28 February, 2011

February is over already???

But where did February get too. Ok, the reason it went by so fast is because it is a short month right. Of course it is. That's the reason.

I've been keeping a low profile really. Trying to fit in a few things like the crochet, sewing & all the other things in the craft space of my brain. Unfortunately Baby Brain has taken over & the craft space part is shrinking. Oh well, I get to spend more time on the couch with the kid(s). lol BJ loves getting in cuddle time on the couch at rest time.
There was some bad weather the other weekend, so Stu along with the help of BJ got a bit of painting in. Ok, don't look too closely at the horrid orange that is our garage including the ceiling. Well actually the ceiling is whiteish now along with half the walls. Just waiting for the next weekend of rain to finish up I suppose.

I have been working on a little crochet. Just about finished the baby blanket. On the second last ball of yarn at the moment so it won't be far off so stay tuned for that one. In between I have done some dishcloths again. I have been taking these out & about & just doing them inbetween times when it is still too warm for sitting under the ever growing baby blanket. I have to edge the pink & red ones still but by needlecase had gone AWOL but I have just spotted it so can now sew the ends in & put some edges on. I am making these up for possible fundraising stall in a while. I'll see if they end up there or they will make good gifts again.

Hope all is good in your world.

17 February, 2011

The Week At A Glance

Lots of fun at the local play gym... I think this will be a common place to visit from now on. BJ just went flat out for 2.5 hours. I got to watch & crochet for that time. Ahhh... bliss... nice for the both of us. He's growing up. He doesn't need mum's help so much for things like this anymore!

Friendly neighbours are very common right now

The baby blanket I started a couple of weeks ago is still growing. This is 4 balls (100g) so far. Getting hotter to sit under now though so may go in the pile with the Rainbow Ripple blanket.

The zucchinis are abundant. Luckily I have a Stuart that likes to cook & has been hunting for some fabulous recipes using it. This is one of my favourites & it doesn't need cooking! Too easy & great in this humid weather. So very tasty too, which you wouldn't expect from something so simple, but often we find out that simple is best.

Working on dishcloths/washcloths again to build up a stock for later on...

I have also made another Babushka doll (which proved to be much liked - thanks Jana!), sewn a couple of little teddy bears which aren't so cute after all. Not a lot more going on. Our regular yearly programming starts next week. We'll see if I get a bit more motivated to do some other stuff then.

03 February, 2011

A Quilt In A Day

Yesterday morning BJ was sleeping in & I had a sudden urge to make this quilt. It is a cheating kind of quilt but does that matter really? The fabric is Beetle Boy from Clothworks. We got it in a couple of weeks ago at work & I really had to have some. The quilt top was cheating as it is just the fabric as is. No cutting, piecing or anything. I just got 1.5m of the top & backing & basted them while BJ slept yesterday. Too easy. He gave me a hand quilting the top later on. I did machine quilt it. I just followed the lines. How easy is that. I used a clear thread on the top & red underneath.

Below you can see the beetles up close & then I have pulled the back up so show the red with yellow dot backing fabric from the range I used. I just love the stripe that I used for the binding. I actually got the stripe originally to make a hat for BJ. I still have enough left I think. I got the strip & one of the blue bugs from the collection for the other side of his hat. I will probably get that done in time for winter! lol I am a bit scared of the hat, though I should try. I am sure it can't be that hard. Anyway, the hat is beside the point. Back to the quilt - I think I spent longer hand sewing the binding on than the rest of it took. What a great way to make a quilt though. If you need a quilt in a hurry this is the way to go. I don't need one in a hurry at all, I just had the sudden urge to make one. It was actually good practice too as I haven't done any for a while & I sure could do with a lot more practice. My binding corners aren't too shabby all things considered! lol This will probably hang up at work for a couple of weeks. I told BJ that it was going there anyway, so he didn't try to claim it like he does with everything I make.

So there you go. Now I can get back to the other list of things I have that I want to do. No doubt there will be new fabric at work that I need again soon. If it is true that there is going to be a worldwide cotton shortage, run out & buy a bunch of fabric now before the prices go up.