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Thursday, May 27, 2010

More gold stars for spotlight

I just got back from Spotlight Manukau, they had a quilters market night.. it was from 6-9, but i only got there at 8pm, completely forgot about it!

what an awesome night none the less.. at first it seemed more just like a sale, but then i got talking to one of the demo ladies who had brought her quilt along for show.. it was done using drunkards path in circles, with the quilt as you go quilting method... now i'd only just last week been looking up on the net various how to's and tutorials to see how to make this, the lady explained everything and i cant wait to use it.. if it all goes well i'll make my own how to, but till then i'll just bide my time till i can give it a go! exiting!

i also purchased some insulated batting for making oven mits, going to try those heart shaped pot holders if i can track down a pattern

watch this space! (my one and only "follower") :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thanks Spotlight!

There is one lady at spotlight who always gives you time to explain how to use something or give you a tip. 5 stars!

- put your new material out in the rain.. it makes them damp then lets them dry .. instant pre shrunk fabric..
unfortunately as soon as I got home it stopped raining so I got out my squirty bottle and sprayed the material with water while it was hanging on the line! easier than washing it and ironing the whole thing!

- ironing on interfacing.. i bought that texture weft iron on interfacing for my fairy panel so i can embroider it.. apparently get the best results by setting iron to silk - no steam. covering the panel with the interfacing (glue down of course) then covering with a piece of fabric to protect. Press once over the whole piece.

Then! turn the whole thing over and do a final press.. this makes the glue rise up to the iron and through the panel! good aye! she said it is still best to put a protective piece of fabric over the panel and have the iron no hotter than silk

THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP is to then leave the whole thing where it is to cool down!!! dont move it!!! it makes the whole process take a little longer but it all makes sense, the glue would still be squidgy if it was warm and may pull off the material if you bend it all about before it cools down!

i paid special attn to the corners as they always the first to come off.

It worked great!

Thanks spotlight lady


AND next week is a quilt night at spotlight, i got a $10 voucher free and there are demos and spot prizes !! another 5 stars!!

You can never have enough fairies!

I've just added texture weft iron on interfacing to my cicely mary barker fairy panels in preparation of doing some ribbon embroidery! not sure what to use them on once theyre done (there are 12 of them) and even if I made enough purple (she uses a lot of purple!) but i'll start with one and see how it goes!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

!! Fairies are finally in my garden !!

Finished!!

I just finished handsewing the back of the binding while watching kill bill 1 and julie and julia (both awesome films)

I just have to label the back and I'm done.. hrmm.. now I'll have to tackle cleaning my sewing room :/ !


Let me introduce you to "Fairies in my Garden" designed and made by Me!


































































My lovely walking foot, couldn't have done it without you



Click here to see how it all began!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My pic-me-up.. whats your secret signal!?

Then there were two

I have two fairies in my garden!! I can now officially call my quilt "Fairies in my garden" pics to come :) just burying threads then I can bind then I'm done!! awesome!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My garden has one fairy!

yay!.. i'm just burying threads for my first fairy, looks awesome, I've transfered the linework on for the second, I think two is enough, I know the rest are in the garden, they're just a little shy and dont want to pose for the pic!

pics to come soon (like next week?! haha)
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