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The borders

I am much more within my comfort zone putting a binding on a quilt.  Not nearly as confronting as using paints on fabric and it is a job that has to be done.  Even if it is a bit boring, but, it is necessary.

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I am really surprised by how many people are Ohhing and Ahhing over this quilt.  I think it's the fabric.  It is an exact replica for the Beatrix Potter illustrations in her books.  Those people who look at the quilt are remembering the pleasure they had when reading them as a child.  I know that is what first attracted me to the fabric.

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I hope the child that receives this quilt loves it as well.  I think I might buy a couple of those little books to include with the quilt so that the pleasure can be handed onto another generation.  If you follow the link  to "Those little books"  you will find all kinds of activities for children (and those who are children at heart.)  Even though I live on the other side of the world my visits to Hill Top Farm are amongst some of my most special memories.

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Beatrix Potter was a great embroiderer as well as all her other accomplishments.  All the embroidery on the bed surrounds etc were done by her. 

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You can not take photos and there were very few post cards available to buy in the National Trust shop.  Researching her embroidery would make a great project for someone and I am sure that reproductions of her work in kits would sell.  There's a business idea for someone.


We have another week until end of term so I am still restricted with my use of the computer, but, there will be a new timetable next term and perhaps I might have some more time to sew.

My donation quilt is nearly finished, just the binding to go.  I used up all the Peter Rabbit fabric I had for this one.

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I found the printed panels were not printed quite straight which meant that I had to separate each row so that the quilt would end up square but still look alright.

I had the length but not the width so had to cut and piece every bit of fabric I had for the borders to make it wide enough.

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I managed to combine 3 fabrics for the back. I just used a stipple pattern to quilt the top, the design was too busy for anything else.  Now only the binding remains to be done.

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Whilst waiting for my yarn to be delivered to finish and start my projects I have embarked on my first knitted dog.  A Puggle who's name is "Nugget".  I will be interested to see how this knits up.

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And, I have had one false start on my next portrait, I'm not sure how I will stitch this one, so I put it aside.

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Then, I got out all the fabric pens and some paint.  I had no idea that I had so much.  I will need to do some experiments first with these.

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I then sketched out a design from an old photograph that was taken with a box brownie back in the 1960's.  It isn't a good photograph, I think my sister took it and she would have been 9 or 10 years old at the time.  But it is the only one I have of my two grandmothers.  You can't see the detail very well but I remember every detail of their faces and their clothing.  It was taken in the front yard of our 1950's home and I remember the flowers in the garden, the venetians on the windows and the railing around the verandah.  That verandah was all sand stone flagstones and I had to scrub it with a sandstone and scrubbing brush.  My Mother wanted no marks on the stone and the lady that came in to help in the house wouldn't do them.  (My Mother had terminal cancer by this time and I would do anything to make her life a little easier.)

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I hope this one turns out well, there are a lot of memories attached to this photo.

Some art Quilts

I had some one ask me about some quilting recently and during the time when I was researching the answer I came across OZ quilt network.

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They have some great traveling exhibitions and some of these you can look at on-line. One of these is Australia Wide Seven.  Some great inspiration here.  I think that "Blue Grass is my favourite piece.

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It is simple yet elegant and that stitching just makes it special.

Home Again

Well I took that trip to Toowoomba.  I drove up on the Saturday after staying the night at the city town house.  That gave me the opportunity to have dinner with my son at “Place of Stones”.  They make great pizza’s.

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There seemed to be a lot of traffic on the road but everything moved along at a good pace.  I stopped at a country market for breakfast and arrived with 10 mins to spare.  That drive is always pleasant when there are no big trucks to monster you.

The weather was cool and crisp.  Clear bright sky’s and cold nights.

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 I stayed with my friend and was glad that I put in my thermals to put under my night clothes.  All the deciduous trees were just about to shake off the last of their leaves and embrace winter. 

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The cool weather encourages some of the flowers and the camellias were beautiful.

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I didn’t have any time for shopping but got a good part of my donation quilt finished.    The thing with using left overs and not having a set pattern is that you have to be prepared for twists and turns and quite a bit of reverse sewing.  Those printed blocks are never quite square but that is what catches the eye first, so, you have to adjust the sashing to accommodate this.

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I drew that last graffiti panel for the other quilt and was able to get advice from my friends about just what was needed to finish it.  This quilt has sat in the draw unfinished for ages but I can now see a way forward and actually think I will finish it!

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I left in the early afternoon and had an uneventful drive home.  My husband rang to say hurry as we were going out to dinner for my grand daughter, Jasmine’s birthday.  More driving to get back to the city but it was a nice night and we brought the other grand daughter home with us for home schooling this week.  I then  fell into bed and slept.  I left all the washing until the next day and did this between supervising lessons.  I need to set aside another day to go back and hit the shops.  Trouble is I don’t really need anything at the moment but I do love spending time with my friends up there.

