Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A new plan!

Today I got a "loan" of a treadmill so I can see if walking on it is easier for me and my knees.

I "plan" to get up each morning, throw on some clothes and "walk" for 30mins in front of the TV.  Then I will shower and eat my breakfast. 
I NEVER watch morning TV, so this will be interesting.

I am hoping that this new routine will be easier to stick to, then going walking "the streets" in the afternoons.
Until next post...
Jewells

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The joys of living in a country town!


I have to walk 30mins a day, 5 days a week...doctor's orders...I am into the 7th day now and EVERY day someone stops and offers me a lift.... my body says "YES PLEASE!" but what comes out of my mouth is "No, thanks, Doctor's orders".....
Now you don't get that in the city!

Until next post...
Jewells

Monday, June 5, 2017

Today's Finishes

Today was spent finishing off some of my items.
First is my AUSTRALIAN CALENDAR QUILT 
that I had to source patterns from the internet & books to design it myself.
 This is how "I" interpret this quilt:
January (Ship) First Fleet Discovered Australia- Australia Day
February (Heart) -Valentines Day
March (Leaf) - Beginning of Autumn
April (Bunny & Eggs) - Easter
May (Basket of Flowers) - Mothers Day
June (House) - Start of Winter (Stay indoors!)
July (Snowman) - Winter really here
August (Cockatoo) - They eat all the left over fruit on trees
September (Flower) - Start of Spring
October (Pumpkin) - Halloween
November (Horse) - Melbourne Cup
December (Santa) - Christmas

Next is one lot of table runners: 
(I still have 2 more lots to finish in different fabrics)
 and lastly is this lined zippered bag I made for a friend's grand daughter.
No, I didn't do the cross stitch...
I bought the cross stitch at a flea market for $5 and made it into this bag.  
It measures 13" x 20.5".
Time to leave the sewing room & hit the kitchen to prepare dinner.

Until next post...
Jewells

Monday, May 29, 2017

2 more quilts finished

In between customer's quilts, I managed to quilt 2 of my own quilts. 
The baby Disney cot quilt had a flaw in the outside border on the panel, so I cut it off and added matching fabric, then quilted it. 
 
The Christmas quilt was embroidered over some time, then pieced and quilted. 
Yes, they both go into my "For Sale" stash.
 ...now onto another customer's quilt!

Until next post...
Jewells

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I've been away

Before Easter, my two grand kids flew down from Queensland to spend a week with me. 
A couple of things we did while they were here was go to see Beauty and the Beast followed by Ten Pin Bowling. 

 Then after a week, Mum went for a 2 week stay in respite (her wishes) & I drove my grand kids back to their home and spent a week with the family.
We all went to visit the Cobb & Co Museum to see the exhibition on Play School. Man! did that bring back memories!
 Remember the clock that showed us what the story was going to be about?
Well here it is...
 and apparently, this is what it looks like today:
Then, there were the windows we looked through way back when we were kids:
and here are what they look through today:
Now...who can forget Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty & Jemima?
 
 
I had a wonderful time reminiscing!
After a week I traveled half way home and stayed with my friend out in the bush.  
She doesn't believe in TV, radio, newspapers or eating meat and is surrounded by animals and bush.
It is certainly a withdrawal from the rat race there and "my" batteries were recharged after a week.

When I returned home, I got in and quilted some of the quilts that arrived while I was away.  I managed to quilt 4 for one lady over the couple of days I had before picking Mum up from Respite.
 
 It is always fun matching the pattern with the quilting.
 plus making some backs as interesting as the panel on the front.
Always great to go away and just as great to come home ...to normality!

Until next post...
Jewells

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Customer's Quilt

Just love seeing customer's quilts come in and go out.
They are all so different and on lots occasions...inspiring.
I also love trying to match fabric with a stitching pattern that I have.
Here is a block in the quilt, that was duplicated in various colours:
and here is the stitch I used .... this is the back of the quilt, as the stitching shows up better.
Perfect!

Until next post...
Jewells

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Another Christmas Quilt

Mum & I have been churning out the quilts lately.
Here is a Christmas Quilt ready for sale.
 It is 46" x 58.5"
Another panel to which borders have been added.

