Thursday, 31 December 2009
The photos are still not up to scratch due to the dull weather and artificial light.... but here is a photo I took in October when I bought the fabrics and they were still on the bolt...
aren't the colours rich and gorgeous?? I have added the creams and greens of course but have no other better pic of those.
Thank you Jo, Susan, Karen and Terrie for all your input. Much appreciated! I will move things around again I think Karen, you are right. But for now I have taken the green out and replaced it with three other colours;
I have put the coral in, which is a gorgeous fabric from Oakshot. You cannot see it here very clearly but it has a very subtle strip in it that changes with the light. I have always loved these fabrics but never really used them yet.
I am about half way in sewing the pieced triangles now. Once I have done them all I will shuffle them about and get the best placement. The solid cloth triangles inbetween are all going to be the same fabric (5th from the top in the first photo).
For now it looks like this;
The olive green now jumps out more together with the coral but I think overal it blends better together now...
Still, the second finished triangle from the left is more the look I am going for but I think that once the spaces inbetween are filled in with the red fabric it would drown in just those colours so it will be good to have the cremes/greens and coral in... you guys agree?
Sorry again for the bad photo quality... here's hoping for nice sunny weather!
Oh and Susan... I have a pattern... so I follow it! that's the easy part... the stuff you are doing in making patterns up ... now THAT is hard!
As I said though in the last post... none of it would have been possible without learning the basics in such a wonderful way. I REALLY could not have done without all Dana's fantastic tutorials..
If you are at all unsure about patterns like this..and on how to make a quilt..... here are all her lovely tutorials;
Supplies You Will Need
Sewing Your Blocks
Assembling Your Quilt Top
How To Free Motion Quilt
Binding Your Quilt
Reproduced here with kind permission from Dana! Thank you very much Dana, these have been my lifeline!
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
I came across a giveaway for this absolutely beautiful fabric...
I couldn't tell you about it better than the Oz Material Girls themselves (whose giveaway it is) so here is the description in their own words;
"At The Oz Material Girls we are always excited to bring our sewers and crafters newly released products and this one is BRAND NEW, it has not even been released in the US yet!
We are pleased to introduce Robyn Pandolph’s latest range, The Beach House. Typical of her soft, romantic designs, The Beach House fabrics showcase a gorgeous selection of roses and blenders in soft pastel tones.
These fabrics inspire thoughts of waking up in a shabby chic French hotel with crisp white linens, a sumptuous feather filled pillow and a beautiful handmade floral quilt, and we think our quilter followers will fall in love with them. They are also suitable for other craft, appliqué, home decorating, cushions and bags."
I just love this range... it might be the perfect antidote to the warm maroons of winter to sew with in spring!
Ever since I have bought that stack of red fabric at the craft fair... I have been dying to start on it!
The fabrics are a mixture but mainly by Judie Rothermel. The collection is inspired by The Old Sturbridge Village Collection (for Marcus Brothers) so I read on the selvedge, and they look very beautiful and richly coloured.
The pattern (lying next to the fabrics) is from the Popular Patchwork September 09 and called Stone Cottage Comforter.
My excuses for the poor photo quality.. a dreary day here with rain and it didn't make for very good photos...
I have cut out most of the squares and triangles, but am finding (yet again... this is rail fence revisited!) that I do not like the darkest green in there...
What do you think ??
There are 3 greens in the quilt. The dark olive, the light olive and the very dark christmas tree like one with fleur the lis on. I think I will have to take that one out....
As you can see I have started assembling the colours together and sewn up some of the triangles, about a quarter on the way on the pieced triangles now....
There is a LOT of matching up seams... So THANK YOU again to DANA for teaching me how to do that in her tutorial on her Old Red Barn Co site. I had some practice on the Irish quilt and that really is standing me in good stead now as the pieces are much much smaller...
Monday, 28 December 2009
Today I finished the quilt top for the Irish Flood Relief (see couple of posts back..). I made it a priority as the sooner it gets to the very nice people at Irish Quilting Magazine, the better!
A big HURRAH to them and Rachel for organising it all. I hope they get many blocks and tops sent to them.
