The slow but certain turn towards winter is underway – the evenings are shorter; the nights are cooler; and daylight saving is about to end. The time is upon us to curl up under our favourite quilt and read a good book, watch a favourite movie, or have a cosy snuggle.
Need a new quilt?? Check out these beauties that I’ll have for sale at the Broke Twilight Market this coming weekend. Contact me if you would like to snap up one up for yourself this winter.
What Would Hazel Do?
Broke Village Market
I’m entering new territory in a few weeks’ time by having my first market stall. So the past few weeks have been filled with lots of quilt making and other sewing activities; thank goodness for family dinners so that I can focus on something different!! It’s an exciting time and it’s good to have some new experiences.
Big thank you to Jem Jones Photography for designing my signage and to my family for the encouragement to give this a go.
Here are some samples of some of my wares that will be available for sale at the Easter Twilight Market in Broke NSW. Check out the Broke Village Market on Facebook.
I’ve had two revelations this week.
Firstly, up until this week I’ve basted my quilt sandwich by hand, crawling around on the floor with pins and tape securing the elements. This would take ages to get the result I wanted. This week I discovered the wonders of basting spray. Oh my what a wonderful thing. It came together so quickly and there no pins or sore knees.
Secondly, I discovered that if I go slower I actually finish sooner. Sounds bizarre I know but especially when using a walking foot, slow and steady wins the race and has a better finish as well
So yes, I’ve been amazed this week and am getting a better product as a result.
All sewers have a stash of fabrics; some big, some overwhelming. For me it’s time to clear it out and make some space and bring some cosy comfort to someone. Here are a few snaps of some quilting projects that I’ve just started, and I can’t believe that these gorgeous fabrics have been in hiding for so long.
Stay tuned for progress updates over the coming weeks as I finish these and commence some others.
What do you do with a bag full of outgrown pyjamas? Chop them up of course and make a snuggly little quilt for these cold winter nights!
As many would appreciate our shape changes over the years and we find that a pattern needs to be tweaked more than it used to be. Gone is the day when I could whip up a pattern in an afternoon and only adjust the length. While sewing skills improve over time, I still struggle with adjustments for a full bust and curvy hips. But I now have a new friend, Hazel, who has come to the rescue.
Hazel is such a help, she tries on items any number of times without grumbling and doesn’t mind if it’s in various stages of construction or if she gets stuck with pins. Hazel is my new self-made custom dress-form.
I’d been thinking of a dress-form for some time and while I had considered a duct-tape version, I thought that there had to be something better. I came across the Bootstrap version when wandering through some favourite sewing U-Tube videos and felt encouraged to give it a go.
The process is quite straight forward. You select the type you want, enter in multiple measurements and, in my case, 20 minutes later I had a custom pattern for my own body double. The sewing took some time and the instructions are long but not difficult. Hazel sits very proudly in my sewing room and has been a great help with projects since.
If you are considering doing the same, below are the You-Tube videos that inspired me to give it a go and a link to the site. And before you ask I haven’t been sponsored; just sharing a good find with fellow sewers. Enjoy!
The construction process
Filling out her curves
Standing tall ready for action
How to Make
How to Make Detailed
It’s only seven (yes seven!!) weeks until Christmas. I have this vague list of things I want to make for gifts and realised today that firm action is required to firstly define this list and secondly to complete the list!!
My basket of projects awaits! Let’s get sewing
Up until the industrial revolution, the pace of change in the world had been fairly sedate. Since then and in particular since the end of World War II this pace accelerated and continues to accelerate.
I think upon the lifetime of Hazel, born at a time of horse and buggy and corsets; when Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson were at the height of their fame. There was a decade long drought across Australian and the stirrings of the trade union movement with the Shearers’ Strike and the formation of the world’s first Labor government (although short-lived). Her birth was in the midst of the constitutional conventions that would lead a few years later to Australian Federation and female emancipation. By the time she had passed away there had been two world wars, the moon landing, the motor car, television and the beginnings of the computer age.
Through all this the constancy of family and hard work remained steady; each with their own rewards. Life was simpler; you trusted in social institutions. You worked the land to feed your family and the community and ultimately to leave it in a good condition for the next generation to run. Farmers understand the concept of legacy; they understand that if you only take from the land eventually there will be no more to give. The land needs to be nurtured.
So what will be the legacy from current generations? Are we nurturing our land or our communities? Or have we become so greedy that we have lost sight of our legacy? When was the last time that our political or civic leaders were brave enough to put forward a vision for the future; beyond the next election or financial reporting cycle or their own lifetimes?
I yearn for some vision. I want to be inspired. I want to be engaged. I want our grandchildren to be at the centre of our decisions.
Do we really want a coal mine in the Liverpool Plains?
“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” ― David Brower
Yes I’ve been tardy with my blog and no I haven’t done any sewing to speak of in weeks. I’ve been a little distracted. Over the past weeks I’ve been focussed upon preparations for an overseas trip; that’s all I’ve been working on in my spare time. But trips to Paris, Amsterdam, London and Dublin can do that to you!!
If nothing else Hazel taught me to embrace all aspects of life, not just those moments behind the sewing machine. So perhaps my blog should reflect more than one aspect of a life lived. There is so much to experience, enjoy, share and love.
So I shan’t be doing much sewing for the next few weeks either. But I shall be aiming to share our adventure with you; stay tuned!!
It’s a bit sad! It’s too hot to sew, who’d of thought? We’ve had way too many days in the high 30’s (that’s over 100 in old money) and when it’s so hot I can’t sleep, can’t think and so can’t sew. Come on cool change? What’s it like where you are?