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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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

In and out of the sewing room

 After all the  heavy relentless rain over the past months the weather has cleared and we are having crystal clear cold nights

Which make for super Sydney sparkly sunshine days.   Hubs and I met up with friends for lunch at a venue on Sydney Harbour earlier in the week to enjoy the view and the lovely day.  

Good timing  to pull  those beanies out of the cupboard and pack them up as they were being collected by the Far West Children's Home.  These are the 12 that I have been knitting over the past few months and all up with there were just over 50 being donated from our knitting group.   

Starting to cut out the fabrics for the churn dash blocks.   Notice my lovely drawn cutting and sewing lines down the middle of each block.

Well it was a pity that I did not follow the lines.   After chain piecing  four blocks it was discovered that the cutting line had been sewn on and not the sewing lines.  

Some not so nice words were muted under my breath and the unpicker put to work.    All fixed up now and ready to sew the blocks together correctly.....hopefully!!!!!      

A new book was started

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Tooth Fairy.......Please Stop here

During the week the tooth fairy pillows were sewn together, stuffed and a message inserted into the pocket for the "Tooth Fairy".   

A new book was started.     I did have to do some research about the Mennonite religion as I had not heard of it.

The pom pom was made, sewn onto the beanie and the beanie now called a finish.

The lilac beanie is growing.

A final decision has been made at last as to what is going to be sewn for the SAL.   The tape measure was out to measure up and fabrics now pulled from the stash ready to cut.

I am hoping that there will be a fair amount of contrast between the light grey background fabric and the other fabrics in order for the design to stand out.   When doing the grey scale test there appears to be  a reasonable amount of definition.   

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Saturday, June 4, 2022


When joining Cheryll and others for FNwF the blue scraps were sorted and sewed into slabs ready to be cut out into bibs.

Once the sewing machine was put to bed the knitting needles were picked up and a beanie was cast off.  It just needs a pom pom made and sewn up to be called a finish.  


And another was one started.

The tooth fairy pillows did not happen last night.

Thank you Cheryll for having us around last night.   

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

I weakened

A couple of weeks ago Chookyblue announced that she is going to organise a SAL for a churndash quilt and as I did not need another quilt it was decided to sit on  the sideline and be the cheer squad for those taking part.    I cannot say what happened during the Chookshed's 10th birthday party on Zoom last weekend but I now find myself off the sideline and in the middle of the action.  

I have however modified my project from a quilt to a tablerunner and perhaps a placemat set and have until the end of this month to pull my fabrics, get sorted and make a start on the blocks.   

Blue has been announced as the RSC colour for June so out with the pile of blue scraps to start sorting them.

Another book was started during the week.   

I did have another order for a phone pouch but this time it was requested that a small flap be put over the top.

While at the "birthday party" on Saturday I cut out some tooth fairy pillows and got the "teeth" stuck down on the front. 

I hope to finish them off on Friday night when joining in with Cheryll and the others for FNwF.

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