Wednesday, 16 April 2014

1 year, thousands of hand stitches and my hexie quilt is finished!

The quilt that I thought would never be finished is totally finished! It took a year, a lot of tears, blood (literally), sweat and lots of swearing but it is done!

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Now this is not my first quilt, not at all. But it was my first hand sewn hexie quilt. The only time a machine touched my quilt was for the first part of the binding. There is thousands, and I mean thousands, of tiny little hand stitches in this quilt.

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It is the size of a single bad but I am using it as a runner on my bed.

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It was all inspired by these 2 fabrics.

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I used those colours as the jumping off point.

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I am completely in love with it. The ladies at my craft group would be surprised to hear that though because for quite some time I fell out of love with it while I was making it. I would pack it into my craft bag & drag it along every Wednesday. I think they thought that I may never finish it. But I did. It has now been on my bed for a few weeks & every time I look at it I am reminded that it was all of my hard work that made it look so beautiful.  It felt great to hand sew the last stitch on to the binding. My family were just as excited as I was because they knew how much I had put into it. I may never make another hand sewn quilt again so it is very much a part of my life forever. I have already started my next machine sewn quilt & it will have only taken days & not months! But every night that I crawl into bed & see it, I love it even more!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The moon

There is something spectacular about watching a lunar eclipse.

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Watching the moon reveal itself.

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With each passing minute it is as though a spotlight is on the moon and we are all watching in anticipation.

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Some people go a little crazy with a full moon and an eclipse but I find it so incredibly calming & soothing.

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It makes me realise that I am just this one tiny human in this massive universe that is constantly evolving and changing before my very eyes.

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No matter how hard we try to be in control, we really just have to give ourselves up to the universe and go along for the ride.

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There is something magical about the  moon slowly coming into light.

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Watching for that last moment is exciting & thrilling.

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And then it happens. The moon in all of it’s glory for the whole world to see.

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Are you a moon watcher too? Did you spend ages gazing at the blood red moon?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Weaving is the new black. DIY weaving loom.

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It appears that the 70’s art fave of weaving is making a comeback! Well, I want it to make a comeback so I am relearning the art of weaving. Long time followers of this blog will know that when I get an idea for a new project, I go at it full steam. I suggest to my husband that he would love to help me make something and he jumps right in with my crazy ideas. After a trip to Bunning's & only $10 later, we were in the shed making a loom for my newest crafting craze.

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It is really easy to make one. you just need some pine and nails. If you are having a bad day, hitting a few nails is a great way to release some stress & frustration.

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And then the weaving began. From the first row, I was hooked!

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I didn’t follow a set pattern, I just made it up as I went along. So far I am really happy with the results! It is a great way to use up all of that acrylic wool that I purchased when I first started crocheting. when I had no clue and didn’t realise that some wool should only be used for art work and not wearing because it is far too itchy & scratchy. I have grand plans to showcase this hanging on my hallway wall which has become like my own gallery of arts & crafts.