Saturday, July 4, 2015

2 new quilts

Last year I bought nine squares with embroidered Dinosaurs on them at a garage sale, then over a period of time I have bought some Dinosaur fabric on eBay to compliment the squares.

At last I had enough to make up a single bed quilt, with a "sort of" pattern in my head... so I cut them out and chained Mum to the machine asked Mum to sew them together.
 Then it was time to add the borders and we were both impressed with the way it turned out.
The stitching pattern I used was "dragonflies" as I didn't have a Dinosaur stitch.

I think any little boy would love this quilt. 
Then, as Mum wanted another project to sew, I pulled out this kit I bought from Keepsake Quilting, called "Tidepools".  
Again, I do the cutting and placing & Mum sews away.  We work well together.
 There was so much left over fabric from the kit, I randomly pieced them together to make a centre piece for the back of the quilt.
Of course the quilting stitch "Seashells" just had to be used.
Both quilts will be for sale at my next Quilt/Craft Sale.

Until next post...

Friday, July 3, 2015

House bound

One loaded lemon tree now empty, one box of Asprin now empty and one bottle of "real" honey now half empty equals one mother of a cold I am trying to get over. 
 I have not left the house for 9 days and still not planning of leaving for a few more days. 
 I can't take "Cold Tablets" as I am on Blood Pressure tablets and if you are on them, you aren't allowed to take the others.  The only Chemist pill I can take is "Clarentine", which is one tablet a day for 10 consecutive days... hence along with Clarentine tablets,  I resort to old fashion remedies.
So, seeing I am house bound and can't lay about as that makes me cough more & blocks my nose... I have been spending a lot of time in my sewing room during daylight hours. 

This is the second kit I found the other day that I had forgotten about.

I bought it at the same place and time as this one.  If I hadn't seen it made, I would never have bought a kit in these colours for a Christmas Runner!
I am undecided on whether to sell it, keep it or give it away in a swap at Christmas time!

This is the backing fabric. 
I also quilted a quilt today, but have to get it photographed before I can show you.

Until next post...

Thursday, July 2, 2015


.............these words came from Mum yesterday.

What I was thinking of doing, was join the Jolly Jabber Quilt-a-long "Snapshots" block of the month, but using my own stash.  I thought I would try the first block before committing to it, then if I liked it, I would pay the fee of a donation to the charity they have mentioned.

So, I pulled out what I thought were suitable fabrics, cut them out and got Mum to piece it together while I continued quilting a customer's quilt.

When it was together, I realised the "icing" wasn't dark enough and the colours all just blended into each other and the "cream" background was in fact "white".

I screwed it up, threw it into the bin, only to find my Mum right beside me snatching it back out of the bin with those first 3 words that brought me back to childhood "Don't you dare....!"

Feeling like a scorned child, I ironed it, quilted it, bound it and then presented to my Mum, so she could do whatever she wants to do with it.
She smiled, said "Thank You" and it disappeared with her into her bedroom.

Until next post...

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Me Time" sewing today

 I have been busy quilting for customers lately, but today, as I am not feeling 100% (sore throat and temperature) I decided to do some sewing for me.

2 nights ago, I tided up one shelf (in my built in wardrobe) in my sewing room and came across 2 kits I have completely forgotten about.
Both kits were bought at Polar Fabrics, near my friend's place in USA.  I bought heaps there that day, as it was warm, cosy & welcoming in the shop and inches of snow on the ground and still snowing with a strongish breeze outside.

 I kept the 2 kits out, as I knew they would be forgotten again if I put them back on the shelf.
It was a pleasure to "play" today.  I actually followed the cutting instructions to the letter (I usually add more to make things bigger) and the pieces just fell into place.
 I had some scraps of wadding (as you do) and the backing plus binding came in the kit.

I have learnt from experience, that even though there are hundreds of stitching patterns on the quilting machine, the "meander" stitch suits place-mats the best.
 I have not decided what I am going to do with it...
sell it, send it in one of the swaps I am in or even keep it for myself.

While I was playing sewing today, 2 large quilts arrived from customers, plus I had one here I should have quilted instead of making this place-mat.

