Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ham and Sausage

"I do so like green eggs and ham, thank you, thank you, Sam I am. "
Dr Seuss

A month anniversary since my last post! Somehow it seems much longer.  I nearly wrote yesterday and how lucky you are that I didn't - such doldrums. A couple of weeks ago a bug laid me really flat leaving me grumpy and querulous and lots of other unattractive things (the beloved doesn't seem to have noticed though - is that what I am always like?!?) and it came to a peak yesterday morning when nothing I tried to do came to anything. 
The outing I wanted to join was fully booked, the iron wouldn't clean after leaving filthy marks on my white fabric, the very easy pincushion pattern I wasn't following properly wasn't working how I wanted... you get the idea. By afternoon I was ready to throw phones and sewing machines and irons (and husbands) out the window. 

A few deep breaths and a cup of tea and I remembered my spare iron from a Spotlight sale and worked out a way of salvaging the pincushion. 

A few burnt fingers and I realised I needed a device to iron against when adding pellon to the pincushion interior in the salvage process.

A few google searches and I discovered I needed a ham - and could make it myself with materials to hand!

So with many thanks to Tilly and Kristiann, and Vinnies for a tucked away gorgeous shop sample of some Sanderson linen/cotton fabric, I got sewing. 

While making a ham why not make a sausage too!

Ta da!!! 
Wonderful how a small achievement can lift the mood and sweep the grumbles away

and the pincushion is back on track.

Have a lovely week.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Flimsy February Two

There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor.  
Oscar Wilde

My second flimsy for Flimsy February,  using 36 blocks from the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler set and some gorgeous Tilda fabric bought on holidays in Glenbrook last year. 

Ta Da!!! 

Kipling is very approving of this flimsy frenzy creating padded places for napping cats.

With the release of the last block a few days ago, (on the hottest day locally on record) the weekly excitement of the Splendid Sampler came to end and is now calling to be made into... two lap size quilts.  Work is currently in progress - what was I thinking when I thought this sashing would be easy, with no seams to match up!!! And I have to do it again for the second! No time to mourn the end of such a fantastic sewing year.

A break from flimsy life was had at Craft Alive where my friends and I dyed  -  fabric. 
Plus did a little bit of shopping, and had massages - I could share a lovely photo of the two of them in ecstasy but what happens at the craft show stays at the craft show...

Back to the sewing machine.
Have a lovely week


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Flimsy February

"My husband said if I were to buy any more fabric, he would leave me. I'm going to miss him!!" quilt saying

Hubby has been away for a week and my affair with my machine started as the door closed behind him. 
Result: I have a flimsy!

and another in the making!

and more finished Splendid sampler blocks! (a couple of these might have been from last week but I have a cat on my lap and can't get up to 
take another photo) 

and more houses for the 2017 Scrappy challenge

I love this colour - not blue nor green but in between

AND a new stack of fat flats from the 10 for $10 spotlight sale! I saved so much money I think I should go and save some more.

Especially while the quilting tool sale is still on because with all this flimsy cutting, the blade in my cutter wore a groove in the metal shaft and got stuck! 


Where was a man to fix these things when you need one!

Actually I did have a male visitor after retiring to bed one evening!!! 
A boy in blue came rapping at my door (several hours after the end of a loud and spicy argument next door) because they had a report of a domestic at MY address! 

With a soft spot for our law enforcers in uniform (memories of those 000 balls in my youth) I might have been thrilled but are they recruiting from primary school now! How did the police get so young
...or maybe I've gotten old.


Friday, 3 February 2017

OPAM and I have a finish!

“Starting something can be easy, it is finishing it that is the highest hurdle.” 
 Isabella Poretsis

Oh Happy Day! 

Kris at TagalongTeddies has opened up OPAM 2017 for sign ups and I have a finish for January! In fact, as I can include my sunroom curtains, I have 2 finishes! ...Or 6 if I can count each curtain individually! Hmmmm

And neither project was on my list - is it too late to add them so I can cross them off?

Finish One was a Boro coaster workshop started at the Brisbane quilt show in October...2015. I didn't need coasters but I did need a small bag so stitched madly away in one piece to make the front... then archived it. It returned to memory when Fiona mentioned her (still at that point to be finished) set so out it came from the bottom of Mt UFO. 
Add some extra fabric, clips, vintage button and a charm and

Ta Da!


