Saturday, June 20, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
I haven't really been inclined to do any sewing lately, I've been much more interested in spinning and knitting.This is the fourth year that I've been spinning, and it's beginning to become second nature. I've produced a lot of wool that's scratchy and over spun and lumpy, and finally I've got all that newby stuff out of the way and the yarn I'm making is useable. There's still so many areas I can improve, and I have to perfect the techniques, but I'm happy with what I've done so far this year.
I bought this beautiful multi-coloured fleece, and I'll have fun turning it into knitting yarn.
I think I'm a bit jaded with the quilting projects that need finishing, and there's only one thing to do in that situation; finish them all, and start something inspiring. So this morning I set to and attached the borders to the Cracker quilt, and I'm calling it Done.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Where to start? The last three weeks are just a blur, so many family events, so much work, and hardly any sewing. I'm a little bit unhinged from all the activity, we had a great time of course, but I need a little bit of solitude this week. I hope I haven't jinxed anything by saying that.
I intend to get some sewing time in this afternoon, after I see to the necessary work, and I will be sewing on the units for the Cracker border. I came home one night, after a long day of social stuff, and sewed 100 HSTs all at once, then ironed them. That was nice, mindless, busywork.
I also started another project as a leader-ender. I've been admiring Bonnie's Split 9-patch, and suddenly decided to make it in blues and yellow-creams, to use up the huge amount of scraps I've been generating with my blue quilts.
I also made a couple of blocks to see if they were suitable for a scrap reduction project, and I quite like them.
In other news, I am back sewing on my Beloved, my Singer 538. I managed to source another power cord for her, not an exact match, but it works. I answered an ad on Gumtree, a local online sales site, and went round to see two sewing machines. I was really surprised to see that the seller was a young man, and he showed me his collection of vintage machines that he restores himself. It was so interesting to meet a fellow enthusiast; when I told him how many machines I owned he called out to his Mum in the next room 'There's someone here with more machines than me!', and she came out to have a chat, and also showed me a chevron quilt he'd made and quilted on his Singer 201. He'd done a great job, how wonderful to be quilting so early in life.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Where was I? I seem to have spent most of April driving, 1800km back and forth to Adelaide, and all over the city. I'm relieved to have a bit of time at home now.
My DS is back in Queensland, we had a wonderful time together. We spent the last five days of his visit in Adelaide with DD, and we took Dolly with us. She didn't mind, and had four adults to lavish attention on her, she was so spoilt. We took her with us to National Parks and many dog parks,
What a whirlwind it was, so many sights to see, so much Traffic! I'm not cut out for the city.....
And now I'm home, and I hardly know what to do with myself. I'm plugging away at the blocks on the design wall, nearly finished, but I'm not feeling much love for them anymore.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Time is a precious commodity these days, there is just so much that we're trying to fit in. DS is halfway through his holiday, and after a week of visiting family here and in Adelaide he departed on a trip to Wilpena Pound, where he and seven others will ride their mountain bikes around the Flinders Ranges National Park. It's difficult country to walk in, let alone ride a bike, but it's all about the challenge; he declares it boring to ride on a road, and loves riding up hills. He didn't get that from me, at the slightest incline I would get off and push my bike up, and I pretty much loathe bikes anyway.
He will be back at the end of the week, and my holiday will resume; I'm working this week while he is away. So there will be lots more family visits, then down to Adelaide to ride a couple of the trails there, and then he goes home again. It's been so wonderful to have both my son and daughter together with me again; they were playing some shooting game on the X-box, and I smiled when I heard Shonny saying "We have to get you a better gun Rhys, come up these steps, and I'll protect you while you get it." Always the big sister, even in a zombie game......
We've been staying up late, talking and playing cards, so not a chance of any sewing taking place. But I don't want to waste of moment of this time with my family, and the quilts are waiting patiently for me. We all know Family trumps Quilts! I have 3 more nights on my own, so I will work as hard as I can to get the blocks on the design wall finished, and that will please me greatly. I'm getting a leeetle bit tired of them, but I have a secret weapon; series 11 of NCIS should keep me glued to the machine.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
While I was cleaning up a file drawer I discovered this sample card from long ago.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
My friend Kaye is a fellow Welsh Quilting enthusiast, and she sent me this link, for a video of Jen Jones talking about her collection of quilts and blankets. I am definitely going to have to go to this place, if I ever get to visit the UK; I imagine I would hyperventilate with that many antique quilts around me. How wonderful that she collected and preserved all those textiles when it was so unfashionable to love them.
I've been so busy with work that there has been no sewing at all for weeks, which is a sad state of affairs. My Beloved Singer 538 has had another setback, she just stopped one day, and there's no power going to her motor. So I have to see if I can get an expert to fix her, I'm not going to muck about with electrics. Oh well, it's not as if I don't have other machines......
Less than a week till my DS arrives, and I am going to have time off from work for the first time in two years! I'm looking forward to spending time with both my kids, and being able to sleep in, and stay up late if I want. Holidays are a good thing.