Saturday, 25 July 2015

Caturday Wisdom #130

 Look, don't touch. Ivy
 Ivy seems to really enjoy having one arm hang down. She likes to lie above the fireplace in this exact pose. Sometimes I try to hold hands with her but she only lets me when she's reeeeeeallly heat-drunk, otherwise she just shakes me off haughtily.

Monday, 20 July 2015

2015 Finish-Along Q2 Winners!

Well done to everyone who entered a finish for Q2 of the 2015 Finish-Along.  My wonderful team of cheerleaders and I have visited all the links and we were so impressed with what everyone accomplished.

Without further ado, here are the winners for Q2:

The winner of the $30 gift voucher from Rachael from imagine gnats is Lucy from Charm About You with this sweet tea cosy.

The winner of 3 patterns of her choice from Sara from Sew Sweetness is Jen with this cute baby quilt.

The winner of 3 patterns of her choice from Sew Bittersweet Designs is Indigo with this fun paper pieced mini.

The winner of a $25 gift voucher from Becca from sew me a song is Mina from Kinda Quilty with this gorgeous mini.

The winner of a $25 gift voucher from Green Fairy Quilts is Carol from Carol Quilts Sometimes with this great baby quilt.

The winner of a $30 gift voucher from Mad About Patchwork is Teresa from Aurea's Kitchen with this adorable giraffe

The winner of 3 patterns of her choice from Juliet from Tartankiwi is Ella from throw a wrench in the works with this scrappy scrap monster quilt.

Scrap monster 2

The winner of a pattern from Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts is Marie with a beautiful star quilt (privacy settings mean I can't share the image here).

The winners of a copy of the current issue of Make Modern are Anne with this amazing sew together bag

Finish along projects quarter 2

and Iris with this fabulous elephant pillow.

On the Windy Side

And the winner of my high tea pattern is Jennie from Porch Swing Quilts with this  fun zebra pillow.

All the winners were drawn using the random number generate at Congratulations to all the winners - I'm in the process of sending out emails to hook you up with your prizes so you should be hearing from me very soon!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Caturday Wisdom #129

Eat all your dinner and eventually you'll be big enough to eat anyone who does this to you. Mojo

I got to visit the famous Mojo a couple of weeks ago and got a picture with him, even though he was reluctant to show his lovely face. He is a gentle giant, although not if you're a local bird but I will follow up on that in a few weeks...
Happy weekend!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Caturday Wisdom #128

 There's no such thing as normal. Ivy
These cats have such funny little personalities.
Ralph is a ridiculous but affectionate sook who is happiest getting belly rubs or sleeping on your lap/chest/head. He's always begging (pitifully) for food or to be let into the 'forbidden room' (my bedroom, off limits except on special occasions) but he will happily tell Ivy where to go if he wants her spot. If you ignore him for too long when you get home he will literally jump into your arms, even if you're not looking.
His top three favourite things are tuna, sunshine and pats.
They are both small cats but Ivy is the smaller.  She doesn't usually like being held but is happy curled up on your lap as long as you don't move a muscle. She loves a chin scratch and does very loud grunty purrs when she gets them. She's a special kind of nuts, she regularly does what I would describe as very loud crowing when you're not looking. However, if you stick your head around the corner and see her she will go back to normal meowing like it wasn't even her. She is the braver one and has chased TWO cats (both bigger than her) off the property when she's been let outside on a sunny day, even though they're indoor cats.
Her top three favourite things are being up high, investigating things and eating plants.
Even though Ivy always sniffs Ralph's butt and he doesn't like it, they're still best little buds.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Registrations for Lizzy House's Meadow class in Wellington, New Zealand, now open!

I am super excited to announce that Lizzy House is coming to New Zealand (as part of a larger trip that takes place in Australia as well).  If you're not already familiar with Lizzy House, she is a fabric designer, print maker, pattern writer and creative soul.  You can check out some of her fabric collections for Andover here.

Bec (who blogs at Skyberries Handmade) and  I have been working with Lizzy to plan her trip to Australia and New Zealand in September and October 2015.

