Monday, May 25, 2009

Star Quilt finished


I finished the star quilt yesterday. I think our quilt group has made around 65 quilts to send down to the Victorian bushfire survivors. The quilts will be going on wednesday. Just in time, as the weather is getting a lot cooler now. I learnt how to make this stack and slash star quilt at the Patchwork Angel.
Happy stitching,
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In My Mailbox

Look what arrived in my mailbox, all the way from Sweden. A parcel of goodies from Lynne. She was having a giveaway, and I was the lucky winner. There were ribbons (one in the Swedish flag colours, the other featuring a traditional Swedish horse motif), a red and green hexagon pincushion, a handmade felt picture, a hanging heart, and some crocheted flower decorations. Lynne also made a gift card with a photo of her cottage on it; lovely. Thankyou so much!
Here is a photo of some native violets, they grow everywhere in my garden.

As you can probably tell, I am having a bit of a play with the photos today, using photoshop. (I have no idea how to use most of the features). So it will take a while to figure out.

Cheers,

Sandi xx

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Monkeying around

Last Friday, at the Brisbane Stitches & Craft show, I booked into Kristie's class to make a sock monkey. I got most of him(?) made at the class, then finished the sewing at home, so here he is.

Kristie is now selling kits to make them, check out her website at Rourke & Henry and you too can make one.
Over the weekend, hubby and I have started to put in some sleeper edging in front of the deck of our carriage (see background of this photo). We are going to plant a camellia hedge in front of it so you don't see the underneath bits. The camellias are the sasanqua variety and are in shades of pink and cream.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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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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