Friday, January 29, 2010

AWARDS

This post is long overdue and I have been trying to finish it for days now and have decided to JUST GET ON WITH IT... My apologies for taking so long.... I am overwhelmed! as I received not one, but two blogging awards from two very special blogging friends that I have 'met' on my blogging journey. The first I received was from Sarah who I 'met' just before Christmas. She was my partner in a Christmas decoration swap. I thoroughly enjoy reading her down-to-earth blog and her beautiful scrapbooking just blows me away. Thank you so much Sarah - I am really chuffed you sent this to me!!
In accepting this award, I must:
1) Name 5 things I love
2) Present it to 5 other bloggers I think are fabulous (will come to that later....)
Okay.... 5 things I love...
~ My family (goes without saying)
~Traveling (on holidays anywhere!)
~Having a coffee waiting for me when I get up in the morning!
~Time to create
~Eating out


The second blogging award I received from Bev of Kainga Happenings. I 'met' Bev last year and enjoy reading her blog immensely. We are currently doing the "What Makes me Happy Monday" Challenge together and it was Bev who started me on that. Thank you so much Bev for the award and I am very grateful. In accepting this award I have to:
1. Tell 7 interesting things about myself.
2. Nominate 7 blogs. Again, I will get to that.
Now 7 interesting things about myself was really hard, but here goes:
~ When I was 15 I traveled to New Zealand to play tennis for my Tennis Club
~ In my lifetime I have almost drowned - twice!!!
~I am claustrophobic and cannot sleep in a sleeping bag!!
~I love everything old and antique.
~I taught folk art painting at my local craft shop for 8 years.
~Up until my early 20's I had a HUGE fear of dogs!
~Years ago I was talked into entering the Miss Aspley Contest (most embarrassing thing I have ever done in my life!!)

Now this leaves me with 12 people to choose for blogging awards. This is really hard for me. I love to visit so many blogs, not only in Australia, but all over the world. There are so many blogs out there that are truly worthy of this award..I hope you don't feel that this is a cop out, but please feel free to take either button and award yourself. Everyone's blogs are unique and personal and reflect the individual. Just taking the time to post about what you have done, what you feel, what you see is inspiring and creative.
I thank Sarah and Bev so much for thinking enough of me to pass on this award. I can't help but feel very honoured (I just may get a big head out of this!!).
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Teresa xx

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Block Keeper Tutorial

I have done a tutorial for a block keeper using a post office tube and a couple of people have asked me to put it on my blog. This is my first tutorial, so please excuse any mistakes. If you have any questions, or need further instructions, please leave me a comment and I will do my best to explain. I know there are lots of ways of doing this and this is in no way the first time a post pak tube has been used for a block keeper - this is just my take on how to put it all together.
Hope you enjoy making the block keeper.....

1. First of all you will need a postpak tube from the post office. There are different sizes available, but the 17 1/2" and the 29" tubes are the best. You will also need fabric for the outer, lining and wadding. Cut a piece of fabric the length of the tube by however wide you want the keeper to be (remembering the fabric has to go around the tube once and be big enough for your blocks). For the 17 1/2" tube I cut a piece 17 1/2" x 36".

2. Draw and cut out 2 curved corners on one short end.
3. Use this piece as a pattern to cut the same in the 2nd piece of fabric and the wadding.

4. Quilt these pieces together any way you like - just as you would if you were making a little quilt.


5. Make a tie 1 1/2" x 30". Sew along the long edges and turn through. Find the centre of the tie and the centre of the curved side and pin to the edge as above.
6. Make enough binding to go around 3 edges of the mini quilt. The short straight edge is glued to the tube, so you don't have to bind it.

7. Bind the edges, catching in the ties.

8. Handstitch binding to the inside.

9. Now comes the fun part.... Take the plastic ends off the tube and place the tube onto the fabric, making sure it is straight and edges line up. Using a hot golue gun, glue all the way down the raw edge of the quilt. Roll the tube back onto the glue and hold in place until it dries.

10. Now roll the fabric around the tube and glue along the edge again, enclosing the raw edges.

11. Once the glue dries I slip stitch the fabrics together. This neatens it up and makes it stronger so it won't come off the tube.

12. Roll it all up and use the ties to keep it all together.

13. If you want to cover up the plastic ends, you can either make 2 suffolk puffs or you can make 2 little pincushions. Just hot glue them to the plastic ends when you're done.

All you have to do now is put your blocks on the quilt and roll it all up.... Too easy!!!
Hope you can follow my instructions, and I would love to know how you go making one for yourself.

Teresa xx

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A couple more finishes......

My Aunt paints the most amazing pictures and her artwork is gorgeous. A couple of days ago she gave me one of my favourite paintings that she has had printed on to a fine canvas... what to do with it? Make a bag of course!



The beautiful copper heart shaped button was brought back from New Zealand by a kiwi friend of mine... it's been waiting to be sewn on to something for ages!!!

This is another one of my Aunts paintings and I'd love to print this onto fabric and make something with it as well. I just love the colours!


I've also made the above little stitchery (a Lynnette Anderson design) into a book cover. It holds your standard A5 notebook and I adapted it from a Hatched and Patched pattern.

Just love the bear button on this stitchery!
Another super hot day today and it's been very quiet with my son back at school! I am missing the company!
Hope you are all having a productive day!

Teresa XX

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

Happy Australia Day everyone!
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
It's 35 degrees here and we're seriously hot and sweaty!!!
Having a barbie with Australia-shaped rissoles, sausages and salads ~
watching the tennis (of course!)


Now on to some finishes!!
The above is the first block in Bunny Hill Designs BOM called 'Snowbound' ~ you will find it here. I am really enjoying the needle turn and love the cute snowman!

