Saturday, January 26, 2013


This is Jade`s first quilt. She is 7 years old and loves to do crafty things especially with Nan. So while her sister Brooke and Jade had a holiday with Nan and Pa after Christmas we decided it was time to make a quilt. Jade chose her fabrics and pattern and I cut it out as I didnt want her to go home minus a finger or two.Jade was confident using the machine but at times forgot to guide the fabric so Nan had to help a little bit. She also had to undo seams that had gone astray but did so without complaint. Jade thought it was good to tape the fabrics to the table to make her quilt sandwich but got a sore finger putting in all those pins. Getting the binding ironed was a trauma for for me as I didnt want any burnt fingers, but she did it very well. Sewing the binding on was fine until she got to the corners, so help here from me to get the mitred corners right. Last was the sewing down of the binding, a complete disaster as Jade is left handed and I am not. I tried several ways to show her how to hand sew but she could not master the step so I sewed the binding down. I now need some help in teaching a left hander how to hand sew, any suggestions would be helpful. 
 I then flew back to Sydney with the girls and stayed for a week and enjoyed lovely walks in the country side and breakfast on the verandah watching and listening to the abundant bird life. There were magpies, eagles, galahs, parrots, kookaburras and many more I didnt know. The valley was very green and populated with cows and horses, very nice way to start the day. Back home now and lots of sewing to catch up on. 
Bye for now Jude

Monday, January 21, 2013


This year in the Stitch- a -long we are doing smaller projects each month.They are more achievable and will make lovely gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Some are also projects I had put on my to do list and now they will all get done this year, what a bonus.Thanks to chooky blue for coming up with this idea. 

 My thread catcher, and it was very quick and easy to sew, will probably do some more soon.

My shoe bag. I needed a couple of these for when I visit my DDs. I have added a lining, so no seams are showing, looks much neater on the inside as well.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I have had a great Christmas and New Year and it is now time to work out my sewing plan for 2013. My 2 eldest GDs Jade and Brooke are with us for another week and then we fly them back to Sydney and I will stay with them for another week. Lots of lovely presents were exchanged, much food eaten and a drink or two downed over the hot weather. Below are the photos of the tepee I made for my youngest GS Henry for Christmas, it definitely was a hit on the day. Have to go now as the girls need to get to bed after another fun filled day of activities and then a lovely dinner at the local hotel. Also we are off to the park tomorrow for a picnic and a paddle in the wading pool. Be back soon with more photos of our trip to Victor Harbor.