Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3D and Padded Poppy Pillows Coming

When I posted these pillows on jennyhaskinsdesigns1 Facebook page we had the most views ever - with requests for the directions for these stunning little treasures.

Well the good news is that I have spent the last few days writing the directions to make the two poppy pillows. Yes the directions are finally coming out complete with the designs - I know you are going to love the techniques used in these pillows with step-by-step photos, showing you how easy it is to create stunning embroidery with ease and accuracy.

No matter where I put these pillows, my eyes are constantly drawn to their stunning colors, with the embroidery using Jenny's Japanese Rayon threads, you simply cannot beat the quality of these threads for color, luster and durability.

Been sitting on the computer for three hours today, so decided to jump in the car and go to the gym for an hour work-out and am back now feeling so refreshed and innovated. This brings me to another point, sitting at a computer or sewing machine for hours we do need  a break. Exercise is the way to go, so always take a break, walk around the block, do some stretches, plank for say 60 seconds and drop your head forward and place your hands on the ground - straight knees if you can, otherwise bend your legs a little. Downward folds are cooling, and great for body, mind and spirit.

I have some more personal goals to reach, with my gym and Yoga, will keep you posted, but in the meantime, get ready these Poppy Pillows they are in pipe line!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Waiting for Webinar to Start!

Well I am sure this describes all of us at sometime or another! Simon and I had our day planned down to the last minute today, as we had a webinar planned.

Yesterday I had root canal (three no less in one molar) at the dentist and I do look like I have been hit in the side of my face, however, it is better than yesterday. Was not planning on dental work yesterday, but there was an opening that suddenly came up, so thought why not get it over with! Two hours later it was over. Oh how I love drugs, thanks to them so far no pain - not saying it too loudly however, but am grateful.

So today, off to Doctors for flu shots, and had it all planned down to the last minute - and guess what, somehow Simon got the time zone out by two hours, so now I will be at the Doctors instead of being on the webinar! Am trying to make it for the last half hour. Simon still suffers with as he calls it 'Chemo Brain' so he is excused - if it was me, they would be putting me away!

Robbie and I have been working on the Sunshine 4 All quilts and they are just multiplying before our eyes, and look gorgeous so make sure you visit: www.facebook.com/Sunshine4all site and see them for yourself.

Our last webinar was amazing and totally over booked, so we did put the recording up on our website so those who missed out could view it. Hope we are forgiven now!

Simon is doing well even though he is tired all the time, but looking great. We had a wonderful week-end last week with Simon's children a great time was had by all!



Here they all are, at the Koala Park, just down the road from me. They all look great and so happy.

Well now off for my flu shot, hoping to be back in time to say hi on the webinar.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Simon's Applique Magic II

I am not exactly sure when Simon started this quilt, but it was before his Leukaemia Diagnosis. I know he had been working on Simon's Applique Magic II from early 2013, so it has taken a year for it to be completed.

Early this year he brought around the blocks and asked me to piece them - I laid them out, but used some he did not want me to use, so I had to start again. The blocks have sat in block row piles on my spare bed for over a month and on Friday last I decided to piece this quilt as a surprise for Simon. The piecing, including the tape (on both sides of the quilt) to me around 3 1/2 hours. I did not bind the quilt until Saturday, (had to rush to finish it as I wanted to give it to Simon at his third birthday celebration!



So here is Simon with his next master piece, another double-sided quilt with the reverse applique raw fabric edges this time covered with glorious decorative small satin stitched balls. SAM II is simply beautiful, all the quilting is done in the hoop, there are block built-in stitch cutting lines and it is pieced using the now famous 'Jenny Join'. This means once the quilt is pieced, it is quilted and finished! Saves so much time and money, two quilts in one!!

Don't forget our webinar is this week, where you can catch up on what we have been doing over the past 18 months.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Yoga is a way of Life for Me

No I am not saying I can do this, but it is something to aspire too! I can stand on my head however, which is very exciting. Have been standing on my head and then on my tip toes, for as long as I can remember. Yes I can still stand on my tip toes!

