Sunday, April 28, 2013

Another Finish

The bed quilt is finished.  I threaded the last loose thread through this morning, put it on the bed and the world didn't end! lol  It's not to my taste, as I made it to Lee's exact specifications but it will help keep me warm.  I will just have to make another one to go on top and cover it up.  I'm going to give my bedroom a revamp, so a new quilt will be part of it.  I'm thinking something gothic.

The phrase in the Pete Murray song is "your fly" not your flower. lol Looks like there are going to be some flies on the hexi quilt now.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WIP It Good!

The unthinkable has happened!  I am down to six projects....Five I can show...One is a secret project for a friend who may visit my blog, so I can't show it yet.

This one has had a change of direction.  The hexi flowers were to be used as the centre for a square in a square quilt.  The inspiration comes from a verse of a Pete Murray song – Opportunity.  It is one of my favourite songs.  The link is here.  The verse that inspired the quilt is “And so it goes another lonely day.  You’re saving time but you’re miles away.  Your flower was drowning in some bitter tea, for seeing lost opportunity.”   The general idea is to have an Art Deco inspired teapot full of dead flowers.  When the quilt is finished, it is going to be dyed using a weak solution of brown dye, which will knock out all the colour and make it look grungy. 

I had a stack of small scraps which I didn't know what I wanted to do with that I didn't want to waste....

The pile kept growing......and the beginning of Centigrade Three Zero was born....a minature Grandmother's Garden.  It was a random project, so needed a randome name....30 degrees centigrade is the temperature fabric will burn at....aka Farenheit 451....which just happens to be a book I'm rather partial to.  There is another meaning to the name, but I will keep that for a later date.  

My leader and ender project....a stack of hst's.  I just kept cutting until both fabrics were gone.

An Angel's Story....started on 2nd October, 2011.

Mallee Most Fowl....started June 4th, 2012.  The pattern is Folk Art Birds from Making Quilts...the promise of joy by Kathy Doughty (Material Obsession).

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Thank you for all your kind words in my last post.  It is very much appreciated.  I feel like I am getting my creative mojo back, which is wonderful.  Last year I remember thinking that 2013 was going to be a big year. (I turn 50 next month.)  Little did I know!  The future is beginning to look rosy.  Things are changing and I am moving on in a positive way.  For one thing, being single means I have more time for craft! 

I picked up my new bike on Tuesday after work last week.  I had intended to do it on Monday, but *coff* left the bike rack sitting in the shed.  It is a Giant Sedona (hybrid bike) 2013 model and sheer heaven to ride....especially with the suspension on the seat!  The brakes are very light....I had to keep reminding myself which is the front brake at first.  


The view of Perth city centre from the other side of the Swan River on Sunday morning.  

Knitting as I sat and admired the view.  I'm deconstructing a beret.  The pattern was knit top down.  I wanted to knit it the opposite way.  I can't remember the name of the yarn.....It is made up of cashmere, merino and silk....really lovely to knit with.

This is where I ride my bike most days at the local park.  It was very still on Monday....perfect for taking a photo.

This is David's (DS) lap quilt just before I posted it to him....In the nick of time for his birthday.  The lump in the middle is Lestat.

I'm down to sewing in all the ends of the quilting on the green bed quilt.  I'm having a Tim Burton movie marathon today, to help pass the time as I do finish it.  Then on to casting on a shawl.  I have an idea in my head for a (very) simple lace shawl.  Have to see how it goes....If it doesn't work out, I'll be back to using a pattern! 

Leonie, there are no new flowers in the garden to send you a pic of, but I did take this one for you of the bush yesterday when I went out for a drive in the hills. 

Does anyone know how I can change the day/date of my posts?  Not when it is published on.  My blog is a day behind.....It is Thursday and my blog is a day behind! 


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Normal Transmission Will Be Returning Soon.....

It's been 3 months since Lee and I split up.  I'm still feeling lousy and still adjusting, which is why I've not been around. 

I've got rid of everything I possibly can which reminds me of her, apart from this flimsy.  After all the work I put into making it, I couldn't bring myself to bin it.  So instead, I decided to use it to practise my quilting on Elsie.  I'm glad I did, because I am improving and one day it will be cold enough to need an extra quilt on the bed!  It seems Mother Nature has forgotten that autumn is supposed to be cool!  I've just got the binding to do now.  Hopefully it will be finished by the end of the weekend.    

Monday, March 4, 2013

Rainy Days And Mondays......

Helllooooo everyone!  I'm sorry I've not replied to anyone's comments from my last post.  I had malware on my computer, not enough time to fix it, then ran out of data credit on my phone!  Phone's ok for another month....The computer's getting there!

Sandra, you were right about not having enough contrast on the New York Beauty block.  I scanned both fabrics in monochrome and they are really similar in tone.  Good spotting, 99!  

This is a close up of the tablecloth I made to fit the little table on the back patio.  I couldn't find a patio set that was comfy, so I got a small folding table and a camping chair instead....Bliss!  

If the centre fabric looks familiar, that is because it is!  It's been changed a zillion times....First the blocks were the centres for a garden fence (?????) block, then a log cabin.  Both were rubbish.  Mainly because of the fabric I used just didn't suit.  Then I remembered I had some spotty fabric.....puuurrrrrrrfect!!!!!  I'm really pleased to get it finished and it is going straight on the OPAM list!

It was lovely and cool this morning, even rained!  So I had breakfast outside with Tim and Wanda (much to Lestat's disgust lol), read for a while and was just about to start knitting when....uh oh!  See the stitch which is being held up by the vertical needle?  You guessed it....a dropped stitch!!!!

I had two choices.....Either fix it, which although boring, would not take long....or.....grab some different yarn and flick through a knitting book looking for a hat to knit!  No guessing which won out....and the dropped stitch still hasn't been picked up!  

Mind you, that is mainly because the rib at the top of the sock (the bottom in the picture) is really bugging me.  It is about a 1/4 inch too short.  It has been niggling at me, so it is time to frog it.....For the sixth time.  Yes, I counted....It is part of my knitting style....I think it takes six goes for it to stick! lol

This was my sewing/computer chair about half an hour ago....So glad I put a cover on it!