Friday, November 26, 2010

Owl, stockings and stash...Oh my!

This is going to be a really quick post because I have to go pack!

Tomorrow I am going away with a few friends for a week to celebrate the end of our school lives, a new beginning and all the memories and times we have shared together. However, because of exams we have left quite a bit of the organising to the last minute so this week had been an absolute blur!

So if you left a comment and I haven't replied to you, I am really sorry for being so rude! I always intended to reply to you and still do! It has just been really hectic this week and I have hardly read any blogs (which is shocking as I usually read them while having breakfast!) ah well, keeping it real I guess.

Anyway, so before I run off to pack I thought I would run through what I have been up to over the past 2 weeks (has it really been that long?)

If you read my Stash Manicure post you may have seen this already....A Scrappy owl made from mostly just dreamy Scraps!  I made it up as I went along and I am really happy with how it turned out, she even has a tail! 

I would love to post a tutorial up for her but I realised the other day, that I have no idea how to make the pattern pieces/templates available?
If anyone is able to help/ has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated as I am not very Computer/ Tech savvy.

 While I was cleaning out school books, folders and the mountain of paper and notes one collects over the year, I decided to reorganise my sewing area. So my very small stash is now colour coordinated into Blues, purples, pinks and pinky/reds, bright fabric, brown and blacks, Christmas and pre-cuts/ to be quilts. It is so much easier to see what I have now and it makes me happy to see them all organised and pretty.

Lastly, We are running a Christmas Stocking Swap at the Melbourne Modern Quilt guild so here is a sneak peek of the stocking I made yesterday. I think it turned out really well! I am going to have a hard time parting with it!

Anyway, off to pack now....
Hope you have a lovely weekend and next week,
I'll be back soon!

Miranda & Charlie

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Guest Blogging!

 Yesterday, or Today (depends where you are!) I was a guest blogger for the very first time over at Stash Manicure!

I was a bit nervous as I had never written for so many readers before and I was a bit worried about my post- I think I rewrote it about 4 times as I struggled writing parts of it (especially the part about quilting as a therapy) but I had a great time posting over there :)

I don't think that I have ever really shared on here how I became a quilter and why I quilt so if you would like to read my post here it is- "...when I was 17, it was a very good year".
I also share my quilts and talk a little about my Stash and how I am/ or intend to manicure it, so I hope you enjoy it!

Before you go... you might want to take a cup of coffee or tea with you as it is a bit of a lengthy post!

If your coming from Stash Manicure...Thankyou so much for reading my post and for the lovely comments you left both over there and here. I was actually in a 2 hour German Exam when it was posted and was feeling quite drained and flat when I got out so it was really uplifting to read such kind comments when I got home. They really made me smile and continue to :)

So...thankyou for visiting!
I hope you have had or are having a lovely day and thankyou to my new followers (hello!) for joining me on my journey :)

Miranda & Charlie

Monday, November 15, 2010

Look what arrived in the post...

 I ordered fabric online a couple of weeks ago for the very first time and it arrived on Friday to top off a wonderful day! 
I was so excited, waiting for it to arrive that it got to the stage where every time I heard a truck/ van go past the house I thought it was the postie and I got so excited the other day when the postie van stopped at the house opposite only to watch it drive straight past my house :(  

Anyway it's here and I so happy with it and it arrived in perfect condition so thankyou Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I would definitely recommend them- they have a lovely range of fabric at really good prices and they are really lovely and helpful people.
I bought a couple of yards of the Hunky Dory Border in Sparrow to add to my collection of Hunky Dory fabrics that my mum got in New York. This is going to be turned into a quilt very soon!
I also bought some stripe fabric from the Wee Woodland collection. This is the same fabric that I used as the binding on my Fancy Pink quilt, but in brown. This is going to become the trunk and branches of a tree!
and I also finished the top of this quilt which I have decided will be called "From Chicago with Love" as my dad bought the fabric all the way from Chicago :)  * Apologies for the blurry photo- it is very cloudy outside so I had to photograph it inside*.

And that's really all that's been happening at the moment. I have my last exam tomorrow, which is German and then we are going out to dinner to celebrate! It's going to be a bit weird not having any stress or study anymore or even any school for that matter! but I am looking forward to being able to start agility again with Charlie- it's just been impossible this year to go to training and competitions with so much study. I'm also looking forward to lots of sewing, I have so many ideas!

Hope you have had a lovely weekend,
Miranda & Charlie