Friday, August 30, 2019

Pink and blue and primrose too

During the week time allowed to make a start on making some little dresses from the fabrics that I was given last week.  So far 3 have been made

Last month I was asked at the hospital stall if there were any aprons suitable for a boy - there were but they had been sold earlier in the day so out with the jungle theme fabric to make a couple more for next week as well as another one for a girl.

A couple more beanies were finished off also.

Time to get out some fabrics and make a decision as to what colour the last curved log cabin block will be.   After discounting this and that it was decided to go with charcoal heading into  black and white as I wanted a strong colour to fit in with the rest of the blocks.  

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

My new toy

While doing some research on the net as one does from time to time - all too often - I found a small pouch with a kam snap fastener and thought it was time to invest in some snaps and the snap tool.    A friend at my quilting group was also interested in adding to her collection of snaps so we ordered the package and divided  the snaps between us.

Of course I had to try it out today and this is what was made. Here is the outside

And here is the inside.

I like the double pouch but will experiment with a couple of other designs in the future.   The snap press was very easy to use - it did not require any strength in the wrist area to exert the pressure needed to push the snaps into place.  

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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 cafés.

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.  

                      So Scrappy 

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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.

Linking with a Peacock Party
                        Busy Hands Quilts

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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.

Linking with Elm Street Quilts.

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