Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturdays Scraps

Hi everyone, glad to see you back!

Did you see the gorgeous quilts from last week, that Jean from Selep Imaging joined in with? They were simply beautiful!

We could all do that too, you know. We just have to believe we can, and we will!

Well I have had a busy week, what with learning html(!!) and sewing, the week just flew by!

I have begun tying my quilt, I'm about 20% through it now - boy, it does take some time (and it gets VERY boring!)...

Today I started sewing up all those millions of half square triangles that I have in a container ( we all have them, don't we? Can't throw them out, but don't know what to do with them?)
Mine are about to become the next round of the next medallion quilt ( which may have changed since last week - why can't i just start one thing and finish it??)

So here are a few of the triangles, only a small amount - I still  have half a million more to sew - it takes forever, along with some more bits and bobs:

I was thinking of using this star for a centre, what do you think about that?  It's a Malka Dubrawsky collection of  prints  - by Moda of course! We DON'T go there, do we? Anyhow I want to use them up, so this seemed a good way to do just that!

So please let me know what you think of that little bit as well, won't you?

So join in below, and let's see what you are doing at the moment. 

The Buttons are Done!!

Well boy, have I been working to teach myself some html!

You'll notice on my sidebar, I have placed my blog button, and contact pages that you are welcome to follow also!

Because I don't really know what I am doing, please let me know if you have any problems with these buttons, they work for me, but goodness knows what will happen for anyone else! The web may be full of surprises!

Got to rush now, have to get Saturdays Scraps ready for you.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Playing in Photoshop

I did a little bit of playing in Photoshop this evening - and I made my signature!

Here 'tis:

I might need to make it a little larger:

How's that?

I think I'm just so smart now - I just have to settle down and learn how to add icons to the sidebars, to direct you all to my Pinterest etc.

I'm getting so clever, aren't I??

Just because!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


I just couldn't wait to show you these beautiful Frangipani flowers that are blooming right now in our garden! The first one up is a "Darwin Pink", if I remember rightly ;

Isn't it a pretty colour?

My favourite red one - name unknown

These next ones were given to me last Summer by a friend, so neither she nor myself know what they will be when they flower! She gave me five cuttings, the others haven't flowered yet.

This first one is fabulous though:

Gorgeous large flowers with the most beautiful perfume!

Here's the same flower with the ruler ( well it's not my fault if it's crooked!), to show you the size - it's around 3" across!

This is another of the gifted ones, just budding now, so we are waiting with interest to see what it becomes!

Last but nor least, is my "double". It did develop one flower and the wind and rain broke it off(yes, I know I should have taken a picture on the day, but of course, I didn't).
This frangipani has 10 petals on each flower instead of the usual five.  It is supposed to have a lovely perfume also, but we'll have to wait for the next flower buds to open now.

We haven't had any flowers, or even buds, yet on the Darwin Yellow, the Evergreen White or the regular white, so I'm hoping they will follow come true Summer.

So that's that.   Aren't you ever so glad I showed you?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturdays Scraps Continued on Sunday

Told you I might be back today!

Finished the table runner today, and also have almost finished the single sized quilt backed with an old flannelette sheet.

Some pics for you:

The new table runner turned out pretty good, even though Alan thinks "It's bright!!"

Here is the quilt backed by the flannelette sheet - you can see the sheet hanging over at the top.
I started by joining the two together on three sides, right sides facing .  I then turned them to the correct side  then I turned under the fourth side and sewed it right around all four sides 1/4" from the edge.

I'm thinking that I may simply tie this one, as there is no batting between the two sides there's not much to quilt!!

So I've been a busy little bee today, and tonight I'm going to veg out and watch some television.  See you later!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturdays Scraps

Hi everyone, great to have you back here!

Boy, did we cop a storm this afternoon! Thunder and lightening, with some large hail, a bit of heavy rain, and then Huey got bored and went on his merry way!!

Here's some hail:

 2 of the hail stones in Alan's hand - they're about golf ball size!

A few of the stones on the front lawn - we really needed some rain, so we are lucky we got some!!

I have been sorting out my pieces of batting, trying to put together enough for at least one of my scrap quilts! It's just not happening yet, but I did have enough to do a little teddy bear bed quilt:

Miss Teddy's sleepy! Her quilt is made from scraps ( well it is Saturdays Scraps you know!) of batiks, along with scraps of batting.

Here she is, sound asleep 

I started a new table runner from tons of strips I found in my scrap basket, along with a long piece of batting.

I'm going to use a flannelette sheet alone as a backing for one of my big quilts ( less batting to find!!). So I may even have a Sunday Scraps yet - drop in and see tomorrow!

Join in and show us your scrappy goodies for today:

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturdays Scraps

Welcome back for another week of scrappy goodies!

Haven't had the opportunity to do much sewing this week - have been hand sewing some Green Tea and Sweet Beans blocks, and doing s bit of work on my swap blocks with Australia Quilt Swap Blocks.  I've also  been busy with Doll Quilts, as they are due soon as well!

So one day through the week, I collected all the scrappy tops that I have ready to be backed and bound - I was surprised at just how many there are!

There are 5 small quilts hanging on this clothe hanger, all waiting patiently

This is one from the previous photo that I haven't shown you before
 the centre fabric in each block is a real favourite of mine, so I decided on a bird quilt with it! I love how it turned out!

4 large quilts - single, double and queen sized ones here!

I still love this tumbler quilt to pieces!

And this blocks one, which was the beginning of the scrap bin clear out!

So this week I have decided to visit all the second hand stores in my area, looking for old sheets to back the quilts with - batting will probably be old blankets - I love being frugal!!

Poor little Priscilla had such a busy day today!~

So did our Tommy boy - isn't he just so regal!!?

So join in below  if you have some scrappy fun to share, won't you?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturdays Scraps

Hi everyone - sorry I haven't been  here for a while - Alan and I have just come home from a little holiday up at Coolum.

Coolum is a lovely little town with a dog friendly beach, so of course, we took Tommy and Priscilla with us!  Had a very lazy, relaxed time, and now we are home and raring to go! I'll post some pictures later, I keep forgetting to get the little camera out of the car!

So, here we are again, I didn't have any sewing time at all while I was away, but have done quite a bit since getting home!

Here is Dolly Medallion Quilt, she says she is finished now - just needs backing and binding - do you agree?

I've been making some improv trees this afternoon - they are such fun - I'm going to use them in the next medallion quilt!

Remember this little dolly? She will get the trees after a plain border.

Here are the three that I have made so far, with  her:

Don't ever, ever mention Moda fabric to me ever, ever again!!  I have had a Moda jelly roll in my cupboard for about a week or so, thinking I would use it in something special I am doing.

Well, was that a mistake? YES it was!! No two lengths were the same size, widthways, the lengths were cut crooked, which meant I couldn't use them in the project 'cos they looked stupid!

They pulled and it left marks on them when I cut them, and they lost so much cotton dust, my sewing room looks like it has snowed!!

I have never had to use such disgusting fabric, absolutely horrible, horrible, horrible!!

I even used a few lengths of it in the Dolly Medallion Quilt just to get rid of some of it - it will now go to the bottom of my scrap pile.Enough of my ranting, just had to get that one off my chest as I have spent hours and hours fighting the stuff!

Join in with us and show your scrappy masterpieces!