Only 2 weeks

I am up to my neck in Xmas parties.  I thought I was organised this year but I still have things to finalise.  My little ones are organised.  They have their clipboards and pens and are at the shops writting their lists for Santa,  "should we write the bar code as well?"  (I wish I could bend over like that.  I would freeze and have to get someone to unfold me!)  They girls went to have their Xmas photo with Santa taken and the little one insisted that she had to go as Rudolph.

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Here she is with the red nose.  Jasmine is really her own person.

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My husband is putting up the Xmas tree, slowly.  I have my little stand- by tree plus the Nativity Scene in place.  But sadly one of the wise men broke.  New one for next year.

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The joys of technology

I had to buy a new printer when I got home from overseas.  The other one just gave up and it was only about 18 months old.  This time I bought a Canon .  It isn't nearly as bulky and doesn't take up too much room on the desk but the inks cost a bomb.  I have just finished printing all the instructions for the next Children's Class and need to get more ink already.  First quotes cost more than the printer.

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My other problem is linking it to my old PC.  Why do I still have a PC you ask when I have the latest Apple desk top?  Well it runs my embroidery design program.  You can still buy the program but it works on an old operating system.

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I am working on a new design for a Kogin class for 2018 and would really like it finished this week if possible.  I did have one win though.  I found that the new fabric box I made as a prototype holds my Kogin threads perfectly.



I'm off to Toowoomba (again)

This time of year always calls for a visit to friends in Toowoomba, So today is the day.   I had my Xmas party for the cottage patchwork group last night and stayed in town at the apartment so that I could get an early start today.  I love staying here.  It is close to everything yet still a bit secluded here in the trees.

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 7.58.00 pmOn the other side of the apartment I look out over the roofs of the suburb.

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I have gifts to deliver including this lovely print  of skylines for Angela and little bundles of Xmas cheer for all the other ladies. 

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With all that has been going on I doubted that I would have all this ready in time.  But I made it.


The patchwork storage box.

I decided to stitch a prototype first before sewing the box I intend to give as my gift and I am so pleased that I did.  It isn't quite finished as yet but I think I have worked out everything that can go wrong.  At least I hope so.

Firstly, the interfacing that is recommended is very stiff and bulky, which is great to support the shape, but horrible for seams and hems.  So I turned a hem at the top first so that the interfacing sits in the fold.

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I followed the instructions and cut out the fabric and interfacing , sewing the two together around the edge and then quilted them.  It worked but I think I will quilt first and then cut out the shape .  Another problem was of my own making.  I thought I would use a gold metallic thread for the quilting.  Big mistake.  The thread just broke, so I switched to a rayon thread and got a better result.

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And those clips around the edge.  I couldn't find my quilting ones so used some clear pegs from Ikea.  They do a terrific job at a fraction of the cost.  Now to finish the real thing.  I have to have it done by 3:30pm so I can catch the 4pm ferry.




I have started to restitch the October Peace embroidery.  Hopefully the stitching will be straightforward with no problems.  This photo isn't the best I'm afraid.  I took it on my phone.  It is just too much trouble to get the big camera unpacked.

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 8.54.05 pmI am stitching this in one strand of DMC stranded cotton.  I must say that I am really enjoying stitching it and am not sure why.  With this finished I still have another 2 to designs to stitch before the end of the year to reach my goal.  Hope I make it.

And if you don't subscribe to Jacob over at "Modern Folk Embroidery"  he is putting up some free cross stitch patterns and other tips to celebrate Xmas.

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