Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another finish for me!

I was asked if I could whip up a quilt square recently so I have put aside my Easter stitching to do so. This will become part of a quilt to be donated to the CFA (Country Fire Authority) to raise much needed funds. The idea came about after the devastating bush fires to hit Victoria in the summer of 2009. A fellow Aussie has been organising the project, from memory there are 4 quilts being made, two for Wildlife Victoria (one featuring Aussie birds, and the other Aussie animals) and two for the CFA (one featuring Ellen Maurer Stroh animal babies - too cute!, and the other featuring native florals). I seem to recall stitching an animal baby for the CFA quilt, and this time I stitched a floral design for the other CFA one.
Here's the one I just completed:
Here's the details:

  • Name of the design is Australian Orchids.

  •  Chart is designed by Margaret Morgan and appeared in "Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia" publication #6.

  •  Fabric is a a cream off cut in 32 count evenweave.

  •  Thread is DMC cotton.

  •  Stitch count is originally 70 x 130, although I cut off the bottom dozen or so stitches so the design would fit the quilt requirements.

  •  Completed on January 25th 2011.  Started on January 20th.  This will be for the CFA fundraising quilt.

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    Monday, January 24, 2011

    My Queensland flood auctions have ended

    Don't forget that there are many others ending tonight, and even beyond so don't forget to check the master list.

    After worrying that my items would get no bids, I'm pleased to say all 4 got a bid, and I (or should I say my bidders!) have raised $49 towards the flood appeal. Thanks so much for bidding and I hope all the auctions get bids, there's some very professional looking items up for grabs.

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    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    My Queensland Flood Auctions

    As part of the "Queensland Flood Appeal Auctions", I'm auctioning off 4 cross stitched items made by myself. If you are interested in bidding for any home made/hand crafted items, click on the link to see a master list of all the auctions raising funds for this great cause.

    My auctions will start at 9am (AEDT) Monday 17th of January 2010 and stay open until 9am on Monday 24th of January. I will post pics of the items here, with a link to an individual page for each item with more details and the option of bidding. Any questions? Email me!

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    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Queensland Flooding

    As you will probably know, huge parts of Queensland are flooding, including the downtown CBD of Brisbane. It's hard to comprehend the area affected, apparently it's the size of France and Germany combined. You will see just how bad the flooding is in the picture at the top of my blog. Some homes just have their roofs above ground, can you imagine?

    The pink Queensland auction image above will take you to a blog where there will shortly be a list of auctions you can participate in, mainly for handcrafted items I believe. I have signed up to host an auction or two (haven't quite decided what yet). I believe the auctions will start no later than Monday the 17th of January and are open for a week. Don't quote me, but I think you will just nominate a dollar amount in the comments box of the blog post, along with an email address to be contacted on. If you are the winner at the end, the blog owner will contact you and organise payment. Check out Toni's blog for more info.

    The flood water image will take you to the Queensland government website with all the info you need to donate money, if you feel you'd like to. There's also info on there for the international people who might want to help out.
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    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    5th finish for 2011

    Yes, it appears I'm on a roll, LOL. Here's the latest Easter piece:
    Here's both designs together:

    • Name of the design is Easter Scramble
    • Chart is an old members freebie from San Man Originals that I adapted slightly to fit.
    • Fabric is a hand dyed 28 count Jobelan evenweave called "Pot Pourri" from Polstitches Designs in the UK.
    • Thread is DMC cotton.
    • Stitch count is 39 x 36.
    • Completed on January 12th 2011.  Started on January 9th.  This will be a framed design for Easter.

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    Saturday, January 8, 2011

    An Easter finish - in January!

    The first of my trio of Easter designs, started and finished in one day. I may have to add a few more small hearts along the top to fill the opening as I'm a little off centre, but I'll leave that until later. Here it is:
    And here's how it fits into the rest of the design. Don't mind the ugly black griding lines, I just needed an idea of where each design has to go:
    • Name of the design is Easter joy
    • Chart is an old members freebie from San Man Originals that I adapted slightly to fit.
    • Fabric is a hand dyed 28 count Jobelan evenweave called "Pot Pourri" from Polstitches Designs in the UK.
    • Thread is DMC cotton.
    • Stitch count is 38 x 37.
    • Completed on January 8th 2011.  Started on January 8th too.  This will be a framed design for Easter.

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    Friday, January 7, 2011

    A new non-cupcake project

    So I've decided I like the house decorated for Christmas & thought I may have to decorate for Easter too. Yesterday, while going through my file of freebie cross stitch patterns, I came across these cute San Man Originals designs. I do love this style of pattern, although I've never done one. Not sure what that means, but anyway.... I printed them out & put them aside for later.

    Fast forward a few hours and I was shopping. I came across 2 hot pink photo frames and had to buy them for "something". Wasn't quite sure what, but hey, they were cheap! And hot pink! Got home and started thinking about the Easter designs and how I was going to finish them. Thought about the frames and decided to see if they'd fit. What do you know? The one with 3 apertures will fit the designs, with a little bit of tweaking!

    Then I recalled a pretty fabric I had, that I just hadn't found the right project for. I pulled it out and it will work nicely. It's a hand dyed fabric called "Pot Pourri" from Polstitches Designs in the UK. It's 28 count Jobelan evenweave and is *just* the right size.

    Just because I'm a geek, I put together a mock-up of how the finished project may look, minus the fabric background. I hope it fits just right and doesn't become a logistical nightmare. Time will tell I guess!

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    I'm on a roll!

    Yet another finish!

    • Name of the design is Tiny Little Quaker.
    • Chart is an old freebie from Papillon Creations that I changed a little. 
    • Fabric is 32 count "Ruby Wine" lugana evenweave from123 stitch.
    • Thread is a variegated DMC cotton, #107, but I cut the pinkish bits out.
    • Stitch count is 41 x 41.
    • Completed on January 6th 2011.  Started on January 5th.  This will be another cupcake.

    I will probably have to put the cupcakes on hold until I can sort out my silicone holders. I will have to find them, sort out fabric and see which colours I'll make 3 of. The stand holds 23, and I mostly had 2 of each colour holder. So they will go on the back burner for a while, but I've found a cute project to work on in the mean time, details to come!

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    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Yet another finish!

    Two finishes for 2011 and it's only January 5th! I'm impressed :-). Yes, this is yet ANOTHER cupcake design. I seem to have been stuck on about 7 more to do for ages. Every time I do one, I seem to have 7 left. My counting skills obviously leave a lot to be desired. Anyway, here it is, with a few little additions from me:

    • Name of the design is unknown, it saved as aunts_attic_0002
    • Chart is a freebie from this website
    • Fabric is 32 count "Ruby Wine" lugana evenweave from 123 stitch.
    • Thread is a variegated DMC cotton, #107, but I cut the pinkish bits out.
    • Stitch count is 33 x 33.
    • Completed on January 5th 2011.  Started on January 4th.  This will be another cupcake.

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    Monday, January 3, 2011

    First Finish For 2011!

    And here it is:
    • Name of the design is "Love".  
    • Chart is a freebie from Debbie Draper Designs.
    • Fabric is 28 count purple jazlyn from 123 stitch.
    • Thread is "Sue Purple" silk by Hand Dyed Fibers.
    • Stitch count is 36 x 36. I did adapt the pattern slightly by omitting the corners.
    • Completed on January 3rd. Started on December 31st. This will be another cupcake for my stand. 

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