Wednesday, September 11, 2019

From the Other side

A couple of months ago myself and two other friends did the climb to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and today being the lovely day that it was hubs and I decided to go for a drive to West Head which is directly opposite the lighthouse across Pittwater.

I was very impressed with our effort on the day that we did the walk to the lighthouse but I was even more impressed today when looking across to the headland as to just how steep the climb actually was.  

The drive out to West Head from the main road is about 15 kms and many pretty wildflowers can be seen along the way especially at this time of the year.

The views are stunning from the headland.  Looking north towards Lion Island with the Central Coast behind it.

Looking south from the lookout down towards Newport.  

Time to head on home and into the sewing room to sew up the black and white log cabin blocks.

Now that 9 rainbow blocks  are complete it is time to have a play  and get them into order.  The layout will be 3 blocks across by  3 blocks down which will end up a lap size quilt when finished.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

This week in the sewing room

Not much happened.    I have been out and about enjoying the beautiful spring weather.  First up was a ferry ride across the harbour to Watsons Bay to meet up with friends and enjoy lunch at Doyle's restaurant.

Anyone who lives in Sydney will know that Doyles is an icon.  It has been around on the Watsons Bay site since 1885 and is famous for its fish and chips.

Yesterday I headed back into the city to attend a talk at the Quilters Guild of NSW by one of its members.     After being inspired by the speaker I wandered into David Jones to enjoy their annual spring flower show.    Due to the main store being renovated the show was held in the men's store on the opposite street corner and while the display was on a much smaller scale the flowers were still stunning.

I did however join in with Cheryl and other crafters for FNwF.   During the week some fabric was found which was leftover from a cushion cover that was made a couple of years using Star Wars fabric.     After having a think about what could be done with not too much fabric I decided to go with using it for pockets on the fronts of some childrens' aprons. There is enough to get another 5 or 6 pockets so 5 or 6 more aprons can be made.  The straps are made from leftover fabric from the mixmaster cover that I made for a friend sometime ago.   Having stars on it seems to fit in well with the star war theme.   The new Star Wars movie will be released in December so hopefully they will prove to be popular.    This is as far as I got before calling it a night in the sewing room.  I  will endeavour to have them ready for the next hospital stall in October. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

On my Walk Today....

I noticed Spring all around me.   From the new growth just starting to appear on one of our decidious trees

To the wild flowers

A rainbow lorikeet having some lunch

On my return home I decided it was time to bring out the Spring tablerunner and pick some azaleas  which are just about in full flower.

I was given this "log" of pretty fabric over the weekend and I am having fun thinking what will be made out of it.    There are a few ideas running around in my head but more time will be taken so that I can enjoy patting it, looking at it and then cutting into it.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Cut and ready to sew

My nominated OMG for September is going to get these strips sewn up into four 8 1/2" blocks then join them up to make the last of the curved log cabin blocks that I have been working on since January.

There is one more colour to be announced in October but I will call it quits after this month and then use the rest of the year to assemble the quilt and complete it.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Pink and blue and primrose too

During the week time allowed to make a start on making some little dresses from the fabrics that I was given last week.  So far 3 have been made

Last month I was asked at the hospital stall if there were any aprons suitable for a boy - there were but they had been sold earlier in the day so out with the jungle theme fabric to make a couple more for next week as well as another one for a girl.

A couple more beanies were finished off also.

Time to get out some fabrics and make a decision as to what colour the last curved log cabin block will be.   After discounting this and that it was decided to go with charcoal heading into  black and white as I wanted a strong colour to fit in with the rest of the blocks.  

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

My new toy

While doing some research on the net as one does from time to time - all too often - I found a small pouch with a kam snap fastener and thought it was time to invest in some snaps and the snap tool.    A friend at my quilting group was also interested in adding to her collection of snaps so we ordered the package and divided  the snaps between us.

Of course I had to try it out today and this is what was made. Here is the outside

And here is the inside.

I like the double pouch but will experiment with a couple of other designs in the future.   The snap press was very easy to use - it did not require any strength in the wrist area to exert the pressure needed to push the snaps into place.  

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

A day trip

To Morpeth was where hubs and I headed today.  Morpeth is located approximately 2 hours driving time north of where we live and is an historic river port on the banks of the Hunter River.   Of course on arrival one must support one of the many local caf├ęs.

And enjoy freshly made scones with jam and cream as well as a coffee.

Time to move on and explore more of the area.   The main street is lined with old buildings which have been quite well preserved and house a range of shops in them. 

This cow is in the entrance to the Teddy Bear shop and as you can see the teddys are enjoying their picnic.

There are many pretty alleyways to be explored

 Some old plaques which line the footpath and as you can see the town dates quite away back.

Whilst I am not a lolly eater I did have a weakness for black cats in my school days and over the years I have found that they are increasingly hard to obtain and whilst browsing in the lolly shop what should I find but a packet of black cats.   I will eat them sparingly to make them last - maybe!

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