How is this for a gorgeous cheery photo to start the ball rolling.
One of Liz's happy customers
Today I received the wonderful quilt and laundry bag you made for me. XXXXX is generally a dry, extremely dusty and often smoke filled place in
The weather here is cold at the moment though and it has just started to rain so we expect it to turn into a muddy quagmire within hours. I live in a camp which is small but it has the only patch of grass in the entire base, a birdcage with budgerigars and a couple of gum trees planted when we first got here a decade or so ago. It certainly has the visiting foreign forces jealous (especially the Americans).
Again, thank you for the gift. I can assure you that it will be well used and will become an heirloom; a reminder of my time here in
One for Liz B
I was very fortunate yesterday to receive a parcel containing a number of very welcomed items:
An Aussie Quilt;
An Aussie Laundry Bag; and
A few special nibbles.
As well as a lovely letter providing me with details on who you both are. I must admit I was unsure of where (Liz's hometown) actually was and must admit, will still need a good map to find out exactly. Having so much land and sharing it with our native animals is very much like some of the land in
All my team who have received an Aussie Quilt are extremely impressed by the efforts of those, like yourself, who have taken the time to make them.
Thank you very much.
Thank you for taking the time out to write me I appreciate it, and thanks a lot for the gifts. I actually needed a laundry bag so it came at a great time, plus no one here has a laundry bag like it so its awesome :) . M&M's were nice too, they didn't last long... A bit late but I hope ya
had a good Xmas/holiday, I would have emailed sooner but we've had Internet difficulties here.
Now time for a couple of requests and reminders.
Don't forget the next Penrith Sewing Day is coming up on Sunday 17th of February at Penrith Patchwork.
10am to 2pm
BYO lunch, sewing machine and required tools.
I will provide all the materials required.
If you are planning to come it would be great if you could let me know so I can make sure there is enough for all to do - but if you decide to come at the last minute I am sure you won't be bored!
I love receiving quilt tops but can you please do me a favour. Can you please make sure all seams are firmly pressed flat with a steam iron before you send them. If the tops have been sewn together without pressing (which is often how I sew myself) it can take me 20 minutes or more to press all the seams flat on the back and then again on the front to make sure there are no folds. If I have to do that with multiple quilts tops it can take a lot of my time. I won't give quilts to volunteer quilters til they have been pressed properly as I can't expect them to do it, especially when they are donating their time and effort. If you can help me out with this I would really appreciate it.
Please don't forget pics etc
Please don't forget to send me a picture of your quilts and laundry bags - everyone loves to see them on the blog and families and friends of those they are going to love to pick them out too. Also, and very important, please don't forget to let me know when you have actually posted your parcel. I let whoever requested the quilt know that the parcel is on the way and it also stops me from checking up on your progress. I also really need that postal date so that I can follow the quilt up and see if it has arrived.
Finally, a quick word on adding borders. If you are a seamstress and take up quilting or just a novice sewer you usually don't have too much trouble putting blocks together and getting them to sit flat. Borders can be a little trickier. I know some of you are cutting your border fabrics and not necessarily checking the length before sewing it on - just starting at one end with a long piece of fabric, not pinning but sewing till you get the end of the quilt and then cutting off the extra. Why do I know this? Because I used to do it myself. This may look okay on the ironing board but this method can be a little dicey as it is easy to stretch the fabric (the border or the quilt top) and then the borders won't be flat. I have actually had to unpick borders, yours and mine) and re-do them so that they sit flat otherwise there will be puckers when they are quilted. This is not something that can be quilted out of it always. Best to learn to do borders properly to save yourself (and me) some time.
There are a couple of different tutorials here that you might find handy and if you have any questions just ask. This is probably something that is easier for me to explain over the phone so if you want some extra help you might find it easier to send me your number and I will call you.
How to Measure and Sew Butted Boaders to a Quilt
Quiltville Boarder Hints
Now, I am off to sew.....
Till next time............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!