21 June 2016

First Birthday Party

Sunday was Gullivers's first birthday.  Gulliver's party was a great event held where Peta works in Redfern.  Gulli is such a little charmer.

Hard to believe that both ChaCha and Gulliver are now 1.  It's been such an exciting time for our family.

On Friday when I arrived home from work, Jenni was there cooking Gulli's birthday cake - delicious 3 flavours (caramel popcorn, chocolate, and vanilla with chocolate swirls).

Two sleeps and my dear friend Diann arrives to visit for a few days.  Can't wait to see her.  We're going to the Sydney Quilt Show on Friday with Miss ChaCha and then having a couple of days at home.

Not much sewing happening at the moment - I've ironed all the Hopscotch blocks and that's about it.


Fabric arrived for Piccadilly Circus Dresden Plate centres and the backing - it's very pretty.

The sewing room is pretty much set up - lots of sorting and putting away still to be done.  The wet floors and walls are now dry - fans and dehumidifiers were running for four days.  Fortunately no damage from the huge downpour on Sunday.

15 June 2016

Scrappy Churndash Quilt

Scrappy Quilts are my favourite - I love the mixed up jumble of colours and patterns and it's always a bonus to use up lots of little pieces of special fabrics.

When I made the Bonnie and Camille version of Patchwork Swoon I made a pile of extra 4 patch strips to use in the borders and forgot to add them, so when I found the 4 patch strips, the idea came to make scrappy churndash blocks

Karen did the quilting last weeks using Modern Twist design and the binding was finished on Sunday night.

I love how the quilt turned out.

Last night I made the first Dresden Plate for the Piccadilly Circus quilt.  I'm hoping the fabric for the centre circles will arrive later this week - the lady has asked for green with white dot from the Vintage Picnic range for the block centres and binding - I think it will look great when all the blocks are together.

14 June 2016

Busy, busy, busy

Lots has happened over the last 10 days or so - some things wonderful, some things not so great.

During the night Saturday week ago, all of NSW east coast and parts of Qld were hit by a huge weather event and, once again, the bedroom and sewing room at the back of my house flooded, even though I had installed new drains and done a lot of remediation work after the last flood a bit over 2 years ago.  The following day all the furniture was moved out of the two rooms thanks to my wonderful family and I was able to set up a sewing area in the family room.

These once-in-a-lifetime rains are happening too often.  Further rain events created even more havoc in Tasmania.  Seems strange that I had lived in the house for 24 years with no flooding and the last two times we've had lots of rain in a short space of time, the house has flooded.  

On Friday the wardrobe was installed in my new bedroom.

Much of Saturday was spent moving into the bedroom, thanks once again to my fantastic friends,

and moving all my sewing furniture and stuff into my previous bedroom.  I'm so sad to not be using my lovely sewing room any longer but it makes more sense to have my sewing room at the front of the house - good news is that the room is also pink.

Yesterday I bought curtain fabrics and a blind for my new bedroom so there will be some curtain-making over the next few weeks.

On Saturday afternoon Karen called in with the Scrappy Churndash all quilted - it looks fantastic.

I made a scrappy binding

and two nights of tv watching later, the quilt is finished.

I've received a request for another Piccadilly Circus quilt, so I started cutting strips for that on Sunday afternoon - needed a change from all the furniture arranging.

No navy in the quilt now - more green, aqua and pink

Hard to believe little Gulliver turns 1 next Sunday - time is passing way too quickly.

01 June 2016

Sewing up Backings

I hope to deliver Scrappy Churndash to Karen on Saturday and maybe Starlight will also be ready, so last night I sewed up the backings.  I love the big pink floral fabric.


I've been spending a few days at a friend's place and had some time for knitting and crocheting, as well as watching some dvd's.  The little crimson cardigan (8 ply) for ChaCha is finished

and the crochet pieces for a jacket are ready to be sewn up along with some knitted overalls that have been finished for a few weeks.  I love working with 12 ply - knits/crochets up very quickly.

On Sunday afternoon Elizabeth and I went to see "Xanadu" at the Hayes Theatre in Potts Point.  What a fabulous show - singing, choreography, costumes, everything was spot on and so entertaining.

The bedroom reno is looking wonderful - painting is as finished as it can be for now

until the floor is polished.  With a bit of luck that will happen on Friday afternoon (if not, then July because he's so busy) and then the skirting boards will be finished off and the wardrobe will be built.  Pretty exciting.

26 May 2016

Finished Quilt Top

Tuesday night I finished sewing the Scrappy Churndash blocks together - this will be a fairly large quilt.  Really happy with how it's turned out, especially as I was able to use up loads of scrappy Bonnie and Camille pieces.  I think it's an original design but I'm sure someone else has thought of making Churndash blocks like this before.

Last night I sewed some Starlight blocks into rows.  Think I'm going to love this quilt made in these pretty Bonnie and Camille "Hello Darling" fabrics.  I hope to finish making the rows tonight then I'll be having a few days away from the machine but I'll have my knitting and crochet with me.

24 May 2016

Fun Weekend

Had such a lovely day on Saturday - Mum and I went to Sydney to spend the day with the our little sweethearts.  They are so lovely together and have such a lot of fun.  I dropped off a little rainbow vest for ChaCha.  I bought the wool when I was at quilt camp in Tasmania last November and started knitting it there.  The vest has been finished for ages - just needed some press-studs.  I thought it would be too big but it's just right for this winter because she's so tall.

All the Scrappy Churndash blocks are made

and the first four rows are together. Four more rows to sew together and add to the first four, then the top is done.

I've started a little cardigan for ChaCha - it's a different type of knit for me - top down and in one piece - a free pattern from Ravelry.

More spak-filling and sanding on Sunday afternoon - there might be painting later this week.

20 May 2016

Cushion Covers

When making the first Piccadilly Circus quilt, there were lots of off-cuts from the strips used for the Dresden Plates, so I decided to sew them up in to smaller Dresden Plates to make some cusion covers - one Dresden Fans with Hello Darling fabric trim, two Dresden Plates with grey background and two Dresden Plates with white background.


The bedroom reno is moving along.  Electrical work was completed last week

and there was lots of sanding over the weekend with a little bit of painting to test out the colour.  Quotes have come in for the floor to be polished and a built-in wardrobe.

Found a lovely surprise in the garden this morning.

These have been in the garden for years and never flowered before.

Last night while watching tv, I started a crochet jacket for ChaCha.  I made the same jacket for Michael when he was a baby, so I've had the pattern for at least 34 years.

Almost the weekend - yahoo!


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