Saturday, 9 February 2019

Things Here Lately

  • I was so inspired with my Carolina Chain  quilt after my last post, that I ended up finishing the quilt over the next two days.  I added a charcoal shot cotton  border, which has taken it's size to approximately 51" square.
  • While perusing the online fabrics at Drapers, I found a lovely double bordered fabric in the remnants area, as soon as I saw it I  was visualising it as my next Eva dress.  Again definitely more than 10 minutes a day sewing, but so worth it.  
  • I have also been applying the "10 minutes a day" principle to other areas of my life too and I have found it is definitely making life a little bit easier and I am feeling that I am slowly accomplishing things on my to do list.  Currently it is rather long, we are getting the carpet replaced in all living areas and bedrooms in a couple of weeks.  There is a lot of stuff to be cleared out before we can rip the old carpet up.  Especially in the kids rooms.  Little and often is my motto at present.
  • My poor garden is very dry at present. we have had a heatwave for the past couple of weeks, so there is not a lot of colour. I try to have plants that can survive with out being watered frequently over the summer months ( as we pay for water usage).  This mandevilla is providing a continuous splash of colour.  It wasn't doing to well as a climber in my garden, so I moved the pot, and it seems to be thriving as a potted shrub.  Look carefully for the wasp inside one of the flowers.
  • I am very lucky, this little beach is probably only 500m walk from my house, sometimes I  remember to walk down there and enjoy seeing the sunset.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and week ahead.


  1. I love how you have your black squares placed in the quilt top

  2. Amazing what a few minutes a day can achieve! lovely quilt top. Your photo's are always wonderful to look at.

  3. Love how your Eva dress turned out - hopefully it fits nicely. It certainly looks nice and cool!

  4. I didn't ever imagine you lived so close to the beach! How lucky you are! You Carolina Chain quilt looks great!

  5. Hello Julie, I enjoyed this read. Your thumbnail on my blog list is what really brought me in. That simple 9 patch block just made a beautiful quilt.

    It was fun for me to see your lovely flowers because we have had snow all winter. I am sorry to hear that you have to pay for water though. I miss having a beautiful and green yard. We haven't had much of one at this home, but have plans to improve. This home does not have water sources close to where we want a yard.

    I loved your dress. You really have an eye for fabric on that one. It was perfect.

  6. Your 'carolina chain' quilt looks great! Will you machine quilt? And I love your last pic of the beach, very effective!

  7. The first photo of the sunset, looks like a beach umbrella. :-) Beautiful photos of your flowers and the sunset. Thank you!

  8. Congratulations on your Caroline Chain top - are you hand or machine quilting? You are so lucky to have the beach so near, we're a 15 minute walk or just a few minutes by car to Cockle Bay Beach. The two photos of the beach are beautiful. I think we all have our gardens are suffering with this weather, I'm trying to water beds early in the morning.

  9. Great finish on your dress and quilt top.
    The dress fabric is unique and you used it well.
    Thanks for the garden photos.
    We've got winter going on here, cooler temps. and rain storms.

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  11. Gorgeous quilt; love the dress; in sympathy with the garden; you’re so lucky to live that close to the beach!


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