Saturday, 16 May 2015

Pottery II

I have started my Pottery again and have been going for three weeks (half way through). The first week I made a bird house/feeder and a tea bag holder..............

The second/third week my friend was visiting from London UK, so I took her along with me. We both made Fish Dishes......

Last week we made Spring Roll Plates.......

Two more weeks to go and then I get to glaze them before their final firing.



Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Woyww - not a lot

It's Wednesday, I'm a bit late again (well it's early where I live but late where WOYWW lives). Today I am joining in with What's on Your Worksesk Wednesday for some more desk hopping fun. Julia will explain over here if you don't know what this is about.

Today my desk is completely and utterly empty (honestly), two reasons - 1. we have visitors who are sharing my space and 2. I am off for a quilting session today and all my stuff is packed in a box ready to go this afternoon.

Sewing Machine, obligatory banana (I cannot sew on an empty stomach), quilt, sewing paraphanlia and material for backing and edging.

Hopefully I will get round to see many of your beautiful desk later today.



Friday, 10 April 2015

Pottery Collected

About eight weeks ago, I started a beginners pottery course. Just a bit of fun and something nice and creative to do. Today I collected my fired and glazed pieces.

A milk jug

Ooh just noticed that handle is a little wonky!

These are for putting your chopsticks on
This was the first week pot. A pinch pot. Next time I go, this one is going to be a chicken or a bird or a pear!!!
Sushi Bowls.

A mug.

I'm quite pleased with how they turned out though I may use a bit more colour next time. I have signed up for another six sessions with some of the same people. Should be fun.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Cornerstones added

Today I went to my quilting class and finished my border. Once again, the placing of pieces took longer time than the actual sewing. MrsSew helped us to decide what looked best and then we got on with the sewing part.

The smaller twisters I created last week were sewn onto lengths of 6.5" wide border fabric and then sewn onto the edge of the main quilt. I decided on the gold cornerstones so these had to be sewn on. This was quite technical for me as we had to sew part way down the length, then check how long the fabric needed to be, cut it off with a quarter seam allowance and then sew on plus the cornerstone. I'm sure there is a better way of explaining but it worked beautifully anyway. The small lengths were sewn on first and the longer ones last.

I have now chosen the edging (well actually MrsSew did as she has far more experience and colour knowledge than me) and then I chose the backing material (which I found last week). MrsSew didn't give me any homework as we have visitors from England arriving today. Next week we will be sandwiching the front back and wadding.


Thursday, 2 April 2015


Yesterday I went to my quilting class and cut some smaller twisters, sewed them together and had part of a border. I was asked how this worked so I have tried to show it below (plus this will greatly help me remember should I have to do this ever again by myself).

Using my 4.5" squares sewn together with a 3" border.....

I then used my twister template, drew around it using my 'friction' pen (which, by the way, really does work as I used the template upside down which really buggers up the pattern, and a quick iron and the pen marks were gone).

I then cut out the squares.....

Took away the bits I don't need (hence a huge bag of scraps, but that's for another day).

Twisted them and made a beautiful twister pattern

More cutting, more twisting, lots of sewing

And I ended up with a corner border.

Now I just have to decide what to put as a corner stone, fill in the bits with more border - but this is all I can do for today so the rest will have to wait. Hope this helps. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions, if I can help, I will. If I can't help, I will ask someone who can.




Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Woyww 304 borders

How did Wednesday happen so quickly (and why does my autocorrect want to put WEDNESDAY in capital letters?). I took a photo of my desk yesterday just before I left it to take the Smallest swimming and the Small to ER (nothing broken thank goodness). I am joining in with the wonderful people of desk-hopping, desk-showing, craft wonderfulness hosted by Julia at Stamping Ground. It is definitely worth a peek.

It's just a big mess of cutting, piecing and listening to music. I don't need to go into detail because it's all there to see. But I can show you what it was I was creating if you like.

Lots of ironing of seams which never seem to want to go the way I need them to. And then it turns in to this.

Today, in my quilting class, I will be turning four of these into Small Twister squares which I will then sew together again and add them as a border to my main quilt.

Lots of work, but it keeps me out of trouble. Hope to pop round to see other desks when I've done my aerobics class.


Monday, 30 March 2015

Minions Cake

Today I had strict instructions to make a Minion Cake for my Smallest. Today he is eight and he designed th cake himself, down to the maltesers around the edge.

It is just a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream with white chocolate chips in and covered with fondant icing. The tiny minions wer difficult and fiddle because the black icing I was using wasn't setting so it dribbled a little but if you don't look too closely, it does a job.

