Sunday, 27 May 2012

BRRRRRR!! Winter's Arrived!!!

They don't call Toowoomba "The Fridge On The Ridge" for no reason and yesterday saw us shivering with the lowest May temps on record ... something I sure could have done without!!!!! So with the cold weather, there was mad digging in the cupboard and a special 'wash day' today ...

Yep ... all the scarves were washed and hung out to dry today ... did I mention I really HATE to be cold!! :0) With the temps outside dipping, you can imagine that I've spent as much of my weekend as  possible INSIDE! :0) So I finished writing up the instructions for ...

A fun and funky pinwheel table runner.

Don't the bright purple, blue and pink colours really pop against the white?! :0)

This fun, quick project will be displayed with the "Domestic Bliss" range of fabrics at my Home-Away-From-Home ... Quilters Angel. And if you buy your fabrics from the lovely Marion and Steph ... you will receive the instructions for this project FREE!! Fabulous gift idea for friends and family. I think I must have been channelling the "Queen Of Table Runners" ... Sweet Peg!  :0)

Another finish this week was for my nephew's upcoming birthday. He turns two and is mad keen on 'diggers' and all things big, yellow and construction-orientated. In fact, one of his most recently enjoyed playdates was when my brother packed up an impromptu picnic to be enjoyed whilst watching some big machines in action ... he's such a boy! Tee! Hee! Hee!

When I spotted this panel at my HAFH I knew it was JUST what I needed for the special birthday boy's gift. :0) There are diggers, concrete trucks, utes ... even some porta-loos! Tee! Hee! Hee! The lovely Fiona from Bubz Rugz (and one of my fellow Quilting Angels!!) did some wonderful free-motion quilting on this for me, outlining the shapes - THANKS FIONA!! I finished stitching down the binding this weekend, so it will be ready to be mailed off to the birthday boy this week.

And when it came to choosing backing fabric, I couldn't have found better than this fun flannel ... MORE diggers, trucks and tractors! :0)

As well as these two finishes ( YAY! Two to add to my OPAM list!!) the cold snap prompted the beginning of a new project ...


... Some yummy flannel fabrics laid out to make a warm, cosy flannel blankie for my Beloved Geek Boy! My own flannel blankie has been used so much that it's starting to look a bit more SHABBY than CHIC, but I've never got around to making one for GB. A situation soon to be rectified. :0) This funky range of flannel also has a fabric with jungle animals on and would make fabulous flannel jammies for a little person ... just give Marion and Steph a shout to order some for your very ownself! :0)

Right ... I think I've earned a cuppa, don't you?! :0) So I shall toodle off, add my finishes to my OPAM list (end of the month isn't far off, gals!! So get those sidebar lists updated and emails off to Sweet Peg and I!!) then pop the kettle on. Hope your weekend has been productive, too. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

9 comments:

Gari said...

It is always a surprise that just when our weather starts getting really hot you talk about freezing. But with your scarfs and new flannel project, you will be well protected from the cold.

Christine M said...

You have been busy Kris. It's been cold and wet down here in Melbourne too. Good stitching weather. I love your table runner and the quilt for your nephew is gorgeous. I'm sure he's going to love his special quilt.

Fiona said...

I know you don't like the cold but look at all that happened.... I love the picture with the scarves all out to dry... did they freeze solid???
Your pinwheel runner is great and your beloved will be very happy with his flannel quilt...
Hugz

Astrid said...

That's a cute table runner and such a fun-quilt for your nephew. I'm sure he'll be thrilled with such a nice gift! :) It's cold here too; we're having a cold wave from the South Pole - BRRR! But not as bad that I have to wear scarves. Love your photo with all the scarves! So colorful!

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Hello my lovely Kris, I was sooo thinking of you yesterday, in fact I was talking about you where your ears burning? ( At least they would be warm). I was talking about your dislike of cold weather yet you live in a very cold place in Winter indeed.
I love your scarves hanging on the line and your new projects are fabulous as usual.
We so will have to have a play date soon..maybe we need a little holiday with a wood fire? Hmm like that idea.
Hope you are warmer today,
Big Kiss Noises Linda

Maria said...

Oh I know you don't like the cols Kris maybe you need to move over here. We are having high 20's for the rest of the week and sunshine...
You did get a lot done though bu staying inside.
I really like your nephew's quilt and he'll love it too.
How many scraves do you have??? Look great hanging on the line.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Look at all those yummy scarves...LOL, love your table runner Kris, that is just so nice...and your nephews quilt, great big WOW....

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Love all your sewing and washing :) Pin Wheels would have to be my favourite :)

My Little Corner said...

Had a little cold snap here in Colorado and the wind blew so hard this weekend I think half of Utah ended up here. I have to go out and spray everything down to get the red dirt off.
Love the truck quilt! I will be sewing up Thomas the Train in the next few weeks for my little grandson who will be visiting soon.

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