Friday, August 5, 2022


I was lucky enough to make an early start this morning in the sewing room for FNwF.   First up was the sandwiching,  pinning and marking out of a design on the churn dash tabletopper which I think will work well for quilting.    If this goes as planned the design will be used on the two placemats. 

Next up was to be brave and pull out my limited supply of orange scraps  - not my favourite colour but it is the August RSC colour - and sew them into slabs for bibs.  Anything that had a touch of orange was thrown into the mix.  

I will have to stop looking at Pinterest as the "to do list" for my stall increases.    The latest idea to be added to the list is some reading pillows and while in the sewing room today these fabrics were pulled.

Thank you Cheryll for getting us "all together" on the first Friday night of each month for another night of sewing and crafting.  You can see more FNwF projects here.

Two beanies were finished off during the week.

And another started.  

That ball of wool will keep me going for a while.....I see red and navy, red and grey, red and black, red and cream beanies for months to come.

Next book in the pile to read is

This post is being put up tonight as I am rostered on the early shift tomorrow morning at the hospital auxiliary stall which is held on the first Saturday of every month.  

In my last post I mentioned that I was having a problem with blogger - emails were being received that comments were made but the comments were no showing up on the blog itself.     A big thank you goes to Deb A who contacted me and gave me the answer on how to fix this current problem that was being experienced.   If anyone else is having this problem I am happy to pass on the information given to me to. 

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Double Dashing, Purple scraps and a Question

The churn dash blocks for my two placemats were completed last month - they are now sandwiched,  pinned and ready to quilt.   That is the next question - how do I quilt churn dash blocks?    

While pondering that question the matching tablemat was cut and constructed.  Instead of making separate blocks for the topper it was decided to make it a double churn dash.     Because I was using a fat quarter bundle there was not enough fabric to cut the strips for the second round so another fabric from the bundle was chosen.   I have been able to incorporate the extra fabric into the placemats so hopefully it will not look odd when they are finished and on the table as a set.     

The topper now awaits sandwiching and pinning with the same question applying - how to quilt it.   

Putting those aside for the moment the purple slabs are now bibs.

A question re Blogger - is anyone else having the problem of comments not showing up on their blog yet receiving emails that comments have been made?      This has been happening for a couple of weeks now and it has been happening each time with the same people commenting.    I have checked Settings and "anyone can comment" is highlighted.   Any help on how to fix this would be appreciated.

Linking with Joyful Quilter

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Friday, July 22, 2022

This week in the Sewing room

Another idea for my stall was found on Pinterest  and I am pleased to say that it has been executed.   

Three around the neck mobile phone holders have been ticked off the to do list as well.

While sitting at the machine this past week a book from Borrow Box has been keeping me company.   

The Dressmaker is one of my favourite films and when I saw that this was available to borrow it was downloaded straight away.    You would need to know the story of the Dressmaker before listening to this one as reference is constantly being made to previous incidents and characters.   

Two beanies were completed, sewn up and pom poms made.

Another is now on the needles.

A new book was started.  I have read quite a few of this author's books in the past and this one is certainly measuring up to be just as enjoyable.  

All this wet weather we have been having over the past few months prompted me to go and buy another clothes airer. 

I did not realise that it was so big - it looks like some piece of apparatus that would be found in a gym - however it is very sturdy and having the hanging rail above the airer certainly gives more drying space for shirts and tops.     The racks are quite well spaced out which allows for better air flow around the clothes.   

A quick project for myself.    A couple of hanging towels for the kitchen.   

The rain still continues to fall down here and hubs heard on the radio this morning that this pattern is going to continue until November........oh NO.   

That about wraps up this week.   Back soon and in the meantime 

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Saturday, July 16, 2022


A early start was made in the sewing room yesterday morning while the washing machine was churning its way through the mountain of washing that had accumulated during the past wet week which enabled me to finish off the last of the bowl cosies that were being slowly worked on over the past few days.

It was then onto sewing up those purple scraps into slabs for bibs.

Once those were finished I moved onto commandeering the kitchen to cut out the rest of my churn dash blocks as well as another couple of ideas that I am working on.

Don't forget to check out what everyone else who joined in FNSI achieved.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

A production line

I find is the best way to go when making multiples of an item and in this case it is back to bowl cosies.  Last week  the fabrics were cut out and 80 darts sewn - each bowl cosie has 8 darts and there are 10 of them.

When joining in a Zoom session with the Chookshed Stitchers on Sunday morning

I managed to get the 10 bowl cosies pinned together and ready to stitch

The aim is to have these finished by the end of the week.  The way the rain is still falling down outside this should not be too much of a challenge to stay warm and dry in the sewing room.  

