My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lucky in blogland and and a new idea....

I have a lovely list of thank yous to share. It must appear that my cup runneth over but, honestly, I am not unhappy about that. In fact I am extremely greatful and excited to have been the lucky recipient of some giveaways in blogland this year.
Receiving lovelies in the post is just so exciting - most recently Carole from Madness and Mess sent me this ... it was wrapped up so beautifully I found it really hard to undo!!!
Isn't it sweet - this brooch will look great on my work apron lined up with other treasures I have collected.  Carole does such lovely work - thank you so much.
This year I joined up with Kathy from Sew-Happy House's Friends With Benefits Swap - the deadline for this is fast approaching but I am under control (I hope). The wonderful Kathy has been doing regular draws for those who are taking part and to my delight I received this gorgeous charm pack.
Joy, by Kate Spain, Moda.
This will make a fun Christmas project.
And earlier in the year I won a giveaway from Melody whose blog, The House on the Side of the Hill is full of creativity and inspiration. I won a voucher to spend at the Want It, Need It, Quilt It on-line store and I must admit it took me a while to decide which yummy to buy. Jane was so obliging, flatpacking my purchase to save on postage - hence the jelly roll is in bits. I chose Papillon by 3 Sisters. I also look forward to doing something with this. I did pop in a bit of my own $ in to help pay for this, and also bought a perspex hexagon template I can use for fussy cutting.
It's seen here with the lovely scissor fob Melody sent me for Christmas which I realise I haven't shown yet. ( Shame on me).
Lovely! Thank you Melody for your generosity.
Thank you all for these gifts, I really appreciate receiving them.

Lately I have been concentrating on putting together this gorgeous quilt. It will be a shop sample for my 'local' (aka as The Country Yard) and I will show more of it later. For now I want to show something I tried this afternoon.
When I do my hand turned under applique I often have the difficulty of how to transfer a stitchery design to the front of my work - there are too many layers to see through for tracing.
[On the heart in the photo above there are 2 darkish layers of fabric as well as the background fabric. Sometimes I draw the design on the back of the background when first transferring the applique design - but stitching using a guide from the back can be slow and difficult.]
EDIT - I applique using the back basting method so marking the stitching design first isn't practical.

I adapted the method of using tulle to make a stencil for transferring quilting designs as shown by Don Linn in this month's FMQ Challenge hosted by SewCalGal.

Here is what I have did today -
Traced the stitchery design onto tulle with a marker pen. Then pinned my tulle
to my fabric.
Drew over design on tulle with a pencil, remove tulle, and Volia!
One stitchery design easy to stitch.
I think this would be tricky with fiddly little details but it worked well in this situation. So I've learnt something today!!
Hope something has given you pleasure today :-)
Thanks for visiting and happy stitching!


Leeanne said...

You have been very lucky in bloggy land! Cool goodies.......!
Liking that new sample you are making. Clever new trick you have shared. Enjoy you new goodies!

Wendy said...

I agree that getting lovelies in the post is so exciting, your's look beautiful. Love the look of the new sample.

Shirley said...

I have learnt something too Raewyn and I will certainly remember that technique next time I need to add some stitching. Lovely prizes you have received.

Suz J said...

Aren't you a lucky bunny! Look forward to see what you make with that jelly roll - the fabrics look delicious!

Marion B. said...

Lovely goodies, aren't we bloggers friendly people :-)
and a smart idea with the tulle. I'll remember that one.

Annie said...

What a clever idea using the tuille - and Raewyn your turned applique is so perfect....Love all of your pressies - that Three Sisters range is gorgeous - I have been eyeing the same jelly roll from the same store myself!

Melody said...

Lots of lovely things here. So glad you found something as delightful as Papillon to buy with your voucher.

Maria said...

Nice goodies you received and I lkie what you have done with the tulle.

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Seems to work well :-) I´ll give it a try

Michelle said...

Lovely goodies... and thanks for sharing a new technique :O)

sunny said...

Lucky Girl!! look at all those wonderful goodies. Enjoy playing with them.

Joanne said...

Congratulations on all your wins!
The appliqué looks beautiful (I have used that transfer method for embroidery too).

Wendy said...

Wow, how fun and sweet all of your winnings and gifts are! I really like the Papillon fabric you chose. That's the second time I've seen that line while browsing blogland this morning. And Melody's scissor fobs are so adorable! Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a nice weekend!