Sunday, 27 January 2013

A Logo and working in Blues

I decided I needed a logo . My pattern designing started last year and was inspired after a positive response from a quilt I had designed and made,  appearing in the Australian Homespun magazine. That quilt was called  "A Day in the Country" and had sheep on a hill. So my logo has the sheep on a hill together with the flowers that I love to embroider. I may improve on it by adding colour etc-- but  I am happy with this for now.
My Logo

I am currently in a blue mood, and I am sewing a set of blue cushion covers and  a blue wallhanging.
I have been cutting and trimming and there were threads and bits of fabric all over the table. Of course I did not have a thread catcher-- hence the mess. So  I stopped everything and made myself a thread catcher-- like everyone else, I needed one. So now I have a thread catcher that matches what I am currently sewing and it has been put to use immediately.
 Thread catcher and a half finished wall hanging.


Thread catcher with a completed churn dash block

I have cut the fabric do do these churn dash blocks for the wallhanging-- they are always  a challenge to get the corners just right.

Many years ago, I made this English paper pieced quilt for my son. The whole top was done by hand, but I did get it machine quilted. It  had been in the cupboard for ages and I have brought it out again to be used.

An English paper pieced quilt

The weather has been crazy here. We have had heat above 40 degrees causing bushfires. Now we have a cyclone causing floods in Queensland and bringing rains further down the coast-- hence Sydney is being innundated with rain. It rained all day yesterday and it has been pouring all day today as well. The Pacific Ocean is wild and choppy and it is certainly not a day for the beach.
However, it is a good day for sewing.
Take care,

Friday, 25 January 2013

The Buttons and Brooches Page

 I have been wanting to put my Buttons and Brooches and Patterns that I do on my blog with the hope that someone thinks that they are good enough to have. My photography skills are limited.

A family friend, who uses the pseudonym, Mongo, has been helping me by taking the photos for me  and he has placed the Buttons and Brooches in a grid format. This was what I was trying to download in my last Post-- and after help from my blogging friends-- here it is. So if you click onto the "Buttons and Brooches" page   you will find it. Thank you, Mongo, for taking the time and effort for making this possible.

I have yet to work on the  Patterns and Embroidery page, but hope to do so soon.

Until next time.


Monday, 21 January 2013

January 2013 and Help needed re adding photos

The New Year has come and it is now the 22/1/2013. It is well and truly summer here and we have had very hot days-- combination of hot days and no rain has brought alot of bushfires which have caused havoc, especially in the countryside.We have  had some reprieve a few days ago with some slightly cooler weather and a little rain.

We are a very sad household at the moment. Our beautiful dog, Tess, is no longer with us. She enriched our lives for almost 16 years. She was a great pet --- joined in the backyard cricket and frisbee games when she was younger, made us laugh with her tug of war games and chasings around the house, decorating the hallway with toilet paper from the toilet roll and strewn socks from every room in the house. She loved gardening and always knew when the carrots were ready to be picked-- she always got to them before we did! She knew when you were happy and she knew when you were sad. She was always there wherever we were. There was always her little "woof" if we were out of sight. All that is now a memory and I cannot believe how much I miss her cheery face.

I have been trying to add some photos to this post and when I clicked onto the picture-- it opened , but there is no "Browse" to click onto to get the photos that are in a folder in the computer. I am sure there was a word "Browse" there before to click onto that let you then enter the folders on the computer. There is nothing there and now  I don't know how to post a photo from my collection. It will not let me cut and paste either. I have not had this before-- has anyone else got the same problem and can I please get some advice as to how to overcome it.

I have decided to do some blue and white work--- have just started on a couple of pieces and am happy with how it is turning out so far--- must be OK as my daughter said that she thought it would look good on her lounge and she "would be happy to have them, thanks!" So it must be OK!! Sorry, I cannot show any photos until I get a solution to my problem.

A family friend, who goes under the pseudonym of "Mongo", is a great photographer. He has been helping me with creating a logo for the covers of my patterns,   and taking photos of the brooches, buttons, patchwork pieces etc. So the quality of the photos on the patterns will be much better than what I have produced before. He has photographed a few of my buttons and brooches and put them in a grid form for my "Buttons and Brooches" and "Patterns" pages. I had some time today and thought that I would get the pages all set up with his photos-- and lo and behold-- this problem has cropped up and I cannot download the photos to the blog. I do hope that someone will be able to advise me and that  I will be able to rectify the problem soon.

I look forward to advice and solutions.