Great Weekend

I had a wonderful time up at Toowoomba, as I knew I would.  Great friendships, lots of shopping and I even got some work done.

Some of the shopping was mundane, like new sleepwear.  It has to be 100% cotton, cool to wear and easy to wash.  I'm not really concerned if it is fashionable or not.

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I managed to leave my coffee mug behind up there, good thing there were 2 in the set.  Oh dear.  But when shopping I made a bee line for the throw out table  at Hanna's in the soft furnishing department and was rewarded with a mighty haul of manufacturers samples.  The sale sign said "fill a bag for $5" so I filled two.

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After removing all the hangers etc I was still left with a full bag of beautiful fabrics.

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I have just about used up all the ones I bought last time.  They were used to make needle books etc.  The needle books made gifts for my Toowoomba friends.

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I finished each one with a special hand made bead that I had bought from a man in a small village just outside of Dehli in India.  He had a small furnace and made each one by hand. 

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I am sure there are beads that are more beautiful but non that are so special.

I didn't make a lot of progress on my sewing,

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but I did work out why it was so slow.  I had added a layer of 'Insilbrite' along with the wadding to each layer.  I remember it was very hard to cut the fabric after I had quilted it, it was that metallic layer.  I ended up having to use my walking foot, enlarge the stitch length and use a 'jeans' needle to be able to sew through the layers.    I also had to double the bias binding to get it to sit properly.  I measured every thing and then found the bias binding had to be bigger on smaller depending on the thickness of the fabric I had used.  I don't think I will be finishing these any time soon.  I also gave one of my quilts to the Toowoomba Quilters 'Donation Quilts'. 

The cost of posting this to NSW plus all the border restriction made me rethink what I would do with this quilt.

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I know it will go to a good home.


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The beads do make the perfect finishing touch!

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