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September 2020


The last embroidery for the quilt is ready to go.

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The combi block is going into a mug bag, and


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the Medici embroidery is driving me mad.  So much so that I have decided to stitch the one I found in the old magazine first to get he hang of it.

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Another block finished

This block was surprisingly more complicated than it looks.  Those little hexies were very frustrating to stitch and attached.

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The fabrics I have used are what I intend to piece the quilt in, very sweet and pretty.  I think they will suit the other blocks as well.  Only one more block to go and then I have to start piecing.  I have an idea in my mind of what I want to do but if it will work on not is another matter.

Something to explore

I came across Teresa's patchwork videos whilst looking at Facebook and found her methods very engaging in fact I almost became addicted to them.  They are all short and easy to watch.  There are actually 200 videos on the playlist!  The mind boggles.

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I followed this up because I was looking for easy, yet attractive designs to use for my donation quilts.  In fact I probably didn't need to buy the book because everything is here. But being old school and having had trouble constantly with access to the internet I decided to get the book.

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Teresa is Spanish and has a particular skill is seeing patterns.  I am going to try this first quilt in the book.  It looks fairly straight forward and the quilting is simple.  

Scan 50I just hope I can make it with the fabric from my stash, because that is what making donation quilts requires for me.  Somehow or other I have to use up all that fabric I have collected!

This book is clearly written, the photography is good and having the backup of the videos means I can watch the parts I find difficult being done on the screen.  (Over and over again.)



Preparing a new embroidery.

I have wanted to try Medici embroidery for ages now and have never been able to find a suitable fabric.  I have an old copy of Mary Hickmott's Stitches that had a project in it but even she had trouble finding a fabric and her sample was worked on DMC 18ct linen Aida, which I didn't find successful.

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(Silvana at piacere del ricamo   has lots of examples of how she has adapted this work for more accessible linens.)

So when a project plus kit appeared in Inspiration magazine I put in my order.  This linen is such a loose weave, far looser that I could have imagined and I can see that I could have problems keeping the stitching even.  But the first job was to photo copy the pattern and instructions from the magazine,  not as easy as it might first appear.  The magazine is not quite standard size so quite a bit of time cutting and pasting went on to get it to fit the laminating sleeves.

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This proved to be a good exercise as I would have missed the tiny instruction of where to start if I hadn't looked closely.

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I wish there was more fabric so that I could practice and get the tension right.

I was looking at the cover of the stitches magazine and see that I was given this by a stitching friend, Pam Muir.  Pam was a nursing sister at Royal Brisbane Hospital who used to come into the Guild after her shift finished in the mid morning.  Sadly she recently passed. I must try and stitch this piece as well.  It was so kind of her to pass this magazine onto me.



It is working again.  That was really a nervous breakdown event.  I had to pack up the computer, get it on a trolley, walk the km to the barge, get it from the barge to the car and then drive for an hour to get to the Apple store.  When I got to the head of the cue, and I had an appointment, the assistant tells me they can deal with the remotely.  I had to pack it up again, get to the car and by this point there was no way I could have pulled it all the way to the ferry and then home so I put the car on the barge and drove home.  Hang the expense.  Then I got thinking about what was wrong with the computer and came to the conclusion that someone had put on a security program I knew nothing about.  Turns out my husbands computer guy had put it on when he has looking at his computers.  When they rang today I had sorted everything out myself.  Good thing is I don't need a new computer.

So as you can imagine not a lot of work has been done but I have managed to lose a friendship block I made for a patchwork friend.  I will have to do that one again.  I have finished 3 more pin cushions.  That is the end of them.  I see that all the others I have made have sold so that is pleasing.

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It was easier to stitch the latin for Cease the Day.

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And I have finished the stitching but have to put the hexi's around this design for my simple stitching.

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One more to go after this and I am ready to start making the quilt.


My computer has gone down!

I have an Apple Mac and just love it but it will not boot up.  No problems before this it just stopped working.   I think I might have to buy a new one.  I know they build in redundancy at 5 years and this is older than that.  I’m glad I have an IPad, in fact a couple.    In these days of lock down I need my desktop computer.

Where I live

I was so excited when I saw this.  It was only in the distance and the photo isn't too good but I saw a whale breaching in the channel between our island and Stradbroke.

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Monique and I were walking on the beach and in the distance this magnificent creature broke the surface of the water.  How cool is that?  The whales are on their way back to the Antarctic and this one had wandered into the bay.

Spring is starting to make itself felt. Lots of new flowers in my garden.

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And notices like the one below.  Those birds have been busy.

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A sucker for fabric.

I just can't walk past some fabrics.  I went into the shop to buy some needle stops for the girls machines.  They are a small part that holds the thread in place and it is continually being misplaced.  This one I have tied onto the machine.  From talking to the sales assistant seems they have the same problem with the sewing machines at the local school, they just sent them 80 more!

But while I was there I saw this fabric and just had to have it. 

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Now I have to find a project to use it for.


Life is all about change

Well my life is, if not everyones.  And my life is about to make a huge change.  My grand daughter is high functioning autistic.  She is having so many problems in the class room at school she is going to have to be home schooled.  She is fine 1 on 1, it is the social interaction that causes problems.  Plus she is so clever that school work, for her age group, is boring.  That means she is disruptive.   I am going to have to take on the teaching role, if not all the time, for a good part of it.  I never expected or wanted this to happen but there is nothing I can do about it.  It is just how it is.

Luckily for me I am a trained teacher so I know what to expect, or I think I do.  The next few weeks, which are school holidays, are going to be spent preparing the curriculum.  I know from the experience of lock down that she can finish a full day's work in an hour, so the lessons from distance education will not be a problem.  It is keeping her extended that is going to be taxing and I will have to design the learning myself.

Her physical co ordination is not good, in fact it is terrible.  We will be doing a lot of sewing I think.  I have started with this bag, which she found difficult to keep the line straight on the machine but it is serviceable and attractive.  She had real trouble cutting out the shapes so cutting out things will be top of the list.


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I am going to have to come up with some innovative ways to keep her occupied.