Don't you love those gorgeous textured Japanese fabrics!

Finish Two began life as Ikea bedspreads. 
With lining and tape and rings, the result is a second

Ta Da!

Twenty two or three feet of verandah windows now screened from the blazing morning sun. Just in time for this melting weather.

From the WISP pile, my Splendid Sampler 'Splendidly Scarlet'  plods along getting scarily close to the end.

so it was safe to start using up fabric to border each block ready for sashing. Oh why didn't I take advantage of those multitude of Spotlight sales in the last few months! Maybe next week I'll be lucky.
(does anyone else hate paying full price for homespun at Spotlight?)

With all this sewing going on, our furry baby cosily slept on the ironing towel on the desk alongside, just below the design wall - where, in an unexpected breeze, a Splendid Sampler block floated down to protect him from any draughts... 

He's such a darling


Friday, 27 January 2017

A few kitten pics...

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
Jean Cocteau

Last time I wrote I was full of excitement for the hundreds of projects I was going to finish this year. At this point, nearly a month in, the score is... um - nil

My excuse is 1 adorable kilogram of grey and white fur with blue eyes and a persuasive voice...

Meet Kipling 💗

This little boy takes part in every activity with enthusiasm

until he collapses with exhaustion. 

It's a hard life managing a human.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

2017 is a fresh year

'My goal for 2016 was to lose just 10 pounds. Only 15 to go!' 
found on Facebook 

Hello Strangers! 

Beautiful Tilda 'Bumblebee' fabric to begin the year

Don't you love the beginning of a new year, a clean slate without any of the mistakes of the past year and so much potential for great things.    Lots of New Year resolutions which are being reevaluated throughout January (and probably February...and all the way to December). 

2016 was a year of dirt and dust and razorblades(!) and sawdust and paint and curled timber shavings and recycled timber and a few (many) swear words as we renovated part of kitchen/sunroom, removing a wall or two for a beautiful practical airy space (and a dishwasher!!!!!) Renovating at our old (with not a square wall in sight) house means hubby demolishing and me rebuilding so often two very tired and cranky but satisfied people - who made it to 32 years of marriage today! 

Need a shave anyone? Found in the wall


2017 is to be a year of sewing and creating and finishing all those ongoing projects from how many years? Somehow I think I've had that resolution before but this time it's going to happen!!!! 

Scrap Challenge - Purple

Wish me luck please!


Christine xx

List One 
sewing basket
Splendid Sampler continues
Sylvia's Bridal Sampler flimsy
scrappy challenge
Postage stamp quilt
Jo Colwill Cushion
op shop sampler cushion
Grandmas garden quilt
project bag from Brenda Ryan stitchery
Memory box
Dutch Treat runner

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Goodbye my blue eyed boy

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” 
Anatole France

Our darling cat Teddy left us on Thursday. He had many years ahead of him but these were not to be. He slipped out a window while we were sleeping, probably feeling pleased with himself for being so clever and we think he was hit by a car. 

He came to us as an 8 week kitten and from the day he arrived he ruled the house from my shoulder, a position he still insisted on even as he passed 5 1/2 kilos. 

Cross eyed and terrified of birds, he nonetheless saw himself as a skilled hunter. He had the  'bottom wiggle' technique perfected and great was the excitement when he brought his first and only 'kill' in, although the plastic trap still attached to the rodent's cold stiff corpse hinted that the prey may not have been moving quickly ... if at all. 

When he lost his tail in an accident we thought his beauty would be marred but that wagging stump was a feature of his doglike nature and he became an icon in the immediate neighbourhood. Teddy loved people. The more people the better and he knew people loved him back - even the few who didn't. He was loving and loyal and when his best friend, 'Ariel the hen' died he daily sat at the door of the empty henhouse for several weeks and mourned her. 

 So many memories that make me smile and cry in turn. 
He was the last of the pets we had as a family and he has left us with a very empty house.

Darling Theodore, gift of God, most loved cat, vocal, opinionated, strong willed, curious, playful, bedwarming neck snuggler, leaver of dirty footprints, you and your innocent loving blue eyes are missed so much. 

“…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”  Khalil Gibran