Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

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

Monday, May 25, 2015

"Rose Woolen Blanket and Paris Stitch-along."


Happy Monday.;

 This woolen blanket has been a UFO for quite a few years. I had made a start on the machine embroideries and left it at that.

I think the problem was I was nervous every time I was embroidering it. I was still nervous last week when the machine was sewing the extra designs that are from the designer Sue Box..

 So instead of doing the embroidering straight onto the fabric. I decided to find some rose quotes and embroider them onto rose fabric.

 I even put some  hearts on the back of the blanketing along with a label. These were made smaller and placed behind the hearts on the front. These were a bit of a test run when it came to choosing thread colours. As the blanketing is quite thick I was able to blanket stitch around the edges and the thread didn't show up on the other side.  I chose some calico fabric for the binding.

I recently joined in a Cross Stitch-along that is being run by Kat. There were several different designs to choose from. I chose the Eiffel Tower.This is part one.

Now I wonder what is next on my "to do" list.

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Eclosion de rose/Blooming rose."


Yesterday I put the final few stitches on the large flower of the "Eclosion de rose" cross stitch.

This was a free pattern from the DMC site.

The blooms do look very realistic.

Can't wait to get this one framed.

 I had a "happy moment" this morning. I received a lovely rose themed Mother's Day card from Bobbie Lynn.

It is now next to my sewing machine so I can admire it some more, then I will use it as a bookmark for my rose books. Thanks so much Bobbie Lynn it was lovely to receive some mail sent with love.

 The olive pickling is an ongoing process at the moment. This lot is from the tree down the front. Had to do a ring around for big containers.

 I finally got the hems done on the little premmie dresses which I made last month. They have been posted and received.

Pink Seduction has to be one of the best roses for repeat flowering and the blooms lasting a long time in the vase. These blooms were picked at the beginning of last week and are still going strong.

It was so lovely to stay inside on the weekend and listen to the rain falling. The garden and tanks certainly needed it. Couldn't put a spade into the ground on Friday now it is all lovely and soft.

This week I will be working on another rose themed project. This one is from my pre blogging days. There has been a long wait for this UFO to be finished. Have you got any/many projects hiding in your home?

Happy days.
Bev C

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"The perfect Mother's Day present for your children."


Happy Mother's Day,

This year I decided to give a little gift to each of my children.

 I am sure they will appreciate the time it took to stitch out each tea towel.

Nearly an hour of stitching in each towel.

I was attracted to the rose in this design by Urban Threads.

 The words I fell in love with!

I also stitched up a hand towel for the kitchen with a design that I have had for many years.

Total cost of this years presents for my children $4.00 for a pack of towels. Their reaction will be priceless.

Have a great day.

Happy days.
Bev C