makin’ bag

I had this idea to create a textile to turn into a bag…back in April last year! Holy crap time flies. I have done some more work on the piece, added embroidery, silk accents and some liberty tana lawn to the doily which is my favourite part. So now all I have to do is turn this sucker into a bag. Maybe by this time next year I'll have it finished?!

Oh and I don't plug things here but I want to tell you about Zinio. I'd been wanting to subscribe to Martha Stewart Living but the cost had been making me pause. Then I found a digital subscription on Zinio, 12 issues for USD$28 which is a bloody bargain in my books. Cover price for Martha here in Australia at a newsagency is about AUD$12 to $16 per issue (USD$9 to $13ish). Sure it's not the same as reading a paper magazine but for the savings it's worth it. They also have an iPhone application but it's not available in the Australian iTunes store yet (hurry up Zinio!!), so at the moment I'm restricted to reading it on the computer. Frankie Magazine is available too, USD$13 for 3 issues.

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teatowel swap

Sooz oranised a teatowel swap. Here's a peek at my work in progress. Linen teatowels with vintage Japanese flour sack hexagons. The hexagons are paper pieced and then I machine sew them on using a blanket type stitch on the machine. AND YES I prewashed all the fabrics, I know, don't fall off your perch. Linen always needs prewashing and the vintage stuff I had to wash when it arrived to make sure there were no critters! Told you I had hexitis.

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There's another sickness in our home, it's called ickycattail. It's where your adult cat likes to stalk you and bully you into a position so he can get curled in a ball next to you and suck his tail whilst kneading your leg or arm. It will not work if you are not in the position he wants and if you move your arm you are not doing it right. When he gets totally settled like the video below we call this "zoning" as in Spud is in the zone. He goes off to his happy place and can suck like this for up to 5 minutes. It doesn't sound long but trust me, when it's your arm or boob that he's kneading it feels like forever! Excuse my David Attenborough voice in the video, if you talk too loud it disturbs His Spudness.

easter buns, already…

First up sorry for the silence yet again! Busy couple of weeks and I resigned from my job of 8 years to take on a new role that I'll start in about 3 weeks. It's exciting but sort of terrifying, you know the devil you know and all that!! I'm positive about the new job and the possibilities and challenges it'll bring. Big change but a good kick out of my very deep comfort zone.

So the post title? Yep bunnies. Already. Some a gifts and some I'll probably have at some markets. They have little plastic egg capsules in them that you can put a chocolate or other little gifty. All the details at Ravelry.

I'm also working on some seat covers for a friend's ute. Yep, you read right, Katja did design work for me and my part of the bargain is seat covers. We started yesterday and at first it was quite daunting but I think we'll finish with a result she'll be happy with. I'll post some pictures soon.

Happy crafting!

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it’s called hexitis

Where you have this bizarre urge to cut bits of paper and then sew fabric around them and then attach them to each other and then again sew these to larger bits of fabric. Sound nuts, yep it is. What you're seeing below just a sampling of 1 inch hexes for a breakfast table runner for Sondra and I. Why? Because I can. Because I'm a hoarder of scraps and figured what the heck it'll only take 200 hexes.

Then, I was flicking through Rosalie Quinlan's "A Stitch In Time" and figured I'd give her Flower Garden quilt a crack. Yeah a bed size hex quilt. (I can hear you laughing!)

I use Gutermann quilting thread to sew the hexes and Thread Heaven
thread conditioner to stop it from knotting. I like this method for sewing the hexes to the papers and I can't find the link for the method I use to sew them together. I don't use a whip stitch I do a brick stitch. EDIT AGAIN! I get my paper templates from Lizard of Oz, they rock, they're quick and always give me samples of other shapes.

I have a new to me Japanese craft book on hexagons, ISBN 9784834764826 and I knew once I saw this I'd be giving it a crack in this lifetime! 

AND don't get me talking about pieced blocks that look like houses! This book is bloody awesome. Have you seen Kate's? And Maritza's? EDIT: AND Alissa's bloody cute block

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Ok, well if you've hung around for that bunch of ramble, nicely done! Happy crafting.