I will wrap it and send it straight away tomorrow.
Friday, 25 December 2009
to all my friends and readers.
Thank you for visiting my blog and being such good friends. I love each and every comment and the support you have all given me over the last year.
I wish you all happy festive days and a very good New Year!
May we all happily stitch and sew together!
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Rachel from PS I Quilt, has joined forces with the Irish Quilting Magazine.
Do you you remember the awful rains and the nasty flooding in the UK in November? Ireland was very hard hit too and a lot of people lost a lot in the floods....
It seems a long time ago now everyone is talking about the snow.. but though for some it might be 'yesterday's news', for those affected the aftermath is all to real ! (and not in a very nice way....).
The action therefore has been set up to send a block or a block or two to either Rachel (if you are in the US) or directly to the magazine (Irish Quilting) if you are in the UK or Ireland. Read all about it on Rachel's blog HERE.
Rachel has a wonderful tutorial on her blog for the suggested disappearing nine patch block. I will not do one but just refer you to here HERE!!
Just a few photos of how my block is getting together................
cut through the middle;
turn two bits around;and sew together again...
to have this effect with more blocks together!
Rachel is asking who has time to make a block? Lots of quilts are allready being distributed !
See Rachels update HERE!
Maybe you have some time over the holidays?
Monday, 21 December 2009
In spite of the icy pavements, the postman managed to deliver some mail to our house and I was excited to find another little parcel!!
It was from Jo in Edinburgh... She had set me a little challenge, which was to guess which famous person was living in the house, a photo of which she posted...
I got it right!! (you want to play? check out her fabulous tour of where she lives... introducing blackford and morningside... and have a guess....) and she sent me a lovely handmade crochet broach with a handmade label attached.
Thanks Jo ! It is great and I will wear it with pride!
Jo and her husband have a shop in Edinburgh (which is also in the tour) as well as a shop in Glasgow and they are selling the most fabulous kitchens, furniture and homeware. If you want to have a look... HERE ... is the link!
I will certainly stop by if in Edinburgh Jo! Thanks for getting me a little surprise!
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Quick go to Micki's blog Irish Muses.... She has put together a lovely giveaway with all things Irish.....
There is in the package (6 points copied from Micki's blog);
Last but not least, whether you are entering or not, do visit Micki's blog and have a look around. It is a lovely place to visit and I am sure you will not regret it!
Saturday, 19 December 2009
I woke up this morning... looked out of the window....
and what did I see?
and LOTS of it!!!! Now we hardly ever get snow... so this is exciting stuff... and it seems as well as beautiful, largely disruptive!
The bus is allready stuck in our road (been there for half an hour, in spite of neighbour boys with spades gritting in front of the wheels.....)
and who has been padding in the backyard ????
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Some mail does get through to my house !! YAY!!! I got a lovely surprise parcel from my bloggy friend Evelyn of Use the Loot.
She is a dynamo once she starts making things and I am amazed and awed at all the quilts she makes for charity like project Linus. Not to mention the fantastic finds she makes at yardsales and then spreads to love by sharing her good fortune with us all!
Thank you Evelyn, for your friendship through the year and this amazing Moleskin notebook. I just LOVE the cover (as I think I told you before... ahum....) and I am so glad to be the proud owner of it now. I love that blue and beige together.
I have amongst my good intentions to start a quilters notebook to carry around and make notes of ideas I see. Just never got round to it... so this will be it!!
Thanks you so much. It is lovely!
ps... lovely tute on tote bags on Evelyn's blog now with a special incentive... check it out!!
Monday, 14 December 2009
The giveaway is now closed for entries and what a wonderful response there was!
Just in case you missed any of it.... 5 people took up the challenge of posting where they live.
Three of them posted truly remarkable extensive tours!! If you have missed them, go have a look! Thank you so much Jo, Catherine and Lauranie! Your indepth tours and wonderful photography are a true delight. Thank you for taking so much of your time to show us round. I thoroughly enjoyed the photos and descriptions and hope my readers did too!
