Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quilter's block

I kind of think I've talked here before about process versus product crafting, and how I am for sure a process person - I love being busy making things, but have less interest in the finished product. This is why I only ever knit one sock, and why I have projects sitting around just needing a button, or a zip, or blocking to finish them off. I'm most likely to finish something if it is a gift for someone else, or I want to wear it the next day.

I spend a lot of time talking about quilts and fabric, so I think some people have been a bit surprised to hear that I have never finished a quilt top bigger than baby quilt sized.

My relationship with making quilts has gone through some definite phases.
First up - collecting fabric. For ages - seriously, years - I have been collecting quilting fabric. It turns out I'm really good at fabric shopping ;o)

Scrap vomit & quilty helpers =)

Until pretty recently I was too scared to cut into my fabric (this fact didn't stop me from buying more fabric, mind you - like I said, the shopping has never been a problem!). I think this changed when I cut into a fat quarter bundle to make the two baby quilts I took as gifts on my trip to Denmark last year. Once it clicked for me that I can cut up fabric and put it together to make something I like even more, all I want to do is cut and sew everything in my stash.

So it's totally weird, but now I'm stuck on the next step. I'm really excited about making quilt blocks, but not really motivated to piece the blocks together and make tops (and let's not even talk about basting, quilting and binding!).  Right now in my sewing space I have blocks for 3 different quilts waiting to be pieced (plus one finished top -  a gift for someone else!).

please excuse the dodgy photo - it's hard to get the whole thing in the shot!

In the name of motivating me past my quilter's block (haha get it?) today I took a big, exciting step - I've booked the scrap vomit quilt in for quilting. Then it's going in the Canberra Quilter's exhibition. Eeep.
 I've got til the end(ish) of May to get this baby pieced. And I'm kind of excited - wish me luck (even better, wish me motivation ;o))!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Footy :: under lights

Three regular season AFL matches are bing held in Canberra this year, the first of which was on this afternoon / evening.

Being a twilight game, it was also the first time footy has been played under lights at Manuka oval. The lights looked great - although a bit imposing on a ground that kind of looks closer to a local/school oval than a stadium. =)

The game was good - the young GWS team was more competitive than I expected, and both sides played well at times. It was also a great crowd - the ground was pretty full, and one of the great things about the games here is that probably the majority of the crowd barrack for a team other than those that are playing, so the atmosphere is generally pretty laid back, with everyone just there to enjoy the game.

You couldn't have picked a nicer day weather-wise either - sunny and warmish during the day, and not too cold once it got dark. We're very lucky to live in such a beautiful city, and it can be really quite spectacular in autumn.

We're looking forward to the next game, and luckily we don't have to wait long!
The GWS boys will be back to play the Gold Coast on 27 April - you can get tickets here if you are interested in checking it out =)


Friday, April 12, 2013

In April I am reading...

March and April are looking good as far as reading goes!

First (towards the start of March) I found Anne Rice's latest, The Wolf Gift, on super sale - it was just the thing for the plane train plane plane bus train train bus plane of our two recent trips to Melbourne, and I finished it over the Easter weekend.

Whilst I enjoyed it, and it was nice to see Rice back into the supernatural-y horror-y kind themes that first got me hooked on her writing, it wasn't her best ever. It will be the first in "The Wolf Gift Chronicles" though, and I think it might sit better as an introductory book for the series than it does alone.

Then I discovered the joys of ebooks, when I came across a link on twitter for a free download of the 'young adult' supernatural-y novel Spellbound. I wasn't sure how I'd go with reading on the screen, but I actually found it so handy to have right there with me and got through so quickly!
The book was pretty good - like I said I read it pretty quickly. It was a little bit cliched and predictable but still enjoyable - better than twilight but not as good as the hunger games =)

As soon as I finished I went searching for more downloads (did you know you can 'borrow' ebooks from your local library? Mind blown!) and downloaded a free book each from kobo and the iBooks store.

I've already finished one - Bound, which is the first in the Crystor series, and again young adult super natural-y (I do love my young adult fiction! And teen movies too!).
I also found this engaging enough to read quickly, but maybe not as good as Spellbound (still better than twilight though haha).

Next up on my iPad is another one that sounds like a sophisticated read (haha) - Vampire University.
I've also had some books I ordered online arrive this week, including one novel: The Quilter's Apprentice, the first in the Elm Creek Quilts series.

I'd love to hear about what everyone else is reading - to join in with our bloggy book club you can leave a message in the comments about what you're reading, or post about it on you blog and let us know in the comments to pop over and check it out.

Given my new ebook obsession I'm especially interested to know everyone's favourite place to find ebooks.
Ooh, and I've also just joined good reads and am keen to know who else uses it and what you think - or if you use some other similar social networky kind of site to keep track of what you're reading, see reviews and find your next read?


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Creative space :: springy

I've really got back into cross stitch this year after hardly doing any for so so long, and it is largely thanks to the clever girls at the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. All their patterns are so cute that I can't say no to buying them and then I just can't put them down! The motifs are pretty small and quick to sew up so you really feel like you're achieving something, rather than working on a project forever.

woodland sampler :: April showers
It started with the kawaii winter wonderland sampler, which I saw so many gorgeous pictures of on Instagram throughout December, and then I jumped at the chance to sign up for the Monthly Woodland Sampler.

 floss is so pretty!

This month Amanda and Ashleigh are doing a Springtime sampler, with 5 little designs released each Monday for 5 weeks. I wasn't actually planning on joining up, but then my sister (who is also doing the woodland sampler with me) was doing it, and did I want to do it too?, and it does count down to my birthday (25th =)) AND of course it is to die for cute, so how could I say no? =)

So this week I've been on the couch in front of the TV trying to catch up on the frames before I start the designs - although I think this time around I might not wait til they're all done =)

frametastic :: 7 down, 18 to go!

More creative spaces here


Ps I just noticed this is my 950th blog post! Wowsers!

Friday, April 05, 2013


Hooray weekend!
We've been super busy lately, so this weekend we've decided to just stay home.
I've got loads of at home things planned - like cooking in the slow cooker, reading, sewing and of course working on my woodland sampler cross stitch.
AND, with the end of daylight saving, we get an extra hour to enjoy!
Here's to a relaxing weekend =)