Monday, February 25, 2008

Scout Market

Saturday - what a day! Rain! Heavy rain! But only in bursts. I hope some of it managed to soak in - we certainly need it. The gardens and trees here are all looking very sad.
I spent the morning at the Mount Evelyn Scout craft/trash & treasure market - but I managed to spend some of my profits! Gift wrap paper, books and some fantastic commercial tins for bread baking. But I neeeeeded them!
The market is held every two months, and we are hoping to attract more stall holders who can offer quality craft goods, and also promote our very talented local artisans. There are plants, a sausage sizzle, books, folk art painting, jewellery, second hand goods, wood turning, toys, some furniture, etc. It's held at the scout hall in Station Street, which is just off Wray Cresent, the main street of the Mount Evelyn village.
I'm hoping to have a stall every market day - I will get the dates for the rest of 2008 and post them here soon.
Must go,
Photo is "Picnic Time for Teddy Bears".

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fabric Flowers

It has been a busy couple of weeks, with the release of Teddy Bear Tea Party - it is becoming a very popular design, and will probably go close to being a best-seller for us!
I love to embellish - using buttons, beads, metallic threads, felt tags, fabric flowers, laces..............get the idea? One of my designs, "At the Bottom of the Garden", features fabric flowers stitched on amongst the appliqued flowers. Very easy to make, just cut out five fabric circles and fold each o
ne twice. Run a gathering stitch, with strong thread, around the curved edge of one of the pieces, pull in to gather, then add another "petal" by continuing the gathering stitch around the curved edge of the next piece, pull in to gather, and so on until all petals have been joined. Finally, secure the last petal to the first. Stitch to your quilt, wall hanging, hat, bag (or whatever!) and stitch a button in the centre.
I'm off to the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne on Friday 22nd February, to help my friends from The Patchwork Tea House. If you are there, call in at s
tand 321/322 and say hello! If you have never been to this show before, it's well worth a visit - I think it's the best of all the shows if you are a patchworker/quilter.
Happy stitching!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Stitching Hint

Hello - me again! Ladies have asked me what I mean by false or mock blanketstitch when working applique designs. It's simply the blanketstitch continued from around the raw edges of the fabric extending along the drawn lines of details, such as the arm of the teddy in the photo. It can also be used to define the bear's muzzle - see the second photo. In this shot you can also see how I have used the fused nose piece as a template and covered it with satin stitch. I think it looks much nicer than trying to blanketstitch such a tiny piece!
Bye for now,
from a very excited Grandma-To-Be!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa

Fantastic news! We are going to become grandparents. Yes, Susanne and Paul are "Expecting a Happy Event"! Does this mean that we can babysit? We must stock up on the red cordial and lollies - because we get to send our hyper grandchild home! Aren't we awful?
If you look at the wedding photo posted on January 18th Paul and Susanne are standing behind the bride and groom.
I told you I'd keep you posted!
Above is the perfect cot quilt for the perfect grandchild (minus the buttons of course!), except that Susanne adores elephants. Hmmmm...... I can feel a new design coming on!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Here it is at last!!! Enjoy a cake and cup of tea with "Teddy Bear Tea Party". Cuddle up with these cute and playful teddy bears - the completed quilt measures 117 x 140cm and is made using blanketstitch appliqué and embroidery. The pattern price is $24 and for our overseas customers it is AU$27. It will be featured on our website very shortly - view my profile for the link to my web page.
'Bye for now,