Bee, Myself and I # 36

Just one more to go 🙂

This is Block 29. Another gorgeous fabric from Philip Jacobs for Westminster Fabrics. One of my most favourite fabric designers. I got this one done during my Melbourne trip and after – I took two with me but that was overly hopeful, I was having waaaay too much fun to get both done. I’ve got this done and scheduled well in advance because I know that right now I’ll be in the middle of demolishing things, making lists, deciding where power points should go, etc.

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

Till next time.


ScrapHappy February

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

This month, I’ve got something to show you. I’m making hexie flowers for a memory quilt from the scraps generated by Days for Girls and this month I halted flower production and started sewing them together. It’s one of those jobs you can do mindlessly in the evenings when you haven’t the energy for anything more mentally demanding.

All but the two flowers at bottom right are sewn in. I still have a whole boxful of them to be added, so it’s not going to be finished any time soon! The quilt is called Days gone By, because all the scraps are from fabrics used by Days for Girls for their kits.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

See you again, same time next month!

Bee, Myself and I # 35

And another one to add to the growing pile 🙂

This is Block 28. Just as No 27 was very appropriate for Christmas, this one is equally appropriate for now, as the colours are perfect to go with my colour choices for F2F – and February is my month!  I’ve chosen soft greys and lilacs, and you can be sure that the rest of the hat box fabric will be going into the fabric pull for my F2F blocks.

Two more blocks to go after this one. February is crazy (moving house, trip to Melbourne, working on ITAA month). So I reckon I might just be in a position to start assembling this quilt in around April. If I think of it, I’ll take the last two blocks with me as handwork for the trip to Melbourne – there’s a lot of hanging around in airports and I’ll need some evening handwork for the days we’re there. You never know, I might actually get them done!

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

Till next time.


I’m dancin’, I’m groovin’, I’m smilin’ 🙂

Gone are the dark clouds…

The gloom has lifted, and it looks very much like we’re getting our new house after all. We both spent hours digging out papers, printing stuff out, putting together loads of financial information, and it’s been worth it. We have ‘in principle’ approval of a loan that’ll enable us to buy it without condemning us to a life of bread and water forever, and by the original settlement date. We just have to wait for a valuation and for full confirmation. And of course, for the funds to arrive in the bank….

Enjoy a classic, y’all: Jimmy Cliff: I can see clearly now




Decisions, decisions…

If it’s the beginning of January, it must be time for new glasses.

Every year since I turned 45, I’ve needed a new optical prescription. My already long sight is getting longer and longer, to the point where I can’t see the type on this blog at all without specs. My health insurance rolls over at the beginning of the year, and I tend not to delay getting a new pair because by that time I really need the upgrade. My triple progressive lenses are not cheap, but they’re vital to getting through life without bumping into things!

My other problem is frames. I have a wide head, and because of the progressive lenses, I need a large lens. My face also seems to demand an assertive frame style. Sunglass frames are the answer. I’ve found frames that are comfy and have a large enough lens. But they’re Boring. Black. Blah. There’s a great place up north in Cairns who’ll paint your frames for you. They do a beautiful job, are reasonably priced, and have a really good colour range. I’ve had navy, red and raspberry pink so far, but don’t really want to repeat myself.

So, here’s where I need your help. There are four colours I really love, but I’m finding it impossible to choose which one. I’m opening a poll to get your vote on which one to get. You get an option to suggest something completely different if you want to.

Too much choice… Any of these colours would be fine, they’re all in my wardrobe and would look good with what I wear. All would be fun with my now very grey hair. All would be bright enough to help me find my glasses if I put them down and can’t find them again 🙂

Thanks for your help!

‘Tis the season…

…. to get blowy.

And sure enough, here comes Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen. He’s not as big or as slow as TC Debbie, but he’s a bad boy, and just for a change, he’s projected to take an unusual path from west to east rather than the more normal east to west.

Currently he’s crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria, heading for Far North Queensland’s west coast. Once over land, he’s forecast to track south west over land, down the east coast of the state, hitting Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, losing power as he goes.

We’re watching things very carefully, to see what actually happens. Things can change quickly, and while heavy rain and strong, destructive winds are inevitable in some form, it can all pivot on a direction change of just a few degrees. We have a plan of escape if things start getting nasty, stuff on the lower levels of the house is stored on shelves or in plastic tubs, and at the end of the day, we have insurance.

Meanwhile, I’m spending some quality time with the sewing machine, to see if I can get Go Teal it on the Mountain finished. It stops me compulsively flicking through the TV weather forecasts and constantly checking the Bureau of Meteorology updates online.

…. deck the halls with dripping rainwear, falalalala lalala

SAL #72: a big fat zero

That’s how much stitching I’ve managed to achieve this time round.

Too many other projects on the go, a deadline that should have been OK if I hadn’t been wiped out by the past week of jury service but is now becoming acute, and a back that is once again giving me a lot of trouble. Sorry people, I’ve had to let the tapestry fall by the wayside this time.

Do go and look at all the lovely work the others have produced. If you don’t see a post straight away, try again later – we’re a scattered bunch, all in different time zones.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnn, JessSue,
CindyHelenStephLindaHeidiJackie, Sunny,
HayleyMeganCatherine, DeborahConnie
and Clare

The next SAL is due on 23rd December, right before Christmas. Let’s hope I have something to show then!