"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tote bag, Bee fabric.

A member of the Down to Earth forum posted a request last week, asking if anybody had a particular issue of Patchwork & Stitching magazine, as she was after a certain pattern.  I found it in my collection of P & S mags, and emailed her to ask if she wanted the magazine or just a copy of the pattern.  She said a copy would be fine, so once I'd done that I was about to put the mag back on the shelf, but decided to leave it out for a while.  The pattern T. had asked for was a cat silhouette on a totebag, and I had it earmarked to do 'one day'.  Well, no time like the present, so I pulled out one of the many promotional bags that I keep for redecorating, found some fabrics in my stash, and an hour later:  too easy!
 
Below is a photo of some fabric I bought last week at Darn Cheap Fabrics in Heidelberg.  I only bought half a metre, and have no idea what I will do with it, but I thought it would be useful for embellishing projects.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Got my mojo back!

Here is my second UFO project finished: the Sunbonnet Sue blocks made up into a mini quilt.

A friend was telling me about the pot holder she bought to use, but hates the fabric it is made of. I offered to make her another one, and finished this tonight. She is a Cat lover, so I think she will approve!


On to more practical things, I had three pairs of socks with small holes in the toe, and finally got around to darning them this week. I buy my darning wool from opshops, hence the variety of colours. Not many haberdashery shops sell darning wool these days, and even if they do, the younger staff have no idea what it is :-(

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UFO challenge has reinvigorated me!

Whilst challenging others reading this blog to show their UFOs, I posted pictures of some of mine.   Nice to see quite a few have taken on the challenge, but a bonus side effect for me is that I have motivated myself to do something!  I got out some of the orphan blocks again last night and spread them on the kitchen floor to see what I could come up with.  The Sunbonnet Sue blocks will be teamed with alternative blocks of different fabrics.  I'm not using the two other blocks in this picture as they are too big, and too much pink.

I moved these blocks around for about 20 minutes and photographed each layout before deciding I liked this one best.  (But that can change, lol)

When I was tidying all these up, I found a single orphan block that was made from a kit that I was given at a craft show.  Here is the block, lying on top of a metre of fabric while I made up my mind whether to use it or something else.

After I'd made the block, I couldn't decided what to do with it, so parked it in the cupboard where it was forgotten until last night.  I had been wanting to make another wall hanging for our kitchen, as the ones I've been using before the renovation didn't really suit the new wall, and I was keen to make one with chook fabric that I have in abundance.   But when I discovered my applique rooster, I thought YES!  So today, this is what I finished up with.  Hubby has yet to notice...wonder what he will say.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Not much news for this blog lately.

It is a wonder I've got any followers left!  I used to be so busy posting my work and my linen finds here up to a few years ago, then I retired from paid work, and BOOM!  Thought I would have more time to do stitching and patchwork, but have got caught up doing other things with my husband Ken, who isn't in good health, so naturally I would rather spend time with him than anything else right now.  There are other issues taking up my time at home, but I don't post about those things here, so if you want to know about my non-stitching life, you can see it here.

I have started work on one of my UFO doilies though....just a few stitches, but at least it is out of the basket and on my sewing table.  I usually get some stitching done on those small UFOs when I go to the Embroiderers Guild once a month as a volunteer hostess, and it was only when I pulled this particular doiley out of the UFO basket that it dawned on me I had completely forgotten to go to the Guild last Tuesday.  I was so shocked, I felt really bad about it, as I've never done that before - just not turned up, I mean.  If I can't go for some reason, I always ring them in advance and find a replacement for myself.  But this past week has been full of unhappy events, and the Guild completely slipped my mind.  I sent an email to apologise and explain why I didn't arrive, and I also tendered my resignation from the volunteer role, as with Ken's deteriorating health, I never know where we are going to be lately, so I can see times ahead when I won't be available for volunteer duties, craft classes, or any other commitments.   

