Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Missing knitted Premie beanies

I noticed that in my last beanie post I forgot to add some photos so here they are.
From my friend Christine.

Her Mother-In-Law, Barbara made these in 8 ply.

And another friend Anna posted these ones too. These are made with 4ply.

What a great variety. I'm sure the hospital will be happy...

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Doing something about the heat.

It has been extremely hot here over the past month or two. We are still trying to sort out what changes we need to do and want to do. Working out shade blinds was a challenge without it costing a fortune.
We have the sun on our back lounge windows in the morning and our bedroom late afternoon. Our house is rendered so it isn't easy working out where the bricks are or the mortar so you can get the screws in the right place. So this is what we decided.

 We bought some rods, spring fittings rolls of shade cloth.

Cut them into different size widths. 20cm wider than each window.

Sewed the edges and pockets on top and bottom.

Now look at the results. The black shade cloth matches the house nicely..
Fitted into the windows out side they don't look out of place. Boy they make a difference inside though... we are happy. They were easy to put up and can be taken down at any time. We will store them in the shed over winter..

Friday, 24 March 2017

Look what was in the mail...

My lovely friend Sue made and posted me this gorgeous gift. She is very talented and always does a great job with what she makes. Very kind and thoughtful.
A project bag... So handy to pack a project and take to sewing group meetings. The clear pockets make it so easy to see what's in there. It measures 12" x 16" closed up. Quite large.

All wrapped up in a bright fat 1/4... pretty blues and purples.
 All closed up. Beautifully quilted. Oh so clever.

 Needle threaded, quick unpick, heart pins, marking pens and a great little mini screwdriver set...
Perfect for glasses or your bobbin screws.


And then to my surprise was this gift delivered to my door.
A yummy gift from my friend Jo..
 A beautiful rose, chocolates and a bottle of bubbly..

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Now for some birthday goodness

I recently had a birthday. I kept it very quiet. With adjusting to working full time, coping with the heat, catching up with family my blogging and sewing time was pushed to the back. Anyway, I am catching up.

Here is my daughter giving me a cuddle and wishing me happy birthday. We caught up for the weekend and she took me to the movies in Benalla.. We saw " 50 Shades Darker" and were so enthralled with it we didn't realise the time had gone so fast. Just loved it...


I came home from work and had an unexpected visitor sitting in my lounge room. My brother decided to motorbike ride for seven hours to surprise me, join us for dinner, stay the night and ride home the next day. I was very happy as this was the the 3rd time we have ever been together for my special day. Once was my 21st, then my 40th and this one. No it wasn't an "0" birthday. Just with everything that has been going on with us lately it was special for us.. Thank you Graeme. Very much appreciated... he also gave me a little gift for our zen garden too...

 A beautiful "cousin itt" & red cactus

Here is the gift from my daughter too. I wanted to stock up on some toiletries for my travel bag an work draw. She thought I was strange. Anyway she got me what I wanted and more. I had run out of perfume so she bought me . My favourite and another beautiful selling one.

I also got this lovely little purse. It is great if you are just going out for tea and don't need all your cards. It has space for a few cards, some cash and your phone. So compact. She gave me an orange one for Xmas and I liked it so much she got me the yellow one too.

My gifts continued to come in the mail...


Monday, 20 March 2017

A great finish for me...

This weekend is International Quilters Day celebrations over at TheQuiltShow.com with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. Watch over 200 episodes for free this weekend only. IF YOU CAN GET ON & THE SITE DIDNT CRASH. They have extended the free viewing for another day.

 I did manage to watch about 12 episodes while I sewed, sewed and sewed. I caught up on finishing some blocks, taking photos of things over the past two weeks and sat down to do a heap of posts...

I have been working on a lovely quilt for a special lady and it's done....
This is the design I have decided to do on my friends quilt. I do not have to draw or follow lines. I am using rulers...

Thanks to Anita from https://hillside-quilting.myshopify.com/pages/about-us For teaching me how to use the Westalee rulers. I had trouble setting up my machine and getting all the needles and thread sorted out. Anita was very patient and helpful. I won't hesitate to use these more often.

Can you see the clam shells coming together. I am only doing 4 arcs. Yes, there are a few mistakes but for my first full size quilt using the ruler I am very happy with the results.


 I have finally finished all the clam shell quilting. Can you see my set up watching The Quilt Show in the background. Now to go on with the white sashing area with stippling and then to attach the binding. I enjoyed using the Westalee ruler for this but boy, this quilt was heavy. I haven't really done much quilting in the last year so I worked slowly on this one...

Here it is on a queen size bed. I think it will fit a king size single ok. The binding is machined on the front all ready for my friend to hand stitch the back down. She quite enjoys it.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Even better than FNSI

I had linked up with cyberland for FNSI BUT PLANS CHANGED......
I had a friend come to town. I met Annie a few years back at a retreat in Ballan. I then met her on a few occassions at our blogging group meet up. I am no longer a member. People change, times change. Annie and her friends were passing through so we caught up for dinner and a fun night... Of course the stage was set for photo time.. They were walking and I was driving so the empties weren't mine.....  Thanks for the good night... it was a laugh as usual.


If you want to see what the sewers did have a look here...
 http://www.sugarlane-designs.com/2017/03/happy-st-patricks-day-fnsi-link-is-up.html

I have been busy celebrating my birthday and having lots of visitors and going away. Now I am back home. I have a lot of posts to catch up so I will be doing that tomorrow..

Thursday, 9 March 2017

More knitted beanies.

I have some great friends making beanies. It's overwhelming the help I have received.
My friend Christine and her MIL Barbara got together and made these. Aren't they sweet.


These were made by my friend Maxine's mum. Our local hospital now has enough tiny beanies so we passed them on to the Northern Hospital in Epping. The smaller one would probably fit a 20 week premie. How tiny is that..
These are so tiny