Monday, March 14, 2011

S.I.T. swap item finished!!!

I have finished the first of the five S.I.T. swap items, I hope the girls like them !  I had so much fun making them.  This is the only thing I have made lately.  I have been applying for a job and going on school camps so I have had no free days off.  I have been madly making these in between the rest of my committments.  I love owls and made this one a bit quirkier than in the pattern.  His chest feathers are going sideways, the eyes are a bit more "dizzy".  Robyn

Friday, February 18, 2011

Name Tag Swap for Sew It Together, Sydney

Hi guys, this is the name tag (minus the name) I have made for the swap I am involved in for Sew It Together at the end of March, who will be wearing it?   Robyn

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lifetime Friends and Memories

I have been quiet on my blog lately because I have been organising my mothers 80th birthday.  It was a lot of hard work and preparation but I have to say it was worth all the effort.  The day for my mum's birthday, and party, was yesterday (12th February).  It was one of the most uplifting and enjoyable days I have had in a very long time.  Many of mum's friends have known her longer than we have been alive and it was a pleasure to speak to every one of them.  From all different walks of life and all with so much experience in life it was wonderful to sit and listen to their memories of their lives.  I also had the chance to catch up with cousins and second cousins that I haven't seen for a while.  It was like we had only spoken yesterday, the years we had not seen each other just dropped away and laughed and joked together for what seemed like hours.  Anyway, now I get to concentrate on making a name tag and some sample swaps for S.I.T. in March - I just have to get my sewing room back together!!!    Robyn

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Joy of Colour

I work as a special education teacher and today I loved watching the complete joy of some of my students as they painted with some beautiful bright colours using a stencil they had made.  The teacher was so good with them and rejoiced wuth them in their complete excitement as they painted.  Sometimes I am so apathetic about the beautiful choices we have in fabric these days.  Today changed my perspective towards the choices of colours available out there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Katrina Hadjimichael Design

This quilt was being taught in a class at "Pioneer Patchwork" by Katrina Hadjimichael.  She made it in navy blues and darker colours.  I wanted to make mine the same but at the time I could not find a range of blues that looked good together.  In the end I found this range of fabrics at Spotlight and began making the quilt in bright blues.  This is as far as I have gone with it.  I have to make 3 more of these borders and they take a lot of work.  I will get back to it at some satge!  I love the centre border and really enjoyed doing it.  The hearts on this border are cut out of one piece of fabric and it is hard to get them on the fabric looking even and centred.  It will be fantastic when it is together but I think it will be a long process.  I'm off now to look at some other blogs, I had so much fun last time - will blog again soon!   Robyn

Sample Quilt by "Moonshine Designs"

This quilt was taught at "Patchwork Mania" (Camden) and it took me 18 months to make it.  I changed the design slightly because there was one flower block that I didn't like.  I doubled up on the butterflies and the fans that are in the corners.  The quilt done by the teacher was done in pastel florals, similar to the original.  I liked blues and reds together at the time and was so pleased with the end result.  It has an oriental look about it, this was not planned.  I got this quilt professionally quilted because I put so much work into it and wanted it to be perfect.  I finished a few years ago and still have not put a border on it.  The original had a scalloped border but because mine is not floral I am considering just adding a straight border, what do you think?

This quilt has fantastic colours and is a cute panel.  Yes, its a panel.  I would love to say it is all my own applique but sadly it isn't.  It came in two parts, the square panel in the bottom photo and the cute wide border in the top photo.  I had bought a couple of lots of it in different places and didn't realise that I had bought it twice.  When it came to making the quilt I was glad I bought this amount of it.  We use it in the family room to keep us warm when we are cold, its big enough for my 6ft 2in husband to cover himself and keep warm so, at times, the whole family fights over it!  I can't remember what the fabric was called, I'm sorry I didn't write it down.