I manage to get some of my quilts quilted AFTER I have finished the customer's quilts.

Until next post...
Jewells

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2 more quilts finished

Firstly...
a Mum & Me Quilt
...using ALL Christmas fabric...called "Stacked Coins".
This was started in June last year.
(As you can see...straight sewing for Mum!)
It is a large quilt measuring 77" x 85"
 The close up shows the "Jingle Bells" stitching
and the backing is fabric I have had for YEARS and never knew what to do with it:
Now the other quilt:
the "CHEAT'S" quilt...56" x 66"
I saw this "panel"on the wall in a quilt shop in the States last June and asked to buy it, only to be told it was not for sale.... In the States (probably here too) a quilt is designed by using a range of fabrics, then the finished quilt is photographed and scanned onto a 60" wide cloth , then sent to the fabric shops, along with the pattern. I did some heavy grovelling (and heavy spending!) and eventually the lady agreed to sell it to me after 6 months...so at Christmas time the shop in the States contacted me & told me she bought a new one for me as her sample was no longer suitable to sell.
 even the stitching I used has Cowboy Boots & Hats!
I am REAL happy on how it turned out.

Until next post...
Jewells

Monday, March 27, 2017

Last Weekend's Cooking

I was busy over the weekend. I bought a bucket of lemons at a garage sale (as mine aren't ready for picking yet) and made up:

Fig Jam (last of my figs), Fig & (frozen) Mixed Berry Jam, Dried Apricot with Apple Juice Jam & Lemon Cordial.

I still have 19 lemons left over, so I will make Lemon Curd/Spread & another lot of cordial ...but first, I have to buy some more sugar!

Until next post...
Jewells

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Christmas Quilt Finished

As mentioned last blog, I am now getting Mum to just sew straight lines.
Here is what I got her to make:
 The Christmas tree was a skinny long panel, so I added the red, then matching cream, then red again to make it wider, red on top, then the black all the way around.
Finished off with the red binding.
I used a star pattern when I quilted it.

Now Mum is making a "Stacked Coins" Christmas Quilt... again, all straight sewing.

Until next post...
Jewells

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bugs Galore!

Just finished quilting & binding this quilt. I bought the kit in the States last June. It is 50" x 60". Another "Mum & Me" effort. 


 Unfortunately, Mum's dementia is getting pretty bad, so she won't be doing much more sewing... she now can't do applique and found this quilt hard to comprehend how the borders went around each square...so it looks like straight sewing from now on, until she forgets how to do that...sad...very sad.

Until next post...
Jewells

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2 more panels

I have now used all the "fleecy throws" as backings for the cot quilts.  
Here is the last 2 quilts made from them:
 Love trying to match the stitching to the picture on the front.
 I have made a few of these, as I bought a bolt of the panels
 again the stitching matches.
Until next post...
Jewells

Sunday, March 12, 2017

3 Panels

This weekend I quilted a few of my panels.
 The Santa was one I found in my stash (yes! I had forgotten all about it!)
 and the 2 children's panels.......
 well, I experimented with a fleecy throw rug as the backing (I bought 3 with this in mind)


 .... I am happy with all of them.

Until next post...
Jewells

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Last 3 blocks

I just finished the last 3 blocks for my "Australian" Calendar
 October = Halloween (I know..not many in Oz celebrate it!)
November = Melbourne Cup (the horse race that stops the nation!)
December = Christmas
Here are all the blocks placed in order...
 I now have to find appropriate fabric for the sashings & the borders.

Until next post...
Jewells

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blocks 7-9 in Australian BOM

As mentioned two posts ago, I am paper piecing an Australian calendar that I made up myself by finding free patterns on the internet and yesterday I completed blocks 7, 8 & 9:
July: Snowman = Winter
August: Cockatoo = LOTS of them raiding my Citrus Trees
September: Flowers = Beginning of Spring
 
I only have 3 more to make, then join them into a quilt.
 
Until next post...
Jewells

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Table Runners Galore!

Mum & I have been busy making Table Runners this past week.
Here they are:
 
 
 
 I also quilted a cot panel:
Until next post...
Jewells