20 November 2017

Handmade with Love

Picked up "Handmade with Love" quilt from Karen on Wednesday night.  I haven't made a Christmas quilt for many years and this one was super quick to make with all the large pieces.

I love the "Rainbow Hearts" quilting design.  Will definitely use this one again.  The backing is one of my favourite Bonnie and Camille prints from their "Handmade" range - Karen has this for sale.

I took these photos of the quilt on Saturday morning - notice there are no bedside lights.

My dear friend, Lynell, turned up on Sunday morning as we had planned to go shopping for the day, and she brought my new bedside lights with her.  Lynell has been making these for most of this year.  To say I am thrilled to bits is an understatement.


We bought the crystal bases in Sydney a few months ago.

So very happy now that my bedroom is finished.

Last week I finished trimming the last of the hourglass blocks that make up the Scrappy Star blocks

and all the Scrappy Stars are together.  There are a few extra so I can switch the colours around if necessary.  A 5" charm square goes between each star.

ChaCha's Christmas dress is also finished.

A bit more Christmas sewing/stitching/crocheting to get on with over the next weeks.

Had a great weekend - Mum and I visited Michael and Gulli on Saturday and then Lynell, Robyn and I went on our annual Christmas trek to IKEA.  We met up with our friend Wendy and, as usual, couldn't believe how quickly the time went by.  Lovely dinner in our favourite Thai restaurant in Sutherland and then tartufo and coffee in another restaurant.

13 November 2017

Little Star

Christmas sewing has taken over The Pink Room for the last couple of weeks.  One Scrappy Star made last week.  Might make some more this week - 37 to go.

Working on presents for my sweethearts:

and Vintage Holiday 2 blocks.  I hope the sashing fabric arrives soon so Karen can quilt it.

Had such a great weekend.  Went to Sydney to Elizabeth, Matt and ChaCha, picked up Michael and Gulliver and we spent the day at Coogee Beach and the nearby park.  The little ones love to play together and are always so excited to see each other.

Sunday afternoon I made ChaCha's Christmas dress from another pattern I've had since about 1981.

Michael, Peta and Gulliver spent Sunday at Newtown Fair - looks like Gulli really enjoyed his icecream.

07 November 2017

Off Track

The "Handmade with Love" blocks were so quick and fun to put together.  Took me longer to decide on which fabrics to use than it did to make the blocks.

And then the layout seemed to take forever, so I had to just make some decisions and sew the quilt top together.

Finished off a little all-in-one for ChaCha (from another pattern I had used for her mum) but when I tried it on her it was too short in the body.  Took the zip out and added some ribbing.  Tried it on ChaCha the next morning and was told "Needs a zip Nanna" - 2 year olds are too clever these days :)

The new zip has been sewn in and GG is finishing off the handsewing.

Not many "Scrappy Stars" last week - enjoying the Christmas quilt blocks too much.

A friend of mine became a Grandma again a few weeks ago, so "Off Track" will be going to the new baby next time she visits him.

I've used the last of my cute washing line cotton flannel on the back - makes the quilt very snuggly.

Once "Handmade with Love" was together I still felt like making more Christmas blocks, so "Vintage Holiday 2" is well under way.  These blocks end up being ornament-shaped.  Background fabric is cut out and I'm waiting for the sashing and backing fabrics to arrive.

On Saturday The Schoolgirls and I went to see "Beautiful" - what a fabulous show!  Loved it so much.  I wanted it to start again as soon as it finished.   Mum and I went to see "Three Summers" on Sunday afternoon - such a lovely Australian movie, written and directed by Ben Elton, with  great humour, quirky characters, terrific music.

Some fabrics to add to the stack for "Medley" and "Line Dried" arrived yesterday - probably won't start "Line Dried" until next year - more Ohio Star blocks.

One more thing to crochet this year - a Christmas present for Gulliver.  His Dad sent me a link to a pattern he'd somehow come across on FaceBook and let me know that Gulliver might like an All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT Walker) from Star Wars.

