Thursday, May 28, 2009

International interfacing comparison chart

I just discovered this very handy chart comparing interfacing/stabilisers between America, the UK, and Australia. The chart has been compiled by Amy Butler.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Splendiferous Shop Opening

The official Feebeez Etsy store has now been launched! There are now 10 dichroic pendants in the store, waiting for you to drool over.

To celebrate this wonderful event, the first item that sells will attract a 25% discount. Each pendant is unique and cannot be duplicated, so if you see something you like, grab it now before someone else buys it.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wowzers!!

I am gobsmacked ... Rachel from One Pretty Thing has just featured my Bobbin Lace in her Flickr Friends Roundup. On a daily basis, One Pretty Thing showcases various crafty DIY projects. I find the site to be a great source of inspiration. I am really honoured :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Etsy shop launch

drum roll please...

My much anticipated Etsy shop will be officially launched on Wednesday 20th May. Initially I will stock dichroic pendants, handcrafted by none other than the amazing Feebee! :) The shop will expand in the future to include handbags and something for children.

...and to celebrate the official launch, the first item to be purchased on or after Wednesday 20th will receive a 25% discount!

Edited to clarify ... I mean Wednesday 20th May in Western Australia, which is +8hours GMT


This item has already sold.... however it will give you a taste of what is to come

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First quilt, now complete

My very first attempt at quilting is now complete. I made the quilt by following the Mod Sampler Quilt-Along held by Elizabeth from Oh Fransson! I'd really like to thank Elizabeth for running the quilt-along. Her instructions were superb!

I am really happy with the end result, and the process of creating the quilt was (mostly) very enjoyable. The bit I least enjoyed was spending hours cutting out all of the blocks!

Binding with mitred corner


Quilt front
At one stage I was concerned the quilt was too bright. Now that it is complete I really love it. It is very cheerful and will be just the thing for brightening up the house in winter. I made it with the intention of snuggling under it in front of TV. Now I am considering hanging it on the Playroom wall, as it is so cheery and invigorating.


Quilt back



One of my favorite blocks
I was rather afraid of doing the free-motion-quilting (FMQ). I was scared that I would stuff up the entire quilt. I spent a good few days practicing, and that was well worth the time and effort. In the end I thoroughly enjoyed the FMQ. I would 'get in the zone' and hours would pass without me realising. I think the quilt took about 6 bobbins of thread, so a good many hours went into the FMQ.



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Monday, May 11, 2009

Finished!

It is finished ... but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for photos.

:)

happy happy happy dance





... and Robert's fractured arm is now officially mended and the sling is off.

extra happy happy happy dance

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Scrappy binding

My Oh Fransson! Mod Sampler Quilt is almost finished. I am currently hand sewing the binding. I decided to make the binding from scraps, and it has resulted in a beautiful rainbow of colour. It finishes the quilt off nicely.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Huge lizard being eaten by a snake

Bungarra lizards get rather large ... 150cm or more! Not sure how large the one in these photos is, but it is pretty big. I think the snake was rather ambitious. Apparently it took the snake about 5 hours to consume the lizard. I wonder how long it will take to digest?

Here is the article from the newspaper. http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=146&ContentID=140117 Half way down the article is a photo gallery.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A serious case of quilters wrist

I've spent the weekend stippling my Mod Sampler quilt. 4 bobbins of thread later my right wrist is so fatigued that typing is rather difficult!



My 'new' second hand Bernina Virtuosa 160 hasn't skipped a beat. I am so happy with the machine. The stippling is now 3/4 complete. Providing my wrist is up to it, I'll have the stippling completed tomorrow night.


You can see the section that I have yet to complete.








It certainly hasn't been smooth sailing. I have spent a number of hours unpicking.
Sewing over a rolled up section of the quilt isn't recommended ;)
I also had tension problems, which weren't obvious until I began stippling over the coloured fabric on the quilt back. (And that was when at least 1/4 of the stippling was already complete. And no, I didn't unpick the whole thing ... just the stippling that was on the coloured backing fabric.... all 16"x 16" of it!).






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