Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Enjoying the Quiet


Maria pretty much sums up how we all felt after a wonderful Xmas!! Santa was good to us all and we enjoyed yummy food and good company but since then we have just been relaxing and enjoying some family time at home!! Theres been a lot of reading and playing games (oh and I very quietly turned 41!!!) and nothing much planned until after the New Year!!

Dont forget to pop back on New Years Day for the Whirl In Winter Giveaway:

Debi has organised another fantastic bloggers giveaway between Jan 1 and Jan 15 with almost 60 bloggers participating, which is just great!!! Well done Debi and thanks for organising another bloggers giveaway!! It should be lots of fun!!

Hope everyone has a safe New Year and all the best for 2009!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

6 More Sleeps!!


(Sam the Elf, made by Cohen)

Its been a busy few weeks and today is the first day of the school holidays. The children have had a fantastic year at school and I want to congratulate them both on their awards and their school reports.....Mum and Dad are just so proud of you both!!!

There is still so much to do before the "big guy" arrives but we are looking forward to our holiday and some sewing time, especially since this arrived this morning:

"Swanky", Chez Moi newest line!! Maddi just adores their fabrics and we will be busy making plans for these Jelly Rolls. She has some ideas already......I just love to see her passionate about playing with fabrics (even if its just to order what she wants sewn!!)

Im going to take a blogging break till after Xmas, hopefully then I'll have something to share, but for now I'll leave you with a sneak peek of some new designs for 2009:

There are a few at different stages of completion which I will work on when I get the time:

I wish everyone a safe and peaceful Xmas and all the best for the New Year!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Of Xmas Past

There are so many beautiful Xmas trees and decorations in blogland. Our tree is a collection of Xmas's past. Lots of decorations the children have made at school over the years:


















Its a wonderful reminder of the special Xmas's we have shared as a family. There are always stories told while setting up the tree and lots of "oh i remember making this in....." And then there are our little Xmas quilts:


















I made one of these for each of us a few years ago and everyone gets to hang theirs on the tree.

















Im not sure who's design these are but I remember there were in a magazine and I think they were stitchery patterns I converted to applique. Of course we do buy one store brought decoration each year for our tree and also for my MIL's tree (in rememberance of Poppy!).

This year Cohen decided our newest family member shouldnt miss out, so he took the little tree and put it in the sunroom with Maria:

Even though she much prefers all the dangly things on the big tree!!! lol

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stippling

Ive had quite a few emails asking for some advice on stippling. Im no expert but I love to use stippling in my quilts, so I thought Id share what works for me and the things Ive learnt along the way, and hopefully answer your queries.

When I first started, I scoured the internet for information, watched a couple of quilting DVD's to find some tips but they all made it look so easy!!. Its been trial and error!! One of the most useful tips I found was to "draw your stippling":

We can always find time to doodle....while we are waiting for a "human" telephone operator (my phone book is covered in doodles lol), waiting in the car at school run, while trying to complete a crossword etc......just draw up a block and doodle in the stippling to fill it up!!!

Good tools are important to help make stippling relaxed and effective:

My machine came standard with the darning foot on the left but I much prefer the "open toe" darning foot on the right, which I purchased seperatley. It allows a better view of the area Im working on (but currently mine is broken......overuse!!!! and Im waiting on a new one from the shop!!). I prefer to stipple with my feed dogs UP, I feel I have much better control. One of the features of the Pfaff is that it has 2 presser foot settings, so I use the first niche and it works fine for me. If your machine doesnt have this feature, Id suggest you put your feed dogs down!

Always remember to take a few "bunny hops" to secure your stippling and if your machine has the "needle down" feature, use it because it anchors your needle when you need to stop.

Most important tip.......stippling is quick and fun and very "forgiving". The only rule is to not cross over your stitching but in the big picture, if you do...... keep going, no one will notice!!! There will be days when your stippling is nice and even and then days where its not (on those days, turn up the music and keep going!!!!)....its all about having fun and bringing that quilt top to completion.......Hope that helped guys, happy stippling!!!

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