Monday, February 23, 2009

Beware - Scary post

I found these under our bed while doing a real "fly lady" thing, cleaning and tidying up. The theory was, I would chuck out or give away one item a day for the month of February. I have nearly achieved that, and think I will continue into the month of March. There is way too much junk in this house!!!

It scares me to think I once wore these glasses.
Luckily, by the time I reached my mid teens the contact lens had been invented and I wore those successfully for about 15 years until the birth of my first child. It is a fascinating fact that after childbirth many people wearing hard contact lenses are unable to continue with them. Anyway, it was back to glasses and, of course, the 80's was the decade of the BIG frames. Bigger frames meant bigger lenses, and truly, I was all glass (plastic) there at one stage. Fortunately, plastic lenses had replaced glass so they were'nt as heavy. These days they have really perfected thinner plastic lenses for all sorts of weird prescriptions of which mine is one!!!

The "cat's eye" type ones are from the 60's. Black must have been "in" and the chunkier the better by the look of it. Guess it had to hold a lot of glass. The top right ones are my first tinted glasses and they are "Christian Dior". Our younger daughter has actually claimed these for the frame - can't believe it - the BIG ones are back.
Love those hexagonal ones from the late 60's - 'flowers in your hair', 'free love' and a
ll that.

I leave you with this beautiful bouquet I received from my sister last week for my half-significant birthday. Lillys are my new favourite now that our little granddaughter is called "lili".

Hello to my phantom readers, I promise next post to have something quilty for you after tackling a couple of UFO'S at our quilt group's UFO day on Saturday. They are still UFO's but just that smidge closer to being finished.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Santa Claus is Christmas

This wall hanging was going to be hanging this Christmas, but grandparenthood took over and, well, maybe next Christmas.

The pattern, designed by Jacky Hens, is from an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

I must thank my friend Marleen who showed me a much quicker technique for putting Santa together and helping me mark, trace and cut out all the intricate pieces. She also gave me some suitable fabric from her stash.
You always think you have a large stash until you are looking for a specific fabric!!

Another reason this piece did not get finished on time was that I did a major stuff up. I had completely done all the "leadlighting" (which is basically the quilting). That means the top, wadding and back were all put together. I was just about to bind it when I thought it seemed to be missing something. Yes, it was the borders. I had especially bought the border fabric at our stitches and craft show in Brisbane in October.
After the initial flap around and cursing and swearing, I was wavering on not putting the border on, but decided it would look good (don't be lazy girl!!)
After a lot of fiddling around (all on the back thank goodness) I managed to add the borders and put backing and wadding on by hand.
Now all thats left is a bit more hand work on those pieces on the back and the binding.
Should get that done before next Christmas?????

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sewing Room Chaos

Only 2 lousy posts for January. It has been a very busy time as we helped shift our daughter, son-in-law, and baby back to Toowoomba. They are very happy in their new home and baby is settling in well - won't mention Wilbur (aka Houdini) who is trying to flee at every opportunity. (No Wilbur is not playing play station!)
There has been very little sewing done in this household and I keep getting distracted by the gorgeous Lilian. I have seen her nearly every day since they hit town - can't get enough of her. I think 2-3months is a beautiful time with a baby. They are just starting to recognize you and smile - goo goo gah gah. - enough of that.
Here is my sewing room at present - or is that a nursery?
I have to make room in the spare bedroom for the cot me thinks. That will be a challenge as spare bedroom is another name for junk room.

The only sewing I envisage seeing myself doing this week is 2 small blocks for Toowoomba Quilters Club 2009 raffle quilt. Many of us have taken blocks, and I will be letting the team down if I don't get a wiggle on.