Sunday, May 1, 2016

Last scrappy orange day

Yesterday was the last day of orange month, and although I thought I'd make a couple more orange churn dashes, it didn't happen.  I did manage to put this quilt top together with the scrappy log cabins I was working on in my last post....two and a half weeks ago!  My computer lost it's way, thanks to a Windows 10 upgrade, and after waiting nearly two weeks for  it to be repaired, I then had trouble connecting to my service provider.  After having 3 techs all go through the same troubleshooting with me, and disagreeing with me that it was the modem, a week later a 4th decided yes, it was and arranged for me to get a new one!   Bah!

This orange number still needs to be quilted, but when it's finished, it's off to Maya's Rest, a respite centre for seriously ill children in country NSW.  Donations of quilts and rugs For Maya's Rest has been organised by Knit4Charities and is one of their April charities of the month.  It needs to be finished and in the mail by next Friday, and since today is grey and wet, once Mirrhi has had her walk, I'll be staying indoors to work on this, as well as my son's quilt, which is progressing nicely.

To see more delicious orange projects,  hop on over to the RSC link up.

I'll be back tomorrow with a long over-due F2F catch-up.  I'm Miss April, so there's plenty of blocky goodness to show as squishy parcels have been arriving in my mailbox.

'till then....have a good day.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Scraphappy Rainbow Days

This beautiful sunrise full of promise has turned into a grey, chilly day!
I've missed the last couple of months of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.....packing and moving house will do that, throw the schedule right off!....and although I missed the first week of April, I managed to haul out the scraps on the weekend. April's colour is orange with a touch of a jaffa!  This was timely, as I still had orange and brown scraps on the table after finishing the March F2F blocks, which were shades of brown, orange and red.

I made these two churn dash blocks...a 6.5 inch and a 9 inch.....these will be added to the blues I made in January, which I'm yet to find, I'm sure they'll turn up before I'm ready to sew these blocks into something. 

.....and a handful of scrappy log cabins. These need a few more rounds to finish, then they'll become a quilt for Maya's Rest a respite centre for terminally ill children and their families. 

The scraps will take a bit of a backseat this week while I start a quilt for my son's 40th birthday....40!!??  It's this one, it's called Radiant  and is a very simple block, but looks complicated and geometric...he'll like that.  I'm making it in shades of grey, black and white and blue/turquoise/teal for the centre blocks.  

So that's it for now, off to tackle the veggie garden that has turned into a jungle, I'm keen to do some autumn planting.

Linking up with so scrappy........ there's lots of orangery goodness to check out there.

'till next time

Friday, April 8, 2016


This handsome fellow glided in ever so quietly as I was having my first cuppa in the garden this morning.  It wasn't at all bothered by my presence or Mirrhi crashing and banging along the river bank, enjoying the smells of overnight visitors....... it was just focused on catching it's breakfast.

Across the river, the white cockatoos are still massed in their overnight roosts, waiting to catch the first warming rays of the sun.
A different kind of catching!

Enjoy your day

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Settling in nicely and ScrapHappy

Into my new home, that is. 

I took this photo of what is now my home, one foggy winter morning, long before I had any idea I'd be living here one day. It sits right on the river, and has a wonderful outlook onto parkland.  

I wrote my last post the day before settlement, and life sped up after that, as I had a month to finish packing up my house, while renovation and restoration work was getting started on the new house.  I thought that part  would be easy, just let the tradies get on with it, but it ended up being incredibly busy and quite stressful at times.  It was a few of the hottest weeks of the year, and I seemed to spend the days going back and forth to the new house to "site meetings".  While my head was still pretty much at the old place and focused on getting out of there and leaving it spic and span, it was hard to think about where I might want a light switch or a power point at some hazy time in the future. The photo below was taken from the front window of my new house, and there's the old one, across the road and up the hill, behind the frangipanni tree.....not a great distance, but in nearly 40C ( 104 F) and 90% humidity, it might as well have been a million miles.

The new house is in really good condition, but was old and tired, all rooms had musty old wallpaper, which I thought was going to take forever to remove, but a lovely surprise was that the wallpaper was attached to plywood panelling, which was in turn attached to  beautiful old original tongue and groove boards, making the job an easy one of just ripping that panelling off.  The old carpet and vinyl were pulled up, to reveal more beautiful wood, which has now been sanded and sealed.

