Bob in a bag

Bob in a bag

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Lunches

Yes it is that time of year,

We have had our lunch for Monday's Mah-jong group. A very pleasant meal at historical Ringsfield House, one of the first homes in Nanango and and the first hospital in the area.   Lunch consisted of chicken with cashew sauce, lots of salads followed by cheese cake and cream.

Last Saturday Thelga and I travelled to Maidenwell  a small town with a population of about 500. On the third Saturday of the month we get together with a group of about 20 crafters. They are a great bunch of ladies who are more than willing to share ideas and teach each other new skills.




Playing games before lunch.
To get our gifts  we played pass the parcel with a twist.
Dawn told a story about Mr Jones who saw Mrs Right go Left.  The story continued and each time we heard left or right we passed the present left or right.  At the end of the story you kept the one in front of you.


After lots of fun we finally got to open our gifts

Thelga opening her gift
After opening our gifts were over we wondered over to the Maidenwell cafe to enjoy a wonderful lunch of baked ham, cold chicken and salads including a delicious mango one.  The lunch was followed by plum pudding and custard, YUM

We decided we would buy a charm pack as our gifts this year


This is my pack (minus Bob)

I love getting together with like minded folk






This one is for the little boys who love puppies.

This is my second children's pattern for sale on Craftsy.  The fabrics I chose  are ideal for a little boy.  The design is simple and consists of just two easy blocks
  










Sunday, 30 November 2014

Needlework at School



Until the 1970's  needlework  was taught to all Australian girls at school.  We started with simple projects, cross stitched on gingham,  graduated to embroidering and making linen for our Glory Box. 

Then on to dress making, pattern drafting and tailoring.  We learnt how to smock, set in sleeves, make four different pockets and collars. There was the flat seam, the french seam and the flat fell seam.  Not to mention facings, linings,  fastenings, button holes, slip hemmed hems, bound hems, shaped hems, faced shaped hem and shelled edged hems.  
We made nighties with lace and lawn, babies clothes,designed our d├ębutante dress, wedding dress and made our going away outfit.  We learnt about fabrics, what they were made of and how best to use them

I suppose back then it was important we knew these things, our mothers made our clothes, darned our socks and if you wanted something nice for the home you made it. Societies  expectation of most women was to become a wife and mother.  Time moves on and the gentle crafts are no longer taught in schools.


Looking for something to do while waiting for the swelling to go down in my leg I came a cross a supper cloth I purchased  for Needlework classes in my final year of school. Bit of a challenge, the instructions have been lost over the years but I am pleased with the progress so far.




With an operation on my knee this week and 9 weeks recovery this is one W.I.P I will WIMP  lol



All I want for Christmas






Whatever your faith may be.
 All I want for Christmas is for the person reading this to be healthy, happy, loved and safe.


All the very best for the festive season.
Cheers Pauline

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Fairy Wings My Latest Pattern for sale

With the news of a grandchild on the way I have been playing with EQ7 designing quilts for children.  This is the first girls quilt  Fairy Wings






Simple design using just two blocks.  I have used easy to follow instructions and how to diagrams in this pattern.  Fairy Wings was inspired by Enchanted Kingdom fabric I found on www.thousandsofbolts.com  The fabric reminds me of  fairytales, magical things and all things girly 



The Enchanted Kingdom fabric has been combined with coordinating fabrics and the design has been kept simple to let the fairies shine















If you are interested in buying this pattern just click on the link on the left hand side of the page 




Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A big Welcome and Playing with EQ7

I am excited to welcome three new followers.  Welcome Helen (http://helenspatchworkpassion.blogspot.com.au 
Linda (http://lindas-muse.blogspot.com.au ) and StudioDabere,  
Thank you for joining me.

I have put a small stool under my computer desk to rest my leg on and have been playing with EQ7  I am still waiting to see the specialist, one more week to go

After revisiting the Country Revival pattern and 14 drafts later the design is completed.  Yes 14 I tend play around a little or a lot lol  I wanted to make sure I used all the fabric from the original version.




For these designs I wanted to add a lighter colour. I scanned calico and used it for the borders.

This is the one I have chosen as the final version. I think I am in love with Fibonacci grid.  Really has been helping with my designs. I now need to get the end product to look like the pattern



I like all three designs and have been considering writing the pattern instructions for them.  





Saturday, 8 November 2014

Country Revival Progress

All the reverse quilting has been done, thanks to my wonderful husband.  The borders have been removed and the flowers are gone.

I have added new borders using the Fibanacci Grid for 6 inch blocks and am currently piecing one of the outer borders

The photo does not do the borders justice and of course the quilt is not completed !



One of the outer borders is made up of 2 inch squares.  I have found the strip method the quickest way to make this border.



The strips were cut 2.5 inches x 7.5 inches. (the finished border is 6 inches wide) 

The strips were sewn together in lots of three using a flat seam.

Blocks before trimming and cutting
Back of block showing flat seam

The block is cut crossways to give three x three block units.  2.5 inches by 7.5 inches

Three block units

Sew the units together carefully matching the seams. Your border will need to be an even number in length divided by two.  My borders were 76 inches long divided by 2 inches = 38 units.

Secure the 3 block unit with pins, matching the seams as you pin
Continue to sew the units together until your border is the required length.


Trim, press and remove all threads before  attaching the border to the body of your quilt.

This method is also a great way to make 9 patch blocks



Sadly there will be no progress on this quilt for a while.  Before we went to the Northern Territory I had a fall, have torn a ligament and damaged the cartilage in my knee.  Specialists visit on the 26th followed by either an operation or  a brace either way it will be immobilisation for more than 6 weeks.   I now know I don't bounce lol