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Cottage Garden Table Runner

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I have made significant progress on my Cottage Garden table runner....all the applique done... followed by FMQ, echo quilted. While I wasn't thrilled with the quality of all my quilting stitches, I am not so upset that I am going to unpick it all....well I did unpick a little bit ; ) But more unpicking might be necessary if I cannot find a few more inches of this binding fabric...so I have sufficient to join the ends!  I finally did something with a lovely stack of fat quarters my friend Karen sent me many years ago.  There were lots of coordinating prints and one panel - but there were only eight of these blocks on the panel.   However I figured out a way to use all 8 blocks and make a lovely cot sized quilt top!  All in an afternoons work...well an afternoon and a bit ;)  Happy quilting, Sue PS its going to be 37C here today, so I will be completing some more sewing projects under the air conditioner!

Sewing = love

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For St Valentines Day DH didn't buy me anything, but gifted me with a day of uninterrupted sewing at home,  bless him ; )  So I made lots of progress on my farmyard pinwheel blocks into a top. To be fair to him he offered to take me out for dinner and a movie and my mother agreed to babysit.  But it was stinking hot and honesty I didn't fancy being jammed into a crowded movie theatre especially as nothing took my fancy.  So we had takeaway for dinner, so no dishes or cooking....bliss!  And that extra time after dinner was spent piecing rail fence borders and sewing them on my quilt top.  I am amazed at how the white homespun works with this busy quilt.  And it was cheap! And I used up most of the jelly roll, so very little left overs....and no panic because I ran out of fabric!! My DH also went to rescue my original sewing desk which has been living on a veranda for the last ten years - it was too big to take with us when we moved and I guess I had forgotten about it....opss!…

Hubbys old jeans = my new handbag

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I have been lusting after a bag made out of denim, after seeing one on Pinterest, but until I could find DH discarded "DIY around the house" jeans ...I had to wait.  But last week I finally got my hands on the jeans! Because of the paint stains and threadbare knees I was unable to cut the pattern piece out on the fold. Then I forgot to cut one piece in the reverse shape. So I ended up with a happy compromise of one quarter of the bag made from red shirting, which makes up for not having sufficient red shirting to make the bag lining.  This is my new handbag and I am loving it!
I followed the long path to finding the tutorial and pattern (free) that the pinner used over here at http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/making-reversible-bag/ the Very Purple Person blog.
On Monday I managed to put the last stitches in the binding on this kids cot quilt.  I am very happy to mark this off my UFO list.  I like split 9 patch, but it didn't come close to using up all my novelty fab…

February heats up

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Well the hot weather (36C +)is about to hit with a vengeance, starting today and going for a week.   I will be getting up early to try and water, water, water the garden.  But after taking the kids to school I will be bunkering down under the air conditioning and sewing...and eating fresh fruit!   I have already eaten my body weight in nectarines!  I have finished picking the nectarine tree, the only ones left are too high for me to reach...pity as they are the biggest!  We also have boxes of pears picked, which Dad said he would help me bottle.  I picked the plums last night.  I feel like Con the Fruiterer as I have been trundling around our friends sharing out our bounty!  Yes its February and I still have a Christmas table runner out on display, but I have nothing to replace it with and want to protect this table we had restored last year. So I started this!  This is a Kim Diehl pattern called Cottage Garden from her book Simple Graces.  Obviously it needs applique flowers, leaves…