You know when you walk into a fabric shop for just some small item and you come out with a lot more, this happened to me about a fortnight ago. I was after some tearaway for doing machine embroidery when I noticed the sign fabric on sale for $7.50 a metre. I didn't need anything but it couldn't hurt to buy some and then I discovered a fabric panel which I thought would be most suitable for some little boys. Oh and I did get the tearaway and some pellon. The bonus was the fabric panel was half price, I didn't know this until I got to the counter.
The panel had a soft toy pirate and pirate themed bunting. Perfect for Christmas presents for the Grandies. I even sacrificed used my big blue ric-rac for this.
I then remembered seeing a pirate themed machine embroidery design on the net so made up a bunting for Jude and Jacob to match.
Late last week I received this gorgeous Christmas hanging from Bobbie Lynn. Plus one of her wonderful handmade cards. This hanging will be hung up on the 1st December. Thank you so much Bobbie Lynn for your kindness shown throughout the year.
The weather has started to warm up so blooms like this Day Lilly brighten our garden up a treat. The bonus is these plants look so ordinary them bloom into such stunning flowers.
I celebrated my Birthday earlier on in the month. Ainsley made the cake, it was so delicious. Catering for Vegan, Gluten Free and Sugar Free she came up with a recipe that suited everyone. Amazing how cakes that are more natural taste so much better. That is Coconut Cream on the top of the cake. It has been a rather social month with a trip to the cinema with Ian to watch The Dressmaker. We can highly recommend this movie, in fact I hope it comes out on DVD rather quickly as I can see it being one of those go to movies for a bit of relaxation. Last week as a Birthday present from David I got to see Stephen Fry. Lucy came along too as she is also a fan. We had 2 hours of the most amazing facts and gossip from him. We wondered what he was going to talk about but the topics were different and interesting. At the start he said he had one of those new watches that measure your steps by the end he had walked 5.17 kms back and forth across the stage.
With all this gorgeous Spring weather we have been blessed with blogging has certainly taken a back seat here at Kainga. I have hardly turned on the computer at all over the past couple of weeks. I have spent a fair bit of time in the garden prepping for Summer vegies and looking after the roses that have been in full bloom for the past month or so. I can see a few hours ahead spent on deadheading.
Now do you believe in the Quilt Police, I know they would be horrified with the mix of cotton and poly fabrics in this table runner. I don't care though, using up bits of fabrics from dresses from my girls has been a absolute pleasure. So many memories in this table runner. There are four Dresden plate sections to join up and then the centre piece is done separately and sewn on after. It was all done in the hoop and sewed up very quickly. I cheated a little, deciding not to put a border on and simply placed the backing fabric over the top of the runner then sewed and turned it all through.
The good thing about doing it in the hoop the wadding is placed in the hoop at the same time so no fiddling around with getting wadding the right size. I was able to use up some of the scraps of wadding. Since taking the photo I did find my missing yellow thread and quilted the centre of the flowers to hold it all together. The Dresden Plate embroidery design is from Sweet Pea Embroidery which is based here in Australia.
I was recently given a bag of fabric to use up. So Jacob got some new Pj pants. The pattern I drafted from a Enid Gilchrist Baby Book. Do you remember those books, I made heaps of clothes for our children drafting up the patterns. The original price on the cover is 50 cents. Can you imagine buying a new book with heaps of patterns for that price now.
The other fabric was quite a bit of check fabric. The brown check fabric was actually a very quickly made table runner (by someone who is not a sewer) so I decided to cut it up and make tea towels. I did think about making pants or clothes for the Grandies but as the fabric was a bit faded in places, tea towels were made up. I also made the green check fabric into a tea towel. A inhabitant of this home seems to delight in using up every tea towel in existence so they will certainly come in use.
Can you spot the ladder that is being hugged by the rose?
My roses are making me happy this fine Monday, what is making you happy. I would love to hear.