Monday, August 29, 2011

The EXCITEMENT grows and grows

Boy is my excitement mounting.  I just can't begin to explain how much. And now Ladies and Gentlemen for the promised first, sort of, tutorial on how to get going with your Go! Baby.

I think of lot of making anything is in the preparation.  And here is where it starts.  The first thing you have to do is unpack it, whether you have bought, won or otherwise procured a Go! Baby or a Go! wonderful machine.

Now it's time for Part 1 of How to Mark Your Dies with Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios - she is just THE BEST.

Now you can watch Part 2 of How to Mark Your Dies if they are Geometric or Multiples again by Ebony Love:

Here is Part 3 of the series by Ebony Love and this time it's for Appliques:

Before you start cutting anything you really must watch this video by Ebony Love (yes I am A HUGE fan of her's) on how to get straight cuts for your new Accuquilt G! Baby or Go! There are actually two videos here and please watch them in order:

So the first thing I did was go and try and buy myself a couple of silver sharpies. Could I get them? NO WAY!!! Nobody in this darn country I have adopted had any so I looked at them all and decided to buy these because they would give me the widest choice of colors. I have marked my first die board and here are some pictures to show you:

 These are the Sharpies I bought yesterday and as you can see
I have a choice of four colors to use

 This is the die before I marked it

And this is it after.  As you can see
I chose Green first but that didn't work too well
so, I decided to use the pink which worked way better.
I still would have preferred Silver!!!

Until tomorrow when I, hopefully, will have enough energy to iron some fabric and actually use my new Go! Baby!!! I have discovered ironing sitting down since I can't stand and do it.  And I am sure that this new toy of mine will make my quilting come alive as it won't matter at all how much I am shaking when I use the GO! Baby!!  Such is life with Multiple Sclerosis!!!  Each day brings something else exciting and new!  Okay so I'm being sarcastic but it sure beats being self pitying that's for sure.  PMA all the way!  That's for the uninitiated Positive Mental Attitude - well it's gotten me through the past 20 years and will continue to get me past the next 20 at least and quilting all the way. 

Lots of Love
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Accuquilt Baby Go

Hi All,

I have the best news to share with you and that new is that I got a .... wait for it ...

Accuquilt Baby Go with three dies.  The link HERE will take you to the purchase an Accuquilt Baby Go page and if you click on the link above, it will take you the that page but even better is there are two tabs on the left hand side of that page and if you click on the Video tab it will take you to a video telling you all about this amazing machine.  Also right now if you buy a Baby Go Accuquilt are giving away totally free (not that I got them but this is now and that was then) the Alex Anderson Die Set worth $139.97 so in fact you would only be paying for the Dies and not the Baby Go at all.  Now how exciting is that!!!

I spent ages choosing my dies but I did it in the end and I chose these three dies
Go! Triangles in a Square-3" Finished
Please click HERE to see the accompanying video of that these dies can do

Go! Drunkards Path-3 1/2"
Please click HERE to see the link to the videos for this die

and finally I chose this set
Go! Value Die Set
Please click HERE to go and see what this lot can do

Okay I have the machine and the dies so what next you ask?  Well me being me I need to know all the ins and outs of how to use this machine without destroying anything.  So I headed to You Tube and found the most amazing videos and tomorrow please come back because I am going to share them all with you.  

And before the end of this week I am going to be making a Tutorial on how I did with it and what I managed to make.  I am just so excited I can't tell you.  So please keep on coming back because before too long I'm going to be having an even bigger surprise for everyone.

So until tomorrow ... 

Lots of Love 
Patti xxx 
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, August 07, 2011

This is the MOST gorgeous X stitch

For some reason the links aren't showing up on my computer screen.  I hope they are on your screens but if they aren't almost all the names (except where I have said here) contain links to go further and explore.

In the U.K. we have had this really great TV program starring Kirstie Allsop and it's called Kirstie's Homemade Home.  I loved every single episode and watched some twice and three times with the help of my MacBook.  She does all kinds of things from showing us from Kirstie Creates: Restored Chairs to How to Make a Cushion Cover and beyond.  She has had three series so far and each one has been breathtakingly good.  The main link to Kirstie's Handmade Home can be found here and it is so worth seeing.

In one of the episodes, requested by viewers of previous shows of hers Cross Stitch was widely requested.  Well did she pick a good one for this.  She picked Emily Peacock who creates the most gorgeous pillows and sells the kits for the stitching.  You have to provide any embellishments you want and also the fabric and stretching letting you make a pillow.  I just have to buy at least one of these beauties they are just super gorgeous:

They come in two sizes.  Large and Small.  The large one is large enough to two people to sit it on and the small one is, well, smaller like for one person.

The large kit is worked with Appleton Brothers tapestry wools in counted cross stitch on Zweigart 7 h.p.i. canvas. The small kit is worked with 2 strands of Appleton Brothers crewel wool in counted cross stitch on Zweigart 10 h.p.i. canvas. The design is worked from the easy-to-follow colour chart provided. 

Working with tapestry wools on the larger 7 h.p.i. canvas (large size) gives a beautiful chunky, hand-made finish. The crewel wools worked on the 10 h.p.i. (small size) give an elegant, smoother finish.

To be honest I am going for the Smaller kit size as I don't particularly like chunky and also the pillow will be too big for what I want it for, and I so prefer elegant to anything else.  It will be a Christmas Gift this coming year so I'd better get my skates on and buy and start it.

I will keep you appraised of my progress weekly whilst I do everything else I love to do too.

So until next time ... 

Lots of Love
Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, August 04, 2011

A giveaway to make you smile so much your face will hurt

No pictures but here I am.  Alive and well and off the drug that made me feel so horrid.  Back to normal whatever that is.  And back on this blog to share this amazing giveaway with you all.

So what have I been doing? Absolutely nothing craft wise.  Not even stitching or cutting or sewing on my sewing machine,  but I have been looking a lot on the computer and drooling and have found some truly wonderful things for you all and here is NUMBER ONE!

Madame Samm  (this is Samm's original blog and what a treat to read it is) is having the most unbelievable giveaways.  The links to her two blogs are on the right hand side of my other blog but I have put a link underneath the picture here for you.  

Now here is what you have to do:

Now go here and what you have to do is:

  1. First go to the link
  2. Then on the right hand side of Madame Samm's giveaway blog (which is the one linked above) click on any of the people that have donated giveaways and there are so many to choose from but one has to Sponsor you
  3. Go to the Sponsors website and email them asking them to sponsor you
  4. Wait for his/her reply saying they will sponsor you - because he or she will trust me because whatever you win she wins too!!  
  5. Then on Monday, Wednesday & Friday the giveaway is for a Want To Be Quilter - THAT'S ME
  6. On Tuesday and Thursdays it is open to quilters who can actually quilt - THAT'S NOT ME
So much fun and so much is being given away it just isn't true.  And you don't have to be a quilter yet in fact most of the giveaways are for people who are wannabees - THAT'S ME!!! In fact the giveaways are happening from August 1, 2011 (that was last Monday and I missed it because birdbrain here didn't understand the directions but you will) until October 29, 2011 so go on TREAT yourself because Madame Samm really is as gorgeous as she is lovely.

Until next time ... 

Lots of Love 
Patti xxx 
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way