Come and see us in Wollongong at Craft Alive this weekend

What are you doing this weekend?  If you are around the Wollongong region of New South Wales, come and see Julie Hall Designs and Stitch-a-ma-jigs at the CraftAlive Wollongong Event.

This show I will be demonstrating how to clean your machine, and doing a trunk show showing you different ideas for working with machine embroidery.

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I will have a wonderful range of designs and tools, and would love to see everyone there.

Hoping to see everyone there, until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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Thankful Thursday – Block 4

Hello all, and welcome to the 4th block in this quilt set.

Today I have a wonderful quote that I hope you will find as inspirational as I do.thankful-for-the-troubles5x7

This one is a great one for me that I have to remind myself of constantly.

I think we live in a world where it is so easy to focus on the negatives, on what is going wrong, and what we may not have, that there is joy in thinking about what we do have, what is going right, and the positives in our lives.

In our house I am attempting to instil this with our family by going around the family at dinner and listing the top and bottom things that happened in the day (this allows them to skite and vent), and then find at least one thing they are thankful for in the day.

So this week, join me in celebrating all of the problems that we don’t have, and stitch this fantastic block.

Over the next 2 weeks, I plan on beginning to put my quilt together, and will upload ideas on how you can do this as we go along.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

Unicorn Dreaming – The first block

So happy to share with you my test stitching for the day.

Grace and Emma (10) wanted me to work on a set of Unicorn’s and Pegasus designs.

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This is the first stitch out, making the most of applique, beautiful thread colours, Iridescent Embroidery Film (Mylar), and Fairy Frost fabric.

And FINALLY, I am getting the chance to use up a set of hand dyed fat quarters that I purchased about 6 or 7 years ago.

Stay tuned for the rest of this fantastic collection.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

A weekend with Stitchers and Snakes in Penrith

I have just returned from a great weekend with my wonderful Mother and Son in Penrith.

This year Mum arranged a quilters retreat for 20 committed quilters in a rural surrounding.

On Saturday, Cameron (12) and I joined them, and whilst Cameron helped my dad cook for the ladies (in his custom apron that I made him), I had a great time with the ladies, showing them my designs, as well as the fantastic Stitch-a-ma-jigs that we have.
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One of the most exciting part of the day was when we looked outside and found a red-belly-black-snake out in the grass.  There were a couple of birds that were trying to scare it away, and eventually sent it back into the marsh land surrounding the area.

I do have to admit however that I am very pleased that I was not staying the night at the camp, I am sure I would have had nightmares about snakes that night.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

Moroccan Tiles

Hallelujah – we are at the end of the school holidays!  I love my children dearly, but between them being home, hubby having a week off, and really bad weather for 2 weeks, we are all fed up with each other.

On the up side, I have managed to complete a new project that I have been working on – Moroccan Tiles

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Moroccan Tiles are a collection of 10 blocks, and come available in 5 different sizes – from 7.5cm, to 20cm.

I created these tiles with a four colour palette, which you could easily mix up to give you 40 different blocks.

In the quilt example above, I stitched out nine blocks to create the main quilt, and then used the smallest design set, to create a border around the wall hanging.

I really like this piece, and am looking forward to finishing it off over the weekend.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

 

My new Sewing Table

I wanted to share with you all a fantastic project that my beautiful husband has been working on this week.

He took the week off to be with the kids and I during the first week of the school holidays, and has been working on some projects between going out and doing family things.

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My gorgeous husband Edward, and the fantastic table that he designed and made for me.

 

This table is amazing.  Stable enough to hold my machine, it doesn’t rock as the machine stitches out a design, it also folds down flat, so that I can place it in the car and take it to shows.  The most amazing part of it all is that not only did he make it all out of pallets that we collected and scraps that we had in the shed, he designed the entire project.

So to my fantastic husband, Thank you.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.