Robbie and I have been piecing S4A quilts again today. We laid out and pieced another five quilts that make 22 so far. We think we are doing very well. Will post some pictures for you soon.

In the meantime, make sure you have registered for our up coming webinare, we cannot wait to talk to everyone again, it has been over a year since we all kept in touch.

So now I am off to do my Yoga work out. Have a great day.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Importance of Keeping Fit

For those of you who know me well, know I am an active person, but I never knew active until I started regular exercise. So eight years ago I started walking every morning around three to four kilometers, with my beautiful companion puppy Mz Honey. We have both had surgeries that slowed the walking down for a while, but we never gave up on our walking. I have worn smooth around five pairs of Sketches walking/running shoes. My latest ones are really fabulous - Go-Run in gloriously bright colors!

Over five years ago I also took up Yoga. Yoga is the best,  (it was my Simon who kept saying, 'Mum you would just love Yoga, you should take it up), and take it up I have. I go at least twice a week to class and as of this week, am going three times a week. I can now do poses I thought my body would never do! I want to encourage everyone to take up some sort of exercise and a good starting point is walking and Yoga. Both these exercises help prevent heart attach and stroke, this in its own right is reason enough to start exercise!

Then last year, (prior to Simon's diagnosis) I got a Personal Trainer (PT). I work out with him (David) once a week and work out we do! I also work out three times a week on my own. Talk about addictive, once those Pheromones kick in, you just become addicted! You would be surprised at what I can do now, like plank for 3 minutes, 'death drop' 30 Kilo's more than half my weight, lost 6cm from around my waist and toned up like you would not believe. I now have muscles I never new I had.

So get out there, walk, join a gym and exercise, you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your life!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Simon - Looking Great

For the first time in eight years Simon is at home for his birthday. Here he is, looking and Feeling his old self (thank you God and his world wide support team) with his beautiful Sister Sam and me. We had a great lunch at Bathers, on the water at Balmoral (a private beach on the Sydney Harbour.)

Next day (his actual birthday 2nd of March), Jodie (his best friend ever) planned a special day on a Catamaran with his long time friends and family on Sydney Harbour. Total surprise and a great time was had by all..

I had Simon's two Children (and their mum), come and stay on Saturday night, so they could surprise Simon for his birthday, another joyful moment. Harvey is at School now and Frankie will be two in April - my time flies, but hey my life is flying past so fast also!!

Frankie's mum tells me that Frankie is my kindred spirit, loving everything pretty and glitzy. She saw my pink flower head band and just had to put it on! She is just so gorgeous here putting on her best screwed up nose smile!

Today is catch up day, heaps to do to keep on top of everything.

We are all excited about our up coming webinar, and both Simon and I are so looking forward to catching up with everyone.
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

17 Sunshine 4 All quilts Pieced - Yahoo

Robbie and I have now pieced seventeen Sunshine for all Quilts! Yahoo!! We are constantly amazed how beautiful these blocks are and thank everyone who contributed to this project. The overall precision in cutting out the blocks to an exact 8 1/2in makes our job so much easier.

The quilt tops are flat, smooth and beautifully square. It is interesting to note, that orange, yellow and hot pink are not color combinations we usually work in, however we are really getting on well with these colors now and how well they have been coordinated.

We would love to hear from you to see which quilt top is your favourite, so please email me:
jenny@jennyhaskins.com and we will then tell you which one comes out on top - so to speak!

Here come the 17 quilts tops we have done so far (you will have to keep scrolling down to see all the quilts):

Two ladies did enough gorgeous kids embroidery designs for us to make four quilts. Ladies, your work is spectacular. I had to almost stop Robbie from taking one home - just for her!








Now here are the 13 larger quilts: 










This is the end. Hope you have enjoyed looking at these quilt tops and to everyone who recognizes their blocks, we trust you live what we have done.