Friday, April 12, 2024

Catching up in the sewing room

Time has been spent in the sewing room this week making a start on some more childrens quilts.   Some quilting happened.    As it is only a top and backing with no wadding in between I can just use a normal sewing foot instead of the walking foot.    

Then came the binding

Then a finish

Pinning of another top that has been sitting around


More cutting

And a bit more cutting

That will be it for me in the sewing room until the end of next week as Miss M is coming to stay with us for the first week of the school holidays.  We are hoping that the rain has long gone as she has big plans to go to the beach, the zoo, a ferry ride and maybe a picnic.  

This months book club read is.  


One member of the group has already read the book and found it heavy going.   I am curious to find out why she thought so and look forward to making a start.   

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Out and About and FNwF

On Wednesday it was decided to head into the City and then onto White Bay Power Station to see the 2024 Biennale of Sydney.   For me it was all about the venue rather than the artwork.   The station was built between 1912 and 1917 to power the tram and rail network in Sydney.    It was the longest serving power station in Sydney.   It was decommissioned in 1984 and has been left vacant ever since.    You can read more about its history over here.

Arriving at the power station after a short bus trip across the Anzac Bridge 


From the outside I had no idea just how big it was on the inside.   Standing near the main entrance looking up and up and up.  

You can see the relativity of the height of the roof from the floor by the people standing around.


Some of the equipment used to power the network. 


 

                                        



Original hand basins for the staff

One can imagine that it would have been very hot and noisy when in full production with employees having to have a good knowledge just what all the dials meant.      This is just one of many around the station.    There were many more just like this and many bigger but it was hard to get a photo as they were behind glass with reflections on them.  

And now for some of the art and as you can image the pieces had to be very large to fit in with the venue.





On Thursday the rains came which was a good opportunity to head to the sewing room to do some fabric gathering for my Chookshed Stitchers challenge #9 so when joining in with Cheryll and the other crafters for FNwF the fabrics were cut, pressed and now ready to sew up into small snap top bags.  


Some beanie knitting has been happening in front of tv of a night.


It is now 5 am Saturday morning and hubs and I have been awake most of the night due to the "rain bomb" which has hit Sydney.    As mentioned earlier in this post the rain started on Thursday and has intensified since early Friday morning.     As I type this the rain is coming down in sheets, the nearby waterfall is pounding and gale force winds are lashing the trees around us.

I am rostered on to do set up duty and the first shift at the hospital auxiliary stall this morning but the roads leading to the shopping centre from my area are flooded so I will need to make a phone call to one of the other members letting them know that I cannot get through which is such a pity as my car is full with pickles/chutneys, a bag full of lovely handknitted baby matinee jackets and dresses for little girls. With a bit of luck the rain will ease and the flooding will subside which will allow me to get there later on during the day.  

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Monday, April 1, 2024

March Marched on to where??????? and # 9 challenge

Not sure where the last 4 weeks have gone !!!!!!!!   We did have Easter in there with the most glorious autumnal weather - lovely sunny warm days with cooler nights and mornings.     It was ideal to sit outside and enjoy our Easter lunch


Pity that hubs does not like prawns - I just had to eat them all by myself !!!!!!

Not much has been happening in the sewing room over the past month however the  #9 chookshed stitchers challenge has just been announced which after consulting my list it is time to gather my fabrics and other bits and pieces to make some small snap top make up bags.   

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Happy sewing all

Monday, March 25, 2024

Chookshed Stitchers #4 challenge

For me was garment making for myself.  It was decided to make 2 pairs of light weight sleep pants which I like to team with a t-shirt to make good "in-between season" sleepwear.   

This is the second pair made during the week and is teamed with a black t-shirt.


 The ones below were finished off a couple of weeks ago and now that the nights have turned quite autumnal it was time to bring them out....I have to say they are very comfy and just ideal for this time of the year.  



Now to wait and see which Chookshed Stitchers challenge # comes up for April.

You can see more #4 challenge finishes here.    

Some reading matter


When hubs and I went out for lunch during the week my order was wild mushroom rigatoni........they must have been the "right" mushrooms as I lived to tell the tale.  


Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

This past week has been all about......

I will begin at the beginning.     We are having an "open day" here in conjunction with Seniors Week and the Sales Manager asked if  I could make some flags to be mounted on dowel sticks which will then be attached to sandwich boards that will placed throughout the complex to guide visitors around to various properties for sale as well as showing the way to the waterfall walk and other lovely garden areas.    In the past they have used balloons but they are no longer allowed.

