Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The Poorly Quilt

The last couple of days I have been mending this:

I made this quilt for my son, when he moved from the cot to a big bed.  I freely admit that my quilt making skills are not the best and this is the first quilt I ever made, however it did the job and at some stage made the move to my daughter's bed where she shared it with the dog. Unfortunately one of the fabrics I used totally fell apart, at first I just patched or oversewed the rips but then it reached the stage where it was just one big mess so I chucked it in the cupboard and ignored it.

The other day I pulled it out to use as a picnic rug as I thought we might as well use it and it couldn't really  be wrecked any more than it was. Since then it has been lying on the sofa while my daughter talked about how it was her favourite quilt (we won't mention that it's her only quilt) so I decided to bite the bullet and try and mend it.  I have used up every reel of blue thread I own and found that I don't have many blue cottons in my fabric stash, but the poorly quilt is now not so poorly and ready to return to my daughter's bed, where I shall ignore the dog sleeping on all my hard work.

Monday, 12 September 2011

My new necklace

Made using the instructions for the Horizontal figure of eight chain necklace in 
Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery by Suzie Millodot
The necklace is just knotted at the back as my cord was a bit thicker than recommended so I couldn't thread it through any necklace clasps I had,  the figure of eight chain is also a bit shorter as I ran out of cord. 
It's another month already, Christmas will be here before we know it.  However there are ninety billion weeks of Rugby World Cup to get through before then, or maybe it just seems like that. Non-related rugby activities have been occurring though.  I made another zipper purse and another birthday card.
And on Saturday we went to a birthday party at the Botanic Gardens. No pictures of the party but here are some of the sculptures around the place.
Butterfly - Llew Summers


Campsite - Peter Lange
And some of the wildlife.