Sunday, June 18, 2017

For my Country girl in the city.

Its winter and fairly regularly on the weekend we are out and about getting wood to keep the woodshed filled. I always take my camera with me, then in the quiet minutes waiting for the next lot of wood to be chainsawed I can take a few photos. The big trick is finding the time to get them onto the computer, edited and posted. 
Since moving home all I seem to do is work and keep up with the house. Very little sewing gets done and after being on a computer most of the week at work, I tend to avoid it on the weekends. I have had a request from my country girl in the city asking for a few photos of the country. Maybe it will make her a little homesick and she'll come home for a visit? 

The preceding photos were taken quite a while ago when we still had sunshine.  It is one of the places we go to get wood and has beautiful views down over the valley.
The following phots are from the last two weekends. It's a new spot we haven't been to for wood before. We've had a couple of weeks where we haven't seen the sunshine as a blanket of fog has settled over us and is very reluctant to leave. Looking out the window right now there is actually some sun but unfortunately I can see it starting to roll in again.

After 30 plus years the combustion stove in the kitchen decided it just couldn't go on any longer. After much thought and many freezing days we brought  this little cutie to replace it. It is so lovely and warm in the kitchen again and I still have an oven and cooktop!

And so with two fires to keep going you can understand why we are out in the fog  with the temperature hovering around 1 degree C cutting wood.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Coast to the Mountains

Thursday 15th September A walk on the beach

Sunday 18th September Back in the mountains


I've been away from home for a year, living with family,three months at Mogo and 9 months in Lakes Entrance. It's been lovely but a desperate need for my own place and my things around me has led me from the coast back to the mountains. I still intend to live over at the coast but for now I am happy to be home, tidying my house and unpacking a few of my things whether its for a few weeks or a few months. I'll just wait and see what happens next I guess.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Restoration love.

If you know me at all you will know that I love Op Shops and Garage sales. In Lakes Entrance there are 6 Op Shops and Garage sales nearly every weekend. Paradise. July 30th there were  two garage sales, one of them at the Church of England. There were lots of tempting goodies one of which was a plastic bag with ''Quilt Tops'' written on it. Talk about waving a red flag at a bull type scenario. Of course that bag came home with me and on opening it I found such a treasure which made me both smile and almost cry.

Two pieces of a hexagon quilt made from vintage and possibly antique fabrics (this made me smile) and once I had looked at it properly I nearly cried. It was obvious someone had cut a very large quilt into pieces and this was only two parts of it. There was fabric pinned to the back of each piece, although I'm not sure what they had planned for it.

So many fabrics to look at

Looking at the back was scary. No neat folding over the paper, just a piece of fabric dragged over the edges and tacked in place. This was a godsend later on when I had to repair a couple of blocks. Plenty of fabric on the back!

Every block had been joined by the tiniest hand stitching and every seam had been embroidered.

This is part of the edge where the quilt has been cut.

I unpicked the part hexagons on a short edge of each piece so I could join them together.

Then I went through the fabric I have picked up at op shops to find some that would blend in with the quilt. I love vintage fabrics so I had collected a few. I had to make extra blocks for one of the pieces because it wasn't quite as wide as the other one.  I unpicked blocks here and there in the quilt to put the new ones in because I couldn't just put them altogether in one side of the quilt.

One joined and the new blocks put in place, I embroidered all the new seams in cottons as close to the original ones as I could find. I joined the pieces of fabric that were pinned to the back of the pieces of quilt to use for the backing.

I now have a single bed topper which is hand quilted inside each hexagon. I am on the look out for something suitable to bind it. I think there may be the perfect piece of fabric packed away in Corryong so I think it will have to wait for a week or two until I get home.