Friday, 31 January 2014

Nothing to show

That is what I thought. Not true. But, do you want to see pics of mending and altering residents nighties? No. But you might want to see what my assistant has been doing ...

She's more interested in watching blue tips *tits flitting around than saying Hi to you all. Oh well, forging on ...

*Edited due to predictive text knowing better than me!
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

South African stash building

Okay, so I showed you the quilt I took with me to South Africa on my recent trip.  Did you wonder what filled that space on the return journey ... keep in mind I could check in 22kgs

I found these gems at a fabulous shop in the town called Kleinmond - my Mom's LQS.  What made it the most tempting was that they were so honest in their pricing that the bolts were still marked at the original pricing.

Considering I wasn't a tourist, didn't visit that many restaurants, pubs or coffee shops, no longer smoke ... I had to spend my pennies on something *grin*  and came away with a stash build bundle

and a co-ordinated bundle with the floral as the main blender, even though there is not that much of it.   

 Then on a trip to my old home town of Somerset West, I visited a 'newish-to-me' very large fabric shop that stocks a fair selection of quilting cottons.  As much as I have no idea what I'll use them for, there was no way I could leave without some of those fabulous peacock feathers, and of course some blues that went with them.

I need to decide on fabrics to use for my Sugar Block Club blocks and may use either the floral or the feathers, and add some other co-ordinated fabrics.

If you think that these fabrics filled the space, I got news for you, they didn't.  I'll show the others on another day.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Finish Along 2014 Quarter 1

I'm sure you all know that Katy of The Littlest Thistle is hosting a 2014 Finish Along.

Finish Along 2014

Oh boy, this is kind of embarrassing, seeing as I have a lot of unfinished projects.  However, seeing as so many other wonderful sewers, embroiderers and quilters are standing up and listing their projects they hope to finish, I've decided to join in.

Number one on the list is a cot quilt for a baby this is due in March.  His Granny, a special friend of mine, has asked me to make this quilt for her soon-to-arrive grandson.  She has asked for a quilt to measure 150cm x 100cm and that it has yellow, green, blue and white in it.  

Number two is an embroidery I started about a year ago.  There is not much left to do and I think it'll probably go into a frame and hang alongside similarly styled embroideries. 

Number three is an embroidery that I started when I first started my travels in 2005.  It fitted nicely into a plastic sleeve and has travelled many miles around the world. 

Sadly, it's still not finished.  The original pattern has it made into a cushion cover.  Personally, I think I'd like it too to go into a frame.

Number four is this Martha Negley fabric quilt top.  It simply needs to be layered, pinned and quilted.  I'm thinking of using a shade of thread that matches with the pumpkin seeds and stitching along their edges.

Lastly, number five is this simple but fun embroidery that I found at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show last year.  I semi finished the bottom one during an impromptu sit down and stitch class and then bought a kit for a poppy version (the top one) and together, hopefully, when they're done, they'll brighten up some wall space somewhere.

Don't for one minute think these are the only unfinished projects I have!  I do hope to get them done and will show them as they get done - don't hold your breath though as I'm not the most regular blogger like some of you stars.

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Monday, 6 January 2014

Show and Tell : Mom's rose garden dresden

Ever since I can remembers Mom has had the palest shade of green curtains hanging in her bedroom.  One of her life dreams was to have green fingers and a flourishing flower garden. 

Unfortunately the soil on her plot and the climate where she lives are a major stumbling block and she is a better sewist than gardener.

So I planned to make her an old styled quilt with colours to co-ordinate with her curtains and some blooms that would never fade. 

The fabrics  are a collection of green foliage depicting fabrics and roses and other blooms in shades of pinks - all scrappy fabrics, some rummaged from The Skep's skep and others were really old fabrics from my oldest stash. 


Over time and one by one I cut the fabrics and sewed the dresden plates.  When they were all done I arranged them in a pattern that I found pleasing and hand appliqued them onto a cream background. 


Some stripey fabric got added to frame the centre of the quilt top and then more of the background fabric until it was big enough to cover the top of a king size bed. 

I come from a family of tall people and we need beds that are at least 2 metres in length.  Even so my feet usually end up over the end of the mattrass when I'm sleeping.

Actually on 15th August 2012 I posted about the dresden plates top and getting it quilted.   Somewhere I have a note of the length and width of the quilt, but unfortunately am not able to find it right now - that's why there's the token photo of the quilt top on the bed. 

When I flew out to visit Mom in December 2013 there was a lot of space in the suitcase and so I was very pleased to be able to pack the quilt in and eventually be able to give it to her as her Christmas present.  She was thrilled especially as she is still sleeping a lot, particularly after chemo treatments.

 Here it is with binding attached.  One day I'd like to make another dresden plate quilt top, it was fun and easy to do, especially as a scrappy quilt - my favourite kind of quilting.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Stepping into 2014

 As a teenager it just didn't seem right that at sometime in the distant future we would refer to the year as 'two thousand and ....'  Now, many years later it just rolls off the tongue and so it is with ease that I wish each and every reader a

Very Happy and Prosperous 
Two thousand and Fourteen

and hope that this year knocks the socks off 2013!

You will have noticed that my blog posts dried up in July 2013 ... here's why:

At the end of 2012 I was so optimistic for 2013 and looked forward to being creative in and around my home and garden.  I was settling into my job with a new company, becoming familiar with the personalities and characters of all my residents, their friends and families and colleagues.  I had decided not to embark on any more studies and was looking forward to the mental break and having extra time to sew and read and generally play.

On 31st December 2012 I'd lost my voice and became subject to a very stressfull change in household circumstances without consultation or consent.  What had been a companionship had broken down.

In the middle of these events I received an email from my Mom, who is retired and living in the most gorgous seaside town in the Western Cape, South Africa.  She had written to let me know that she had been diagnosed with odenocarcinoma.   I was stunned and didn't know how to respond.  In retrospect I think I had just become emotionally numb in order to cope with day to day 'stuff'.

When Harry met Meisie
The mood in the house became very sombre and there just didn't seem to be much to be thankful for really.  Even Harry appeared to have lost his Mojo.  So, I decided we needed a little help, and after much cajoling, (begging and pleading and making promises ) along came Meisie (pronounced Macey).  In South African Afrikaans the noun 'meisie' means young girl.  She is just so cute and was the most precious little bundle and enabled me to shift my focus away from the sombre health and financial issues and once again start to smile and laugh.

What else does a person do when it gets tough ... you enroll on another training course, join an international sewing bee, and join a local (National) bee  ... and start planning a trip to South Africa to visit with some very important people.

For us, 2013 ended with my return from the trip to South Africa, a very slight tan;

Mom doing very well after chemotherapy and surgery,
and a few flimsy quilt tops made, with a few being made into quilts.

South African sunset over False Bay
I'll save those for a Show and Tell session of blog posts.  All in all 2013 ended much better than it started and 2014 has begun in the most positive and promising way that we could wish for.


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