Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A quiz for you

Over the last few weeks, I have been showing some classes how to make sushi. After sending a selection of their photos to the staff, several colleagues asked how to do it, so I ran a special class for them after school this afternoon. We had a lovely time, and shared a lot of laughs

Now for the quiz - can you pick which of these photos are the students' sushi and which are the teachers'? No hints - let me know what you think!

Picture 1

Picture 2:

Picture 3

March Projects

I have SO many items very close to finished, but with the pressures of work, few have managed to be completed this month.

My only achievement is the 9 themed ATC's I managed to create for this month's challenge - this was what I wanted the assistance and inspiration for in my last post........

Thank you all for your suggestions - I now want to create a larger project, as so many qualities listed were important ones to attempt to emulate.

To create the ATC's, I painted a piece of fabric with blue and pink paint, (which merged into mauve at about the centre of each ATC) and salted it, causing the ripples and interesting effects. The words were then stitched and the sparkly trim added after that.
What do you think?

I'm really enjoying creating the ATC'S!

One project I was hoping to complete this month, but will be included in next month's tally is this strip pieced quilt:

I just have to complete hand sewing the binding, and then I will drop it in to Sandra at Sandlyn House. For many years, there has been an annual retreat to Marysville, and while I couldn't attend last year due to Steven's illness, I have many happy memories of a previous weekend retreat the year before. Sandra will pass it through to her friends to brighten the life ofone resident affected by the fires. I'm also hoping to make a masculine version, but I will see how I go.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Positive qualities

Can you help me please?

I am working on a project that I want to base around the positive qualities people possess.
I have been brainstorming some myself, like:
resilience (Karen's contribution)
Can you think of others that you consider important?
Thanks for you help!

Small steps forward

For the first time in eight months, Steven has made some wood items.........

My very special Stitcher's Angel, Karen (who I HAVE to do a full post on!) has been busy sending Steven photos of projects she has found on the internet that may tempt him to start wood working again.

One of the ideas was a wheel to made finger pressing of foundation pieced or hand sewn work easier and better.

He finally felt well enough to make a prototype, which we sent to her for an opinion.
I was the lucky recipient of the second one, pictured below. Of course, he had to make mine out of Lace She Oak to match the second sewing box and other items he has made me.

The beautiful Karri sewing box he gave me recently was one he made early in 2008, before he became ill. He had planned to sell it if anyone was interested, but was very reluctant to, as he loved the wood. He finally convinced me to have it, which brings to 3 the number I have been given...... I absolutely adore them, not just because he made them, but also because you can fit so much in them - I pack a different project in each, complete with scissors and accesories, and can just pick them up and set to work instantly. They are also beautiful to stroke, due to the silky finish he achieves.

The third item is also very special - when I came home from a fabulous workshop with Gloria Loughman last Saturday, I was given this Karri needle case - Steven had made it for me to match my new sewing box.

Thes little projects represent a milestone in our lives - although Steven is still trying to recover from the spinal fractures and nerve damage done by the tumour, and it is unclear if he will ever return to how he was, the fact that he has been able to attempt these small projects means he is feeling a little more like himself. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful man as my partner, and I will continue to enjoy every spare moment I can with him.