Tuesday, July 25, 2023

July OMG

Was to complete 50 library bags which was reached.     They had been worked on and off as a production line project over the course of a couple of weeks with the last of the drawstrings being put through while sitting outside on the balcony in the winter sunshine at lunchtime on a couple of occasions.  

When they were delivered back to the co-ordinator I did take another 50 cut out bags and so the production line starts again.  

My aim is to have them completed by the end of the month ..... hopefully.  

Living in a retirement village I can relate to the current book that I am reading although not single myself there are plenty of single ladies around that fit in very well with some of the descriptions of the residents in the book.  

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Happy sewing all

Saturday, July 22, 2023

2nd FNSI and Christmas In July challenge

Each member of my quilting group was given 5 x 5" squares plus 1 strip 2 1/2" x 36" to make anything that you like so a hot pad was made.   4 of the 5 squares were used on the front

And the remaining 5" square was used on the back with the strip being used as a border and hanging loop.

It will be interesting to see what the others in the group have come up with for this challenge.

This was the perfect project to work on last night when joining in Christmas in July FNSI no 2 for this month.  

I have also managed to finish off three beanies over the course of the last few weeks.    These are for a 1 to 2 year old.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Picnic Party

The challenge from Carol was issued

Make something to use for a picnic (quilt, basket, tote etc)

And no picnic is a picnic without food especially a rosy red apple or juicy pear and of course an iced chocolate cupcake.    These pot holders have now been put into by giftie box.

Now it is time to hop on over to the following blogs and join in with their picnics.



Just Because Quilts

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Karen's Korner

Vroomans Quilts

Thanks Carol for organising another fun blog hop

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Happy sewing all

Saturday, July 15, 2023

The Week that Was and FNSI

First up is verdict on the taste test of the coconut and lemon slice.    It was declared delicious by a few friends when served with a cup of coffee for afternoon tea and divine when it was served the next day as a dessert topped with greek style yogurt and blueberries.   The recipe is below if interested.

Easy One Bowl Coconut Lemon Slice - No Mixer - Recipe Winners

Miss M has been staying with us over the past week and with the glorious winter weather that we are having at present it was perfect to do some bushwalking - Miss M likes to climb up and down rocks.

We also went on a ferry trip from Manly into the City.   As you can see the sun is just glistening on the water.   I think that it was the most calm trip across the harbour that I have ever had.    Just like being in a bathtub.   

During the week Grandpa and I had an intense lesson on Beanie Boos.    We now know everything that there is to know about Beanie Boos including names and birthdays.     Miss M arrived with a few of her favourites and after a shopping expedition to the local shopping mall there have been quite a few more added to her collection. 

As you can see the quilt that was made for her 10th birthday is on the bed.    Hubs and I decided to give it to her early as it will be too hot to use in October when her actual birthday is.    She loved it and her parents were over the moon with it as I was.    It  went home with her yesterday.   

When having some quiet time Miss M turned all 50 library bags inside out for me.

Last night when joining in with FNSI saw me starting to thread the draw strings through.   It was a good job to do while BH& G was on.    I managed to complete about 20  before calling it a night.

They will be dropped off to the co-ordinator on Tuesday afternoon and I offered to take another 50 that have been cut out and ready to sew.  

Last week I finished reading Red Sky over Hawaii which I really enjoyed as it was set on the big island of Hawaii around the volcano region.   Hubs and I have visited that area and I could visualise it while reading the book.    Even though it was set during  World War 11 there was very little mention of the war.

The second book is a follow on from the Alphabet Sisters  - which I  had previously read -  but did not realise this when choosing the book.    It could be read "alone" but does make reference back to certain events in the Alphabet Sisters that would not really make much sense if it had not been read.    

Best get off the computer as some domestics and shopping needs to be done.

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Happy sewing all

Saturday, July 8, 2023


During the week the overlocker and I spent sometime together

And last night when joining in with FNwF saw the 50th bag go through.

While this was happening the audiobook "Stay Awake" was playing in the background.   Quite an appropriate title as it was boring just sewing the same fabric and doing the same process 50 times.  

Next step in the production line is to sew the casings and then thread the drawstrings through.   That won't be happening just yet as Miss M coming to stay with us for the last week of the school holidays. 

The new book club book was issued during the week.  From reading the backcover it sounds like an interesting read.  

This slice  has not been made by me before - coconut and lemon slice - it sounded good when reading the recipe and looks OK but I guess the proof will be when it is given the taste test.  

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

OMG for July

I had a call out from Network Heaven during the week - "Could I please sew up another 50 library bags"?

The request was softened by "They have already been cut out".

So my OMG for this month is to sew this lot up.    

They are quite quick and easy to make up especially when putting them through the overlocker.

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Happy sewing all