Another mixed bag

So, a couple different things to show you…

Yesterday, I went out for lunch. It doesn’t happen often these days, but up here in north Queensland we don’t seem to have any Covid-19 cases, so the sewing ladies of Days for Girls met to catch up on Christmas, the holidays and forthcoming events. Precautions were taken and distance maintained, barcodes were scanned, forms filled in and lunch orders were taken and arrived……… eventually.

It did take a long time for the food to arrive. But when it did, it was worth it.

Sourdough toast with a mountain of free range scrambled egg, mud crab and thinly sliced chilli on a bed of baby spinach, topped with sriracha hollandaise. A reverent silence was maintained.

This, plus the Dowager and Aunty Marion inviting themselves over for lunch today (and arriving at 10.30am!) chewed into my planned sewing time rather, but I did get this project finished in time to post about it today. It’s another Jocelyn Proust furnishing fabric, sold as a pair of 20 inch panels to make into a cushion cover. It was in the Spotlight remnant bin because someone had slipped with the cutting out and demolished part of the border. I love the colour scheme, and the birds are such fun!

And finally, the early stages of a future ScrapHappy project (but not tomorrow’s, I fear). I wanted a large bench mat for the kitchen. I currently use a tea towel for setting out the Husband’s work food supplies: Thermos flask of boiling water and two travel mugs of hot coffee, one of hot home-made soup; milk for future tea or coffee; a banana and two apples, sliced soft fruit or grapes; a bit of cheese and some trail mix. But I’d like something a bit more padded to protect the bench from hard edges and boiling water spills, so I’m going to make a large mat, 30 x 16 inches.

I’ll probably also make another, smaller one for assembling the packed supplies so he can put them in his bag quickly and efficiently. Anything to make things run more smoothly at 2.30am… I picked lots of pale and mid-grey scraps to stand out against the dark acacia butcher-block bench top, whilst at the same time being soothing and not to bright for scarcely-open sleepy eyes. Now all I have to do is press and trim them and start sewing.

Something completely different for ScrapHappy Day tomorrow, though!

43 thoughts on “Another mixed bag

  1. cedar51 says:

    how great to get out with friends, and then have others for lunch – love the cushions and look forward to seeing the new bench mat.

    here to across the ditch we can do “cafe catchups” but I’m truly under the weather and most of my trips have been about seeing the medical people and because I’m not crash hot, cabs too and from…

    as for me doing anything crafty, that’s been almost zilch as my concentration mode wasn’t with me. I did sew around some of the paper collages that showed on my blog a bit back; the knitting is slowly progressing BUT the big thing is that my sewing machine is now in here, as I discovered the old table she as on – is falling apart and I don’t want to hear a crash and see a broken machine!

    • katechiconi says:

      I truly do appreciate how lucky we are here, especially when I consider that in the UK, where much of my family is, the infection rate is 1 person in 50. Still, I wouldn’t want to do it often, and I shall be staying a bit apart from other people for a while. Plus, of course, we’re all scanning Q-codes and filling in forms and keeping our Covid-tracker phone software open. Fingers crossed your sewing machine is now on a safe and strong surface!

      • cedar51 says:

        Machine is now on what is deemed work/dining table – but many other things had to move – like in WIP bits and bits that were just sitting here.

        The naughty table is still in the back room, it shall be removed to the shed, when I feel up2it.

        Yes, we at the bottom of the big world, seem to be doing well during the pandemic – our powers to be, keeping an eye on the situation and reminding us to what we personally need to do. I noted that they said if you were travelling around NZ over the summer, to take supplies of certain things like meds, as lockdowns will come in fast if necessary.

        Apparently Singapore is doing well, as well…according to one of my blogging friends who lives there.

  2. Marty K says:

    Wow! 2:30 in the morning! That’s even earlier than “the butt-crack of dawn.” I totally understand the two coffees!

    Love the pillow — especially the front and back being slightly different. Are those stylized Cockatoos and Bottle Brush?

    Glad you got to see your friends and have a delicious meal. We’re in the middle of one of the highest COVID areas, so our food bubble is VERY small and we’re not leaving the house unless it’s necessary. My back’s finally a little better, so I’m hoping I can start cooking more again (getting tired of sandwiches, salads, and eggs with the occasional take-out from a couple locally-owned places).

    • katechiconi says:

      The birds on the front are galahs, pink and grey cockatoo-family birds, and the flowers on the back are banksias rather than bottlebrush; protaceae rather than myrtaceae. I really enjoyed lunch yesterday as I haven’t been out for ages, and the meal was certainly nothing i’d ever make for myself. Lunch today was simpler, roast chicken and ‘rainbow salad’: red pepper, carrot, roasted squash, zucchini, blue cheese and red cabbage for the purple, dressed with ‘baconnaise’ (mayo with smoked paprika), plus fresh seeded sourdough and butter.