Jo over on Bearpaw's blog has written a fantastic superb post on Edinburgh in Scotland.
Introducing Blackford and Morningside
Catherine of The Sewing Attic has taken us on a tour of Whangamata in New Zealand. 'My corner of the World'
Lauranie of This is Sew my Life has posted a tour around Lafayette, Louisiana "Lafayette... my kinda town".
2 of the entrants posted a shorter account;
Karen of Badland's blog, had allready posted some pictures on the Selvadge blog
Badlands' Karen on the Selvadge blog and directed us there
On Brenna's blog you can find some pictures of the lake near which she lives.
Thanks to you Karen and Brenna too. It did give us a snapshot of where you live (or used to, in Karen's case) and both the Badlands and the Lake look breathtakingly beautiful!
So if you haven't yet... visit these 5 ladies, the trip is definitely worth it!!
(I also have been promised some more tours by bloggy friends who currently have no time... what a time to reach your 100th post... just before Christmas... I couldn't have timed it worse... but thank you those who are doing a tour in the New Year. I am really looking forward to seeing where you live !!)
Now onto the draw.....
I did have a little help but unfortunately he couldn't quite manage to fish out the paper with his paw! So he supervised while we did the draw ourselves....
Without further ado...
Moda Jelly roll goes too...... Catherine of the Sewing Attic
Canvas Panel............. Lauranie , This is Sew my Life
Notebook to........... Susan, Flossieblossoms
Sewing holder........ Jo of Sewjo on Flickr (not sure about a blog)
Halforsen Panel.......... DeeRoo of DeeRoo Designs
and another Halforsen Panel...........Karen, Badlands blog
Please send me your mail address and I will get the goodies out to you. They will not get there before Christmas. I probably will send them out at the end of the week (mad busy week for me too... not even started on Christmas yet... no tree, no present buying, making... nothing....) and with the delay of the Christmas post it will be between Christmas and the New Year. Still, I suppose nice to look forward to when all the Christmas excitement has died down?
It is no surprise that those with the extra entries (who also did all the extra work!) had a bigger chance of winning. This seems to be reflected in the results even though only half of all prices went to a "tour entry". I had rather hoped one of the prizes would have gone to Jo however, who gave up her one day off from work a week, to go around Edinburgh and take pictures for my challenge... It is amazing her name did not get pulled out of the hat but that is the luck of the draw....
However, to show my appreciation for the extreme effort she has gone to, I have decided to add a little something to the prizepool and will put it in the post. So send me your address Jo, and an envelope will fall on your doormat.
Thank you to all who have taken part and in particular those who have done tours. I really enjoyed hosting this giveaway.
Up to the next 100 and hoping you all still be with me and many new friends besides!
Thursday, 10 December 2009
In the middle of having my own giveaway, Nicolette's parcel arrived. She had wrapped all the little presents lovingly and separately and taken such care over the parcel!
Not only did I find the beautiful Lecien Cosmo Multi Work Threads I expected, she also made me a lovely heart ornament/pincushion and enclosed a little pink bracelet that supports breast cancer research (it has little charms on it and the enclosed leaflet says you have to tie it on and wait till it falls off and then make 3 wishes. If you do this they come true!),a nice card and ... last but not least... Haagse Hopjes!
These Dutch boiled sweets are named for the city Nicolette lives in (The Hague, or in Dutch, Den Haag) and have a coffee flavour. They are in my top 5 of best sweets ever and of course only available in Holland so I don't get them very often!
Lucky me! Thank you so much Nicolette. I have so enjoyed receiving your parcel and thanks for enclosing all the extras.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
(Update again within this post at the end - 7 Dec- Whangamata New Zealand)
(New update Dec 8 Lafayette... see end of the post)
Thank you all for your entries into my giveaway!
I am absolutely delighted to report that Jo over on Bearpaw's blog has taken up the challenge and written a fantastic superb post on where she lives!
Beautiful photos and extensive text. She has put in every effort and I highly recommend a visit to go and see Introducing Blackford and Morningside to have a birdseye view (literally too!) of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Thanks Jo for taking the trouble. I really enjoyed your tour! (mega extra points have been added!)
