Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm mentioning it....

So things must be going well... Back in this post I told you I've taken over the Sewing Club at my daughter's school and being a new venture I wasn't sure whether I would post about our projects. If it was going badly I wouldn't mention it, but I'm happy to report that after 3 weeks I'm still alive and enthusiastic about my new endeavour. As a first challenge I had them start with this owl.

Perhaps a slightly ambitious project, but a successful one as you can see from the examples below. (some have already gone home before I could get a picture, so these are some that are still in progress)

 

It has been a steep learning curve as I've discovered that dexterity of children ranges quite a bit from Year 3 to Year 6, but none the less they have produced the most darling creatures which they all seem to be quite proud of.

Next up on the project list is something that became a debate between me and my husband. I thought it would be nice to make a tissue holder, but as my DH pointed out, what 8 year old has need of a tissue holder? Well with half the pieces cut out the definition of out next project was swiftly changed to a mobile phone case. Armed with the pieces of felt I announced to the children that we would be making a mobile phone case. The children seemed quite excited at that idea, but what I hadn't anticipated was that they would know one manufacturer from another and I was bombarded with questions as to whether it would hold various iphones, ipods and blackberries!!? I had to be honest and say I wasn't sure, but if it didn't hold their mother's phone, they could always use it to hold a pack of tissues! LOL

Until next time...♥

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Finish for Twenty-fourteen…

It's a good feeling when you can get your first finish of the year completed in January.  Woohoo!  This quilt was started back in May 2013.  You may recall some of the very early stages of piecing when I sat on the patio with a cup of tea.  That’s such a distance memory now in the depths of winter.  It was designed and made to support the class I’ve been teaching at the adult education centre.

Each of the blocks teaches a technique…from straight nine patch, to half-square triangles, quarter square triangles, applique and y seams. 

So far out of the original 10 students, 3 have them sewn into tops and the rest aren’t far behind.  What always amazes me is how different they all look.  That has to be the best part of designing when you see how people interpreted it.

Along the way I’ve learned a lot too.  Like how freezer paper shrinks! and how much I really do like hand-quilting.

The only problem with finishing a long term project like this is deciding on what next?  I think next is to complete my oldest project which dates back to 1999!  The post I’ve linked to is from my guest post I did on Sew We Quilt back in 2011.  I finish the post saying 2011 might be the year it gets finished! ROFLOL!!!!  errr…more like 2014!

Until next time...♥

Friday, January 17, 2014

Meet Flopsy…

Back in 2006 when I first started blogging, one of the blogs that I read and admired was Julie’s blog Little Cotton Rabbits.  Julie makes the most amazing knitted rabbits that are so popular she raffles the opportunity to buy one of these precious works of art.  Every time a batch was ready I would enter the raffle and never win. 

Well in 2013, Julie released the pattern for these rabbits and I begged and pleaded with my eldest…knitter extraordinaire…that she make me one…  I waited patiently and guess what was under the Christmas tree…

Meet Flopsy!  Isn’t she cute?!  She has the most adorable legs and tiny red shoes with perfectly matched buttons.

Her ears flop to one side, but that makes her even more adorable and gives her an inquisitive look.  I think it gives her that, “whatcha doing?” look.

Flopsy takes pride and place in my sewing corner watching each stitch I take on the sewing machine.  I’m thrilled to bits and can’t say thank you to my daughter enough. 

If that gift wasn’t enough…look what else she put under the tree.  I’m looking forward to making my way through this little book of inspiration.  I will never be short of ideas again.

After finding those two lovely gifts under the tree, another squishy gift had my name on it..this time from DD2.  She had dragged convinced my DH to go to the fabric shop and buy me a set of fat quarters.  The gift is even more special as DD2 doesn’t “do” fabric shops.  She struggles with some shops that are overwhelming like bookstores and the fabric store has the same effect.  So for her to brave it and make it into the shop and buy me a gift is huge!  As you can imagine I was a puddle on Christmas morning!!  I’m so blessed to have two lovely daughters that gave me such thoughtful gifts.

I can’t sign off without saying thank you to everyone that sent me encouraging comments on my last post.  So many of you confirmed that the ipad and the like make it hard to comment, but that you are still reading.  It was so uplifting and I really appreciate all of you that commented and emailed.  For those of you that are interested…the first session with the children went really well… I’ll try and post about our projects when I can.

Until next time...♥

Monday, January 13, 2014

Better Late than Never…

I'm way over due wishing you all a very Happy New Year or even doing a recap of the finishes from 2013, but real life has taken over and it's all been go go go since before Christmas. Work has picked up and I'm now running two classes at the adult education centre and I've agreed to take on the afterschool sewing club which runs twice a week at my daughter’s school so I’ve been busy planning and reacquainting myself with felt!  I'm really looking forward to the challenge of sewing with 8 – 11 year olds and have my first session this afternoon. If it is successful I'll let you know and share our progress... If it's not, I probably won't mention it again lol :o)

So with 12 quilts made and a several small projects, 2013 was a pretty good year.  The most popular post of 2013 with over 7000 page views and the one I still get emails for is the Migrating Geese Tutorial I did back in June.  Tutorials are still very popular so I hope I can do a few more of those in the coming months.

Another reason for my delay in posting is that I've been rather disheartened with blogging at the moment. Comments are at an all time low and I can't help but wonder if blogging is on the decline.  When I started blogging in 2006 my favourite part was the dialogue I had with those that visited and the friendships that were made through the exchange of emails.  Some of those friends made some of the more challenging times in the past easier to cope with and made me feel less alone.

With many using tablets to read blogs, the ease of leaving comments isn’t streamlined and it often means leaving the app you are using to go to the blog in a browser to wait until it loads before you can comment.  Even I know I don’t leave as many comments as I used to….so with all that playing in my mind there was a part of me that was contemplating an ending post and moving on with the times to instagram or the like, but that didn't feel like it would be the right direction for me personally.  I like the blogging format…so instead of giving it up completely I’ve made sure there are other ways we can keep in touch. 

So if you like to follow using Facebook…I have a page HERE
If you prefer Google+ I’m HERE
Oh and I’m on Pinterest HERE

I’m not on instagram, I’ve looked at it, but I’m not sure it’s for me… though I’d love to know what you think!

Until next time...♥