buy one if there is something special in it that appeals to me. This issue had several patterns, including a cushion with cupcakes on it, as well as this teapot and a matching teacup. There are some other very nice patterns in the mag, so I won't be chucking it out for a long time yet!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Two more new patterns.

These are the other two designs I'd ordered from ABC Stitch Therapy. You only have to read the words to understand why I chose them!