xox Sugary sweet festive hugs :o)
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. There’s so many lovely things out there in the world wide webby thing and we can’t possibly find all of it ourselves, so I thought I’d like to share with you some of the treats I’ve found…..
So for the very first Tuesday Treats, I’m sharing quite a comprehensive list of free e-books I’ve found on the Quilting Daily website. From applique to bag patterns, from beginners quilting to Christmas quilting, Copyright 101 to digital quilting, embellishing and fabric art through to wall quilts, this site has it all, and you’ll find them all in the one place….no more searching necessary.
You’ll find them HERE….just click on the link, add your email address, and it will be sent straight to you, free of charge for you to save wherever it’s easiest for you to use. I must admit, you will be getting a newsletter subscription with that, but if you don’t want it, easy fix is, you just click on the ‘unsubscribe me’ link down at the bottom of your email. And I must add, I’m not affiliated in any way, shape or form with Quilting Daily—–nope, no kickbacks, no fees, no anything…..I just like the way these ebooks are so varied and all in the one place, so it will be easy for me to boost my mojo when it’s dipping, just by downloading some inspiration in whatever area I’d like without having to search high and low!
I hope you enjoyed the first of my Tuesday Treats…… hoping they’re as useful as they are fun to research and share! Let me know what you think?
xox sugary hugs :o)
There are still four days left…….
to work on this month’s goal with the APQ UFO Challenge 2015 and I’m determined to get something done.
The Bethlehem quilt is pinned and ready to go….
Do you think I can get it done?
What do you
want need to finish by the end of the month?
Wish me luck!
xox Sugary hugs :o)
Slack, slack, slack…..is all I can say!!!! I finally finished the year 7 quilt on Friday and it was my goal to post it to show you on Saturday but I got ‘stuck’ on Facebook (hee hee) and into jobs around the house that have been missing out for a couple of weeks !!!! LOL And before I knew it, it’s Monday!!!!!! These days are just spinning by!!!! Here ‘she’ is….. completato, complété, 完成, voltooid, dovršen, completado, críochnaithe, mimlija, fullført, zakończony, завершенный, končana, cwblhau, tamamlandı….. COMPLETED!!!!!! Can you tell I was excited to finish her off in time for her presentation to the students at their Graduation Ceremony????…and just in the nick of time too……at 1am I was putting the last of the stitches into the binding and rod pocket……..I DO work best under pressure I think!!!!!!! My good friend Lynette was a tremendous help as she used her embroidery machine to its full potential adding a jpeg image of our school emblem into its files and letting it ‘do its thing’, quite a few times, until it was right!!!! There’s over 100,000 stitches in that centre block and I can’t thank her enough in helping me make my vision a reality….It worked beautifully!!!!! She also helped me at this ‘fun’ stage…. …not great with my ‘dodgy’ knee and at that crucial quilting stage, she kept the motivation up with coffee and giggles and great quilting suggestions!!!! She’s a gem!!!!! I don’t know if you noticed, but each of the blocks between the nine-patches was stitched by each year 7 student with their name and a border. We taught them how to stitch all through term 3 and 4 using Helen’s stitching tutorials from her Stitched Sundays. And I stitched all the year 7 teachers names, principal’s and deputy principal’s names too on the blocks down either side. With one block left, I machine embroidered an apple…well, you know……apple for the teacher!!!!!! ….a bit corny, but cute I thought!!!!!! This will now hang in the new school library as a ‘memorial’ to our year 7 group from 2011 who, one day, will show their kids that they too went to our school, many years ago!!!!! Now don’t forget to enter my giveaway in the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party before Dec 18 AEST…..leave a comment here for your entry to win a ‘SideWinder’ portable bobbin winder. And remember, if you become a follower, you’ll get an extra entry!!!! Make sure you visit as many of the other Blog Party People too….there’s over 200 giveaways all around the world!….woohoo!!!!!! Sugary sweet, Christmassy Hugs xo Wendy :O)
