Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

strip quilt

this is the quilt im putting together for my younger brother. Hes quite a tall fellow and actually has a queen bed cuz he cant fit in a single so im making a king sized quilt for him. this is the centre of it. im unsure at the moment how i'll border it but at least its a start.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

summer dress

so despite the fact that i bought supplies for my advent swap yesterday and really should start wrapping gifts, i also bought fabric - surprise surprise and have started making a summer dress. its going quite well so far, better than expected. as always its a bit difficult to get the back to sit right and alter it while im wearing it but im happy with it. photos to come. its made from a floral patten in pinks, yellows, blues and greens. i have the bottom sorted and now am putting the straps on by hand

Thursday, October 14, 2010

busy busy busy

i have spent the last week up to my elbows in craft of all sorts. i crocheted a pair of really cute slippers for my nephew and a matching hat but they were a bit small. the hat i was able to lengthen but the boots i have to start from scratch with. other than that ive been catching up on my writing to a friend in Scotland and working on Advent gifts for the craft forum Im a part of.

i went shopping last week for more supplies to try out some things ive been interested in and tomorrow im going out again for a couple of extra things and to try my luck with a summer wardrobe. i believe a trip to the big Sallies shop on the way to Westfield is in order. That way when i get stuck buying clothes im not 100% happy with and most likely will have to alter i dont have to get frustrated about spending stupid amounts of money just because i dont have a model figure. clothing designers and manufacturers are seriously kidding themselves if they think a prototype is going to fit everyone.

the general idea is to see what i can get at sallies and then probably try some things on in the clothing shops in town to see what works and what doesnt and then i can decide whether to buy or just make a simpler version for cheaper. the problem is finding clothes to suit my shape. apparently they are hidden...i just havent worked out where yet so am forced to wear ill-fitting clothes that make me feel unattractive and do bugger all for my self esteem. hence why i spend a lot of time in comfy t-shirts and daggy pants. oh for a dress that sat beautifully and made me feel girly, the things i would do for a dress like that.

well thats enough about my clothing frustrations. as for the advent gifts so far i have some things im quite happy with including things ive never made before. i have a few craft supplies and some beaded christmas ornaments as well as a set of wine charms. theyre really cute. after ive done some more ill post some pictures. fortunately my partners travelling atm so wont be checking out my blog anytime soon.

pictures to come but for now time for bed and looking forward to tomorrow when i hopefully get my new mobile delivered STUPID OPTUS and go shopping. good night world :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

FINALLY uploading pics of past projects

This is some of my beaded work on my nifty coat hanger device to keep everything from getting tangled (bane of my existance). When I say 'some' I mean this is what's left after 4 years of beading, everything else has been gifted or sold. However I'll be pulling my beads back out later this weekend so we'll see what comes about.

This quilt is only small, not even cot sized because it was my very first attempt at making a quilt and it was all by hand. Cutting done before I bought a rotary cutter and everything sewn together and quilted with needle and thread on my couch. Which is ok because now it lives on my couch to keep my legs warm.

Now wait for it....side 2
I have a relatively small fabric collection in comparison to those of you who have more money and space but because I tend to come across things I like in the bargain bin at Spotlight I have lots of different fabrics in small amounts.

So when I designed this quilt I wanted random colours and placement for the different sizes of block. Hubby dearest on the other hand dislikes frayed edges and likes everything uniform i.e. he suggested all the small squares be one colour, large ones another and rectangles different again. So I compromised and made it reversible to make us both happy.

hexis i have received so far

I recieved this hexi in august from Celine

This one came from linda in September.

As you can see my theme is purple, stars and butterflies. Blue is listed too but i havent recieved a blue one yet but thats ok cuz i LOVE purple