Sunday, September 07, 2008

Settled

Hey everyone! We're now on the other side of the harbour.


The ordeal is all but finished. We're almost unpacked and the internet is actually working most of the time. Please let me explain. The layout of this place is odd in spots. The phone jack is nowhere near the rational place the computer table should be...it is there, but I've had to install a wireless network. With my limited tech-y knowledge (the geezer has even less), that's kinda dangerous. So it's been in and out the past week, with much fist thumping and mealy mouthing. Gah!

More importantly, the fabrics are neatly piled and the singers are ready for revving. But before I babble on further.....lookee, lookee. A finished couch quilt!


I took this quilt with me to the past Stitches & Craft Show to demo sewing the binding. And what a bloggy love-in it was! I got to meet Kristen, Fiona and Justine....all ladies I had blog crushes on. I had already met both Cathy and Louise the night before over dinner with Belinda, when we talked like there was no tomorrow over pasta and gelato. It was a riot. Seriously, girls, that dinner's gonna be hard to top!


Anyhow, apologies for the poor photos. It's been pouring buckets the past few days and I took the first chance of clear skies (and better light) to take these snaps. But you get the drift. I love that quilt, but I may have to make a bigger one for the big couch, since the armchair looks so cute wearing it.

Also, with the move I've bit the bullet and decided to destash. It's tragic when you unpack your stuff and not only do you have too much fabric, but you've bought double copies of some books. Yep, can you even think of doing something so idiotic? *blush*


So, I'm making two mail-away packages, one with The Creative Family (and some fabric) and another of Machine Made Patchworks 1 (and some fabric).


If you'd like to receive one of these packs, just leave a comment. I'll get the kiddo to pick a name from a bowl next weekend.

Hokay! The geezer's tummy is starting to rumble. I gotta start watering and feeding these two.

Cheerio!

62 comments:

Aim said...

Congrats on the move, and your internet persistence!! That's a lovely sewing area you have going there :)

lyndyloo said...

Love the work area - soooo tidy. Also love the lap quilt.

Celia said...

This really makes me happy! I thought I was the only one buying two copies of the same book! i have done so with some of my fave books. One is for the daily use and the other one I keep it with me for the future, lol... New and unused!, lol...

Blossom said...

Your work area looks very inspiring...I have neither of those books but have been wanting to get myself a copy of The Creative Family. Please count me in for your generous giveaway.

thornberry said...

I love your quilt! I have just finished pinning my first quilt together today, ready for me to quilt. I'd love to go in the running for the Machine Made Patchworks book too please. Your sewing room is so TIDY!

upstateLisa said...

Glad you are settling in. I love the look of your new couch quilt! I don't have the Creative Family book but I do love that Japanese book and am making one of the purses from it now.

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

What a beautiful corner you have created for yourself! Love it. So sunny and organised. Love the pinup boards too. :)
And your armchair quilt, it looks like it's been there for years and that's a good thing! Gorgeous colours.
I'll happily put my hand up for the Creative Family book.
Enjoy your new home and all the new discoveries you'll make.

nicolette said...

Welcome in your new home and great to see you blog again! Your new crafty spot looks quite nice!!
Thanks for all the links to lovely carfty oz people!

Your quilt is gorgeous. I hope you‘ll find time to make more.

The Japanese patchy book sounds great!

crafty things said...

Oh it would be nice to have either of the books on my shelf - what a very generous thing to do. Your quilt looks wonderful.

Soo said...

love the quilt....it looks just perfect hanging over the chair in your new home!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad the move went smoothly! Your new sewing area looks so organised. Your lap quilt turned out perfectly - it looks great draped over your chair.

Louise said...

Jade it all looks so lovely! I just adore the arm chair and the quilt and the cabinets behind - I want them!!! I feel very ashamed of my terrible desk now and have to tidy it up tomorrow. In some ways it must be lovely to have a fresh start and get rid of stuff but I'm sure it's all been exhausting.
Can't wait until the next dinner!!

Belinda said...

I was actually thinking how lovely and 'warm' the light made your room look! And wow, you look very settled already.

Artsy Momma said...

Not sure if this giveaway is available to the US, so if not just take my name out *smile*

love the new quilt, and I love the glass book cases all nice and full behind the quilt.

