Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Australia Day!

                                                             from yesterday's newspaper              

Friday, January 23, 2015

une poche

A friend of mine asked me to make a little thing-y
so the could keep her mobile phone handy
and still have her hands free.
Just what I have been meaning to make
for myself for ages.

I hand stitched it from remnants of silk kimonos 
and some lovely old glass buttons.
Now how long will it take me to make one for me?

Monday, January 19, 2015


You know how it goes...
the quilting is all done 
so you have to make the binding.
Measure and measure
and cut.
I wanted to use some stripey fabric from an old kimono
and if my maths is correct I need to cut 25 strips!

It's only 13'' from selvedge to selvedge.
And as I started to sew I  started to panic.
Doesn't seem like I have made enough...

And then I knock one of the dials changing the stitch and snap the needle.
Lucky I find a new packet of needles
Then the bobbin runs out.

It's done now
and my favourite bit...
hemming the binding.

Monday, January 12, 2015

still stitchng

I have spent this last week quietly stitching....
not much to say.
A quote from today:
"They tried to bring Paris to its knees
they bought Europe to its feet!"

I bought a new book though.
Last time Junko Oki publised a book I was too slow.
Not this time.

If you like stitching
it is fabulous!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

and stitching

How is your year shaping up?
We are planning a few things this year 
but so far I am starting off slowly...

 All the stitching is done on this darling.
Another slow quilt:
unpicked Futon covers,
all the fluff picked off,
washed and ironed
and cut into 1287 pieces.
Not that many really ( just counted them)

With the new year began, I thought I might share a few more thoughts from this thoughtful book.

Learn something every day.
Every day, open your mind to something new.
It can come from natue, from others or from within.
Be aware.
Question the mundane.
Allow new things into your consciousness.
Relish the challenge.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


This is a nice time of year to do some quiet stitching



The more time I spend with this quilt

the more I like it.....


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas: the guilty season.

I have been thinking tonight about all the phone calls  I wish made in the last few days.
 As the cards arrived in the letter box I have been wishing I started on the cards earlier.
Christmas again and I wish I had got in touch with my friends more often this year.
We have all had our ups and downs this year.
I hope there have been more ups than downs.
I also think you can only do so much.
I try not to spread myself too thin but rather be thorough in what I can do,
Taking care of what  I must.

even if you haven't heard from me,
 I am thinking of you,
Wishing you all the best,
and hoping you stay safe.