Monday, 5 October 2015

Decorating begins

Ron relaxing in the hut.
I have put one of my quilts on the wall for decoration.
I bought a wooden rod to hang the quilt.  The wooden rod did not work in the space.  I went back to my favourite way of hanging my textiles.  A picture hook in the wall and skirt hangers on the quilt.  This method works every time for an inconspicuous hanging method.
I want to make some other smaller wall hangings for the other walls.
It was 33 degrees in the hut today.  That is very hot for our area.  I will hurry up the electrician to install lights and many power points. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Tea Room.......Summer House......Hut....a rose by any name would smell as sweet

Many thanks to Ken Redpath for his fabulous photos and expert painting.
Ron, Oscar and I have a wonderful tea room/Summer house/ hut or whatever you want to call it in our garden to enjoy.  We are lucky!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts

I love sampler quilts.
The first quilt I ever sewed was a sampler quilt.
I went to classes with Helen Draper and I learnt how to hand sew sampler blocks.  I love hand sewing but these days with jelly rolls and machine sewing the whole patchwork process is quicker.  The choices are endless with sampler patchwork.  This book has a choice of 50 patchwork blocks using jelly rolls.  Quilts that excite me are often traditional patchwork with bold modern fabrics.  There is no need to invent something new with patchwork as modern fabric often makes patchwork patterns of old sing in ways that our granny's never thought possible.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Spiral Strips....a new jelly roll patchwork

I chose to make the patchwork quilt called Spiral Strips.
Instead of one jelly roll of 40 strips.  I am using two jelly rolls of 20 strips.
I LOVE Kaffe's fabrics.  They are never too bright for me.
I love being organised.  I divided the strips into warm/cool coloured fabric.  I subdivided the warm coloured fabric  into Set 1 darker warms and Set 2 lighter warms.
The cool coloured fabrics were divided in Set 1 darker cools and Set 2 lighter cools.

Warm dark, cool dark, warm dark, cool dark..........4 strips sewn with a scant 1/4 inch seam
Cool light, warm light, cool light , warm light ...........4 strips sewn with a scant
1/4 inch seam
This is a fast sew.  More cutting and sewing to come.
I might tone down the brights with black and white patterned fabric border.  I always make it up as I go along.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Dalek Pillowcase................Exterminate....

Oscar has had an eye ulcer in his right eye.  We have been treating the eye and it is improving.  Oscar is getting used to the bucket hat.
Ron is a Dr Who fan.  I thought I had bought enough dalek fabric for a pillowcase.  No so.  I strip pieced some leftover jelly roll strips to make the back of the pillowcase.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

"The Hut" or as Annette calls it........ "The Summer House" Update

Ken is doing a fabulous job with the painting.
Ignore the plastic pipe.  The plastic pipe is my temporary drainage idea while waiting for the plumber do to a permanent storm water  option.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Oscar's Story

Oscar's chemo journey has been included in a article in the Moss Vale Veterinary Hospital facebook site.

Ron and I are so grateful to the dedicated care and treatment for Oscar  undertaken by the wonderful staff of Moss Vale Veterinary hospital.    As well as care for Oscar we feel the staff of Moss Vale Veterinary Hospital are good with Ron and I.    When a four legged loved one is sick it is all too easy to get panicky and feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts.  Nothing is too much trouble when the staff explain treatments.  I find when I am stressed I don't always absorb and retain all that is said to me about Oscar's  care.  Facts and information are given freely no matter how many times

Ron, Oscar and I are very lucky to be looked after by Moss Vale Veterinary Hospital.