Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sophie and the bird...

A saga.
Well, sort of.

I am an early riser. These days 'early' means before sunrise. Almost every day my feet absorb the cool breeze on the steps as I watch the sun make it's first appearance over the mango tree next door...


When the light fills the morning I begin the daily film roll...


These guys visit often, howling with laughter on the power poles near the gate, their sound heralding the dawn...


I've said it before, kookaburras are my favourite birds...


My companion these recent mornings is Princess Sophie, but she's not outside to keep me company.
She is watching...


We have a new permanent resident perched atop the large red chandelier of a palm, and she is fascinated with him...


Every day he guards his chandelier, fighting off all avian travellers who dare to try and perch with him!


After a hundred photos and a breakfast spent pouring over every page of my bird identification book, his identity is no longer a mystery.
Meet "Mr Metallic Starling"...


Sophie would like to hitch a ride on my zoom lense I think...



Try as she might from every vantage point, this bird ain't coming any closer to her...


So every morning we follow the same routine.
Wake up, grab camera, head outside, greet the kookaburras (which Sophie is not at all interested in), see the sun rise, and watch the Starling. 
Every day. 


I wonder if she realises he's never going to come down?


So you do understand why birds feature a lot in my designs, right?
I honest to goodness love them!

A couple of years ago I gave my friend Fee this mini-quilt for her birthday, and she has it displayed on the sweetest mini hanger...


I was inspired to design "All Things Bright" by the hymn of the same name...



 Fee adored it...



 I love hanging mini-quilts on stands, don't you? Sadly, they are very hard to find in Australia. 
The other day when I spoke to Fee she said she'd finally been able to source some for her online shop!
 In fact, she has them on sale today in her Shabby Shack store with free postage throughout Australia.

 I had to buy mine from the USA last year, so I appreciate her bringing them to us locally and wanted to be sure my Aussie readers didn't miss out.

If you're after one of these small quilt stands you can visit Fee's store HERE,
and you can purchase the pattern for my "All Things Bright" mini quilt HERE.
 I think the two go together peachy perfect.

Have a lovely Thursday!
I got my dates wrong yesterday, so I'm out to celebrate with Michelle and the girls today.
Honestly, if my head wasn't screwed on...

hugs


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Outside the comfort zone and something fun!

Today is my stitching friend Michelle's birthday, and while you're reading this our little sewing group is heading into town to catch up for a bit of celebrating. 
We manage to balance food, laughter and stitching pretty well in public places! All we need is a table, chairs and each other. 

My gift for Michelle was inspired by a set of Friendship blocks designed by another friend, Fiona Ransley (Designs by Fee). She has been releasing one sweet block each month this year to make a large quilt, and I chose one of those blocks as the centre of this wall hanging for Michelle...


I think you can tell that the fabric colours are not my usual choice, and that's why I titled this blog post "out of my comfort zone". 
The block, however, was an easy decision. Isn't it lovely?


The key to giving a gift that will be appreciated is to focus on the essence of the recipient's own style and favoured colour scheme as the foundation of what you choose to make. Allow the fabrics and threads to flow from that into your project.

The fabrics I have used in Michelle's gift are from Lynette Anderson's "Quilter's Garden" collection. The prints represent Michelle's love of quilting, home and dogs, in colours that I know she favours...



If you're interested in replicating this project here are the fabrics and Anchor thread colours I used...


Fee's 'Friendship Quilt' information is HERE.
Lynette Anderson's blog is HERE.





And now to the 'something fun' I also mentioned in the title of this blog post!



Every day next week  I'll be taking you on a fun Christmas journey to make my free "Christmas Hostess Table Topper"!

Why not gather a group of friends together for a week of sewing and you can have a secret swap of your completed Table Toppers before Christmas?!

In Friday's blog post you'll receive the list of materials and threads required to make this sweetie, but for now, I have a birthday stitching day to run off to...

Enjoy your day!



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Are you ready to see it?!


The light wasn't the best inside the house when I took the pics, but the beauty of this quilt still shines through. Can you hear I'm a rather happy gal right now? 
I'll take this lovely piece off for a real photo shoot next week. 

The first nine blocks are HERE in my shop, and the last three will be published over the next three Fridays.

 

SHOW & TELL

I really love show & tell because these photos are *you* showing my readers how you've taken an Elefantz design and made it all your own.

My friend Heather has been stitching ahead with the Shabby Roses Churn Dash Quilt, and though she's using the same fabric line as I did she also added the blues in this range, and more thread colours in the stitcheries. I love them!


A couple of very clever ladies have used the Rosedaisy Alphabet pattern to create special projects for beloved nieces!

 Barb made a gorgeous birthday bunting for Monique, and added that something 'extra' with roses and crystal drops between each letter. I think she made a young lady very happy indeed!


Daniela framed this lovely 'Marie' for her niece's 18th when it was finished. What a gorgeous memento to give!
 Daniela and I chatted back and forth about how she would do this and I advised that she remove some of the stitchery sections from the A and I so the full name would fit within the frame...
 

Victoria Bright has made one the Rosedaisy Designs in her very own style! 
(this is one of my favourite of all the Rosedaisies this year)
Lovely indeed...


Joy in Bundaberg made my "Clouds" design into this very pretty pillow...
 

And an oldie but a goodie - my very first published design from 2009!
Krisztina used the "Wonky Houses" blocks to make a bag and a wall hanging. Such lovely reminders for me of where it all began. Thanks Krisztina...


Corinne has stitched "Thy Word is a Lamp" beautifully onto her journal...honestly, this is my number one Christian design. It says it all...

 
If you've made any of my designs just head over here for my email address and send me some photos!
I'd love to share them here on the blog in our next Show & Tell.

Have a creative kind of day everyone...
hugs


Monday, September 29, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Muffins and Block 17!

On Saturday morning I played around with a new grain-free sugar-free muffin recipe...

Blueberries are cheap at the moment, and I love to partner them with lemon, so after a little bit of trial and error they emerged from the oven DELICIOUS!

Shez requested the recipe when I shared a photo on Instagram so here it is...


Mr E and I enjoyed a very nice afternoon tea that day. I hope you enjoy them too!

If you would prefer to download the recipe as PDF file you can do so HERE.


Monday means the new Lord's Prayer Quilt block is ready.
Block 17 this week...


 ...and now we can sew the next row of four blocks to the quilt top as well..


It's coming together beautifully.
I'm still deciding how I will border the finished quilt...any ideas?

 The pattern is free HERE in the shop.

REMAKE of block 16: Yesterday I restitched  last week's block which unfortunately had a spelling error. The pattern is now updated for you in the shop. If you've already downloaded just check your Craftsy pattern library as the new version will already have replaced the original in your files.



Here are two photos sent to me by lovely ladies who are stitching along with the Lord's Prayer Quilt.

From Joy...


...and from Karen...

Thank you ladies - your quilts will be gorgeous when this project is finished!

Tomorrow I have a Show & Tell from photos emailed to me of other Elefantz projects, and I also have a big reveal of my own...
See you then,