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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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wrong Guess

I had guessed last month that purple would be chosen for this month's rainbow colour challenge but I was wrong - it was light blue.     After giving it careful consideration I decided to go with purple and make up my 4 curved log cabin blocks which was my nominated OMG for August.

I was then spurred on to get out all my other curved log cabin blocks that have been completed each month since January and this is what they look like.

They are in no particular order and as you can see there is a gap to be filled in.    At this stage my thoughts are to make one more set of 4 curved blocks, then proceed to join them up and complete the quilt using the quilt as you go method.    I will trial a few colours to see what will  make up the last block to fit in best with the rest.

In keeping with the purple theme a batch of  blueberry muffins were made to enjoy with a cup of coffee.

During the week a friend of mine whose health is far from good "gifted" me a bag of fabric that she had intended to sew up as dresses for herself but time got away and her circumstances have now changed. 

The fabric is not suitable for quilting but the pieces are fairly large - 2 to 3 metres in each piece - and they will sew up beautifully into dresses for the charity that I sew for.  

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Friday, August 16, 2019

3D Tutu cushion Cover

Miss M and her parents will be moving into their new home in a few weeks time and I wanted to make something for  Miss M's new room.    She loves ballet and thought I would go with a ballet theme.  This is what I came up with.

I was able to make an early start this morning and worked on it for a couple of hours.   Once I made a start it went together quite quickly.  It was nice to have a change to pink after all that blue and white in the aprons.

Thanks Wendy for organising FNSI again.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The finish line

It was an all out push to get the aprons finished this week - today to be exact - as I wanted to hand them over when I had afternoon tea tomorrow with the co-ordinator of the charity that they are headed for.

This is what 25 aprons look like.    I am pleased with the result and considering that the tablecloths were headed for the tip after one use it was a satisfying rescue mission.

I am a bit sick of looking at blue and white fabric so my next project involves pink tulle, white and fairy frost pink fabric.  More on that one later.

Now that the gale force chilly winds which have blown for the last 5 days have abated it was nice to be able to sit outside and do the easy task of cutting around some scrap fabrics with pinking shears to create some pretty tops to go onto the tops of jars of jam that one of the volunteers makes to sell at the hospital stall.   

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

5 Down with 20 to go

This week in the sewing room saw a production line of aprons happening.   Below are about 12 - all cut out, the aprons overlocked and the straps  pinned ready to sew.

And here are 5 completed.

I also managed to finish off another beanie and make a start on the next one.

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Friday, August 2, 2019


My priority tonight was to make sure that I finished off the 3 bibs that I was working on earlier during the week as they are needed for the hospital stall tomorrow morning.   Fortunately all that was left to do was top stitch them and put  the Velcro closures on.    Here they are ready to head off with me tomorrow morning bright an early.    I am on the set up shift and need to be at the local shopping centre by 8 am at the latest.

The blue nursery rhyme fabric is popular and sells very quickly.  I usually use fabric for a boy, girl and something that could be for either gender.      Now that they are packed and ready to go I am heading off to watch some tv and pick up the knitting needles to continue on with a few more beanies.

Thanks Cheryll for hosting another fun and productive night.   
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OMG for August

I am jumping the gun a bit  as the rainbow  challenge colour for August has not been announced yet but I am going to make an "executive decision" here and go with purple as it is one of the few remaining colours to be used in the challenge.     So with that in mind these fabrics were pulled.

My goal for August will be to make them into 4 curved log cabin blocks to join the rest of the curved log cabin blocks that have been  sewn over the past 7 months.

Don't forget that there is still time to sign up over at Gone Stitchin' and be part of the fun tonight at FNwF.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

I don't believe it

There I was busy chain piecing apron neck and waist straps  - quite  a mindless job - when I happened to look down and noticed that I had sewn one and half strips - well over a metre - without any bobbin thread.  

That will teach my mind to wander to what was going to be cooked for dinner that night and other trivial matters.  

It would be nice if  sewing machine manufacturers could devise a mechanism which would stop the machine when the bobbin ran out even though I do have a top loading bobbin with  clear plastic over the top of it this is not the first time that this has happened to me.    Very annoying to say the least.   Note to self - concentrate on the job at hand.

However my day was brightened when going to the letterbox there was a parcel with my name on it and upon opening it this is what was inside

One of these lovely set of placemats (I have used the actual photo from June's blog) was sent to me by June from June's Jottings which she had made from fabric bought on her recent travels into the Red Centre and onto Darwin.   She has even made a smaller mat for Miss M.     I had been admiring them on her blog recently and little did I know that a set would be coming my way.  Lucky me.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Re-purpose and re-use

I was asked during the week if I could help out and make a few adult aprons from some donated tablecloths.    No problem I said and this pile of tablecloths was left at the front door yesterday while I was out and about.

Twenty five tablecloths to be precise.     I did my first one today and this is how it turned out

One down and 24 more to go.   By cutting the tablecloth a certain way I was able to get the apron, the neck and waist straps as well as a pocket from each one.    Every apron needs a pocket.      

Into the sewing room for some more cutting and sewing.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

This Week in the Sewing Room

It was an "odds and sods" week with a big tidy and clean up in the sewing room all due to call for help from a friend who is looking for a pattern for 7" doll clothes.   Yes I definitely can help you I said and knew that there was exactly what she was looking for in my sewing room.    During the process of searching fabrics which had been put aside to make more library bags were uncovered and have been turned into 10 bags.

More bibs are being cut out for the next hospital fund raising stall next week.

