Wednesday, 20 June 2018

5D Diamond Painting Unboxing -- Pink Sewing Machine Review

Image Credit ** Paint with Diamonds

5D Diamond Painting Unboxing Pink Sewing Machine
Paint with Diamonds

In today's video, you can see me unboxing and receiving my very first
5D diamond painting from Paint with Diamonds...In the box, I reveal the
5D diamond painting of Sewing Mends the Soul pink sewing machine that is perfect for my Studio...Keep an eye out for future Start to Finish videos of this one...I am so excited to see this one finished and I have a couple more sewing machine ones on the way too.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Show'n'Tell Monday Whoops Tuesday 19.06.18

here we are again Show'n'Tell Monday, but this week we are doing it on Tuesday 
as I was running behind this week...not a good way to be at the beginning of the week LOL
Anyway, this is what Sarah wrote this week ...
And My video is at the bottom of the post ") I look forward to seeing your suggestions 

One of my favourite movies is Apollo 13 which is a depiction of how NASA dealt with an emergency in space regarding the space mission and the spacecraft housing 3 astronauts. I don’t want to go into too much detail just in case you have not seen the movie. There is one scene that I can play over and over again where the engineers on the ground had to create a carbon dioxide filter made only with what the crew on the spacecraft had at their disposal and then communicate the procedure to the astronauts. What I love about the scene is the brilliance of the engineers who created a square peg to fit into a round role - the actual design of the original carbon dioxide filter used on the spacecraft. - “fit this into the hole for this using nothing but that.

A pattern and fabric can also motivate the same kind of creativity as building a carbon dioxide filter. I purchase fabric that I would like to use to represent “something” dictated by the pattern, then I purchase enough fabric as instructed so that the construction of the “something” represents the finished dimensions. I cut out the pieces that I will sew together to make that “something. At times I look at all the pieces laid out on my cutting table and i get the same feeling when I watch that scene from Apollo 13 - “fit this into the hole for this using nothing but that” along with “now what do I do with all of that”? Sometimes what I see on my cutting table is totally different than the picture I see on the pattern.

I also have the tendency to purchase fabric, store it and then my some happenstance I discover it and wonder “what in the heck…”. In the past, I just purchased fabric per pattern but I stopped doing that because I am now purchasing fabric that I like independently of any plans. On Monday I purchased some great fabric and when I was putting it away, I noticed some fabric where I didn’t understand where my mindset was and this was before any of the trauma of last month. I examined each of the patterns that I have purchased and nothing clicked between the patterns and the fabric. I looked at the fabric and that scene from Apollo 13 played in my mind but yet I could not think of how to use that fabric or create a “square peg into a round hole.” I even asked Mark’s opinion about what I should use the fabric for but that was as useless as asking him if my tush looks big in my jeans….he just looks for clues as to what he thinks he should say so he cops out and tells me to listen to my instincts. I hate it when he uses my own philosophy against me.

Show and Tell Monday, June 18 - This Show and Tell will be about helping each other out with our suggestions regarding fabric that we have but we don’t know what to do to justify the purchase. Look through your fabric and find some fabric that you have kept but have not managed to find its use. Post a picture of the fabric and let us help you by giving suggestions. There may be some great suggestions that you would have never thought of or you may have to retire the fabric to the great stash in the sky.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Bunya Mountains Sewing Retreat May 2018

Bunya Mountains Sewing Retreat May 2018
For Bookings Find Us on Facebook at

Darvanalee Designs Studio is now organising Sewing, Quilting and Bag making retreats at the Beautiful Bunya Mountains in South East Queensland. All you need to do is Bring your Sewing Machine, Sewing Notions and Fabric and we do the rest.
We are Now taking Single and Group Bookings for our Next Retreat so,
Come and join in the fun of a Massive weekend of Mini Quilt and Bag making... With lots of giveaways along the way...

** SPOTS ARE LIMITED!!!! and filling fast...So book sooner rather than later to avoid Disappointment... See below for contact information below...

** This is a Kid-Free Event **

**Full Price $370 per person ( we require $125 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.) From 3pm Friday to 9.30am Monday
**** Please note if you can't come for any reason please contact me we are always happy to work something out regarding your deposit.

Here is some of what we offer you...

** DDs Bunya Mountain Quilt & Bag Retreat Welcome pack on arrival.

** Welcome & Get to know you BBQ on the First day.

** Lucky Door Prize Valued at $250.00 and lots more prizes and giveaways for you to sink your teeth into...

**Food included. We provide the catering to keep the cost of the retreat affordable for everyone (BYO- lollies/choc/chips, Drinks, eg. coke/energy drinks & alcohol etc.)

