Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Double Wedding Ring Progress

I've been recuperating from surgery and using the time to work on hand piecing my Double Wedding Ring, while watching re-runs and live Bonnie Hunter Quiltcams. Bonnie has a wonderful blog and is into scrappy quilting in a big way.

This project was supposed to be finished last October for my husbands 50th birthday, I guess life gets in the way - and other sewing projects.


I'm enjoying the journey and that is the main thing.

I'm now up to the last row, it will be five x five, and I think I know how I'll finish it.
I'm thinking of a cream floating border then a border with flying geese and square in a square blocks. I'll then do another cream floater and a final border of the feature fabric which are T Model cars - just one of my husbands hobbies.

In other news - we are finally getting the new shed. Bobcat has been in for two days and the concrete should be poured by end of this week, all going well. The shed itself is due for delivery and erection mid September - can't wait, it's been a long time plan finally coming to fruition.

Happy sewing
Jennifer
 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Happy 80th Opa

Happy Birthday Opa - what a great time.

Hope you liked the cake Dad - I enjoyed making it and finding the flowers - sweet peas.

Had a lovely lunch together with the family.

The Cake. It was yum.

--- Three generations ---
 
Lovely photo of Mum and Dad.

 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

A productive day

Getting back into the exercise regime, I was at the pool by 7:30am for aqua aerobics - a wonderful start to the day followed by a well earned latte - nice.

Then Bruce and the girls harvested our nectarine trees laden with fruit. I thought I would just do two batches, so love my vacola kit inherited from my mother in law a couple of years ago. Just added some lemon juice and peel into each jar with water - no added preservatives.

 
Ended up doing four batches. so 28 bottles later...

 
these will be wonderful with yoghurt - we've already taste tested a bottle, while still warm. According to Ruth - yum, so it's a winner.
 
While these were underway I had the slow cooker on with Ham Honey Citrus - a great recipe from Stephanie O'Dea 'A year of slow cooking' blog. I've done this recipe before, quick and easy to prepare - I just use the small smoked hams, without the bone - big enough to feed eight, so great for two nights. Whipped up a potato salad and girls made a lovely green salad.
 
Will now spend a peaceful evening on the couch doing some hand sewing.
It's been a great day after a challenging week.
 
Happy sewing everyone.
Jennifer

Monday, 6 January 2014

Trundling along

Strange post title I know but basically I feel like I'm trundling along, but enjoying the journey. I was off work for a few weeks, my options were few due to recovery after surgery. Lay on one side or stand, no strenuous activity - bending or lifting. What's a girl to do...

Turn this


Into this. It only shows a five by five layout - all blocks are made to make it seven by seven but couldn't fit it next to the Christmas tree.  I'm creating the borders using Bonnie's leader and tail end method while joining the blocks together. Sewing is the slowest part as I can't sit for too long. For those that may look close at the photo, don't panic I also noticed that I had turned a couple of my blocks the wrong way - after a little use of the seam ripper tool, all my pink squares are now heading in the same direction LOL.
I've really enjoyed this mystery quilt "Celtic Solstice" and can't thank Bonnie enough for her generosity and time in putting this out there for all of us to enjoy. I've learnt many new sewing techniques and made many new blocks, I'm usually a square or rectangle person so this has broadened my experience, Thankyou.

Hopefully I'll have the flimsy finished in time for the link-up in February.

Take a look at what other colour and layout alternatives people have been doing. They are beautiful and creative - HERE

Happy Sewing
Jennifer

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas everyone.

The gingerbread house has been constructed, just needs some final lolly additions by the girls in the morning.


The tree is decorated, the gifts are wrapped and Santa and his reindeer have been. All that is left are some carrot tips and bits of gingerbread men.

The cherubs are all tucked up in bed asleep, safe and sound.

Now we sleep until awakened by excited little voices in the early morn. I know in years to come I will miss this.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year for 2014. May it be full of happy times.

Happy sewing, Jennifer

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Another finish

Happy Christmas Eve - are you out there still running around or resting, all organized and ready for the big day?


I had a finish, ready for tomorrow. As usual Anita, of Hillside Quilting, did a beautiful job of quilting my batik quilt. A gift for my brother and sister-in law in celebration of them both turning 50 this year.

