Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Friday Night Sew In" 365 quilt and a Sunflower Tablecloth completed."


Last night I joined in Friday Night Sew In hosted by Wendy. After seeing Nat's great circle quilt on her blog and a bit of prompting by Nat I started a new quilting project.

My 365 circle quilt.I have chosen to use up lots of calico and homespun in cream and white for the main fabric. These are cut into 4 inch squares. My template for the circles comes from the top of the ironing aid spray can. I am using easy fix to attach the circles to the fabric and will stitch them on by hand with buttonhole stitch. A great project to work on every now and again.

A while ago I was given this sunflower fabric and matching brown fabric and told to make something with them, the person purchased the fabric from Good Sammy's. The sunflower fabric was already cut up into the not quite squares. One side was 1/4 inch shorter than the other. Not worth worrying about cutting off. I added the sashing from the brown fabric and joined them.

 The plan was to make this into a tablecloth  so I used pellon for the wadding. As the owner loves gardening I purchased two sets of garden embroidery designs from Kreative Kiwi. These were stitched so that each person sitting at the table would have a design facing them.

In the two central blocks I stitched two different quilting designs. I used Robinson Anton threads to do the machine embroidery. I added the brown wire fence fabric for the binding and used a little piece in the backing as there wasn't quite enough of the brown fabric.

It certainly feels good to have finished the tablecloth and it has been delivered to the owner. That's one less bag of fabric in the sewing room.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, February 15, 2016

"Happy Monday."


Happy Monday.

 I was given this unusual thread recently. As the ball had some of the thread used I decided a Face washer would be perfect. I had two goes at making it, first time I had too many chains and it was rather short and wide. So undoing about 7 chains and it worked out fine. I can see why this thread was given away, it twisted so much while crocheting, it was rather like crocheting a long shoe lace. Some home made cinnamon and clove soap and it makes a present to put away.

The sewing machine cover was taken off last week and some sewing was done. I recently purchased this Little Digger fabric from Patchwork on Avon in York earlier on this month.

I made Jacob a pencil roll for his Birthday. After making it I showed it too Lucy and she said he received one for Christmas. Oh well, you can never have too many of these sort of things.

It is Jacob's Birthday this week. We had a party in a park not far from his home. Ainsley did a fantastic job on his cake.

 Our local library has a fantastic range of books, unlike a few years ago you battled to find or even order a decent book. This one caught my eye last week. The Invisible Girls is a true story.Thoroughly recommend this book. You begin to realise how lucky we are and it gives a great insight  into being a refugee in a brand new country.

Have you read any great books lately?

Happy Monday.
Bev C

Monday, February 8, 2016

"Friday Night With Friends."


I joined in Friday Night with Friends hosted by Cheryll. I know I am a little late reporting in.

 I did a little work on the  Amish cross stitch I recently started. This one is 14 count aida so I don't need a magnifying glass to see the stitches. So much easier than working with linen.

Now I was hoping to show you some of my goodies I did at a Fermentation class that I and my daughter were booked into today. Unfortunately it was cancelled again. This has happened two weeks in a row so we won't be trying a third time. The class sounded a lot of fun and involved making your own Kombucha tea and Fermented Vegies as well as using Kefir grains. If anyone has made any of these things and have some wonderful hints please let me know.

The bees will be keeping out of the garden in the heat of the day this week we are in the midst of a heatwave. At times like this I am so grateful we don't live in a concrete jungle and have a lovely green garden to look out upon.

Hope everyone has a great week. Stay cool if you are in Western Australia.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"No sewing, doing this instead."


After sitting watching hours of tennis and no crafting during January I decided the other day we should get out and about.

We drove just a few Km's out of town to a  Trail. It was very sandy in parts which was tough going as we hadn't ridden our bikes since Spring last year.

A fair bit of the track was gravel which made up for the sandy bits. This bit was like going through a woods.

There was a huge rock formation. I wished we had been there a day or so before because we have had some rain recently it would have been lovely to watch the rain coming off the rocks.

We rode quite a way but came back via the main road, boy was that a lot quicker.

This is so much nicer than going to a Gym, the peace and quite was soul boosting. The only noises we heard was one cow mooing and some birds chirping.

What have you been doing since the start of February ?

Happy days.
Bev C