17 August 2016

Not Much Spare Time

Not much happening in The Pink Room at the moment - a few Spool Sampler blocks have been made and a couple of backings sewn up, and that's about it.


Another 57 to put together so it will take a little while with the Eisteddfod running till mid-September and other commitments.

I bought some beautiful wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills and it arrived on Monday.


The dark blue is for Gulliver, the grey is for ChaCha and the rainbow is for another someone special.  Tried out the grey on Monday night and it works really well with the other colours for ChaCha's little pinafore.


Couldn't resist starting something with the rainbow wool last night when the girls were over for stitching.  I used a tutorial that came into my FaceBook feed (http://crochet.diyeverywhere.com/2016/08/10/how-to-crochet-the-basketweave-stitch/?src=fbfan_54740&t=fbsub_crochetguide).  This is a really cool design and works so well with the rainbow wool.


Jenni is knitting a blanket using 20 ply wool - it felt quite strange strange when I tried those 1.5cm thick needles.  Jenni brought her knitting when she visited Mum recently.

Concentration

08 August 2016

Friday

Took a day's leave on Friday to spend the day with ChaCha and Gulliver (and their parents).  Always the best kind of day off.

A few months ago I machine embroidered a set of towels for a new little baby boy.  ChaCha and I visited the baby and his Mummy on Friday.  It's so delightful to see a little one with a baby and ChaCha is so entertaining - lots of talking and singing.

Friday was my daughter-in-law's birthday and I was so pleased that her presents were finished in time and ChaCha and I could visit Peta at her work.  I finished sewing in all the ends on the blanket on Thursday night.



I love the photo of Peta modelling her scarf.


I spent Friday evening with Gulliver while Michael and Peta went out to dinner - always a fun time with the Little Guy.

Most of the weekend was taken up with the eisteddfod except for Saturday night - I was invited to a 50th birthday party with a dress up theme of character from a musical.


I was very impressed that my friend Barbara managed to get my hair into two braids.

02 August 2016

Crochet

No sewing happening in the pink room lately and now that the eisteddfod has started, no free weekends till late September.  I have been crocheting more hexagons with the lovely Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply Luxury and have started crocheting the hexagons together.


Three rows are together - four to go and a couple of borders then I'll do some sewing.

Jenni has been crocheting up a storm and most of these circles have been crocheted together with white to make a baby blanket for one of her friends - the colours are terrific.


27 July 2016

Marmalade

Last night I caught up on a few tv shows I'd missed over the weekend while stitching down the binding on Marmalade.  Before the night was over, I'd reached the last corner


and the quilt is finished.


The quilt was started in June 2014.  So happy to have made a quilt entirely from fabrics in my sewing room.  I can see myself making another of this design - I love it - but next time I will use one layer of white fabric for the petals with vliesofix around the curved edge only and cut away the excess patterned fabric underneath.  The quilt is ditch-stitched with free motion quilting around the edges of the petals.  It was a breeze to quilt after Karen had basted it with her long-arm.

Big excitement last night - our little man started to walk.

26 July 2016

The Two of Us

"The Two of Us" is a very cute little bag designed by Rosalie Dekker.  I first made this back in January 2012 for a friend's birthday present, and thought it would make a very cute little bag for little ChaCha using some Tasha Noel charm squares a sweet friend had given to me.


I reduced the pattern by 20% to make it more ChaCha-size.


The jacket and overalls have been finished for months except for the buttons.  Delivered these to ChaCha as well - they should fit next year but you never know with her because she's so tall.  More patterns from the book I bought when Michael was a baby.


Mum and I had a a great day in Sydney on Saturday - shopping at IKEA then visits with our two little sweethearts and my bigger sweethearts.  ChaCha and Gulliver are so much fun and very entertaining.


"Cheerio" is now sewn together and waiting to be quilted.  I love how fresh and happy all the colours look together with the white/red polka dot background fabric.


Sunday afternoon was quilting time - "Marmalade" is done.  The binding is on too - hoping to stitch it down tonight.



Happy to recommend long-arm basting rather than pins - pulling out the threads in much easier than pinning a quilt.  I have another quilt that Karen basted for me a while ago and it will be quilted soon (I hope).

A work colleague and I went to the Helpmann Awards last night - this is an annual ceremony for live theatre in Ausralia and there are performances from various shows throughout the ceremony.  Lots of celebrity spotting.


"Matilda" was nominated for 13 awards and won all 13.

18 July 2016

Saturday Dinner

On Saturday night Mum and I went out for dinner with my brother's family to celebrate my nephew's birthday.  We had such a lovely time and I took some photos of Mum with her youngest great-grandbaby.


 
All the 5" blocks for Spool Sampler are finished and the rest of the quilt is cut out.


Yesterday I decided to sew some Cheerio blocks together.  These blocks were finished in January, so it's about time.  Think I'm halfway and hope to sew a couple more rows tonight.


Mum wanted to see "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" (with Sam Neill) so we did yesterday - it's an enjoyable movie but a bit gory for me in a couple of hunting scenes (I just close my eyes).

14 July 2016

Curtains

Recent sewing has been all about making curtains for my bedroom.  I had one hanging on Sunday night and the second was finished on Monday night.


Next were tie-backs, which I made only because I saw this lovely tasselled braid when I bought the curtain fabric.  A dressing table was delivered last weekend so the bedroom is now pretty much finished.


Marmalade quilt top was finished in February last year.  It's a Thimble Blossoms pattern and I've made it entirely from my stash of pretty pastels.


Karen basted the quilt for me on her longarm last year and I thought it's about time I got around to quilting it.  Quilting is going very well.  I know there will be a lot of threads to remove later on but not having to pin baste is fantastic.


Some more quilting over the next few nights and weekend and Marmalade should be ready for binding.

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