I love this fabric

There is one print in the Tilda Woodland range that I love above all others and it is this one.

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I fussy cut it to make a box bag and lined it with the blue fabric.  I went back to the shop and bought the end of the rolls, not much, just enough to make some more bags.

This one I made as a gift for my patchwork friend.  The bags are so roomy and in this case held almost 2m of fabric.

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I must remember to make a bag for myself.


I am not quite as well as I thought but I am improving.  I hope to go to Toowoomba this weekend but I will not make a final decision until Friday.  I still have to prepare the work I will take with me, so that is what I am doing at the moment.

There are 2 quilts I want to finish the piecing and then quilt.  The first is made up of Peter Bunny prints.  I have made one quilt from this fabric but still had a lot left over.  These panels are not straight so they need to be unpicked and resewn, then the rest of the panels added to make a quilt.  This will be a donation quilt.

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The second is another quilt that I have put away and not finished.  It needs one more graffitti block to be added, I have a dog coming out of a manhole that I want to put in.  Then I have to think about the borders.  But, I might be better without any borders?  I intend to get the opinion of the other ladies who will be there.

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And as winter is fast approaching and I don't see well at night I am continuing with my knitting.

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I always take too much away with me for these weekends so this time I am being prudent.

My machine is back

Back before last Xmas I took my sewing machine in for repairs.  I had blown the mother board when a gekko got into the fuse box.  I just haven't been confident enough to sew on it since, but, the time has come.  It took most of the day to find all the bits but now it is ready to sew on. 

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I have to make some box bags for my quilting group and as I'm not sure just what size to make so a few proto-types are called for. Now this isn't as easy as it seems because I want to incorporate those little embroideries.  Firstly I need to sew all the 2.5" patches together.  I am using a small charm pack of Tilda's "woolands" range.

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Then I need to work out the pattern size around this.  But for now it's learning to use the machine again and I intend to pull out the power cord every time I stop stitching.

Boy it's hard to start!


I'm not sure why

I'm not sure why but I am having trouble committing to my stitching projects.  After a meeting with my patchwork group I find that nearly everyone feels the same.  Maybe it is our age?  But there are a lot of younger members in the group and they are feeling the same.  I think that 2020 with all the lockdowns and worry about the virus has had a rather peculiar effect on us all.  I love stitching but now come to my work with dragging feet.

For me, one way of circumventing this is to do short do-able projects that can be finished in a day or so.  One of the most successful has been the foundation piecing that I started earlier in the year.  I try to do a couple of blocks every week or so.  I draw up the blocks in advance , set aside the scraps, and just do them when I have a bit of time.  There are 52 blocks in this sequence but I don't think that that will be enough to make a quilt.

Now, I have happened upon another site that is offering free foundation pieced blocks that I think would look good scattered amongst the others.  The blog is called "Lillyella" ( which has lots of great free stuff) and it is the Butterflys that have taken my fancy.

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I have plenty of the background fabric I have been using for the others and I can trim the blocks to be the same size.  Then I started to sort through her other tutorials and found one with moths.  

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 I am going to include these as well.   Maybe if I keep stitching I will get my mojo back?


I found this hack via "with my hands - dream", which led me to the Ikea Hacks page.  Both pages have gone into my bookmarks.  On the first are lots of things Finnish and antique sewing.  The second has led to my new pressing station that I can position right next to the sewing machine.  Because of the injuries to my spine standing up and sitting down are painful.  Once I'm up I have no trouble walking, it's getting up and down that are the problem.  With foundation piecing you are up and down all the time pressing the pieces in place so this baby eliminates that.

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It was a struggle getting everything home on the barge and I'm sure my husband thinks I'm mad.  When I'm not using it it just sits underneath the regular ironing board.

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Bet those trays don't stay empty like that for long.

Just because I wanted to

I'm not quite sure why I bought all this fabric.  Because I really liked it, because I wanted it, because I can use it or because I could. 

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Or was it because of envy or even revenge?  My husband has come home twice this week saying he has bough new boats.  A new rowing skull, I don't know how he is going to get in and out of it.  It might just stay in the boat shed.  And then a new sailing boat that he can sail with the grandchildren.  Having always been careful where I spend maybe I am becoming a spendthift  in my old age?

This is the new Tilda range of fabrics called "Woodlands" which has just arrived in shops here.  The catalogue of this range can be viewed here.

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Oh dear.  I see they have yarn for making dolls hair.  I wonder who stocks that?

(They also have lots of free patterns you can download on their web site as well.)