Okay my sweet Whippy readers - stuff does still happen here at Whippy Good Whippet-haus. Freedom has arrived in the form of Uni finish for 2013 - OMG - what a weight is lifted from my thinking brain and broad shoulders hehe!
A little packet of Amy Butlers Soul Blossom charm squares has sat on my desk for a while, looking at me, wooing me over, until I could take it No More - a little or rather, big-little blankie for my sewing machine - the colours are so so so pretty, with a dash of Kaffe thrown in for good measure - the colours scream SPRING to me - maybe a garish Spring but I like that!!
DD2 overpainted a school project that she had never liked and off her own bat,
created another masterpiece
I saw this in an Oxfam shop window - so much prettier than the photo
and this is a Great Idea for those elusive machines thrown on the side of the road, yeah right, but I do love the succulents! I want this in my garden!
Just a 'little' montage of my just completed Staple Dress; it was a pdf download, printed out, stuck together, transfered onto interfacing as the template and sewn together!! I am just a little bit CHUFFED! (As a side note - I like Urban Dictionary's definition no. 3 To be quite pleased with oneself in the manner of a child going potty unassisted. Yes I can go to potty unassisted AND I can sew a dress!!! Baby, if I can sew a dress, then anyone can, Truly Truly.
Instructions were great - except for the pockets - I didn't understand one word of it really, but just closed my eyes and crossed my fingers -yes, I did this and sewed at the same time ;) and they came out Okay! The shirring didn't quite work either - I decided to just do the back - I got one row to work, but couldn't get the elastic to repeat its magic again....that's fine - I'll wear it with a belt I think, which does the same thing really.
The family were Very Impressed. "Did you buy that today?" NO hehehe, I Made It!!
Wow Mum, it looks Great.....ahhhhh music to a sewer's ears. Hubbie spotted my excellence in sewing the neck and armhole facings and loved the dress, the colour, the pockets and me in it!
Wow Wee - these are my 30 - yes 30!!! blocks made by very clever and generous members of my Flickr bee AusMod Bee
It was super hard to get a good photo - so you have to excuse the weird and wonderful photography :)
A big cyberhug for all the people who went above and beyond what was asked for - which was everyone, by the way!
Now, what to do??? I think a thin sashing and border is needed, and THEN, how to quilt it? Simple large quilting all over to not clash with the complexity of the blocks? Basic crosshatch? Giant loops? Or Individual quilting custom for each block? I so want to do this justice :)
Cat from Cat & Vee - who, by the way, is a most delightful person, (and has Really Nice stuff in her shop, so everyone has to buy from it, promo over) has chosen Word Block for her month of August for AusMod Bee. Great Choice!!! We could choose anything we like...uh oh.....
I am HOOKED! I bought a book Word Play from her, just cos, and her lovely package of Book, fabric scraps of red and a background fabric of text, PLUS a puppy was very exciting!
Yes, that's right.
You know Whippet Good likes puppies.
Cat is very clever you know.
She has puppies and birds
and foxes and pandas
and she also now has...
my Word Block!!
Geronimo (if you really can't work it out) is the catchcry of the 11th Doctor Who - a yell of adventure, taking a leap, going into the unknown. I knew instantly that I wanted to make this word. Don't know why...it just came into my head and there it stayed, never swaying - of course I had to have an exclaimation mark on the end - wouldn't be right without it. My Whovian daughter LOVED it and I have promise to make it again - methinks a Word quilt is in the pipeworks!!!
Cat has also just told me that her daughter loves Geronimo Stilton - a fantastic and popular series of primary school-age books about a mouse on adventures! Score on two accounts!! I am really looking forward to what everyone else comes up with...so far there is Quilt..and Create...
Image belongs to Cat & Vee - My puppy!! Pipsqueak (which is actually a pet name of our Pippi - huh? pet name of your pet?? of course...then there is Pip-o-licious, Pipstar, Pippi Longstocking (which is her full name but only gets that on special occasions....)
I do like a list - it calms the rampant thoughts in the head Making : (Just) made K9 paperpiece block then onto simple pretty squares Cooking : Banana Pash(ionfruit) cake Drinking : Lychee martinis - I think I may have had 3 last night.... Reading: Study stuff with a dash of the original Outlander series (while in the loo!) Wanting: To feel calmness and grace Looking: Too much at computer screen and not at people Playing: I'm not sure I do play Wasting: compost scraps in the bin cos I don't want to go out the cold dark scarey compost bin Sewing: straight lines Wishing: for TapOut abs Enjoying: cuddles on a Sunday morning Waiting: for something Liking: chocolate coated almond bikkies Wondering: if I could ever sing like Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard Loving: the smell of my husband's neck Hoping: for clarity and persistance tomorrow Marvelling: at the joy of my dogs running Needing: to catch up on some sleep Smelling: my home grown daffodils Wearing: cable knit vest Following: my fb news feed Noticing: my children becoming young women Knowing: that I am still loved after all this time Thinking: of my new job Feeling: better after some iron tablets Bookmarking: journal article after journal article Opening: a box of swiss chocolates that weren't mine Giggling: at funny sayings on cushions that friends have made