Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE





Now that my Bird Dance project is pretty much completed, and while I am procrastinating over choosing felt colours for my next applique project, I thought I would do some work on the Open Wide! pouch I am making for my sister.

I bought the pattern,  mesh and soft and stable while I was over in Brisbane visiting her.  She chose her favourite Kaffe Fassett fabric for the exterior, which we paired up with a beautiful coral toned shot cotton for the lining.

The exterior has been quilted and edged, it was the first time I have used soft and stable before, and I have just attached binding to the mesh which will be used for large pockets on the interior.

We decided to omit the contrast trim on the exterior, so we didn't lose any of those divine florals or colours in the Kaffe fabric.  Next up is the zipper installation.  Once this pouch is completed it will be sent back to my sister, filled with some yummy sweet treats that she can't get in Australia.

Of course, a sewer needs sustenance while creating things like this, so I have a little stash of raspberry M & M's to enjoy while making this. (Thanks Janine)  What is your favourite treat to enjoy while sewing?

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, following these guidelines.
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.

Thanks for joining Linda and I, we love seeing what you have been creating.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Birds and Flowers









Image from here

It has been the most glorious fine weather this weekend, and to top off spending the  morning in the garden and mowing lawns, all 30 birds for my Bird Dance project have been finished and sewn together.

I have decided not to make the berry border for it,( much to my sister's disgust) because I figure I'll never get it finished otherwise,  I am now just waiting on the delivery of some felt for the borders and then I think I will splurge and get it quilted professionally.

I have enjoyed making these birds in conjunction with my sister - it has been  quite fun to each work on the same project, but know they will be totally different reflecting our own personalities and tastes.I have learnt a lot of new stitches, have developed a love of beautiful threads. and think that there may be an embroidery project somewhere in my future.

Now that my bird dance project is just about finished, it is time for my sister Janine and I, to start the felt/embroidery project of my choosing.  I debated long and hard whether to do another Sue Spargo project or a Wendy Williams quilt using these materials.  In the end, in what was a fortuitous find, I happened to be looking through a new quilt book at the library one day, when I came across this project for a mini quilt with applique flowers and embroidery.  Straight away, I knew that this was my project.

While I was in Australia, I presented the pattern to my sister, and we picked the fabric we will use as  as our background.  Very hard to see in this light, but it is a textured deep inky blue cotton.  We may not do the border of tiny half square triangles it requires, but are looking at other options, whether a patterned fabric, or a trim of some description.  All that is left now is for me to choose my colour palette,  and then I can start this project, with the aim of finishing it by the end of the year.

Time to relax with a cuppa and a good book now.  Have a great week.




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Here & Now









Loving //Meeka, my sewing companion. Usually she's always trying to catch my threads, sleep on the pattern book, or sit on my work.  She may be a pain with her furniture scratching, but she has made us laugh at her antics more than we growl at her.

Eating // Lemon Snowflake Cookies - recipe from here

Drinking // Hot chocolate

Feeling // So lucky that I get to enjoy this coastal view on my walk around the neighbourhood.  I love how it changes depending on the weather and tides

Making // Birds and another ice cream soda block

Thinking //I really need lots of fine weather to get out and weed my gardens and mow the lawns

Dreaming // Of summer


Linking to Here & Now at Say Little Hen

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Weekending






Winter has well and truly set in, it has been so gray and wet lately, a very cold week ahead has been forecast, and to top it off both Miss B and Mr J have started the school holidays choked up with sore throats, colds and sinus pain.  In between playing nurse and house cleaner, here's a little of what is keeping me amused this weekend.
  • Needing just the right shade of pink for another bird, I dashed up to my thread/fabric shop, of course I came out with some other goodies.
  • The completed bird (legs and eyes still to do) looks pretty great though, the variegated thread was a perfect match for it.
  • A huge bowl of lemons, from a friend who answered my pitiful text for surplus fruit, means lemon honey drinks are being consumed by the patients.
  • A beautiful new cookbook from the library (this may go on my birthday ideas list) and the new Adriana Trigiani book.
Time to do some baking (with lemons I think) now, and  then hopefully another bird.  Have a fabulous week.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE





Orange and berry seems to be my favoured colour palette for mystitching projects this week.

 Another bird, (this may end up being one of my favourites) for my bird dance project, which when this one is completed means I have three more left to go. Then comes the fun part of sewing on all their little eyes, and then all 30 blocks together.  I am a wee bit behind with mine, my sister has totally finished hers, and will probably have started the next project which is of my choosing before I get these birds done.

I have also, in anticipation of rewarding my self for finishing them, prepped another Ice Cream Soda block.

This week Linda and I thought we'd ask the question:

What's in a name? Do you ever wonder how or why someone chooses a blog name? 

Mine is very simple, I couldn't think of any blog name or title that fully covered everything I like to write about, so in the end decided that seeing it was about me, I may as well name it after me. 

JulieLou:  Julie being my first name and Lou an abbreviation of my middle name Louise

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, as well as linking up your sewing and stitching projects following these guidelines, could you also share with us the reason for your blog title . . . we want to get to know you better.

  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.


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