If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Productive weekend

I have had a very productive weekend as Sunday afternoon draws to a close. I have made up four more non gender specific packs to take to a local hospital tomorrow as they rang and requested a few replacements. Just have a couple more little booties to put the finishing touches to.


I have also sent out the instructions to Block 14, the last one before the construction lesson in the Graceful BOM. This block features what I call double flying geese along the top and I will write a small tutorial on how to do them in other size when I get the time.

Block 47 in the  Kenny Kreations Crazy quilt BOM has also been sent out.




and last but not least Block 5 in the Embellished Cats BOM has been sent out to those receiving these instructions.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I am still here

I have had a few emails from my loyal blog followers wondering if I am OK. I am definitely OK just ben very busy working on my Bridie's Blossoms  packs. Anna and I delivered 21 to our local hospital last Tuesday. That makes 39 packs we have delivered so far with a total of 477 items in them all handmade mostly by me with a little help from my neighbour and my Mum. I am just working on the next lot that will be delivered the week following Easter hopefully. I am also including a few non gender packs for very early week losses.


I will getting back to the last block for the  Graceful BOM over the weekend and will post some new lessons out for the other BOM's currently underway.

Important Please Read
Just a word about my free Block of the  Month lessons and other project files. Although they are free to download and use they are not intended for others to use in classes run by other instructors without asking my permission.They are definitely  not under any circumstances to be used in a class that an instructor is charging a fee for. That is not the reason they are designed for. If they are to be used in a class all members of the group must contact me individually for the download link to download them.


I do not mind sending our download links and I have sent a fair number out in the past few weeks. It takes up about 30 minutes each day. I never know whether they all actually arrive at their destination or are caught up in cyberspace as I very rarely receive a courtesy return thank you email saying that the links they have requested have arrived.

We have had some more lovely sunrises this week The pics  below were taken on Monday morning. I have tried to put them in chronological order







Friday, 4 April 2014

Did you know this about running your iron?

The majority of us like to have our iron on when we are sewing. We do not like to continually turn it off and turn it on over and over again. Few of us like the auto shut off irons either. However, if we have our normal everyday iron turned on continuously for a four or five hour stretch or longer it is the same as running a floor heater and we all know that they chew through the power and add heaps to our electricity bill. Most irons are rated at 2400W per hour and a floor heater is rated at 2400W as well.
For example here in Tasmania at the present tariffs if I run my 2400W (2.4kW) for 5 hours of sewing it is going to cost me 2.4 x 5 x 0.268 = $3.21


If you have a smaller travel sized iron or class iron have a look at its power rating and you will more than likely find that it uses up to 2/3 less electricity than your normal iron. Mine only uses 800W of power per hour.
This iron will cost me  0.8 x 5 x .268=  $1.07
Definitely worth thinking about how you use that hot rock in your sewing room. More money saved means more fabric purchased and that has to be good thing.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Maukie the Cat has gone missing

Some of you have probably noticed that Maukie the cat widget that once resided on my blog is no longer there. Unfortunately the company that hosted the widget such as the cat no longer is doing so and as a result Maukie is no longer displayed. I will have to look around and see if I can replace him.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A day of lesson writing

Yesterday was spent with my backside firmly planted in the chair at my computer writing up BOM instructions.

The last block, Block 17 lesson has been sent out for the Sassy Cats BOM and the construction pdf should be ready later on today to be sent out.
Sassy Cats Block 17


Block 13 of the Graceful BOM was sent out and there is only one more to go with that as well along with the construction pdf
Graceful Block 13

Block 46 of the Crazy quilt BOM was also sent out and there will be more of those later on this week. I took time off from making the baby items to get some crazy blocks embellished and the lessons written as people have been asking for them. It is great that people are keeping up with those and I hope to see some pics of all of those blocks soon.
Crazy Quilt Block 46

Lexie has just completed the top of her Giraffe quilt and is going to put a small inner border and then a scrappy piano key outer border on.
Lexie's Giraffe Quilt

She stitched out the giraffe set form Sew Swell designs.We modified one of the blocks and added another row down the right hand side so that it will fit a queen sized bed. If anyone wants to know the modifications I may get time to write them up in the next few weeks. Just drop me an email.
Elizabeth has been stitching out the Graceful BOM and this is one of her blocks
Elizabeth's Graceful Block 6

Friday, 28 March 2014

A trip to the dentist and more progress on my project

Today I have had one of my molars removed so that was not pleasant. Feeling sore and sorry for myself. The bad news is my teeth and sinuses do not like each other at all and have not for years even though we have tried to coax them by spending thousands and thousands of dollars on them so looks like the end might be near for them.

On a more positive note my Bridie's Blossoms packs are well and truly at the wrapping stage and the first delivery will be made on Monday. There are 9 girl and 9 boy packs for this first delivery. Anna,(Bridie's Mum) and I will deliver them together. The next delivery will be made a week into  April.

Each pack has between 11 and 14 pieces in it depending on the age. Some of the older gestational  packs are below




 Once again we have had some lovely sunrises during the week.


I have also completed the next block in the embellished Cat BOM and will hopefully ready to send out tomorrow if I am feeling up to par.
Embellished Cats BOM Block 4

Monday, 24 March 2014

More stitching and stuffing

Yesterday was another busy day as I was finalising the Bridie's Blossoms packs for the 17-25 week gestational age range. These packs have the  little flannel blanket and also have two quilt/blankets with one of them being the smaller keepsake  mini quilt. Once again I am putting together 6 of each of these and I am just about there for these.

I am going to try and digitize the outline of the little tabard I have designed so that it is done in the hoop. My digitizing skills are very very rudimentary so we shall see how I go.