Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Week.

Well, this weekend was quite productive in this household.
Both DD's decided that they wanted to sew.

Such an easy pattern, they even put their own zips in with me pinning and giving lots of advice.  Even I'm not that good at putting in zips.
They were very happy with their achievement, they've already asked for another pattern thanks.  They want to graduate to toys.   Only problem is they were each using one of my machines- I only have 2, what am I supposed to sew on?  They've started calling each machine "theirs".
I've been doing a lot of hand sewing lately (no wonder!LOL).
More Dear Jane blocks have been made, I'm not quite up with my goal of 10 each month.  I've stitched 5 this month.  Might get 5 more in the next couple of weeks.
I've also been stitching some more Joseph's Coat blocks- nearly finished 14 blocks.  That's enough to make the first 2 rows. 
I'm finding these blocks to be quite therapeutic in the preparation and sewing.
I also decided that I wanted to make a start on another project that's been in the wings for a few months.  I attend Summer School in Wodonga with Patchwork on Stonleigh each January.  I love the quilts designed by Karen Cunningham from Sydney.  I'm receiving the patterns for her adaptation of  a British quilt by Jane Pizar called Irish Circles.  The patterns are coming monthly. 

I've cut the borders, centre and block backgrounds.  The green stripe for the border was purchased last January before Ms A and I even left Summer School.  We were the ones at McD's using their internet to browse around looking for it.  Eventually found the last few metres on the planet in Texas, USA.  We were very happy. The pink is for the centre circle.  Think I'll start on the blocks first.  They're only 8" finished, so not too big, and a nice mix of piecing and applique.
Plenty to keep me busy whilst my machines have been hijacked!


  1. You've made the biggest SACRIFICE for your children - use of your sewing machines - proving yourself to be the BEST mother! Good for you, and good for them for making such nice things. I'm very impressed. As well, you're doing fabulously on the JC blocks - 14 already? You're ten ahead of me.

    You have excellent taste in quilt patterns too. Irish Circles is wonderful. I'll be watching for progress on that one.

  2. I'm impressed by your work ! So beautiful !
    Florence from Christmas in July

  3. Mhairi from Christmas in July
    Love your daughters bags. There are some great easy teddy patterns on the net. Look under free teddy patterns. Good luck, my mum never got her machine back after she let us loose on it. I am in my 30's and I still use her machine even though I have my own. :)

  4. I love the Joseph's Coat blocks. They're fabulous!

  5. Kerry - how does one get a hold of Karen Cunningham? or is there a place in Texas one can get her patterns? Thanks

  6. Hi Mimi, you don't have a return email on your blog profile page for me to email you, I have a contact for you for Karen, if you'd like to email me.
    She does lovely work.