Sunday, February 15, 2015

Oops....

I hadn't realised how long it has been since I posted.
I joined Instagram and find it a very quick and easy tool to use. Sorry Chooky, the dark side, I know.
I have been very busy since January.
Back to School week and the first few weeks of school have been busy at my little job. We welcomed 2 years worth of students to high school this year as the Year Sevens joined us for the first time. Fitting them out in uniforms and getting their books organised made for some very long and tiring days.
There were some very worried faces on our newbies. I feel part of my job is to make them feel better about coming to our school. We are a very big school and some of the new students have come to us from very small primary schools. I'm an old girl of the school where I work and volunteer. Once a Vice-Captain always one, I suppose.
I describe my job as little. Unfortunately it is getting even 'littler', as the P&C Association want to save money, so I'm down to one day. Pity, as I do like it and it pays for my hobby addictions.
On the craft front, I have been busy also.
This year is full of special birthdays, so I have been planning  and sewing.

This one's going to someone special. I bought 2 extra plastic tables from Bunnings to use with our existing table. I am no longer going to pin quilts by kneeling on the floor. Just too hard at my age. This quilt top will be my first go at pinning on my new tables. Hope it is a lot easier!


 Gossip in My Garden has not been forgotten. I sewed the centres onto the dresden plate blocks and I'm working on the chubby dresden block.



I thought this baby quilt was all finished bar the label. I found more ends to tidy when I unfolded it for the photo. Tonight's job.
There has also been some secret sewing, to be revealed later.
Not much else has been going on here. Too darn hot! I only felt like getting back into my garden this week. With the heat and lovely rain it is a bit overgrown. Bring on autumn, my favourite season.

Take care, everyone,
Cheryl




Saturday, January 10, 2015

Another Pair

On a roll....no, just no decent nightwear.
This time a pretty floral pair of boxer shorts.
Take care
Cheryl

Monday, January 5, 2015

First Finish for 2015

Don't get too excited.
Only a pair of sleeping shorts made from a very soft Indian cotton from stash. (Been in stash maybe over 15 years.)
At least I won't scare the burglars now!
Take care,
Cheryl

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SSCS 2014

Wow! The last day of 2014. I know I am not the only one to say this year has flown by. I have just amended my 2014 list of finishes. It was not a long list this year, but next year's list should look a bit healthier, if my current 2015 to do list is achieved. Whether it is achievable is yet to be seen.

One final thing I need to do for 2014 is show the presents sent and received in Chookyblue's 2014 Secret Santa Christmas Swap. I may have said this before, but I'll say it again anyway. This is a fun swap. Chooky matches us Aussie girls with an overseas partner, and therefore all the overseas girls send back to Australia. I think the secret stalking is the best part; learning about another blogger, their likes and dislikes and their lives; planning just the right thing to make and send; waiting for the parcels to arrive.

Thank you, Chookyblue for organising it again!
 
Well my secret Santa this year was Christin from Switzerland! How cool, is that?

I got a felt house as my hanging ornament and several machine embroidered red snowflakes/stars that I have been using in different ways,  a container I can use to hold lollies or threads, delicious chocolates and  a Santa table runner.



 The chocolates were in the fridge when I took the photo, not eaten already! LOL (But they are well and truly gone now.)


Thank you very much, Christin!

I had the pleasure to send to Raewyn in New Zealand. My stalking showed a blogger with a lot of talent, so I made personal things.

 This coat hanger was a Mum's Moment pattern.

 The jewellery roll is by Liisa Dawson of The Quilter's Corner.

 The ornament is an Anni Downs pattern that I showed in a previous pattern.
I have heard from Raewyn and I think she likes them.  :-)


One thing I realise I have not shown is the pillow I made for our Sunday Stitchers Christmas swap. It is an adaption of a Kookaburra Cottage pattern. I made it using Paris Flea Market fabric. Again some snooping was in order to make the right thing. I will say Maureen nearly didn't get it. Two reasons, it took longer to make than I thought and, of course, it is exactly my colours, after all I have been collected that fabric range for years.


 Which brings me to the end of 2014. No resolutions for next year, just some hopes and dreams.

I would like to wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. 
May 2015 bring you your wishes and dreams.

Take care,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas

to Everyone.


I wish you and the world peace and happiness at this time.
Heaven only knows the Earth could do with it.

Cheryl

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last Minute Sewing

Well I had a bit of a last minute flurry of crafty activity.
I finished a very late bed quilt for my 3 year old grandniece's birthday. When I saw her recently, I quizzed her about her favourite colours. She is a very definite little girl: a bit of an old head on young shoulders. She informed me her favourite colours were orange, blue and pink in that order and she liked elephants!

I couldn't believe my luck. Ages ago I made a baby quilt top that was too big at the time, so it has been sitting in the cupboard. It's got blue, yellow (nearly orange) and pink and elephants! I even had the fabric for the borders and back. The fabric range was Animal Crazee.


I made three of these for friends in our small patchwork group. Can't believe I gave them away without a photo.  We had a lovely lunch to end the year.


Today, very last minute, I made 2 zippered pouches to hold hair things as Christmas presents for my eldest grand nieces.

 Yes orange elephants! Definitely lucky sometimes.

Off to wrap them now.

Take care,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)





Friday, December 12, 2014

Chookyblue's SSCS

My SSCS has landed. I won't know who it is from until I open the main present and card on Christmas Day, but in the meantime THANK YOU to my Secret Santa.
Thank you also to our organiser Chookyblue.

 Well packaged!




 The ornament (one of the requirements for the swap) is a very cute little house that is now on my tree, as is the embroidered one on the right. The chocolates are in the fridge, being nibbled at.
I've been snooping and I know that the presents I made have landed, but I won't show my ornament yet as it would spoil the surprise.

 And BTW...look Robyn....there is a floor under the mess you saw in my sewing room!

Take care,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)