Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two cute things!!!

Dearest Mom
Ella and I (well, just me ) made this little doll when she popped over to see me last week. The cute and very strange little frog purse was made by Deb at Caloundra !!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Something to make you smile...............

Dearest Mom and Dad
Gareth obviously has WAAAAAAY too mjuch time on his hand - here is a skit he and a friend did of the AHM ad that Button is typical of males - they have to do it "sans" shirts!!!
Turn your volume up and try and get the video onto the expanded size! Do you know how to do that??????????

Click on the link below and read about the movie that Button will be shooting in a few weeks - all very exciting!!!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mom, a special quilt

Marlene made this beautiful quilt for her sister. She collected doilies over the last few years. Some of the lace is over 120 years old!!!!
It was soooo lovely to hear your voice today.❤❤❤

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Here's an idea for the South Coast...

Dearest Mom
I wonder how this will go on the South Coast ?? This is a block away from Button ..
I am home I  will ring tomorrow .

Monday, October 22, 2012

A little bit of Paddington

Dearest Mom and Dad,
While Button is sleeping - I walk!
Her asthma is soooo bad!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sick Button

Dearest Mom and Dad
I am in Sydney for a few days - Button has a really horrible dose of the flu - her asthma is bad too.So there is a lot of sinus steaming, video watching and fruit eating going on!!!!!
I will call you on Wednesday when I get back.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hexagon tutorial - part 2...........

Sewlovecupcakes and Mrsolearlyscowintexas - here is the conclusion to the tutorial on hexagons. Hope it was helpful!!!

Once my fabrics are cut I am now mobile - I work in watching TV, in the car etc. I like to work on this little wooden tray that my mother gave to me years ago.

 A milliners #4 needle and any thread - begin with a nice big, ugly knot...

Centre the paper on the wrong side of the fabric...................and bring the needle up from the right side of the fabric.............

 Make a very long stitch and go back into the paper - this stitch will help keep the paper from moving.........

 This is what it should look like from the right side of the hexagon....................

 Tack around the hexagon folding the seam allowance over the edge of the paper. Try and keep the tension of the fabric firm over the paper.

 Make a crisp fold at the corners..............

Continue tacking and end with a small backstitch - not a knot !!!

Its time to whip stitch the hexagons - change to a milliners #9 or 10 - the finer the needle the smaller the stitch. It is important to use a good quality thread at this stage and I use 2 strands.
Place 2 hexagons right sides facing and bring the needle up at a corner .

 Make a  loop knot .................

 Make small firm whip stitches catching a small amount to fabric - allow the needle to
scrape along the paper..............

After  4 or 5 whip stitches form a loop knot.

 Continue to the end of the straight edge - ending with a double loop stitch.

In the photo the whip sttiches and loop knots are clearly visible. Make sure your stitches are not too small and take care to have a fim tension on the thread.

 End off by inserting the the needle between the seam allownace and the paper.

 I have used an avocado green colour thread to whip stitch all theses different hexagons - as I said previously the size of the needle and tension of your thread is very important.

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