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Saturday, September 05, 2009

10 working days and counting.....

This week sped by in a blur, so may things to do so little time.

The felted bag is now complete and I plan on giving it away in a random draw to those who leave a comment on my blog before next Friday the 12th September 2009. **(Thanks Del for pointing out that Friday is ACTUALLY the 11th September)**

P1010980 So if you would like to receive this felted bag in the mail, please leave me a comment and I will draw a winner next week and post it off the following week.

P1010982 Here is the bag in our newly re-furbished garden. Greg spent Thursday trimming, replanting, re potting and generally tidying up the area that my sewing room overlooks. We loosely call it the Japanese Garden.

Here is another angle......

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Here he is surveying his efforts.....

While he was working on the garden, I began working on the flannel panel I bought last week for a work mate due to have her first baby soon.

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It is a long narrow panel so I cut off the top border, added a square of fabric from the backing/binding to tie it together, made it a more usable size too.

P1010977 This project came from this site, I had some fabric at home that I used to trial the dress to see if I liked it enough to make another, it was super quick and the instructions easy to follow. It make me look a bit more 'busty' that I'd like, but the truth hurts perhaps??

P1010984 My dear friend Kali was visiting from Tasmania for a few days so I was fortunate to be able to catch up with her and her friend Lynette at The Quilters' Store yesterday. We did a little chatting, a little browsing and a little stash enhancement, not all the above came from there I must add. The Sewing Calendar was a purchase from The Book Depository (my very favourite place to buy books) and the bag handles came from a lady reducing her stash as she is moving into a nursing home.

I've saved my exciting news 'till last.....those of you who get Homespun and know I am working on The Breast of Friends BOM may already know that this months edition has a photograph of one of my blocks included in the final instalment, I am thrilled to have work of mine included in a magazine article no matter how small! For those of you unable to see the mag, here it is.

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Another fabulous week comes to an end bringing me closer to 'those' holidays.....10 w o r k i n g d a y s!!!

Remember to leave me a comment if you want to be included in the random draw to win my Felted Bag.

Thanks for visiting...



aubirdwoman said...

well what can I say ?
Quite a lot really, sorry if the comment is going to be nearly as long as your post lol.
love the bag.... just what I need please give me a chance.
The garden is super did you design it, very very relaxing.
How Quilt panels have change super.
The dress is very boughtish are you sure you made it. :)
ahh purchases.. ever needful.
And congratulations its a lovely feeling to get 5 minutes of fame isn't it. When do we see the finished quilt :)
Think thats all.

cinzia said...

Congratulations that is exciting news... so how many copies of the magazine have you ordered:)
Was the felted bag made as one piece the same way slippers are made or is there a different technique? Looks like a project worth trying the hand at.

Fran C said...

The bag is lovely Julie and I love the old stove it is hanging from, reminds me of the one we had on the farm but ours wasn't so shiny, the garden is a eye catching layout and easy to manage no mowing.
Your friend will be happy with the gorgeous cheery quilt for new baby DD gave me a quilting calendar for Christmas I look at it every day marvelling at the fact it's first quilty thing she has bought me perhaps she is now comfortable with my hobby.

PamelaJ said...

Lovely work as alway's Julie, and the garden looks great! Don't you just love Quilters Store shame we weren't there on the same day (Tuesday) Conrat's on the magazine article.!

Sharon-NZ said...

The felted bag is fantastic - been thinking about trying my hand at that for a while now amongst all the things that I want to try. The dress looks great, and i know what you mean about looking in the mirror and seeing something different than expected so to speak LOL

Joy said...

Yay for you Julie - getting your piccy of your block in Homespun!!! How exciting!!
Love the Quilters' Store too ... you could get lost in all those fabulous bolts of fabric!!!!
Please add my name to the draw, I think your felted bag is just darling :o).
Joy :o)

-girl from the bush said...

hi julie, love your felted bag. i haven't noticed many bags being made lately... you have some lovely stuff .your garden looks lovely too, nice low maintainence!congrats on being published too. sue~n.z.

SandyQuilts said...

A felted bag ... I've never seen one. Please throw me into the pot. thanks

Anonymous said...

The garden looks awesome as does the bag and the dress and the panel looks lovely.

I did see the photo and thought, I wonder if that's 'our' Julie Donovan! See, we knew you when...

Dee Soden said...

I love give aways
but I sure hope friday is the 11th cause I'm off to the Bathurst Bun Fight on the 12th and it's a saturday.

jog said...

Congrats on now being 'famous' and published! Would love your garden to look out on from my sewing room - pity I don't have a sewing room (yet)!

Kali said...

Julie it was fabulous to see you again on my trip to Brissie...and wasn't The Quilters Store the very best place to meet up! I'm only just home so still haven't had a chance to check out Homespun and see your block, but congratulations anyway! Your garden is looking great, love your little 'frock', your felt bag, and I'm helping you to count down to your holidays! Heavens girl, could you be any busier!!!

simple country living! said...

Hi Julie~
I love your new look for your garden! Please enter my name in your drawing for your beautiful felted bag!