Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Keeping cosy

Once a year, our council has a 'curbside cleanup' where households can put out on the footpath any stuff they don't want, and then council trucks will take it away for you. People start putting out their 'stuff' a few days before the pickup day. Lots of stuff finds new homes and is recycled. I had put out a big box of empty plant pots and some old saucepans - gone now, and the boys cleaned out the shed and got rid of lots. Well, this morning, as I was up early (dropping off son to meet his connection to Brisbane airport), someone had put out a portable radiant oil heater (just up the road). I was just thinking the other day that I might need some sort of heating in the carriage studio. I plugged it in, and it works perfectly. All it needed was a little dusting off. It was quite heavy to lug into the jeep and then into the carriage, but I managed to do it myself.

On friday, I caught the train down to the Stitches and Craft show in Brisbane. I booked in to do two classes whilst there. The lovely Kristie Banham of Rourke & Henry taught us how to make a sock monkey. Don't you love the packaging? I will post a photo of my monkey when I finish it.

The other class was how to make a button bracelet with Fiona Lech of dear fii. We all had so much fun making them. Thanks, Fii.

This last photo is of the raffle quilt our quilt group made. Shown here at our annual May fair. It is hand sewn using the english paper piecing method.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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CurlyPops said...

Great side of the road find. I'm actually looking for one of those at the moment (bit chilly down here)...

suz said...

I am totally blown away with what I've seen done with English paper piecing. It certainly isn't the old Grandmas Garden. The raffle quilt is unbelievable! I am going to meet Sue Daley at Quilt Market in Pennsylvania next week and I know I'm going to be going home with papers and patterns!

Maree said...

We got one of those heaters when we first got married..can't believe they are still around & it will work a treat in your studio...that Raffle Quilt is Gorgeous...can't believe it is paper pieced...WOW.!!
Thanks for sharing

fi said...

what an amazing quilt!fantastic to meet you @ the show:) love fi

Guðrún said...

Lucky you. It is a good idea that people can recycle this way.

jannimary said...

It sounds like you had a great time at Stitches, and now you will be nice and snug in your carriage as you sew..good pickup! What a lot of work has gone into your raffle quilt, it will be one very lucky person that wins it.