Sunday, November 27, 2011


Taa Daa
Here are the placemats.  I have just one to go as I ran out of binding.  My challenge will be to finish that last one and not leave it sitting there, lonley in my sewing room for 5 years!
This was my ingenious idea . . . I have one child that just can't keep food on his plate and makes an awful mess when he eats.  Last time I made mats, I didn't even make him one, as it would have been putrid after one meal.
This time, I had a "lightbulb moment"
I backed his placemat with the PVC coated fabric.  I put a different binding on it so we can tell when it's the other way around.  When he has a meal, he just turns it over, and then has to wipe it clean.
So far so good - I was pretty pleased with myself.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

I've been busy in my little nursery down the side of the house, getting ready for my Plant Market on 11th December - MAIN RD Ballarat.  I went last year and it was lots of fun.

My 2 pussy cats keep me busy down there, and I loose all sense of time.  I've had a couple of evenings out there until dark, but no gardening today - RAIN RAIN RAIN.  Just as well, as I was able to work on my Place Mats to go with my Table Runner I made last week.
Pictures tomorrow.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Natural Light

Here's a few photos of 'the' quilt in natural light

I know I'm just showing off . . . but I do LOVE it!

Just a short break in transmission here and tomorrow it will be . . .
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back to REPORTS!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A new Table Runner a la "Aunty Cookie"

The new table runner is complete, and when I do a few more reports, I am going to work on some place mats.

I've had this panel from Aunty Cookie for ages, and was not sure what to do with it, and didn't want to cut into it.  I think I have found the perfect solution.  Now I will see it every day.

I've been quietly working on this quilt, handquilting with TV.  I've fiddled with the colours just for effect, but it's finally done!  Just the binding to go now.
I love it!  Thanks Maria for teaching me.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Seen quieter days

 Not only did my beautiful pussy cat Max, break his tail (which I have to assure you is getting better day by day), my no. 1 Master Flowergarden 16 broke his kneecap!
Disco Bowling!!
(I must assure you also, that he is getting better day by day too)
I just HAD to go off to Sewjourn for a couple of nights away from it all . . .
and S E W !
 Unfortunately I didn't get to do any of my spiderweb selvedge quilt, but I took it to put up on the design wall, and it has inspired me to get back to it.  Thanks to the girls who gave me their edges.  Contributions greatfully received.
 I did  start working on this - I think of few of the blocks are a bit 'wrong way round' - that design wall at Sewjourn is good.  They are just sitting there so don't worry.  Can you believe that I was in such a rush to get home to the injured, that I left both of these quilts in Lancefield!!!  Thanks Karen for seeing them and Nikki for posting them home.
 Then back to school, not really knowing what to do, so I cut a big bunch of flowers from my garden and got the Grade 5's to draw with pastels.  This was one of my favourites.  They did a fabulous job, and enjoyed the exercise.  They were all so good, I put them all up in the Art Room and it has made a wonderful display.  I felt a little like this fellow below by Tuesday 4pm.  I don't think I'll do paper folding with Preps again!
On top of all this, it is now Report Writing time . . . so I have cut out a new table runner!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Roses in Springtime

From the top left . . . we have Albertine,Jayne Austin, Jayne and Albertine again, Bergundy Ice, and Dearest, some more Burgundy and below a little Albertine, then a spot of Pierre de Ronsard and finishing with a petal of Dearest.
wouldn't you know it, the rain has just started to fall. I hope they are not all ruined.
I do LOVE my roses!
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another lovely day in my Flowergarden

What a difference a sunny day makes

. . . and look who I found planted in my garden

yes, it was Max!
(looking very pleased with himself)
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Patience Rewarded

Yes! THIS is what I've been patiently waiting for
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