31 October 2017

New Starts

Over the weekend I had some unexpected sewing time, so I made the centre block of "Medley" (designed by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts), a quilt that has been requested by a dear friend.  She chose a beautiful turquoise floral and butterfly fabric for the backing and I bought some more fabrics from the same range and added a few more from my stash.

Yesterday I was chatting on Messenger with another friend and mentioned that I really wanted to make "Handmade with Love" so when I arrived home last night I started cutting and sewing.  It's wonderful to be sewing with larger pieces of fabric and makes these blocks so much fun to sew.

Can't wait to start on the next gift boxes - they will take longer to make as they have more pieces.  I really should be getting on with a few other things but I love this instant gratification sewing.

106/145 Scrappy Stars made - having a little rest from making these.

Had a fun weekend with ChaCha staying over - we visited some friends, had dinner out and spent some time with GG on Sunday morning.  Then there was a Hawks game on Sunday afternoon - very exciting game which they lost in overtime. 

29 October 2017

Kaleidoscope and Dresden Plate Cot Quilts

A few months ago a dear friend in USA told me her daughter was expecting twins - baby girls, and they were due to arrive in November.  Plenty of time, I thought to make two little quilts.  Then I was told they were going to be born a month early.  I bought some peony Kona Solid background fabric from Sarah and extra pink fabrics while I was in Queensland in early September to add what I already had and made two little cot quilts.

Kaleidoscope, designed by Cluck, Cluck, Sew

and Dresden Plates, a traditional design.


Jenny at AngelCake Quilting did me a huge favour by quilting them straight away and I was very happy to have the quilts ready to post once I knew the little babies had arrived.

The parcel took a little detour on it's way.  It was a relief to hear that the Mum and Dad had received the quilts on Wednesday.

The colours look much better in these photos

and I love these little characters in the "Old and New 30's" fabric.

27 October 2017

Triangle Pouches

I've been wanting to make one of these little cuties for years (ever since I saw the tutorial on A Spoonful of Sugar's blog).  I bought a pack of tiny metal zips with attached zip pulls and some other cute zip pulls to attach to ordinary zips at the Quilt show in June and last Friday night decided to make one.

One quickly became 3 - doesn't take long at all to make one of these.  There will be more.

Last week's Scrappy Star blocks were put on the design wall by ChaCha when she stayed over on Saturday night - she now likes to climb the ladder to do her "quilting".

Sunday evening was The Hawks' first home game of the season - a controvery-filled match but a great result (at last).

Also on Sunday, Michael, Peta and Gulliver flew up to Cairns for a holiday.  Little Gulli is the cutest little snorkeler ever.  He's braver than his Nanna, that's for sure.

I needed a cot quilt in a hurry and "Off Track" by Cluck, Cluck, Sew is such a great quilt pattern to make up in a hurry.  I cut it out on Friday night, sewed it up and made the backing on Sunday and Monday nights, and gave it to Karen on Tuesday night for quilting.

More Scrappy Stars have been made this week but I'm keen to sew something else for a change.

19 October 2017

"Clambake" Quilts

Lots of trips to Sydney last week - one was to the beautiful State Theatre to see Michael Ball and Alfie Boe in concert.  Fabulous, fantastic show - such wonderful voices and they both have a great sense of fun.

Friday night was dinner with The Schoolgirls - always love catching up with them - the Sangria was nice too.

On Saturday I was back in Sydney (Potts Point) with some other friends.  First off lunch in a cafe by the Archibald Fountain

then we headed to the Hayes Theatre

to see "Assassins".  I knew nothing about this musical - really enjoyed it.  All the performers were outstanding.

Sunday afternoon Mum and I went to have a look around the new shops in Wollongong then visited family.

Not many Scrappy Stars completed last week - need 101 more.

Last Thursday I picked up the two "Clambake" quilts from Jenny (AngelCake Quilting).  One is lap-size

and the other is cot-sized.

Maybe a quieter weekend coming up - the big event will be The Hawks' first home game of the season on Sunday evening.  Here's hoping for a win.


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