Friday, February 21, 2020

This week in the sewing room

Sewing was severely restricted due to lack of power yet again.    We lost power 3 days in a row with the longest period being over 25 hours due to a severe storm which knocked out power to a large area of Sydney.   I did manage to cut some fun fabrics for quilts which will be used in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of a large regional hospital.   One of the sizes requested was 24" x 30" with a boy theme.    Easy 4 blocks across and 5 blocks down x 6" = 20 blocks.  


I could have cut more but the fabrics needed to be pre washed and ironed so time to make a start on my latest library book and as always Kate Morton never fails to engage her readers.


I did get through 150 pages before putting it down and heading to the kitchen to clean out some cupboards.   It never ceases to amaze me how all those plastic containers manage to loose their lids. 

Once power was restored mid afternoon yesterday and after enjoying a much needed coffee and catching up on emails I headed to the sewing room and made a start on sewing the blocks together.

An early start was made  on FNSI today to console myself for having been evacuated last week due to flood waters and no power for such a long time this week.  Hopefully the storm season will be over soon and we can look forward to a constant power supply.   It is nice to be able to walk around the house  during the night without a torch,  open the fridge when you want to, get more than a vegemite sandwich by candlelight for dinner and look outside to see the street lights on.   It would have been scary and dangerous driving in the storm through blacked out streets.  

These quilts are fun to make and go together very quickly.   They just need to be quilted and bound. When finished they will be sent to Cheryll for distribution.


There were grand plans to join in the Rainbow Scrap challenge again this year but once I gave more thought to my original idea it was ditched but some orange (this month's colour) and green which was last month's colour fabrics were used in the making of the quilts so I am guessing that qualifies as joining in the Rainbow Scrap challenge again.  The blocks  below have been sewn together now the rows needs to be sewn.  


Thanks Wendy for organising another fun night of sewing.  Time to head on over here and see what the others who took part in FNSI  achieved.

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Friday Finished or Not Finished
                      Oh Scrap

Back soon and in the meantime


Happy sewing all

18 comments:

Maria said...

Oh power failures sure does changes things in the home.. Thankfully we have a geniee and gas stove...
Great fabrics cut ready to sew and thought it was funny you have already posted your finishes for FNSI and I havent even started here in the West....

Preeti said...

I don't know what is worse - plastic containers' lids or the missing socks. But I am sure the lid gremlins and sock gremlins are at least related if not the same. Hope the power outages are behind you and you have lots of uninterrupted sewing time.

Denise said...

You poor thing. I hope it was not too hot outside being without power for so long. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

Fiona said...

making good use of the down time... it's frustrating though, can't even make a cuppa. I love Kate Morton books, and have ordered that one from the library.. thank you for the heads up. Lovely quilts in the making....
Hugz

Kaisievic said...

Oh, my goodness, Karen - floods, bushfires and power outages! Is it the End of Times? This climate change stuff is so scary. So glad that you are okay, though. I know exactly how my plastic containers lose their lids - my DD never puts them away in the plastics drawer with the lids on so they always go missing - Grrr!

Frédérique said...

I hope everything will get to normal very soon, hopefully quilting doesn't always need power ;)

Susan said...

Gosh - you have had a bad streak with no power & floods - hopefully all sorted now!

you were very busy despite it and there is lots of lovliness happening.

Vicki said...

Glad you managed to enjoy your FNSI with power and without excess water.

The Joyful Quilter said...

You used some scrap. You used the Color of the Month. You are in with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!! :o))

Kathy S. said...

With all the loss of power you should consider joining our slow Sunday stitching group at Kathy's Quilts every Sunday. It's nice to have something for a sew-to-go bag when there is no power to sew. Happy sewing.

Ondrea said...

One of the reasons I love hand stitching and hand piecing is because it is portable and I don't needv power. I always have my battery mini OTT lite and another little rechargeable lamp on hand. During blackouts I have used them to read too. I have read that book and I do love all Kate Morton's books. Some lovely sewing achieved despite everything happening. Well done.

Linda said...

Ugh on the power loss, that is rough. Your little quilts are so colorful and cute! I'm going to check out Kate Morton, don't think I've ever read her books.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That is a long time for power losses - and to also have been evacuated - I bet you are tired of strange weather - here is to a good weather week and a lot of sewing time!

Bev C said...

Hello Karen,

Yes we don't realise how much we rely on our water and power. Wonderful sewing your are working on. Enjoy the rest of Kate's book.

Happy days.
Bev.

Raewyn said...

It sounds like a frustrating time with all the power outages. The quilts you are making will be well appreciated I"m sure. It's good that they ask for straight forward designs that you can make fairly quickly - as long as you have the power of course!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You probably got more sewing than I did with power....giggle. Hope things settle down for you.

Lin said...

Do hope things have improved for you this week. xx

Bethan said...

I hope things have settled down for you all this week! Great work on FNSI with all the power failures going on around you x