Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Things You Learn

Just a quick post from my sewing room.
At the ripe old age of..mumble...years, I've just put in my first zip pocket. I'm making a tote bag for my mother and I decided to do a few things I've never done before.
Ta dah...

I have no idea if that ta dah is in the right place, but you get the idea.
sent from my Telstra NEXTG™ handset

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GDITC 2014

I can't believe it's 2 whole weeks since Lynda and I drove home from another fun Girls Day in the Country at Nundle, hosted by Kerry Swain from The Cottage on the Hill.
We started down on the Thursday and this time shared a cabin with Maree and Alison at the Armidale Tourist Park. The cabin was a lovely big 3 bedroom, 2 toilets, large living area one. The park was very pretty and clean, and I would stay there again.
Lunch on Friday was on the Peel Inn's side verandah again.

 There was a LOT of this....photographs....going on...except from me as usual...too busy soaking up the fun.

Kerry and her team had the hall looking beautiful. Our tutor for the day was Lynette Anderson, so her quilts were hung around the walls.

 These were our goody boxes. No, I didn't take a photo of the interior, too busy checking it out.

 We made use of the well appointed BBQ area at our caravan park - Fossickers Caravan Park.

This year we had 2 swaps. The bloggers had a "Make It, Bake It or Fake It" swap, which was great as time was a bit tight for many. There was another swap with all the ladies in the hall, that used a freebie pattern from Lynette Anderson. I showed what I made a couple of post ago. From Dale in the Bloggers Swap, I got a great "Fake It". Dale gave me the orange mug pincushion. (The photo doesn't show the purple and green flower on top.) It's easy to carry and heavy enough not to fall over. Thanks Dale.
The beautifully embroidered needle case is from Sam. It is a great size, perfect to slip into a small bag for a portable project. Thank you Sam.

Here's the 2014 Bloggers photo. Unfortunately a few people escaped before it was taken.
Our cabin buddy in Nundle was Fairy Floss. Check out her blog. She KNOWS how to take photos - good ones as well. They include some of the show and tell from our very talented bloggers.

I love the power of the internet. Grethe (Norway), I said hello to Lynette for you. She said hello back and is looking forward to meeting you again later this year. She said she runs into you at Birmingham as well. We were supposed to get a photo together waving to you, but the ladies kept her very busy.
Look after yourselves, everyone.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Games of Bobs

I've been meaning to do this post for awhile. Several people expressed an interest in the game my family played at Christmas.
I did a bit of research. The game of Bobs or Table Bobs has been around for long time. It was also played at fetes.
I found some sets for sale online at the most ridiculous prices, strangely enough on sites selling diversional therapy games for aged care. They are so missing a bigger market. I didn't find this particular brand and this set is quite old, so I don't think I'm doing anything wrong giving sizes.

So I have taken some photos and measurements for anyone interested in making their own set.

The blanket protects my dining table and provides a smooth playing surface. It is not really necessary.

Click on each photo - I've marked lines on them.

A (length of set)= 32 inches/ 81.5cm
B (height) = 2 in/ 5cm

C = 3/8in or 1cm (thickness of dividing pieces)
C1= 4in/10cm  (length of dividing pieces)
D= 1/2in or 12mm (end pieces)

 Two flaps hinge on each side to help guide the balls.
Flap length H = 11 in/28 cm
Flap thickness I = 1/4 in or 6mm

 Hole height F = 1 1/2 in or 4cm
Hole Width G = 1 1/2 in or 4cm

 There are 6 white balls and one black one. They are approximately 1 inch in diameter.
The cue is a piece of dowel about 36inches/91cm long. It tapers from about 7/8in or 2cm down to 3/8 in or 1cm.

You should be able to make out the rules in this photo. Don't forget your family can always have their own 'house rules'.

Have fun,
Cheryl (aka Kayly not Dory.That's another story.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I leave for Nundle tomorrow for Girls Day in the Country (GDTIC) 2014. I am so not ready.
I have finished and delivered Master G's baby quilt.
It turned out rather well. I didn't get a photo of it in use by G, as his bigger sisters were busy showing me the quilts I made for them. I was pleased to see that they have been well used.

