Friday, 20 December 2019

How to make a Christmas decoration with bunting.

This is a very quick decoration to make. All you need is a Nutcracker Christmas bunting panel, some batting scraps, a pair of pinking scissors to cut and a sewing machine that can do a straight stitch, with a little bit of time .
First cut out all the bunting triangles, keep the grey strips which joined them together, cutting on the dash lines around each triangle. Set aside, both triangles and grey strips.
Next, take one grey strip, fold in half, with wrong sides facing towards the inside of the loop and place in the middle of one bunting triangles.
Now place another triangle bunting piece on top of the grey loop, right side facing down.
Place a triangle of batting, which is smaller than the triangle bunting on top of the bunting triangles. Stitch at the top of the triangle, catching the batting in the seam line. Only sew the line at the top. It will look like this.
Now fold it open, making sure the grey tab is facing away from the bunting triangle. Smooth the bunting triangles to be on top of each other, with the batting in the middle. Then top stitch the batting down, a half an inch from the sides.  

Your decoration is done, ready to hang on the tree.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Quilt-a-long continues.

The Splendid Sampler is now on its way to be a finished top. Sorted all the blocks, only finished 46? Then when it was all laid out,  realized it has a lot of red fabric which just stood out.
Looked at the leftover fat quarter's and decided to cut blocks out of those fabrics. It will reduce what would have been more scraps?  Instead it will be used as blocks.
The blocks already made will be squared today, to 6.5 inches. They will be placed in rows and sewn together.  Added the leftover strips from a bargello around the top.  This top will need a border next to these strips.
This flimsy will go in the pile of tops to be quilted. I have painted the house over the past five years, just one more room to paint.  Now my quilting frame can be set up for me to start hand quilting the tops. The frame is still packed up, from our last move, over 5 years ago.  It will be good to get it out and use it again.
 Tidied all the leftover fabric from 365 challenge quilt, squares, triangles and strips in different sizes.
Ready to use, also have triangle squares already sewn together, which will be used in a future project.
Diane's Christmas Garden is coming along well. She is already past the halfway mark. This one was started on the 28th of November. 
The red work blocks from Judy, was also squared and turned into a small quilt top.  It will need a border fabric as well. It is at the top of this post!

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Gifts for Christmas.

This year all the gifts needed to be finished before the end of October, as our son and his wife was coming for an unexpected visit.  They offered to take the gifts with them to the rest of the family.
  A mani-pedi pounch, as well as a small zipper pouch. She loves purple.
After they arrived, they requested a few extra items, some for a young lady and a lad of almost six.
Made him a dinosaur pencil case, forgot to take a photo of that one.
Three stockings only needed names, the fourth one had to be made from scratch.  Thank goodness I had some leftover fabrics from the original stockings.
An apron for my Nephew's little son.  He loves to help his mom to bake.  Except, baking is a messy business.  So he needed an apron, found this one at The Sewing Cafe.
They also needed something for the Christmas tree, as they moved countries recently and has to start all over from scratch.  Snow is something they encountered for the first time in their lives.
Our local library had a  display from the rug hooking guild.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Working on projects slowly.

