Friday, February 3, 2023


Was all about getting those bibs and tooth fairy pillows finished off for the hospital auxiliary stall.   I had been working on them on and off during the week and just needed to put the stuffing in the pillows and the velcro on the bibs when I made an early start in the sewing room this morning.


These along with the wine bottle gift bags that were made previously are all packed up in my car ready to go in the morning.  

This audio book has been my companion in the sewing room during the week.

Don't forget to head on over to Cheryll's blog to see what other crafters achieved when joining in with FNwF.   

Linking with TGIFF

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

OMG - Time to make a start

Lots of research has been happening on and off over the last 2 months in order to get the best out of the gorgeous 20 fq bundle that was gifted to me prior to Christmas.    It was decided that because the prints on some of the fabrics were on a large scale that it would be better to pick a design that would showcase the fabrics rather than cut them up into a trillion small pieces.  With that in mind my searches included phrases such as quilt designs for large scale prints,  quilts using fq's and  quilt patterns using layer cakes. 

Many options were thrown up at me.  I did find a design after much to and froing between designs on the screen and auditioning fabrics at various block sizes which I think will showcase the large prints and also incorporate the medium and smaller sized prints.  

It was a matter of getting the fabric out and putting a ruler over various sections of the fabrics in order to see how many squares of different sizes could be cut from each fat quarter taking into consideration that I did not want to cut some of the flowers, birds etc in half or worse - cut off their heads.    The fabrics have been divided into bundles of large, medium and small prints.

The large print fabrics will be cut into  9" squares and the others cut at the appropriate size to make  9" 4 patch blocks and some rectanglar blocks.    

I will gift this quilt to Miss M  as the fabrics are ideal for a "tween" - nice and bright  and not "little girly" fabrics with a modern design about it.    There is plenty of time to work on it as it will be given to her for her 10th birthday which is in October.   

My OMG for February will be to get all the squares cut out and make a start on sewing up the 4 patch blocks.   

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Lucky Me

I was one of the lucky winners drawn in PQ 14.1 - The First one -  and scored this gorgeous  3 yard bundle of pink fabrics.

A big thank you goes to Persimon for organising the challenges and to  Electric Needle for donating my lovely prize.   

I was surprised when I opened my front door late yesterday afternoon and there was this package sitting outside. 

It only took 10 days to arrive from the States.    Amazing.   I have known it to take longer for postage to be delivered within Australia.  

I will have fun looking and thinking about what to make with the fabrics.   

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

TGIFF - Wine bottle gift bags

The first hospital auxiliary stall for 2023 will be held on the first Saturday of February and I needed to sew up some items.    Wine bottle gift bags were a big seller on my stalls so with that in mind I thought I would make a few for the hospital stall and see how they sell.     While the cutting and sewing was happening I just kept going and made a few more for my giftie/stall box.

Last Sunday was a wet cool and miserable day so what better way to spend such a day than in the sewing room.    The afternoon was devoted to cutting out some bibs and tooth fairy pillows which will also be for the hospital stall.  The tooth fairy pillows were also a big hit on my stalls so it will be interesting to see how they sell on the hosptial stall.   Better get a wriggle on and set to sewing them up in order to have them ready.  

While all this cutting and sewing was happening this audio book was playing alongside me.   This is the second Jane Harper book that I have read/listened to and have enjoyed both.    

My current bedtime reading is Showtime by Judy Nunn but not finding it as engaging as some of her books that I have read in the past however I will see it through to the end.

Linking up with TGIFF.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

50th wedding anniversary & FNSI

Hubs and I reached a milestone today -  our 50th wedding anniversary.  

We treated ourselves to  lunch at our favourite restaurant.

 And bought  a new car to celebrate.   After much research hubs decided on the model and I picked the colour so it was a team effort.   The order was placed many months ago and it was exciting to take delivery of it.   There is nothing like that  showroom shine and new car smell.  

Hubs is standing alongside our new "chariot" in the showroom watching on while the plates are being attached.  

A lot has happened in those 50 years.  Children,  travel both within Australia and overseas,  retirement, a grand child, 3 moves in our married lives.    Our first home was a 2 bedroom unit, then we moved to the family home where we lived for 45 years which was sold nearly 2 years ago and we could not be happier in our new home.  

We received this lovely arrangement of flowers today from my parents

And this elegant set of gold rimmed champagne glasses and cross stitch from our very dear and long standing friend June of 46 years and her husband Peter as well as phone calls and emails from various friends and family members.

I did get sometime early this morning to head into the sewing room for a little while before going out to lunch and managed to make a start on sewing up some wine bottle gift bags.    

Thanks Wendy for taking on the job of hosting us all again on the 3rd Friday night of each month for another fun night of sewing and crafting with likeminded others.

I just heard the champagne cork pop out in the kitchen so I am going to finish up here and enjoy another glass of bubbles along with some nibbles.  

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Monday, January 16, 2023

PQ 14.2 challenge

Any shade of pink or anything pink goes for this challenge.    I have had this small project in mind  for a couple of weeks now and what perfect timing to move it forward in the "to do queue".    Fabric cut .

Applique done on the front and the pocket stitched to the back.   Both sides ready to be sewn together.

What little girl does not love pink sparkly things especially to put your tooth in for the toothfairy to collect with the hope of some cash being left in the pocket.

Message for toothfairy printed.

Toothfairy pillow from the front and back and all ready to go.  

Don't forget to go over here to see more pretty in pink projects.  

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

The Big Red Ball ........

Of  yarn is no more I am pleased to announce.  This is what the ball looked like back in August of last year when the challenge was set.

The last beanie to be cast on earlier in the week.    The tail was used to sew up the beanie so no red yarn was left unused.  

A total of 18 red and contrasting coloured beanies all with red pom poms are now complete and will be donated to the Far West Childrens Home at Manly.  

Needless to say that I will not be knitting with red, navy,  beige, black and grey coloured yarn for sometime to come.  

Time to get stuck into the sewing room and make a plan for this year seeing that there is no commitment at this point  but I do want to make a list and have a direction in which to go so that items are not started and then end up in the WIP corner - my pet hate as it annoys me to see fabric and time wasted.

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