But alas the pattern book for the 7" doll clothes still alludes me.   I can only think that it is caught up in a huge pile of books and magazines which will be my next job to go it future research as I am sure to find many interesting projects to add to my "to do list".

The knitting needles have kept me busy of a night while sitting in front of tv with one beanie completed and another on the way.

Well back to my sewing room to keep looking for this missing pattern book.   

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Friday, July 19, 2019

For My Giftie Box

The way the year is skidding by it will be Christmas time before we know it so my thoughts have turned to making some small items which can be used as stocking fillers for family and friends.    During the week I have been busy rummaging around in my sewing room and particularly my scrap bins to see what could be used to make up some snap top bags.    I was able to make an early start today  and finished them off.

There are a couple of more ideas that will also be added to the box very soon.

Thanks Wendy for hosting another fun FNSI.

Spring is in the air...…..when doing my daily walk this afternoon I followed my nose and saw this glorious wattle bush almost in full flower

In the next photo I really did turn my nose - this time in a different direction - as the garbage truck was doing what garbage trucks do.     Our council has just acquired a new fleet of very bright trucks. They come in red, yellow, blue, purple, pink and this one outside our house today was lime green.  

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

This Week in the Sewing Room

Very little was achieved due to having Miss M stay for a few days.   We did however find time to make a small blanket and pillow for one of her favourite toys and while we were finding suitable fabrics for them she saw this love heart fabric - as she called it - and asked if her new apron could be made from it.

I declared this weekend "a catch up on sewing weekend" and managed to cut out and sew up her new apron.  I used the same pattern that is used to make the childrens' aprons for the hospital stall but enlarged it in a few places.

Next onto a job which I have been procrastinating over doing for a couple of weeks.   Hubs bought a new pair of trousers without trying them on and of course they needed to be altered.     Not only were they too long but they were quite loose around the waist so a complete make over was needed.  Here they are all fixed up and ready to wear.

After that episode it was time to reward myself so out with my pretty pink fabrics to cut and sew four curved log cabin blocks which was my nominated OMG for July.

What were you able to achieve in your sewing room over the weekend?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A little piece of Scotland

Hubs likes all things Scottish - especially shortbread - and when shopping in one of my favourite quilt shops sometime back  I saw a fat quarter which depicted all things Scottish so home it came with me and sat in my sewing room until the other day when it was made into a cushion cover.

Hubs was delighted with his little piece of Scotland.   With all the heavy fog that we have been having lately anyone would think we lived in Scotland.  

It is good weather for eating lots of warming soup.  I like to make a large pot so we can have it over a couple of days for lunches.

Fortunately the weather  has cleared as hubs and I have had Miss M with us for a few days so we have been able to get out and do all those holiday activities like scooting around the lake

Playing in the playground

Riding on the Manly ferry and seeing the sights of city as they come into view.

Doing some potting of plants at the local garden centre to take home and look after.   Miss M is proudly showing the poppy that she planted.  

All the toys have been picked up, the colouring in books and pencils back where they belong, the sewing machine and computer are mine to use again and Miss M has been delivered back to her mummy and daddy.     I will miss my "little shadow" and hope that she is able to come and stay with us again  next school holidays.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Christmas in July

My quilting group issued the challenge of making some small Christmas decorations/ornaments which will be given  Kris Kringle style at our meeting next week.    Digging into the pile of Christmas scraps I came up with the idea of making some Christmas tree trivets which can be used as table decorations.

I made a couple of these for my own use a few years ago and found them good to put under small bowls of goodies that we tend to put around at Christmas time.    They are a fun a quick project to work on even though I had to re-think how to do paper piecing.    Working backwards does my head in at times.    

I was working on these over the last couple of days and finished them off this afternoon after returning home from enjoying a Christmas in July lunch with my walking companions.     We will have to do an extra long walk to justify eating such a large meal.   We were  however very good as none of us caved in and order the pudding with custard.  

Thanks Cheryll for organising FNwF 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pretty in Pink

The rainbow scrap colour for July is pink and I am looking forward to sewing these fabrics below  to make up the next batch of curved log cabin blocks which I will nominate as my OMG for this month.

Since my last post I have slotted through the drawstrings on  20 library bags so these can now be considered a finish.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Is where my walking companions and I decided to walk to yesterday.    After parking at Palm Beach the lighthouse can be seen at the top of the hill in the first photo.    Ignore the time that the sign gives to do the walk .  You would have to be a marathon runner and not look to the right, left or enjoy the view from the top once reached to achieve that timing.

Here we are at the bottom of the first set of many steps ahead of us.    As you can see from the second photo there is no railing to grab onto so the rocks alongside the walk helped us to steady ourselves. 

Time to turn around and see how far we have climbed and have a well earned rest. 

We made it and here are the photos to prove it.   The lighthouse was built in 1880 and has an interesting history as do all lighthouses.

Some of the views that can be seen from the top.    The first photo is looking south with Palm Beach on the LHS of the photo and Pittwater on the RHS.    The second photo is looking north towards the Central Coast with Lyon Island directly in front with some fog over it.

And now for the descent.   I am not sure which was worse - the steep steps going up or the slippery slope coming down.    Some interesting rock formations and caves were seen along the way and nearly back down to the beach where we started.  

On level land again.    Our feet and legs deserved a well earned rest so the photo of our feet was taken sitting down as we all enjoyed a coffee.  

It was a perfect day to do the walk and even though we found it quite strenuous in sections it was worth it.    Back soon and in the meantime

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