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February Already!

Can’t believe January 2015 is completely gone! I have been making progress with a few different projects. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Finished:

A scrappy strip quilt. I had pieced the top together in 2014, from scraps mum had delivered to me one visit. I think she had a friend giving her all their leftovers!

strip quilt

Working on:

My  Hawaiian style butterflies. I designed, hand appliqued and basted this one in two weeks, right before I left home to go to uni. That was about 10 years ago now! This year will be the year I finish it! But I haven’t made that task easy for myself! Originally I was just going to do one row of quilting around everything. But when I pulled it out just before Christmas, I decided to completely echo quilt it. It was quilting up faster than expected at the start of the year, but I have been doing other bits and pieces so the progress has slowed a lot. I still have complete faith in myself to have it finished by the end of the year!

hawaiian butterflies

And a bit of a closer look at my lovely stitching! Ha!

hawaiian butterflies detail

This one I have dubbed as my “Snail shell windmills”. It’s another quilt made from scraps. Why snail shell windmills you may ask. The colored batik fabrics are all the little bits of left overs I had from making a prop/costume last year for a play. There wasn’t much left, so I cut it down into triangles and pieced it together with what felt like an endless supply of triangles. Again, someone had given their scraps to my mum and they had been passed onto me. (I have two other projects using those same triangles!) I’m in a self imposed vow of poverty, so if I can help it, I don’t spend much money on fabric. It means I get to build my own house, and design my own studio area this year! Yay! So i do like it when other people give me their leftovers. I also enjoy the task of thinking up something to do with hundreds of triangles, or a bag of 3×1.5 inch strips. This one needs a border or two. It is quite subtle, I think I like it. I had thought it might need some applique to spruce it up a bit, but I think as it is, plus a border, it would be a cute little girls quilt. It’s going back in the unfinished pile for the moment, until I find something suitable for borders and backing.

snail shell windmills

Now I’m off to think up a plan of attack for the rest of the week! Schools back today as well, so it’s back to a normal routine at work for me.

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Guy : Team Captain

I was very excited when I stumbled across the Reginald Softie Portrait competition. Softie making was something I played around with a bit back in my teenage days. I loved it then, and this was the perfect opportunity to get creative with it again.

I knew who I wanted to do a portrait of right away, but I wasn’t sure if they would think it was a good idea or not. When I put it to him, he kinda liked the idea, but was a bit skeptical whether I could make it look like him or not.

And that is how I came to make a softie version of Guy.

The soft portrait is based mostly off this photo.

The soft portrait is based mostly off this photo.

guy_2

Why Guy? Guy has been in my life for over six years now. From the moment I met him, I knew there was something special about him. He stole my heart, and introduced me to his world, the paintball world. It has been a rocky road, but well worth it.

Guy goes out of his way to make the world a better place. He has enriched the lives of those around him, whether they care to admit it or not, providing opportunities to expand ourselves. He is always happy to provide advice, whether it be personal, paintball or financial related.

Paintball was one thing he was very passionate about, and he used that to reach out to others. After many years of playing for other teams, he formed his own, “Thundercats” along side one of his closest friends, Blacky. “Thundercats” took “Nototrious” under their wing and so CPC – Capital Paintball Club was born. CPC was about helping each other be the best they could be, comradeship and being a close knit family. Guy went as far as providing job opportunities for some of the younger guys playing on the team, to help them get a financial start in life, and to keep them in the game. Our spare bed was always welcoming to those who needed a place to crash, and our backyard a place of many happy nights around the little fire pit.

Because of Guy, many of us have traveled near and far. I, personally, have traveled with Guy for paintball, to Perth WA, Adelaide SA, Moama VIC,  many many times  to Sydney NSW, Wagga NSW, Langkawi Malaysia, and soon to Melbourne VIC as well. Not to mention, a bunch of us are detouring to explore Vietnam at the end of this year, before heading back to Langkawi for World Cup Asia.

There is a lot more Guy has done for the sport, and the people around him, and if you know him, I’m sure you have your own stories.

Lately, people have forgotten what it is to be a family of ballers, with all the work and effort Guy has put into paintball, I thought it was about time I showed him how much I appreciate his efforts.

The finished product

The finished product

behind view

behind view

close up of the embroidered detailing

close up of the embroidered detailing

close up of his back

close up of his back

Stay tuned. I’ll put together some of my process shots to share the making of Guys portrait!

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