 I am at Sisters of Stitch at our local library and have just finished sewing on the clip to my last swap gift for the weekend and using their wifi to do this post. It's an exercise in time management so I can just go home to pack (ironing first). I surprised myself and got both swaps finished. I don't think they are meant to be a secret.
I made notebook holders for the handbags.
And before I get stirred, no I have not started the dares/challenges from Dawnie or Sunday Stitchers, yet!

Safe driving to all going to GDITC. See you soon.

Cheryl (aka Kayly)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Breathe In...Breathe...

I've never made a Twister quilt before, but why have I left it to the last minute?  Actually it's past the last minute Master G has already arrived. Oh that's right, this is the 4th baby quilt in 7 months, plus all the other stuff.

 Cutting into it was a little nerve wracking. What if I slipped? Would it all end in tears?

Well, I survived the first row.

I had to remind myself to breathe, as I found myself concentrating so hard on getting it right, I was holding my breath.

Here's all the cut pieces ready to be sewn together. It looks okay. There is a bigger red border to go around it as well. I think it will be fine, even though it has ended up with a bit more pink in it than I thought.
Not long to go now before we all hit the road to Nundle for Girls Day In The Country.

Take care,

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last Day of Summer Break

Just pottering around on the last day of my summer break. I was going to say it is too hot to do any gardening, but I have just seen photos and the temps from down south. I don't have anything to complain about the weather here today. My heart and best wishes are with anyone affected by the high temperature, bushfires and the drought. 

I 've been tidying...the house...sewing area...the camera SD card...finished items on blog sidebar...etc.
I realised I forgot to show Master H1's quilt. He arrived back in June.(Slack blogger, I am.) My sister had her 3rd and 4th grandchildren arrive last year. We are up to our 12th grandniece/nephew, with the 13th to arrive shortly. So forgive me if a baby quilt slipped my mind. By the way, did you know there is no collective noun for nieces and nephews. Please correct me, if I'm wrong.

I made 2 Paddington Bear tops awhile ago, this one and a green version.All I had to do was quilt it. We added a Paddington Bear book to the present. It went down well, as the new Mum turned out to be a huge Paddington fan.

These are the swap presents I made for our Bloggers Meet and Chookyblue's SSCS. I did make similar presents. The bags have different linings, but they are made of fabric I just love. Had them in the stash for awhile and thought this was the perfect time to finally use them. They are stylised chooks on the red fabric.You can see that better a few photos down. The bags are large and the idea is to use them instead of plastic bags when grocery shopping.

I did 2 plum pudding ornaments. I loved doing them. Marilyn also got a crocheted and embroidered hanky.

Marilyn with her bag

My SSCS went all the way to Martine in Belgium. It is exciting to send a parcel to the other side of the world.

 Martine got the bag, and the pudding ornament, as well as a copy of Natalie Bird's new book, a tea cup shaped thread organiser and a covered shopping list notebook.

This week I went back to work on something for me - Sue Daley's Square Dance. I have been dragging the chain on it. It is my take out project as it is so portable. I have finished appliqueing all the rings and have made a start on the borders. The best bit has been auditioning the colour combinations.It won't take long to put it together once all the hand sewing is finished.

So that means, Dawnie, I'll be freer to start that challenge. I have gathered my background fabrics and have been looking through stash and the scrap box for suitable applique pieces. ;-)  Not a time wasting activity at all!  LOL

Next week, I'm back trying to get reluctant sweaty teenagers fitted into  school uniforms and remembering what subjects they choose so they get the right books. (Note to self - just remember it pays for your  obsession hobby!)

Do take care everyone.
Till next time,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)

PS- Sorry about those unsolicited emails, if they are still arriving.

Friday, January 10, 2014

URGENT - Please Ignore....

Please ignore any friends requests you may have received from me. I think I may have been spammed.
I accidentally joined Google+ awhile ago and I don't know if this is related to that or is spam. I'm also trying to work out if I can unjoin Google+.