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Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Chicken Quilt, The pretty food wrap, Clivia's are flowering."


I had a finish yesterday. The Chicken quilt has been quilted.

 This quilt was from the book "Out of the box with easy blocks" by Mary Lou Weldman and Melannie Bautista McFarland.

 I quilted it using the Character Decorative Stitches on my machine. Adjusting the sizes of the stitches a little in some areas.

 For the backing I had enough of the cat fabric with a strip of yellow in the middle.

It was a sunless day yesterday when I took the photo's, the fabrics are much brighter in real life.

 For the past few weeks I have been trialing a beeswax coated cover for wrapping up food. I was so disgusted that Glad Wrap had changed how you cut off there wrap. After years of cutting from the bottom of the box they decided you had to cut from the top of the box. With it being Plastic Free July, this was the catalyst to make up several of  these wraps. I did notice the other week whilst shopping that Glad Wrap were advertising the original cutting box. I guess they got a good deal of flack for changing something that wasn't broken.

They are super simple to make. Cut your chosen Cotton fabric in the size you want. Just make sure it fits on to your oven tray which has some foil on it. Shave some Beeswax to cover the area of fabric. Put it in a preheated oven of about 60 degrees Celsius.  It will only a take a few minutes to melt. Use a pastry brush to spread the wax if needs be. I have a silicone brush so very little wax stuck to it. If your brush is a bristle brush you may need to give it a good clean or use a old one.
We have used these for wrapping up muffins on a day out and can testify that the food remains fresh. They only need a wipe over with a damp cloth if food gets onto them.

I am super happy that all the Clivia's are now flowering. Garden books suggest these plants enjoy shade and are best planted underneath trees. Ours are real tough and have to make do with where they are planted here at Kainga.

Happy days.
Bev C

Friday, July 10, 2015

"How much for a bucket of Snow?"


Have you ever wondered how much people are willing to pay for a bucket of snow?

 Apparently $5.00 is the going price. Everyone was having a lot of fun throwing snowballs.

 Down at the Winter Garden on the Fremantle Esplanade it was blowing snow. The real wind was certainly very cold the day we were at Freo.

The ice-rink was packed with skaters of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately they didn't have adult size penguins so I didn't have a go at skating.

Have a lovely weekend, keep warm.

Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Tote Bag for Plastic Free July."


Seeing it is Plastic Free July I decided to make up a tote bag from scraps of fabric.

 There was no pattern just cut and sewed until I had a big piece of fabric for the front and back. I did some stamping on the fabric as well.

 A few machine embroidery designs were stitched onto it as well. I used up a tablecloth that came with a picnic set for the lining and sides of the bag. The inside has a piece of balsa wood instead of plastic to hold the shape, so shopping can sit on it.

This was a great project to use up bits and pieces and help the environment by not using single use plastic bags.

What are you doing for Plastic Free July?

Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"New Shoes."


Well, blogging has taken a back seat here at Kainga. Not long after my last post I managed to damage my camera. It is being fixed with a new lense. I found my old camera and charged the battery. I certainly will be using the camera strap in future.

I was recently asked to do some sewing for a Mum to be. I was given the fabric and the links to some patterns etc.

 I found a few more patterns on the net and had a great time creating shoes. After initially finding one of the patterns a little hard to understand the "aha" moment clicked and I was away.

 None of the patterns had any sort of wadding in between the two layers for the souls so I used up some wadding scraps and quilted them together.

 The other link I was given was for a cover for a "Baby Bjorn" unfortunately this one I had to cover was different to the linked item. The straps for doing it up were in a different place. So I had to custom make it. That weekend newspaper came in handy for drawing up templates. I also had to make two bunny rugs. I was given two rugs that the Mum wanted to be made double so the baby will be warm. I did that and machine embroidered hearts to quilt them together. The other items sewn were two bibs including four Bandana bibs and as there was a strip of flannelette left over I made these into two face washers.

Every now and again I find a bargain in the local Good Sammy's especially when I am looking for something completely different. I picked up two balls of 8 ply cotton. I made up two face washers using different patterns from one of my crochet books.

A pinch and a punch for the last day of the month.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, June 8, 2015

"Out of the Box and a Secret Garden."


Happy Monday.

Late 2013 I purchased the book "Out of the Box with each blocks fun with free-form quilting" by Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland. Last week I bit the bullet and made up the quilt called.....

"Freddy Feathers Baby Chick. I started by doing the chickens comb and continued from there. After some initial hesitation with the free-form quilting it was actually a lot of fun making up the "hoochy angles" of the different pieces as I went along. The two fun thing about this type of quilting is that the shapes and sizes of the pieces are different on each and every persons quilt and the  new quilting terminology like the word Hoochy.

I have also  finished the Secret Garden pincushions which came in a kit which I won from Anthea a while ago.These ended up being a good size pincushion at 7 inches square.

Now I had better go and search out some backing for the chicken quilt. What are you sewing this week?

Happy days.
Bev C