Monday, December 15, 2014
These lovely gerberas have been placed near our front door to add a touch of colour for visitors.
My sons gave this to me for Christmas when they came to visit in 2007.
It has had a few changes of location but it keeps coming back each year - never fails.
In addition we have been given a number of other plants over the past five years and they have all enhanced our surroundings. We have been very fortunate to be beneficiaries of the gift of flowers.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
We have a new cat at our place, at least new to us.
Bailey is about two years old and the youngest cat we have had around in a while.
He has been very timid but gradually getting used to life at our place.
From the photo I think it would have to be said that he must be pretty happy here to be so relaxed.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
It was July 2013 when I made this quilt top.
It has been maturing like good wine in a cupboard and now it has been transformed by Linda http://razzledazzlequilter.blogspot.co.nz/ into a lovely quilt top. She also wrote about this quilt on her blog.
One of the good things about the time lapse between completed quilt top and machine quilting is that it feels like you are being reunited with an old friend.
The stars she worked into the border area are so appropriate, and, once again, I felt this was a good opportunity to use Magic Binding.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
This week we held our last Sweet Pea meeting for the year.
Linda made a Christmassy centrepiece for our table with chocolates in a crystal bowl surrounded by Dublin Bay roses and angelica.
I made the most of showing off the cake that Debbie made for my birthday (or what was left of it) and managed to get a better photo this time round.
We have had quite a bit of 'secret sister' business going on this year. We all participated in a row by row project - each making rows for the others in themes and colours of the recipients choosing. These are just two of the projects that have come together so far. Haven't even started putting mine together yet.
We have had some great meetings this year and look forward to more to come in the New Year.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Monday, December 01, 2014
It is my birthday today but, as sometimes happens, I was invited to a birthday lunch by our friend, Debbie, yesterday.
Lunch was lovely, shared with friends, but the surprise of the day was this lovely birthday cake, made and iced by Debbie.
My photography does not do it justice but the detail on the cake was pretty amazing right down to threaded needle and thimble.
The 'relaxed' cat represents my cat CiCi.
My congratulations to Debbie on a job well done and for contributing to a very special birthday, thank you.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The ones we were using were beginning to look a bit tired and I had it in mind to make some new ones.
They happened this week.
You will need:-
2 pieces of fabric 6 inches x 3 inches
2 pieces of braid each 6 inches long
1 piece of batting - I find cotton batting works best for this project - 5 7/8 inches by 2 7/8 inches
1 piece of matching fabric 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches
You can use a permanent marker as this will be hidden.
I knew I was going to stitch the rest of the napkin ring with a variegated thread so I used that for the braid as well.
Fold it in half lengthwise and stitch at each end. 1/4 inch seam allowance - lock seams at beginning and end.
Place the tab at one end of braided piece raw edge to raw edge.
Clip corners and turn to the right side.
Hand stitch from the edge of the napkin ring, around the tab and then to the other end of ring.
Secure thread and your napkin is ready to use.