Karen of Badland's blog, has also directed me to some pictures of where she used to live in the Badlands (although she has since moved). Lovely country scenes to be found here;
Badlands' Karen on the Selvadge blog
On Brenna's blog you can find some pictures of the lake near which she lives and she tells us a bit about it.
Thanks to Karen and Brenna too for posting the pics.
The giveaway is still open. Both for 'normal' entries and the extra awards for the "Where I Live" tour. I'd love to see some more coming up! You have another week to go and grab your camera. I have been promised another few posts (won't say yet... it will be a surprise) and will be updating as more stories come in !
GO for it guys! Loved your story Jo! Can't wait for more entries to come in!
Dec 7 update:
Another most fabulous entry has come in!! Just look at the amazing post Catherine of The Sewing Attic has put together! Cycling way up the hill to get us stunning vistas of Whangamata in New Zealand where she lives. Go visit her post 'My corner of the World' you won't regret it!
Thank you so much Catherine for giving us such a great look into where you live! Fabulous...
Guys ... I'm sooo excited about this! Really looking forward to another one!!! Who's next ?? (and all extra entries don't forget!!)
Dec 8 update:
The lovely Lauranie has posted a tour around the town she lives...: "Lafayette... my kinda town". She is taking us around Lafayette, it's churches, christmas lights, bridges, university and swamp with real crocodiles... brrrr.... Worth a look... go go go ... NOW...
Thanks you so much Lauranie! A fantastic tour.. This is so brilliant!!
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
(photo found in a forumthread, it's not mine.., if you know whose it is please mail me and I will give them credit gladly)
Who would have thought I'd get to 100... and so quickly! Certainly not me!! When I started blogging I didn't know how to get past the first few as I thought I did not have anything to say.... (or to show....).
The difference with now is staggering! Looking back and taking stock I can see how I built up more confidence in my posts. Not in the least due to all you lovely peeps commenting and supporting me!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to each and every one who has ever commented, emailed, encouraged, helped and cheered me up when I was down. It has been a fantastic first 100 and I am thankful for the good friends I have made online, the great support they have given me and the wonderful things they so generously send!
On the quilting front I have also improved and especially Dana and The Old Red Barn Co Quilting Group have made such a difference! I have moaned, they have put up with it and given me tireless and loving advice. I know so much more now!! I'm looking forward to rejoining the collective quilting effort. A fantastic group. Thanks all so much guys in there, especially the regulars, you know who you are ! (I'm not going to list for fear of missing someone! there are too many anyway....)
As a thank you for all your support I have put together the following, which is what you all want to know about:
A Moda Jellyroll - Shangri-La
A heavy canvas panel, suitable for panel in a tote or cushion.
a Notebook and cover (this is just the one, front and back seen here)
a small holder for little notions
Fifth and Sixth Prize;
a Nancy Halforsen Panel with 8 small squares depicting 'Love Is'.
HOW IS THIS GIVEAWAY ORGANISED?
Anyone is welcome to enter and gets one point (one chance) for a comment. I will print them, cut them up and stick them in a jar (not really a spreadsheet girl or software engineer.... so more of a hands on affair this time).
Extra points (and chances) can be earned by telling me about where you live as explained below.
All my followers can get one extra chance for following me, just make a separate comment to say you are a follower and actually still following (some of you are awfully quiet!)
All my regular commenters will get extra points commensurate with how often they have commented. You can see how it is much easier for me to print and cut than do a course in computer sofware.. I will add comments as they come in!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
1) leave me a comment for one chance to win. preferably something I would like to read, like who you are, which crafts you like to do, something funny that happened today... which prize you particularly like... Anything rather than 'Pick Me!'.
2) leave me a separate comment if you do the following....;
You can earn 10 (that's right TEN!!) extra chances if you read my previous post on 'Introducing Ramsgate' and do a similar post on YOUR blog (leaving me a link) showing me where YOU live. It doesn't need to be a book... just a few photos and lines to show us around and give us a flavour of your surroundings. It would be GREAT to get to know you! (and I give you ten extra because I know it's a bit of a job... but it would be super if you could....)
