Sooooooo ........ What has been accomplished with my stitching projects whilst travelling? You will recall from a previous post that I packed a small box with hand stitching projects including one or two from the Dreaded Drawer 3 list of UFOs (actually I prefer to call them PiPs).
When I sat down and looked at the projects I had managed to complete, I rather surprised myself (and the OWO!,). The wall hanging, 'Miracles by Appointment ' -- that was a fun project -- was completed,
and I completed all the embroidered pieces for the other 'wall-hanging', "Written in Thread" -- not sure what I am going to do with the latter as the individual pieces are not the same size as the original pattern! -- but it was an accomplishment anyway.
|"Written in Thread" embroidered pieces|
Now some of you with sharp eyes may have noticed that the 'Miracles' wallhanging has been FULLY completed, with fabric sashings, backing, binding, and machine quilting. How you may ask, did I achieve that when we left home without my trusty Brother (machine that is)? Well, here's the story.
At the end of April, around ANZAC day, we travelled from Cloncurry to Townsville for our annual stopover at the Pera Court Hilton, before travelling onto Nairana for our Caretaking commitment. I look forward to this annual sojourn as I get 'girl time ' with my beautiful "sewing sister", Miss Carmel. We have a wonderful time - card making, stitching, shopping, chatting, and going to lunch-- leaving the 'boys' to their own devices.
|"Stitching Sister", Miss Carmel|
|Girls Day Out|
As there is no radio, television, or internet at Nairana I usually spent my evenings, and 'rest' days, hand stitching, reading and writing. Bonus this year -- I had a new 'toy' to play with and At the end of the first week I had made some small items using some of the fat 1/4s purchased in Townsville.
|A new scrappy block|
|Mug huggers and mug rug - no iron!|
1. No iron -- ever made blocks for a table runner or placemats omitting the pressing stage? Trust me, finger pressing just doesn't cut the mustard!
2. There was now a fabric shortage -- never occurred to me that I would need more fabric for the month at Nairana. Nearest fabric shop? -- Clermont - 168 kms away!
Miss Carmel and the lovely Paddington Bear to the rescue! They had decided to make a short visit to Nairana and would not only bring us top up grocery supplies but if I sent a list with a working budget, Miss Carmel would bring me fabric and an iron to boot. Not only did she bring the required items but there was a bonus box of fabrics handed over from her own stash -- many pieces of which you can see in the finished items below.
|An Australiana runner - maybe a Xmas gift?|
|Reverse Australiana runner|
|Red, white & black table runner|
|Reverse using scraps for RW&B|
I am very happy with my table runners that will be added to my Christmas gift box of goodies.
Before I close off my post I would like to show you a couple of photos of the little vest I made for our youngest grandson who turned one at the beginning of March. I used two different fabrics and the vest is completely reversible.
|London front view|
|London view back|
|Back view 1|
|Front view 1|
Next post I will have something different to show you. Until then --
Hugs - and - Happy stitching!