Monday, October 26, 2009

the Falls ArtFest stock

The bags

The larger lined pencil case/wallet

approx 9" x 6"

The medium lined purses

approx 7" x 7"

The little lined purses

approx 7" x 4"

And a little cheery bunting,
because sometimes you just can't stop!
approx 2 yards

I also made quite a few cards, but they'll have to wait for another day. I really enjoyed making these bits and pieces and am going to start to put some items in my made it store. But probably not before the end of the week. I have some serious swap catching up to do. I've contacted my swap buddy's, and everything is toot sweet.

Cheerio for now

X Mandy

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Falls Artfest '09

These were my handmade offerings at this years
'Falls Artfest'.

I'm very happy and proud to say, that much of what you see here, has been sold. I'll be back tomorrow, with some more pictures.

X Mandy

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My home from home is....

the Post Office at the moment!
Oh no, I'm not complaining, I'm lovin' it!

This little parcel below went to a lovely Lady in South Australia. For whatever reason......she never received a DQS7 swap little quilt.

'ere tis.
I so LOVED making this.

I'm pretty sure it's all Kaffe Fassett fabrics mixed with cream linen and cotton solids. I've wanted to try the half square triangle blocks for quite a while. I'll definitely make another, but much larger (bed sized), and have rows of zig-zags which will change direction once or twice, like in Megs Doll quilt. The Kaffe fabrics were purchased as a mixed lot of 5" squares in an auction, eons ago. Hence the reason for so much pink!

I wanted to do a pieced back, and found all these little pieces in my stash that went great with a square that I didn't want to mix with the others on the front. My only regret, is that I didn't make the time to do a more classy label, ho hum, next time.

I love squiggly quilting, I just think of it as drawing with a pencil, trying not to get boxed into a corner with nowhere to go, but off the fabric. It works for me, mind you I still haven't tried it on a big quilt, yet!

Anyhow, that's me for the moment.
Cheerio for now

X Mandy

Oh, to come in a few weeks....

3 quilt swaps, they all need posting by the end of October! All heading off this isle, so I have to have them finished earlier. I'm aiming to post them all by the 21st, which should give them ample time to reach their destinations.
1. 6" (max) oh too cute, how could I resist that swap. Posted, yeah!

2. 13" x 17" (ish) placemat swap. How long can it take !?! Fabrics cut & layout finalized.
3. 15" x 15" (max) quilt. No worries, I'm an expert now. Fabrics picked.

I'm on target, but........

I also have the "Falls ArtFest" starting on Friday 23rd October, ooops!
So far I've made -
1 x handbag - 1 x zippered pencil case, no lining - 1 x zippered pencil case, with lining - 2 x zippered purses with lining - 8 x fabric Christmas gift drawstring bags.

So.....I guess I'd better finish this post!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday Stash #13

My one and only Jelly Roll. I just couldn't leave the shop without it. Can't afford it, but it was the only one there and who knows when I'd find another one. Japanese Indigo fabrics really are a passion of mine. If I'd purchased the minimum cut of all 30 of these fabrics it would have cost me close to $150! No, I'm not kidding. Also, I've actually never seen a total of 30 Indigo fabrics together. The other three are 30cm cuts that I bought at the Sydney Quilt & Craft show earlier in the year. They cost me between $6 & $7 each, which I thought wasn't bad. It'll probably take me a week or so to unroll it, and a significant amount of weeks to decide what to make with it. It has to be special, and it has to be for me!

Cheerio for now,
X Mandy

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Friendship Bag Swap


Yes, indeed I was. Because I didn't receive a Friendship bag, I received two!!!
And a couple of fat quarters, and some yummy ribbons. Love the 'Calico Cat' fabric,
very much.
And look at those bags, arn't they just. so. adorable. The left hand bag is made from 'Swell', I have a Pinwheel Wall Hanging in progress using a charm pack of this. The right hand bag is, arrgggghhhh, Roseanne please remind me. I made a table runner from it, it's Moda, it's......'Nell's Flower Garden' ha, memory does work under pressure after all. There's also some Arcadia by Sanae, another favourite of mine.

These were made for me by Roseanne of Sparrow Bee Designs, and I love them. Thank you so much for spoiling me Roseanne, I really appreciate the time you spent on my bags. Take a gander at what Roseanne received, some really gorgeous stitchery!

I hope my bag arrived in Sweden safely, I've not heard, and can't find my partner listed in the Friendship Bag Swap Flickr group members list either. In my haste to send my parcel off, I forgot to take a picture of the bag I made, doh! Or the little extra goodies I sent. Not to worry, I just hope it arrived.

Must go to bed now, relying on the speller tool too much!
Cheerio for now
X Mandy