4 pineapple blocks have been done. The corner blocks will be quilted blocks and the green gum fabric will have applique toucans. The rainbow will be added to the unicorn middle block, all the requests on the quilt.
Aussie Hero laundry bag. A quilt will be made to go with this, A fun challenge too. Request is as follows, Laundry bag, Hot pink, toucan and pineapples. The quilt is just as colourful too. More on that later.
Another Aussie Hero quilt finished. I surprised myself when I got another one done. I did not think I could do it with all the Christmas stuff I needed to do, but I did! This one is due to be posted in January so it will be lovely to get it in the post this afternoon. Yesterday was my daughters birthday and on that day is when I go around to my favourite shops and hand out my hand made gifts to thank them for all the lovely service they have given me throughout the year. A very fun day indeed.
This is the start of my next quilt for Aussie Heroes. This one is due in January, the first one of the year. Things have slowed down for the moment as now my husband has retired we are tackling household jobs so I do not have as much time as I have had. Fixing taps, painting the house etc.
Yesterday I had the most wonderful experience. Meeting one of my Aussie Hero recipience and his lovely family. He wanted to thank me personally and so we had lunch in Eltham coffee shop next to the library. To hear how uplifting these gifts are for them first hand is truly humbling. A day I will remember for a very long time. Thank you for your service. What a lovely family!
I had a phone call last week, a friends friend was downsizing and had these clowns for a charity she is involved with. These were the finished ones and she had some cut out to sew along with some other dolls and clothes. She is unable to do them so I have said that I will take them on for her. Clowns actually freak me out, but as it is for charity I will have to get over it. I have 8 of them to do.
This is what I am doing today, Making pouches for the Aussie Hero playing cards I bought a week ago.
On facebook a friend told me that her Spotlight had dressmaking and quilting fabrics reduced to $2 a metre, so I went out today to see if my local had the specials too, They did! All their orange sticker fabric are $2 a metre. This is the lot that I bought, Some oddments but most of them are 3 metres of each. I spent a whopping $195 and when I got home I added up the original prices and that would have set me back $881 saving a total of $686. Now that is a good shop!
That is not the best bit though! Chatting with other customers in the queue I was able to hug a mum of an Aussie Hero quilt recipient, I gave her 2 hugs, one for her and one for her daughter. The quilts mean so much to them.
We have a new washing machine! After so many years of having a top loader that did nothing except for spin and everything having to be washed by hand, the spinner just stopped working, Had someone come out and tell us that it would not be worth fixing we browsed the internet, chose our model, went to the Good Guys last night and bought one. It got delivered today and fitted and the old one taken away. Happy days indeed!
Aussie Hero quilt request. Purple, pink, dogs and flowers.
Originally I was going to have a break from making quilts as I was not well, Now I am feeling better I feel I have the energy to take on another one. These are the colours I am going to work with.
If you look closely you will see that the green and white fabric is doggy, I will be using this for the leaves (applique) the pink and purple fabric will be flowers (applique). Quilt as you go blocks.
I have cut out all the pattern pieces for the cat purse I blogged about in my last post. This one is going to be donated to the Christmas party raffle for A.C.D.A. Grey wool outer and cream textured inner. I think that the more conservative colours will make it a wider appeal
This is the colours I will be making my bag out of.
I am really enjoying Tunisian crochet at the moment. Another baby blanket in the making.
This is the link to the You Tube video tutorial.
I have been out of action for a little while, Just pure exhaustion to tell the truth, I have had to get myself back on track. Making small thank you gifts for Spotlight and Savers staff for all the lovely service this year. Getting my sleeping pattern back to normal is a slow process.
This is a delightful free pattern for a kitty bag I plan on making for myself, this is the link.
I will be making mine in purple.
While I was out today with my husband doing the weekly shop, I keep my eye out as always for things suitable to put into the Aussie Hero packages. This is what I bought today, Crossword puzzle books wrapped $2 each and the cards are plastic coated full sized for 2 packs for $2. This should keep going for a while. Each parcel will have either a pack of cards or a crossword book added to their parcel.
This is the last Aussie Hero quilt I will be making this year. The request is for Orange and black and the family names. They have black cat and an American Staffy. I have made some simple shapes and will be appliqueing them down on a white background.
This is the time of year when I am gearing up to make all my Christmas thank you gifts for all my friends. Those in the cloth doll club Christmas Party (ACDA). The staff of Spotlight South Morang, the lovely people in the Post office and the staff of Savers for all their lovely service through out the year. (about 150 gifts to make). So I have done a round up of all my charity makes this year and I am happy with my progress. 54 quilts and 45 laundry bags for Aussie Heroes, 4 hobby horses for our local child care centre, A doll for a school in NSW. 12 sets of hats scarves and mitten sets for the homeless.