Every morning this week we’ve woken to this foggy outlook, right up until 9am…. …which means the days are stinking hot…..33 – 34 degrees celsius on average. Today was quite mild….it only got to 32 degrees and it was noticably different, believe it or not!!! I was talking with Dawn the other day and her top temperature was 17 degrees for the day in Adelaide……so hard to believe we live in the same country!!!! The spiders have taken to getting busy during the night and had we not had the fog and mist, I probably wouldn’t have noticed this web on my windscreen wiper…. ….amazing critters aren’t they!? We have one busy guy who builds his web right between the garden and the bush outside our front door….I haven’t been able to get a photo as he’s disassembled it by morning but I notice it’s rebuilt each night as I take Ralph for his last ‘pitstop’ for the night! Well, I’m not the kinda girl to break a promise and I invited you all for scones and tea so here they are, light and fluffy, fresh from the oven……amazing what you can do with flour, butter and milk!!!… We had to wait just a bit for them to cool before we could add the homemade strawberry jam and cream but here they are…..hope you enjoy them!!!!……(pity we didn’t have taste-vision….I don’t think licking the screen has the same effect though!! LOL) This week, I was working on preparing a project with our year 7 students….each year the year 7’s complete a creative project to leave to the school in remembrance of them. We’ve made mosaics, painted school murals, built gardens, but this year, we’re making a quilt to hang in our new library/resource centre. The design will have a stitched block between a nine-patch, alternating on each line. The students are stitching the blocks with their names, so they will never be forgotten, in the school colours of red and blue, and the nine patches will be in varying tones of red. I’ve prepared the blocks here for stitching before I took them to school to work with the kids….need I say, they were very excited…even the boys, but you probably remember that from when I stitched with them here. I’ve also been working on this set of placemats…..well, you can only see one, because the others have still got to be bound….but they are all quilted and ready to go!!! This is the back of this one….each has a different backing fabric and I decided to quilt them in the ditch and then using parallel lines around the edge. I’ll have to finish them off and post them onto the ‘Sew It’s Finished” blog as they were in my list of UFO’s for the year….and it’s only taken me till October!!!! LOL Time to spare, time to spare!!!!! hehehe Tomorrow, I’m off on a bus trip with some ladies from our quilt group to Cardwell, about 4 hours north of here. The quilting ladies from Cardwell are having a ‘Show and Tell’ so it should be loads of fun….remember they had a terrible time earlier this year with Cyclone Yasi which nearly wiped them off the planet! Well these ladies have been working like trojans, getting themselves back together to put on a ‘show’ for us so we’re off to show our support. I must remember my camera so I can share when I get home! Hope you’ve got a wonderfully crafty weekend planned too. Sugary hugs XOX Wendy :O)
…….stays at retreat!….Isn’t that how the story goes???? Well, that’s my excuse for not taking any photos anyway…………I got soooooooo caught up in finishing what I was doing, that all I took photos of, were my projects! (I wonder if it has anything to do with the 1am bedtimes and 6.30am starts!!!!! hehehe) I can tell you this is how we set out with all our gear…..and this was only three out of the four ladies’ stuff…..it was a real ‘squeeze’ fitting it all in……and yes, the inside was full to overflowing too!!!! I can tell you the food was so plentiful, I had to go home in another car so we didn’t break the suspension in the one I arrived in!!! I can tell you the weather was cool-ish and brisk but beautiful during the day and when I went outside of the hall we were working in at night, to ring my beloved, a cheeky possum, as big as a cat, casually strolled past me, glanced back once it passed, and climbed the tree I was standing near! I can also tell you they liked dancing on the rooftops in the middle of the night!!!! *sheesh* AndI can tell you that I DID finish most of what I set out to do….. this flimsy of a queen-sized birthday quilt as a gift for a friend’s 50th Halloween themed party made from a Turning Twenty pattern…. if you look closely there’s a lot of Halloween themed fabrics… and the big black block will have a huge spider appliqued onto it with the details of my friend’s birthday…..I do hope she likes it! I can tell you I fused the pieces for this wall hanging…. …which will use free-motion quilting to bring out the design details in this Aussie scene wall hanging (I hope it works!!!! LOL) I can tell you I finished these cute little projects… ….a journal cover and pencil case featuring this gorgeous fabric…. (Now I have somewhere to store my pigma pens and blue markers and record my quilting ideas!) And I can tell you I started a deep dish pincushion which is still a work in progress….no photos for that either!!!! But I can’t tell you what went on at retreat…..because we all know ‘What goes on at retreat, stays at retreat!’ Sugary hugs X Wendy :O)