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It's Friday Link up day again! I love Friday linkup for a couple of reasons. First of all, it gets hits for my (now rather quiet and well behaved) little bloggy! Hooray! I don't know why this is important, but it's very exciting when you get hits. Secondly, it's actually gotten me blogging regularly again, which has been great. I'm linking up with Leah and also with Gemma, who is a lovely new friend I've met through the local Modern Quilt Guild. I've just put the finishing touches on the Summer Quilt, and the most fun I've had with it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I started a king sized quilt back at the start of summer. I've had so many other projects going concurrently that the progress has been really slow! The up side has been that I've not gotten the usual frustration and hatred that comes with a large project. Score :) So today's little project was finishing off the stright line quilting on the squares. Phew. That was a BIG job. I've not made a king sized quilt before and I'm a little bit gobsmacked at just how much more work there is in one of these compared to a queen. heh.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I don't usually get "designer fever". I didn't when I was a knitter, and I didn't plan on starting now. Until, that is, I discovered Tula Pink. I think when I first saw her stuff my poor little brain just exploded. It's the richness of colour and the utter over-the-top sumptuousness of her designs that I love; bright intense colours and fanciful pictures. I first found her Nightshade range, which is, sadly, now hiding in stashes all around the world. At the time I didn't know what designer fever was, and figured I'd nab some of it when I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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...the title of this post may be a little misleading, actually. Once I'd set it up and pinned them on, it was BUCKLES ALL THE WAY! The real question here is... what do I affix them with? I have no wool left (this was made from a nostalgia remnant), so I'd affix them with either little strips of the contrasting fabric, or light leather (I have it in dark charcoal so it'll match). At this point I'm leaning toward the leather. Yummmm. Also... free motion quilting on garments? Yes please! :D Leah Day would be proud ;) Related articles Evil... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Back when I was playing World of Warcraft, we had an amazing GM (guild master, or in this case mistress) who played well, often, and with a level of intensity I never achieved, even in my most enthusiastic days. She, and a couple of other equally intense players, earned a title which is revered still in WoW circles. The Insane. This achievement brought an incredible level of respect then, and continues to do so even now, as far as I can tell (I don't play so much any more!). The number of hours involved varies depending on the character you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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My partner commiserated and offered to take out his vengeance on the offending quilts. This, my friends, is true love. We didn't torch, bake, or otherwise burn the quilt, though. ... My lovely friend Penny loaned me her machine. I was terrified that I was going to break it too... I mean honestly. I've been sewing for 2 years and have never damaged a machine and I kill two in the space of 4 days??? Inconceivable!!! I didn't break it. Thank goodness. I'm already going to be giving a fat amount of dosh to Mr Sewing Doctor for two busted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Since I've destroyed both of my sewing machines (not irreparably thank goodness), I decided to give the overlocker a workout, as well as use up some of the garment fabric that I've been hoarding and not using. Ooops. So this is what I've come up with today: Firstly, a pair of lined woolen cowls for winter. These are quite special, as they came from the stash of Jo, who was a really special person in the life of a close friend of mine. My friend had asked if some of her friends would like some stuff from Jo's stash, as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
A link to an old post I wrote about how to bleach and dye dark hair blonde Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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My partner commiserated and offered to take out his vengeance on the offending quilts. This, my friends, is true love. We didn't torch, bake, or otherwise burn the quilt, though. ... My lovely friend Penny loaned me her machine. I was terrified that I was going to break it too... I mean honestly. I've been sewing for 2 years and have never damaged a machine and I kill two in the space of 4 days??? Inconceivable!!! I didn't break it. Thank goodness. I'm already going to be giving a fat amount of dosh to Mr Sewing Doctor for two busted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I've been working like crazy on these two little quiltlets for the past week or so. I've been dutifully working on the Building Blocks Quilt Along with Leah Day, and she's right - it really does make a difference when you're quilting pretty much daily. It's been a ride making these "quick"(haha) little quilts! I have made them for a friend who I'm seeing for dinner tonight. Partly due to be broke and partly due to being disorganised, I missed the opportunity to give her a special baby gift when her first little one was born, and she's now had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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-she's had odes written to her: http://hannahbeasleyfeatfunmachine.bandcamp.com/releases and http://atrtphotos.com/2013/05/22/an-ode-to-skywhale/ -she eats clouds, nibbling on nimbus, scoffing on stratus and cirrus, and of course munching on mammatus (which she then stores in her breasts for the baby skywhales) -baby skywhales are called Cloud Calves (baby sea-whales are also called calves!) -she flies up into the sky to feed her babies, who hide in the clouds waiting for her, and are very shy, so rarely seen -Canberra is a very dry place and doesn't get much dew, so if you get up in the morning and see dew on the ground, you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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After a few pin-and-cut adventures, I toddled off to the supermarket to get some masking tape - HOMG SO MUCH EASIER! heh. I actually bought it for the straight-line quilting I intend to do on the black background, but it worked quite well as a marker for cutting and for trimming it off square. So that's the top done... am dying to get on to the quilting but of course there are never enough hours in the day! Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I've been continuing work on the Dark Star quilt and it's looking delish! I wasn't sure how to do it, so I've been making it up as I go. I had an idea that I wanted a rising sun or half star motif on a plain background but that was about it. I started with making a big triangle improv style with the bottom graduating to darker, and cut it into 5 slices. Arrange in a star shape,and voila! I'm sharing my methods here, because it's hard to know without particular measurements how people do things, and I'm not cagey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Welp, bit more excitement in my morning than originally planned. Sunday morning almost always involves a run round the lake along a path shared by runners, walkers, bicycles and dogs on leashes. The sharing system is simple, and reiterated by many signs around the lake which detail the rules: share the path, don't block it, cyclists sound your bell. So when a cyclist barked BIKE at me from behind this morning, leaving barely enough time to react let alone move over, I moved to the left but my running friend hadn't heard him (unsurprising, I'm amazed I did) and she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Aug 12, 2013
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The quilting continues! I have this habit of being very intensely INTO something, and doing that thing constantly, immersing myself in the learning experience, and just loving whatever it is that I'm doing. Cycling, running, knitting, quilting, calligraphy - all of these things are hobbies that I adore, and that I move in and out of. Years ago, my ex husband had pointed this out, and was somewhat critical of this part of me. I struggled with it for a long time. He (bless him) is a very steady, constant man; I imagine that his old school reports used the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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A beautiful morning. Our run was a little later this morning, since it was just the two of us. A rare thing these days, with so many of our lovely running friends coming with us on a Sunday morning. Despite the earlier start and the lack of sleep-in and my often absent motivation, I do love our Sunday runs. I took a little convincing this morning, but David lovingly harassed me until I moved from my warm bed-nest which I'd resolutely pulled about myself, squeaking pathetically as I did so. I was glad that he did - the run was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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When we first met, I told him that he was NOT to buy me (1) stuffed toys (2) knick knacks or other useless dust collectors and (3) fresh flowers. Especially flowers. I dislike them mostly because they die (omg depressing) and go smelly, and at the end of it you have a stinking slimy vase to wash up. Hardly a nice gift, in my opinion. Live plants, on the other hand (especially bromeliads, which I adore) - all good. Funnily enough he has an aversion to the fresh flower thing as well, mostly because flowers are often, for men, a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I rarely sleep well the night before an event. My friend Luke and I are running in an adventure race tomorrow, and I'm way too wired to sleep. I've run the City to Surf (14k) on about 3 hours of broken sleep and I tend to be fine - the adrenalin and fun of it pulls you through on the day. The race will consist of running, mountain biking and kayaking... and a lot of running round with a map looking for flags. It was an incredible amount of fun last year, so I can't imagine it'll be any different... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind
Big day yesterday, followed by mostly disappointing day today, redeemed only by a LOVELY dinner with friends at my fav local Chinese restaurant tonight. I know it's Blogtober and all but... *snorrre* Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind
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...that's the sound that I make every time I see ANOTHER thing I just wantwantwant. Yeesh. The idea of accruing desired purchases to the end of the month and *then* deciding what I'm going to get really does have some merit. So, the latest thing I'm dying to spend my money on continue to use my credit card on is: http://www.craftsy.com/class/design-and-sew-an-a-line-skirt/136;jsessionid=1C541AC937D757C982B11ABCB015176E.gnr Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Damn you, Buy Nothing New Month! *shakes tiny fist in rage* http://curlypops.bigcartel.com/product/you-sew-girl-beauty-case-pattern Nicole Mallalieu's latest awesome baggy pattern is up for pre order. Guess I won't be pre ordering it. Which is probably just as well, since I still haven't made the last 2 patterns I bought of hers, since I'm still struggling away at the pocket rocket handbag (I think my rocket ran out of fuel!) At this point today is all about: not being at work riding a bike (and getting it serviced) sewing a handbag going to yoga not being at work drinking nice coffee not being... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Actually forgot to post pictures of the fantastic hat workshop I attended at Addicted to Fabric a couple of weekends ago... Here's a picture of me looking dorky. No one else wanted their photo taken. *Sigh!* This is it in action when I went kayaking with mum on the weekend :D Big day at work today. Definitely didn't spend anything! Also, discovered previously forgotten stash of pear cider in the garage when I went out to grab some other stuff. SCORE! :D Just one tonight, and off to bed a little early. You know you're tired when your clients point... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind
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It's happening!!! :D Slowly but surely the bag is coming together. It's literally taken me weeks - as a pattern tester I should have had it done within three weeks, and I'm now officially over time. Guess I owe the lovely Chris for her pattern. Well it's a win win situation because it's certainly worth paying for, despite it being ever so slightly beyond my current skills. Also... birdy cuddles. Not so bad with David away after all, finally they're paying me a bit of attention! :"D Buy Nothing New Month, day 15: asifIhadtimetospendmoneytodayanyways (success!) Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind
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With my mum visiting for the weekend, and she being recently introduced to kayaking by her partner, we decided to give single kayaking a go. Her partner is a large, tall man, so when my tiny 5' mumsy was in the kayak with him, it was tough going, and she ended up just kicking back while he paddled, since her paddles hardly reached the water. Lol. So, an opportunity to actually have a go sounded like fun. We zoomed round a part of thd lake and had a peaceful little float out on the water, enjoying the still, clear day.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Squeak Like the Wind