Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011

Yesterday I blogged about some fabric I bought at Spotlight. As promised I am now going to tell you what I want to do with those 6 metres.





Over the last 3 years I have been gifted or won in on blogs some lovely charm squares. Also I have been sent healing hearts blocks.




They have been tucked away in a draw and while cleaning my sewing room out looking for my "purple thang" that has gone missing. I came across these blocks and though..."hello what can I make with you lot?"




Then I had an amazing idea. What about say 3 quilts, tastefully made up and taken to the oldies (pardon using this word) a couple of street away in some units.

Maybe someone there wouldn't mind a quilt a bit bigger than a lap quilt to use on a cold night.

Just seems a shame to have these lovely blocks sitting and not working for a living.

Hence the fabric bought yesterday, as I'll use these 6 meters for backing. Any left over fabric I'll pop aside for something else. Now I just have to chase down some wadding when its out cheaper.






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Friday, December 30, 2011

Good Friends

Today was a very special day for me. I was able to join 2 quilting friends in Rundall Mall for lunch and a catch up.

This is the second time Donna and I have caught up with each other, due to Donna visiting family here in Adelaide. Ruth was able to join us both and what a time we had. I've met Ruth before but it was a first time for Donna and Ruth to meet.



Donna, myself and Ruth.


We had a lovely lunch in the Myer Centre and once we had finished eating and talking, we just had to visit Spotlight.

Armed with our vouchers and 30% off fabrics we had a ball looking at fabrics. Ruth was awesome in finding some lovely fabric in the reduced section. She even helped a stranger pick out fabrics for her quilt. This was lovely of Ruth, as usually quilters are a friendly bunch and often talk up a storm and then move on with their own lives.

Ruth left us at 2.30 and after a bit longer in Spotty, we found another coffee shop. We were there for almost 2 hours and that time just flew past so quickly.

So quickly, I have invited Donna to stay a few days to a week, next time she is in Adelaide. We can then sew up a storm and it was suggested over on Our Craft Forum, about having a bit of a get together at my place.

This had me thinking, what an awesome idea. I'm going to keep this idea in the back of my head and suggest it to Donna next year.

Ruth and I also have decided to catch up for a luncheon every couple of months too, from now on.

I am in such a good mood after today.




I bought 2 metres each of these three fabrics. $6.00 a metre and then 30% off, what a bargain.

You'll have to visit me tomorrow afternoon on my blog to see what I am going to use them in.

Very excited about the whole idea.


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Teddy Block

How was your Christmas Day? Our Christmas was so wonderful and having little Cooper sure made it even more special.




The other night I curled up on my chair and finished off this block for Amy's quilt. When I started this quilt earlier in the year, I had no idea how long it was going to take to make the blocks. The idea was to have this completed for Christmas. But this was not meant to be.

I now have the 5th block drawn up and ready to start stitching.

My plan is to have the quilt completed by June for her birthday. But if not by June, December looks good for a third choice. Hehehe.




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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A HUGGLE Christmas

Only 3 sleeps to Christmas Day. Both Pat & myself are so excited as it's our first year as grandparents. Little Cooper is 7 months old now.

I would like to thank all of my HUGGLES Angels here in Australia and overseas who have contributed with either little HUGGLES, fabric, filler or donations. The feed back I have received from places where the HUGGLES have been donated to, has been so rewarding. Words of thank you and smiles as they tell me of the child's reaction to picking out a little softie.

When children little and big open their presents, give hugs and gather for a family meal.

Perhaps you can spare some time and give thanks to your healthy family gathered around you and a prayer for families who have a loved ones in hospital or sadly have lost someone near to them.

This Saturday marks 31 years since my grandpa died and I still miss him greatly. I was 16 at the time.


I'd like to close in wishing you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012.



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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tamara's Cushion

Finally I can show you Tamara's cushion I made for her this Christmas. Once again I have used the same cushion I used for Dawn's, Anne's and my cushion.

But I have at the same time changed them a bit to give them their own individual look.


You can get this pattern called Ricrac And Roses in Country Threads Vol 9 No 12. Designed by Linda Haigh.

Yes I so have a thing for cushions.....






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Monday, December 19, 2011

Thirteen Sleeps To Go.

In thirteen sleeps I am able to start my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.




I am so counting down the sleeps now, as I have had the book in my sewing room since my birthday back in August.


Look I haven't even opened the envelope the CD comes in. I just know if I do open and have a look.......all my waiting will be a waste.

Better get some fabric cut out for another present. Only 2 left to go. Talk about cutting it fine.


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Another Present Finished.

Well its Christmas week and like many other people, I'm on a dead line to get the last of my Christmas presents finished.

Love making cushions for gifts and I so love to have them scattered around my lounge room.


