Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway" - Competition Commences

 The winner is .........
"Come play Twister in the street with us, it's the Parisiene way... no, really!"

Congratulations Kristin, I will be contacting you for your shipping address.

Welcome to my first giveaway as part of the "Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway". I will be giving away one of three fabriclicious prizes.

Park Avenue Advent Banner Kit OR Layer Cake Louisa OR Gallery Fabrics Roll-up
To enter the competition, you must leave a comment with the following three answers:

  1. Follow me and tell me that you are a follower.
  2. Write a caption for the photo below (Make me laugh but no naughty ones)
  3. Tell me which fabric prize you would like to add to your stash.
It's Paris, 1989, two young girls on a pedestrian crossing in front of the Champs-Elysees
Rules:

  • Don't be anonymous in your commenting as I will need your contact information.
  • This competition is open to everyone from all over the world.
  • To be a valid entry, the winner must perform all three tasks in one comment.
  • Only one entry per person
  • I am happy for you to post a link on your blog site to tell them about this competition.
The competition starts 1st October and finishes 15th October 2010. At the close of this competition I will post the lucky winner. Good Luck!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Aussie Eye Spy - Sneak Peek

Aussie Dream Time Eye Spy Pattern.

This beautiful design was inspired by a desire to make her grandchild an eye spy quilt with an Australian theme.


Anne Norris of EyeSpy Creations, spent many years in the graphic design business and as a result, the wonderful array of Australian animals and indigenous inspired fabrics bound in vibrant colour, really bring this quilt to life.

The pattern and kit for this wonderful quilt will be available 1st January 2011. 

Monday morning stroll through the Garden

It has been raining in Brisbane on and off for the last week or so and this morning I woke up to beautiful sunshine. Here are some pictures of the native trees and shrubs in bloom.

Rain Forest Tree
Rain Forest Tree - Ice Cream Tree. The flesh of the large seed pods taste like Vanilla Ice Cream
New growth on a small leaf Lilly Pilly
The Powder Puff Lilly Pilly ready to explode with pink ballet skirt flowers

Native thicket bush in flower
Not a Native but a great tree - Neem tree
Silky Oak in flower
White Callistemon aka Bottle Brush
Broader leaf Lilli Pilly flower
The Flame Tree in Seed
Native Frangipani about to bloom. It will have tiny cream and yellow flowers with a heavenly fragrance.
My Sage in Flower.
In Brisbane, the three most prominent trees - Silky Oak, Flame Tree and Jacaranda all flower in sequence so there is a blaze of yellow, red and purple from September to December. Jacaranda flowering always heralds the start of November exams for students.

Threads

Cotton is my favourite textile medium. It is my choice for both fabric and thread selection. To assist in choosing the correct colour thread, I invested in thread charts from Signature, Aurifil and Superior.

Bella Solids by Moda, King Tut, Bottom Line and Masterpiece from Superior
 A wise investment is also found in purchasing fabric cards for solids such as Moda Bella Solids, Kona Solids and Hoffman Bali Watercolours. These swatches are invaluable when selecting solids to enhance a project.

Super Bobs from Superior in Bottom Line and Masterpiece
The subtle hues of the Masterpiece Neutral Ranges
Another 'must have' for my sewing box is the bobbin range from Superior and the Masterpiece light and dark neutrals. The Masterpiece is a 50wt cotton and is great on the machine, by hand or for applique. The Bottom Line bobbin selection is also handy for applique and english paper piecing projects. The thread is a polyester 60wt thread, which makes it almost invisible.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My little Monkey

I was just reading a post on Angela Yosten's Blog about her Funky New Pattern - Sock Monkeys and it reminded me of the flannel sleeping bag I had made John a few years ago. I loved the little monkey in this collection. He looks so cheeky like my boys. John received his first bed at two and a half. It was a little cot sized bed that he could comfortably sleep in.


In the winter, he would kick off all the blankets, so I made a sleeping sleeve that he could slip into. He used it this winter but unfortunately has grown so tall he cannot fit in it anymore.


