Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Here is the first toy I made (never again...too fiddly)... a cute knitted doll in a blue dress.
and here is where I dropped her... at the entrance of our local picture theatre.
This is the second toy I made, a knitted mauve teddy bear.....
and he was dropped at our local Tourist Information Centre.
Now I have to sit back and wait for the finder to hopefully let The Toy Society know that the toy has been found and given a good home.
I feel elated and will certainly make more toys to "drop".
Until next post..
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The cylinder was wrapped in the snowman panel and inside the tube was a wrap made from matching material as the tube, that held cottons, sewing needles and bobbins for my cottons.
On the end of the tube was a wooden stopper that fit snugly to keep the contents in. I'm afraid to say that I had to contact Tracy to find out the right use for this gift. I thought the tube was to hold knitting needles, and the attached mat was for protecting the garment and wool from dirty surfaces, but the correct use is to keep my sewing supplies in the tube and the mat to fold up the unfinished article I am working on..... very obvious once you are told! Thank you Tracy for such a lovely gift, I am REALLY happy with my present.
On my way back from taking my parents home, I called into an orchard and bought freshly picked cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and mangoes, so yesterday, I started bottling and made these 3 jars of Apricot Curd... never tried it before, it is something like lemon curd/spread, but made with apricots instead.
I then made the rest of the apricots up into jam and made 8 bottles. I had to return to work today after a 4 day public holiday break, then after work today I made 6 bottles of Nectarine jam. Here are the bottles ready for labelling.
I also pitted and stewed 3 kilos of cherries for the freezer. The peaches and mangoes are to be eaten, not cooked.
Must get onto some sewing now. Until next blog.
Monday, December 28, 2009
This photo was taken in my lounge room before the big day!
I have just got back home after travelling a round trip of 1000 klms to take my parents back to their hometown.
I am going to show you next post what I received from my Secret Santa... I am a VERY lucky person, as the gift is absolutely beautiful.
Monday, December 21, 2009
My Mum is modelling the beanie for me, but insisted not to show her face!
My boyfriend is a dairyman and this beanie hopefully will be worn in the winter at 3am when he gets up to milk the cows.
Until next post..
Monday, December 14, 2009
This is what was in it, a hand sewn star and a reindeer made out of corks...made me laugh, as I drink a glass of wine each night with my meal and think of all the reindeers I could have made from all those corks I have thrown away over the years!
I am so pleased I joined Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap this year. (SSCS 2009). I can't wait till Christmas so I can open my other gift.
Until next post.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
There are books there I know I could sell on eBay, but I will give them all to my friend for her shop, but I have kept a couple for my grandchildren... just asked my daughter about "Clifford the dog" and is he on TV and I got the "oh Mum!" answer, so those books have been snavelled for them.
Must get the books in some boxes now.
Until next post.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So I did, this time making it size 6-7 years, knowing he will grow into it one winter. I have literally finished sewing it up tonight, buttons and all. Then it struck me, a MAJOR error...
Can you see the error????
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I am in the Chooky Blue SSCS.
The above picture is a sneak preview of what I have made to send to my partner!
and the picture below is another sneak preview of what I also made to send the same person as the ornament.
This was so much fun! Thanks Chooky Blue!
Until next post...
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Here is what the whole quilt looks like. This pattern was designed by a friend of mine, Toni, who designs and sells quilt patterns on her blog "The Red Boot Company". This quilt pattern was designed for a Mystery Block of the Month for an American group and I proof read the pattern for Toni before she sent each installment... I found the easiest way to proof read was to actually make it along the way. I was very happy with the end product!
(You can click on the image for a larger picture).
Monday, November 2, 2009
The terracotta pot has the other seeds I received (Love in the Mist), then the black pot is the carnations, and next to that is a climbing rose.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Now onto my patchwork project. I managed to sew borders on the 26 letters and that is all I had time to do, and I haven't had time this week to continue on it. This is what they look like so far. I am bordering them with the same colour as the letter. Only 3 colours were used in the alphabet.
and then I can start one up... a gift made by you plus maybe a chocolate/sweet added?..
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I plan to make the borders the same colour as the letters (red, green & blue), then maybe do an outside border of the yellow. The numbers (0 -9 ) are smaller than the letters, so I will have to build them up to the same size as the letters.
I have a "sort of" idea in my minds eye how to put it all together, but when it comes to actually doing it, I will probably have to change my mind!
I hope to get some of this quilt done this weekend at my boyfriend's place ... that means I have to take my sewing machine, cutting matt, sewing box etc... he will wonder how long I am coming for!
... this will end up being a single bed sized quilt, and I have no idea what to do with it when it is finished! :-)
Until next post.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Also over the weekend I started knitting this cardigan AGAIN for my grandson. You see I knitted this one at the beginning of winter for him. As he was then 7 months old I thought size 1-2 years would be plenty big enough, however my daughter sent it back as it is too small for him. My knitting was to the correct tension, so I figure the pattern has very small sizes.