** Tea and Coffee on tap, with a lovely waitress serving you.

**Facebook information group. This Group will help you to keep you up to date and get to know each other a little bit before the Retreat with sneak peeks, games, giveaways etc.

** For those that might be interstate, we have loan machines for you, just let us know Upon paying your deposit...and in some cases we can organise your project supplies for you, at cost to guest...but don't worry, we bargain shop for you to keep the cost down too... e.g., fabrics..zips..matching threads etc.

** All project patterns, Bag Hardware kits and specialty items are supplied.

** We can organise carpooling from the airport and put you in touch with others that may be travelling from your area...

** Lists of what to bring and supplies needed and what to Prep before the retreat will be posted into the Facebook group, and you will be added to this private group once deposit is received. If you are not on Facebook no worries, I will email you any relevant information...

** The above cover picture is where we are staying overlooking a beautiful 20 acres of Bunya Mountains ...Fireplace to keep us toasty warm, walking tracks for those that want to take a break. A beautiful, relaxed atmosphere for all to enjoy.

** To Secure your spot, contact details are below. We will then send you all the payment details, and we accept PayPal, Direct Deposit and Credit Card over the phone, to make it easy for you to Book your spot

** Extras are available at a cost to guests such as massage, yoga and spa treatments....the information and prices are available upon request...advance bookings are essential...

***Please note we are 30+ Km's from nearest town...There are no ATM's, plan accordingly…We will supply everyone with a Checklist closer to the event.

DD’s Bunya Mountain Sewing Retreat
Hosted by Darvanalee Designs
96 Alford Street
Kingaroy Qld 4610
Ph: Mob: 0429551970 or 07 4163 6631
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Block of the Month (BOM) Block #6 June 2018

So let us get started!

What you Need:
1 fat Quarter White Fabric - Background (either plain or tone on tone)
1 Fat Quarter Purple ( Either plain or print)
Sewing Machine with ¼” foot
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Quilting Ruler (Affiliate Link)
Matching Threads
Thread Snips
Best Press
Iron and Ironing Pad

Cutting Instructions:

You can Find your printable cutting instruction HERE
a colouring page for you to use HERE
or you can use the table below

Cutting Instructions

From the White Background Fabric

Cut 10 ✂ 2”  Squares.
Cut 4 ✂ 4⅝ ” squares
Cut 10 ✂ 2” Squares

Block Assembly
Now onto the Assembly of your Block
and Don't forget we have a Video Tutorial for you
to follow along with you can find the Video

We are using SCANT Quarter inch seam allowance throughout the pattern and pressing Seams Open.  Please Reduce your stitch length
2.0 or 1.8 depending on your machine.

First, we are going to create our Half Square Triangles (HST)
You will be creating 20 Purple & White HST.
Reduce your stitch length to 2.0 or lower to what
The machine will allow,
We do this as we are opening up our seams. This action of lowering
Our stitch length will stop the block from coming apart.
To Create your 20 HST units, you will,
take your white and Purple  triangles from cut A
with right sides together sew an
Scant ¼" inch seam allowance from one corner
diagonal to the opposite corner.
Now Press open.
Your HST should now look like the picture below
Repeat with the remainder of the triangles,
by chain piece these to save you some time
You will now have 20 units. You will
square these up to 2.5" square.


Next, we are going to create our Pinwheels
as seen below in the diagram,
for full instructions on how to make these
please refer to our supplementary video HERE
These should measure 4.5" as well...if they don't then
trim them, by taking a little off each side. This will stop them from
looking a little off.

sew these units together to create your
Pinwheels as shown below

Remembering to use scant ¼” seam allowance and press your seams open
Not sure how to do this, Please refer to the Video
We have posted on YouTube.
You can find it HERE

And don’t forget to Subscribe while you are
There that way you won’t miss out on any
Of my future videos.

Now onto Block assembly

Step 1.
Assemble your first row as pictured below

Step 2.
Assemble row 2 like pictured

Step 3.
Assemble row 3 as pictured below

Step 6.
We now are going to assemble the block follow the
images below and the arrows...
Make sure that you press your seams open and nest
your seams..refer to the video if you are not sure.

Row 1
Row 2

Row 3

Your block is now assembled and ready to be set aside
do not trim your block until we have all 12 finished
Make sure that you have ¼” around the block we will not lose any points when it
Comes to final Assembly of your quilt. Set this block aside.  

Finished Block
Called “Pin Wheels ”

I hope you enjoyed your Sixth block for the Block of the Month.
Please don’t forget to share your gorgeous blocks with our
Facebook Community and Crafty Friends
We all love seeing what you are creating.
Join us again next Month for another Block

Happy Quilting ") N