Showing posts from August, 2012

90% fit and 100% sewing

After a week under the weather, I was SO ready to sew this morning that I started about 7am!  I did get a bit of head start yesterday, when I managed to sew these four Christmas decorations together.  I brought these as individual kits from Hatched and Patched - it was a long time ago, so nice to finally finish them.  Goes to show having a clean up is a good idea, as you find half finished projects, that a quick to finish - which feels good when your sick and not achieved anything!
 I then tackled this Christmas stocking "Stitched Blessings" by Marg Low which I had completed the stitchery but it still needed sewing together.  Then I realised that I had not stitched all of the design and but had a light bulb moment, as I found some Christmas buttons when I put my sewing room back together after the painter finished.  The red check is what I lined and backed it with. 
 So while I am not 100% sure I love the red Christmas trees, I really like the stars and I have more of those,…
On Saturday LAST weekend I had 12 hours of child free sewing time with my good friends the After Dark Quilters. We start at 10 am and usually sew/talk/eat and laugh until 10 pm. People come and go during the day due to work, child, sport and other social commitments. This time we had a slightly smaller group then usual, but just as much fun. I usually try to take just one or two projects, this time I took FIVE! Not in the hope that I would finish them all or even work on them all, just because I couldn't decide...was tired from a week of sick children interrupted sleep AND variety is the spice of life!

So I started by pinning the pink Ohio Star n 4 patch quilt, made from a Moda Papillon charm first Schnibbles quilt. I quilted a few anchoring lines and then put it aside to ponder how to quilt it and also which thread colour to use.

Then I added the side lime green sashing and the big blue side borders on the Dinosaurs Galore quilt. At which point I ra…

Winters Garden

I love gardens.  I would love to go on one of those overseas tours of famous gardens one day.  I am a very ordinary gardener, certainly no green thumbs, plants that come to our house have to survive on neglect.  Which is why succulents work so well under my care.  I just love the pink edge of these....hmm no idea what they are called!   I can tell you that some of the green "weeds" coming up underneath them is actually the herb oregano - which has been growing in the next pot.  I only discovered that after I had pulled half of it out and I could smell it - such a lovely aroma...but I nearly cried!
 This agave was purchased in the Sydney Botanical Gardens in about 2005 and survived lots of moving and neglect, before I planted it in this sunny spot.  It now has "babies" which I feel very proud of!
 There were a large number of Iris corms in the garden when we brought the house, but they did not flower as the leaf litter from the large deciduous tree nearby would cov…

Chocolate Cherry Slice

I made this new slice for our August All Day Quilting and it was a big hit.  I left some at home with DH and he had eaten several pieces when I got home ...unheard of as DH isn't a big sweet tooth.  So thought I might share the recipe with you all.  I have adapted this from Recipes+ latest magazine...they have a layer of fudge, which I didn't add, due to time constraints and a sneaking suspicion that less calories would be better!

Chocolate Cherry Slice

250 g packet chocolate ripple biscuits (plain chocolate flavoured biscuits NOT chocolate coated)
100g butter, melted
2 cups desiccated coconut
100 g red glacĂ© cherries, cut into quarters
400 g can sweetened condensed milk (I use the low fat version to make myself feel slightly healthier!)
150 g dark cooking chocolate + extra butter, approx 50 g

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced.  Grease and line a 30 x 20 cm slice pan (e.g. lamington tin) with baking paper extending over the sides.  Crush the biscuits to a fine crumb in the food pro…

August All Day Quilting - After Dark Quilters

After seeing my Bug in a Bottle quilt, fellow ADQ Bronwyn decided to start collecting bug fabric to make a quilt for her grandchildren.  Heather generously turned up with a stash of insect prints for Bronwyn and this quilt, which she had made.  I love the fact that the bottles are bigger AND the black background really makes the bright colours pop!  Heather spent the day making drawstring bags for toiletries - which go to Girls on Track program, run by Girl Guides and Smith Family.    Therese popped in and out with sporting commitments for her daughter, but when she was sewing she quilted this charity quilt donated to the charity arm of the South Australian Quilters Guild.  Elaine sewed large and small pieces of wadding together ready for some big quilts, and the scraps went to making humbug bags - also for the Girls on Track program.  She also used her left over flannel strips to make this lap quilt in an interesting improvised log cabin design.  Shez was busy making humbug bags mos…

Two Top Toppers

 This is the photo I wanted to show you before DH disappeared with the camera (obviously he came home again) for the week.  I put the border on Monday - when I had just one sick child.  I am really happy with this quilt, it just needs a name....any suggestions?
This top would have still been waiting for a border if my friend Ann hadn't sold me the pretty pink floral fabric over the phone and posted it to me - such is my fear of buying fabric (cos I know I will become addicted) over the Internet.  Ann's shop is called Periwinkle Patchwork and you can find her HERE because I know you don't have a fear of buying on the Internet!  Please note the shop recently outgrew their house so she has recently moved into Shop 2 Bayside City Plaza, 24-36 Fairy St, Warrnambool.   Or follow her blog HERE!
This week Dinosaurs Galore (thought I had better pick one name myself) has grown into a nearly finished top.  Just need two long sides of lime green sashing and then a big blue border.  …

Two sick kids and a Mum

 DS2 has been sick since last Friday.  DS1 ended up in the sick bay at school yesterday and DH had to go and pick him up.  Today I had to miss work to stay home with the still sick kids.  But rather then whining about my real life I thought I would take some photos and post a blog.  *$#*&^#(! DH has left the state with our only camera...and all the photos I had taken but not yet downloaded of my sewing achievements from the weekend.
What's a girl to do?  Dig around and find another project that has reappeared now my newly painted sewing room is nearly fully functional again.  So...
 ...using this book I have been cutting... ...these fabrics. make this block - Easy Attic Windows. The most impressive thing about all this is not that I can sew when my kids are sick, but the fact that I think I have worked out how to a) take photos using my digital phone AND how to b) download them onto my computer ALL c) without reading the instruction manual...which I cannot find anyhow!   …