Saturday, 21 April 2018

Blurry photos

I've been having trouble lately with my photos being hazy/blurry.
I though it was the lighting, sun or window glare or I just didn't know why.

Anyway, I have worked it out.
I feel very silly about it but is all fixed now.
This is much better....

A funny story......

My iPad case was falling apart so off shopping to buy a new one.
I use my iPad every day and take it with me everywhere. It needs protection.
I chose a great strong cover and home I went. On goes the new case..
...Can you see where I'm going with this...
I start taking my photos and they are now blurry. I clean the lens and no change..
Weeks of being frustrated I try cleaning the lens again but this time I take it out of the case.

Guess what I found out.
It was rough, sticky and crinkled. All this was covering the lens.
Peel it off, throw it away and now I have clear photos.
Something so simple was so frustrating.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Spotlight bargain shopping

I recently had an impromptu visit to Spotlight. Of course there was a sale on..
Clearance fabric was 50% off if you bought 3 or more metres. But, if there wasn't that much on the end of blot you got that piece half price too.
My total buy was 23.3 metres for $76..
I'm very happy.

This was a great find.. I was only charged $1.50 for it. Imagine the squares cut up and alternating fabrics added. Maybe some sashings. I think I could get 2 quilts for Aussie Heroes with it. I know it's a Xmas design but it also features cars. Who knows what I'll do with it in the end.

We have Mystery Quilt sewing night coming up. It's a fund raiser for charity.
We need 3 colours . This is the start. I. Not sure if I use a white tone on tone (from stash) or go and buy a piece of green. I'll wait and see what my mood takes me to.

Our group has just got a new book in the library.
It's called "MODERN VIEWS with 3-Yard Quilts" by Donna Robertson.
The quilts in this book only use 3 colours (light, medium & dark) and a yard of each to make the size quilt I need for Aussie Heroes. This fabric will be my first make.

Cream tone on tones are always being used.

A lovely red to add the the Xmas stash.

Always loving a bargain.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Bow ties have been made and laid out

I have been working on this quilt for so long I just want to get it done.
The last of the 8.5" blocks sewn until the top is sewn together.
(I might add more)

All the 8.5" & 4.5" blocks on the table to start putting up on the design wall.

The top half laid out up on the wall.

Now to get sewing...
Once I have got all corners sewn I will decide if I want to make it longer..

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Plants make a difference

This is where the plants were at when we moved in

Then I decided to pull out the palms. I wasn't happy with them being spikey and reedy looking.

I put in some cute conifers that will stay in the size of the planters.

And just look at the size of the yukkas. 
They have grown wild with us not even watering.
Hopefully they will grow up and shade us of some afternoon sun .
That's the change in 18months

Friday, 13 April 2018


Here are Aprils little letters made.
These are the ones I put in the newsletter this month for our members to sew along together.

The top three rows are sewn together

If you want to sew along go and have a look at 
Sheryl @ TEMECULA QUILT COMPANY has kindly put the pattern for free.
This quilt is the perfect size for a baby and very easy to make quickly.

Planned out ready for the next blocks to be made.
Not many to go now.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Knitting & crochet with scraps

My diagonal crochet blanket is finished.
for all the ends to sew up...

I have done a little more on this Knitted Scrappy square. I still haven't really got the pattern in my head but I will get there. It is a great use of scraps though.

Phyllis has made another laundry bag for AUSSIE HEROES.
They have a fun fabric with playing cards all over them. Perfect for one of the guys.
This brings the total to 57 made.

These tops were made by other members in our patchwork group.
I have "bagged" & quilted all 3. 
All ready to give to the kids..

Charity makes are always fulfilling..

Monday, 9 April 2018


Look at this fun ABC fabric I got. It is big enough for the basic LITTLE LETTERS quilts I have been making. I picked it up from spotlight for $2.  I'm not sure if it will fit this one I am doing just now.

It is yellow/gold month over at Angela's  So Scrappy. RSC18.

I have been working on my 8" 3d Bow Tie blocks.
I need about 44 of these blocks to make my quilt square. Then I will decide if I want it into a rectangular shape. I have 18 made now..