He is now turning five and moved into a 'Big Boys Bed' just like his brothers.

"Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway" - Up for Grabs

The competition date is drawing closer and I have been thinking about prizes. It had to be fabric, of course, as we can never have too much.

The winner can choose one from a selection of three fabric ranges.

1. Gallery Basics Rollup from Robert Kaufman - 40 of 44" x  2 1/2" strips of fabric collection (2.75 yards)


Or

2. "Counting the days to Christmas" - 13 of 4 1/2" x 44" strips + project sheet to make the Park Avenue Advent Banner- Moda



Or

3. A layer cake of Lousia by Terry Clothier Thompson for Moda.


All are welcome to participate in this competition. Yes, even the overseas bloggers. The internet has opened our doors to the world, and while I will have to mortgage the house to pay for shipping the prize to someone, somewhere in the world, I know that there will be a happy quilter waiting at the mailbox.

The rules of the competition will be posted on 1st October.

Friday, September 24, 2010

What could this be?

Could this be a good question for next months giveaway?


© Copyright Want it, Need it, Quilt it! Jane Davidson 2010
Open seams

Chain sewing

Large pyramid

Little pyramids all in a row

Cut both ways

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A taste of something to come.

I received a pack of Remembrance charm squares by Brannock and Patek for Moda and instantly knew what I was going to make. Here is another peek.

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More Flowers for my Garden

Yesterday, I had a very productive morning at home and I managed to finish three more flowers.

This is one of my favourites.


..... And this is a sneak peek at my next project.

Made from Remembrance charm squares.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

'Tis Finished

Fandango Clams is finished!

 

"Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway"

Debi Lohr from 'Quilting with Debi' -  http://www.debiquilts.blogspot.com is running a Fall Giveaway.  Click on the scarecrow on my blog to find about about this exciting new giveaway. I will be adding my gift for the competition to my blog, so keep tuned.The competition starts 1st October and the winner will be randomly drawn on 15th October 2010. 

Hmmmm, the stash queen will be offering something fabriclicious!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Poodles in the Park

Yesterday we took Jasper Carrot to Poodles in the Park. A great yearly event hosted by the Poodle Club of Queensland at Kalinga Park, Nundah. We were very proud of our little puppy. He won 2nd place in the 'Naughtiest Poodle' competition. Well Done.

Jasper surrounded by his Certificate, Ribbon and shiny new bowl.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lollipop Quilt - Final Stages

Thursday was a catch up day after having the machines away for servicing. I completed the quilt top for Fandango clams and moved onto quilting the Lollipop quilt.

It is a dull, cool and windy day outside, just right for adding some final touches to the Lollipop quilt. I will quilt around each Lollipop with a bright Perle Cotton. Chocolate and Coffee sounds good with that.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another project almost finished


I have completed the top sheet for Fandango Clams. Now to lay it on a pile of quilt tops to be quilted.

Ready to Quilt
I have chosen these two decorative stitches to complement the 'Sea' theme.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Our Pfaff Machines take a trip out West - "Sew Help Me"

It was time to take our beloved machines to Greg Gersch from "Sew Help Me" for a much needed service. Greg has a mobile workshop that travels around the Toowoomba area servicing all types of sewing machines and overlockers (sergers).

On Monday, Anne and I dropped off our Pfaff Expression 4.0's and the Pfaff Grandquilter to Greg at Toogoolawa and returned the next day to Gatton to pick them up. We managed to have a quick visit to Esk on the way back to Brisbane.

The Van (Glennis and Anne waiting outside)
The Man
....and how to contact him
Greg is an excellent technician and a wealth of information when it comes to the servicing and maintenance of sewing machines. We first heard about Greg through Marion Lees at the Quilters Rest

Like all good quilters we had a chance to pop into the local quilt shop at Gatton and then enjoy a lovely lunch.

My babies are now back in their homes ready for another year of hard work.