Those birds

I have managed to catch a virus that is lingering.  The noise outside my bedroom is deafening! Not machines, not people but birds.

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The tree outside is in bloom and birds of every kind have come to feast.  But those lorikeets must be the noisiest birds on earth!


I have now finished my version of the sewing/knitting pouch.  As I was using the quilt left-overs it took a bit of effort to get it square.  In Kate's original it was hand quilted, I no longer can manage this so mine is done on the machine just a simple circular pattern.

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This bag is for my knitting project for tea cosies.  (I will write a tutorial for making this bag and post it at a later date.)

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As you can see it can be rolled up to make a smaller size and expand as your knitting grows. I folded the sides to make and envelope, joining the edges with a slip stitch and then over sewed this with a decorative stitch to give a better finish.


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I added a tie and button to the flap for the closure.

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It was a very pleasurable thing to sew and although I said I would never teach again I have agreed to teach a class for this project.  It has got me thinking about how else I might make this style of bag.  Watch this space!



A trip to Straddie

Stradbroke Island is not far from our island, you can see it from the beach.  At one time it was joined to Moreton Island and to the mainland at the Gold Coast.  It is the home of the Quandamoka people.  It is a big island with beautiful beaches and wild places.  I took a day-trip over and found these wild orchids growing near one of the lakes.

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Pretty close to paradise.

A finish

So this is the final piece of the quilt project, the quilt bag. 

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I like to make a bag from the leftovers for each quilt I make. I boxed the base and made a flap for the closure. It is hot here in summer and the quilts get put away in the linen cupboard.  By the time winter comes around they have been moved here and there in the cupboard and if stored in a bag made from the scraps you can easily identify the quilt, without having to pull everything else out.

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I have made the closures from velcro strips.  This lets the quilt lie flat and I usually put a lavender bag in there so that there is a nice scent when the bag is opened.

I am now drawing a line under this period of my life.  My doctor has advised me that I should stop all the medication, as it will kill me quicker than the cancer.  (I knew that and stopped the medication myself.) 

So begins a new chapter.  I think I will call it "Old Age!"

Next job, tidy this room.

The quilt is finished

I found this quilt pattern on the throw-out table at my quilt group.  The pattern reminded me of an incident with my niece and her daughter .  They had hens but a fox got into the hen house and ate some of the hens. 

I don't think I was actually going to make this quilt but after I got the cancer diagnosis I needed something to work on that would block out the reality of my situation.  The other contributing factor, that surfaced once I started treatment, was the diagnosis for Peripheral Neuropathy, that is why I am having problems with my right arm. There is a limit to the amount and type of hand stitching I can do, so  I want to expand my machine sewing skills.

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I took it to the long arm quilter for her to quilt and we both though circles would be good because they make you think of eggs.

Everyday after I got home from my treatment sessions I stitched these "Chooks" and just kept at it.  Some days I might only manage 10 mins some days a couple of hours.

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It is actually quiet a big quilt.   Here it is on a King sized single and it hangs down on both sides, 85"x 72", not quiet a double bed size but bigger than a single.  I didn't buy any fabric, with the exception of the backing fabric, but just used fabric from my stash, and, I didn't follow the pattern just cut it how it fitted the fabric.  I still have left overs and I think I cut too much binding.

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Now I think I need to make a quilt bag from that left over backing fabric.

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There is quiet a bit of backing fabric left over.  I might have to think of some other things to make!


I have 'the scraps' sewn together.

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I can't hand quilt this piece of fabric so will have to machine stitch my version.

The other work in progress is trying to get all the files from my desktop to my new laptop.  There are too many files so I am going to have to sit and 'cull'.

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My daughter came over to the island to help me with this and she also brought a flu virus which I am now dealing with!

And the hen quilt is quilted and I am sewing on the binding, an endless job!

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So simple yet...

I need something simple to make just to get me started.  I have all these wonderful ideas and tons of UFO's but I need something to get me going and something that doesn't matter if I don't succeed.  And I found the perfect thing over on "The Last Homely House."  This is Kate's version.  It looks a bit like a 'Boro' piece.


I thought "I have loads of scraps" but I don't!  I must have thrown them away or used them.  Then I found a plastic bag of stuff.

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I sorted this into colours.

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and then decided that I had most of this blue and yellow fabrics, so these will make the 3" centre of each block and I will "strip" the fabrics left.

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I hope I can do something with this?

Little Bill

Here he is, "Little Bill". 

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Never has it taken me so long to finish a small project like this.

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I think I must have re-knitted his jumper "upteen times" and then I see that I added an extra row to the pattern, but, it stays.  What was nice was opening my button box and finding a little old button just the right colour.

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He goes to his new home next week.