Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In the Garden

The weather has been so lovely and I couldnt resist getting out in the garden late on Sunday afternoon - so nice with no mozzies at this time of day (yet!). I'm really enjoying seeing the plants burst out with life and all the colour and variety they bring. This time I picked some flowers for inside the house and am just loving them on my kitchen window sill.

Also 'in my garden' I've completed another stitchery. Still haven't started on putting the blocks together yet as I've been a little side tracked with general life 'stuff'. Might get a start on them in the next couple of weeks after we have family stay for the weekend and then help Miss 11 and Master 9 pack for their school excursions (back to back!). Hope you can get some time in your garden whether it be in the soil or stitched.

Friday, August 19, 2011

In the Pink....not anymore!!

After some sugar soaping of walls over the last week or so, some premixed rapid spakfilla (great stuff) and finalising paint colours I was ready for work this week. I was determined to be rid of the 'pink' that has been in the hallway and our bedroom for many years. The house extension we started six years ago (the kid's rooms) was the first to be painted, and now it's our turn.

So continuing the colour from the 'new' part of the house, it all looks like it belongs together now it's all finished. Am so glad the 'galah' pink is gone.....well, still in our WIR but that will have to wait until another time. I mentioned to my eldest daughter that I was feeling tired from all this painting. She said, 'that's alright Mum, we can have takeout for the rest of the week, so you can keep painting'.....how's that for family support!

I also had some time to work on another hexie a couple of nights this week....I have stitched five now....the garden is slowly growing, and am loving the fabrics.....will sleep well again tonight after another painting 'workout' today, before we all set off to a couple of early soccer games in the morning. Hope you have a creative weekend.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A very handy tip indeed

Check this out.....looks so easy to use.....no more moving the ruler to align the edge to the fabric each time.

Thanks Impera Magna and Happy Cottage Quilter

Monday, August 1, 2011

In Loving Memory...

Memories of my mum, who passed away over 12 years ago at the age of 48, surface stronger at some times more than others. She was such a lovely gentle lady and I miss her very much.

My mum was never a sewer but if she were still here I would have liked to have made this quilt for her. It is called Days In Provence from House on the Hill in New Zealand. It is very 'French'. Some of the fabric in the kit also had Italian words on it which was just right for mum - from French and Italian stock - so I just had to make it, and I love the colours too. I finished it in 2008 and it is now hanging on my bedroom wall.

I changed the pattern a little so that none of the wording or the lavender was upside down, left out a few buttons and embellished it with some wooden scrapbooking flowers.

The pattern also tells you what the French words mean, like Le champ de lavande ' The Lavender field and 'Campagne de francais' French countryside.....would be lovely to visit one day.