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Binding a quilt

So my little lap quilt is done. I’ve learned a bit about binding. There is back to front binding and front to back binding. I did my binding back to front and used my sewing machine with a zig zag pattern to sew it on. I initially thought that looked pretty nice, but I’ll either do a plain stitch next time or do it front to back and hand sew a blind stitch (I think that’s the technical term. It’s basically a stitch which you can’t see. I usually call it the invisible stitch).

Jelly roll!

Yay! Got this jelly roll fabric by Moda today. Can’t wait to make a quilt out of it!

I also got some little extras to make my sewing easier. Some curved safety pins for basting the quilt and the quilting gloves to help grip the fabric and menuver it.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Hand Cream

Another review for all my sensitive skin people out there . This Aveeno Eczema Therapy hand cream is bloody brilliant! I’ve had eczema on my hands to some degree for the last 10 years. As a nurse I had to wash my hands constantly. I’ve used a lot of hand creams and moisturizers to help with the dryness, but this Aveeno cream has by far been the best. Within 2 days my hands improved. It considerably helped with the redness, dryness and itchiness. I normally scratch my hands like crazy in my sleep, but on the first night of using this cream I had no itchiness whatsoever. I bought this with my own money and will be buying it again!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I’ve been trying to find a cleanser that would be gentle on my super sensitive skin. Over the past few months I have bought and tried so many differnet products. Everything I tried was too harsh on my skin, but I continued using them because the cleanser I had used for many years prior (without issue) was not readily available in the USA. I did a bit of google research and decided to try the Fresh Soy Cleanser. It cost me $38 from Sephora. So no, it’s not cheap, but it has been lovely on my skin. It is truely super gentle. It has also helped with the redness on my face. I wouldn’t say drastically, but it’s definitely calming. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now. I think I will keep on buying it until I go back home and can get easy access to the QV Face cleanser.

Free motion quilting, continued..

What I noticed today when free motion quilting is that the material is difficult to move with your hands. My fabric did shift a tiny bit and some puckering occurred. I’m going to invest in some quilting gloves so that I have more control of the fabric. Not being able to control the fabric also ended up in some of the stipple pattern looking a bit jagged.

Tomorrow will be binding day.

Free motion quilting

This is my first attempt at free motion quilting. It’s not perfect, but doing it is really satisfying for some reason. This is suppose to be the stipple style, but it’s just gone a bit crazy. So it’s my crazy stipple. Quilting is kind of difficult on my little Brother machine. I’m currently dreaming of a machine with a wider neck.

American Museum of Natural History, New York

American Museum of Natural History

A heads up to people on a budget. The admission cost to the museum is only a “suggestion”. You can donate $10 (even if you’re in a large family group) and you will still be allowed to enter the museum. However, you won’t get entry into some of the special exhibitions. We saw the mummies, humpback wales and Dark Universe. Although they were pretty cool, you can still have a nice time at the museum without them. There is a lot to see.

Baby quilt

I’ve made another quilt top. It’s a baby quilt, made from leftover fabric I had. This time I will try some free motion quilting when I put it all together. I think that’s what it’s called. With my triangle quilt I did straight lines because it matched that quilt better.

April downunder

During April we visited Australia for a few weeks. Had easter there with the family. It was great. Melbourne, South Australia, Sydney. Three states in 3 weeks and a long haul road trip thrown in for good measure.

Good old Bondi.

Ate delicious food made by my beautiful mum.

A road trip to South Australia from Melbourne.

Victor Harbor, South Australia.

Exploring Taronga zoo.

Coogee was lovely.

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