Tuesday, May 15, 2018

KATE'S 30TH BIRTHDAY QUILT and PARTY

Hello ladies, I 'm baaaaack from my 5 week trip to Japan, I arrived home 2 weeks ago today. I promise I will do multiple blog posts about my travels soon.  However on the 24th March 2018, 4 days before I departed Australia for my "trip of a lifetime" we celebrated our eldest daughter, Kate's 30th Birthday.  I can still remember being pregnant over 30 years ago with my first born, the years now seem to have flown by. I made both my girls a memory quilt for each of their 21st Birthdays and they don't use them, they were meant to be used but neither of them want to.  I decided to make Kate a quilt for her 30th Birthday, something she will feel comfortable using, for several years now I have had a layer cake and a charm pack of  "Miss Kate" by Bonnie & Camille in my stash waiting to make a quilt for Kate when I felt the time was right. So I set my plan in motion last December and decided that her 30th Birthday would be perfect for this quilt.  Initially I was going to make a "present" block quilt and changed my mind and decided to go with a "quart jar" and "pint jar" combined block quilt.  I love the tutorials by Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Company. So last December I cut out all of the fabric and started sewing the blocks together in late January.  I had also made the decision to have it professionally quilted and it came out beautifully, I am happy I went with that decision.

This photo is after it came back from the quilters and ready for me to hand stitch the binding.


                                                            A close up of the quilting

                                                 
                                                 Completed quilt with the binding


I hand embroidered the label for the quilt, I have always sewn the labels at the bottom of quilts I make however this time I put it at the top in the middle (on back of quilt) so when Kate is cuddled up with it the label is close to her heart.

           
                                                       Another close up of the quilting


                      Kate loves her quilt I made with so much love and joy with each stich I made


Kate at home cutting the cake I made her


                                                          Kate and I at the restaurant

 
                                                                  Kate with Mum & Dad

                                                       
                                                        Kate and Grandma (my Mum)


                                                               Kate & Josh


                               
                                                             My two Gorgeous girls

 
                                                                     With their cousin

                                       
                                                                   Having a laugh
                                                     

We celebrated a wonderful night for Kate's 30th Birthday.  There are more big celebrations in store for our family this year, Stephen and I both turn 60this year, we celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary in November this year and my Mum turns 80 in December.
                                                                Cheers
                                                                Kaylee

                                                   HAPPY TUESDAY LADIES

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

JAPAN TRIP

I will not be doing any blog posts in April.

Tomorrow I am heading to Japan and will be back in Australia on Tuesday 1st May. This is my first overseas trip and I'm super excited.

I will blog about my trip upon my return.

Cheers
Kaylee

Sunday, March 18, 2018

T-SHIRT DRESSES

This is my first attempt at making T-Shirt dresses and I'm very happy with them.  I will definitely be making more in the future as I feel confident about cutting off T-Shirts and adding fabric to them.

Kate and Josh have God Daughters and they are sisters, they both love Frozen, I think all little children do.

I went into Target and found these lovely Frozen T-Shirts so they were perfect for the fabric I purchased from The Fat Quarter Shop last year.

This is for Mackenzie, she is 7.


                                         This one is for her sister Emelia and she is 5.


I did a machine hem of 1 inch and then I did a hand hem of 2 inches so when they grow their Mum can undo the hand hem and they'll get more wear from them.  I will be giving the dresses to Mac and Millie (as their parents call them), next Saturday.

                                                                               Hugs
                                                                             Kaylee

Saturday, March 10, 2018

BAKING AND BABY QUILT

I absolutely love Cinnamon scrolls so I decided to have a go at making them myself, they were really yummy however I still think there is room for improvement. 


A friend asked me to make a baby quilt for her first Grandchild, the baby is due in May and the parents have decided not to find out the sex of the baby so the quilt fabric needed to be non gender.
I decided to make a Tumbler Block Quilt using my Go Machine which is fantastic, I was able to cut these blocks in no time using my Tumbler die.


                                    The completed baby quilt which I finished last month.


The made the baby quilt early as I also made a 30th Birthday quilt for our daughter Kate and I needed to finished these projects before I travel to Japan on 28th March for 5 weeks.
I have completed Kate's quilt and now need to hand stitch the binding so hoping to BLOG post about
it next week.