Below is Robyn of Daisy Quilts 'Embroidery Scissors Companion'. Lovely pattern with nice easy instructions. I love it! It has a little pin cushion attached and has reinforcing in the bottom to protect the tip of your scissors. You can find more details about this little case here.



Hope you are all having a great day!
I am off to have some pavlova topped with bananas, strawberries and peaches
(not forgetting the cream!!)

Teresa xx

Monday, January 25, 2010

What makes me happy? No. 4

Hmmmmmm.... What makes me happy? Watching the tennis of course! I LOVE watching all the tennis every January.... but even better this year as I was able to go to Melbourne and watch it live!!!! Yep... that's me (below) at the Australian Open, Melbourne. I was like a little excited kid!! having to keep pinching myself!

I had a wonderful week of visiting my brother and his partner, going to the tennis every day, eating out at the most wonderful restaurants and cafes..... Such a great time.. I might have to make a habit of this! This was my Christmas present from my husband and I loved every minute of it. Yes... I was very happy!!!!


As I've been away for a week, I am slowly catching up with all my blog reading! I can't believe how much has happened in blogland and it's taking longer than I thought. I'm sure all will be back to normal soon.
Hope you are all having a great day!

Teresa xx

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What Makes Me Happy No. 3

I know I am early.... don't worry the weekend isn't over already and it's not Monday yet!! I am heading off to Melbourne tomorrow for almost a week and I won't be near a computer so I thought I'd better post my "What Makes me Happy" before I leave.

What makes me happy?....
Finishing a quilt. I love sewing the binding on and the label on the back. It is so relaxing and satisfying at the same time. Knowing all the time, effort and enjoyment has finally come together and you have finished creating something you have made with your own hands.

It's such a great feeling.
What makes you happy?

Hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing what you have all been up to when I get back. I am going to miss my sewing machine and my computer.... but on the other hand I will be catching up with my brother and seeing some great tennis (another 2 things that make me happy!!!)

Teresa xx

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Update and a Finish!

Just thought I'd show you how my string quilt is going! Just need to quilt and bind it, but I am already thinking about the next string quilt project..... Addictive little blocks they are!

And I have a finish.... this is my Village Table Runner that I've been working on for a little while. I love the look of the little houses (all in Amy Butler fabrics) surrounded in the nighttime snowfall! You can find the tutorial for this table-runner here. It's a great way to showcase your favourite fabric range. Mine is very long, but you can make it any length you wish.


On the decorating front, I can show you my little purchases from the prim shop up on Tamborine Mtn. This is my little prim corner of the house:

On top of the candle/burner is a cookie melt... it smells absolutely delicious.. so nice I've decided to spare it from melting!!


Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Teresa xx

Monday, January 11, 2010

What Makes Me Happy 1 and 2

I came across this wonderful idea on Paula's blog. Every Monday she is going to post about something that makes her happy.
What a great idea! It really makes you stop and think and appreciate!!!
I am already a week behind, so I will post my "What Makes me Happy"
1 and 2 together.

So here goes.... What makes me happy No. 1...

Spending time with my family. Now the boys are older, we spend less and less time together as a family. Also having a workaholic husband means he doesn't spend a great deal of time at home either.
Therefore, times like Christmas and holidays are very special!


What makes me happy No. 2.....

Letters from my Mum. My mum has been traveling around Australia now for over 6 years. Lucky for me she loves to send mail regularly. I get an absolute thrill every time I look in the mailbox and there's a letter there for me. As you can see, her letters always stand out. She decorates every envelope with stickers and pictures and she collects unusual stamps to put on the envelope as well. They are always beautiful, and full of cards, photos, memorabilia of her trip and sometimes even little gifts.

I've kept every single one and have them all in this gorgeous hat box.

What makes you happy?
It really makes you stop and think.

Teresa xx

String Quilts & Hide 'n' Seek!

What do I do when I've got lots of these... Strips of leftover fabric, all different sizes and colours???

You make these:

Then you put them all together and you get this:

These little string quilt blocks are very addictive. I'm having so much fun with them. I decided this is going to be a very scrappy 'something' with no worrying whatsoever as to which fabric to use next, or what fabric to put next to this fabric.... you know? Blindly grabbing the next strip without a care in the world. I'm calling them my Rainbow Quilt blocks. I don't know how big I am going to go and I really don't know what to make. Any ideas what I should do with my squares?
If you're interested in making these very easy peasy addictive blocks, there are a couple of great tutorials getting around. You will find Stephanies here and Robyns here.

Next question: Can you see what's hiding behind my coffee mug?

Hmmmmmmm?


Yep, it's a green tree snake!!! It might not be huge, but it was very long and moved so fast!! It kept twisting around and around and darting all over the place. Very scary. Thank goodness my son was home and eventually (seemed like hours!!) he was able to get it out of the house via the back door with a broom. I think all three of us were very relieved!!!
The joys of living in the bush!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Teresa XX

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dear Jane

I've managed another 6 blocks of my Dear Jane quilt. I love making the 4 1/2" blocks for this quilt, but they are very fiddly and take a bit of time (some more than others!)
A bit of paper piecing and needle turn in these ones.

I now have a total of 20 blocks... I have soooo many more to make. Hopefully I will be able to put some time aside and make more of these each month???

I have started another BOM!! This one is another Bunny Tales one, called "Snowbound". I wasn't going to start another quilt - but, well I love snowmen - I couldn't resist.
As you can see in the photo I had loads of help from Squeaky!!!

" All this sewing has just worn me out!!"

Hope you all have a great weekend!
Teresa xx