Friday, 28 November 2014

This & That...

Some little snippets to share with you today... all can be revealed when the projects are fully finished...

Secret sewing, which I am so pleased with...

Tis The Season... finally pinned & ready to quilt... I found the fabrics a bit tricky to sew with, so the piecing process was very slow...

And look what's back from the quilter (I think she might be sick of my various renditions of little squares!) Here's a look at the quilting design.
 Binding will have to wait until I have time to decide what colour to use... I've got a purple & a red... decisions, decisions...!

mr14 has been on a short Outdoor Education camp, so I guess my washing machine will have a little extra work to do over the weekend!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Perth/WA Blogging Ladies... Christmas Get Together!

Yes it's a little late in the planning but it's definitely happening!
 

Perth & WA Crafty Blogging Ladies - Christmas Get Together
Saturday 13 December
at Handcrafter's House, 7/401 Great Eastern Highway Midland
Arrive around 10.15am, finishing up about 3pm.
(If you don't blog but love a bit of needle & thread, we'd still love to see you!)

Lunch will be catered from a nearby Subway. Tea & Coffee provided.
Bring some 'Show & Tell' ... (& hand stitching if you wish or even your machine if you really want!)

Cost $15 to shop on arrival, plus extra for lunch.

Please bring a small handmade gift-wrapped item for our Lucky Dip Gift Exchange.
(Item doesn't necessarily have to be Christmas theme)

It's a normal trading day for Handcrafter's House, so some goodies can be purchased if you wish!

RSVP should be made by 9 December by Commenting on this post, so I know who to expect, & can send further details if you need.

Hope To See You There!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

CTTY Link-Up Anyone?

Thanks to mrHS, the computer is now a lurgy-free machine... so I'm looking forward to catching up on some blog reading in the coming days & also sharing pics of what I've been up to.
 
Due to those computer problems, it's a little later than I would normally put it up, but if anyone wants to link up for 'Christmas Through The Year' I'd love you to.
I did indeed make a Christmas pressie this month, but I can't share it here for CTTY, because it's a gift for a blogging friend.
As usual there's a little 'thank you' on offer for one lucky person who joins in... but it's a little something different this time.

The final CTTY linky for this year will be a little earlier next month - on the 17th - to give a last chance for sharing those final gifts for 2014.
 



Monday, 17 November 2014

Short & Not-So Sweet...

Just when I was preparing to share pics of my recent goings-on here at HibiscusHQ, the home computer has decided to go whacko on me... something akin to a virus... 
Well at least it's not putting up hundreds of disgusting pornographic images like the last time it had a virus. This time it's only telling me that I have variously won a new iPhone, a new iPad, been granted permission to enter a draw for a house in Colorado USA, or that I'm going to be sent some world famous cookware... lucky me huh?!

 As the home computer has all my pics on it, I don't want anything to wrong with them, so I'm using the 'fall-back' laptop for this post.

So just imagine if you can... some stitching on my next Polka Dot Girls stitchery, a little progress on my Redwork Noel cross stitch, about 30 hexy's basted while driving up & back to Perth on Sunday, cutting fabrics for secret sewing & a finish of the gift for a Christmas swap.

Hopefully the home computer will be back to normal very soon... CTTY is coming up in a couple of days & I need to have that linky up... & also I have something new to share, which I hope some of you will find enjoyable too.

Have a Terrific Tuesday Everyone!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Friday Sewing...

Actually, that's the Friday Night With Friends variety of sewing... or stitching in my case.
Once again, Cheryll has hosted another gathering of lovely ladies, all of us being very clever with our needles & threads - thank you so much Cheryll♥
Now that I have finished all the stitcheries for one project (Tis The Season) I thought it was high time to put in a much more earnest effort with the stitcheries of another... my Polka Dot Girls.
Seriously, if this project was a spouse, it would have divorced me ages ago on the grounds of neglect!

Thursday evening I got out my fantastic LED light pad, & traced up a few more designs. Yesterday I took one of them to Patch group & got started, then finished it while watching 'The First Wives Club'.
(Does Diane Keaton ever get a role in which she doesn't wear high-waist trousers & those terrible glasses??!) This one of the small designs; but still, getting it finished is one more to tick off!
 
I'm looking forward to a bit of blog hopping later on, to see what everyone else worked on!

This weekend I'm going to be continuing work on sewing together the quilt top of my Tis The Season... & if there's time, I might make a start on the first block of the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM.
There's a triathlon event here tomorrow, lots of roads blocked/closed in my area, we're kind of locked in, so what better way to spend my time than sewing!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Jewel-y Brights Quilt Top - Done!

