Monday, November 26, 2007

Heather Ross Buses

Thanksgiving turned out to be a very nice event this year. We celebrated with two other American couples that live in town here and had the usual Thanksgiving food. Hard to imagine that in the size town we live in there are this many Americans! We were lucky too that the weather cooperated and gave us rain instead of hot hot weather like it had been last week during shearing.

Yesterday I spent the day trying to figure out how to make a shirt. I made this for my best friend's son for Christmas and really tried hard to work out how to make it as neat as possible. I had been told that collars are tricky things, so now I understand what it is all about. I love the way this turned out and I love Heather Ross's fabrics. I love the nostalgia of them and how each fabric reminds me of something of growing up in the 70's. This one happens to be of VW buses. I remember going to the VW car dealership (my mom always drove a Rabbit) when I was a kid and my brother and I loved looking at the buses and dreaming about how cool it would be to travel around in one of them. We never had one though...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Farm Life

Since we are in the middle of shearing time, I thought I would share with you a few pictures of life here around the farm.

This is the original farmhouse that was built way back when. We only use it as a shed house now, but it is interesting to imagine what it would have been like to live in it.
Here are the sheep just Before they head in the shed to be shorn!

This is how the sheep look right after they have been shorn. These ones are waiting to be counted before heading back to their lovely green grass.

We have space for only three shearers on the board. Here they are working hard keeping the wool flying!

This is dh working hard at skirting and classing the wool. The wool classer is top man in the shed and doesn't dh like to let us know it!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Carpet Bag

Today I worked on this little carpet bag from a pattern by Indygo Junction. I had fun using up scrap pieces from when I made my Toile quilt. I still don't have the metal frame in this, but I have it ordered. I do hope the frame goes in easily enough. The pocket is the perfect size and shape to hold in a cell phone (I still don't own one myself). Anyway, I have more toile scraps to make more of these...

More Cd Boxes

I have to admit that I am glad these are now finished. I wasn't very enthusiastic with the final product because the inside fabric is not very taut, but I am happy to have them to store our CD's that are starting to pile up.

Friday, November 16, 2007

CD Box

Ohhh, I just finished this CD box this morning with some fabrics from Amy Butler's Nigella line. I got the pattern from her In Stitches book, but I am not convinced it is the greatest pattern. Hmmm... The inside fabric doesn't lie well within and even though I carefully hand stitched the inside I am not quite satisfied with it. I have already cut out fabric to make 3 more of these, so I will try and finish those. I guess once the CD's are inside I basically like the effect. Onward!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pillows in Progress

It seems like it would be an easy thing to do, but making these pillows is going to be a Huge job. You see two finished pillows in this bunch here on the couch, but still a fair few yet to finish here. The reason it is such a big job is that I am stuffing them with wool from our sheep. This job involves hand washing the fleeces, then drying each washed fleece and then carding the wool(combing and fluffing it out) before stuffing each pillow. Each pillow has one kilogram of washed wool in it, so they are very full and solidly stuffed. The two I have finished so far are the yummiest pillows I have ever felt and will last a long time so I think the effort is worthwhile, though painfully tedious.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Kitchen Table and Cushions Done!

Ohhh, I had been struggling with this for a while, trying to figure out which fabric and how I would make the cushions for our kitchen table. I finally settled on a Stone colored fabric from Amy Butler's Nigella line since I have decided to do my pillow cushions in the same fabric as well. I think it will help bring a cohesiveness to the open one room space of our house. I am also looking forward to finally getting a rug to go under the table as well when we go up to Sydney next month. In general I have been moving at a snail's pace in getting our house filled out, I like to take my time and decide exactly what I want. So, I am happy to finally have this little project finished today...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bird Bags

Have birds always been a popular design for fabric? It seems like there is a craze for bird fabrics these days, I absolutely love them! These travel bags are done in Joel Dewberry's Aviary line and Moda's Blossom line. I am working on more of the same bag today---I am get faster!

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