Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Wonderful Prize

Vicki's bag 

Rarely participating in entering prizes of any sort, imagine my overjoyed surprise when I won a bag from a lovely blog called Tozz’s Corner by entering the competition for Coming up 2 years for Blogging!

The presentation of the gift was beautifully presented, wrapped in a fat quarter with a ribbon tied around the beautiful bag and lovely fabric wrapping and put safely in a plastic bag then a post packaging.

I already know this bag is going to acquire a lot of use on my shopping trips to Port Pirie. Thank you Tozz’s Corner for your wonderful gifts; they will always be treasured.

May there be more wonderful bags made by you as this one!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

English Piecing

English Piecing

Having never done English Piecing before, I am delighted to say that I am thoroughly enjoying this new experience. The craft is ideal for picking up when only a few minutes is available for sewing or carting around in a caravan to sit and relax in the outdoors. I have to admit that the outdoors is the ideal light because I do like to use tiny hand stitches, which can be hard on the eyes without good light.

English Piecing - close up

If you have the Patchwork & Stitching Vol 9 No 4, you will see the quilt that I am making on page 24. I am not copying the colours nor are the values exactly the same. So far I am happy with the results considering I am using some material that I have had here for some time and adding to it as the project progresses. It would have been so much easier if I had planned ahead of time, but hey I am a learner and learning from my mistakes!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Quilters and Embroiderers Stand

Quilters Stand

Oh I do need to get my first quilt top finished and sandwiched ready for quilting so that I can try my new toy out.

I am very pleased and impressed with the quality of this stand, which is made of Jarrah from Jarrah Lacky. I just noticed in the image that I still have some of the packaging attached to the stand, which I must say was excellently done.

I ordered the Quilters Stand and was pleasantly surprised when the Embroiderers Stand adapter was included at no extra cost to me in case I also do embroidery. At the time my order was made, I was torn whether to include the adapter or not and decided to keep my cost at a minimum. As you can imagine, I was stoked to see the Embroiderers Adapter and even wondered if I lost my marbles and did order it.character smileys  The Embroiderers Adapter is sitting at the bottom of the stand along with the wing-nut tightener.  I thought it was quite clever to make the wing-nut tightener from timber; a very nice touch!

Maybe I will now do some blanket stitching on my Table Topper.