After much cutting, sewing, pressing, cutting again, sewing again, & even more pressing, I have finished my quilt top, woo hoo! (truth be known, I finished it Thursday last week)
You may remember that the fabrics were a garage sale find thanks to my eagle-eyed Mum.
Around that time, I'd also been imagining some kind of one-block quilt, put together to somehow look interesting. I searched around, & found some great inspiration in the IMAGES tab of Google, & the main idea for layout was found here. Yes, it's 36 identical makes of the Scrappy Trip block, made famous in recent times by Quiltville.

My original plan was to make it 4 x 4 blocks, which I did, but border fabric just didn't work... so I set to, & made a bunch more blocks to make it up to 6 x 6, in order to keep the established pattern. I love the secondary colour patterns too!

It measures about 73 inches square. The backing is going to be a pink in the same tones as in the top, not sure about binding colour yet.

Happy Me, I Love It!
Now I need to call my quilter so she can work her magic...

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Seeking Info: Printing Photos Onto Fabric


Hi Friends...
I'm wondering if any of my readers know anything about printing photos onto fabric... or perhaps have actually done it?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has any tips or information that could be helpful.
I've looked around online, & see there are packs of printable 100% cotton fabric, that require an inkjet printer... anyone used them? what sort of results?

 I'm thinking about using this method as part of my contribution to a project that's been proposed by my Patchwork group. To be honest, I feel way out of my depth with it at the moment, but I'm going to try my best with ideas... it's quite intimidating, especially when most of the other ladies are just so darn brimming with ideas, & possess so much skill!

Thanks in advance to anyone who can share info, tips or advice...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

'Tis The Season' Update

Just thought I'd pop in & share a pic of all the stitcheries for my Tis The Season wall hanging... I actually completed the last one a couple of weeks ago, but only just remembered I'd not shared it here...
 
I won't be cutting the fabrics for the blocks this week - perhaps next week that will happen - but boy am I really looking forward to getting this on the wall for the approaching Festive Season.
I've loved working these little designs throughout the year, & being part of the '1 Xmas Item A Month' blog has given me a great incentive to stick with my commitment to make regular progress on this great little quilt... & not let it become a UFO!

A few more sewing sessions in the next couple of days should see me finish my jewel-y brights Scrappy Trip blocks & quilt top. Part of me will be glad, I confess I'm kind of getting a bit sick of it... or perhaps it's more like disenchantment because it's not going to end up as I originally imagined, but I'm sure I'll still be happy enough, especially given that this quilt came about as an experiment made from garage-sale-find fabrics!

Friday, 24 October 2014

'Travelling Treasures' Is Departing & CTTY Winner

Well I have been quite remiss in announcing both of these, oops...

The Travelling Treasures continues its never-ending sight seeing tour around the country...
keep an eye on your post box, here it comes!

A BIG THANK YOU to each of the ladies who linked their gifts with CTTY this month - you ladies are so clever! You'll be giving some very individual pressies this Festive Season...
~ Bev - Kainga Happenings ~
you need to keep an eye on your post box too, the little Lynette Anderson kit is yours!

If you're not familiar with Barb or Bev, I really encourage you to go for a look at their blogs - both of them are very clever with their creating - Barb's crochet is just stunning & for you garden lovers Bev regularly shares pics from her amazing gardens...

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There's nothing very interesting to report from HibiscusHQ this week... had a couple of sessions of sewing together more strip sets for my brights Scrappy Trip quilt; there is plenty more of that needed... I remembered where I'd stashed the fabrics for my Tis The Season wall hanging, so part of next weeks plan is to cut them & start sewing the blocks.

Today at Patch group, I somehow ended up making name badges, in readiness for giving to new members when they join; they are fiddly to make but golly they're cute. They're all made to the same basic design, but of course I had a little fun making sure there is slight differences, plus each person eventually does their own embellishing too. (Much nicer to be given one upon joining, than being given the box of supplies & told to make your own - as happened to me!)

Monday, 20 October 2014

'Christmas Through The Year' October Link-Up

Yikes, is it that time again?! Yes it's CTTY time!

I was able to come good on my prediction that my item for this month would be ready early... we had very dreary weather here for much of the weekend, so I managed to sew all the binding on Saturday...
Voila! A Disappearing Nine-Patch table quilt/topper, about 28 inches square, ready for the giftie box. I'm chuffed to say that box is getting rather full, woo hoo...
 I know there's a lot of secret sewing for Christmas gifts going on at the moment, but if you've made something that you're able to share here, I'd love you to do just that!
And if you do, you might just win this:
Everything you need to make two very sweet little Lynette Anderson pincushions - perhaps one to gift & the other to keep for yourself?!
I hope you'll join me!

~~ Have A Wonderful Week! ~~

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