Sunday, December 30, 2012

Butterfly Ball

Jennifer from Embellish A Little, has given me these buttons - to hopefully generate some inspiration!!!!
I'm thinking Beatrix Potter? Cutesy bunnies and birds? The ideas are there already.
The saying goes, "I might look like I'm doing nothing, but inside my head I'm quite busy!"
I'd better get the ideas onto paper before I get too "mind-cluttered"!

Christmas has come and gone, with the usual speed and mayhem!
Remnants remain, such as leftover ham, Christmas Pudding and decorations.
Ham we are eating in a huge variety of ways, the pud has been cut into serve-sized pieces and frozen and the Christmas decorations come down on Twelfth Night.
How's this for a bling-loving butterfly! In the tree outside our front door. Loving the decorations!
The New Year is nearly here - I'm hoping to create some new designs - something a little different to my usual style (but I won't neglect the teddies!).
P.S. Happy New Year to everyone. Don't make your resolutions too difficult to keep!
P.P.S. Giving up chocolate is NOT a good New Year's resolution!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bulldozers for Josh

I've had a break from hand sewing since November - giving the hands a rest. I've been suffering from sore fingers and palms, but have been ignoring the pain.
I know - it's naughty.
But at last - I've managed to finish this wall hanging for Josh. It's his Christmas present - he's mad about earth movers, trucks, bulldozers and diggers! When he comes here to play, he looks carefully at all the toy cars, trucks and trains and selects two favourites. These he plays with, one in each hand, for hours!
I've started a trend! Christmas decorations are so cheap these days, that for the past few years I have hung baubles in the tree outside the front door - it looks so pretty. The parrots certainly are not put off by them, and we even had a cheeky cockatoo try to eat one of the gold ones. He actually had an expression of disgust on his face - quite comical really!
And guess who's back for the Summer?
No, not Trevor or Roger.
We think it's son (or daughter) of Trevor.
His favourite place is this rock near our front door - perfect for sunning himself.
I don't mind him, I just have to remember that he's not a snake!
And he eats the snails!
P.S. The countdown to Christmas Day is on!
P.P.S. I'm making my Christmas pudding this weekend. A last minute effort. Very unusual for me. I usually have it made several months before the big day!

Friday, December 14, 2012

But Wait, There's More

Now I'll begin thinking of new designs for next Christmas! Ideas already!
Happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Only Twelve Days To Go

More Christmas designs to wet your appetite! Only twelve days to go. Or only twelve months and twelve days until Christmas 2013 - plenty of time to complete one of these! Or two, or three ........
I have "A Teddy Bear Christmas" hanging in my family room - with little tags attached to the gifts with my three grandsons' names stitched on them.
Merry Christmas!
P.S. All these patterns can be found on my website.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

You Still Have Time

Only 13 days until Christmas. Yes, you still have time to whip up something festive.
Here are some of my patterns to tempt you (or to consider for next year?)!!!!
All can be seen on my website.
Or you can go to ebay and punch Teddlywinks into the search box to find my ebay store. Great of you have a paypal account!
Also available on etsy. Same again - punch in Teddlywinks, and "voila", the etsy Teddlywinks store will appear!
P.S. Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Time for Teddy Bears

Carolyn sent me this photo of her completed "Christmas Time for Teddy Bears" quilt - just in time for Christmas!!!!!!!! It's beautiful Carolyn!
Thanks for sharing it with us.
P.S. She said it was a bit "wonky", but I think all quilts look wonky in photos. The camera seems to play tricks and exaggerates all things that we don't want to see!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bits and Pieces, a Second and a Highly Commended

