Sunday, 29 April 2007
Okay - this is the frame put together - started at 2.10pm Sunday afternoon.
Mounting "Penny" onto the table!
Finally finished - powered up at 4.45pm. James thinks he has another girl to dance with now - we'll make a quilter out of him yet!
The whole process of setting up went very smoothly - now I just have to learn how to load a quilt and off I will be going like a shot - can't wait.
Outside hardiplank cladding finished - been a long morning... but still going!
Carpet has been laid out and cut roughly - waiting for it to settle before fixing to the floor area and trimming.
Now we just have to finish the inside lining and sealing up the top areas...such a great job in such a short time frame - less than two days work.
Monday, 23 April 2007
Well, the first window (the small one) went in today, then the second (a big one)! Two doors and a further full length window to go.
This is really exciting - James has been very busy all afternoon and I have been the carpenter's lacky when needed.
The space is coming alive and I can't wait until it is finished and I have flooring down. With my APQS due any day ... I am beside myself with excitement - hence being up at 2am and can't sleep! Anyway James has gone to work now at 3.30am so I am just fiddling on the computer - looking at thread, batting, pricing etc.
Next post should be ..."It's here"..... Cheers for now - off to work in an hour or so! Jane x
Sunday, 22 April 2007
I have been reading books and watching DVD's on machine quilting - Karen McTavish, Lee Cleeland (her feathers book is fantastic and I have been practicing these for a few months now - on paper, Lee's book The Quilting Makes The Quilt, which I received last week, is great!). Also Carol Thelen's books on long arming; Tempting Templates - Swags by Tracey Browning (thanks Tracey - this is very interesting as I hadn't given much thought to Swags - but they are nice!) also Floribunda by Nichole Webb and many more books (did I say I loved books!).
What these books have taught me is that "you can do anything you like" and to practice, have patience and utilise perseverance! I have also been doing a lot of visual learning from looking at different ways quilts are quilted - both in magazines and online - infinite options!!
There are just so many different things a person can do.....and so little time.
Anyway - hopefully my next post will be - It's Arrived!!!!
Cheers for now
Monday, 16 April 2007
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Last night I was playing around with EQ6 and made a red and white strippy quilt. I have always wanted a strippy quilt and had some fabric which would look good. This morning I cut and pieced this large single bed sized top in under one and a half hours. When I get my APQS LongArm I will be able to practice quilting cables or even feathers on it - can't wait.
This is a quilt top I put together on Saturday morning - lap size simple four patch - the sister in law of a lovely lady I work with has cancer - she has two young children. I decided to make a quilt for her to take to chemo and radiation therapy (interesting thing is that my sister works as a radiation therapist there). Anyway - I thought her family could sign some hearts for the back of the quilt. Also good for me to practice my long arm skills on soon. This is a close up of the quilt top..... I love the heart fabric - got it on line through The Craft Mailbox (they are very helpful girls there).
This next top is one I finished piecing on Friday night - I made it for the husband of a neighbour / quilt buddy, who has recently had a stroke - I hope to have it finished very soon but want to quilt it on my long arm.....(I had better get really good on the long arm in a very short space of time! lol). I deleted the picture I had of the full top (but it is the same pattern as the pink one) - so here is a close up that I didn't delete!
Now I have to get back to EQ6 to draw some more - or I could go play with my Dear Jane software ..... oh the choices *grin* ....... and it is off to work again tomorrow so I had better make the most of being at home. Cheers for now.
Monday, 9 April 2007
I loved this little blogthing - http://www.blyberg.net/card-generator/- you can make your own catalogue card - I used to be a librarian in a past life - actually started doing a degree in Library Science but changed to Psychology (silly move!)
Thursday, 5 April 2007
The Easter bunny is here on Sunday and I can't wait - easter egg hunts and all that. I think I have more fun "planting" them than anyone else does in finding them! My boss's daughter has assured me today that "while she hasn't seen all of him, the easter bunny has long white ears" - I should keep an eye out for him.
Happy Easter to all bloggers and visitors to my site!
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
I am a member of the SCQuilters on line and while I am not attending the retreat in Bendigo, I did make a Self-portrait to go in my place for the challenge. These are pictures of me when I was almost one, and eight. Snake Bay is a place on Melville Island which is just above Darwin, Australia. We used to live there for quite a few years and I have good memories of the people, beaches, fun and freedom we had as children.
Monday, 2 April 2007
I am one step closer .... I should be all set up by the end of April ... and that is a fantastic feeling. Things are now on a roll and there is so much to do before my Milli gets here.
This is my work room now....
So...more room would be good.
Cheers for now