Cross-stitch, quilting, craft….

Archive for the ‘Tablecloths’ Category

Starting The New Year With A Giggle Or Three

I like to start my blog with a piccie….These are some ruby Swarovski Beads I’m adding to a Christmas wall hanging.

Do you ever have these kind of moments or is it just me????

Moment One

I was wearing a t-shirt with a line of glow in the dark writing the other night when I walked into a darkened room and wondered where the line of light was coming from.

Moment Two

I decided to make two litres of egg nog.  I used a measuring jug to measure out two litres of milk from a two litre milk carton.  This was the same night as Moment One…..No, the egg nog was not fortified.

Moment Three

A few minutes ago I was trying to figure out how to download photos from my new camera for the first time.  Up popped a picture of a very serious, familiar looking woman.   It was only when the image moved I realised that I’d turned on the webcam inadvertently and I was looking at myself.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and start to the New Year.  The Missus and I certainly did.  New Years Eve was particularly good, as we had both gone down a clothing size.  We celebrated with a new pair of bathers each.  (It was lovely to go swimming today wearing a pair of bathers which do not droop in inappropriate places.)  On New Years Day I completed a throw for the back of the settee……my first project for 2011.

I used a metre of cat fabric which I did not want to cut up….or leave in the stash.  A bit of cross hatching and that was that!

It is also part of a larger plan.  I’ve decided to give myself a shortish challenge to finish eleven UFOs in eleven weeks.  I’m almost hoping for some stinking hot weather over the next couple of weeks, so it will be too hot to go out anywhere and I can sit and sew all day.

I bought half a metre of the red fabric a few months ago without a project in mind.  I had an ‘aha!’ moment around Christmas time.  It was just what this small table needed to protect it from the budgie cage.

It was one of those fabrics which called out “take me home with you”!  It is not something I’d buy normally, but I just couldn’t resist.  I’ve always been partial to neutrals…black, white, cream, brown, tone on tone.  I took a guess that this one would work and I’m pleased to say it did.

The end of the year saw some therapeutic instant gratification with three simple mug rugs.  A simple project can really hit the spot sometimes, can’t it?

This mug rug for The Missus was a joint effort.  She picked the fabric and drew the swirls for me to machine quilt over.  When I first started quilting I hand quilted my projects.  I was also teaching myself how to use a sewing machine, so hand quilting was a good option.  I’m looking forward to hand quilting some new small projects this year.

I’m off to make tea….satay beef and rice.  I’ve only recently discovered how easy it is to make satay sauce……no more bottled stuff!  Have a lovely beginning of the New Year.

Hugz,

Sue

P.S.  This is potentially Moment Four –

One thing I can never remember is the name of Swarovski Beads.   I can see myself asking for some Schwarzkopf beads at the bead shop! lol

No Longer……

WAITING FOR GODOT.

Yesterday The Missus and I had a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We saw SIR IAN MCKELLEN in the Absurdist play Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett at His Majesty’s Theatre…here…in Perth…!!!!!!!   Just in case you are wondering who/what I’m blathering on about….He is the actor who played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, James Whale in Gods and Monsters,  also Magneto in  the X-Men trilogy…..and those are just a few of his roles!!!  The Missus and I have been admirers of his for many years, not only as an actor, but also as a gay activist.

We saw Miriam Margolyes a couple of years ago on stage (She played Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) which was fabulous.  Even knowing that she is gay (her preference to lesbian) didn’t have as much impact as seeing Sir Ian on stage….Partly I’ve enjoyed seeing him in other roles,  partly because he is a magnificent actor, partly because even though he is a slightly built man who doesn’t stand out WAS Estrogen and a big part is because he is a gay activist and activism has always been important to me.

Before the show we came across a “here today, gone tomorrow” book shop….Nothing over $20…including the Greek Cookbook which retails @ $50 (the other books were a LOT less….except the Crobot book, which I purchased at another shop).  That is my kind of shopping!

This bodem cosie started out life as a pair of fingerless mittens…..until the pieces bloomed when I washed them.  It was either make an offer to Andre the Giant….or find another solution!  I must remember to swatch!!!

I finished the top for the tablecloth today.  It is a Chinese coin purse joined with black strips.  We both love the look of it.  Lestat shot on top of it as soon as it went on, then off just as fast when he saw the camera come out!!!  We put it on the bed to get an idea of what the design would look like.  Seeing it on there confirmed my idea about making a bedspread using the same design.  The Missus suggested cream on cream instead of black, which I think would look good.  More slicing, dicing and stash diving soon!

I finished a top for a Halloween table runner this afternoon.  I’m looking forward to quilting it this afternoon.   I dug out the Stargazey Saw Tooth pattern from my stash for the blocks.

Here’s to a crafty filled week!!!!