Friday, November 28, 2008

Ben 10 Has Left The Studio...

......and I bid him the fondest of farewells!!! This has been a challenge but I have enjoyed working on it. The bindings were finished late last night and I must say Im glad this quilt is complete but not as much as Cohen! He woke this morning to find it on his bed.

He has been extremley patient and I have enjoyed his visits to the studio, checking on my progress, telling me more than Ill ever need to know about Ben 10 and his efforts in helping me finish it for him!! Wonder if he will still visit as often, now he has the quilt? lol

This morning it has been dragged all over the house, which I love to see and Im sure if he could have fitted it in his schoolbag, it would have went with him!

Really there is nothing better than seeing them appreciate the hours that go into making them their own special quilt.......but next time Ill think very carefully before I say "Sure hun, you can have whatever design you want!!" lol

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stitching At Ross

Yesterday Jules, Kerrie and myself heading to Ross for the Bloggers and Friends Gathering. It was organised by Jo and she did an amazing job....the day was so much fun. Thanks Jo!!

There were 19 of us and we spent our day in a lovely room at the Stables Bakery.

It was great to catch up with some bloggers we knew and to meet others and to see their gorgeous work in show and tell. Everyone kept busy, stitching and chatting!!

After a yummy lunch, some of the girls explored the shops of Ross (I think the dreadful weather stopped most of us!) and then there was a "Secret Santa" Fat Quarter swap and some wonderful lucky door prizes, kindly donated by The Quilted Crow and Helen from Hugs and Kisses:

A wonderful, relaxing and inspirational day..... I do hope it becomes an annual tradition!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ben and His Aliens!!

The applique for Cohens quilt is finally complete. Ben and 10 of his Alien persona's:

Im happy this part of the quilt is over. There has been a lot of fiddling, a bit of ad-libbing and a touch of tweaking to make them look as close to the originals as I can, using fabric!

Cohen has been extremley helpful with colours and details that need to be there and he is being extremley patient!! He doesnt even mind that Ben looks like he has chickenpox lol (should have gone and brought some plain skintone fabric!!!).

So now all there is left is to set them. I have a plan which I think will work (loosely translated....Im winging each step of this quilt and hoping it will work!!)

Its difficult to find "boy" fabric to match but I opened a Jelly Rolly of Miss Jumps Scrapbag and the majority of the fabrics work. All i have to do is match some sashings and borders. Better get back to it, the " 6 yr old boss" is watching!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Dimples Made Me Do It!!

Whats gunna happen when your 6 year old son sees his sister and her new quilt??? Of course he is going to ask for a new one for himself!!! So when Cohen came to me with his own ideas, how could I refuse, his dimples are to die for?? But I didnt fully realise what Id agreed to......he wants a Ben 10 quilt, complete with 10 of the Aliens Ben transforms into using his Omnitrix (an apparently, very powerful watch!!) to fight the evils of the world:

This is "Greymatter" and his claim to fame is thats hes small and smart!!!! OK. I could have stitched these, but Cohen is more impatient than his sister and I think the applique gives a much better result. I machine appliqued in black to emphasise each Alien hero:

This is "Heatblast" and he is able to expel flames from his hands, all for the good of the world and all that!!! (I had to use tweezers with some of these to get them into position!!!

And lastly there is "Wildmutt" apparently this creature can bite and claw his evil opponent....Im feeling safer, how bout u??? lol 3 down 7 more to go and then the centre block "BEN 10"!!

After a lot of indecision about this quilt, I embraced the challenge and who says it all has to be feminine and pretty......lets embrace the superheros and lets do it for those adorable dimples!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

With love from Mum!!

After a marathon quilting effort, Maddis Charisma quilt is complete, the bindings went on last night and she woke this morning with it wrapped around her:

There were squeals of excitement to find her quilt complete. She is going away on school camp tomorrow, which would have meant I had more time to finish it but I really wanted her to sleep under it for a least one night before she went:

She is so thrilled with it!! The colours are gorgeous and I tried a bamboo wadding this time. There was a little more movement than I would have liked but it quilted up lovely!!

All it needs is a label...I was going to do it today, but havent got to it yet, and now she is home Ill be lucky to get a hold of the quilt to sew it down. The majority of it is stippled (if I close my eyes I can see stippling lol):

It now takes pride of place at the foot of her bed, replacing her well loved Horsey quilt (which isnt that far away....folded neatly in the cupboard).

She wants some new cushions from the left over scraps but I think Ill take a few days break from the machine, at least until my neck and shoulders stop aching!!!

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