(on a side note if I do win could I please have Machine Made Patchworks 1? As I already own a copy of the creative family)

Cathy said...

Jade it was such a pleasure to meet you as you were one of the very first blogs I started to read - that dinner was sensational and I hope that we can return the favour here in Melbourne soon.

Your quilt looks beautiful on the armchair and your new sewing area looks so 'tidy'. Hope you enjoy your new abode.

Christie said...

I think we need to go wireless at home, but I am afraid of making the transition.

Love the look of the quilt, can't wait to see what your sewing maching cranks out next in your new home!

Oh & I have Amanda's book, but not the patchwork one, hint, hint... :-)

leslie said...

welcome to your new place. and that new quilt is lovely. i laughed when you said you bought doubles. have you ever done that in my shop?

Anonymous said...

Love that whole look. Ive had a quilt like that on the list for ages - looks great in your room.

Kerry

Flibbertygibbet said...

Looks fab! Both the quilt and the house (so neat - please mess it up very soon)

I buy the same fabric over and over. You're just addicted, like the rest of us ;-) wishing you happy times in your new home x

Thimbleanna said...

Woohoo! It's looking FABULOUS!!! I LOVE LOVE that quilt -- how on earth did you have time to make it while moving? Now we'll be looking forward to all your new sewing room creations!!!

chad and cheryl said...

I love your space - so clean and open looking. I can only wish... and ooh, ooh, I want a package!

Joy said...

Glad that you are starting to settle into the new place! The new quilt looks great and just perfect on that cozy chair!

fiona said...

so glad you are all settled my dear! the quilt looks fab:) pick me pick me!!

Suzy said...

The new place looks great, especially the quilt! And I love the sewing corner.
You must be so glad to have the move behind you.

Pennie said...

Wow I love the quilt and especially the sewing room!! I would love to be put into the drawer for either book, they both look great. Hope your internet keeps you connected....

Anonymous said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I would love to see a bigger one.

Virginia

My Love is..... said...

Glad to see you back blogging.... the quilt looks fantastic.

Tamara said...

Your house looks so lovely and organsied and I am oh so jealous about your sewing room. How lovely.

Congratulations of finally finishing the quilt.

Mearaid said...

I love your couch quilt. Wish my sewing area looked that nice.

Naomi said...

The quilt is beautiful. I've really been loving the Sandi Henderson fabric lately.

Jen said...

Good on you for moving across the Bridge! I've always been one for the southern side of the Harbour :)

Your new craft area looks like a delightful place to work in!

I'm sorry I missed you at the Craft Show - by the time I got there, late on Sunday afternoon, most people had left the Living Creatively area.

All the best, Jen (long time lurker)

Kellie said...

Very good luck to you and yours in your new home! Your sewing space looks lovely! And that quilt is terrific!

Sheridan said...

Congratulations on the move! Sorry I missed you at the show, I only made it on Friday. Your quilt looks gorgeous!!

Helen said...

your quilt is really beautiful. well done on getting so organised so quickly - very impressive.

I've been eying off the creative family for awhile. I have the japanese patchworks but it is so good I can imagine why you might have needed two for awhile ;)

jennyflower said...

Hello, pleased to meet you! I'm a new visitor to your Blog, I'm liking it!

Roobeedoo said...

That looks like such a cozy spot to sit and craft! Lovely quilt for snuggling under, books at hand - perfect! Welcome to your new home!

Sarah C said...

I am loving your sewing/craft corner...Sigh, MMMM must look for a house with a craft spot for me.
I would love to put my hand up for Japanese patchwork - I know I already have a copy of Creative Family :)
Your moving post are making me feel weak - our owners are selling so thoughts of moving are trying to push thier way out.

shell said...

I would love to be entered into your draw for either prize.
I saw your lovely table at the show - loved the whole living creatively area, as did my 7 year old daughter (she was the one who hopped into the enclosure and tried to pat the bunny rabbits)
Happy times in your new home
Shell

Sofish said...

just found your blog :)
Congratulations on your move !

angie said...