So I am knitting another one for him for next year, or maybe it will be the following year... as I am knitting size 7-8years... now that is going to fit!!
Lucky I had plenty of the wool, as I had bought enough for an adults jumper from the woollen mills. I mainly knit in pure wool, as I feel if I am going to the trouble of knitting something, it might as well be done in nice wool.
Until next post..
Thursday, October 15, 2009
After much discussion, he has decided to bring a huge pot in, full of potting mixture and place it near my water tank. He will sow the seeds and he expects me to remember to water them.
He also brought in a pot with a well established tomato plant and stake. He told me he gave it the "last rites" before he brought it in to my place.
Yes, my boyfriend knows me well, but if he keeps up with those wise cracks, he may wear the potting mixture REAL SOON!
Until next post...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Then I went to tear it open, but the environmentally Jewells kicked in, so I carefully cut the sticky tape off and look what I saw!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
and the boy's quilts:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
As this pattern comes from the States, and is designed with each of their months of year in mind, I have had to make a few minor alterations, so my blocks blend into just a quilt with baskets embroidered on each block.
Until next posting...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
On the sewing side, I have also made this:
I have so many projects in the cupboard that I want to start next, but can't decide which one to do first... anyone else have that problem?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Along with adding the row, they took a photo of their progress of the quilt on a disposable camera and also wrote a few words on why they chose the toy they did.
I started the quilt with the bottom row of the teddy bears, as I just love teddies, and still have my first teddy given to me as a baby, oh so many decades ago!
Then the next ladies added matchbox cars, rag dolls, dinosaurs and kites, trains and lastly boxes of crayons, marbles and building blocks that went in the back of a toy ute.
I added the borders, and took it to the quilter who only charged me half price. I finished the quilt with the binding and was very pleased with the end result. I also put a book together of the photos and writings to go with the quilt.
I wrapped the quilt and book up and presented it to the "Orange & District Breast Cancer Support Group" for them to raffle. They have made the quilt first prize with other smaller prizes for runners ups.
If you are interested....the tickets are selling for $2 each and will be drawn on 26th October.
The winner is.... drum roll please.....
So Beth, please advise me of your snail mail so I can post the tea towel to you.
Thank you to the comments left on my blog.
Until next blog....
Friday, September 4, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
So I have decided to give one of these tea towels away. To be in the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment between now and 9th September and you will be in the draw for one of these tea towels.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Here is the other quilt top I made. It is made of flannel material and made with a new gizmo I bought at a craft fair this year. The gizmo is called "a square in a square ruler"..it was fun to use.
Tomorrow I hope to trim the above quilt and add the binding, then photograph it and show you my attempt at quilting.... trust me, my quilting needs a LOT more practising... I won't leave my day job!
Until next posting... Cheers...Jewells
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have sewn 2 quilt tops out of left over fabric from other quilts I had made ages ago. The 2 quilt tops are for me to practice on tomorrow (hopefully) as I am going to a lady's place to play with her "old" long arm quilting machine. I want to know if I enjoy quilting. If I don't enjoy it, I won't go any further into looking at machines and will keep sending my quilts to a lady to quilt for me.
I have tried to download the two quilt tops, but I am not having any luck at the moment... will have to try again tomorrow to show you what they look like "before" I attempt to quilt them.
I am also knitting another double breasted cardigan for my 9 month old grandson. I say "another" as the first one I made for him was size 1-2 yrs, however when my daughter received it she said that it was too small for him. I knew he was a big boy, but didn't realise he was that big! so I decided to make the largest size in the pattern (7-8 yrs) and that way he can grow into it! By the looks of the back, it will be sitting in his cupboard for a few years!
Until next posting.. Cheers...Jewells
Saturday, August 8, 2009
So until next blog posting....
Friday, August 7, 2009
I ended up adding the half square triangle row on the top and bottom so it would fit a queen sized doona.
This is a close up of one of the appliqued blocks.
To make it into a doona cover, I had the quilt top quilted the same way as if it was going to be a normal quilt, but instead of adding the binding, I bought a queen sized flat sheet and sewed the quilt and sheet together like a huge pillowcase, with the flap on the bottom with fancy snaps to keep the doona in and not gaping at the bottom.
I have made a few quilts into doona covers like this.
Until next posting...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This is a "Transport Quilt" that I made a couple of years ago. It was a panel (still have 2 more panels of this in my stash)... there was no pattern to follow, but I saw a picture in a magazine and sort of used the same idea and came up with this lovely single bed sized quilt.
Since I had one big and small picture of the panel left over, I made this matching cushion to go with the quilt, with the "big" picture of the train on the other side of the cushion. I have been seriously thinking of hiring a hall for a day and display and try to sell a lot of my quilts that are just folded up in my wardrobe!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Also, as this pattern is designed in USA, and I live in Australia, I have omitted the wording on the blocks.
Well that is my second posting AND I included a photo...whoo hoo, I'm getting a hang of this blogging!