This cushion is for Ben's mum. Anne loves green (just like me) and told me how she'd love a homemade cushion. Ask and she shall receive.

It's the same cushion I made Dawn for our secret Santa swap. But I added a ruffle to Anne's, also the material used on the backing is the same fabric used for the ruffle.

Fabric range is Circa 1934 by Moda.

On Tuesday I'll buy a size 20 insert for Tamara's cushion, which again is the same pattern. Tamara's is made different again with a larger border, hence the size 20 insert. Anne & Dawn's inserts are a size 18.

Only 2 presents to be made...then its all over for another year.




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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another Day Sewing

Today was another day bonding with Amanda. Pat was collected and spent most of the day shopping with Amy & Cooper.

On went the radio as we both love talk back radio and the sewing started.




Amanda was working on her bags again today.



I finished off Cooper's Santa sack.




Made a label for the Santa sack. I decided to add a liner as it covered the knots from the blanket stitch applique and finished the sack off nicely.

I used left over "Max & Whiskers" by Moda from making the baby quilt, back a couple of months ago.

I'll put my feet up after tea tonight and stitch down the edges on the label.

Then it was onto the next Christmas gift. I'm on a roll.

My first cushion I made back in 2009 had a ruffle and darned if I could remember how I made the ruffle. Yesterday I put a call out on Our Craft Forum for help on how to make the ruffle for a cushion.

Many thanks as the girls came through for me :) Thanks girls.




All pinned and ready for the backing to be made. This cushion is for Amy's mother in law, Anne.

I heard on the grape vine that this year Anne has made a lot of her presents as well....how clever is she???

Now I just have to wait until payday to buy more fabric for the backing. I was going to make this cushion again, but couldn't be stuffed working out and remembering the mistake in the pattern and cutting all the templates out. I used the backing fabric for the ruffle. Guess who's off to Hettie's Patch???? Hehehehe. Any excuse:)

So I made the same cushion as Tamara's (daughter in law on the 7th Jan ) but dressed it up different.

I'll get the inserts on payday as well and then I'll show both Tamara & Anne's finished and ready for wrapping.

Tonight I'll clear my white board in my sewing room and pop my shopping list up, so I don't forget what I need to buy. Time is ticking down.

How are your Christmas gift making going? I'm on track at the moment...lol


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Monday, December 12, 2011

More Dear Jane

Goodness these days are just flowing past me so fast. Christmas isn't that far away now and its on my mind with presents still to be finished off or made.

On my last day of sewing at Khris' place I was busy doing little finish offs on presents. I did manage to get a couple of the easier Dear Jane blocks made. Picking a couple of easy ones was a good idea with all the chatting and laughing that was going on.

The better quality fabric is making for not only a better shaped block but also lovelier colours/prints.



D-13 Field of Dreams





M-10 Simple Simon

Not sure if I'll get any more completed before Christmas.





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Sunday, December 11, 2011

First Sunday.

Today was my first Sunday not going across to Khris's place for my weekly dose of Sunday sewing.

I thought I'd be sewing by myself as I still have some Christmas presents to make. Last night around 9.30 I got a SMS from Amanda wanting to know what I was doing today. So happy to say, come on over and sew with me tomorrow.

I was so excited last night I didn't think I was going to sleep.





This morning I set the kitchen area up. I used a single bed sheet to cover the trestle table as its an old wooden one. Good size though for being able to spread ourselves out.





Kitchen table was pushed back against the chest freezer and this became our cutting area. Pat's dad made this table from some staging planks back in Whyalla when the shipyard was going. Its a good solid table and I am guessing some time down the track, it'll be passed onto either Amy or James.





We had the iron set up just to our left in this photo. Just a bit into the rumpus room. Pat was happy to do his usual Sunday things while we talked sewing and went about our items we wanted to make.



Really happy with today's effort, as I made the front of a cushion for Ben's mum. Thinking a frill around the edges will finish it off nicely.

I keep thinking what an awesome day it has been.

Amanda is back Tuesday morning to sew all her cut fabrics in bags. While I will be working on a gift for Ben's dad Tony.



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Monday, December 5, 2011

Bonds 12 Days of Christmas Full 60 Second Ad

This is my favourite ad on TV. Love the singer's voice and the 2 turtle doves are just so cute.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Swap

As promised yesterday here is the Christmas Swap I was involved in for the first time this year, over on Khris' group.

My swap partner was a lovely lady by the name of Anna. Did she spoil me something shocking.

I have put them in order to spell Christmas. Pat said Anna knew me so well with the gifts it was like she lived next door to me.

Lets take a look at my amazingly generous swap partner :)



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I have no words for such a generous and amazing woman . My swap to Anna will be sent next Tuesday and I hope like me, she is thrilled and overwhelmed at her parcel of loot.

Thank you Anna for being my swap partner for this swap. XOXOXOXOX



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