Weird Approach?

I have been reading up ALOT on quilting. So far, I’ve only made Raggy Quilts. But I plan on expanding my horizons this year.

Looking at what I’ve read, it seems the ‘norm’ is to start and keep working on a quilt ’til its done.
But then I seem to see a lot of work in progress and unfinished projects in my reading travels – Where a quilter has run out of time or motivation or even interest in a project and packed it away to finish {sometimes years} later.

So, here is the reason for my title …

I am PLANNING on approaching it in this fashion. I sew things other than quilts and don’t want to have to pack something huge or half-finished away to sew clothing. I am sorting thru my fabric this week and when I re-store it I will have a “W.I.P.” tub. I am planning on starting 3 WIPs to start with. The first is a selvage quilt along the lines of this one I found on Pintrest :

Maybe not as colour coordinated tho. But I am collecting selvage for it so having it as a WIP seems perfect! I can do a block whenever I have enough 🙂

The second I have mentioned before, is a Spiders Web Quilt like this one :

And the third is one I have just discovered via a Sewing Bee group I am a fan of on Facebook, a Reverse Rainbow Starburst :

I figure I can take my time and find just the right fabrics for each coloured block 🙂 Pretty, yes?

That is the plan … I guess time will tell if it works for me or not 😀

Here is a picture I took on our recent holiday to Cairns. We went up to Kuranda on Skyrail and spent a couple of hours in the Butterfly Sanctuary. Both the boys were fascinated and Harrison spent most of the time trying to get me to take a photo of the Ulysses Butterfly. They are really hard to photograph as when they land they close their wings flat together to make themselves more camouflaged and less a target for predators. I forgot to take my good camera and we were therefore trying to capture it on my iPhone – gah!! {Plus to make it harder its new so I was doing it gingerly as I was afraid of dropping it into one of the ponds! hahaa} We were literally making our way out when he asked me for one more try as there was a concentration of them around the feeders. This was the one we got then :

Ulysses butterflies

It’s a little grainy, I know lol
The one on the left was just landing and the one on the right was juuuust about to take off!
They were just spectacular and totally worth trying so I had to share 🙂

Anyhow … what are your sewing or crafty projects for this year?? Cya next time xo

HAPPY 2013 !!!!!

A New Year is upon us!

Is it just me, or do they speed up as you get older? Time seems to fly by!

How was everyone’s Christmas? Did you see in 2013 last night?

We went to a beautiful wedding and stayed in a nice hotel in the city afterwards. My 3 boys sat up and watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show afterwards and asked me to wake them to go on the roof to watch the fireworks … Midnight rolls around and I got a “Yes”, rollover and “ZZZZZZZ”; a “groan”; and a “Grunt, snort!” from the 3 of them. So I went up to the 20th floor all by myself and saw in the new year with 30 or 40 pseudo-friends {aka strangers 😉 }
I am like a big kid, I absolutely LOVE fireworks! And it didn’t disappoint, it was gorgeous!

A and J's wedding kiss
This is my favourite picture of the day ~ Its grainy and I touched it up to look old and in my opinion its perfection 🙂 I love their little boys watching on in rapture, it was just a perfect moment!

my boysry and i
These pics are us from the wedding, the first is of my 3 boys. I love this pic 🙂 … The second is me having some quiet time talking to Ryan … I didn’t get many of me so this one will have to do! lol

Xmas shorts
These are the Christmas shorts I made for the boys – they loved them!

I am taking the next week or so to spring clean my house and de-clutter my office {after a quick, 2 night trip to Cairns on friday!}, and then I will make myself a list of ‘Sewing To-Do’s”. First on the list, I need to finish the second quilt for my boys. The last of the fabric arrived while I was doing my Christmas sewing and I havent had a chance to get into it.
I really, really, REALLY need a design wall! I detest laying quilts on the floor because I don’t want them messed up if I cant finish it the same day, and they take up soooo much room! What do you use for a design wall??
I cant wait to get cracking on sewing in 2013! See you soon xo