I was handed the various fabrics to be used (they would definitely have not been my choice as they were 100% polyester with no body and did nothing but slip and slide)


After doing lots of cutting, pinning and sewing


Here is the end result


All folded up and ready to hand over


I will take a photo on Saturday showing them as they are meant to be displayed.  

Also during the week our quilting group was invited by the local Council to take part in a Seniors Expo being held at one of the community halls nearby so myself along with 1 other were on duty to display (we were not demonstrating) quilts and other various items as well as handing out flyers about our group in the hope of attracting new members - our current member numbers are low and we would like to boost that count in order for the group to survive and grow.  

Beanies have still been happening in between other things. 


Hubs and I caught up with some friends for lunch at Randwick Golf club Malabar on a super sparkly day


Our new book club book is


Somewhere in the back of my mind I think that I have read this in the past but will start it as it was sometime ago if I have read it. 

I have just had an email informing me that I was one of the lucky prize winners in Project Quilting challenge 15.5 Wearables and the prize is my choice of a digital quilt pattern from Studio R Quilts.   I look forward to receiving it. 

Time to head off and organise dinner.   Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Friday, March 8, 2024

15.5 Project Quilting - Wearables

I can truthfully say that I did not have any "insider information" about this weeks challenge which is  Wearables.    It was a coincidence that I had nominated just last week for my Chookshed #4 challenge that I would be making 2 pairs of sleep pants.

Here is the first pair made and teamed with a t-shirt (which I did not make) in time for those cooler autumnal nights which will soon be with us.


Thanks Trish (taking over for Kim) for another fun challenge.    You can see more wearables here.  

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Chookshed Stitchers #4 challenge and FNwF

Both  happened to land on the one day so first up making a quick check of my challenge list it was revealed that #4 was garment making for myself and how fortunate that it is also the first of autumn as I needed to make myself some light weight sleep pants for the cooler nights ahead - although that maybe sometime off if the temperatures that we are having at the moment do not cool down.  I did have quite a bit of fabric left over from the summer nighties that I made previously which will be ideal for the sleep pants.   

Once that was all sorted it was onto finishing off putting the binding on another charity quilt that I have been working on and off during the course of the week. 

This one is for a girl.  

I made a start on our new book club book today and find it hard to think that anyone could survive such terrible treatment at the hands of other human beings, live to tell their story and go on to have a positive attitude.  

Thanks Deana for organising the Chookshed stitchers challenge and to Cheryll for having us around again last night for FNwF.

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Happy sewing all 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Chookshed Stitchers Challenge #2 finish

 #2 on my challenge list was 2 reading cushions.  Front 

And back showing the envelope closing which I find much easier than putting in zips or doing buttonholes. 

While in the sewing room this audio book was keeping me company.

Thanks Deana for organising this fun challenge and I look forward to seeing which number comes up next.  Time to head on over here to see what the other challengers achieved.   

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all

Saturday, February 24, 2024

This week in the sewing room

Saw some quilting happening. 

What a big difference the wide throat on my new sewing machine makes when quilting - no more  wrestling with the bulkiness of the quilt and having to roll and push it through a small area.   

Then onto a finish.   The request was for 80 cm x 80 cm and I am pleased to say that it ended up being 81cm x 81cm so my maths worked out.  


Once that one was completed more 6" squares were cut for 4 more quilts.   They were just laid out in order to be photographed






And now sit in a pile on the edge of the sewing table waiting to be sewn together but before that happens I need to finish off my Chookshed challenge #2 which is due this week.   

Back soon and in the meantime 

 Happy sewing all

Saturday, February 17, 2024

FNSI

Was on again last night however I was able to make a start after lunch by pulling out some of the stash with prints suitable for childrens' quilts.  These are being donated to the local hospitals not for sale at the auxiliary stalls.    A lot of maths needed to be done as the size required is 80 cm x 80 cm and for someone who works in inches for quilting the tape measure needed to be consulted to convert and it was found that 80 cm equals 31 1/2" - not easy to work with.   Once lots of multiplying and dividing was done the squares were cut at 6 " with 25 of them are required so that when sewn together it ends up being 28" square and with borders of 2 1/2" it will  finish at 32".   Close enough  to 31 1/2" me thinks. 

After a  lot of rummaging through that pile these fabrics were pulled


Some cutting happened and a bit of playing around with the squares ended up with this result.  They are yet to be sewn together and the borders added.  
  

Next one  to be cut and sewn will be for a girl.

While the cutting board and rulers were out the second reading cushion cover that was not cut out last week was cut out ready for sewing up.


Thanks Wendy for organising us again.

Back soon with hopefully a couple of finishes and more of that pile of fabric cut out and in the meantime

Happy sewing all