  3. Ohhh that cushion is so beautiful… I love the back more 😍
    Your scrappy mat looks very interesting… I just finished my post for tomorrow so u will see my scrappy project over the last couple of days.
    Your mat has definitely given me another idea with mote scraps.
    Meanwhile one of my friends has asked me to make a runner for her dining table and coffee table… so decided on white … black and white print and hot pink as she loves pink too … once I gave the pieces cut I’ll be doing the pinwheel pattern as she loved it.
    But before I get started on that I need to finish my quilt 🥺

  4. Cas says:

    Well done on surviving the jojnt assault! 😂 You work is beautiful as always.😍

    • katechiconi says:

      The talking was Industrial-strength, and a bit like watching Wimbledon… I enjoy having them here, it was just the early arrival that threw me! Glad you like the cushion, it’s adding a smile in the corner of the living room 🙂

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    What a wonderful pack up your chap has, and now it’s own special cloth. A great scrappy project for sure. I am envious of being able to go out for lunch, I vaguely recall what that felt like! And you had visitors inside your home. Long may it continue for you.

  6. tialys says:

    Ladies that lunch! What a fond memory. When I left France in November I only managed to meet two friends to say goodbye in person and that was in the car park of Lidl’s wearing masks and parking next to each other with our window down so we could chat safely.
    We have a much lower rate of infection than 1 in 50 in the South West I believe but hopefully, with the vaccine being rolled out now, the figures should improve all over. If not, I don’t know what they’ll do next. Bizarrely, take-aways are still allowed so we had a really good curry the other night and the portions were so generous, we put the left overs in the fridge and had it again the next night.
    Love the cushion and the preparation pad. If you’ve got to get up at 2.30 a.m. might as well make it as pleasant an experience as possible.

    • katechiconi says:

      Stay safe. I reckon if you’re OK, my brother outside Glastonbury is probably safe too!
      One of the good things about being an expat in Australia is that you can also get superb curry here, and we *always* have enough left that I can make another meal from the leftovers.

  7. I would SO like to be able to go out for lunch – things here do feel rather depressing.
    Anyway, I love that cushion – such fun fabric.

  8. Emmely says:

    2.30 AM! I am already deeply unhappy when my kids wake me up at that time and then I try to remind myself that it’s a phase that will pass hopefully sooner than later…. A bag with different pockets for each item that needs to be packed might be useful too. You then just have to make sure all spots contain an item and you’re ready!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, he has a method for packing and a place for everything in his bag. He’s been doing this job for 10 years and I have been provisioning his day (or night) for 8 of them! Which is probably the single reason I can get all that stuff ready on time at that hour of the morning; I’m on autopilot!

  9. Heartening to know you and fellow Aussies are safe, visiting, and patronizing restaurants. Surely that’ll happen some day for those of us in the U.S. still hanging on to the edges while the rest of the country slides into the abyss.

    • katechiconi says:

      We have had the advantage of leaders who took the threat seriously from Day 1, and a population not so much wedded to their rights as recognising their responsibility to their fellow citizens. We have our share of crazies, but when our state premier imposed a sudden full lockdown for three days on our state capital because of a sudden breakout, everyone understood why and cooperated. And it worked. 10 months in, our *total national deaths* are still fewer than 1,000, thank God.

  10. mlmcspadden says:

    Love the fabrics in the pillow and how it turned out! i like how you inserted the zipper in the back. Might hav to do something like that with the memory pillow commisison I have in house at present.
    And yeah for being able to go out to lunch. the bench mat will be lovely and useful when completed.

    • katechiconi says:

      I used the same process on an earlier pillow but with a lower-contrast fabric. I don’t like zippers on the edge of a pillow, they inevitably catch, and as the pre-printed panels had no extra fabric, this is a neat way of binding the cut edges and providing fabric behind the zipper to attach it to. Enclosing the zipper ends also makes the opening nice and neat. This was a fun, quick project.

      • Moira says:

        The memory pillow I’m working on is from a knit polo shirt….I’m thinking it’ll have to be a zipper (normally just do an envelope style). how to insert is still being mulled over.

      • katechiconi says:

        Is the stretch the issue, or how much fabric you have available, or the construction?

  11. mouthwatering lunch!
    Love the fabric – what a happy cushion!

  12. tinaor says:

    Envious that you could meet up with anyone – and lunch out – I so look forward to that when lockdown is ended here in the UK . Lunch sounded good apart from the crab (not my taste, sorry!) Pretty cushion, love the zip insert, like that it almost shows it off rather than hides it.

  13. Adding another foodie travel item to my Queensland list… and I know the company will be good. Good grief, I don’t know how you do 2.30 am but organisation and a mat for bench protection-noise reductiin! would be very necessary. Lovely cushions ♡

  14. magpiesue says:

    I love the birds on that pillow! And of course the mat(s) will be fabulous. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      There is an Australian saying, which is that someone is “as silly as a galah”, because they are the clowns of the avian word, doing antics on phone lines and larking about on bird feeders. I think she’s captured that perfectly in the fabric!

  15. rutigt says:

    Love the fabrics on the cushion! Beautiful!

  16. Sharon says:

    Oh that lunch looks delicious but I am still dreaming of being able to get together with friends for lunch and you also pack a mean lunch too 🙂 The mat is lovely and the perfect colors too.

  17. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow for the cushions !! Glad to hear there is not much covid over there. Enjoy !!

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