If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Monday, 27 April 2015

I am still here

I am sure that a lot of you are thinking that I have stopped writing my bog posts altogether.
I had a major computer crash at the end of last week so we are only now just getting it back up and going after much hair pulling and choice words at times. If anyone has emailed me and I have not replied please email me again.

 Things have been very busy here as I finish of the odds and ends of the costumes for the All Shook Up musical which starts on May 15.

We move or "bump" into the theatre next Monday so that will be a busy day as the set and all of the costumes are transported around town.

I have also been working flat chat on making Bridie's Blossoms packages or at least all of the small quilts/blankets and keepsake blankets which are the first things to go in the packets.I have about 50 packages now in various stages of completion if there is a need for them to be sent around the state.

Last Thursday I was honoured to attend the Devonport Chat n Choose group to collect quilts, blankets and trauma teddies that the ladies have made for the local women's shelter as part of our Bridie's Blessings project. We are delivered those last Friday. One of the ladies created a hand stitched crazy quilt for the women and their families at the shelter.
Quilts for the women's shelter

Quilts 2 for the women's shelter

Hand stitched  crazy quilt

knitted blankets

crocheted and knitted blankets

knitted blankets made form hand spun wool

trauma teddies

I talked to the group about Bridie's Blossoms and what we do for our Tasmanian angel babies. The ladies were very interested and some of them came up afterwards and shared with me their own stories of angel babies in their families.

I have told you before I think that Elizabeth, who is one of my Tuesday afternoon sewing group here at my house, has made a queen size quilt cover  from the BFC 11th Anniversary BOM layout. We added a column of extra blocks to the right hand side of the quilt layout to achieve the correct size. Unfortunately I took the photo when the light was fading so the gorgeous metallics in the quilt fabrics are not showing up.
Elizabeth's BFC 11th Anniversary BOM Queen quilt cover

We are having a beautiful autumn here in Tasmania. I love the silver birch leaves on the ground even though they do make a terrible mess for my husband to gather up.
our lovely autumn garden
Tomorrow afternoon our daughter comes home for a visit. She has not been home for 18 months so it will be lovely for us all to catch up again and help her celebrate a belated 30th birthday.She has not met our two furry family members and I am sure that she will want to take them back with her. No doubt they will be smothered in love by her whilst she is here. 

Monday, 6 April 2015

An Update

Took this pic a little while ago of costume racks in my spare bedroom. All are overloaded, there are a couple of racks not in the photo and there are still costumes to go on them but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel a bit brighter everyday.It is amazing how much time it takes to press pieces and check for threads. My husband is helping out with set construction with some other men twice a week. I have my furry helpers but it does get lonely at times especially when things go awry. 
Saturday night we went to do our penguin guiding and did not expect to see too many penguins come ashore as it is near the end of the season. Imagine our surprise when we saw groups of 8 and 10 birds at a time. Might have had something to do with the lunar eclipse on Saturday night . It was hard to get a good pic because we had intermittent cloud cover.

Lunar Eclipse April 4th 2015
We also had a glorious moon last night.

The cats have been helping from on high

and in the middle of the patterns, they are ever present.

Back to some freebies. 
Julia's Needle Designs also have a lovely sport font which would be great for a boy. There are quite a few letters in each download.
Ageless Embroidery have started a new spring flowers font. 
Over at Oregon Patchworks JHB Designs have a lovely Think Pink ribbon set of  6 free designs. This is just one of them.

I must apologise. I do have a few emails to reply to so hope to get to them early this week.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Don't miss these freebies

Just a quick post to make sure that you do not miss these free designs.

After I have finished making costumes and the show is over I am going to set up a Vicki's Fabric Creations Facebook page so that I can make quick posts such as these much more easily and frequently.

Embroidery Library have four lovely floral designs free until April 5th so don't miss them. This is just one of them. They would be lovely on a table centre or runner.
Julia's Needle Designs has a set of Easter Owls until April 5th as well.
Make sure to collect the Husqvarna-Viking April free sewing project, a cathedral windows runner with this free design

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter and a Freebie Roundup

Happy Easter to all.
I must apologise for taking so long to make a new blog post. Things have been steaming ahead in the costume department. I have been working on costumes from 7am to around 9.30pm each day for the last two months. The end is in sight but it is taking a real effort to get here. I am presently working on some 1950's wedding dresses. I am making them tea length which became popular back then.

I must also apologise to Sue . She sent me in this pic a couple of weeks ago of her finished BFC 11th Anniversary BOM that we started at the end of last year and I have been forgetting to put it up.
Sue's BFC 11th Anniversary BOM quilt
For those of you who are doing the BFC Yahoo group 10 000 member BOM with me please make sure to download over the next day or so all of the designs from the links that Suz has provided.

Kreative Kiwi have some cute sewing related designs for free download. I am not really sure how many more there will be but there are 8 posted to this point. The little ric rac frames around the designs are very useful as well.

This gorgeous Love To Bike design is available for limited time from Urban Threads.
This is just one of the design available from the BikeStore.  Go for a bit of a search around the site to find freebies from previous years. There is a new design every month and there are some from previous years.

Lagrangeauxloops is a blog that has a lot of freebies. The latest is this cute little zebra design. Although not in English it is easy to see where the download the zip files as there is a paper clip beneath each design.
Below are just two of the designs available for a few months on the  Creative Machine Embroidery site. Click on each project to go to a description of the project in the current issue of the magazine and download any free designs that may accompany it. There is also an ITH Tissue case so make sure to grab that.
Embroidery Library have their April free designs up as well. I have been too busy and forgot to get the last two months.

Kenny Kreations have  a lovely Tea/Coffee pot morning tea design. You can find the link on their blog to go to the download page.