Friday, April 24, 2015

ANZAC Day 25th April 2015


Rooster embroidered tablecloth

I found this cloth on eBay last week and bid for it immediately - wouldn't you?!   I was lucky that there was only one other bid, so I got a bargain.  It is in perfect condition and beautifully stitched, although Ken raised his eyebrows at the colours...pink chickens?  he said.  Never mind, artist's perogative, I replied.  I think it is sweet.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dare to show your UFOs!

I have been invited to photograph my UFOs for another forum I belong to, and rather than post it there and take up a lot of space on that forum, I decided to post the photos here and provide a link to the forum members to click on if they wish to see these.  Do you find it a bit sad, or depressing, when you look at your UFOs and wonder how on earth you got into such a state?  Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who finishes each project before starting a new one.  I don't have that self control, unfortunately.
So here we go.  This is what the end result will look like, if I finish it.
And this is how much I've done, up until about 10 years ago.  It's been covered up since then to keep it from getting dusty.  And to keep it out of my sight!

Australian cross stitch kit project nearly finished!  All that needs to be done is....
"Australia"! and a few names on the states.





I found this barely started quilt project in a plastic bag in the remnants drawer of the Guild.  Some blocks are completed, many of the components for more blocks are cut out, and there is a heap of fabric left uncut.  Sadly there is no pattern to go by, so if I ever got to make up more blocks from the cut fabrics, it would be a guessing game as to how it is supposed to turn out.


Peacock sampler pattern which I downloaded and started with great enthusiasm many years ago

But this is all I've done.


I have a large collection of neckties that I have been pulling apart and cutting into usable pieces, for years. I had visions of making a quilt of some kind with them, using the 'bow tie' quilting pattern. I got three blocks done, then went on to something else.The fabrics above the blocks are curtain swatches which I plan to use with the ties.

I went through a stage of making Sunbonnet Sue things - patchwork blocks, mug rugs, stitcheries, etc.  Trouble is I never got around to making anything with the blocks! 

The two vintage blocks below were found in an opshop by my friend Sharon who very kindly gave them to me.  I had thought of using them in conjunction with the ones I've done, but the pink background on mine would be completely at odds with the white cotton background of these, so I have another plan for them.





Finally, the doilies.  Each one has its own story, but I'm not going to write all that down here!  The embarrassing thing is that they all have very little needing to be done to finish them off!




So what is your story?  Dare you post your own UFOs on your blog?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

10th Anniversary of my blog!

I've just discovered that it is 10 years since I started this blog.  A lot of water gone under the proverbial  bridge since then!  Some bloggers give gifts to people who leave comments congratulating them on their blog anniversaries, but the last time I made that offer nobody responded, so if by any chance you decide to leave a comment here, sorry!  There's no incentive to do so - ha ha!!

Odds and ends.

Haven't done a lot of sewing lately because I've been distracted with some paper crafting.  But here are a few sewing related things that I've accumulated lately.  Some scraps of peacock themed fabric from Sue over at I Purr Furr to Craft.  She made something with these fabrics and I asked if there was any left over.  Don't know what I'll do with them yet -maybe a set of placemats, mug rugs, or they might even pop up in a crazy patchwork throw!

Below is a beaded necklace that my late mother-in-law made when she was young.  She did tell me how old she was when she made it, but I can't remember now.  Another example of 'should have written it down'..
She gave it to me and suggested as it is damaged, that I might pull it apart and use it in another craft project, but I've kept it intact, and rediscovered it in a drawer last week.  I showed it to someone who is an experienced beader, and she said it is a wonderful example of a certain type of beading (Parisian?) and I shouldn't destroy it.  So I got a piece of acid free board, taped some wadding to it, and found dark blue velvet to cover that, to mound the necklace on.  It will take a while to attach it, as I'll have to sew around the beads very carefully to hold it in place, but I think it is worth keeping, don't you?   Once I've attached the necklace to the padded surface I will take it to a professional framer and get it framed.



Today I found this teatowel in a gift shop for $5.95.   It is machine embroidered on waffle fabric, made in China, and was one of a stack of lovely designs.  OK, it is not a project for me to do, and it isn't even hand done, but you might know how much I love peacocks!   Maybe I should have posted this on my peacock blog...