Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ever after kids’ panel – Part 6

It has been a very cold weekend in central South Africa so cold that even our furriest cat couldn’t resist being covered with a blanket.
Knowing hubby has a golf game planned for Sunday I got up early Saturday morning, did the household chores, went shopping and then got into my quilting.

I decided to tackle the next round of this quilt which entailed satin stitch applique again….. I just cannot force myself to like this but occasionally it is needed to finish a quilt off. The stems of the flowers are chenille strips but not brushed or washed yet.   So I am this far and I still haven’t found a perfect spot for taking a good picture….. Basically trying every spot in the house now.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scrappy strips 11 – Completed

We’ve had a long weekend in South Africa with Friday being Youth Day, so granddaughter came to stay over and she always says or does something to make us laugh.  So Thursday granddad could sleep with her and then on Friday she chose me to sleep with her.  Now winning the contest is really not a happy occasion as she kicks you all night long but we do pretend.  Got into bed with her to wake up later and find that I was all alone.  Checked and saw the youngster fast asleep with granddad in the main bedroom and this was what apparently happened.

She must have gone to the toilet and saw granddad’s light still on, walked to him and proudly said:  “Okay grandma is asleep, you can go switch off her TV and light, I’m sleeping by you.”  Never thought I would grow old enough for my grandchildren to put me to bed!


I’ve been rather slow in getting the second quilt done; it was just as if I didn’t have my quilt mojo with me last week.  It is however finally done.  I still however need to find a spot in my house/garden where I can take proper photos.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scrappy strips 10

Our wine auction on Friday evening was wonderful with a 3 course meal and a young host making sure the wine on the table was ample.  Hubby bid on a golden oldie and we have no intention of letting these become any older.
I started quilting my first of the two quilts and got that done however with the cold weather, a heater, 2 sewing machines, a computer, an iron, TV and light table I overused the electricity for my sewing room, so I had to seriously rethink what I really needed to have on at the same time.

This is what the quilting on the fleece, used for the back, looks like.  The bad part about making two similar quilts is that I now have to repeat this process AGAIN!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Scrappy strips 9

To everyone in the north enjoying warmer weather, it is freezing cold in central South Africa and along the coast our cities are burning with people and animals losing lives and possessions.


With my two single bed tops done, my mind started wandering to another new project, in fact 2 new projects.  These too will be part of working through my stash and scraps to make it less.
The one will be done with foundation piecing and I take a block pattern to the office and copy a couple every day and I also try to sew a couple daily.

For the next one I will only be using strips.  Whenever done with the foundation piecing pattern and I have fabric left, I cut these into 2,5” strips ready to use when I start the other strip project.

First and foremost though is that I have to get my Scrappy Strips quilted and I think apart from attending a wine auction tonight, I should stay indoors and quilt!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Scrappy strips 8

I finally have enough strip sets to finish these two quilts and even though the strips are not sewn into place yet, I feel like the end is nearing.  I also realised that I will never be able to work on only one quilt at a time.  I get bored with the same pattern or colour scheme fairly easy and then I need to take a break from it and do something else.


So with this up against the wall and ready for when the next scrappy strip mood hits me, off to do something else…. eating with friends.
Found a fish soup recipe and seeing that friend Karin’s husband supplies us with fish, they would be the perfect guests to invite.  I made us a fish soup with orange and baked peel and a stuffed cheesy mushroom with prawns as a starter.  Karin supplied the ciabatta and good company.