Showing posts from May, 2012

Finally some sewing!

With the disruption to power, having trades persons in the house and the general upheaval of having the contents of the kitchen distributed across the entire house I have not been sewing!  The kitchen is in, but still not finished.  We are waiting on the glass splash backs (always put in after the kitchen, so the measurements are exact), so that delays the fitting of power points in those areas and of course the painter needs to come.
Here is a sneaky shot, of me making good use of my new bench!  The colour is a bit over exposed, but the bench is a very pale granite look laminex.  I finally finished the quilting on the last two stars of the Transport Ohio Star quilt (the majority was quilted at our last All Day sewing session in April) and made the binding.  I sewed the binding on, but haven't joined it yet....small problem that needs to be dealt with first!

These are the lovely shirting's I brought at The Sewing Sanctuary, during my groups shop hop two weekends ago.  I plan …

Mothers Day Weekend

 Without a kitchen it seemed pointless spending the weekend at home...well that was my excuse for an extended Mothers Day treat!  We drove to Clare and the boys enjoyed multiple rides at the miniature railway, delighting in the freight train cars carrying precious cargo at the back!  We also enjoyed a family bike ride on a small part of the Riesling Trail.  We didn't visit any wineries, but the bike track is great asset to them and there were plenty of people just enjoying it as a bush/heritage walk.  Being able to ride with the kids in the bush was fantastic, especially for their traffic shy (been years since I rode my bike) mother!
 DH stopped to let me take this photo ... just the most perfect building to house a quilt shop / studio ... don't you think?  I just love the old farm buildings and stone house ruins dotted about the countryside...neither of which you witness if travelling in Victoria or New South Wales, because timber doesn't stand the test of time quite so …

Kitchen renovation - before (part 2)

I have a spare 10 minutes this morning and keen to get a post in, as it has been so long since I was in blog land.  This is the main area of my kitchen, after the builder ripped all the cabinets out, fixed the floor tiles and plastered the walls where the old wall tiles were.  Please note the big grey "hole" the electrician made on the right...unavoidable he tells me, but my problem and $ to fix....AFTER I have already had the plasterer in! :-(  Dont feel too bad for me, as my wonderful plumber has some great contacts!
As you can see they didn't remove the old orange wall tiles like I had hoped.  In this section I will have a pantry, office nook and a appliance cupboard.  The wooden cupboard above goes to the highest point of the ceiling (we have raked or cathedral ceilings) and is great storage space - it also runs almost the length of the house! Hence it is staying, besides they don't do cupboards to the ceiling any more, so why pull it out?  You would be surprise…

Kitchen - before (part 1)

This is my kitchen...before!  I was going to clean up before I took "before" shots, but I ran out of time and care factor.  Please note that my DH took all the doors off so he could remove the handles and magnetic catches.  One of the firms who quoted to us (but we didn't accept), they listed the cost of new door handles as a separate amount, an amount that was frightening and slightly obscene.  DH hasn't been able to tell me what he is going to do with the old handles and catches, but who am I to call an hoarder when I have five boxes of scrap fabric!

In this shot you can see the special door less shelf I kept my chopping boards and trays in...I liked this so much I got another one in the new kitchen, but with a door.

You can see part of the old range hood here.  It was simply enormous and despite being hidden behind cupboards was grotty, just disgusting!  We have cathedral ceilings, so while I had lots of cupboards, most of them were too high to use and the other …

The first week of May

I have been planning, researching and talking to tradesmen about a new kitchen for a few months now.  The BANG! CRASH! POW of removing the old one starts next week and my weekends and spare time has been consumed with packing boxes of kitchen equipment and trying to stash stuff out of the way.  ONE reason there has been little achieved on the sewing front.  I did make these two extra string blocks, in pink and orange on Monday.

My Mum came for a quick visit and showed me this gorgeous cot quilt.  She had the animal fabrics in her stash and some of the sashing, so it didn't require much to make it very pretty. The top was originally half quilted a few months ago, but the wadding was dodgy and she wasn't happy.  So decided to start again and made a whole new top.  Then decided she liked this one better and sat down and unpicked all the machine quilting she had done!  Then re pinned and quilted, a true dedication of time and a whole lot more patience then I have.  The end result …