Catch up…

I had a few posts sitting in the draft folder for a while but I think it is a little late to post them all so I think we shall have a quick recap over what happened in the life of Cass to round out 2012.

In November I travelled to Canberra for a long weekend with my bestie! It was so great to get out of Adelaide for a little while, hang out with an awesome chicka and enjoy the Canberra vibe! We did a little crafty shopping, ate toooo many pancakes and the best choc malt thick shake I have ever had at the Pancake Parlour, rolled down the side of Parliament house just like we did as kids…I do think the police man was laughing at me!

canberra

We also caught up with my old house mate Tess, they took me to this amazing store called Handmade…if you are in Canberra you should definitely check it out!

In the lead up to Christmas I only planned one handmade gift for 2012, which I am kind of happy about as it was a very busy end to the year work wise. I was thankful that any crafting I managed to fit in was more relaxing and a bit of a time out from other things. 

Late December we drove 1600kms in 16.5hours to spend Christmas with the family. Bryce and I shared the driving but the high point of the trip was discovering that I can knit in the car!!! So when it wasn’t my turn to drive and I wasn’t napping or eating lollies I was knitting! I remember as a kid the long car trips we did as a family and I usually had my head stuck in a book or playing a Gameboy, but as I got older reading in the car was no longer an option as I would start to get sick. It was nice to discover that I can now be productive while being a passenger. I managed to knit the majority of a pair of socks on the way over and put a large dent in my Selbu beanie on the way back (I did have to laugh as the day I cast off and wove the ends in it was a 35 degree day in Adelaide…at least when winter rolls around I will be set for socks and beanies!)

Car knitting

It was fantastic to catch up with everyone back in Port Stephens and enjoy the festive spirit, eat lots and lots of food…including one slice too many of Grans’ Lemon Meringue Pie, go boating, see dolphins and go swimming!  We don’t live far from the beach in Adelaide, but there is something special about the beaches in Port Stephens that I do miss.

dolphins

Once we were back in Adelaide we had some well-earned rest time with a few adventures thrown in. We saw the Cirque de solei show called OVO with friends who are moving to Adelaide (it was AMAZING), tried stand up paddle boarding which was awesome, and hid inside from the insane temperatures that have been attacking Australia.

So we are now nearing the end of January and have just enjoyed the Australia Day long weekend. I got motivated and managed to complete about half of the quilting on the star quilt, made some noodlehead zipper bags and plan some new challenges for quilting this year.  I also watched 2 really great tennis matches on TV (I’m not usually a tennis watcher but I really enjoyed the Australian Open this year) and got an early start on a secret knitting project that I won’t be able to share for a little while. IMG_0513

So hopefully this early creativity will last a little longer!

xC

A crafty Christmas…

With only 43 days left till Christmas I have been busy sewing up a storm. I had the crazy idea earlier in the year to have a crafty Christmas by trying to make as many Christmas gifts as possible. Especially for my grandmothers who I always find it so hard to find them gifts as their birthday is so close to Christmas.

Who would guess that both my grandmas would be born on the same day of the year and only two weeks out from Christmas!

Yep that would be mine!!

So for the Nanna I picked out some assorted pinks and whites to go with her room, the pattern I chose came from ‘Two from one Jelly Roll Quilts.

I must admit I found the pattern a little odd in the description of where you need to cut the triangle but with a little creative fiddling I worked out the best way to cut so there was minimal wastage.

This has been the first time I have worked with lots and lots of triangles. The main issue I had with this pattern was the bulk of the seams if I pressed to one side. In the end I decided to try pressing the seams open to help reduce the bulk, which fingers crossed should make quilting a little easier when I get to it.

Here is the finished quilt top….pretty!

For the Gran I used a layer cake of ‘Butterfly Garden’ by Kansas Troubles Quilters, the pattern that I adapted was from ‘Simplify’ by Camille Roskelley.  I love this pattern book and have so far made four of the patterns. But for this one instead of using a charm pack I picked out my favourite 20 layer cake squares and used those to make a bigger quilt.

Here is the finished quilt top…this one was definitely one of those patterns that came together really fast which I LOVED!

Both quilt tops are now awaiting layering, basting and free motion quilting. I will post pictures of the finished quilts when they are complete.

I have also been playing with some other little gifts from Sweetwaters’ new fabric line ‘Reunion’….but more on that later.

Well back to it! Those days are ticking away fast!

xC