Sunday, January 30, 2011

I've been busy..Honest..I HAVE!!

I decided to get out ALL my scrap pieces of fabric, and all those 5" square fabric pieces from those 5" fabric clubs we all joined years ago (I can see you nodding your heads).. and I cut them up into different sizes and bagged them to make 3 different quilts.

The first quilt I started was a quilt with strips of 2.5 x 5" rectangles all joined together... I made 8 strips of 36 rectangles. Now I have to cut white fabric strips 3.5" wide by the length of the strips and join them together:

I have also been cutting up the waffle type cotton fabric to make tea towels for the Jewells 2011 Easter Swap and getting out the fabric to decorate the tea towels with:

...and I have been busy knitting wash cloths. One is to go with a matching tea towel:

I am still taking names for the Jewells 2011 Easter Swap, so don't be shy...jump in and register by leaving a to bloggers AND people who don't have blogs (contact me by email with your email address).

Until next post...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY! and Block 8 Finished

HAPPY AUSTRALIA my fellow Aussies!

The eighth block for Fat Quarter Shop's BOM arrived yesterday, just in time for me to sew today.

It is Australia Day today, and VERY hot, so sewing inside with my air conditioning on, with the TV tuned to the One Day Cricket is a wonderful way to while the day away. I had the traditional Bar-B-Q last night with my boyfriend as I knew it would be way to hot today.

Keep cool and safe.

Until next post...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Auction CLOSED

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Kate, who has won my set of Herb Marker Spoons for $20.

I have emailed Kate and am awaiting her reply.

Thank you to all who participated in this and every auction held over blog land for donations to the Qld Flood appeal.

Until next post..


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Queensland Flood Appeal Auction

As I sit here in my dry home on dry land, I am watching and listening with horror of the devastation that is happening, due to flooding,to Queensland and now the northern part of my state NSW.
My daughter, son in law (SIL), and 2 small grandchildren live in Toowoomba where the giant 8 metre tsunami wave hit without warning. Luckily my daughter and grandchildren where home in a higher part of the city, but my SIL, who is a tow truck driver was actually on a call out, assisting a lady who's car had stalled in the CBD (Central Business District), when it struck. He managed to keep out of harms way and was sending photos via iPhone to my daughter and me long before it made the national news. Thankfully, after many hours, he arrived home safely.
The trouble now is lack of food, fuel and staples of life as the shops and supermarkets are all empty, due to panic buying.

Anyhow, with saying that, I am happy to join Make it Perfect's Toni's QLD Flood Appeal Auctions, I am auctioning a set of my HERB SPOON MARKERS, and ALL the money will go towards the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.

Ok. This is how it works:

1. Bidding starts now, with the starting price of AU$10. You are
bidding for the set of 5 Herb Spoon Markers They aren't being
auctioned separately.
2. You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post.
Please include your email address! Please make sure that
your bid is higher than the previous bidder.
3. Your bid must be in full dollar increments... no cents please.
4. The auction is open to everyone.
5. Postage is FREE for Australian and overseas residents.
6. The auction will end at Midnight on Monday, 24th January 2011.
(Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Time).
7. At the close of the auction I will contact the winner (please
make sure that your bid comment includes your email
address). The winner will pay the winning amount
DIRECTLY into the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal Fund.
Once you have donated the amount to the Relief Fund please
send me a copy of the receipt and receipt number (for proof of
donation) via email. Once proof of payment has been received
I will post the set of Herb Spoon Markers to you.
8. Thank you for participating and happy bidding!

Until next post...


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Easter Swap

I know it is only the New Year, but I thought I would call for interest in an Easter swap (open to all countries) and that way we can leisurely make or buy the items and post them all in good time, without a last minute rush.

Here is how the swap will work:

You are to send the following 4 items to your partner who will NOT be the same person who sends to you:

1) Craft Magazine
2) Easter themed Tea-Towel (made or bought)
3) Chocolate/Candy
4) Easter themed Wash Cloth (made or bought)

All parcels are to be posted on or before 7th April in time for Easter (24th April).

Collecting names for this swap will close on 28th February.

Please leave me a comment or email me if you are interested. Open to people who do not have a blog as well as those who do have a blog. Remember to leave me an email address if you don't have a blog link, so I can contact you with your partner's details.

PLEASE pass the word about this swap, the more, the merrier... you can use my Easter button if you like.

Until next post...

Cheers.... Jewells

Monday, January 3, 2011

I can show you now

As part of my Christmas presents to my daughter and grand daughter, I made aprons and chef's hats for them both. It started with a kit I bought at the Darling Harbour Quilt Show a few years ago.

I made up the kit a few months ago and here is the finished apron that was made for my grand daughter:

I then went looking for a pattern for a child's chef hat and made one up, and had fabric left over, so I made a second one. Then I decided to adapt an apron I had won in a competition for my daughter to go with the hat:

My Mum was here and I conned her into modelling them for me.... here is my grand daughter's set:

...and here is my daughter's set:

My daughter wasn't thrilled with that part of her gift, but my grand daughter loved it, as I also included a cook book, wooden spoons, small rolling pin, measuring cups and spoons, cookie cutters and other kitchen items...

Until next post...


Sewing 2 BOM's

This morning I managed to make block 6 and block 7 BOM from The Fat Quarter Shop, and now they are done. I am really liking how these blocks are coming along, and the fabric supplied for each month is VERY generous, so much so, I think there would be enough to make a second lot of blocks!

This is block 6:

This is block 7:

I will have a bite to eat, then I hope to make the block for my swap partner, Alicia, in Quilting Block Swaps. Then I hope to shorten the legs on 2 pairs of jeans and cut off the legs of another pair of jeans to make them into shorts this afternoon.

I also must make some nightwear for my 2 grandchildren, plus make some tomato relish (I made tomato chutney and tomato sauce yesterday) from my ample supply of cherry tomatoes from my garden.

Until next post...


Sunday, January 2, 2011

SSCS 2010 Opened

I have been away over the Christmas break, so I opened my SSCS gift from Caroline today when I got home, and look what I got!!

I am overwhelmed with the generous gift and the lovely stitching in the wall hanging. I have already hung it in the second bedroom.

Until next post...