I presented them with the flimsy earlier this year, but it was a boomerang so that I could get it quilted and bound.

Amusingly I finished the last stitches while watching the Rocky Horror picture show on TV last night - not exactly sewing related or Christmases.

Hope you all manage some quiet time over the festive season to get a little sewing in - helps soothe the nerves.

Merry Christmas to you all, and a safe and Happy New Year. Looking forward to 2014.

Happy sewing, Jennifer

Friday, 20 December 2013

Before and after - another milestone

Intentionally, or unintentionally, we never got around to cutting Ruth's hair and a couple of weeks ago she turned nine. My husband and I loved it being long but it was a lot of work for us both to maintain and re-plait each morning.

So a visit from Diane this afternoon and here is the results ...

  and after... 
And yes she is all smiles, thank goodness, even Grace had a trim. All she wants to do is brush it, and tonight she went to bed without a plait.

I think I'll go and do some more cutting out. I am doing Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt. More on that later.

Happy sewing everyone and I'll see some of you at the NOTYQ Guild Christmas lunch tomorrow.

Thankyou again Diane - a job well done.
Jennifer
 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Teacher's gift and some purchases

Thought you'd like to see what I made this year for Ruth's teacher.

I believe this stitchery is a Gail Pan design which she had on her blog a while ago as a freebie. I just thought it was so cute.

The little handmade button came from Shabby Shack, an online Australian store which has the most gorgeous bits and pieces. I get a daily email from them with some great deals.

Today my DH and I went to Lilydale to check out a shed, it's finally coming together. So naturally while there we visited the Stitch N Patch shop, I had a lovely browse while the better half took a look across the road in the Antique shop.

Don't know who got the better deal - I picked up some lovely bits n pieces including the little redwood hanger for this stitchery while DH walked in with 'another' vintage Singer - boy did that cause a few laughs in the shop - I have to admit that it is quite cute.

It's an 1881 Singer New Family, basically complete - just missing a bobbin winder and treadle stand, but I'm sure that won't be an issue - which usually means that there is another one already in our possession which will complete it.

We then had a restful afternoon. I'm tiring easily at the moment.

Now the girls are decorating the Christmas tree while I relax and listen to some cds of Christmas songs - lovely.

Happy sewing
Jennifer

Saturday, 7 December 2013

My treasures

I know I'm biased, being their Mum, but I'm ever so proud of my girls, but also amazed at how quickly they are growing. Ruth is going into Grade 4 next year and Grace starts Prep. I know we all say it, but, 'Where does the time go?'

This year I decided I'd do my own Christmas photo, and just love how they turned out. Thanks goes to my Mum for having the tree ready to go, and also to the girls for their patience, just to get the right shot.

Another milestone this year was Bruce turning 50. I had intentions of making him a lovely quilt. It's still more like a table runner LOL. Maybe it will be finished for his 60th. Oh well, it is my favourite take along project.

Well what is a girl to do if one present doesn't go to plan - buy the next best thing - yep, I bought him a 1949 FX Holden, and today we spent a lovely day in the Yarra ranges having a quiet picnic with the girls. Perfect weather - I'm now a little tired and sore, as I'd had surgery earlier this week, and will now need to rest some more, had thought the fresh air and sunshine might help.

Well I hope I can blog again before Christmas, if not please have a safe and happy Christmas, sneak a little sewing in and I will catch up in the New Year.

Happy in sewing, Jennifer

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Spring has Sprung

Well haven't we had a lovely few days - the weather has certainly turned spring. Though they say rain on the weekend.

My garden has some beautiful flowers in bloom and the orange tree is laden with yummy fruit - it's a good crop this year.
Ruth has also been busy on her Show Quilt - here she is being watched over by Zoe the cat, who has taken a liking to sitting/sleeping on the sewing machine - a bit frustrating when she switches on the bobbin winder. 

Also has a tendency to fall off, if you get a speed up - so you have to take it carefully. Funny though when it happens.

Sewing together the borders
The finished quilt, requiring quilting


Spring must have arrived, a picnic in the garden and my girls are enjoying an icy pole - now there's a sign, though icy poles can happen in the middle of winter with children too.
 
Only problem with nice weather is that you feel like you should be out in it - I'd rather be sewing.
Cheers Jennifer