I'll do some more posts about before and after, and the progress of the renovations, as this post, to launch me back into blogland, is about scraps.....fabric scraps, and to link up with Kate and others for ScrapHappy Day, which falls on the 15th of each month.   In the few weeks before I moved, for some reason, I mostly ignored the packing, pulled out my scraps and started a scrap quilt., just as if I was going nowhere.  I think some of that was the sense of disbelief that I was actually moving, it had taken 18 months of being very unwell from my ex-neighbours cigarette smoke ....I wrote about that here being so close to moving away from her for good, that it felt unreal. Although it was around 12 months ago that my offer on this house was accepted, there were many delays until settlement, including a long drawn - out probate process, and waiting for documents from Council, to actually selling my house. Talk about 2 steps forward and one back, no wonder I couldn't quite believe it was actually going to happen.

So, the scraps are technically February's project, but since last month's ScrapHappy Day was the day I moved, I was far too exhausted to think about writing a blog post.  Since then, I've done some more work on the blocks this month, so I think it can now qualify for March. I cut 2 inch squares and 2 inch strips, and made these square in a square 6 inch blocks.

Seventy of them........

And have been joining them into sets of 2, then 4 and now I'm onto the rows. This part will be about 40 inches square, so I'll add a couple of borders to make it a bit bigger. It'll end up going to a charity asking for kids quilts for winter.

I also made this small prayer flag together from scraps for a friend's 60th birthday last week.

This is put together from op-shop linens and lace, an old tea-towel that had the bird and music on it.......Wendy's a singer and a musician, so this and the musical note charm were appropriate for her........other scraps I pulled out, lots of stitching and old buttons.  I chose the bird theme and stamped the word 'soar' because Wendy is building a new life for herself after her divorce....flying free!.... then to finish  I stitched a red thread through it, for protection.

Joining Kate  for ScrapHappy Day......check out the links on Kate's page to see what others have been doing with their scraps, maybe you'll be inspired to delve into your scraps next month, and reduce your stash. a little too.

Till next time........

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sad news, and wonderful generous women

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I mentioned in my last post that I'd been busy doing some urgent sewing, and as my regular readers know, I've been part of the Footsquare Freestyle Block Swap, which consists of 12 of us worldwide and where every month we each make 3 blocks, a foot square, in the recipient's chosen colour.  We were all busily working on beautiful green blocks for Emmely,  when we received the sad news that one of our group who had been receiving treatment for ovarian cancer, was now in palliative care, and might not see out the remainder of the months until her turn in May.

We all agreed immediately to put Emmely's blocks to one side for now...thankyou Emmely for being willing to wait..., and make Pat's as quickly as we could and send them to Sue, one of the organisers of the swap, in the US, who will put the quilt together for us.  Her son, who has along-arm quilting machine has kindly offered to quilt it for us.......thank you Sue and Son.  when it's finished, it'll be sent on to time, we all hope and pray, for her to see and hold it and enjoy it for however long she has.  Thanks too, to the wonderful F2F women, who gave generously of their time, money and energy, and put everything else on hold for a couple of days in order to make Pat's quilt a reality.  We made it work...together. 

Pat chosen colours are  teal cream and tan, teal being the colour of the Ovarian Cancer Ribbon.

You'll be pleased to know that 30 blocks were made and are on their way to Sue in 5 days....Sue made her own 3 plus Pat's 3.  And so that Pat can get an idea of how her quilt might look,  Kate, another of our organisers, very cleverly made a ' vitual quilt', using  the photos we sent her. Thanks Kate

And here it is......
 Pat's Virtual Quilt

The blocks have pulled together beautifuly, and include 3  hearts and a teal ribbon. At the appropriate time, the quilt will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project in Houston, Texas, to be auctioned for the Centre.  there's also a Facebook page, so go on over and have a look if you're interested or would like to know more.

On behalf of Pat, each of us F2Fers is passing on the message to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. Apparently the symptoms are ones that women might have from time to time, symptoms of less serious and more common health problems, and so dismiss them as 'nothing to worry about'.

This excerpt is from the Australian Ovarian Cancer Australian website..... but you can google 'ovarian cancer' to get more information in your own country.

Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Make sure you do.
But we do know that ovarian cancer is NOT a silent disease. Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer report four types of symptoms most frequently:
Abdominal or pelvic pain.
Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
Needing to urinate often or urgently.
Feeling full after eating a small amount.
If you have any of these symptoms, they are new for you and you have experienced them multiple times during a 4-week period, go to your GP. To help track these symptoms, download our Symptom diary now. Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Symptom Diary helps you to monitor your symptoms. You can then take the completed diary to your doctor to assist with diagnosis.
Be aware — but don’t make yourself sick with worry

It is important to remember that most women with these symptoms will not have ovarian cancer. Your doctor should first rule out more common causes of these symptoms, but if there is no clear reason for your symptoms, your doctor needs to consider the possibility of ovarian cancer. If you are not comfortable with your doctor’s diagnosis or you are still concerned about unexplained persistent symptoms, you should seek a second opinion.

