A grand daughter with a temperature saw me on 'Grandmother Duty' out at Logan. The skys were very threatening so I picked up the other girl from the day care centre so we would be safe at home before the storm hit. I had taken both the dogs with me, they have a dog also, and my dogs don't like storms but Choppy get angry at it and barks and barks. Chester found some dutch courage but Charlie hid under my legs.
The girls, who love storms, and I sat out on the back verandah to watch the show. I wasn't nearly as brave as the 2 & 3 years old. "Oh grandma just count after the lightening and you can see how far away it is", I was told. Only got to two when this lit up the skys. Time to move inside.
I was looking on the net this morning and I found some amazing photos. Including this one which was taken only a couple of blocks away from where the children and I were sitting on the verandah.
It took me ages to get home as there were accidents and flooded roads. All the trains had stopped because the lines were flooded and I must say I was glad to get home. Everyone was worried about me as it appears the storm was very bad around our home. Cars flooted away and a brick wall exploded when hit by lightening. Storm season has arrived.
Youhoo! it is done before the auction and the move. I was a bit worried about getting these pieces finished in time but I can now wrap up this bundle and have it on it's way.
The little bag is made from 1/2" hexagons and there are 112 of them in this piece. The pattern I used is an old one from Kimie's Quilts, which I don't think you can buy today. But, I found a very similar, (the same), pattern at Michelle's Patterns called Dumplings that you can download for free. There is a problem using hexagons with this pattern. I found that because of the thickness of the completed fabric top stitching the edge just didn't work. So you have to be careful stitching that zipper in place.
I bought a charm pack of Moda fabric so that all the colours blended well and the fabric was all the same weight. I then used the darker colours at the base working up the bag till all the light colours were at the top. Like a colour wash quilt.
I also placed a pearl bead at the end of the tassel so that it sat flat at the end of the zipper.
What I like about this pattern is that the bag opens wide and you can see what is in it.
I wrote about the pin cushion a couple of days ago. I got the design from Steekjes & Kruisjes and there is also a nice little tutorial there about how to do the beaded edges I have used.
The needle book and the scissor keeper are both my own design. The little scissor keeper is only 1" square and I stitched with one thread over one thread on a 32 count linen. Because it is so small I inserted a coin for the weight and stitched the edges closed. I think next time I will make it just a little bigger as I had to use a 10c coin and I think the 20c coin would have given it a bit of extra weight.
Well I got a copy of this book and then found that I had read it before. I read the words but didn't read the book so I read it again.
This time I read it with a deeper understanding of what it was saying and enjoyed it far more than at the first reading. My son had recommended it to me some time ago. They are some books that you should read more than once.
Only a few days now to the auction of our home. The market has slowed down so I don't think we will achieve the kind of price we would have liked but it is time to move on so as long as we can get our reserve, which is quite low, we will sell.
Life seems to be full of having the house looking good and going on walks whilst people look through. Not to good for stitching but I have some small cross stitch pieces I have been working on.
I found this pattern on a Dutch site " Steekjes & Kruisjes van Markjke" . This pattern was posted on the 1st of September, 2014. There are a number of easy pattern to be found here.
The other exciting thing to happen is my husband bought me a new phone. I just have to learn to use it now.