Sunday, September 25, 2016

Plodding Along

Well I have decided not to show anymore pictures of bare walls as progress is s....l....o...w... but school holidays are here so I will be acting as foreman and will kick some butt!

So here are a few things that have been making progress.

A little bit more crochet.



The garden is looking prettier and I can sit and have my morning coffee and enjoy the view.


The cheeky gnome has just about disappeared into the veggie patch.




I love cloudy skies and this was the view when I took pictures of the garden a little earlier. Now the sky had gone dark as a storm rolls in over the lake.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

A little progress

I did warn you progress will be slow, a week on and we now have square corners!  The trouble with renovating a very old house is dealing with warp, in this case warps and wefts as this house twists and turns every way imaginable and after spend so much time getting the living area straight, Steve is not going to be beaten by this room. There will be another week of levelling and flattening before anything serious happens in here, but will be worth the effort when we come to put in the wardrobes as hopefully it will fit into a proper corner and the doors will actually slide.

My six balls of wool from last week have transformed into this little gem, I am addicted to this overlay crochet, and looking for something else to keep me busy in the evenings.  I think this will end up as a cushion for the back deck, it will complement the lovely spring bulbs that are blooming away at the moment.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

A long process

We all crave that quiet, well organised place to work or create in and if you have followed this blog, you will know that my work space has been out the back of the house in dark and dusty rooms that are cold in the winter, hot in the summer and frequently invaded by unwanted guests.
Well after a lot of persuading we have decided that a spare bedroom is completely unnecessary and I can have a room in the house, the fact that Steve is in need of more work space had no bearing on the decision I'm sure!
You may also be aware that we are in the process of the longest renovation ever undertaken by man, or women for that matter, but today, at last I feel like we are moving forward again.  We have had a junk room for more years than I care to remember,  it is like a black hole in the middle of the house. The door is always firmly shut and very few people have seen behind it. This afternoon, it's walls and floor were finally laid bare, not a bit of junk remained, it is a blank canvas, ready for transformation into ........ No...... Not. My work room, but our bedroom. This is going to be a very long process!


So in many months from now, hopefully this will be a smart new bedroom THEN the work can begin on my work room.  It is the only room in the house that needs completely gutting as it still has the old horsehair plaster walls and ceiling.
But it is a nice big room with a double window to let in lots of natural light, it will be fitted with good working lights and a ceiling fan, plenty of power points and won't be down the back, away from phones, running water and other necessities.

I has been been a very long time since I have posted to this blog and I'm not sure anyone visits anymore, but I will be posting weekly (she says optimistically) photos of the progress towards getting my ultimate work space.  If nothing else this will be a great way to track our very slow progress. 

I had three things to do on my list today, luckily the other two involve sitting in front of the telly with either needles or a hook in hand and this colourful array of yarn, not finding storage for stuff that just can't be thrown or dust!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blogging from an ipad

Just how easy is it? Well here we go and maybe I will be blogging again soon

Friday, May 29, 2015

Latest Project

My latest project using my pile of fat quarters is this lovely pin cushion /thread catcher. A free pattern can be found here.
http://www.sewmamasew.com/media/…/SMSPincushionOrganizer.pdf
I now have a colourful collection to organise all my bits and pieces for my next sewing weekend away.
I still have quite a collection of fabric left, even a few whole fat quarters so if you have any suggestion for my next project, then post them here, or if you have something you want to see made up in hand dyed fabrics let me know and I will see what I can do.



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quiltarama Project 2

Today project is made using Liz's Folio pattern
As you can see, there is a theme to my pieces and one big mistake in this piece but I can live with it. I am into recycling, up cycling at the moment so used a cornflakes box to line my folio. The machine had no problem stitching through this, but as we know, paper blunts your scissors, so you can assume it will do the same to your needle so use one that you are ready to replace, or keep a separate needle for the purpose.
All these pieces are made using the fabrics dyed in the pictures posted on 21st with the addition of a bit of stamping and decorative stitching. Don't forget to check out http://www.quiltarama.com.au if you would like to come along and dye up your own lovely pile of fabrics.




Friday, May 22, 2015

Project 1

First project from my fat quarter stash is this bag and zipper purse using the Monica Poole Bambino bag pattern, tweaked a bit to accommodate my fat quarters. I am quiet amazed at how far a pile of fat quarters will go!




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quiltarama 2015

It is that time of year again and yes, I have been a very bad blogger as my last post was about this time last year!!
All the information for this years Quiltarama can be found at http://www.quiltarama.com.au/
This is going to be an exciting year, with a change of venue and more workshops on offer.
This year I am doing another dye workshop but focusing on colour theory.  All the details can be found on my tutors page http://www.quiltarama.com.au/tracy-mcnicoll/
As I have said over on the tutors page, I have set myself a challenge to use all the 21 fat quarters in a variety of small projects, which I will show you over the next few days.
For today, here are a couple of photos of the lovely colours that will be dyed up at the workshop.


I also have a facebook page, where I will be doing regular posts where you can add comments or ask questions. https://www.facebook.com/tracymcworkshops

You can also always message me here in blog land and ask too.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quiltarama Work Shop

Quiltarma will be held on the 21st and 22nd of June
This year they are offering two day workshops and I will be doing a Dye N' Stamp wall hanging workshop in the CWA rooms.

Here is a sample.
You can down load all the workshop information here.

I hope to see you at a few of you in beautiful Dungog

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dyed Journal Covers.

I spent a lovely Saturday at Thorpes in Hunter Street presenting a dyed journal cover workshop.  The ladies dyed up some beautiful fabrics then added their own stamped designs. I love to see each individuals approach to using these stamps, the combinations and patterns they produce never cease to amaze me
 Here is the lovely Patricia waiting patiently while the dye does it thing.
You can find Patricia's blog here to read more about the day.


The vibrant fabric that came from the pots.




Then comes the fun but messy business of stamping.





Finally all those scrumptious pieces of fabric get cut up to make journal covers.




This is as far as we got on the day, far enough that they could be finished at home with some added embellishment if needed.



And here is Ceryll's finished journal cover

I must thank Cheryll for these photographs as I did not take a camera with me!
You can find her blog here, with lots to read and see.
Thank you to all the ladies that attended, I hope you had as much fun as I did.