Thursday, July 31, 2014

Here's one I prepared earlier-

I have only been home for about 36 hours....

and knew jetlag (zzzzz.....) would hit me!

So I prepared "August",

way back in June!

It's been perfect weather for watching television, 

listening to music, playing cards

and eating chocolate, of course!

And here is the 'Winter Season' set...

with Spring very much anticipated!

Happy sewing!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Making Sand...wiches!

From fabric hamburger....

to rainbow sandwiches.....

to Scrappy Sandwich blocks!

Here's how I make them.....

STEP 1: Making the scrappy strips

The scrappy strips are 
made from a variety of scraps....

Each scrap is at least 3 and 1/2" long, and any width from 3/4" to about 2".

Try for a variety of widths to give the blocks interest.

Continue adding strips until each set is 3 and 1/2" in width 
and 10 and 1/2 " in length, 
trimming if necessary.

Then. white strips- 1 and 1/2" by 10 1/2"   are sewn to either side,

Make another 79!

I finger pressed across the centre of the white strip...

(I want the length of this edge to measure 5" when the corners are cut off. It will become obvious at the next stage)

then lined up my ruler at either end,

to give me the diagonal cutting line,

marking each point if required.

(You will notice the centre line of my ruler is parallel with the edge of block)

Cut triangles off each corner.

I'm using these for another fun project!-link here

My sewing machine cover is here


The distance across the top of the white strip 

should now measure 5"
(see below)

The solid contrast fabric is cut next.

I used about a yard and a quarter of this fabric

Cut 4 and 1/2" squares of the coloured solid fabric, in this case the sandy colour,

and cross cut them....

and attach the bias edge to either side of the white strips....

Press carefully 

Square this block to measure

7 and 3/8 inches 


Join four together, giving the block I call....

Scrappy 'Sand'wiches!

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.

Happy sewing!


PS If there are any questions please contact me at my email. Many of you are no-reply bloggers and I have no way of helping you!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Loving Lyon....

Wish you were here!

Happy days....


Friday, July 18, 2014

Really Random..the French version!

Are you sick of all my holiday snaps yet?

Just like Melbourne trams, just more efficient!

I'm not offended if you don't go any further....

We saw an art exhibition curated by Cheech Marin here
If you are interested,

Porte Cailhau

these are from Bordeaux...

the weather was terrible!

And from the Dordogne...

The Mr. canoeing on the river!

the weather was amazing!

Dare I say, 36C is a little hot...

to do too much!

Happy days!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...

The French version....

Saint Cirq Lapopie- France's most beautiful village!

Flaran Abbey- 11th century

The gite where we are staying in Salies De Bearn

Happy days!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm over here....

Enjoying the sights...


Lentils and lace....

and long walks uphill...

Le Puy en Velay

and down dale...


Eating lots of delicious food...

and looking at pretty fabric-

way too expensive to buy!

Au revoir...

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