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I'm a sucker for a sale

When I came to find fabric for the back of the quilt I have been working on I found I had really gone through my stash of fabrics.  I had to piece lots of bits to get enough fabric for the backing.  Then I got an email saying that East Coast Fabrics were having a sale.  Now that was timely!

Monday is my babysitting day, so once I had dropped the girls off at school I drove directly there.  My goal was to get backing fabric for the next few quilts I need to make. ( Well, I know that all my grand nieces and nephews are lining up for a quilt now that the youngest is getting a new one.)  I was one of the first into the shop.  I got a trolley and loaded up.  I was only going to buy the $4 per metre fabric but I actually bought some at $8 per metre as well.  I was one of the first in the check out line which by this time was getting rather long.

The cheap stuff, 2.5 metres for a single bed backing, cost me $10 per quilt.  (Considering that price would have been at least $50 from a quilt shop I think I did well.)  

I will have to add a little to sides of this one but it will make a great backing.  I don't think I would use it on the front of a quilt though.

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And I also bought these at the same price.

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I'm still a couple short but I thought I had better finish these first. 

I have bought a couple of overnight bags for my grand daughters for Xmas and I want to put all the bits in there, like pajamas, brush  comb, tooth paste etc.  And I found the perfect fabric for the wet pack.  I intend to line the bag with a waterproof fabric and use a different coloured zip for each girl.  They both love pink, good thing the tooth brushes were a variety of colours.

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This nautical themed fabric just jumped out at me and I had to have it.

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And I'm not sure why I bought this one.

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And finally, I'm sure I will be able to incorporate this fabric into the piece I am planning for the next children's embroidery class in which the embroidery design is all about hands.

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Now I have to find somewhere to put all this loot.

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I pressed the little send button

I have been debating with myself about taking a trip to South America later on this year.  I have had a few health problems, which seem to be under control but I worry about leaving my husband.  He has had the serious health problems.  But I might not get this chance again, so I have sent off my reservation request to travel to Guatemala latter in the year.  This is a trip with my friend Pam and you can read all about it on her blog here.

The colours that shine from Pam's photo's just call to me.  I want to see the embroidery.


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(image from I am Pam Holland)

The weaving,  which I have admired for ages..

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(image from I am Pam Holland)

I used to be an intrepid traveler but over the past few years haven't been anywhere very much.  A broken arm and foot being the main reason.  So I have committed to hitting the road again.  My great aunt rode a camel around the pyramids  to celebrate her 80th birthday and although I'm not nearly that age I did so admire her spirit.  Maybe this will be the first of many trips.

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Cushions

So, what have cushions to do with Marvel Movies?

Well here they are decorating "Hulk's" bed.  Giant sized cushions I have to say.

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This bed will be in the new movie Thor:Ragnarol 2017 .  The bed is made of plaster, wood, styrofoam, paint, metal (frame) Cushions (various sizes) throws, doona, rug, bedspread, hammock (bedding).

The top throw is hand painted onto a hession like fabric and uses a 'tribal' design.  I have seen similar designs from Africa and New Guinea.

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It is used again in one of the bolster cushions.

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The geometric design on the central cushion is based on an African design.

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The other design used incorporates a lot of platted cord.  It has been made in blocks and then pieced together.  The medallions that decorated each corner, where the blocks are joined, are hand embroidered and then sewn in place.  The different coloured square of fabric in every alternate block are also hand sewn in place.

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There are some very nice design ideas in those cushions.  I know a number of teenaged boys who would love something like this on their bed.  I just wish I could have got closer to really see the detail.   I think that each of the panels of this cushion were all sewn by hand  and then machined together but I can't be sure.    So many questions.  Are they commissioned pieces after being designed by the set designer?  Were they sourced from Africa, India etc.?  What inspired the selection of tribal theme?

When you see this at the movies it will probably just flash past on the screen and you won't even notice it.

 




It's the season ticket

My husband took me to the "Marvel Exhibition" at the Art Gallery and it is fantastic.  All those costumes, up close, but still not one costume designer was named.  Some of the set designers got a mention but not one costume designer.  And Oh those costumes!

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I rushed back out to the entrance and changed my ticket to a season one, because I know I have to go back.  Only draw back is the noise.  There are so many school groups coming through.  One of the attendants told me they sold 4,000 tickets last Sunday.  I'm not going on a weekend.  I will have to try and get there early or late and miss all the kids.  And it isn't just kids.   We went in the middle of the week and there were lots of young people there , in fact more under 35's than I've seen in one place for a while. There are the 'art gallery apps' you can log onto while there but so many people were trying to access them I didn't have a look in.   I can see why schools are embracing this exhibition the resources for schools that are available for teachers are wonderful.

There is just so much depth to this exhibition.  It works on multiple levels, design right through all the steps to the finished movies.  All the stages of the process are on display.  This is going to turn into a serious study I can see.  Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration.

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Not quiet sure about this, it might be good or bad.

