Monday, December 26, 2005

Rag Quilt

Rag Quilt
Originally uploaded by Hopkinsii.
flannel quilt made in september 2004

Sunday, December 25, 2005

cmas chez seahorse

here's our 12 days of cmas calendar

every day someone in our family is king or queen for the day (which means everyone has to be nice to them no matter how hard that might be), we all get to pick something fror the gnessing box (which ds1 made in younger less spelling minded days) which could be a balloon, a glow stick, a chocolate frog or sim and we all do something as a family such as go to the park, have fish and chips on the beach or go to a cafe. i made each day out of beautiful japanese origami paper and stuck it onto red cardboard. it's up in our living room and one gets opened each day form now until epiphany (6 january)

here's today's

and here are the presents dh and i bought for each other

predictable or serendipitous? maybe we just know each other too well....

Happy Christmas

not much craftiness to report - waaay too busy with cmassy things although i did get kaffe fassett's museum quilts which is fabulous and inspiring - can't wait to make the strippy quilt and use some of the ideas throughout the book on existing and planned projects.

speaking of which, i must do a list of wips and planned projects to try and keep track of them - and to measure progress - it's really easy to forget how much you've actually managed to fit in. i get a lot done on my tram ride to work, although knitting is much better for this than sewing as there are less objects to lose and you don't have to concentrate too much.

this week i have
- almost finished the left front of my jo sharp zoe cardigan, in a soft green cotton
- practised some crewel embroidery - made a satin stitch heart in blue wool which i then turned into a card for my brother - his little son ryan was born on thursday

i did have an epiphany doing the crewel work - it's really just embroidery with wool (usually on linen but i used viyella)

tommorrow i plan to wash the red ticking for my hexagon strippy quilt and maybe sew some strips together so i can aplique the hexagon flowers

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

tuesday tuesday

well not a bad crafty day - i finished the needlecase for the kids' piano teacher - no photo unfortunately - can't find the camera. and i started some crewel embroidery from the wonderful New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy

on sunday i made the wonderful three faces of steve from denyse schmidt's quilt book and yesterday i cut out two more steves for the older kids. i was hoping to start piecing the 2 steves today but didn't get to it.

this is a bit disjointed because i have to keep leaping up to check the progress of some presser cookies in the oven - more teachers' presents. here's the recipe but you really need a biscuit press as the dough is really soft

unti i can find the camera you can see some of my textily work and some of my husband's mosaics at



Monday, December 19, 2005

thanks kylie :)

well here i am thanks to my friend kylie with whom i had a very pleasant lunch today... after tasting the unusual delights of job's warehouse in bourke st, we had a yarn patting session at the wool shop in russell st and then adjourned for some caffeine. on the way back to our respective offices ms gusset suggested that i start a blog - so here i am.

i did have a rather lacklustre blog with a couple of entries over at livejournal but haven't kept it up. hopefully this blog will be a little more kempt....

ok i am a forty-something melbournite passionate about all things textile - i fit knitting, quilting and embroidery into a life already full of babies (3 aged 10, 8 and 14 months), husband and work (i'm a social policy analyst for the Victorian Government - at the moment i'm working on Indigenous policy, which I'm also passionate about)

soon (maybe tomorrow) i'll post some photos of my textile life - right now i need to shoo children into bed

back soon....