Schools back again, which means the house is quieter during the day.
Even though we're half-way through Autumn the days are still rather hot, so I am making the most of early mornings in the sewing room with my machine, and afternoons in the lovely air-conditioned living room with my hand stitching. Of course some of those plans will change from tomorrow when I resume my teacher's aide hours in Home Ec. This term I'm helping with the Grade 11 and 12 girls sewing class. A few of them are doing quilts, and as the sewing teacher has never quilted before I'll be teaching as well. I have raided my stash of flannel and chenille for two of the girls, and may need to raid the cotton fabrics as well if the others couldn't get what they needed over the holiday break.
Most of the girls live on outback stations (ranches) and do not get to see a fabric store very often so the teacher drove 130 klms to the nearest Spotlight store for supplies, working hard to purchase fabrics that match the girl's descriptions of the type of designs they would like for their projects.
Mail arrived on Monday from a very lovely quilter in Norway, Synnoeve. When I was asking about Tilda fabrics a while back she offered to send me some fat quarters. I suggested we swap fabrics and I would send her some fabric by an Australian designer in exchange for some Tilda.
Synnoeve is the kindest and most generous lady!! Look what she sent me...
...the prettiest stash of Tilda fabrics, a pack of Tilda threads (I had no idea Tilda had her own threads - they are gorgeous!), and all stored inside this beautiful bag she had made for me!!
Synnoeve, you are a BLESSING!! Thank you!
My crafting life at the moment is a mix of browsing some new craft books, finishing more UFOs, and playing with new designs.
I recently bought the 3 craft books shown below - all of them are WONDERFUL - and I'm enjoying a slow wander through a book I bought last year, "The Wonderful Weekend Book". It is filled with reminiscing about years past and simple but fun things do each weekend.
This is my FAVOURITE magazine from the US. I have some ancient copies smiling at me from a very shabby white wicker basket near my bed, but today I found the latest issue beckoning me from the news stand. It will be perused very slowly because I love to linger over the beautiful photos and articles in this very special magazine...
Have you read Bliss Victoria before? THIS is the website (to whet your appetite in case your answer is no!)
These are what have kept my fingers busy this week.
I don't work with black very often, (actually, I've only worked with black once before) but I had 1/2 a charm square pack still to use from THIS project, and they were all red/black/white. Do you struggle to use colours you don't like?
I discovered with this project that I struggle with black because I began this project months ago with the centre block sketch, but kept putting it down to play with pinks and blues in other projects. Every week I'd do a few stitches then pop it back in it's zip lock bag and ignore for a while longer. I told Joy that I was having a hard time finishing a 'black' project when she shared her excitement about her sashiko design, also in black. She encouraged me to hang in and keep going with it, so this week I finally finished it! And the funny thing? I love it! LOL!!
PSST! (Go and visit Joy's blog HERE because she has a giveaway for that gorgeous Sashiko pattern she was so excited about - it's GAWJUS!!)
I'm also working on a bag design...
...because I needed to get back to my pinks and roses. :-)
It's a big month of published projects for my fellow Gum Tree Designers and myself!
You'll find Vikki and Dawn together for the 1st time (yay!!!) in the pages of Homespun, Judith amongst the covers of Handmade, and myself inside both Country Threads and Patchwork & Stitching.
I'm so proud to be a part of Gum Tree Designers! My fellow designers are the sweetest and most generous women!! In fact, next week on our Among The Gum Trees blog we're having a MOTHERS DAY MANIA week of free designs, recipes and crafts to help make your Mothers Day gift giving easier!!
I have a cute freebie to share, but I'll just tease you with a little peek...
Be sure to visit us Among The Gum Trees from Monday to collect your free designs, recipes and crafts!
Now, I am off to read a chapter from this very old but interesting book I found at the library book sale on Monday...
I loved the title!! I'm sure that even after more than 18 years of marriage I will learn something, then I can pop it away until it's Blossom's wedding day and her turn to read it. :-)