Mahboba's Promise – sewing machine for a widow

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve told you of a few fund raising efforts recently that are all for good causes and all somehow related to sewing.

The first one was the Action Kivu Sewing Workshop Fundraiser which was held by Alissa over at Handmade by Alissa and then there was IBOL which was run by Art La Flamme.

There is another sewing related charity I’ve found called Mahboba’s Promise. They provide sewing machines to Afghani widows so they can provide for themselves and their children.

Unfortunately I can’t collect money for them and they don’t accept Paypal at the moment, but if you have a sewing group that could raise Aus$15o then you could donate it here and that would buy one machine and help one widow and her children.

If you do donate please email them at – – and say you came from Sewjournal Blog and I’ll email them to ask them to keep tabs of the donations so I can keep you up-to-date with how much we’ve raised.

If, in the future, they get Paypal and can take small donations then I’ll try to set up something so we can pool our donations.

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Mahboba’s Promise – sewing machine for a widow

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve told you of a few fund raising efforts recently that are all for good causes and all somehow related to sewing.

The first one was the Action Kivu Sewing Workshop Fundraiser which was held by Alissa over at Handmade by Alissa and then there was IBOL which was run by Art La Flamme.

There is another sewing related charity I’ve found called Mahboba’s Promise. They provide sewing machines to Afghani widows so they can provide for themselves and their children.

Unfortunately I can’t collect money for them and they don’t accept Paypal at the moment, but if you have a sewing group that could raise Aus$15o then you could donate it here and that would buy one machine and help one widow and her children.

If you do donate please email them at – – and say you came from Sewjournal Blog and I’ll email them to ask them to keep tabs of the donations so I can keep you up-to-date with how much we’ve raised.

If, in the future, they get Paypal and can take small donations then I’ll try to set up something so we can pool our donations.

A long weekend ahead

September 29, 2010 § 5 Comments

This coming weekend is a long weekend in Australia. I’m hoping to visit the Sydney chapter of the Southern Cross Quilters at their get together on Saturday and then on Sunday I have friend arriving from the US.

My friend is a keen gardener and another quilting friend alerted me to the Leura Garden Festival in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. There are ten gardens on display for an entry fee of $20 per adult. Take a look at a couple of the gardens, they are stunning: Everglades and Braeside.

I doubt I’ll get much sewing done once my friend arrives but I’ll try to keep in touch over the next week and show you photos of some of the “touristy” things there are to do in and around Sydney.

The “which way?” quilting saga

I re-drew a rough plan of my quilt last night. The thing that instantly struck me is that I cannot do vertical lines that go from one block to another because there are patchwork strips that are centred and others that are off-centre and so the lines won’t match up. So I decided to try horizontal lines and then – as some of you suggested – 45 degree lines/M or W quilting.

Here’s what I came up with. What do you think?

More on the quilting pattern and Wabi Sabi

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

First of all let me thank all of you who either commented with helpful suggestions or sent me emails.

They were all very helpful and actually more or less in agreement. I had a play with pattern last night and you can see that the extension of lines works very nicley.

The only thing I realised once I had coloured in the strips is that when I made this drawing I had laid it out incorrrectly. I had just repeated the top three rows on the bottom three rows.

In fact the quilt isn’t like that as you can see below. So I’ll have to draw it up again and then put in the quilting lines and take another look. I think it might work very nicely.

Another Wabi Sabi book arrived

The postie brought the second of the three books I ordered the other day. This one is called Living Wabi Sabi by Taro Gold. You can get it from The Book Depository for only Aus$10.85 including postage. It’s a lovely book. I just had a quick flick through it before I settle down to enjoy it with a cuppa and this caught my eye.

Did I tell you…?

September 27, 2010 § 2 Comments

Did I tell you I had started quilting the “Which way?” quilt?

Well I started a week or so ago and then had to put the machine away.

I managed to ditch stitch the block seams and then I did some of the decorative stuff. I’m going to try to finish it this week as I have friend coming from the US and I’ll have to pack the machine and all things sewing away so I can put up the guest bed.

I got sort of stymied as to how to quilt this so I had a go at drawing it out in EQ6. I’ve come up with a plan but it means undoing some quilting I’ve already done but who knows, it might teach me to plan properly in future, do you think??

I won!!!

September 26, 2010 § 2 Comments

Well stranger things have happened I suppose but not much. I actually won something! I joined Catherine’s Place Pinmoor co-op and ordered 200 Pinmoors and 200 long pins. Then I went to add my invoice number to Catherine’s Blog to enter for the Friday Freebie and I won! Want to see my prize? Here is is:

2 x 500m of Presencia Algadon (cotton) thread in colours 206 & 208

Thanks Catherine! I’m looking forward to receiving my prize!

Un-sewing the Arabesque

September 25, 2010 § 3 Comments

Remember the Arabesque? Well, I just knew I wasn’t going to leave it the way it was. Not after I spent so much time on it. I just couldn’t face unpicking it straight away though so I let it lie awhile. Anyway, on Thursday I took it to sit and sew and sat and un-sewed.

It took me a good two and a half hours to unpick that binding. Then I pinned it carefully and added some more quilting around the outer arabesque and then quilted a 1/4″ or so in from the sewing the line.

I have undone the binding where I attached the two bits incorrectly and now I just need to cut some of the fabric to see if I can get a match then I will be ready to re-bind. I’m not sure if I’ll do it by machine or hand. I guess it will depend on how I feel on the day. Wish me luck!

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