Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Progress and a Birthday Quilt

This week I have spent some time putting together some Christmas ideas!! Now before you say it is only April and Christmas is still forever away, I have had some people ask what things I will be bringing out for Christmas. So as I like to be organised and Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year it has been fun playing with ideas with a festive feel. I will show you more as my plans and creations come to life.

Also on the sewing table this week have been some Mr and Mrs Monsters that have needed sewing and stuffing. What started as a pile of these :

Are now looking like this waiting to be stuffed!

A quilt that I have been working on for well over a year now is this Chelsea Bloom Lap Quilt. Usually I am a little quicker at putting together quilts but this one is special. My friend moved to America about 18months ago and I wanted to make her a quilt to remind her that I am always thinking of her even if she was far away. So I started putting all the blocks together and she received the first pieces of them last year on her birthday. Each month on her birthday number I posted some more blocks until they were all sent. If you have ever lived away from family and friends then I know you will understand the joy at receiving parcels in the post from afar. At Christmas she returned home for a visit and brought me back all the blocks to put together. And while this has taken a little longer to sew together I know she understands that it has been a busy year.

So here is a peak for you Katrina at what will soon be your finished quilt. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Never too young!

Besides running Tied with a Ribbon my day job is as a Home Economics Teacher. One of the classes I teach is Textiles. This has become one of my favourite subjects as I love teaching the skills to make and create things and seeing how their ideas form into material artworks. My two girls also enjoy sewing - and whilst on a simpler level than the older students I teach they have become very good at using equipment such as scissors, pins and needles and thread to stitch their own creations.

Recently I took my 7 year old daughter to a "Mummy and Me" Class at one of my favourite shops Hot Possum. On the day we constructed a quilt top and the picture is of the finished quilt that has just been hung above her bed. She did most of the machine sewing herself and sewed together all the blocks in the order as instructed. I helped a little and of course did the rotary cutting and ironing. She knew from the get go she wanted a quilt to hang in her room. I did the quilting with just simple lines as I wanted to have her work be the focus and we sewed all the leftover scraps together to make the binding.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Too many Easter Eggs !!

I am sure that I am not the only person to have eaten one, two or maybe more Easter Eggs than I should have. Luckily its only once a year. Between the extra long weekend and the girls being on school holidays things here at Tied with a Ribbon have not been as productive as usual. However the break has been nice. Its kind of like the calm before the storm as once all my patterns come back from the printers things will be full steam ahead. I am planning a little Launch in May to have a "Ribbon Cutting" ceremony for my business and I have alot to get ready before then. Here are some of the Headbands that I have been making this week.

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