Sunday, April 19, 2009

Of a night time in front of TV instead of sitting there and dozing off as I have done in the past I now keep myself awake by knitting and crocheting squares to be sewn up as blankets for Wrap with Love. The fabric wraps are made from leftover fabric given to me mainly by my mother and a friend. I usually use either fleecy or flannette as backing fabric. They are made to the same dimensions of the knitted rugs - 7 squares down and 4 squares across.

Of course I just had to do a bit of stash building again this weekend. I remembered during the week that there were a few pieces that I did not get last weekend and just "had" to go back for them and of course spotted one or two more and at $1 and $2per metre how could I leave them behind! I like the end one for its novelty value of cocktail glasses, cheese and crackers and olives - placemats perhaps.

This kookaburra is a frequent visitor to our garden and takes advantage of the clothesline to sit on and survey the backgarden for "edibles". I just caught him about the have his lunch. He is not at all shy and was quite happy allowing me to take his photo.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I hope everyone has had a safe and happy Easter as we did. Whilst we opted to stay home (as we always do at Easter and any other short break) we took ourselves off to the Blue Mountains on Saturday (and so did everyone else!) The main reason for visiting was to enjoy autumn in the Mountains - which has not arrived as yet - however we did see some lovely autumn colour at Mt Wilson.

Mt Wilson is a pretty little place full of lovely country meandering lanes and quaint cottages. I just love this little church.

What is beyond the gate?

On most weekends - especially autumn and spring the property owners open up their spectacular gardens to the public. As you can see the leaves have not "changed" much this year so far however whatever season you visit Mt Wilson there is always a lovely serene country charm about it.

Of course I had to do a bit of stash building over the Easter break - not that I needed anything in particular but you never know when you just need "that" piece.

I particularly like the end piece with the grapes, bottles and glasses of wine. I have been looking for something like this for sometime and snapped it up in one of the lovely little patchwork shops in the Mountains. The rest I was lucky enough to grab at the "Spotty" sale for $3/$5 per metre.

And this lot just because I liked them.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I managed to find a couple of hours yesterday afternoon to spend on the oriental quilt. I managed to sew two rows of blocks (5 in each row) together which now gives me a total of 3 rows. I am thinking of doing a part "quilt as you go" . I come up with these ideas in the early hours of the morning and my thoughts are to join up the blocks as I have done in the rows already below and then do the "quilt as you go" in rows instead of individual blocks. I will have to give this some serious thought before I get too much further along.

I would be interested to hear if anyone else has tackled something similar and if it was a success or failure. As I think the process through I cannot see a great problem but then again!!!!!!!

The photo below is taken looking across the bed

A close-up of the rows

This photo gives a better idea of the pattern and fabrics.