Sunday, April 28, 2019

Without any further ado........

Here is what I needed the lost pattern for.   Lavender parasols.

I had made dozens of these many years ago for various fetes and they were always very good sellers.  Fortunately I have a good memory and how to put them together was easy once I sat down with all the bits and pieces.    These have not been made for the hospital auxiliary stall before so I only made 6 to see how they go.   

They are a good small print scrap buster project and take no time at all to whip up.   

I am in the process of making a few other items for the Mothers' Day stall.   At the moment they are in "production line" mode and hopefully will be ready in the not too distant future. 

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Everything has a place......

And everything should be put back in that place is the advice that  was given to me by my mother and I gave to my kids and now my granddaughter......what  I need to do is to practise what I preach.

While doing a massive clean up in my sewing room over the last two days  all sorts of forgotten things were uncovered.    One of those being a small item which I made many times for school fetes over the years and was a good seller as well as a small gift for family and friends.    The local hospital auxiliary of which I am a member is holding a Mothers' Day stall in a couple of weeks which got me thinking that a few should be made.

Once all the necessary bits and pieces were gathered together that are needed

It was discovered that  the pattern was missing.    After going through all my folders twice - where it should have been - emptying out drawers and then going through the folders for a third time no pattern to be found anywhere in my sewing room.

What to do.    A quick search of "google" let me down badly with nothing like what I was looking for.   To be honest I made them back in the 1980's so some slack has to be given to "google" in not coming up with the answer.  

Well that did not bring me any closer to getting a pattern what now??????    I have a very good friend of over 40 years who is an avid crafter and    hoarder    organised person like myself so a quick text was sent off to her in Queensland  giving a brief description of what I was after and asking if she remembered them.     Yes came back her  quick response.   Not only did  she remember me giving her the pattern all those years ago she  had sighted it in her sewing room only a few days ago and was able to send the pattern to me via email.    Oh the wonders of modern technology.

Tomorrow's job is the make a few and share them with you.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

My Daisy Bag

As mentioned in an earlier post I was the lucky winner of  one of Kris' designs from Tag Along Teddies and I am pleased to show my version of her design.  As seen from the front

And from the back

Needless to say I love it and a big thank you to Kris for running OPAM and donating one of her designs as a prize each month for the lucky winner.

I did make one slight change to the pattern and that was to box the bottom corners in order for the bag to stand up unsupported.  

Linking with Oh Scrap

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Friday, April 19, 2019


Started early for me today.   After much unpicking - twice - of one of my aqua blocks  the first task of the day was to get all four blocks sewn together.   This was my nominated OMG for April.

Four pretty rainbow blocks are now sewn and just had to lay them out and admire them.

I am looking forward to seeing what the rainbow colour for May is.

Next on the list was to make a start on my version of  Kris' daisy bag.   So far the front sections of the bag have been sewn together and the casings for the drawstrings have been sewn in place both on the front and back.   I have also chosen the fabrics for the petals, centre and leaf of the flower.   

If all goes to plan tomorrow I can see a finish on the horizon.  

Time to head on over to Wendy's blog to see what the others who signed up have created.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Something is not right

Hubs and I have spent the last three days with Miss M doing all the holiday things like the park, the zoo and some clothes shopping so after taking Miss M home this morning was spent catching up on the domestics.    Time allowed me to head off to my sewing room this afternoon and make a start on cutting and sewing up my aqua log cabin blocks.   All was going well and I was steaming ahead thinking that not only will I get the blocks all sewn up but I can even get the four of them sewn together.   Why is this not going together??????

After turning it this way and that I finally figured out what the problem was.    No worries just a bit of unpicking and ready to go again.

Still not right....more turning this way and that and after just about unpicking the whole block I finally got it.

I gave them all a good press and left them to finish off on Friday night when I join with Wendy and the others for FNSI.     

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Lucky Week

I was a winner on two fronts this week.   Firstly my name was drawn as the winner of OPAM for February month which Kris from Tag Along Teddies hosts each month.   My  prize of one of Kris'  lovely designs landed in my in-box the other day.

I have already mentally chosen the fabrics which will hopefully compliment the design.

My second win was an envelope which arrived in the mail today all the way from WA from the very generous Maria from Life on the block blog who saw my very small  collection of aqua scraps and sent me this lovely variety of aqua fabrics.     Once these are made up I will have the prettiest aqua log cabin blocks.

During the week I did manage to sew  the Velcro tabs on  twenty bibs.   This is what a stack of 20 bibs looks like.

View from the top of the pile

I mentioned in an earlier post that my sewing partners and I had reached our goal of 60 size 6 dresses  and they can be seen all lined up below.    The 35 library bags in front of the dresses were also made by me.

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Friday, April 5, 2019


After sneaking off into my sewing room after lunch saw me make a start and finish on getting the top stitching done on the bibs that I was working on yesterday.

Once these were top stitched I was able to move on and cut out a few more.

When these are stitched and top stitched they will join the others for the Velcro closures to be sewn on.

Time to head on over here  to see what Cheryll and the others got up to during their crafting time.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The boring bits

My sewing partners and I have completed our goal of 60 size 6 dresses so time to concentrate on bibs.  It was a lovely morning so I moved my sewing room outside and made a start on sewing up some bibs.

Now comes the boring bit of clipping around the curves and turning them.  I find the blunt end of a knitting needle comes in very handy for this task.

Sometimes the pointy end of the needle needs to be used to push out some of those hard to get to curves but only a slight amount of pressure needs to be used  otherwise a hole can appear.   Ask me how I know!!

Here are some already turned, ironed and ready to top stitch but I will keep that job for FNwF. 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

OMG for April

The rainbow challenge colour for April is aqua.    Grabbing out the scrap bins this is all that was found in aqua.

These won't go far in making 4 log cabin blocks which will be my OMG for this month.    I know that there are more pieces in my stash so that will be this afternoon's job to go through and find as much aqua as possible.    

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