03 January 2014

Heads Up No 1

Beautiful Christmas Bush from Peta's Mother's garden - I was so happy when Barbara turned up with this.

Mum and I had a lovely, busy few days in Canberra.  We stopped in Goulburn on the way there for afternoon tea.

I lived in Canberra in the mid-1970's and was very happy to see this place is still operating.  Mum and I had breakfast there on Sunday morning.

 Mum had a list of where she wanted to visit and we managed to go to all of them:  Parliament House, Portrait Gallery, National Gallery and top of the list, the War Memorial

Nothing like a milkshake after a big day out.
It was a nice change to do some sewing when I arrived home - felt like ages since I'd done any straight sewing just for me.  I love all the "Tone It Down" photos I've seen on blogs and Instagram.  I drew up the pattern before Christmas and it took me a while but I tracked down an e-version of the magazine (American Patchwork & Quilting) so that I could check my calculations were correct.  I'm not quite following the original design in that I'm using one background fabric (Moda Bella Solid Fig Tree Cream) and I'm using all my Fig Tree fabrics.

So far I've used 60 different Fig Tree fabrics - would be fantastic to not repeat a fabric but I don't have enough to do that.  The repeats will be in the little nine-patch posts in the sashings.  I'm still thinking about whether to have plain sashings or Fig Tree sashings.

On Wednesday I wanted to make one of the dolls inspired by the heads from Helen - I chose "Wishes Do Come True"- she's such a sweetie.

I am thrilled to bits with her (even with the OTT trim on her hat - couldn't find any plain swansdown in our local shops) - thank you Helen.  Will start another doll very soon.

I have a couple of doll kits ready to sew up and came across Alwyn the Elf that I bought a few years ago so thought I'd make him.

He is the companion for Twinkle Toes Tess - made her quite some time ago - she's a favourite, especially the tiny gingerbread men in her basket and the plum pudding.

Mum and I went to see "Philomena" last night - such a sad, true story based on a Magdalen Laundry inmate told with such compassion and acted beautifully (Judi Dench and Steve Coogan).  I am truly astounded by how cruel people can be to each other.

Not looking forward to work on Monday - too much fun at home.


Christine said...

Hi Lynda,
Your Tone It Down quilt is going to be beautiful with all those Fig Tree fabrics. You've got a lot done already.
Dolls are looking fabulous .. you are so clever. Bye.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Hello Lyndah the machine....amazing projects....

Susan said...

You have filled your break with lots of fun things. The squares on your design wall look fantatsic as they are.

Shirley said...

I am going to follow your progress with great interest because your version is going to be amazing. I put this quilt on my wish list a few years ago after seeing one at an exhibition. Not sure that I dare join in though. Lovely post Lynda.

Anonymous said...

what a great time you had with your mum Lynda,awesome projects as per usual ,i really love your doll,you clever chicky.xx

Nicky said...

Happy New Year Lynda! You've had a lovely crafty break, I love the way you're using all your Fig Tree Fabrics in the APQ quilt, it's going to be a beauty.

Helen said...

You are certainly getting your year started with a big sewing bang, well done. It's lovely to see you and your Mum having such wonderful trips together. Love the doll....can't wait to see the next one.


marina said...

Your blocks look amazing, they are so beautiful in the Fig tree fabrics. Like the way you have co ordinated the colours too.
Love your dolls, you sure made up for your time away!
Looks like you had a great time in Canberra too.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good to see Gus' here...I love calling in when I go up to Canberra! Great post Lynda!


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