Wednesday, August 25, 2021


My nominated OMG to finish off for this month was two Christmas tablerunners that are destined for the hospital auxiliary stall...... COVID permitting.   I am pleased to report that the goal was reached.  The fronts

And the backs

Thanks goes to Patty from Elm Street quilts for keeping us motiviated and moving along with our projects.   Don't forget to head on over here to see more finishes for the month.   

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

The New Norm

Finding ways to connect socially with family and friends has somewhat changed for most of us over the past 2 years.  No longer do we need to get into our cars and drive to a venue - it is now a matter of opening up a screen and logging on which is what I and quite a few others did yesterday when Chooky held another Zoom session.   

While chatting away I was having a play around with these fabrics.

I did finish off what I wanted to make but more on that later on as I have joined CalicoJoan for another fun blog hop to be held at the end of September.    Those on the screen yesterday did have a sneak preview.   

While zooming along yesterday I had an unexpected Facetime call  so signed off from one screen and spent sometime with Miss M, her mummy and daddy.   During that conversation Miss M mentioned that she thinks she will have forgotten how to give hugs as it has been such a long time since she has given one.    She was also playing a game with some of her toys and taking them on a holiday.  Hubs asked if she going to the country to which she replied " No grandpa you cannot leave your local government area".      That conversation somewhat saddened me to think that this is how 7 year olds are now thinking.   I was not aware of what a LGA was at seven let alone knowing that I could not travel out of it and only go 5 kms from home.   

After lunch I logged back into the Zoom sewing session and was able to sit outside in the glorious sunshine and finished off the shaping on another beanie.

After many hours of chatting  the battery on the Ipad needed recharging so I signed off and went back into the sewing room where I finished off another snap top pouch.

Thank you Chooky for organising yesterday and it is always lovely to catch up with everyone and be inspired by some lovely projects at the same time.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Zip or Snap top.....

Snap top or zip is what I debated with for a couple of days until the decision was finally made to go with a snap top.   

After making an early start on sewing yesterday and finishing off the pouch it was time to put on the walking shoes and head on outside into the brilliant sunshine.  August is the month that the wildflowers seem to be at their best in Sydney and these are a few that I saw on my walk.    

These purple flowers below remind me of butterflies

The grevillea bush  below is often visited by native birds       

You always smell the wattle before you see it.

I was quick enough to catch this water dragon having a sunbake in a sheltered spot near the waterfall.  

Greater Sydney has just completed 8 weeks of lockdown and it was announced yesterday that the lockdown has been now extended to the end of September.    Not what everyone was wanting to hear.  The restrictions for some LGAs have been tightened ie garden centres and hardware stores can only trade as "click and collect" and a night curfew has been imposed from 9 pm to 5 am.   Retail shops in all LGAs other than food shops, chemists still remain closed.   

Next book in the pile to read

Don't forget to hop on over to Wendy's blog to see what else happened during FNwF.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Orange you Glad

Orange is not my favourite colour but it is good to move out of one's comfort zone from time to time and give ourselves a surprise as to what can be done when put to the test.     I admit that I had to dig deep into the scrap baskets to find something with orange. 

The fruit and vegetable fabric was a piece left over from a couple of bowl cosies that were made a few years ago and with the addition of orange borders there was  enough to make two placemats the same size as the blue ones that came out of the scrap bag challenge.    I made sure when making the placemats that they were a snug fit with the edge of the bench and the sink.   They were again made a bit longer than a normal placemat. 

While I was at it and had just enough of the fruit and vegetable fabric left a set of four coasters was also made.    That just about wipes out my stash of orange fabric.   

Thanks Carla for organising the blog hop.   Time to head on over and visit  the blogs listed below 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Playing with some scraps

As one does.    This is a bit of an experiment in that I am using a couple of different ideas to make a small pouch.    I liked some of this pattern, some of that pattern and a bit of the other.    It looks good in my mind but time will tell in reality.

Four of these panels are required to be made and they now look like this. 

The next step is to be worked out as I am still a bit undecided if I will use a zip or have a snap top.

The beanie that was on the needles last week is now all sewn up and the necessary pom pom added.

Another one has also been completed.  I alternate between girl and boy coloured beanies.  

In between beanies I was able to whip up an apple and cinnamon cake to enjoy for morning tea.  It was just taken out of the oven and cooling on a rack before slicing it up.  

The next book in the pile to read

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Saturday, August 7, 2021


Was on again last night.     Progress was made on one of the Christmas tablerunners.    All the strips are now sewn on, trimmed with the binding cut but yet to be put on.  

Time to pull out the knitting needles and finish off the shaping of the crown on the beanie that was started last week.

I am pleased to say that the challenging jigsaw is now finished but disappointingly one piece is missing.

Thanks Cheryll for organing us for another fun night of sewing/crafting especially in these lockdown times.   

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