If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Project progress and some freebies

Wendy has done Block 2 in her colourway for the BFC Anniversary BOM I am running.

Elizabeth has done Block 1 in purple sage green and gold tonings.

I have started the costumes for a musical show that I am doing the costume design and construction for that will be on stage in May next year. It features 1950's music by Elvis and so the costumes need to be true to the period. This is going to be my first skirt.

KennyKreations are up to HollyBird 7 with their free give away from their Yahoo group. I have copied and pasted the latest design  and rotated them to see how you could use it as a table centre idea  or even around a Christmas tree skirt. In fact you could make a wedge shaped skirt and put one of the birds on each one. It would look very elegant in gold on a white background or gold on a red background

KO designs have two new great test freebie designs. Make sure you click on each design once you have signed in to collect each freebie.

Basketkase Designs have this lovely design which would be great for a card. You do not have to sign in to get the design just click on the image of the design and then in the bottom left hand corner you will see the prompt to download it. I have changed the colour of the stars to see what they would look like in metallic silver.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

The weekly roundup

Friday night Australian time saw the release of Clue 2 in the Bonnie Hunter 2014 Mystery quilt called Grand Illusion. I finished all the required blocks yesterday morning. I am so pleased that I can use black and white as my neutrals as you all know that colour element is part of just about every quilt I do.
Bonnie has a link page that you can go to each week to see posts from others who are participating in the mystery 
Grand Illusion 2
Today I have sent out Block 9 in the Forest Owls BOM
Forest Owls BOM Block 9
and also Block 2 in the BFC Anniversary BOM
BFC Anniversary BOM Block 2
Saturday night we went on our usual outing of being volunteer park guides at the Lillico penguins. We met a lovely couple on holiday from Pennsylvania in the US. This was their second trip to Tasmania.
There were some gorgeous penguins being very cooperative and showing themselves well before dark.This little fellow just peaking out is a baby that now has all of its adult feathers so is now waterproof and able to go out to sea to fish for itself.

This little baby came out of his burrow and as you can see still has a lot of down. When they grow feathers they do so from the tail upwards.

This penguin below was very busy scurrying in and out of his burrow collecting twigs and bits of grass to build his nest. You can just see the twigs in his mouth. He was very fast and it was diffiult to get a good photo of him.

There was also a full moon on Saturday night and I managed to take some shots of the moon shining on the water near Don Heads

Full Moon over Don Heads at Lillico

For those still working on  items for Christmas, Lyn Kenny from Kenny Kreations is generously giving away some Redwork Holly Bird designs, currently there are four. However, they are only available through her Yahoo group so you will need to join that to pick up those lovely design.
I thought that some of them would look lovely down the middle of a table runner. I would like to design one for you but do not have the time at the moment

Thursday, 4 December 2014

International Volunteer Day

Today is International Volunteer Day. It is celebrated each year on 5th December and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. I know that many of you in the sewing world contribute innumerable hours as well as supplies etc in making and distributing quilts, pillowcases, crochet hats etc to many many charitable causes. If all of these hours were tallied the final number would be mind blowing to say the least. I know that the few of hours we spend each week as Friends of Lillico penguin guides along with all of the other volunteer park guides in Tasmania save the government over $2 million a year.

Give yourselves a big pat on the back for the hard work you do.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

One of those days

Today has been one of those days. A bit dreary and not wanting to do much at all but I have stitched more of the embroideries in the Forest Owls BOM. Just need to put them into their blocks now.

Also had an injury. Was machine quilting a quilt for a baby and the needle went through my ring finger on my right hand close to my nail and broke off. Blood everywhere but I managed to pull the rest of the needle out. My husband nearly fainted but I was as calm as a cucumber. Luckily I had a tetanus shot only about 4 years ago.

Trudi has sent in a pic of her Bridie's Blessings quilt. She has made it a bit larger by adding more rows and one more column down the side. Remember this is the charity quilt I designed that only needs one yard/metre of your main focus fabric in its original size
You can find the link to the pattern over on my Bridie's blossoms and Blessings blog HERE

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Projects and a small freebie update

Myself and three other ladies meet at my house on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30 until around 5.00 to work on our embroidered quilts. Wendy, Elizabeth and myself are also doing the Mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter that I discussed in my previous post. I am going to take pics of our finished units/sections each week and share them with you. Wendy and  Elizabeth have both swapped the original yellow for purple. 
Grand Illusion Week 1

Wendy has also made her first BFC 11th Anniversary BOM block. I also have this fabric and it will be interesting to see how this quilt unfolds in the blue tonings.
Wendy's BFC Creations 11th Anniversary BOM Block 1
Remember to email me if you wish to participate in this free BOM using the free give away design by BFC Creations for their 11th anniversary celebrations. 

San Francisco Stitch Co are currently running their Christmas Mystery so be sure to pick up the clues each week from here

Ageless Embroidery currently have their  Christmas font in progress

Julia's Needle are offering a free Pirate Font. It is always hard to find appropriate designs for little boys.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

My project roundup for last week

Friday night Australian time saw the first installment of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt for 2014. It is titled The Grand Illusion. You can view the progress of others on Bonnie's Link Up page.
Grand Illusion Week 1

The first week's instructions required us to make Broken Dishes blocks which many of you have received any of my BOM projects will know are one of my favourite blocks to use. I am all caught up and waiting for next Friday night when I will have a quick look and then head off to bed.
Today has been a busy one for me. I have sent out the first block in my new BFC 11th Anniversary Set BOM. 
BFC 11th Anniversary BOM Block 1

Just a reminder that this is the free BOM I am running using the free designs that Suz from BFC Creations is putting up for free download off her site to celebrate the 11th anniversary of her business. Six designs have been released already so make sure to go and collect them as they will come off the site the day after Design 12 is released and will then be available for sale. If you would like to participate in the BOM please send me an email and I will add you to the list.

Block 8 in the  Forest Owls BOM has also gone out to those participating.
Forest Owls Block 8
 Nancy has used my Zig Zag tablerunner pattern and embroidered her runner with free embroidery designs from BFC to enter their freebie contest. The tablerunner pattern cannot be downloaded from my blog but I can email it to you if you send me an email. I think you will agree with me that she has done a great job.
Nancy's Zig Zag tablerunner
You can probably remember where I recently covered two small Moses baskets to be used at the local hospital so that angel babies an stay with their parents for a little longer before they say their final goodbyes. The baskets have the Cuddle Cot cooling system in them to enable this to happen. At the end of last week I adapted a bassinet and its existing liner to suit the larger cooling pad and also made the linen including this candlewick quilt to go in it.
The designs are from a set by Julie Hall Designs that I purchased a couple of years ago. They are all 4x4 designs that I combined to make the quilt.
Cuddle Cot/Bassinet Candlewick Quilt

The quilt is made of of cotton and fabric that could stand up to rigorous laundering an still be  delicate. The lace was taken from a wedding gown belonging to one of one of the midwives.

The little birds have been having a wonderful time in our garden. These goldfinches availed themselves of the water in the fountain to have spruce their feathers up today.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Check your accounts and change your passwords

In a recent post I told you that my Ebay account had been hacked. Just discovered my Paypal account has also been hacked with over $3000 worth of payments assigned to my credit card.
Please check your accounts and change passwords. I have been in contact with Paypal and I am hoping to get all of this back.