You know your body better than anyone else, so always listen to what your body is saying and trust your instincts.

In February, Ovarian Cancer Australia is running a national Ovarian Cancer Awareness campaign to highlight the symptoms, help raise awareness to save lives and provide support to all those touched by ovarian cancer.  Wednesday 24th is Teal Ribbon Day, so let's all wear a teal ribbon for Pat and women everywhere.

 ovarian cancer ribbon
Update - we have heard from Sue to say the first blocks have arrived from Europe, which 
means more squishy parcels will be arriving soon, and Sue will be able to start the labour of love of putting the quilt together,  We're with you in spirit, Sue.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Scrap Happy on a Monday

I'm a bit late to the scrappy show and tell parties, but better late than never?

I worked last week on an emergency sewing project......more on that in another post....and as the rest of my week was pretty busy, I didn't start on any scrappy blue sewing  until Sunday morning. I did manage to make two more blue churn dashes for RSC 16 .....these are 7 and a half inches.

 The scrappy log cabins had a few more rounds added......

and I started some more ........addictive, these little blocks!

While I was digging through my blue scraps looking for crumbs and strips, I came across a lot of triangles I'd kept from trimming geese and half square triangles, thinking I'd find a use for them one day. Then I remembered a couple of quilts I'd seen on Pinterest, where bright scraps had been pieced on alternate corners, and so my corner scrappy was born.  Background squares are 5" and the corners are various sizes.  

Linking up with Angela for ScrapHappy Saturday and
with Kate  for ScrapHappy January.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Scrappy blue friends

Everyone is WelcoMe

Cheryll at Stitchingcubbyhole hosts Friday Night with Friends (FNwF) on the first Friday of the month, and although I've been meaning to join in for ages, this is the first time I've managed it.
Here's what Cheryll has to say about FNwF...

"We "meet" on the first Friday night of each month to enjoy a night of crafting.

You can spend YOUR time doing whatever you want to do...sewing, stitching, card making, knitting or crocheting. It's just a fun night in our own homes to sit and enjoy ourselves crafting with FRieNDs...some of which we have never even met.  These "friends" could be in our neighbourhood, country or on the other side of the globe!  We are NOT
SO... get the hubby and kids organised... order the pizza... chill the wine...then EnJoY some
"ME TiMe".
Simply sign up before the date each month & then EnJoY your Friday night... then over the weekend,  post a pic on your blog of what you got up to & we'll all come by for a visit.
We love to encourage, praise and admire ALL forms of craft so please join in when you are able. And if you join in... you have a chance of WiNNinG a small gift each month as well.

SO put the kettle on... I'll be over to your house one Friday night each month."

It's rather nice to be working on a chosen project knowing others around the world are doing the same.  It's also a good way for me to blog regularly, as I will (hopefuly!) post what I've worked on.

It was late when I headed to sewing room....these summer evenings with daylight savings mean I'm often still out walking with Mirrhi or doing a bit in the garden until around 8pm, and while I wait for the chooks to decide to go to bed. Then I just had to watch Banks, a detective show I like, so it was after 9 when I got to work. I finished off a block for the F2F block swap for  Emmely, who's the recipient for January, and has chosen green for her blocks.. Just a little peek, so the surprise isn't spoiled.

I then dug through my blue scraps and stitched up 3 and a half churn dashes for  RSC16.  Now I look at the photos, I see I placed the spotty bits around the wrong way, never mind, it's staying, I guess that's what happens when you're still up sewing close to midnight. These are 6.5 inch.

I started some scrappy blocks as leaders and enders as well, I'll add to them as I make more churns.

Thanks to Cheryll for hosting FNwF , you can visit other FNwFers by using the links at stitchingcubbyhole and see what they've been doing.

And just an update on the kitty situation.....Neesa has taken happily to her new 'sky bed'. She sleeps up on it all the time now and this photo shows how relaxed and content she is. I'm enjoying having her there too, I talk to her all the time, and toss colour and designs decisons around with her ....don't always get an answer, but I'm sure she's listening.

Molly has also decided  that my sewing room's the place to be, sleeping right near my chair.... a bit dangerous, as I forget she's there and have stepped on her a couple of times. She just grunts a bit and sleeps on.  

Right, have a friend coming for lunch, so better go figure out what to make for us. Till next time...

Linking up with Scrappy-HappySaturday and FNwF