(On this option you only have to leave one comment, I will read your entry and automatically add 10 chances to the jar.)
3) if you are a follower, give me a separate comment saying so and your extra point gets added.
4) if you are a regular commenter, your extra points for commenting are allready in the jar... there is a bit of a leaguetable on this (I have gone back and read and counted each and every comment) and the regular peeps are sticking out way above everybody else!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to each and everyone of you. It is a privilige to have the opportunity to know you all and join you in all the fun we have online!
The giveaway will stay open till Saturday 12 December, to give you all a chance to get that camera out and snap away in your town! (or wood, or beach... etc etc...:-)
Last but not least; GOOD LUCK!!!
Update: Make sure you leave me a way to contact you! If I have no blog or mail address I cannot reach you !
Sunday, 29 November 2009
To encourage you to show me where you live, I will introduce you to Ramsgate, Kent, UK. This is a town about half an hour drive north from where Dover connects to Calais in France and the English Channel is at its narrowest. This corner of the province of Kent, was originally separated from the mainland by a water called the Wantsum Channel. The channel has slibbed up and the Wantsum is now a tiny stream, and the island now part of the mainland. This corner around Ramsgate and Margate is still called the Isle of Thanet.
The most prominent feature in Ramsgate is the Royal Harbour. I believe it is the only Royal Harbour in England. Ramsgate started as a small fishing village in Roman times, with a small harbour and a small wooden pier. In 1820 King George IV stopped over and was so happy with the hospitality he received he decreed that Ramsgate would now be entitled to add 'Royal' to its name.
Ramsgate (and the harbour) have a rich history. This is the harbour where part of the fleet of little boats departed from to rescue wounded soldiers from the beaches in Dunkirk in France in 1940. The boats returned with many soldiers and events are sometimes held whereby the actual boats reunite and sail into Ramsgate once again.
Another important aspect is certainly the beach, here seen from beach level,
and seen from the point of view up the cliff looking down in summer
There is a Victorian lift going down to the beach (in addition to two sets of stairs along the cliffsides at intervals) which is still in working order and used in the summer months.
and here is the view over the harbour, seen from the lift entrance;
The harbour can also be seen from the East Cliff promenade, a little further away, where you can take in the beach, harbour and ferry terminal;
You can see how the colour of the water differs from the photo underneath...
The coast and the weather can change from one minute to the next, and from azureblue in the summer (the above pic is not photoshopped) to the murky waters you see above.
These are the cottages that were originally home to the coast guard. They are now privately owned and occupied;
And this is the town on market day on a friday;
The town library burnt down 5 years ago on friday the 13th... It has now been rebuilt and is totally modernised. Luckily the facade was saved and has been preserved but the building behind it is totally modern.
The seascapes along this coast are fantastic with ever changing cloud formations and colours. It has attracted many artists amongst which J.M.W. Turner who made many of his paintings on the Thanet coast.
You have been able to read about the lovely park in my blog before, lovely wooded areas as well as open meadow spaces;
In addition, a large windfarm is being built, just 7 miles offshore of Margate (a couple of miles North of Ramsgate) and the huge drillplatform is based in Ramsgate Harbour and gets towed to and fro against a background of containerships going through the Channel and tiny sailboats out for leisure. You can appreciate the size of this thing when you compare it to the sailingyacht in the right bottom side of the picture, which is a fairly large sized yacht of about 10m length at least. This windfarm, when finished, will be the largest operational windfarm in the world!
There is tons of stuff I haven't told you yet... Charles Dickens used to stay in Broadstairs (just north of Ramsgate, south of Margate) and also visited Ramsgate regularly. The young Princess Victoria came to visit often for her holidays. I haven't photographed the monuments, the museum, the other parks, the statues, more harbour views, the house where Princess Victoria stayed, the Tollhouse on the promenade, where you had to pay a penny to pass and enjoy the views at those times, the Grand Mansion houses designed by Edward Pugin. The Grange, the house of the renowned architect Augustin Pugin (Edward's father), who lived in Ramsgate and designed the clocktower of Big Ben, the Queens Throne, and the interior of the Houses of Parliament. The famous sandbank The Goodwin Sands, where many a ship floundered, the West Cliff, the bandstand, the churches, the nature reserve and the many migratory birds visiting and resting on their way south, and much much more.....
