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

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Still in chook mode.

I have made a few changes to my No Eggs Today wall hanger.   I decided to add a thin black border after I'd quilted the back and wadding to the front, instead of doing the envelope finish.  Someone had suggested adding a border of lace to the stitchery, so after playing with various laces from my stash, I decided to use a red and white trim.  It still has to be hand sewn on, and I think it looks rather sweet.

I started the runner below on a whim after I saw a similar styled runner on Pinterest, with a chook print surrounded by chicken wire print fabric.  I received the panel from a friend in France, and I didn't have enough of the chicken wire fabric, so I bordered the centre section with black, and added a red gingham border, and will use a plain red for the binding.

Additions to my vintage linen collection.

I just happened to drop into an antiques market the other day....well, it wasn't quite like that.  I had passed it several times when Ken was driving, so I had to find a time to go there on my own!  There were a few linens, mostly whitework and crochet - on display, and I asked the lady in charge if she had any more.  She took me to a chest of drawers and opened it to reveal piles of embroidered cloths and doilies!  I didn't have time to look at everything, and she didn't have time to pull the whole lot out and show them to me, but she riffled through them quickly and four items caught my eye.

A machine embroidered supper cloth with roosters - just had to have that, even though I don't strictly collect machine embroidery.  A breakfast traycloth, and a doiley featuring Scottish dancers, which is a great match for a tablecloth that I have had for a while.  AND a fantastic find - a patchwork boot done in crazy patchwork!  I wish I knew how old this is, or where it came from!   All these items for a total of $28. :-)

On my way back home I stopped at the opshop to drop off some things I have had in my car for months.  I shouldn't have stayed to look around, but this cross stitch kit caught my eye, and in spite of swearing off cross stitch in favour of stitchery and patchwork, this rooster found his way home with me!  Sigh....

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


One more teacosy made for the Teacosy festival.   I called this one Carnaby Street, after the fabric pattern.  The lace was a piece that I had in my stash, just enough to go around the bottom of the cosy.

Decided to make the No Eggs Today stitchery into an all purpose mat which I can use as a centrepiece on the kitchen table or coffee table, or I can sew a rod hanger on the back and hang it up somewhere.  This is the top, I just have to add the backing and interfacing, no border, as I am going to make it up envelope style.

While in chook mode, I saw a lovely table runner on Pinterest, and it inspired me to make something similar with fabric from my vast chook fabric stash.  Thought I'd taken a photo of it, but can't find it, so obviously not.  Ah, just remembered - I did take a photo, but it is on my tablet, and I can't post from that to here.  Well, I suppose I can, but it is too much mucking around, so it will have to wait until I've finished the project and then I can show it here as an FO and not a UFO ;-)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Two finished projects and a WIP.

Last year I was showing a fellow Elvis fan some of the Elvis fabrics in my stash, and she gasped "Ooooh!  What are you going to do with that one?"and I rashly replied "I guess I could make you a quilt".  Well, I couldn't go back on my word, could I?  She lives in Qld. and only comes down to Melbourne a few times a year, and I knew she was coming back in February, so I got my bum into gear and made this:

The back is a denim print fabric of which I have several metres in my stash, given to me by a friend who had decided she would never use it.  I thought it was perfect for Elvis' back!

This is the second tea cosy I have made for this year's teacosy festival at Bundoora Homestead.  But there is a slight problem....Ken has taken a fancy to it, and doesn't want me to donate it to the festival!  So I might be making another teacosy this week...

At the Eltham Quilt Shop sit and sew on Friday mornings, I have been mostly working on the hand stitched binding of recent quilts and wall hangings, but if I haven't got a quilt to work on, I need something else to take.  I was looking through my thousands of patterns (you know the feeling) and when I came across this one, I looked no further.   The magazine has it made up as a cushion, but I don't need any more cushions, so I'm thinking of making it into a framed picture or wall hanging, and hanging it in the chook house just to remind the girls that we do not tolerate moods.  Just keep laying eggs, thank you!

Monday, January 04, 2016

A good start to the Sewing Year.

I have big plans for 2016!  A list of to-dos that are achievable.  I was happy to close 2015 with most of the projects on my wish list completed.
I finished the backing and binding of the Naughty Kitty clawed quilt yesterday.
Then I made a  denim pincushion that I saw on Pinterest, and had to make for myself, to match the denim sewing machine cover I made last year.   And I made a tea cosy for the forthcoming Tea cosy Festival at Bundoora Homestead, which opens next month.  I am going to make a few different ones, as there is no limit this year to how many can be entered by one person.  I've got some nice chicken fabric out to make the second one, but Ken was admiring the fabric, so the teacosy may not get to the Festival!  We'll see.  I have until 31st January to make them.\

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ten MInute Table runner Xmas gift.

I made this table runner for my home Carer.  She loves any hand made crafts, so she was tickled pink with this :-)

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Cat mug rugs

These aren't strictly mug rugs, more like large coasters.  I made a cat mug rug for a friend last year, and her home carer was admiring it.  My friend asked me to make another one for her carer, and I invited her over here to go through my cat fabrics so she could choose one herself.  She liked this one so much she asked if I could do two, one for her and one for her carer, and as they don't take long to make, I agreed.
They are exactly the same; coloured cat print on the front, paws on the back.

Table runners for Cancer fundraising.

My friend Louise is passionate about raising funds for the Cancer Council, as she has lost several friends to the disease.  She had a fundraising afternoon tea party last year which was so successful she decided to have another one this year.  I offered to make some patchwork items for her to raffle or auction to help make some more money.  I made a pink table runner and a smaller blue one.  Both were made using the "Ten Minute Table runner" technique.   As it was the first time I had tried this, it took a bit longer than ten minutes for the first one (the pink runner), but I can see when you've made a few of them, it probably would take less than 20 minutes to make one!

They didn't take long to go!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Christmas theme table runner completed.

Here is the runner I have made for an exchange on the Down To Earth forum.  I am so pleased to have finished the binding with neat mitred corners!  Should have started doing this a long time ago, but I don't feel like undoing all the binding on my previous quilts and redoing them properly.  Not now!