Thursday, April 30, 2009
The big ladybug is sad because she's lost her spots, but if the kids can find a balloon to pop they might just find her spots... I wonder if they can have a spin and get them in the right spots even with a red and black spotty blindfold on?
The felt leaves will also come in handy for musical dancing ladybugs (musical chairs) and those nasty chalk spiders that are all over the front of the house will hopefully be washed out with waterbombs. As well as a little ladybug craft project and a red and black pass the parcel and a pinata to top it off, what a busy day we are in for!!!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I'm constantly trying to work out how big to make quilts so I have done a bit of research and decided to make up a little chart in Aussie terms, this is just my guide, not a rule! I looked at many different sites and used an average of the mattress size plus a drop of 15" and an extra 7.5" added to each end. If you would like a pillow tuck I found that adding about 10" to the length was the average. I rounded the cm's to the nearest 5cm, just because I hate weird numbers. J I thought this might help others too. So here it is....
71 x 132
28 x 52"
92 x 188
36 x 74"
107 x 203
42 x 80"
137 x 188
54 x 74"
153 x 203
60 x 80"
183 x 203
72 x 80"
90 x 150
34 x 58"
170 x 225
66 x 89"
185 x 240
72 x 95"
215 x 225
84 x 89"
230 x 240
90 x 95"
260 x 240
102 x 95"
THE last stitch!
I got some of the Matilda's own Ink Jet printable fabric to do the label. It turned out beautifully, but because the backing of it is plastic I had no end of trouble getting my printer to pull it through, but I eventually got it and it looks amazing!!!! I think so anyway, what do you think?
This is the very first Quilt that mum has been given, she is normally the giver, not receiver.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Once again sorry about the pic, DH took this while I was having the quickest shower in history and didn't know that the picture is actually taken a fraction of a second after the click sound, so unless you hold the camera super steady for a few seconds, it blurs like this. Anyway.... Check out the little chicks in their hair. Almost every float on the parade stopped and gave the girls a treat, they just looked so cute!
Apart from that Easter has been all about sewing for me, I have of course taken on way to many projects and was starting to stress about getting it all done, I have a project I'm doing for my mums 60th, but I can't talk about that yet just in case she finds her way here. That one needs to be finished in the next few weeks, Then I have a quilt planned for my Daughters 3rd birthday on the 5th of May (not even started, but I have all the fabric). I'm also doing a quilt for the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazines 15th Birthday competition. The prize is a gorgeous Brother innovis sewing machine, which I desperately need after I tried to 'fix' my Husqvarna Orchidea and instead I totally trashed it! hehe oops. Time to take it to a professional I think. Anyway I've almost finished Jacks sensory quilt, I've finished the quilting and am just stitching the last 2 sides of the binding, so pics tommorow I hope.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
What is says about you: You are an elegant person. You appreciate the roughness of nature. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.
Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.
A bit of sillyness, but remarkably accurate!
Maybe if we had filled the lids with soil? Anyway it was impossible to keep the seeds moist so I guess that was the problem, but as mentioned I'm nooooo gardener, so I have no idea. Hopefully the easter bunny will find some other spot to leave his loot.
Happy Easter all! Stay off the roads and be safe.
Luv the Storm Family.
Now I just have to get all the mice we collected out of my car.
PS There is Jack and I in the background.
Our little Daredevils
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Who doesn't love spraying?
Then we spread out a nice layer of grass seed on the wet paper towel.
You will have seed everywhere, next time I will do this outside! :)We put our lids into their little green house (the other plastic bag) and.....
Found a sunny spot to watch and wait...........
We will keep spraying every once in a while so they don't dry out....
gee I hope this works!!!
My sister had put in a request for a quilt/mat for her poodle (Koda) to put in his bed, so I came up with this incredible easy quilt as you go quilt.
I had 2 Fat quarters (red with puppy footprints and red with white bones) and a strip of puppy novelty print. I also had a metre of fabric I had bought for my stash from spotlight when they had a sale, I think it was $3 a metre or something crazy like that. From that fabric and a bit of left over polyester batting I got 2 completed puppy mats.
I simply cut the 2 fat quarters into 4 even strips, it doesn't matter if they are all different sizes, it is actually better if they aren't even. I cut the novelty strip in 2 then worked out what order I wanted them in.
I layed the backing on my table wrong side up. I put a layer of polyester batting on top of that then pinned my first strip at the top, right side up. I then placed my 2nd strip on top of the 1st right sides together and stitched through all the layers with a generous quarter inch seam, in a typical QAYG fashion.
I then folded and ironed the 2nd strip down into its correct position and repeated with the rest of the rows. Just remember to turn your iron down a bit as the polyester tends to melt into a hard ball if your iron is to hot. (Learnt that the hard way) hehe
I kept stitching and ironing all the strips then simply trimmed the edges and bound it as normal. It was tight but I made the binding from the same fabric as the backing fabric and guess what, No leftovers or scraps! Yeah!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
He said basically he hasn't seen an injury this bad before and could go another 10 years without seeing another and that this specialist in Sydney is the only one who may be able to help.
He said I'll never have a normal knee again, but hopefully more surgery will stop the knee from popping out sideways all the time.
Anyway I've had my whine now. Hopefully tomorow will be a brighter day...