Its been raining a lot lately, much needed after a very dry Winter. Spring, but its hellish hot during the day, by 3pm, heavy thunder storms, they don't last long and its much cooler after a storm. Last night was like a war zone here, Diwali and Guy Fawkes on the same day! can you imagine. I had to tranquilise my dogs. I'm not against celebrations and fireworks
(the pretty ones) just want the big loud bangs to be banned. Every year fireworks cause hundreds of terrified dogs and cats to become injured, lost or killed as they try to escape the noise. We don't buy fireworks and neither does my neighbour, thank God, but my other neighbour owns a blasting company and I am very sure they weren't fireworks he was letting off. No respect or consideration for animals, I was very angry last night - and I am so glad it is pouring with rain tonight.;)
I made two coin purses from this lovely tutorial at Timotei very easy. Finished the stitching on #4 Raggedy and made 3D flowers. Busy working on this quilt that I started in 2007!!
For me, the most difficult part of making a quilt is the quilting.
Seeing all the beautiful gifts Jenny made, Jenny of Elefantz - has made me want to start making some too. She made lovely tissue holders and she had a link to the pattern - Polka Dot Pineapple
The first one was so quick and easy to make, I decided to make more. Then I saw a lovely pattern for a cell phone pouch at Blue Moon River and made one to match my tissue holder :-)
September was a stressful month, with a teacher strike forcing schools to shut just weeks before exams - after three and a half weeks the union agreed to suspend the strike. My son, Matthew is in matric/grade 12 and thankfully has now written his prelims/trials. Last week, school holidays, I had an opportunity to visit my daughter in Cape Town as Matthew had an audition at UCT. Had a lovely time, beautiful weather and all too soon it was time to leave. After a bumpy flight, lots of turbulence, arrived home Sunday night with a whopping headache which immediately disappeared when I saw a package with my name on it.:-)
Have you heard of TILDA!
I hadn't until I received an email from Jenny of Elefantz saying I had won on her blog and that she was sending me a Tilda book. I hadn't entered any competitions so was curious. I always read her blog, I love her designs and love seeing what she's up to, but I don't always leave a comment. She had a tutorial for some lovely gifts, she made two beautiful soap sachets and a diary cover out of a vintage embroidered doily which I just loved so I left a comment. In her post Jenny said she had taken all the names of who had left comments on her previous 4 post and my name was drawn - the surprise giveaway was to celebrate her 900 followers!
An even bigger surprise, she sent me 2, two Tilda books!! I was speechless! and also so very grateful. I just love everything about these books. Thank you so much Jenny, I am now a great Tilda fan!
Visit Jenny and enjoy all her amazing designs and delicious recipes HERE
and I am not happy with it so I have decided to make hexies instead. I have seperated the prints from that huge stash of circles and used plain colours, 157 hexies so far, I've also managed to do 2 Raggedy stitcheries. I am going to do all the stitchery blocks first as I haven't decided on the fabric yet!
thats the yo-yo on the left
PS: Hi and welcome to my newest follower Nancy Sue.
Hi, my name is Fleurette, welcome to my blog. I’m a wife and mother of two. my sweet miniature dachshund Suzi, keeps me company while I enjoy doing all the things I love, quilting, applique, stitching, knitting, crochet, reading, gardening. I hope you enjoy your visit and please feel free to leave a comment; I would love to hear from you. Warm wishes from sunny Durban, South Africa!