Saturday, 8 December 2012

Too, too long....

...and procrastination and duff sitting may have something to do with it....anyway, just finished a late dinner (home made gnocchi with prawns), having my coffee and enjoying the cool change after a stinky hot day in Melbourne.  Dr No is on the telly (I'm a huge Bond fan, but I've seen Dr No umpteen times and my husband really wants to watch it again), so what to do? Sew? - I could go and make some Christmas presents....or I could blog.....hmmm, what to do.....?  Well, blogging won - and for those who have commented on the last couple of posts (which were a few weeks/months ago - I'm sorry I haven't responded - I'm turning over a new leaf today)

It feels like such a long time since I actually wrote anything and I have done umpteen things in the meantime that I'm just going to record them as I remember them - so in no chronological order whatsoever...

1.  I hosted the delightful Caz of The Accidental Quilter for some time on the longarm - Caz had 2 queen sized quilts she was loathe to wrestle with through her domestic machine so she came to mine to do them - apart from an unexpected powercut, which curtailed tuesday afternoons' session, she got them both finished and did a fabulous job - most impressive for a first time - way to go Caz :)

2.  I made a frock - one of the 2nd year students at school made a beautiful linen dress and luckily the pattern is a new one.  It called for 4.5m of 150cm wide linen which wasn't very budget friendly so I searched through the clearance table at Spotlight and picked up some gorgeous voile for $5 per metre - the dress is a lot less structured in the voile and has beautifully soft folds - it turned out really well and I hope you get the idea from this crappy picture.....I'm saving for some linen to make another one but there'll have to be a few pattern adjustments....I don't think I can fudge them in the linen like I did in the voile!

3.  The Somerville Community House banner is FINISHED - yay - a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this banner - 12 1/2" pieces of calico was handed out to all the class/activities currently on at the Community House with instructions to fill the square with representations of their class or of Somerville itself.  We got back some very interesting blocks - they were painted, stitched, drawn and knitted and with a variety of mediums, from thread to paper to, in one case, a fan!  Putting it together was a bloody nightmare challenge but a couple of wonderful ladies in my Stitch and Chat group kept everything together and appliqued and stitched away with me to come up with a fabulous finish - there's a presentation/launch next week.....but here's a sneak preview....

4.  The veggie patch is growing strongly - we're already eating lettuce, silverbeet, zucchini's, sugar snap peas, asparagus, rhubarb, carrots and spring onions.  There's fruit on the tomato plants - many that self-seeded from last year and the first lot of corn is almost ready to throw up the flowers that will pollinate the ears of corn...there's also pumpkins forming...this abundant growth is thanks to the very changeable weather we've experienced over the past month or 2

5.  I joined the wonderful ladies of the Mornington Stitch Group for our Christmas breakup, hosted by the lovely Emma at Treehouse Textiles.  I've nicked the next photo from the Group mama, Cathy's blog...(Cabbage Quilts)....thanks Cathy and Emma :)

we had a Kris Kringle swap - what a talented bunch we are ;)

6.  I made 3 more Farmers Wife blocks - so that's 100 finished and I only have 11 more to make - YAY!!!!

...and now I've run out of memories!  So, I think I'll sign off - the sewing machine is calling and Christmas is approaching...til next time


  1. Wow, you have done heaps Kay, and where was my invite for home made gnocchi and prawns ooh yum!!! I adore that dress on you, fabulous line and I love the fabric. Oh my that banner would have been, er, interesting to sew together, but wow, it looks amazing now. Very envious of your vegie garden. We have had English Spinach leaves so far!!! xo

  2. Ok, you are excused for your long absence :) Lovely stuff going on for you! Eleven!

  3. Ha, Dr No's on here too, but I'm about to sit down and watch and sew :oD

  4. What a lot of lovely projects. Your dress is beautiful!

  5. Welcome back!
    Great stuff you have for show and tell. You are so close now with your FWQ, it must be tempting to just knock out those remaining 11. Lovely dress, looks good on you. And as always, I drool over your veg garden

  6. Your dress looks gorgeous Kay!!! I love the look of concentration on your face :) I love this batch of FW too, it is going to be just amazing!! See you tomorrow mx

  7. It is a busy time of the year ... thanks for squeezing me in, it was a delight and I learnt sooo much. I love the dress!!

  8. I love your dress! You're so close to finishing your FWQ blocks, I can't wait to see them all laid out!

  9. The dress looks fabulous (as do you , modelling it )

    My vegie garden is a little further along than it was but not much!

    And lastly , you rock at the FW blocks. Im going to live vicariously through your finished quilt since my 8 blocks ended up as pot holders!


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