Smallest didn't notice it at first and then loved it. It wasn't just what he wanted he said, it was much better. Praise indeed.

I made lots of little cup cakes, at the time I didn't know why but as I was putting the cake together it came to me. More minions, looking up at us.



Friday, 27 March 2015

$10 quilt heart

About 10 months ago, I joined a $10 Quilt class. For $10 (paid just once), I get to go to a lovely sewing shop and MrsSew gives me some bits of material and the knowledge to make one quilt square. As long as we finish the piece before the next session (a month), you get your next pieces of material free. Obviously I had to buy my main fabric first but I get to learn a different technique each month. BARGAIN.

This months proved to be tricky as it was part sewing and part origami (in my opinion anyway). I'm not completely happy with the results but at least I know how to do it now.

In order to make the hearts a little more 'rounded' we had to kind of push the fabric up and sew (this is all very new to me).

It's not the tidiest piece of sewing I have ever done but I rushed it as I need it for tomorrow and silly me left it till the last minute.

Here are all the pieces I've made so far:-

Each pattern came with a little story regarding the season or month we were in. TopLeft: I love the robins, though that was my first introduction to appliqué which I love but find challenging. TopMiddle: English paper piecing I found very relaxing as it was a lot of hand sewing but no-one told me we weren't supposed to sew through the cardboard so my stitched got ripped out a bit. TopRight: With the trees I was introduced to iron on sticky stuff (forgot the name). MIDDLE: these three were what I would call proper quilting as it is lots of squares sewn at different angles to get different effects. BottomLeft: should have been a Christmas Wreath but it appears I sewed it up slightly wrong, however the middle red bits are puffed up - more origami as I call it. BottomMiddle: More normal quilting techniques. And the BottomRight: my biggest headache.

I wonder what tomorrow's pattern will be? March is the month. A Hare? An Easter Egg? Snow? Rain? I will let you know.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The one where I left a fingerprint on my jug!

Today was my last pottery class of this session. Our intention was to finish the pots we had made each week.

Biscuit fired ready for glazing.

It was a six week course which meant we would have a different pot for each week (I missed one due to being on holiday). Week one I made a pinch pot which is not very good but it got us used to the clay and I may put my cotton wool pads in it. Week two we made a sushi dish, a baby dish and two little fish to put your chopsticks on. I don't eat sushi so mine will end up as a Malteser holder or a pin collector. Week three we made a funky mug and the last week I made a milk jug (we have milk bags here so they should fit perfectly in it).

It's very hard to glaze your pots when you can't really see what the colour is going to look like. I think most of mine are a bluey/green but I can't be sure.

My milk jug should be black and white (like a cow) and I painstakingly painted all the hearts black three times to ensure a good deep colour and then put the wax on before dipping it in Cream for ages. Hope it works because if I didn't dip it long enough it will be orange!

I put a glass bead in two of the dishes as this will melt and crackle to make a lovely finish in one corner.

I'm quite sure this one isn't red but a kind of blue one end and green the other!

We should be able to pick them up in a couple of weeks. In the meantime I have signed up for the next session which starts in April. Most of us from the same class have signed up so it will be nice to see the same people again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Although I have done pottery before at night class when I was much younger, I love the creative process, the feel of the clay and find it all so very calming and relaxing. I always dreamed of having my own kiln and being an arty farty painter/potter/created. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.


Woyww #303

Hey I may be late arriving in again but I am here, joining in with a host of desk hoppers beautifully display their productiveness via the great efforts of the main woman.

Well it's a bit bare due to the fact that I finished sewing the front of my quilt on Monday.

This is actually the back of my desk as I am lucky to be able to walk around my desks (yes plural, I have two now), means I can use several surfaces without the need to clear too much away. What can we see? A small pile of material squares (left overs from when the big squares were cut) which Ii need to take with me on Thursday for my class to see what we are going to do next. My glasses (normally stuck on top of my head as not really used to wearing them but can't sew successfully without them), a shoe box full of sewing essentials that I take to class, a broken mug full of knitting needles, glass of water and my sewing machine.

Okay, I have aerobics this morning followed by a shower, a drive to the lake and a pottery lesson where we will be glazing our pots we have made in the previous four/five weeks. How exciting. I will try and visit as many desks as I can. See ya later.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Quilt - sewed - tick

Today I finished sewing my quilt together. I have to say I am quite pleased with what I have accomplished considering its my first proper one.

I love the pattern and the way the different materials go together. I'm not sure what comes next. It could be another border, or wadding or the actual quilting part. We will see.

Next class is Thursday.