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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Making a quilt from a silk sari.

I've been given a raw silk sari by Ken's cousin's wife, who has asked me if I could make a quilt from it.  It is mostly plain green with a border of cream colour on each side of the length, and one end is cream with embroidery on it.   I really have no idea where to start - can anyone offer advice?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Vic. centenary doiley.

The ladies in our Brotherhood Opshop are so thoughtful.  Even though I no longer work there regularly, but am on call as a back up, the ladies who know I collect vintage linens will put any interesting pieces aside for me if they turn up in a donation.  This morning I filled in for one of the regulars, and when I arrived, I was handed a little plastic bag with my name on.  Inside was this doiley.  I was so pleased!  I have a few different centenary doilies, but had never seen this one with St Kilda Road embroidered on it!
It is in excellent condition, but needs a few more stitches to finish it off which I will do next month when I am on duty at the Embroiderers Guild.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Crinoline Lady cross stitched doiley.

A friend found this in an op shop recently and snapped it up for me.

Another friend (at the Embroiderers' Guild) gave this to me yesterday. Like me, she has a large collection of aprons, and culls them now and then. I am the lucky recipient of the culled aprons! I was happy to add this gorgeous gingham apron to my collection of cross stitched and chicken scratch stitch gingham items.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Two more owls for my Owl family

I finished two more owls for my twig today, slightly larger than the first one.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January completed projects.

This cushion is for a cat lover friend (one of many!). It was supposed to be a Xmas gift but I didn't finish it in time, so I gave A. a small token gift at Xmas with the promise of something better to come.

The wife of a friend of Ken's was telling me about her autistic grandson, who tears the pages of ordinary books as he looks at them. I suggested she buy him one of those children's cloth books (does anyone else remember those as a kid?) and she said she'd never seen them. So I made one, using scraps of colourful fabric that hopefully will appeal to a small boy. I had no pattern to go from, so I just cut the pieces all the same size, joined them with a strip of calico, and sewed them back to back to make pages. Sewed down the middle strips of calico, and that was it!

Friday, January 16, 2015

My replies to your comments

Thank you to those who left comments on my last post about the mug rugs and owl on a twig.  I thought it best for me to write a new post instead of replying to those comments with another comment.
Selina:   I’ve rarely found animal prints patchwork in Lincraft or Spotlight.  I find it at the Quilt and Craft shows, or on the internet – eBay has many sellers who have specialty fabrics.
Sharon – that’s great news!   Look forward to hearing from you with the details :-)
Linda and Jane – I’m going to cut out some more owls tomorrow,  in different sizes.  Watch this space!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mug rug start to 2015!

After all those Christmas projects last year, I was ready for a break in January!  But I had promised to make some mug rugs from my vast stash of chicken patchwork fabric for a group of cyberspace friends who had suggested names for our Chook House.  So I got going on those, and finished them this week.  Next project will be the cloth book for the autistic grandson of a friend.  I've got all the fabrics out and have a bit of an idea how to proceed, as I don't have a pattern, but it's a pretty basic job really, just sewing the picture fabrics together to make a book!

These are the mug rugs, with numbers so the recipients can choose which one they like best.

My friend Val presented me with some pages taken from a BHG magazine, with instructions on how to make little owls. She wanted me to make one first, then show her how to make it.   The instructions were hard to follow, but there was a link provided to a YouTube tutorial, and once I found that, I was in business.  I put this little guy on a long twig as I plan to make up a tribe of owls to keep him company!