Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 Easter Swap Closes TODAY

My Easter Swap closes today... I will allow the extra hours for the rest of the world who are behind Australia in the time...

Just leave me a message and/or better still, send me an email with your snail mail and blog address (if you have one) and I will send you a lovely lady's name for you to send too....

You will NOT be sending to the person who is sending to you... you can be anonymous until they receive your gift, or you can contact them beforehand IF YOU WANT TO...

Until next post..


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another Fat Quarter and February's BOM

On Friday I received another fat quarter for my Birthday, this time it was from Sylvia of Vic:

I also made February's BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop:

Until next post..

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's starting to look a bit like.....

MY BIRTHDAY!!!... this Saturday...

The postman brought 3 packages from a Birthday Fat Quarter Swap I am in:

Deb from Christchurch NZ..(hope you are alreight Deb after the earthquake):

Maria from WA:

Lyn from QLD:

I'm as happy as a pig in mud!... THANK YOU to all of you!

Until next post...


Colour Swap received

Remember me showing you this box all ready to go to my Colour Swap Partner in a previous blog?

Well, my partner Anita received her package from me, and this is what she found in the box:

This is a better view of the 6 cloths I knitted; (The set is called "Spring Cloths"):
The Sun:

A Bumble Bee:
A Butterfly:
A Tree:
An Umbrella:
Thank you to On My Verandah for hosting this swap.

Until next post...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Colour Swap Parcel Received

It was only yesterday when I blogged that I had made my colour swap and was all ready to send in a couple of weeks and look what arrived for me in the mail today!!

My favourite colour is Blue and look what my swap partner Gai sent me!

I received not one but 2 reels of cotton, a fat quarter, menthos sweets, nut bar and Gai made this beautiful blue bracelet.

Naughty me has already eaten the nut bar!

Until next post...


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Colour Swap ready to send

I am in Maree's Colour Swap (now closed) and we had to make & buy items in the one colour your secret partner said was her favourite colour.

I had fun in doing it and have got it all ready to post in a couple of weeks. I know I am early, but I tend to worry if I am not organised BEFORE the due date.

Here is a sneak peek!

Until next post...


Coin Quilt Top Finished

Last December, I had a Quilt Sale at the local CWA Hall and it was so successful, the ladies asked me to do it again, "same time next year", so that means I have to get some more quilts made. I decided to take a day off a week for the next 5 weeks from work, as part of my annual leave, and spend those days sitting at the sewing machine.

It is now 6pm and I have just finished this "Stack of Coins" quilt top to send off to the quilter. It is quite large, measuring 75" x 91".

I did have the 8 rows of "coins" sewn together before I started today and I also had all the 2.5" squares cut, but not sewn. ALL of the coloured fabric in the quilt were scraps, including 5" squares we received years ago in fabric clubs.

Now I must hit the stash and find an appropriate backing, and also some sort of multi coloured fabric for the binding.

Until next post...


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Easter Sewing, Knitting and Fig Jam

After yesterday's mess was cleaned up, I did manage to get to sit in front of my sewing machine and started making my Easter Tea Towels for swaps and gifts. (My Easter Swap is still open to enrol) I have also been knitting cloths during the week when I came home from work for lunch:

I continued sewing when I got up this morning......

...and I made MORE of that fig jam.....and it behaved itself today... this is this weekends bottled Fig Jam:

Now I am off to have Chinese for dinner..

Until next post...


Saturday, February 5, 2011

What a mess!

With the temperature of 43C outside, I decided to lock myself inside with my airconditioning and make up another batch of fig jam from my over burdened tree.

BIG MISTAKE!... I have NEVER EVER EVER had jam play up and make such a mess... it just "blopped" and "blopped" from the start to the end, and I am talking a FEW hours... I nearly threw the lot in the bin as it was going everywhere and I was getting VERY upset and extremely annoyed. I did have to throw one lot out as I divided it into a few pans and one pan just burnt the bottom straight away.

All over the stove:

all over the wall and cupboard:

reaching the top of the 10foot walls and even hitting the ceiling:

and all over ME!... (I even have some in my hair):

...all for this:

A friend told me that you shouldn't bake cakes on a hot day, maybe it is the same for jam.

I have just spent 2 hours washing down the kitchen, and now I am going for a shower and a change of clothes... so much for sewing is now 4.30pm!

Until next post...