Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Bow ties have been made and laid out

I have been working on this quilt for so long I just want to get it done.
The last of the 8.5" blocks sewn until the top is sewn together.
(I might add more)

All the 8.5" & 4.5" blocks on the table to start putting up on the design wall.

The top half laid out up on the wall.

Now to get sewing...
Once I have got all corners sewn I will decide if I want to make it longer..

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Plants make a difference

This is where the plants were at when we moved in

Then I decided to pull out the palms. I wasn't happy with them being spikey and reedy looking.

I put in some cute conifers that will stay in the size of the planters.

And just look at the size of the yukkas. 
They have grown wild with us not even watering.
Hopefully they will grow up and shade us of some afternoon sun .
That's the change in 18months

Friday, 13 April 2018


Here are Aprils little letters made.
These are the ones I put in the newsletter this month for our members to sew along together.

The top three rows are sewn together

If you want to sew along go and have a look at 
Sheryl @ TEMECULA QUILT COMPANY has kindly put the pattern for free.
This quilt is the perfect size for a baby and very easy to make quickly.

Planned out ready for the next blocks to be made.
Not many to go now.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Knitting & crochet with scraps

My diagonal crochet blanket is finished.
for all the ends to sew up...

I have done a little more on this Knitted Scrappy square. I still haven't really got the pattern in my head but I will get there. It is a great use of scraps though.

Phyllis has made another laundry bag for AUSSIE HEROES.
They have a fun fabric with playing cards all over them. Perfect for one of the guys.
This brings the total to 57 made.

These tops were made by other members in our patchwork group.
I have "bagged" & quilted all 3. 
All ready to give to the kids..

Charity makes are always fulfilling..

Monday, 9 April 2018


Look at this fun ABC fabric I got. It is big enough for the basic LITTLE LETTERS quilts I have been making. I picked it up from spotlight for $2.  I'm not sure if it will fit this one I am doing just now.

It is yellow/gold month over at Angela's  So Scrappy. RSC18.

I have been working on my 8" 3d Bow Tie blocks.
I need about 44 of these blocks to make my quilt square. Then I will decide if I want it into a rectangular shape. I have 18 made now..

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Placemats are done

I was sewing along last night with others in cyberspace.
I kept working on these trees with scraps of green. They made up lovely placemats.

There was a group sewing day today and I finished off the placemats.
Got them bound in different ways.
The lighting from the glare made the photos hazy.

I followed this YouTube tutorial.

Here they are finished and I'm happy to say I really like the rolled over edge where the borders end up @ 1.25". After quilting the backing was cut at 2.5" larger than the actual placemat.
The edges turned and sewed. I'm really happy with how they look. I'm sure the recipients will love them too.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Happy Scrappy knitting time.

I've been doing a little bit of knitting lately. My mum use to knit this pattern and make lots of gifts for everyone. I thought I did give it a go. It's the sameness as making the Knitted dishcloths but you pick up half the stitches down one edge of the square. These squares measure about 5" so I will need to make a few to get the width I need. I am using left over yarn from my diagonal crochet blankets.  This pattern doesn't require much thinking so is a great pick up & put down design. I have started with 41sts in 8 ply (double knit).

Once I have done the above block I am using the little scraps in this 10 stitch continuous blanket. I couldn't get my head around the written pattern but found a great video tutorial. (Link below). I have had to watch and knit along with the video a few times and will still do so for a few corners but it is becoming easier as I do more corners. The fact I can just use up every little scrap, pick up when ever I want and keep knitting makes me happy. So far a very portable project. I'll see how addictive it gets.

You only need short needles for this project otherwise they just are awkward. My mum was teaching a beginners class years ago and bought these to start the ladies off with. They are actually kids needles. See the happy face. A perfect size and I had them in my collection. Thanks mum. I knew I would use most of your stuff eventually.


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