The Mystery Quilt - here are Sue's samples - above is the Christmas version in brights (but they are not her feet!), and below is her version in lovely violet and green. The possibilities are endless........
I will keep you posted with the progress of my "Five Gold Rings".
I had a very busy weekend. It was Archie's second birthday party at Lilydale Lake on Saturday (all go, go, go!), and the Quilt In at Warburton on Sunday. 
But it was also the Lilydale Agricultural Show all weekend. Helen from our quilting group had nag, nag, nagged me for the past few months to put something in the show.
So I did.
Big surprise! Below is "A Teddy Bear Christmas". It was awarded a highly commended!!!!!!!!!!
Big surprise number two! "Grandpa's Little Treasures" was awarded a second prize!!!!!!!
I couldn't get to the show and it was a lovely surprise when Sue dropped the quilts off on Sunday evening.
Keep an eye on Tiramisue's blog - her African mask quilt was in the exhibition and she will let you know how she went!
The theme for next year is Spring. 
Hmmmm........ ideas already!
A very productive Wednesday last week - I was busy in the kitchen.
Home made pasta - I told Himself the ladder hanging from the ceiling would come in handy! You can just see the rods I use for the spaghetti hanging from hooks that are hanging from the ladder.........
Pasta sauce bubbling gently on the stove, and.........
......chicken casserole simmering in the slow cooker.
The freezer is now full!
P.S. I'll tell you more about the Quilt In soon.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Vicki's Quilt

Don't you hate it when this happens!???!? And I didn't notice until I was ironing it!!!!!
So to work with the unpicker and gently ease the seam back into place ...... patience of an angel........
It's taking shape - I'm up to the "little green foldy things". You can see the one on the left has already been tortured out of shape to give the lovely gentle curves on each side.
Now to tackle the rest of them!
Here's Vicki with her beautiful quilt - she's very proud of it, and rightly so - it's a stunner - it's a pity that you can't see it up close. 
There are too many quilters out there who just won't accept the accolades for their beautiful sewing - they are quick to find fault with their own work and will not take praise easily.
So if you are one of those "reluctant to accept accolades" quilters, just smile, say "Thank you", and bask in the warm glow of praise.
P.S. It's Archie's second birthday tomorrow! I've made him a "Josh's Jungle" wall hanging, with"Archie's Jungle" at the bottom.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Creative Genius at Work

More about the Mystery Quilt Day! Dot was "having a bit of trouble", as Frank Spencer would say.
Her gold thread did not wish to cooperate. The more she tried, the more it tangled, frayed, knotted and broke.
So why do I have a photo of a chair?
Note the thread stand on the seat.
Sue to the rescue.
This is where the creativity came to the fore. Sue worked on the assumption that the longer the feed, as long as it was controlled and the thread could flow without snags, the less likely it would be to create a problem.
So, off the spool to the overhead fan. Of course!
Technology stepped in. The addition of a child's wooden block to feed the thread over the fan.

Then down to Dot's Machine.
Note the use of a piece of polystyrene (green arrow) to weight the thread so it would feed into the machine smoothly. We can't say that it was trouble-free, but it greatly improved the thread performance!
"Annie's Animals" is now complete - pattern available and will be on the website soon! In the meantime, it's available from ebay or etsy.
Ditto for "My Sewing Room" - pattern now available.
P.S. Now what will I work on next?

Friday, November 9, 2012

There Just Had To Be Curves

Another fabulous Mystery Quilt day with my quilting group. We had no idea what we were making, and arrived with our list of "requirements and ingredients", wondering what we had let ourselves into!
But once again, TiramiSue came up with a stunning design, with easy techniques that even beginners could master!
First task was to cut our main fabric pieces and iron tearaway on the back (above).
Then we cut bias strips from two coordinating fabrics (below). That's when the alarm bells began to ring! "Do you think we have to do curves?" someone was heard to mutter.
Fold the bias strips, wrong sides together, and stitch down the long raw edge (without stretching!!!).
Sue had been to Bunnings.
For aluminium strips.
To form the bias strips, of course!
Where else would you go for bias bars!?!
So we ironed, and DIDN'T stretch the fabric, and said rude words when the bias bars got too hot..........
A template was cut. It was used to draw a line on the main fabric
Then we glued the bias strips to the main fabric along the line.
Machines began whirring as the curves were stitched down using a decorative stitch.
 Here's Jo doing the "glue-ing" bit.
Then another "curvey" piece was cut in a different fabric, mine was green holly fabric, and slipped under the bias curve, and more sewing followed.
The next step is to rip off the tearaway and start assembling the quilt top.
I will let you know how I get on!
In the meantime, here are a few photos of pre-printed stitcheries that will be on my website in the next week or so.

Pre-Printed Quilt Labels

There's Always Time for Sewing

Tiny Stitches

More Pre-Printed Quilt Labels
I'm going to tackle my quilt now!
P.S. It's going to be called "Five Gold Rings" as you will soon see!