Thursday, 27 November 2008

One Quilt - in progress

Some more progress on my blocks for One Quilt....

The latest block is courtesy of Nanette, the master of the wonky log cabin..... I love the way she makes her blocks - completely random and free form.....

One Quilt - in progress

I'm hand quilting the blocks - I'm using a quilt as you go method that means I can quilt each block individually before I sew them all together - this makes everything FAR more manageable.... I'll try and post a tutorial once I get to the piecing stage, but for now, all I have to do is sandwich the batting between the block and a sqaure of backing fabric, baste and then quilt away - perfect for couch potato telly watching.....

One Quilt - in progress

Each square is taking on its own personality - the shape of the piecing is really accented by the stitching, and I've got to say, the texture of hand quilting is so unique and lovely - I'm all for doing whatever you can on the machine, but if you can devote the time, the hand work is well worth the effort...

One Quilt - in progress

There's something so satisfying about the methodical stitching, learning the technique, getting the stitches closer and closer together - even the callouses on the ends of my fingers are satisfying!

quilting callouses

Now all I have to do is come up with some designs for the alternating white squares....eeek!

One Quilt - in progress


Wednesday, 19 November 2008

This Week in the World....

I've been loving the images on Pictures of The Week lately......

There's something moving about seeing the world captured in silent moments....

The pause before something huge happens....

The frankly bizarre things we humans get up to....

And how similar we all are - in the end....

Hop on over and have a look......

Monday, 17 November 2008

breathe in, breathe out.

Favourites 17/11/08

I'm having a quiet day today. Some silence and hand quilting is in order.

I have some things to show you, but I haven't taken any photos. Hopefully the above gorgeousness will compensate.

A few things to have a look at:

The Great Slumber.

Lady Havartine.

Stitchpoint - cross stitch alphabet generator.

Circus Museum.

Happy Monday, everyone....


Thursday, 6 November 2008

Apologies to Vermeer......

Apologies to Vermeer, originally uploaded by ~Misty~.

And apologies from me, too - my emails have gotten out of hand. I've been really shit at replying to comments lately, and we've hit breaking point in the old inbox.

So I deleted everything for a fresh start.

I love and appreciate all your comments and emails, and if I haven't gotten back to you, I'm really sorry..... please accept this as your personal thanks. Sometimes the real life/blog life ratio gets out of whack, and I've been so busy lately that the blog has been losing ground. But deleting my inbox always makes me feel better. And today I spring cleaned the filing cabinet and threw away ten years' worth of defunct paperwork, so it's a fresh start all 'round.

There. That feels better. Thanks, guys.


* Oh, and I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I've put a bit in the side bar over there where you can click to download a pdf of my pincushion tutorial..... The pdf was made for me by a lovely and generous reader; Tara Johnson. Making pdfs and things is one of those areas where I'm completely useless, so thanks Tara! You did a brilliant job! xxx *

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Crazy Cat Lady strikes again.....

Nothing like a bit of knitting with the Puzz....

The perils of knitting with Puzz

Mmmmmmm......... malabrigo......

The perils of knitting with Puzz

I know I always thought this yarn was good enough to eat - seems I'm in good company.....

The perils of knitting with Puzz

********** end cute puzz pictures ****************

I've been going double time on the Nongs in the last week or so:

New Nongs

This gang are heading to their new homes as we speak.....

New Nongs

I've had the chance to try out some new designs:

New Nongs

New Nongs

And some old favourites:

New Nongs

New Nongs

I'm hoping I can make enough that I have some left over from my Christmas and Wholesale orders - then I can finally put some in my shop!

For now though, it's enough to be able to finally show some craft on the blog - I don't even know how long it's been since I actually photographed something I made!

I'm heading to the Craft and Quilt Show tomorrow - so expect to see some fabric goodness in the next couple of days.....

'til then, my friends,



Obama's Acceptance Speech, originally uploaded by Calmar.

Oh - I'm so pleased. I've spent the day at the pub, working, huddled around the tiny tv that we put on the bar when the cricket and the footy is on, with the regulars, watching the world change before our very eyes.

It's a good day today. History has been made, and I feel very lucky to have witnessed it, even from across the globe in a front bar in Australia.

Here's to the future, friends.....


Tuesday, 4 November 2008

A Clarification.....

And here I was, thinking I could distill a long post into a few words!

In regards to my previous post, I have a few more points to make: *

1. I really hope Obama wins. The picture I included in the last post was to affirm my personal preference. Despite the fact that I really hope Obama wins, what is more important to me is that people vote, no matter what preference they have. I come from a country that has compulsory voting for all citizens, something I am VERY firmly in favour of. No matter who wins, it's good to know that they won through a true majority vote.

2. Even though I am Australian, I have been following the election avidly, as I imagine many international people are. The fate of America has far reaching consequences, and Australia is no exception. Thus, I wanted to send some well-wishes to my American friends who are facing making a decision, not only for their own country, but for the international community.

3. I couldn't care less whether the people who read and comment on this blog are Republican, Democrat, Loyalist, Royalist, Atheist, Agnostic, Protestant, Catholic, Seperatist or Somnambulist. All are welcome, and all are free to comment. I think it's a good thing for people to know however, that I am an idealistic, liberal, left wing feminist. I support pro-choice and gay marriage. The prospect of having the first black President of the US is exciting to me, and in my opinion, way overdue. If you can accept all this about me, and we can still be friends, all the better! If not, please wander off to another realm of the internets without comment or attack. I will extend the same courtesy to you.

I still extend my Good Luck and well-wishes to all my American friends, no matter what side of the argument, and hope you all choose to vote tomorrow if you haven't done so already. And lets all hold our collective breaths until that result comes in. I feel a historic moment coming on. I'm not usually so verbose about political matters, but this is A Big One.

Thanks for reading, and I hope I've avoided sounding like a snotty so and so.


Leah xxxx

*I say all this, not because my last post caused an hoo-haa, but to avoid a potential hoo-haa situation.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Good Luck.....

I just want to say good luck to our American Friends......

Here's hoping for a good result on Tuesday.