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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / More onion eggs on: March 13, 2007 02:44:59 PM
Here are some easter eggs, dyed using a technique my mum taught me.
You place a pretty leaf or flower on a blown egg, cover it with a piece of stocking and secure it with a rubber band so that the leaf is pressed flat against the egg. I then suck some water into the egg so it doesn't float. Boil with onion skins for several minutes and you have a lovely brown egg with a leaf pattern on it. I rubbed the shells with olive oil to make them shiny but I'm thinking of washing it off and using spray lacquer instead.

I used the same technique with some blue egg dye too.

Edited by sweets4ever to include additional tutorial information/photos from later in the thread:

To answer a few questions:

I did the blue eggs with a packet of easter egg dye I found at a deli. I think it's Russian so I can't read the name. The packet is pictured with the eggs.

To blow the eggs you make a small hole at each end using a pin. I make my holes a few millimetres,or 1/8" to 1/4", in diameter. Start the hole by sticking the pin straight through the shell several times in a little circle, enlarge and neaten the hole by carefully chipping away at the edges. Blow out the contents then suck a little clean water into the egg from a glass as if the egg is a straw. Shake it around and blow the water out. Repeat a couple of times to clean the inside of the egg.

You don'd need to dry them before removing the stocking. Just wait for them to cool or run cold water into the pot.

The eggs are still pretty strong. If you are carefull with them and store them in an egg carton between Easters then you can keep them forever without breaking. My mum has a huge collection of dyed and painted eggs. She displays some in a bowl, some in egg cups and some hanging.

To hang the eggs, tie a piece of ribbon or thread around a piece of toothpick and insert it into one of the holes. I used scissors to score the toothpick in the middle so that the ribbon didn't slip off.

One other tip: You don't need to buy onions. There are usually plenty of loose skins around the onions at the supermarket.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brown nine patch baby quilt on: February 19, 2007 03:15:32 PM
I finished this quilt for my baby girl the day before she was born. I didn't know she was a girl at the time. I hope to make her a more girly quilt one day if I ever have time to sew again Smiley
It's machine quilted using a walking foot. Still haven't worked up the courage to quilt by hand.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Japanese fabric quilt, edited to add quilt diagram on: February 19, 2007 01:03:46 AM
This quilt was in progress for about 2 years. Mainly because I planned to hand quilt it but never worked up the nerve to start.
I gave the pieced top to my mum for Christmas 2005. telling her I'd finish it for her soon. Some months later I made an appointment to have it machine quilted. I then cancelled the appointment because I thought I had found inspiration to hand quilt it afterall. A month or so after that I booked it in again.
This is the result. Mum loves it.

I have had a couple of questions about the dimensions of my quilt so I made this diagram.
The white rectangles represent the patterned pieces and the grey is the cream background.
The dimensions are for the finished pieces. I used a quarther inch seam so I cut the pieces half an inch bigger thand the finished dimension.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Patchwork Christmas apron on: October 02, 2006 04:10:13 PM
This is the first Christmas gift I have made for this year.
It's an apron for my boyfriend's nana. She always wears an apron in the kitchen and I thought she'd like a Christmas one to wear during the festive season.

And a closeup of the pocket.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Matching quilts for a wedding on: April 11, 2006 07:21:27 PM
I'm going to a wedding on Easter Saturday. The happy couple have a one year old daughter so I decided to make matching quilts, one crib sized and one queen size.
My sister and I made the tops in soft greens inspired by Denyse Schmidt quilts
I had the quilts professionally machine quilted in order to get them done in time. I just finished sewing on the binding with two days to spare.

The quilts together

Queen quilt - front.

Queen quilt - back

Baby quilt

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quilted Sewing Kit on: February 22, 2006 03:55:46 PM
I made this quilted sewing kit as a gift.
It's got everthing you need for mending (I hope): pins, needles, needle threader, threads, buttons, a little pin cushion and scissors.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Origami paper butterfly garland on: December 12, 2005 02:16:16 PM
I got my Christmas tree on the weekend. It's my first year with my own tree and I don't have many decorations so I found some origami paper and ribbon and made a garland of butterflies. I also put a few extra paper butterflies on the tree, just balanced between the needles.

I just cut the paper into 3 inch squares, bundled 4 squares at a time, folded them in half and cut the butterfly shape then punched a hole. When unfolded they have 2 holes to thread the ribbon through.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork cushion cover in Japanese fabrics on: August 22, 2005 08:38:35 PM
This is my first post in the Home Sweet Home board.
Friends gave me some great Japanese fabrics for my birthday and I used some of the fabric to make this cushion for them as a christmas gift.
It's great getting a head start on the Christmas presents Smiley

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crayon baby quilt on: April 12, 2005 05:58:56 PM
I just finished this quilt for my bodycombat instructor who had a baby girl last month.
I started it last year. I passed plain cream fabric and fabric crayons around amongst her friends and family at the gym, they made some great squares! I alternated the crayon squares with plain coloured squares and backed the quilt with pale blue flannelette, which is nice and soft. I machine quilted in the ditch then hand quilted different shapes in all the plain coloured squares.
I was very pleased with how it turned out and I hope Mum and Baby get lots of use out of it.


This is a close up of one of my favourite crayon squares and my favourite quilted square.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Where do I get great fabrics on my travels? on: April 10, 2005 06:21:30 PM
Hi All,

I'm about to set off on a 7 week round the world trip and I want to collect some fabrics along the way. I'm hoping to make a quilt that reminds me of all the places I've been, maybe a trip around the world pattern.
Anyway, I was hoping that you craftsters of the world could let me know of some good places to look for fabric, scarves, sarongs, second hand clothes etc.
I am setting off from sunny Canberra in 2 weeks time, first stop Kuala Lumpur, then Istanbul, Rome, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Milan, Paris, Virginia Beach, New York, San Francisco to LA by car, Honolulu, then back home.

Your suggestions will be much appreciated  Smiley
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