Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jelly Roll Quilt Race

I have been told by a frind from the States about this new craze going on over there.... a quilt top made in under an hour!
Here is the link to the Video clip:

42 strips - size without border 48" x 64 ( 3yrds total fabric)
55 strips - size without border 55" x 84
69 strips - size without border 70" x 84"
82 strips - size without border 78" x 88"
96 strips - size without border 88" x 92"

Cut 18" off the first strip, this will be extra.
Sew all strips together on a diagonal on one selvage end ( like binding)
fold strips on top of each other and sew on right side, cut the fold when
you get to the bottom end. Open and place right sides together and repeat
for a total of 5 times (for 42 strips). More repeats are needed when using
more strips.
You can press as you go or you can press when you are completely done.

I think I might be using this idea to use up a lot of my fabric ends... doesn't have to be only Jelly Rolls!

What do you think?

Until next post...

Birthday present made

It feels good to make something instead of buying it for a friend's 1 year old boy.

As, I am sure, he has plenty of pyjamas to fit him for the rest of this winter, I have made them as a size 2, so he can have some nice new ones for next winter.

Until next post..


Monday, August 6, 2012

Bobsey Twins & Amish

Home today as it is "Mechanic's Picnic Day"... ok, ok, I'm not a mechanic, but I am the secretary at a mechanical workshop!
So, I slept in, then did the washing of the linen, cooked a vegetable & bacon quiche and cut out 2 pairs of size 2 pyjamas for a birthday present in a few weeks, plus.......
 I have started cleaning out my cupboards for my big move and I came across this set of books I bought from an Antique Shop while I was in the States last year.

It is the first 12 books in the "Bobbsey Twins" series by Laura Lee Hope.  I don't think they were read that much here in Australia, but I could be wrong, as I was not a reader when I was young, only started reading later in life.   Has anyone read these books?

...... talking of my trip to the States, I bought the 2 Amish dolls a couple of visits ago, and the last time I found this "Nancy Noel" print of an Amish girl against a quilt.  They are on permanent display in my dining room.

Must go and sew up the pyjamas.

Until next post...