Friday, March 15, 2019


Not exactly a sew in but a cut-a-thon was what I decided to work on today.    I was able to settle myself on a  chair at the sewing table and cut out 4 little dresses.

I do not usually sit to cut out but during the week  the muscles in my back were pulled while bending over doing some strip cutting so I had to adapt and find a more comfy position.

Before heading off to the sewing room I picked a bowl of  small tomatoes to add into tonight's salad for dinner.  These tomatoes have self-seeded and are taking over the garden.   I am getting about 3 bowls each week with many more to come looking at the flowers that are forming on the bushes.  

Thanks Wendy for hosting again and to see what else was achieved by others follow me over here.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

A rescue mission

When doing some domestic duties this morning I heard a rather loud thump sound outside and upon investigating  a small pretty bird  was found lying on its back on the patio outside the kitchen window.    I raced inside and put on the rubber gloves in order to pick it up and hopefully save the poor thing.

I was able to gently grab it and place it "right way up" in a quiet spot on the edge of the patio.

After about 10 -15 mins I checked on the patient and found that it had flown from the patio to a higher spot on the fence and from there it took off to safety - hopefully.     I have been able to ascertain that it is a kingfisher and by looking at it a young one.   

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Green is ........

The colour chosen for this month's rainbow scrap challenge.  

First dive into the green scrap bin revealed the above.  I am looking forward to making my next lot of log cabin blocks out these scraps as I have a soft spot for the colour always looks cool and refreshing.   At this point I can see that a few of the greens will be put to one side as I have a preference for blue/green rather than yellow/green so a second round of fabrics may need to be looked at in order to achieve the look that I am after.  

My OMG for March will be to complete four green log cabin blocks and join them together.  

Earlier today time was found to make a batch of vegetarian muffins.     They can enjoyed at anytime of the day but they do make a nice addition to breakfast with a cup of coffee.  

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Friday, March 1, 2019


Over the course of the past few weeks I have been production lining more library bags in between other projects.     Seeing that hubs and I enjoyed lunch out today the kitchen is closed tonight so an early start was made on finishing off the last dozen or so bags that needed to have their drawstrings threaded through.

There are 27 bags above which will be delivered along with a few more dresses once they are sewn up.  

If you would like to see what others got up to during FNwF pop on over here.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Where did February go?????

When I received the email today reminding me that it is time to link up for February's OMG finish did I realise just how close we were to the end of the month.   Having 2 or 3 days less than the other  months brought the end up very fast.     Yesterday I had all the strips cut and ready to sew together for the 4 yellow log cabin blocks so today's job after doing some shopping was to get them finished.

As mentioned in a previous post I thought that all the yellows looked "sameish in value" so a second dive into the scrap bins produced some yellow fabrics with a dash of red, green and blue which seems to give a bit of lift to the all yellow fabrics that were chosen before.

Linking with Elm Street Quilts.
                      So Scrappy
                      Oh Scrap

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Red and yellow and pink and green

The only colours missing from the rainbow song are orange and blue as can be seen in the photo below.

Since my last post I have managed to spend sometime each day in my sewing room this week and completed 6 dresses.  I am pleased with the way the floral scraps that I had have matched in well with the plain fabrics that I was given to work with.    For three of the dresses there was only enough floral fabric to use in the bodice so in those cases the sleeves matched the skirts. 

My next project to work on is my four yellow log cabin blocks - all the strips have now been cut and just need to be sewn up.     I need to get a wriggle on with these as they were nominated as my OMG for February.       

My next batch of dresses will be a straighter dress using stripes and spots.     These have a back opening which is secured with a button and loop.   

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Mixing and matching

FNSI started early for me today.    The last lot of fabric that was given to me  by the charity organiser contained a lot of plain fabric so in order to "dress" it up I used up some odds and ends of floral  fabrics that were left over from garments  previously made either for Miss M or myself.    I hate having fabric sitting around without a purpose.   Out with the scissors and four dresses were cut out - they will have floral bodices and sleeves with plain skirts.

I even had enough time  to finish off one today.   I timed myself from the cutting out stage to completion - it  takes approx. 3 hours per dress for this design.  

Thanks Wendy for organising us again.    I hope that you are "drying out" after the big wet up your way.  

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