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Birthday cakes and baskets

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This cake was fairly easy to construct, but I did have a laugh when one of the party attendees said "look an abandoned well in the middle of the farm."  That wasn't the look I was trying to achieve!
I was playing on Sunday, trying to find a collection of items to display in my kitchen.  I abandoned this look  for a display, as my fabric fruit and veggies have not had a home for a long time.Then I realised that there was a bit of a theme going on in my house....  of things I had made in the past ....  and new projects about to begin! The cherry baskets would have to be my favourite! Baskets and  Paulette's blog go hand in hand and she referred me to Christine's Blog  for more baskets. Christine kindly sent me the applique pattern she designed, which I am going to make into a table runner.  I decided as I have been failing to produce one season/month themed project as part of my wish list that I would at least attempt to make myself a table runner and some cushion…

Sewing room chaos

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Never fear, ask and you shall receive!  Remember this pattern from my last post?  Well I did what I SHOULD have done before I whined!  I goggled the designer, found out she had a website, then sent her an email!  Hey presto the lovely Ann Horton has generously emailed me the pattern. Then my lovely friend Heather remembered she had another pile of magazines she had given away, and yes Part 1 was in that pile, which she kindly retrieved for me and I just have to pick up from her!  So fingers crossed I got some of the yardage already purchased right, but if not, don't think its going to matter too much as this is a scrappy look quilt.  Hmm perhaps I had better use some of my stash!

Before I start ANY sewing we need to get the LAST room painted...yep my sewing room.  Its also the guest bedroom, dumping ground for ironing, mending, bits to be transported to Grandmas house and home to all the baby gear which I am trying to get rid of!  Currently all the contents of our lounge room and…

Bug in a bottle n bargain fabrics

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 The completed Bugs in a Bottle quilt.  Well nearly completed I need to sew a label on it, so its still sitting next to my chair, to do one night, when I find the labels!
 A close up of some of the bugs.  Some of the prints are small (bottom row, second from left end they are purple spiders) and the far right on the bottom row are actually green and orange frogs, but also difficult to spot.  I used gold fish in another bottle and mice in one, as I wanted each print to be different.  If you want to  make one of these quilts I really recommend getting together with some friends and swapping fabrics, as its hard to get 20 different fabrics, plus you don't need a whole fat quarter!  Otherwise there are shops that sell collections often in fat 1/8's, just perfect for this design!
 I had a spend up a few weeks ago.  The bottom pink is the backing fabric for my Ohio star lap quilt.  The floral on the left is "just because" I love it so much, I think it will make a great b…

The finished kitchen (well almost!)

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 AFTER  I cleaned up the kitchen and took these photos the electricians finally rang to say they were coming to fit the final three power-points...so while the picture tells you otherwise, they have been fitted now.  It is so nice to have a new kitchen, not just because it looks good, but because it functions so well!  I now have a nice wide bench round my stove top, overhead cupboards I can use - and display things in, a self cleaning oven (yippee) and LOTS of big draws for great storage.  The green splash back is much more of a pea green in real life, this photo was taken at night - you can see our dinner cooking in the oven!

 I cheated here and just removed all the junk paperwork off this bench top, but it is a great dumping office space for my handbag, the phone (now plugged into the new power point) and all the bits and pieces.  As you can see up top I have room for cook books on one side and well the other side needs some creative styling assistance!  The appliance cupboard is …

Opps missed one!

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This is one of the quilts donated by Quilts from the Heart two weeks ago,  and I missed uploading its picture on my other blog - see HERE!  The pieced top was donated by Alan.  Alan is in his 80's and loosing his sight, but pieces beautifully.  This is one of his preferred patterns, 16 patch and a pin-wheel, isn't it effective in scrap? Alan always uses lots of yellow and we felt two bright borders would fit right in, which they have.  Another beautiful and warm quilt that I hope brings someone some comfort.   Happy quilting Sue.

All in a weekends work

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Last weekend I spent 24 hours at retreat with my fellow After Dark Quilters.  I had a lovely time and got a few small jobs done, then completed all the quilting on my Bugs in a Bottle cot quilt.  I did some simple meandering stipple around the border and in the ditch around the bottles. With the quilting finished I went home to have tea with my family, only to discover DH up a ladder Hoovering the ceiling (cathedral with exposed beams, perfect spider web haven) and evidence that he had been cleaning windows!!!  I was really sorry I came home early, he might have achieved more...leaving less for me...not that I EVER Hoover the ceiling!As a special treat we enjoyed pancakes for breakfast, with banana and maple syrup...yum!  Oh and I got time Sunday to machine the binding on the Bugs in a bottle.  Now I just need to hand stitch the other side and add a label....a great weekend all around! Happy quilting, Sue SA.