I am a fantasy freak.  I have always loved comics, fantasy stories and movies.  I am so glad that I am around to see all the Marvel Movies.  And now the Museum of Modern Art here in Brisbane is about to launch a major exhibition titled "Marvel creating the cinematic universe".  I am so anticipating this exhibition I just hope it comes up to my expectations.  I see that most of the movies are also going to be screened at the Museum as well.

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What I am really hanging out to see are the costumes from the movies that will be on display.  It is one thing to look at an image and another to see the actual item. 

It opens on the 27th of this month, so I have set myself a little reading to help give me a better understand  of the stories.  I know that most of these comics have their origins in Norse Mythology as do most of the fantasy novels around today.  To this end I have bought a copy of Neil Gaiman's book of the same name.

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There are so many events to accompany this exhibition.  I think I will need to buy a season ticket.

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Some new furniture.

Years ago I asked my husband to make me a cutting table that would have swing out wings on either side and pack down quiet small.  He bought the wood cut it out and there it has sat.  Then last week I saw an add in the Aldi catalogue for the table.  So while I was away I sent him into the lion's den to buy one for me.  The store had 15 in stock and they all sold within 10 mins, and one is now mine, and covered in junk already.  I love it.

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What is that big red thing you might ask.  Well that is my new leather hand bag and I think it is catcus. 

It is storming here with heavy rain.  Coming home on the ferry I said I would go and get the car.  My dear husband rushed away and left me so I wouldn't get the car for him BUT didn't come back for me.  I walked the 1k home in the pouring rain with the dog on the lead.  Both she and I are nearly blind in the dark so we walked through lots of water that we couldn't see.    She and I were very wet.  So was my embroidery, my knitting, my shoes, clothes and my new handbag.  I lost it when we got home and he really got the rough edge of my tongue.  He still can't see why I was upset.  Men!!!

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Major Failure

Oh dear. Hours of work have just hit the garbage.

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I made a prototype which was perfect.  So what happened? Well I added an interfacing but that on it's own should not have caused this failure.  I think the killer was asking my husband to clean up the pattern for me.  He has made it look nice but shaved a few millimetres off the size.  That together with the interfacing makes this design a failure.

Oh well back to the drawing board and I will do the drawing myself this time.

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Starting a new project

I am getting ready to start a new project.  There is always the need to have something to put the project into keep it clean and transport it.  I would normally use a zippered plastic bag but have found that although these are good,  sometimes they don't fit the embroidery hoop and If I enclose cards of embroidery thread I misplace them or leave them lying around and then can't find them. 

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So for this project I have made a draw-string bag with a pocket inside for the pattern and embroidery tools.

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Years ago I bought a bundle of manufacturers samples to make skirts for little girls and I still have a bundle left over.  They are a light cotton (I think they are from the days before poly-cotton was so cheap), and all the pieces measured 7''x12".  I used 6 pieces to make the bag. Four for the bag, one for the pocket and one for the drawstring casing.

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I could have just overlocked the seams but I didn't have the overlocker threaded and I hate having to thread that machine.  So I used French seams so that I would not have any frayed threads getting on my work.  I joined two pieces each to make a front and back  then sewed a hem on the fifth piece for the pocket.

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I placed the pocket a little higher from the base and stitched a divider for the pattern and the embroidery tools.

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For the draw string casing I cut another piece of fabric in half and attached that to the top of the bag.  Stitching down from the top edge for a frill .  I still have a bundle of these pieces left over and have been keeping them for over 20 years.  Time to use them up.  I think I might make bags for my grand nieces.  The eldest is now 12  so bags like these are good for things that girls like to keep.

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All that was left to do was insert some cord and I had my bag.

Then I made a holder for the embroidery tools I would need.  Very quickly, with a scrap of lining fabric.  This has worked so well, but looks so bad, that I am going to remake it properly.

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Heads. (These ones don't talk.)

There is a Pottery business here on the island that has been here for years.  Wright's Pottery.

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I have often bought plates and other odds and ends but they also makes flower pots and bird baths.  I would eventually like one of the bird baths but for now I have a new collection of flower pots.

 I want them for my upstairs rear balcony. 

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It is very bland at the moment and I have to be careful with pots in as much as there can't be too much water used up here.  (It will rot the balcony timber over time.)  These pots will all be planted out with succulents that need little water.  I am going to have to design a special stand to put them on under the window.

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I couldn't decide which ones I wanted so I bought the lot.

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They are not the most beautiful but they are unique.  They speak of where I live and everyone has it's own character.  I have started planting them out and each one is to be named.  I'm testing the names, they may change as I get used to them.

This is a mother and son pair and she looks a bit South American.  He is a Rafael, not sure about her yet, but it could be Carmen.

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A woman with presence.  Agatha?

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This is my sister and I.  One dark one fair. Carolyne and Glenyss.

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A husband and wife pair.  Brian and Margaret.

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That leaves just one. A mystery man.  I wonder who he is?

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