Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Rubbish Skip

I get a thrill out of getting rid of rubbish and enjoying organised spaces.  Ron and I tackled the garage rubbish.  We find rubbish accumulates quicker in the garage than anywhere else.  I equate unwanted belongings to burdens that take up valuable space and weigh me down.  Now that all that rubbish has gone I will rearrange the garage again with space to move.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Foundation Pieced Flying Geese Patchwork

Photocopy the flying geese foundations

So simple.
 Sew on the lines and follow the numbers.

Just keep adding and sewing.

Auditioning the flying geese columns.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Hydrangeas and Hazelnut trees

Gardens always require some work all year.  Even in the middle of winter there are jobs to do.  Ron has been pruning the hydrangeas over many days.  We have filled up our green waste bin with the tough hydrangea prunings.

More excitingly we received a parcel from Diggers  
I had ordered four Hazelnut trees to make an informal hedge.  Two hazelnut trees are the variety called Wanliss Pride.  The other two hazelnut trees are the variety called Cosford.  To produce hazelnuts to eat it is necessary to have two varieties for cross pollination.  The Diggers club provided information about planting, cross pollination and lots more.

It was cold but dry when Ron pruned the hydrangeas.

A spot or two of rain did not stop Ron and I planting the new hazelnut tree hedge.  The tree guards are around the trees to prevent lawnmower damage.

Too wet for an old cocker spaniel.
Oscar waits under the old carport while Ron and I plant.

Four hazelnut trees.
I hope they grow and provide us with yummy hazelnuts.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

My Professionally Cleaned Oven

My oven before cleaning

The inside of the oven before cleaning.

Clean Ovens 4U


Elbow grease and a secret detergent

Oscar inspects the oven cleaning.
$135.00 well spent.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Block columns on the Design Wall ready to sew

The block strip sets are on the design wall ready for sewing together.
Just add sunny columns and borders and a quilt top will be sewn.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Sunny Columns Quilt.........a jelly roll quilt

This is the design I have chosen from my book to be my first jelly roll quilt.
It is very simple straight sewing.

Select five of the jelly strips to piece into a jelly roll strip set.
Use a small stitch length as the strip sets are going to be cross cut to make the blocks for the Sunny Columns Quilt

The block sets are eventually be sewn together to form the block columns.
The sunny part will be the joining columns.  I  have chosen bright yellow to complete the quilt.

Strip set sewing in progress.  The jelly roll is called Horizon by Moda.
The cool colours of the jelly roll will contrast with the yellow column borders.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A Mouse in the House

During Winter Ron, Oscar and I have an unwelcome guest that tries to move into our house.  Yesterday we caught our unwelcome guest and relocated him/her to another location.
Nina lent us her humane mouse catching cage.
Thank you Nina

I moved the cage into a well lit area and then tried to photograph our unwelcome guest.  He/ She was not going to pose.  These are the best snaps I could get to show our little visitor.

He/ She was beautiful and healthy.
No animal was harmed in this post.
Mousey is been relocated near a farm between here and Berrima.  It is a secret location as I do not want a farmer knowing that now the farmer has an unwelcome guest of his own.

Friday, 5 June 2015

The Best Birthday Cake for me

I love Belvitas.
Nina was very thoughtful and brought around the best "birthday cake" for me.
Candles on a packet of Belvitas.

There is always one stubborn candle that takes effort to blow out.
Nina gave me the fabulous tartan scarf that I am wearing.
Thank you Nina.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Treacherous Trip over Computer Cord

Three weeks ago I tripped over the computer cord to Black Beauty (my old black laptop).  My toes were bruised in every colour of the rainbow and my foot swollen.   I went to the doctor and she concentrated on looking at my toes.  I soldiered on.  I went regularly to the gym for three weeks.  The toes healed but the side of the foot remained swollen and sore.
Two days  ago I went back to the doctor and she sent me for an Xray today.  The X ray person had one look at the film and told me to see a doctor today.  I have a spiral fracture.  It will be 6 weeks until the fracture heals.
This is the first broken bone I have had in my life.
I may have to wear a moon boot.

Beware of those dangling computer cords.

Funny Birthday Presents

Ron knows how much I love sewing.  Sewing DVDs are hard to beat.  I recently got two new DVDs for my birthday.

This is a good DVD.  After I have played with jelly roll patchwork I want to take up English Paper Piecing.  It is possible to do intricate designs with this method.

The most positive thing I can say about this DVD was it was extremely funny.  If you are into DVDs where the teacher sings a school song......."Press on with Chicago Fuse"then this is the DVD for YOU!    I have no intention of trying the fusing techniques.