Sunday, 21 April 2013

:: Sunday Stash #2

I have had a very quiet week, not heading out anywhere or doing much since I have been recovering. However I did manage to sneak out for a couple of hours to head to GJ's Discount Fabrics. You see, they had a 25% off quilting sale, and it was just too tempting. Knowing the range of 1930's reproduction prints they have there, and how long I have been coveting could I resist?

I also needed to get some specific fabrics for a project I was working on (but can't share yet, it's a birthday present you see)

And they have a pretty wide selection of $2 FQ's...who can pass that up?

Without further new pretties!

1930's Repro Fabrics

Special Fabrics for a special birthday present

$2 FQ's....which came down to $1.50 each :D

And here they all are looking cute on their bolts :)

Linking up with Kate at KateQuilts


Monday, 15 April 2013

:: Sunday Stash! My first linky party

Ok so I realise it's Monday, but in all fairness to myself, I had surgery on my sinuses last wednesday and I'm not really my usual non-distracted, on the ball self...who am I kidding, I'm always distracted :P

We got home from the hospital on Thursday, to a lovely stuffed flat rate envelope from my favourite online fabric store, Hawthorne Threads. I was still very groggy but there was no holding me back from busting open the envelope (although auspost did half of the work there for me, grrr).

Without further ado, my biggest fabric want so far, in my hot little hands!

Lizzie House Pearl Bracelet Brights FQ Bundle
*Happy Dance Happy Dance*

Geekly Chic designed by Amy Adams for Riley Blake Fabrics

Julia Rothman's Type

A whole mixed bundle of prints that caught my eye. See the Keep Calm and Sew On fabric there? I love that SEW much! I have special plans for the sudoku fabric too ;) Oh, and the Bento fabric...and the chevron! ... see, this is why it's dangerous letting me into an online fabric store :P

All of the above fabrics, excluding the FQ bundle, are 1/2 yard cuts. For what I usually make, that's enough for a couple of small projects and a little left over to treasure ;)

All in all a very happy fabric 'collector' in this house this week ^_^ Despite the agonising face....

I'm very happy to be linking up with Fiona at Finding Fifth for her Sunday Stash Linky Party, my very first of I'm sure what will be a lot more ;)


Saturday, 13 April 2013

:: renrad reboot

So there has been quite a long hiatus between posting on this blog, I can't skim over that fact. But I have been thinking lately and finally decided this blog is going to take a different path, something which suits me. I don't want to fit into someone else's idea of what a crafty persons blog should look like. Since I don't think I am an average crafty person. I won't be sticking to any blogging schedules, and topics might jump all over the place, but in all honesty, that's how my mind works ;)

I'm hoping that renrad will be the product of the creative endeavours of my every day life. For the last 16 months, the only time I get enough time to dedicate long hours to crafting is on school holidays, when I'm not working. From now on I'm going to try and find time to be creative more often. Through cooking, journalling, swapping, teaching and of course sewing.

Renrad is going to be a place for me to share and document all of the things that I love. Things that make me happy. And if anyone else reads it, I hope you can find something that makes you happy too.


Sunday, 15 July 2012

:: QCA Bee #3

This year I joined my very first quilting bee and I am LOVING it :) The Bee was formed through the Quilt Club Australia FB group, a very talented bunch of quilters.

How it works is the Bee is made up of 12 members. Each month, one member is the Queen Bee and she chooses a block that she would like the hive to make for her. Members have until the end of the month to sew the quilt block and get it in the post. At the end of the month, the Queen will have 12 blocks to put together to make a quilt top.

It's a really great way to get a variety of fabrics in your quilt blocks, and it is really something special to have at the end, a quilt that many people have contributed to ^_^

We started in June, and this is the block I made for Elaine...

Elaine was inspired by this photo. Each square is 2.5", so the finished block is 10.5" square. I really wanted to find 25 different fabrics for Elaine's block, and I'm so chuffed I did...from my that embarrassing??

The next block I made in July was a Reverse Rainbow Starburst Block for Lara....

We followed this tutorial from Diary of a Flutter.Kat which was really simple, the block was quite fun to make. Again, I wanted to use 24 different yellow fabrics, but didn't quite have enough in my stash, so I did a personal swap with Elaine (a wonderful friend) :) I sent her some blues, and she sent me some yellows for the swap. Each square started off 4x4" and the finished block is 17.5 inches square. This is the largest block I have made, well, pretty much the second :P

Next up is a block for Sally in August, and I have all the fabrics I need ready to go, just need to get on it!!


:: welcome to renrad

Well this is just a little bit exciting :)

After a lots of thought, and a little prompting, and a blog that never made it past its' first post just over 1 year ago, here I am with a new little baby.

I try to squeeze art and crafting in as much as I can into my every day life. My craft supply stash is testament to the variety of crafts I enjoy and love making. Currently, I am *slightly* obsessed with fabric and quilting and I'm having so much fun with the ladies in Craftster Australia and Quilt Club Australia (Facebook groups).

I'm sure that the renrad craft studio blog will grow slowly and reflect all the different crafty pies I have my fingers in ;)