Even though I LOVE quilting for customers (after all these years of work, I am eventually LOVING the work I now do (quilting for others)...
..... one has to have "me time" every now and again.

Until next post...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

What I bought & a freebie!

This is only a few of the items I bought while at the craft show in Sydney this week.
From my favourite store "Kids Quilts" from New Zealand I bought this kit.  I ALWAYS buy something from them every year.

I also signed up for this cute block of the month with Kids Quilts.  It will start in August.  They design their own fabric too, so all the fabric & pattern is theirs.
I then saw this die cut of a car... it too is cute and I am crossing my fingers that it will work in my die cutting machine.
Now the piece of resistance!  I walked past this stall a few times that was selling embroidery machines.  On one of the machines they were sewing a Minnie Mouse, and beside the machine was an already sewn sample of Mickey Mouse.

They had Mickey & Minnie on the wall, already sewn together, advertising what their machines could do.

I was talking to the lady and by our conversation, she knew I wasn't a buyer, but in my mind I was trying to work out how I could ask if I could BUY the Mickey Mouse.  She must have read my face, because next thing I knew, she asked if I wanted Mickey and shoved it into my bag while no other customers were looking.

I couldn't stop thanking her.
Of course, even though my stash is quite extensive, I didn't have any Mickey Mouse fabric to go with it, so I quickly found fabric at the Show to go with it.  (as one does!)
 I will use Mickey as a centre feature (he is 12.5inches tall!), frame it with red plain fabric and go from there.

I also received a pattern valued at $12 from another stall for free, as after I spent a fortune bit of money with the stall, I was about to leave when I saw another pattern I just had to have...I went to pull out the money and they popped it into the bag and said "don't worry about it".

It was a VERY good day!

Until next post...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cot Quilts-Quilted & Knitted- by ME!

As I still have hundreds lots and lots of metres of a pretty floral cotton fabric, (even though I have made a doona cover, pillow cases, single bed quilt with the floral hearts), I decided to make a couple of cot quilts to sell at my stall in July at Dungog's Quiltarama with it as the backing.
 I used a white fabric for the top and quilted with mauve thread on the top and white on the back.
             I suppose it could be used as a lap quilt for an older person as the pattern is "Daisies"             
 The next quilt I made was with a baby pink thread.
The pattern is "Baby Girl"
Definitely for a baby girl.
I took a break from knitting the "usual" dishcloths and knitted up these nursery squares. I knitted 8 different patterns in both colours using 100% cotton from Canada. (It's SO soft).
It is a BIG shame that the pattern doesn't show up in the variegated cotton, like it does in the plain colour. I thought that being mainly white, it would show, but alas, I was mistaken.
I am now knitting cloths with a heart within a heart..this time I am knitting the same blue as above, and a plain cream.  I am hoping to make 25 of them and make another blanket.

Until next post...

Monday, June 15, 2015

More donated Quilts given to Flood Victims

I have today donated 2 more quilts to lovely ladies.
This lady lived in one of the aged units, and had
lived there for over 30 years. She was saved by a young man with a
wheelly bin (garbage bin).. by the time he got to her, she was standing
on the front verandah railings, holding onto the guttering of the
roof, with the water swirling around her neck... much longer and she would have been drowned, as she can't
swim... she held onto the bin, while he swam her out of danger.

She has lost everything and is now living with her sister here in town.
As you can see by the photo, (on her arm) she has dialysis (3 times a
week)... so does her sister.

She is one of the people who finds it hard to accept charity and was
overwhelmed with the quilt...and gently mentioned that others were worse
off than her and I should give such a lovely quilt to someone more
deserving. I told her that I had chosen her and would be honored if
she would accept it, as I knew the 2 lovely ladies who made it. She
cried and cuddled it.
Unfortunately, I don't know much about the above lady, but at the moment, she is living with her Mum, also in Dungog (ain't that something!, it is usually the other way around) and kept saying that she had NEVER expected to accept charity in her life, but now (in her words)..."well it is a different matter".

I have been very  humbled by every one's generosity in donating these quilts to give to those who were BADLY affected in the recent Dungog Floods.  I have met fellow Dungog people whom I have not had the privilege of meeting before.  THANK YOU AGAIN.

Until next post...