But this post would get far too long........ I will at times post in more detail about one aspect at a time, but I hope you have a little flavour and bird's eye view of Ramsgate.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
When I first started blogging and discovered giveaways, I hesitated to take part, as I felt that as a newcomer perhaps I wasn't entitled to take a possible win away from regular commenters.....
Since, I have discovered that this really is not how it works and on my own giveaway had entries from people who never came back after... so I got a little more adventurous!
I realized it is a fabulous way to find new blogs and fantastic people to meet so in fact, holding giveaways and entering them is a great thing to do and just meeting you all is the greatest prize, even if you never win the item at all!
The last Sew Mama Sew giveaway came along and I threw myself into it headlong... loving every minute of it and being priviliged to meet so many of you. To my surprise (taking into account the amount I entered) I never won anything at all but it didn't really matter. I found some very good blogging friends I would otherwise never have encountered at all! Then I won a marvelous giveaway where my name was pulled out of the hat second chance when the winner was uncontactable... I was so amazed and happy... it IS possible to actually win ! (and it brought me a very good bloggy friend too!).
Now they say all good things come in threes and that certainly came true for me in the last month!
Firstly I won these marvellous Cosmo Multi Works Spools of thread. The colours are beautiful and I especially like how they seem to flow colourwise from one into the other. The person who was holding this wonderful giveaway was Nicolette from Dutch Comfort blog. I haven't actually received them yet (so I have had to take the picture from Nicolette's blog, I hope you don't mind Nicolette) as Nicolette's mum has been quite ill... I hope she is feeling much better now Nicolette. I'm wishing her well. Thank you for your kind giveaway.
Then I was surprised and happy to win Lara's giveaway on her blog "Sew many stitches later". Lara won a giveaway herself on the Old Red Barn Co Quilting Group and generously put one together of her own to spread the love and I won it!! I couldn't believe I had won the prize; one Sweet by Urban Chicks Charm Pack and a 1/2 yard of Bubblegum Candy Stripe. Not only that but she put a lot of lovely little extras with it too! Some DMC skeins of embroidery yarn, coincidentally all matching to the thread I won in Nicolette's giveaway (although Lara did not know about this!), some lovely cute Beatrix Potter labels and needles (which you can never have too many of!). Thank you so much Lara! it was a big surprise to win but I am really happy with my goodies!
Last but not least I couldn't believe my eyes when I won in the giveaway Jamie Kalvestran from 'Ideas and Inspirations' had put up! She was giving away a fabulous bag the "On the Breeze" Bag Model/Sample. It is made from Lonni Rossi Fabrics by Andover and you have to believe me if I say that it is really expertly made!
When I opened the bag I was astonished at all the pockets I found inside... a multitude all around and the outer pockets as well as the main compartment are secured by magnetic closings. The long thin pocket on the left is a separate one as well as the the flap with 'the sun' which even has a zip in the flap itself as an extra secure compartment to hold things. The level of finishing is far beyond anything I could do myself and I am really happy to have won!
Jamie very kindly also put some extras in for me. She sells a multitude of patterns in her online shop Scrap bags, and sent me two of them to try. I have seen one of them in a variety of fabrics on her blog (e.g. this lovely stamped one) and loved the way they turned out. I am looking forward to trying the pattern out. Thank you very much Jamie! I am thrilled with both the bag and the patterns!
It must be true things happen in 3's, as it has gone very quiet on the winning front again... but not to worry, as I am hoping to meet a lot of new friends (and revisit existing ones) in my own giveaway in the next couple of days!
YES.... nearly at my 100th post! Keep your eyes peeled. Not long to go now! All welcome to enter and extra chances for my loyal commenters. I am going to put it all together very soon... really excited!
See you then!!