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Married to Tony mother to 2 children Lucas 23, Gemma 26 & her boyfriend Sean. Carer for 2 crazy Jack Russells. I'm dyslexic so excuse any mistakes. The Stitching Room is where I spend my time playing with Clarice (my camera) and Bernie (my sewing machine). Come on in and see what I'm up to.

Sunday 30 September 2007

Wisteria Girls complete

I have finished the 5 stitcheries for the Wisteria Girls quilt. They are not exactly the same as the pattern in Homespun. They are coloured with pencils in the pattern I preferred to just stitch them.

Yesterday was the Australian Rules football grand final and if you don't live in Australia you will probably know very little about Aussie rules football. Sadly Port Adelaide lost to Geelong. Here are some photos of the boys out the front kicking the ball before they watched the game on the T.V. I was rather glad they watched it at our neighbour's house as it was nice and peaceful here.
I have been tagged some time back, the lovely Lucy who recycles her pockets gave me the "Rockin' Girl Blogger" award. This made my children laugh. I got this when I was sick and have been meaning to post so today is the day. Thank you Lucy it has been a long time since I rocked.

Then Nicolette tagged me to tell 7 honest things about myself.
So here goes.
1. I really love chocolate.
2. I am quite competitive.
3. I can remember being at school when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon and thinking it was the most boring thing I had ever been made to watch, I was 10 at the time.
4. I never read instructions this is a problem when putting things together sadly I have taught my son to do the same so we both plough in until my husband says lets read the instructions.
5. Inside me there is a thin person trying to get out.
6. I cry when watching movies they don't even have to be sad. I was still crying 1 hour after the end of 8 Below( yes that's right the movie about sled dogs in the antarctic!!!!)
7. I really really hate winter but if you read my blog you most probably know that.

1 Link the person who has tagged you
2 Tell seven true things about yourself
3 Tag seven new people
4 Leave a message with the person you have tagged so they know about it
I now have to tag 7 people
Lucy - Corry - Leisa -Meggie - Donna
I am struggling now so will have to think of 2 more later.

Monday 24 September 2007

The process

Today I have been married for 25 years, normally I would do the cleaning but I thought I deserved the day off just to play. Tony and I will go out for lunch as he is working tonight. It's been a great 25 years I have 2 great children and and a great husband who puts up with me, my sewing, my blogging etc etc.
Now onto the appliqué this is what I did yesterday I found this process quite good in the fact it would be quite portable. The only preparation you need is to draw the pattern on the back of the material, as I have done above. This is done on the back of the material.
This is the back after I had finished the leaves and half of the flower.
I also liked it as the pieces are tacked down and do not move. You can see a white marking line Wendy the lady who taught us doesn't even use that. However I did make a mistake when you tack the piece down you should use a contrasting thread. Me in my usual fashion used red for the leaves and just continues on with the red on the red flower. There are no pins to catch your threads.
I need to do a little work on my small invisible stitches.
This is what I finished yesterday Lucy left a comment on yesterdays post that the finished quilt was great but she would not have the patients to do the same. I don't think I would have the patients to do a whole quilt either but it was fun learning the process.

Sunday 23 September 2007

Back Basting Applique

Today I went to a workshop to learn back basting appliqué. The woman who took the workshop was Wendy. This is Wendy with Heather, I enjoyed the day and learnt a new technique. The workshop was at Hettie's Patch Below are some examples of the quilt Wendy has made.
This is the block I choose to do.
This is the whole quilt. I will put a photo of my work in the next few days. I managed to complete 1 stem 5 leaves and a flower.

Monday 17 September 2007

Haven't they grown

On my way to work in the morning I drive along the river Torrens. The swans come right up close to the edge of the road at night when they have babies. I took these photos a few weeks ago. There are lots of babies but these 2, I'm not sure if they are mother and father had quite a few babies with them.
I took these photos today they have really grown. The babies are now getting feathers and loosing there downy type feathers.
They were not at all worried about me getting close to them. As a matter of fact I was a little concerned they might give me a peck.

As spring is here the Rainbow Lorakeets in the trees at the front of my work have been very noisy.

Sunday 16 September 2007

2 corners done

These are 2 corners from the Wisteria Girls quilt it is the top left and bottom right hand corners.I have not separated them yet. In the original pattern they have used coloured pencils to colour in the embroidery, I have chosen not to do that.
to self iron fabric before taking picture.
In the pattern they have only used a few colours so the butterfly is supposed to be green and pink I will take it to my stitching morning and see what the general consensus is but I think it could be a different colour and in the bottom panel the lady bug is a grey colour I feel it should be red and black as they are in nature.

Friday 14 September 2007

Back again

I haven't posted in a while. I have had to work extra hours at work which I don't like doing. This then only leaves weekends for stitching. Then last weekend was a write off. A patient came to the desk and said I nearly didn't come today I have been up all night with gastro. The end to this story is I didn't have a great weekend. It always amazes me when people have something that is really contagious they feel they need to share it with the world. I got no stitching done, but thought I would show you what I'm working on. This is the centre stitchery to a quilt called Wisteria Girls the pattern is in the latest edition of Homespun. Proceed from the sales of the material go to breast cancer research. I am doing the stitcheries for Lorraine at Hettie's Patch it will be a shop sample. It has 4 more stitcheries one in each corner. I have nearly finished 2 of the corners.
It is not a great picture I'm still learning with the new camera.

Sunday 2 September 2007


I have a new camera. Not a lot of stitching has been done.
A snow drop from my garden which is quite surprising as we have had no rain and my garden is suffering.
This is my scissor dolly I made a few years back. She is great as I always know where my scissors are.
These photos were taken this morning it has been a lovely day Gemma & Lucas washed Tony's car for fathers day and this is them being silly on the front lawn .

Finally Lucas cooking BBQ lunch for fathers day.