Next book on the pile to read.   I have read a couple of  books by this author before and have enjoyed each of them.    This one is proving to be just as enjoyable.  

Another beanie on the needles

Time needs to be spent on the next lot of churn dash blocks.    Some of the Chookshed Stitchers have made very good progress with theirs.   

Hubs has just called out that coffee is ready so I best head off and get it while it is hot.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Christmas in July

 Hubs and I enjoyed a Christmas in July lunch today with all the trimmings

Including plum pudding with hot custard to follow

Just the thing for a wet, cold and miserable day.    As you can see the surf is really up and pounding

Not much of the beach can be seen.

I did finish off the mini Christmas stockings before we left home today.

And picked out the fabrics to make more bowl cosies for my stall.

I finished reading this book last night and was two minds about whether or not to finish it at the start but it did pick up and  ended up being a good read so I was glad that I stuck with it.  

Two more beanies were finished off during the week.  These are a good "while you are watching tv of a night" project.

Time to head off for coffee and then make a start on cutting out the wadding for the bowl cosies.  

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

A partial rainbow & FNWF

During the week I was contacted by the person who co-ordinates the goods for the creche in Sir Lanka that is supported by Network Heaven  and asked if I could hand over the bibs that have been made so far to enable the packing process to start happening.    Over the past 6 months I used the Rainbow Scrap Challenge each month to sew up the various coloured scraps into slabs and then used those slabs to make the bibs.    

The RSC colour for July is purple so I will continue on with sewing the scraps into slabs and then making them into  bibs which will go towards next year's shipment.   

There are still 3 months of colours left to be announced so the pile of bibs will continue to grow.  

The "sewing backwards" on paper is completed and here is the result below. 

When joining in FNWF last night mini Christmas stockings were cut out and ready to go under the needle this week.   Thanks Cheryll for having us all around again for another fun and productive night.  

To me there is nothing sadder, colder and more exposed to the elements in Winter than trees without their leaves.   I look forward to Spring and seeing the new shoots appear.   

Time to get my skates on and head off as I am doing the first shift at the hospital auxiliary stall this morning in the local shopping centre.    Fortunately we are inside so the heavy rain band will not affect us other than to maybe stop some venturing out unless they really have to. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Dashing through the blocks

After unpicking my first attempt at sewing up the churn dash blocks I am pleased to say that take two was successful and can now show what has been completed so far.   

Putting those blocks aside for the moment it was time to carry on finishing off "sewing backwards" on paper which has now been completed and the paper removed.   Such a tedious job but it does come off easily if using a very small stitch.

While the Christmas fabrics are out I will carry on and make some mini Christmas stockings.  

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Table Scraps

The RSC challenge colour this month is blue and in keeping with making bibs for each month this is how the scraps now look.   Stripes was the theme for the table scrap challenge though there are no blue stripes among those scraps I did add in some light grey ones.        

Sewing on bindings last week and then sewing these bibs together was a great way to empty those bobbins which each a had small amount of thread left on them.

I am happy to say that the empties now look like this.

Time to pull fabrics from the stash to make children's aprons for my stall.

Here is the finished product.

This book  was started a couple of nights ago and is proving to be a real page turner.   Set in Australia during WW2 it is the story of two sisters - one married and the younger one single - who both fall in love with an American serviceman stationed here.   

Next item on my list is to make Christmas tree trivets.    This involves what I call  "sewing" backwards on paper.     

This gives the brain cells a workout and I really need to concentrate when doing this process.    

Don't forget to visit the Joyful Quilter to see more blue table scrap projects.   

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Here Comes the Sun

Living in the Land Down Under we are into the winter months and the thought of warmer weather with lots of sun would be great.   Time to sew up something to remind me of sunny days ahead and what better way to say sun than sunflowers.

I had an order for a bowl and matching dinner plate cosie.    Hopefully the sunflowers will brighten up the recipient's kitchen during the colder months.  

Thank you Carol for organising another fun blog hop.     You can head on over to the blogs listed below to see more sunny items on display.

Quilt Doodle Designs

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen's Korner  you are here

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Days Filled With Joy

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Saturday, June 18, 2022


 Was spent binding placemats.

And the end result is two finished sets.

While watching tv 2 beanies were sewn up and declared finishes.    They will sit in the cupboard until the next lot of beanies are ready to be collected by the Far West Childrens Home.

Thank you Wendy for hosting another fun FNSI.  Time to head on over here and visit the others taking part last night.   

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