Sunday, December 19, 2010


Do you have difficulty working your backstitch so that it is even and with smooth curves? This is how I do mine. From the front of your work (see above), put the needle through the hole made by the previous stitch (see below).
Bring the needle back up through the fabric, keeping to the line of the design and having the stitches even lengths.
When working the eyes I use the same technique, but with much smaller stitches. The pen I use to trace the designs is a brown Zig Millennium, with a very fine tip. It's acid free, and permanent (your stitches will cover all the lines) and will not bleed into your fabric. I love this pen!
The extension is coming along nicely now - above with wall still in place, looking towards workroom. The insulation looks like a great big quilt!
Below you are looking from the workroom towards the kitchen.
And here you can see the result with the wall taken out!
Sean visited on Sunday morning and did little two-year old happy dances, and ran around like a mad thing! He couldn't believe all the space!
Then he spent the rest of his visit re-arranging all my bears - a favourite past-time.
Only five sleeps to Christmas!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Let's Play Ladies, U2, and Not Much Room Inside

Jenny from Lily Lane Patchwork in Rosedale, Victoria, sent me this photo of "Let's Play Ladies". It's in her shop, so if you are in the area, drop in and say hello and have a look at the quilt.
My U2 ticket. Must remember to wear cotton gloves whilst handling. Will be kept in a suitably secure (secret) spot.
Remember on Thursday I told you that "Us Girls" were going to the U2 concert? Can a mature lady such as Moi say "awsome!!!"? Because if it's allowable, I'm saying "awsome!"
We had dinner first, at The Spaghetti Tree, then caught the tram to Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross - but to old Melbournians it will always be Spencer Street!).
My program. Must remember to wear cotton gloves whilst reading. Will be kept in a suitably secure (secret) spot.
A beautiful balmy evening - we were expecting thunderstorms and the Etihad Stadium roof had to remain open, so we were prepared with rain jackets, etc. And, you guessed it - NO RAIN!!!! The gods were smiling down on us!
The stage. Unbelievable!
However, when I got home in the wee hours of Saturday morning I was informed by a very sleepy Himself that Mount Evelyn had suffered ANOTHER torrential downpour - sheets of water gushing down the garden, around the house and through the carport!
We are absolutely over all the rain - and there's still more to come. The prediction for tomorrow is 100ml. The blue you can see below is not the sky. It's the tarp covering the open roof over the kitchen. We are praying that it will hold up a bit longer - the roof plumber has been here nearly every day, but has been defeated by the rain - he's hoping to get a bit more done tomorrow. We only have half a roof at the moment!
This is the other side of the extension - if the buckets were not there the water would be a steady stream running into the house!
On a lighter note, yes - we made room for the Christmas tree! Mind you, what you see is the only spare space in the lounge! We shuffle sideways around the furniture - very Charlie Chaplin-ish!
A sense of humour is essential.
P.S. Anyway, it's a good excuse not to dust!
P.P.S. Next time I blog, I'll be giving you some applique tips.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Harvey but not Norman

Don't you just love Christmas? We always get a real tree - love the smell of pine through the house. However, this year we are pushed for room, but we'll still squash one in somewhere! I found this fabulous Christmas print yesterday - don't know what I'm going to do with it yet, but something will come to mind when I least suspect it!
Here's another piece with little Christmas lights all over it - cute!
I took them to show Sue this morning, at our usual Thursday sewing circle (we call it "Running away from Painting" for reasons known only to a select few). I had them in a box of bits and pieces, put the box on the floor and it was like a magnet to Harvey! A box is for sitting in, apparently! Especially with lovely new patchwork fabrics!
He's such a human being!
More rain this morning. I sound like an old record, going on and on and on ......
I'm off to the U2 concert tomorrow night (yaaaaaay! Only one sleep to go ....), at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. There's a group of girls going, including my friend Detty, and her daughter Susanne (also my daughter-in-law & mother of Sean). The problem is that the roof of the stadium will not close if there is rain, because the set is too tall! So we think it will be jeans and trainers, plus rain jackets or ponchos! Anyway, who cares!
Keep your fingers crossed!
P.S. Harvey was sat sitting in the box. But where was Norman? Doing what he does best, of course! Lurking somewhere ready to pounce! Harvey and Norman? I wonder where those names came from .......