Friday, August 29, 2008

A doll bag, a doll quilt and my little doll!

I have a little bit of crafty stuff to show you that is completely unrelated to a swap or Audrey and Maude.

Chloe was invited to a Birthday party tonight at a ceramic painting shop. They had to wear their pj's and make icecream sundaes! So what to buy an eight year old girl that is not Smiggle or Build a Bear?? After wandering around for ages I suddenly realised it would be quicker and easier to go home and make something.

So, inspired by a top of Chloe's, I whipped up this little number this afternoon and I LOVE it!!

Mia P's matroyshka doll bag

Chloe and I went through the ribbon jar, the button jar and the fabric stash and together came up with this colour combination.

You can see I was interrupted - check out how I sewed on the buttons!

Mia P's matroyshka bag doll detail

I added some ribbon to the straps for a bit more detail.

Mia P's bag strap detail

And gave her a little happy face.

Mia P's matroyshka bag doll detail

I might have to make some more of these!

But that was just a little break from doing my doll quilt for Doll Quilt Swap Four and creating my latest Audrey and Maude pattern. The latter is a secret but here is a teaser of the doll quilt.

Doll Quilt Swap Four

It is due to be finished this weekend so other than going to work tomorrow, you know what I'll be doing.......

I leave with you with a snap of my other little doll who just looooves the camera!

Our Daphne!

How I wish I had those eyelashes!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The full Reveal!

Just a quick one tonight.

Here is a full reveal of that little project I was working on.

The full reveal!!

I was invited to participate in a 'white bag' challenge for a Living Creatively installation at the Sydney Stitches and Craft show. The brief was to decorate it in any way you like without changing the shape of the bag. I couldn't resist doing little aprons!

We had a fantastic time at the show. Look here.

Now I have a doll quilt to complete!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A sneak peak!

You must be wondering if I've decided to pack it all in! Sorry, I didn't realise it had been quite so long.

I have been very busy with a couple of bits and pieces and of course whipping up some more designs for Audrey and Maude which will hopefully be out pretty soon.

In the meantime, here's a sneaky peak at a little project I have been working on that will be a part of the Living Creatively stand this weekend at the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show.

A sneak peak!

Cathy and I are flying out very, very early in the morning so I'm off to bed!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

It's Summer somewhere.

It's time to finally reveal the very last of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap quilts - received and sent.

Last week I got a big surprise and found a squishy parcel jammed into the letterbox. Lo and behold it was my Summer quilt from my friend the superwoman Fiona.

Isn't it just wonderfully summery and gorgeous!

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - Summer received

It's beautifully quilted so that it puffs up like little pillows - you really want to touch this quilt.

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - detail

And the fabrics - so very Fiona - deliciously vintage and super pretty!

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - detail

And a sweet little label.

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - cute label

Thanks Fiona. I absolutely LOVE it! It will be hung in Daphne's room where it will make us all very cheerful!


And now to the quilt that I have sent far, far away.

I wanted my Summer quilt to have a similar look and feel to my other Four Seasons quilts. I'd like to think that they would look a little like a set if they were all together. I love doing applique and the single image I kept coming back to was 'the summer dress'.

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This time I used my machine a bit more and did the applique with the buttonhole stitch.

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - 'The Summer Dress' - detail

The dress fabric is one of the stunning new fabrics in Anna Maria Horner's new range 'Garden Party'. It just seemed the perfect colours for a summer dress.

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I tried a little bit of free motion quilting, which is not super flash. I wanted it to look like wall paper in a girl's bedroom.

And to finish, a little coat hanger.

Four Seasons Quilt Swap - dress detail

And that is the last of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap quilts. Thanks Margaret - it's been fun!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

More Gorgeous Goodies!!!

I have nothing of my own to show you until tomorrow but I can show you lots more lovely goodies people have sent me!

First up a rather bad photo of the gorgeous sock monkeys from our lovely friend Kellie. Kellie and her beautiful children came for a visit during the school holidays and brought these with funny monkeys with them. Kellie whips these up in a nano second and they are soooooo cute, my girls absolutely love them! They have each been christened but the only name I can remember is Daphne's - Boom Boom. I was hoping to get a better photo but I only remember when they are all in bed so this will have to do! A pj's, first thing in the morning one with breakfast all over Daph's face!

New Monkey friends

The last couple of weeks I have received such a lot of fabulous parcels in the mail.

I had the very good fortune to win a giveaway on Valerie's blog.

Can you believe she sent me this stunning little vase from Anthropologie! It's just lovely and such a wonderful colour combination.

Anthropology Vase

With it was a foodie magazine which is one of my favourite things in the world.

More Gifts from afar

And the sweetest little ballerina dollies that she made for my girls.

Pretty Ballerinas

They were so thrilled and immediately picked out one for themselves. I have forgotten the name of Chloe's but Lucinda's is called Waterlily because it looks like a fairy in a book and Daphne called hers Christina (after my friend who wears bright red lippy).

Dancing Dollies

This week I had another lovely parcel with this very pretty embroidery I won on a giveaway on Katy's blog.

Embroidery

It's just lovely and perfect for Chloe and Lucinda's bedroom.

Embroidery

I have to say my girls have done very well out of this blogging caper and seem to always be included so thank you very much from all of us!

One of my favourite customers came in last Saturday to kill some time while her children were at gym. She helped me put some fabrics together for some samples for an upcoming pattern - she has a very good eye and a great sense of humour so we had great fun. She then offered me some of her stash!

Sure enough, on Tuesday she came in with this fantastic pile of fabric. Just look at this gorgeous repro 1930's loveliness!!

30's repro fabric

I'm so in love with this fun, fun fabric and can't wait to come up with something to use it for - a quilt I think?

Speaking of quilts, after all my promises I am late again with my Four Seasons Summer quilt. It is done now so only a couple of days late, but I have no photos.

I also received my stunning Summer quilt this week from someone I know well - but you'll have to wait!

Next post - some overdue quilty love!!!