                                                                           Hugs
                                                                          Kaylee



Friday, February 2, 2018

APRONS and SECRET SEWING

Oh gosh this heat we've been having on the East Coast has been terrible.  We put the aircon on in the bedroom at night as it's too uncomfortable to sleep.  Thank goodness a change came through last night with some rain and the temps today were about 8-10 degrees lower, so much more comfortable to do things around the house plus I did 85 minutes on the treadmill before breakfast this morning.

These are the last two gifts I'm making to take to Japan with me, two aprons, the lavender one is for a 30 year old. Since taking the photos I have washed the aprons and still need to iron them before gift wrapping them.


This one is for a 80 year old lady, the wife of one of my ex Managers from the 1980's, she made me the most gorgeous crochet table cloth and food cover when I left work in 1988 to have Kate. I wanted to add something of Australia to the aprons, can you see the Kangaroo fabric on the bottom of each one? I received the fabric from my Australia Day swap.  I have also added a crocheted doily to the lavender apron and a tatting doily to the apron below.  My grandma made these and they're over 60 years ago.  I have a good stash of them and would like to use them in projects so they're not sent to a thrift shop in the future.


My BFF and I will be turning 60 this year.  I have already purchased a gorgeous gift for my BFF and also wanted to make her something which I know she'll love. Two Birthday's ago my Bloggy friend Anthea made me a gorgeous craft carry all bag for my Birthday which I love and use to carry my craft projects in when we travel in the van. My BFF loved the bag when I received it from Anthea so I know she'll love one too. I cut it out on Monday and worked on it over a couple of days and completed it yesterday.  I'm really happy with it and  quite sure my BFF will love it too. I've added two photos as when I took the photo below it didn't really show the real colours for some reason.  The fabric is pink and white check gingham with cupcakes.  My BFF doesn't read my BLOG so she won't see this post.


                     I took this photo with a flash and I think it shows the colours a little better.


I had these gorgeous cupcake buttons in my stash and I thought they'd be great on the bag. How cute are they !!!


                                                                        Hugs
                                                                      Kaylee

Saturday, January 27, 2018

AUSTRALIA DAY 2018


I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Australia Day spent with family and or friends.

We had a quiet one at home ion the aircon so I took the opportunity and stitched my "Love Is" BOM Block 2 completing it.  When I took this photo I had the border to finish and I did this last night watching TV. I'm very happy with what I accomplished, now I can start on Block 3.

                                         

Do you have any Australia Day traditions? Mine is to make Damper and we gobble it all up while it is still warm. This is a photo of my damper straight from the oven.


We enjoyed it with Apricot conserve and a lovely home made flat white using my Jura coffee machine. Very delicious.


Today, 27th January is my Dad's Birthday, he would have turned 85 today, this photo was taken of him on his 81st Birthday.  The good Lord took him in May of the same year.



Hugs
Kaylee

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

AUSTRALIA DAY 2018 BLOG SWAP

The second year running Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches has organised an Australia Day swap, it was so much fun last year, for me it was a no brainer to join again this year. Thank you so much Anthea.

These are the gorgeous gifts I received this year and my gifts came from Susan over at                  Susan's Sewing Space 
The most gorgeous handmade card, lovely Australian fabric, a gorgeous Tilda pin cushion with a cute little pair of scissors, lovely lace, Ice cube tray with Australian shapes and a very handy shopping list pad.  I love it all thank you so much Susan.


                                                  A closer look at the Tilda pin cushion

                                        A closer look at the lovely fabric with Kangaroos


I sent my gifts off to Lyn and she doesn't have a BLOG so I'll post here the gifts I sent to Lyn
A pack of Aussie serviettes, a lace doily, a package of red beads and red buttons, I made a tissue
cover from fabric I received in the Australia Day 2017 swap and a pair or quirky Aussie sunglasses.
I received a lovely email from Lyn saying she loved all of her swap items.


                                             A closer look at the buttons and beads

                                     
                                                            A closer look at the doily


A closer look at the fabric tissue cover

                                     
             
                                                  The fabric is of Australian wild flowers

                                     

                                                     Happy Australia Day everyone.


                                                                  Cheers Kaylee

KATE'S 30TH BIRTHDAY QUILT and PARTY

Hello ladies, I 'm baaaaack from my 5 week trip to Japan, I arrived home 2 weeks ago today. I promise I will do multiple blog posts abou...