Sunday, May 29, 2005
The picture is not the best - flash flared off the fabric - but good enough to get some idea of how I did it.
The feather stitch looked good before I did the chain stitch flowers - they were a little disappointing being uneven, but okay for a first attempt. Dithered about the colours too but B helped me be confident in my choice.
I still have a motif to do and I have B to thank for that too :).
Getting on well with my knitting project - colours in the yarn even better than I thought - will post a picture tomorrow.
PS B has suggested I might add beads to the flowers and this is probably a good idea and should hide some imperfections so watch this space ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Really busy day today with backtoback unrelated meetings. Very different too. Spent one discussing how nothing was happening and the other trying to cram a huge amount into a small space of time. One was really anxious and unsettleing and the other required concentration and speed reading! Upshot is no craft this evening I am really tired!
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005
The trip to the new quilt shop 'Ring-a-Rosie' was very successful. Lovely shop, lovely lady who runs it and they also sell wool so all my crafting needs under one roof - need never drive 40 miles up the coast again - except when I want to! As well as collecting my eBay purchases I also bought some really nice iron-on transfers for quilt labels - now I just need to make some quilts!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Still haven't stitched any more rooster. Now have CQ block to add to the projects on my 'to do' list.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Received two letters from Australia today - one is my friendship block for May - which I was good and didn't open. The other was a beautiful CQ heart block which I must now embellish. Have been so busy I haven't had time for a second look at it nor to begin planning what embellishment I will do but I do know it is a great block and will be fun to work on. Have just remembered I need to do some more blanket stitch on the rooster - must get that posted. Tommorrow...
Monday, May 16, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Started the buttonhole stitch on the chook block I am making for the friendship block swap. Really like this one and foung a great rooster pattern to applique. I will post a photo of the finished block once opening day has passed - don't want to spoil the surprise.
Otherwise a quiet day at home, foster child really part of the family now - wonder how my kids will cope when X is moved on? Wonder how my partner will cope too. Trying to stay in the moment but as this fostering thing was my idea I feel responsible for the outcome for everyone. Hmmm, big questions in my head - can't go into too much detail here in case it makes X identifiable but big questions and no real answers.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Added bonus was a quick trip to the quilting shop on the way back from the beach :) did a quick reccie to see if there was anything new and there are some lovely bag kits but a bit pricey - especially when I have enough fabric in my stash to make a shop full of bags already. Bought a 'Country Threads' and a spool of varigated quilting thred - well I couldn't come home empty handed.
Monday, May 09, 2005
My naked CQ block is ready to be posted off to New Zealand to xstitch4eva my partner in the round robin. I am quite pleased with the block. Here is a picture Having thought about which fabric to use for ages in the end I just chose a purple palet and picked the prettiest at random from my CQ stash. As for making the block - I stitched and flipped also pretty much at random and made it up as I went along. The only rule is that there are no rules - right? Some of the fabrics moved whilst they were being sewn but it didn't effect the finished piece and all the seams will be stabalised by the embellishment so I'm happy it will be okay.
Now I just need to make a booklet to go with the block on it's journey around the members of my group. This booklet will tell the other members what my likes and dislikes are and any preferences for embellishment. Each successive group member will add details of their work so that there is a record of who did which embellishment.
I am really looking forward to this RR - my first, and to the CQ I will get back. The block is 10" x 10" and I plan to use the resulting fabric as the front piece of a bag. I made it plenty big enough - I hope! I didn't add any embellishment myself at this stage as I didn't have much time and I didn't know where to begin - truthfully I didn't want to spoil it!