Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Monday, 30 July 2007
Posted by Helen Stubbings at Monday, July 30, 2007
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Monday, 16 July 2007
well today was pretty standard, 2 x BAS's, reconciling, paying bills, packing patterns.... gee, I would really just like to sew..... I did get a small amount done tonight on the projects for the Charity Stitching day this year. Yes the date has been booked and a new venue to try. 9th September at the Newtown Senior Citizens club (which is in Lenah Valley) so it is called 'Stitching in the Valley'. Lots to do, projects to design and make, supplies to order, kits to pack, patterns to write, entertainment and speakers to arrange, catering.... but the enjoyment and the feeling of warmth and sharing on the day makes it all worth it...and we do make a quilt to raffle for a very worthy cause.
Tonight when I was speaking with my mother (who lives in SA) she really wanted to be here for at least one of my charity days, so to cut a long story short, the tickets are booked, and my entertainment may be solved. We grew up with her playing the piano for dances, weddings and singalongs, I am sure she can still do it - are we up for a singalong of all the old favourites ladies??
I did waste some time today catching up on some blogs and following some other blog links. See Natalies latest pattern or keep an eye on Kim's exciting takeover in the next couple of days!
and for those who have asked, My grandmothers' not going so well afterall so we'll keep her in our thoughts and hope that she keeps the resolve to hang in there..... it can get better....but she seems to take one step forward and two steps back and even I would have had enough..
hugs for tonight
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Tracey and I and our 'webguy' have been discussing putting you tube videos on her site to demonstrate 'in movie style' how to use her rulers for longarm machine quilting. I have stumbled upon a couple of wonderful videos Patsy Thompson is trying out as a tool for her students. She didnt think the quality was great but I think they are wonderful. If you let the whole clip run first - it may break up a bit depending on your download speed, then go back and play it again, the second time it will play perfectly. She has DVD's available, I think I will have to search for them. mmmmm I may have to think about doing some of these, do you think it would be useful??
on another note, it has been a beautiful sunny day in Hobart today (I didnt say warm) so after a nice drive out to Richmond to the Christmas in July craft fair, lunch at the Brighton Bakery and them home to plant my winter vegie crop, whilst the sun was still shining I took my camera for a walk at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery. A feast of design ideas waiting there. Whilst I always get a little emotional I love looking at the headstones and trying to imagine the stories behind the people here particularly in Hobart where we have so much history.
here are some pics I took of iron lace 'tops', just think of the quilt ideas....
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
I quite like Tuesday nights. My DH works every Tuesday so the girls and I can have a muck up dinner, eat when and where we like, tumble on the floor together and talk about girlie things. Tonight we had an extra, my neice Emma who has been here for the week while her mum and family have travelled north to install a longarm quilting machine and do some sightseeing. Only problem is the machines which were supposed to be here 3 weeks ago still havent arrived. Oh well, they have had a nice visit to Tassie. So poor Emma has ended up having a quiet week but wonderful for Tilly to have someone to play with. I have just gone online and booked her a ticket to the very first screening of Harry Potter tommorrow - she is a huge fan and at least she will have one holiday memory to take home with her from Auntie H!!
So after I turned the laptop on I have just been surfing some of my favourite blogs. They all look so good and have the most inspirational or philosophical things written on them, I think I have a long way to go but will keep tweaking when I have the time. Hope you can all stick it out with me...
tommorrow is week 2 of the school project. Wish me luck, we have to draw a circle with a 25cm diameter, then 3 smaller circles. Then each child has to choose two complimentary colours and find fabrics to match. I had a huge garbage bag of 'real' patchwork fabrics donated to me last year which I havent even looked at yet so I am going to let them do it for me... I may be in the pile rummaging with them if there are some I cannot resist!!
I also stumbled onto our own Lynne Wilsons new fabric range today - Porcelain. It is now up on the moda website and will be released in September. I need some!
Busy organising my Friendship day which has been set for the 9th September. New Venue and new caterer to find this year. Have the venue, still to find the caterer. And then start on the projects which are all in my head, but thats a long way from done.
I think I have almost finished my manuscript however. A few more step by step photos to take and final instructions once the quilting has been completed and they can be made up.
Was just reading Kims blog at Honeysuckle Cottage re telling someone you care before it is too late or just making someones day by doing something nice. My Grandmother had a major operation today which the Dr's didnt want to do because of the risk of surviving the anesthetic (SP?) and I forgot to phone her for a chat last night before it happened..... She has come out of the operation so hopefully I will still get my chance....
she is my only surviving grandparent and being a dressmaker, crocheter, knitter, embroiderer and later in life a quilter, she has taught me much and helped me get to where I am today. My thoughts are with you Gran.... will talk soon I promise
Saturday, 7 July 2007
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
As you know I use coloured pencils to add colour to my patterns using my Colourque(R) technique. Today I have been working on my manuscript for the book on this technique and thought I'd share some hints and tips for my favourite pencils, the Derwent brand... They are all listed on the Cumberland Pencil Company's website, makers of the Derwent brand.
some info for sharpening your pencils: from their website with permission
Sometimes people forget that a pencil sharpener or a craft knife is a blade just
like a razor or a kitchen knife. You wouldn’t dream of using the last two for long periods
of time without sharpening the blades, but somehow we expect a pencil sharpener
to last forever.
To use a pencil sharpener, keep the pencil and the sharpener in a straight
line. Do not insert the pencil at an angle or the point will be subjected
to unnecessary pressure and may break.
Pencil sharpeners work very well when new and sharp, but do not last
nearly as long as people think. There are a couple of easy ways to check
whether a sharpener is blunt:
1. Examine the wood around the pointed pencil. If the surface of the
wood is smooth, then the sharpener is sharp. If the wood is rough or
‘furry’ then the sharpener is becoming blunt. A very blunt sharpener
will produce a very rough surface on the pencil point.
2. Watch the shavings coming out of the sharpener. A good pencil
sharpener will produce a long, continuous sliver of shavings.
The blunter the sharpener the smaller the pieces of shaving become.
If you start to see shard-like pieces coming out of the sharpener, then throw it away.
beginning a project with Tess' class at school tomorrow ready for the Island Threads exhibition in 2008. Had Tess trial it last night, had a few problems so will see how it goes with 28 of them in one class and a teacher who tells me she cannot sew - but I think she is more capable than she says, has lovely artwork in class all the time and has already had them sewing several things- they all have their own needle and we have had to make a set of things for Tess to keep hers in, I will take a pic of what she made for school tomorrow.
hugs for today
Posted by Helen Stubbings at Tuesday, July 03, 2007