Thursday, May 17, 2018

A couple of finishes

Having a clean and uncluttered sewing room after yesterday's clean up was very theraputic and motivating to the point that I was able to convert some of those cut out items from last week into 3 garments for Miss M.

There are still a few more bits and pieces waiting to be sewn up and as it is FNSI tomorrow night I will take the  opportunity to try and make another couple of finishes happen.    Now that the cold weather is here these need to be finished sooner rather than later.    For the time being I have put all other projects - big and small - on hold.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I am ashamed to admit....

That I cannot remember the last time that my sewing room floor has been cleaned.    Today I took the vacuum cleaner to my sewing room for the first time since????? and this is the result

It took me over half an hour to clean the vacuum head of all the threads that had wrapped themselves around the brushes - half an hour that could have been spent sewing. 

The floor looks bigger now that it has been cleaned and  tomorrow morning I will start the day sewing without any clutter around me.  That is a nice feeling.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Catching up

It is lovely to go away and not have to do a thing but unfortunately all good things must come to an end and so it is back to reality - like unpacking,  doing the washing, folding and putting away clothes when they  are dry, shopping, banking, gardening, cooking etc.      It took me a couple of days but once I caught up with all those domestic chores  I was able to head straight to my sewing room first up this morning and make a start on cutting out some winter clothes for Miss M.   

We have gone from summer to winter overnight as a cold blast of Arctic air swept up the coast  causing autumn to by-pass us this year.    I have a crate full of warm fabrics in the sewing room so it was a matter of getting out the scissors and just cutting, cutting, cutting until I had 4 pairs of pants and 3 tops cut out by lunchtime.   

I spent the afternoon on the overlocker and hopefully will get a couple of items finished off tomorrow.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Road Trip

Hubs and I have not long returned from an 8 day road trip around the western area of NSW.    During that time we saw plenty of colourful trees

Visited a  few wineries and found a lovely shady area to sit and enjoy some afternoon tea

Saw lovely old well preserved buildings

All of the country towns that we visited have very wide streets and the locals take a pride in their areas.  In the photos below is the township of Gulgong which features on the Australian ten dollar  note hence the name "Ten Dollar Town".     The statue is of the "jolly swagman" that the song "Waltz in Matilda" is about and is found in a park in Wagga Wagga.     

We were lucky enough to be up close  to the animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.   A zoo that I would recommend anyone visiting the area put on their "must see list". 

The Japanese Gardens in Cowra were very peaceful and serene to walk around.

Every country town has a central park complete with bandstand and fountain

As well as fern and bergonia houses to walk through and enjoy.

Once we left Dubbo and travelled further out west the plight of the farmers due to the drought became very evident everywhere we looked.    We were told that many of the farmers are having to sell off the livestock as they cannot afford to truck in water and feed for them.    It was very sad to see just how dry the countryside is out there.  I remember learning about the "mighty Murrumbidgee River" when in primary school and if you look at the first photo there is barely a trickle of water in some parts of the river.    The blue sign on the tree is a marker for the flood level in 1974 - that is not going to happen again for sometime to come.

Hubs and I really enjoyed our "western road trip" and covered a distance of 1,650 kms during our time away.     We did however collect a souvenir at the end of our holiday which we could have done without - a cracked windscreen.   

 It could have been a lot worse so we consider ourselves very lucky.   A phone call to the insurance company has now fixed that problem and the car has been through the car wash and looks back to new again.

My one disappointment about the country areas was not being able to visit many fabric/quilt shops.    Many of the towns do not have one, the businesses have closed down permanently, there is one shop in the area and that was closed due being Saturday afternoon or Sunday when I was there and one was even closed with a sign on the door - "gone to the doctor".   

Thanks for joining me on our trip out west - I hope that you enjoyed reading about it and seeing some of the photos that were taken.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

A real page turner

During the week I started a book that I borrowed from the local library and find that it is hard to put  down. 

Here is the review that I found on "google".

This mesmerizing debut is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night.

I'm the most authentic version of myself when I'm around Jack. We've known each other since we were kids, and our relationship was always one of mudpies and mocking. Then everything changed. Beautiful Kate, my best friend, disappeared on a moonlit beach after Jack dumped her for me. Jack was a suspect and, sure of his innocence, I lied to protect him. I know Jack didn't kill her. Our betrayal did. 13 years later, I am 30, childless, and single, attempting to renovate my life rescuing a rundown worker's cottage. All is as it should be in my safe little world--until Jack buys the vacant lot behind my house, and the feelings that we buried all those years ago--the guilt, the love, and the pain--resurface. We can't keep running away from the past--and to move forward we have to know what really happened to Kate.

If a book does not "grab" me from the first few pages then I do not waste time trying to wrestle with it as there are far too many good books to be read with not enough time.   This book certainly does not fall into that category.

I did find time to lift my head from the book during the week and went to  see "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society".    When I heard the name of the movie I was intrigued and suggested to my friends that we should go see it.    They all loved it just as much as I did - one of them had read the book and felt that the movie was close to the book.   That does not happen often.    

If you like a movie with no violence, no foul language, lovely scenery and a love triangle then this is the movie for you.   I also enjoyed seeing the lovely clothes from that era as well as the hearing swing music that was being played in the night club scenes.   It was also interesting to see just how many British actors were in it that I knew from other shows.    Do not ask me to name them but I can tell what part they played in which show!

Now that autumn like weather has finally arrived I tried to spend 2 hours each day during the week on quilting the mystery quilt and pleased to say that I finished it today.   Now all that remains to be done is to trim up, put on the binding then it can be called it a finish.  

I cross hatched  across each block and then stitched in the ditch around the "star" with channel stitching in the white sashings.    While searching around in my stash I found what I hope will be the perfect binding fabric and will fit in with the theme of black and white that I chose as my consistent colours in each block.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The challenge has been issued

Each member of my quilting group has been given these two pieces of fabric with the instruction of make anything that you like using both fabrics. 

As you can see neither piece is what you call large so obviously other fabrics can be added into the mix.    This challenge is to be completed for our Christmas in July meeting so there is some time to put on my thinking cap.   

All ideas gratefully received so please feel free to suggest away.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Straight down the middle...

Time to put  those dancing shoes back on and learn the next step in the square dance mystery quilt-a-long that I am taking part in.  This time  the call is "straight down the middle" which was a very quick process.   I now have a pile of 9 patch blocks as well as two piles of rectangles - one with white on one side and dark on the other and the second pile has a dark and medium fabric sewn together.

I have had a play with what blocks there are so far and at this stage I am unable to see any design emerge.    The next clue is given tomorrow so hopefully the mystery will be one step closer to a solution. 

Off with the dancing shoes and onto sandwiching and pinning the mystery quilt that I have been working on over the last few weeks.

Now that the intense heat of summer has abated I can start to think quilting again.   As you can see the quilt is  "under the needle" and I even took the time to pre-wind several bobbins ready to drop in when needed.  

My OMG for April was to catch up on the new dance step and sandwich and pin the quilt - both were achieved I am happy to say.    

Thanks to Wendy for hosting another fun FNSI.

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