Lizzy and I have planned a two-day workshop where she will teach her beautiful Meadow quilt in Wellington on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th of October 2015 (yes, two whole days of hanging out with Lizzy House and stitching your little heart out).  Lizzy has said she will never release a pattern for the Meadow quilt, so this is a rare opportunity to learn how to make one for yourself.

Debi's Meadow Quilt

If you're keen to come along or even if you're just keen to share the news that Lizzy House is coming down under, feel free to share our blog button!

Lizzy House Meadow Down Under Tour

Spaces in the class are limited so I will be taking bookings for the Wellington class on a first come first served basis.

To reserve a space in the Brisbane, Sydney, Perth or Melbourne class, visit Bec at Skyberries Handmade.

To reserve your space in the class, you need to:

(1) email me at adriannereid @ gmail dot com with the subject line "Lizzy House class" confirming that you would like to attend the class.  I will then send you my bank account details so that you can...

(2) pay a non-refundable deposit of $70.

There are only 18 spaces in the class, so I'm sure it will fill up fast!  Once the class spaces have filled up I will create a wait-list.  People on the wait-list don't need to make any payment and I will contact them if anyone on the first list backs out.

You can email me now!  I'll update this post once the first list fills up, but you can still register for the wait-list after that.

Questions you might have:

Why do I need to pay a deposit?

There are three reasons for the deposit.  The first is so that only people who are really committed to coming to the class sign up.  The second is that Bec and I need to collect enough money from attendees to meet Lizzy's costs of travelling to Australia and New Zealand.  And the third is that to book a venue for the class, I will need to pay a deposit - and the deposits I collect from attendees will allow me to do this.

What happens if I have paid a deposit and I can no longer attend the class, or the class is cancelled?

If you cannot attend the class, or the class is cancelled, you will not get your deposit back.

Why isn't this class being organised through a shop?

I want to keep the class as affordable as possible.  Most shops organising a class would want to make a profit on the class - this totally makes sense since they are businesses.  I am not intending to make any profit on this class but simply cover the costs.

Is this class guaranteed to go ahead?

No.  This class could be cancelled for a variety of reasons (including if there is not enough interest in Australia to make the whole trip feasible).  However, we are pretty confident that there will be enough interest and once we have collected deposits, we will be able to book the essential components of flights and venues, which means that the class will very probably proceed (yay!).

How much will the class cost in total?

The class costs are made up of Lizzy's teaching fee, the venue costs, and Lizzy's travel and accommodation expenses.  My aim is to give attendees a final price as far as possible before the class takes place, but at this stage I'm not sure what the final costs will be.  However, I am hoping to keep the total cost to $350 per person or less but I cannot guarantee this.  The deposit you pay comes off this cost.

Where will the class be?

I have found a lovely venue in Wellington's CBD.  It has natural light, loads of space, and each participant will have their own table with plenty of space for a sewing machine and a cutting mat.  They are also happy for us to leave the space set up overnight so there's no need to pack down between the two days.  At this stage I have a pencil booking but will need to pay a deposit soon to confirm.  I looked at a variety of venues (including venues outside the CBD) and this one ticks all the boxes AND was at the cheaper end of the prices I was given.

Who should come to this class?

The Meadow quilt involves reasonably complex curved piecing.  Participants will have experience piecing quilts, and may have worked with curved piecing before.  You must have an open mind and be excited about learning something new!

You will need to bring your own sewing machine and other quilting equipment (cutting mat, rulers, rotary cutter, etc).

What does the class involve?

This class meets twice, for 6 hours each day (with a lunch break).  In this class you will choose your fabrics, learn about the Meadow and make around 6 to 8 blocks.

What about accommodation?

The cost of the class does not include accommodation.  There are loads of options for accommodation in Wellington.  Closer to the date of the class I will try to provide some more information on accommodation options, but participants will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Can I leave a comment on this post to reserve a spot in the class?

No!  Please send me an email at adriannereid @ gmail dot com with the subject line "Lizzy House class".

Hopefully these cover off all the questions you might have.  If you want to ask anything else, feel free to leave me a comment.  I'm super excited about taking this forward and I can't wait to hear from interested participants!