Saturday, 30 August 2008

So what have I been doing??

Well firstly I have to show you my new chair......... you like it?? Husband did a deal for it on a job he is working on right now. Very cumfy and most importantly it is RED!!!

So update on the quilt. I have finished the binding ( no pic at just now). But I had a mini disaster. As I snipped one of the last threads, I nicked the binding. I have place a dob of fray stop on it for the moment to stop it getting any bigger, and I plan to darn over it or something. But for all intents and purposes, it is finished!!! Thank goodness.

As for Black Dog, here is what I do. This is the bundles of webbing and bags of components..........

That I have to turn into...................................

......................................Standard Collars.

So now back to the machine, I was just taking a Cuppa and blogging break. Have a good weekend.


Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Summer Breeze Cont

I know there is some people out there wanting to see this quilt finished (Hi Karen & Nic!! LOL) So you will be pleased to hear that today I have taken the next step. I have finally cut the Scalloped border, and the bias binding ready to go. I hope to get back to it tonight, as I fear if I don't it will be left again. My plan is to get the binding machined on, so then I can pick it up any time to work on the hand stitching. It could even be a traveling project, even if it is a slightly larger one.

So I guess I should also tell you my other news. I have gotten myself a little job, which I am still unsure about for many reasons. I have not worked for at least 6 years, and it is getting harder and harder to justify why I shouldnt. So when a friend told me that the company she works for was looking for more outworkers, it seemed like too good an opportunity to turn down. Yes it is boring repetative work, but it is dead simple and I get to work from home AND it pays pretty well. So what is it, check out the link to Black Dog!!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Bear Mania!

I promised you a pic of the bear, and here he is with his buddy. The original Quackers is wearing the orange slippers. I made him in a class at Bear Essence maybe about 4 years ago. I had him on display at a craft exhibition recently and a friend BEGGED me to make another as a gift for her daughter who gets married next month. Apparently the bride to be's nick name is Ducky!! So here is Quackers 2, all finished and well ahead of the August 20th deadline I gave myself. ( The wedding is Sept 20th ) Even though both of these guys have been made from exactly the same pattern, can you see the difference in their size?? The only reason I can think of is that the backing fabric of the darker mohair is firmer and didnt stretch as I stuffed it. (Has anyone else had this happen??) If you visit the Bear Essence site, look for designs from Tready Bears. Di is my FAVORITE teddy designer by far, but is also a very generous teacher and most of the bears I have made are hers. Quackers comes from a series of "Costume Bears" that are all just 7" tall, and as the name suggests have different costumes. As well as Quackers I have made Toad, and I have the Wabbit pattern here waiting. I would love to also make Mary Christmas and if my memory serves me correctly there are several designs in the collection that Di hasnt released. ( A butterfly maybe??) Di is also an awesome patchworker!! Hope to show you some stitching soon, been making some progress on my 12 Red Robins from Natalie at Cinderberry Stitches. Oh and I am knitting!!! Did I tell you that already? Think I did, LOL. Better go to bed, night night.

Monday, 11 August 2008

I'm back

I seriously didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted. You know one of the things I hate about being sick, is not just that you loose the week that you are sick, but then it seems to take 2 weeks to catch up on everything you got behind on in the week you were sick. So that is where I have been, catching up, on stuff!! 

While I was absent Chookyblue put up her SSCS (Secret Santa Christmas Swap), and I was sad to think I had missed the sign up deadline. BUT she is a gem and my begging paid off. (BIG GRIN)

I just remembered I should take a pic of the bear I was working on before I hand him over to his new mummy. He came up really well, and I am some what pleased that I haven't forgotten how to make one. I will do that for next time, but for now the dishes call.