Sunday, February 28, 2010

Don't be afraid .... Don't be daunted

Reminder to self:  Don't be afraid, don't be daunted, continue to do your job.  Show up and keep showing up.

When the Sun comes up

Taken on Saturday 27 February 2010 at 7.30am, at Takapuna Beach, looking towards Rangitoto a volcanoe that last errupted 600 years ago.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Hand painted table quilt

I used Shiva Paintstiks and a mask to create these Frangipani images on 6 inch batik squares.  Quilted with variegated thread on 2oz batting, this is light enough for a table cloth or a picnic cloth.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Explore Dream Discover

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines - Sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

- Mark Twain

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Log Cabin Scrap 2 - the completed top

This is Brookby Star who always takes an interest in my quilting.

Dylon Colour Run Remover for whites or coloured cloth

I just wanted to remember this product, so decided to blog the packaging / product. 

When I've been naughty and haven't washed a fabric before using it - you can bet it will run.  I've had several instances in the last year, and this product has completely removed the excess dye in the next washing.

Brilliant stuff, for use in Top Loading machines.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Scrap Log Cabin 2

I started this about four years ago and it has sat, waiting for time. This week I woke up and went to the sewing machine and sewed and sewed from 7am till 5pm. I had already made 87 blocks (8" square) and figured I'd need about 144 for a good king size quilt. All up I made 95 in that time and cut them back to size. Now they're waiting to be put together as a top.

I'm trying to decide whether to do it completely randomly and let whatever happens happen, or whether to lay them out, place them, organise them and I'm swinging towards abandoning and letting whatever happens, happen!

Learning to paint roses and having the courage to go for it

My mum brought me this old sewing workbox, one of the ends of the compartments was missing. I had it fixed about three years ago, and as the wood didn't match, I stripped it back and painted it. Then I had to move house and it has sat boxed up, waiting for the roses to be painted on the top. I'm not a painter, and thought if I asked my mum over for lunch that I'd be able to talk her into doing them for me, as she loves to paint flowers. My mum had other ideas, and after my completing two practice roses on paper she said it was time to go for it. Mum's always do know best. I'm pleased she helped me find the courage to go for it. We had a great lunch with salad sandwich things set out amongst the paints and brushes.