Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One Flower Wednesday

One Flower Wednesday
Hi time to show you my flowers, I managed a couple this week for my first OFW. I am hoping to make  at least two per week if time allows. The weather has been cooler here this week so I managed to get out in my veggie patch and do some much needed TLC.
                                                            Happy stitching........................

Flower Hexagons

Yesterday my husband took old Jack to vet for a check on what we thought was a fatty lump but turned out to be cancer. Unfortunately it is a large lump and  the best course of action was to leave it alone rather than risk it spreading quicker. He is a fighter and very fit with tender loving care he should be here for a lot longer.
So for the next two weeks we have to keep an eye on him until the stitches heal on the little lump that was removed then back to our walks.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Night Before Christmas Finished

First finish for the New Year. I finished sewing the binding and embellishments yesterday.
I would like to mention the floods and all the fires we are having here and hope everyone stays safe. Unfortunately there has been loss of life and massive property damage. As I have been stitching and watching sky news I thought of a poem we learnt in school by Dorothea Mackellar

The Night Before Christmas

My Country

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold -
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday Night Sew-In

Scandinavian Rose Quilt
Hi I have joined  Friday Night Sew-In group,which is held on the 3rd Friday of each month.
If you would like to join just click on the link in the side bar and join in the fun.
Last night I worked on my Scandinavian Rose quilt and actually made good progress.
     Happy stitching.........

Friday, January 25, 2013

New Project 2013 Hexagons

Weekly Hexagons

I have decided that my Hexagon quilt needs help starting therefore every Tuesday I will make at least one hexie flower. If you would like to join in I have joined one flower Wednesday at Journey of a Quilter
You can make your  flowers any size and colour, I am making 3/4 " Hexies using the English paper piecing method, and hand piecing the flowers together and then using the needle turn method sewing them to the background fabric. I need 61 large hexagons  for my quilt.
I prepare my hexagons using the Sewline glue pens.
Cut your hexagon fabric by placing your paper template on top of the wrong side of the fabric. Run the glue pen along the edge of the paper very lightly. Fold the fabric over the end of the paper and press with your finger. Repeat for the remaining sides. When you are finished sewing your flower spray with starch iron and remove the paper by peeling the fabric edge off the paper and removing the paper.
                                Happy sewing...........

I will be sewing my flowers on a 51/2" square and placing them on point using different shades of the background fabric.  

3 more Flowers

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mrs Billings Coverlet Border 9

Mrs Billings Coverlet

Back to my sewing I have taken Raining Cats and Dogs to the quilters at last deciding I couldn’t do it myself at the moment.
Next I got cracking on Mrs Billings Coverlet  AT LAST!!!!!!!!! which I purchased from Somerset Patchwork. All four borders are finished and finally attached. Yay....That's Border 9 completed. I will have a break from her now at least until my left index finger has a chance to heal. I kept stabbing into the same spot as I was Piecing the border on. Oh well I think it was worth it.
                                    Happy Stitching...........................

Two Borders completed

All 4 borders complete

Mrs Billing Border 9 Attached.

Hi, it has been a very busy month my granddaughters Lauren and Erin came over from Adelaide and Jessica from Mt Elisa. We had a lovely day shopping at Knox bags, shoes, dresses, jewellery were tried on and bought with lots of enthusiasm and excitement. Then the following week Jessica, her cousin Alexandra and friend Megan came to spend a couple of days with us at Phillip Island. That meant it was time for me to cook pancakes and top them with ice-cream, honey, strawberry, jam and sugar when the girls had their full it was back in the bedroom for some serious girl talk before bed. I do miss them, when they are gone the house seems so quiet.

Who is going to clean up ?

Nan's Pancakes

Jessica (Left) Alexandra (middle) Megan (Right)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Scrappy Pyramind Quilt

I have made a start on my Pyramid quilt. The fabric is from Quilt Gate, Gentle Flowers range. Traditional scrap quilt history state that the majority of scrap quilts were "make do" projects, quilts constructed from leftover patches in order to be thrifty, and use every scrap of fabric available. The number of fabrics you use in your scrap quilts is another option that's totally up to you, from charm quilts, where no fabric is used more than once, to quilts with a more orderly appearance. There are no rules... I bought this range of fabric almost two years ago and never got around to using it. Then when we decide to start this project I went through my stash and found this in the corner of my cupboard. Obviously I must have hidden it there for a special project which never happened and I forgot all about it till now. We are hand piecing the whole quilt although everyone will probably be different as we don’t have a pattern as such. We plan to build the quilt on the blocks you see in the picture. To be continued...
                          Happy sewing............

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Books I have Read

I finally finished reading Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult , it has taken me over a year to read. I don't think it was the book as I usually enjoy Jodi's books, one of my favourites was My Sisters Keeper. I am now ready to start her book House Rules,about a boy with Asperger's syndrome and what it is like in our society to be different, and the extremes of loyalty and love a family must call upon to overcome impossible circumstances.
I have read most of Jodi's books, she seems to deal with the hot topics in our society in such a way that it is hard to put the book down once you start. I also read The Pact in between, unlike Handle with Care it only took me the Christmas break to read.
          Happy sewing.............

Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Projects and Tasks

                                          2013 Projects and Tasks

                Finishing Touches

1. Night before Christmas.........Put Binding on and embellishments DONE
2. Raining Cats and Dogs.........Quilt myself or send to quilters


1.       Mrs Billings Coverlet....................Somerset Designs
2.       Scandinavian Rose .......................Rosalie Quinlan
3.       Mulberry Hill Wall Hanging.........fig'n'berry
4.       Scrappy
5.       make a list journal cover............... Viv's Creations  DONE
6.       Christmas Eve Wall Hanging........ fig’n’berry

                Waiting to Begin

1.       Bed Topper.........................................Hexagons
2.       Teddy's first Christmas.......................Libby Richardson
3.       Vintage Poppies.................................fig'n'berry
4.       Oh ! Christmas Tree - wall Hanging........Viv's Creations
5.       Around the Vine table centre...............fig'n'berry
6.       Snow Buddies.....................................The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs
7.       Mini Christmas Swag............................fig'n'berry

 It was toooo hot for sewing today so I began making a list of all my projects then I categorized them into their various stages of progress. I am also going to make a new page on my sidebar where I will be able to keep track of all my projects,add new projects or mark projects completed.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Heat Wave

Scandinavian Rose Quilt
Australia is experiencing a heatwave, I went swimming with my two grandsons this morning however by lunch time it was too hot to stay outside and risk them burning. Therefore after a lovely swim they went back home with mum to an air-conditioned house to spend the rest of the day indoors. It is 37.8c at the moment 1.53pm thank goodness for air-conditioners.
 Although I haven’t managed any sewing to show today I was excited to receive in the mail 25 skeins of Cottage Garden Threads for my Scandinavian Rose Quilt. Considering that the dye lots can vary sometimes I was lucky enough to be able to acquire this batch and I hope to spread them out over the blocks. The instructions on the back of the pattern tells me I need 5 to 6 skeins of my favourite embroidery floss for each b.o.m pattern, but as you know I am using the Perle 8 unfortunately in my excitement of beginning the blocks I didn’t keep tabs on how much I was using. So I will make one block and see how much it takes then I will know how many I need to spread out among the blocks to bring together the dye lots.