Hi Jade! I am new to your blog, but loved going back and getting lots of crafty inspiration from your archives. I don't know if this is available to US either, but I would love either book. You have inspired me to order my first Japanese crafty books, and now I am just waiting for them to arrive! I am hoping I can figure them out! :) Congratulations on your move, holy cow you have your crafty area set up so nicely already!

Sara said...

Love the quilt! What a lovely crafting space.

Jelly Wares said...

Glad to hear the move went well... That quilt sure does look good on the arm chair and I definitely agree with you that you need to make one for the couch now aswell...
What a great giveaway!!! You can count me in on that one...

Jodie :)

Alicia said...

Such a relief to be (almost) settled in- I've just moved house too (but from Brisbane back to to Geelong!) I've only bought 2 of the same cheap cookbook, I'd love a copy of the creative family, I think I'd remember if I'd bought that already :)

LaMammina said...

We are going to have to move soon too, so I really shouldn't be putting myself in the running for your stuff, but I just can't help myself!
Glad to hear you have settled in to your new abode.

gardenymph said...

Hey there! I just love your zigzag quilt. I am about to embark on one myself, and I keep coming back to yours to see what you have done. I like having the rows closer together too, and pink and green color combos are rocking my world right now. It looks so lovely on the chair. :~)
Congrats on your change of scenery, It looks like you are getting settled in nicely. :~) Oh, and I'm still dreaming of making some little houses like the ones you are making. I can't tell you how inspiring they are!

Katy said...

I had to pop over from flickr after spotting your new couch quilt and say hi, and you're having a giveaway - wow! Count me in for any of those fabulous books, I'd LOVE to be in for the running.

Cosy said...

I did exactly the same thing! I bought to copies of The Creative Family and recently had a give away of the 2nd!

(Don't enter me in the giveaway! That would be strange...)

Happy move!

Carolyn x

peaknits said...

Your couch quilt is wonderful - I love the color choices! I so miss my dear sewing machine - I have chosen knitting for it's portability for now:)

twolimeleaves said...

Yep. I've done that, too. I've also bought multiple pieces of the same fabric without realising. The new house is looking very snazzy! Love that quilt!!

sue said...

I am glad that it went so well for you. Your couch quilt looks beautiful, and I love your glass cabinets filled with books. The giveaways both look so nice too.

Corrie said...

well done on moving!!!!!!!! have you got your new wardrobe for your new surrounds!!! my sister is dover heights so I'll have to let you know when I next visit her.

I have both those books but wanted to tell you how lovely your new sewing room looks! hope you get the time to do stuff in there!

Corrie:)

~ Kim ~ said...

Welcome to your new happy place! The quilt is lovely. Would have loved to go to the show. Thankyou for your kind giveaway. I hope kiddo picks me.

imnotcharming said...

i've been looking for the machine patchwork book! you must have my copy :)

Jenaveve said...

Very inspiring little corner you have there - just love the setup!

I think I read another blog just recently who did the same thing - bought dupes of the same book, so you're not alone there.

Well done on getting through the move too! Never easy.

Elisa Morrison said...

Okay, the giveaway is great and all, but what I love is your neat work area. I am so inspired, I posted the pic on my blog.

Lourdes said...

You are so lucky to have your own corner. Looks great and I love the new quilt. I would love either of these two books! thank you!

Cris said...

I have the same table! jajaj I love the things you do :)

Di said...

I'm glad that the move went well!! Did you manage to unpack everything? I'm just back from 2 weeks holiday and unpacking from that was hard enough!!

Sarah Jayne said...

Your new work area looks great. And the quilts on your chair look very bright and fresh. Well done on getting any order so soon after you moved.

Anonymous said...

The quilt is stunning -- great use of colur -- and looks gorgeous hanging over the chair. Would love to have a copy of the Machine Made Patchwork book.

Anonymous said...

The quilt is stunning -- great use of colur -- and looks gorgeous hanging over the chair. Would love to have a copy of the Machine Made Patchwork book.
Katie

clare Carter said...

Hi Jade.Loving your blog-its great!!I was sorry not to meet you today at the blogmeet at Fox.Maybe next time? I was hearing about your super stash and storage and I would love to know where you got the two notice boards from.They're gorgeous!
Hope to meet you sometime.
Clare : )