The wheel turns. Each day that pass, is a few baby steps in time. The past couple of weeks has been tumultuous. Grief has a way that put everything into perspective and makes us look at life very differently.  Trying to do ordinary things, turns out not to be. I decided to make a baby hat, knitted it, then looked at it after it was finished. It would not survive a wash, stitches was dropped, without me even noticing.  It will be ripped out and it will be redone at a later stage.
The only colour which matched the emotions, was blue.  365 Challenge Quilt from 2016 was opened up.  The blocks was done up to the7th of October. 
This quilt-a-long should have been done sooner. It was not, I stopped in August that year, as we were all going to surprise our dad with an 80th Birthday party, to celebrate this milestone. Surprised him, we did! He thought we all came together for my niece's wedding? The memories will always be with us, to comfort us and to remember our loved one's, no longer with us.
Blue and then some more blue blue blocks have been sewn these past couple of weeks. All the blocks are sewn, they will be sewn together soon.  (The Splendid Sampler was another quilt-a-long which was started the same year).  It had two blocks a week, after 50 blocks, that one was done for me. So it was packed up and put away until the time arrived when I knew how the blocks had to put together. In September while we were out West,  it had its own "aha" moment. So this top will get finished up as well, after 365.
The fabrics for both quilt-a-longs was from fabrics I already had.  The blues was collected and they just never had a purpose,  knew one day the right pattern would come along. 365 is definitely a hungry caterpillar quilt, which required a lot of fabric. The Splendid Sampler was perfect for the French General Fabric, left over from a mystery quilt. Fifty blocks later, a lot of scraps left over, which will be used to make a scrappy quilt.
Technology makes inspiration easy to find us. While watching a stitching video, on Flosstube.  A quilt-a-long pop up in a sidebar. It looked interesting,  I though about it and debated whether,  I should join another quilt-a-long?  When the first two which was started in 2016 and was not finished yet?  This was in September,  in October I saw some fabric bundles, they were bright and happy, just right for said quilt, so this was it.  I signed up (forgot all about it, until an email arrived reminding me of the start).  The first part was released on the 28th of November.  My first row is sewn, it looks very modern and bright. It has a very young and happy feel to it.  It is cheering me up, so it came along at just the right moment in time.  
 Orange is the first row, with one accent block? Hashtags.
 Had this   ruler fabric in my fabric stash for a while, it turns out, it is by the same fabric designer.
The first two quilt-a-longs now is the projects for December.  Getting the tops done before the new year.  One done, one to go.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

The Circle of Life.

This past week has been very difficult, as my Dad passed away.  Losing a parent is never easy, we lost our Mom many years ago, so he was our last link. As we come from a large family, many siblings all over the world, he was the connection.  

The funny part, he was a quiet man.  After Mom passed, all of a sudden he had to be the one to chat to.  It took a while, as he realized, we all would be calling and visiting very often.  We are a close family, we hug a lot and say I love you, lots and accept everyone with all their quirks. 

Life is short and tomorrow may never come, so don't hold back.  Live life with passion, do it your way and knowingly, do it in a way you do not have any regrets.  Do all the things you need and want to do, with love and a good heart.  Treat people, the way you wish to be treated, with kindness and grace.  

The hardest part, we can not pick up the phone and call him, just the thought of never hearing his voice, is the part which trips us up and makes our hearts shudder.  Until we meet again, you left and went to Heaven, now a piece of Heaven lives in our homes, we miss you...

in Loving memory, Oupa Hans, 1936-2019. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Fall is here.

The trees are amazing, everywhere we go, the leaves have changed colour.  This year the leaves have not all been blown of the trees, like last year.
 Have finished stitching the top , next is the band around the sides. 
This is Monaco fabric, the holes are very small, making the stitching a slow process.  Will be doing the side, with a linen, as the holes are larger, making it easier to stitch.
 The table runners and tea cosy's are done.
The original pattern for the table runner center panel was just too short for me, so I have made it longer by a half an inch.  Can definitely say it made a huge difference and I am glad that I added the extra length.  Kits and pattern available from TheHobbyHorseQuiltShoppe.
Thinking of making another one with this fabric?
Baby yarn for some more baby hats.
 This is our local Quilt shop, on a farm.  The Hobby Horse, we are very lucky it is close by.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Tea and Dickens.

This year for Christmas everyone asked for, tea cosy's.  Some family members who are in on the surprise has been helping to get the measurements for said tea pots. They find very creative ways to get their hands on the teapots and then measure them.   Funny how we all have big small, large and tall teapots.  Not one the same.  One can buy them, but these ones will be homemade, with each persons favourite colours and themes.
Some beanie hats needed to be made and be shipped to their new forever family.  Some sunbirds are migrating to snow country.
Diane finished her Jane Bannister, what a beauty she turned out to be.
The cats in the garden.
The finished piece.
 Having tea and scones, is one of those special moments, spending time with  family and friends that creates special bonds of memories and friendship. 

We recently went to Dickens, a unique tea shop and had some lunch or high tea.  Served in bone china cups with saucers and tea, taking time to just savor the brew and enjoying time spent relaxing and chatting. The treats disappeared before a picture was taken. It was very good, not a crumb was left behind!
Display cabinets in the little tea museum.
Something for the guys, after they have had to endure or enjoy the tea and treats?
 Just before leaving the shop, they have a sweetie section, so much to choose from and any flavour one could think of, it just brought out the little kid out in all of us.
Happy Thanksgiving !

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