Monday, January 28, 2013

Long weekend sewing

Happy Australia Day everyone.     Officially Australia Day was celebrated on Saturday but today has been declared a public holiday.    As Friday was my day off work I was lucky enough to have an extra long weekend so I took advantage of the  time to do some sewing.    Sometime ago I bought the fabric below just because  I thought it was novel.   Having little things on sticks, umbrellas in drinks, plates of cheese and biscuits and olives reminded me of a celebration  and so Saturday being a day of celebration I thought it in order to make some new coasters and an tray mat on which to stand a bottle of wine.


Now as you have gathered by now I am someone who does everything by machine and  yes I admit even my bindings (I hope that the quilt police are on holiday)  but I have always sewn the binding on the back first and then brought it around and machined it down.    I saw a tutorial when I was  blog hopping the other day on  CluckCluckSew at http://www.cluckclucksew.com/search?updated-max=2013-01-10T04:29:00-08:00&max-results=4  that she did the reverse to me so I gave it a go on the tray mat and now this is the way that I will  do all my bindings from now on.    I am very pleased with the result.  

In Australia we have been experiencing one of our hottest summers on record so a rummage through the stash revealed some fabric that I had sitting around for sometime to make myself something long, cool, loose and pretty to float around the house  in on these hot nights.  
It seems to blend right in with the cover that is on the bed for summer.  

All is calm here at present but in Sydney we have been warned about the tail end of a cyclone which is moving down from the north.     Strong winds and driving rain are heading here and expected to hit sometime late this afternoon/evening.    Hubby has been around the yard and moved anything that is likely to be washed/ blown away.     I think that there will be a sleepness night ahead for many of us.

Happy sewing until next time.    


7 comments:

Margarita said...

You are doing well Karen. I like that light a cool fabric.

Liz said...

Thanks for that tutorial.The coasters and tray mat look good.your soft fabric looks do nice and cool.

Ondrea said...

THose coasters and mat are really funky! As for binding I think as long as it works and you have fun doing it then that is all that matters. I love the fabric, very soft and pretty. PLease stay safe.

secondhandrose said...

Love the coasters and tray mat fabric! Hope you stayed safe with the wild weather.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Lovely work, Karen. That pink fabric looks very pretty. Yes I used to make those little things on sticks and put them in a pineapple or cobb loaf. Hubs still like those little cocktail onions. :)

Gloria said...

Love novelty fabrics. Coaster and mat set turned out great!

susan nieuwoudt said...

Wow just love the coaster and mat set fabric all nice and bright. Hope you are all safe!