Friday, August 31, 2012

Lynette Anderson at The Patchwork Tea House

Last week Lynette Anderson was able to visit The Patchwork Tea House - and, I might add, it was a FRIDAY!!!! 
Yes, I was working that day, so I was lucky enough to join in! 
And get paid for it! 
I love you Marilyn!!!
Lynette was thrilled to see what Charmaine, one of our Block of the Month Club ladies, had done with her button stitcheries - Charmaine was disappointed not to be there because she was away at the time. She has made a beautiful garden wall hanging - with pockets for seeds, gloves, etc. We have watched with interest over the weeks as Charmaine has been working on it and the result is gorgeous!
Lynette ran a workshop with sixteen very lucky and excited ladies who didn't stop chatting and laughing (until the tricky bits of stitching were necessary).
Here she is with another beautiful quilt, this time a festive one.
Here we are, the three of us at the end of the day.
Thanks for a lovely day Lynette!
You can read more at Lynette's blog.  
The following two quilts were made by Marie from Maroochydore - she sent me a lovely card and photos of "Picnic Time for Teddy Bears", and "At the Bottom of the Garden".
I love getting photos!
Must get my beauty sleep now. Tomorrow it's a big day - 12 hours of stitching, eating, drinking, laughter and non-stop talk, talk, talk, talk.......
P.S. It's my quilting group - we are making quilts for SIDS, and whatever else takes our fancy.
P.P.S. Just for fun ..................................

Monday, August 20, 2012

Teddybugs Quilt

I love it when I get photos of quilts made from my patterns! This one was sent to me by Samantha - it's made using four of my stitchery designs and I think you'll agree - it looks beautiful! The colours she has chosen suit the teddies perfectly! Thanks Samantha!
This is another block from "Christmas Song" - still working on the pattern, but it will be ready soon!
P.S. Been working on my new Christmas design again today - just one more little item to add to the designs, then more pattern writing!!!!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

More Treats in Store

Here's a sneak preview of a new Christmas design which will be released in September - it will have several 
small projects in the one pattern. 
I'm not giving any more away - although I find keeping secrets very hard and the secret is not much of a secret any more!!!!!
There are two fabric ranges - I think I'll make up samples in both ranges and have photographs on the cover to show off each one. It means more work but it will be worth it!
We're not letting this ghastly weather beat us!
Went for a walk in the rain this morning!
Then a leisurely morning tea, lit the fire, made chocolate mousse for tonight (David is cooking pineapple chicken), we have a supply of drinks and nibbles for this afternoon, and two movies ("Waking Ned Devine" - a favourite of mine, and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel").
Doors locked, phone off.
The hyacinths are loving the weather - but I have to keep turning them because they lean towards the sun!! (What am I saying!?! What sun?!!??)
P.S. "Christmas Song" and "Fairy Bears" (both BOMS) are nearly ready for release. I have almost finished the patterns and need to take photos for the covers, so it shouldn't be long now!
P.P.S. Sean's 4th birthday party tomorrow - a pirate theme! Shiver me timbers!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fairy Bears

"Fairy Bears" - at the moment it's on the workbench, pins all over it, and I'm halfway through the quilting.
Did a bit at my quilting group today - it's so much nicer doing that sort of sewing when there are friends around. Sometimes I just sit there stitching and let the conversation wash over me - part of a group but enjoying the peace. Does that make sense?
Some close-ups of the fairies......
.......and flowers.
It is a five month "row of the month" - work that one out! A short program, and hopefully an economical one as well! I'm working on the pattern (extreme multi-tasking going on in the Teddlywinks household) and it will be available soon.
Here's a little tip for you - if you already do this, go and make yourself a cuppa .........
Do you have trouble with those pesky seams around the edge of your quilt that threaten to come undone before you have the borders added? I machine stitch across the seam - it is held nicely in place, it's flat, and there are no more loose stitches.
It even works for mitred corners.
Now I know it sounds terribly fussy, but my quilt tops take a lot of punishment - choosing borders, un-picking bits and changing them etc. This method sits nice and flat as well, holding the seam allowance in the desired position.
So I need all the help I can get! 
How's this for a photo - they are now 34 and 37 years old!!!!! 
Sue - guess where they are sitting!?!
Back to the drawing board......

P.S. The Olympics. 
I need to have my say. 
I'm not a sporty person but I love watching the Olympic and Commonwealth Games - must be a short attention span and the flitting from one event to another suits me just fine. However, the coverage has been appalling. Repeats and more repeats of interviews and also the last seconds of selected events. And the commentary - well the less said the better!
The athletes have so much pressure put on them to win gold - where's the enjoyment, and what happened to just doing your very best for your country?
There's also far too much emphasis on the medal tally. 
At the 1948 London Olympics, during the opening ceremony there was a billboard with these words displayed in full view as the Olympic flame was lit:
"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well." (Baron de Coubertin)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Christmas Song

It has been an "interesting" week to say the least! I had two deadlines to meet (with only a few day's notice}and there was NO WAY it was going to happen! 
Photos of quilts that I hadn't finished. 
Yes, you guessed it - no wadding, backing or quilting. The pics were taken of the tops only - it had to be done, like it or not!
"Christmas Song" (I can't say it's finally completed!) is my new six month BOM, made in Maywood Studio's Christmas Classics which should be around for at least eighteen months. 
The pattern will be available soon - I'm working as fast as I can!
This is a close-up of one of the blocks.
I really felt like madam Fairy Bear by the end of the week - just go away everyone and leave me alone!!!!!!
Lots of work to get through on the weekend, but I'll have respite at my quilting group tomorrow - although one of the items on my "take and do" list is to tackle the quilting of "Fairy Bears"!!!!!
P.S. Photos of "Fairy Bears" next time.