30 June 2015

Winter Garden

I'm going to start by admitting that I really don't know much about gardening. 

Sure, I love a pretty rose or a handful of freshly picked herbs as much as the next person, and the fact that they seem to be thriving is more luck, than know-how.

We decided to go a step further. With some left over wood (from a decking project), Flyboy built a lovely (HUGE) raised planter box. It's approximately 1m x 3.5m and around 80cm high. 

A trip to the garden centre a couple of weeks ago, some light rain and a lot of unseasonable sunshine and we now have a lot of different things growing. 

Cabbages, onions, broccolini, carrots and peas. We even have lettuce growing, which isn't bad considering it's the middle of winter.

Sage, coriander, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and chives ... all growing in various pots and planters around the garden.

We had a few potatoes which had started to seed in the bottom of the box in the pantry. We cut them in half and planted them along the back fence. And wouldn't you know it, they're growing too.

Honestly, if we can grow things in our garden, anyone can. Or maybe, it's just beginners luck...

Do you have a veggie garden?

What is growing at your place right now?

Any tips you care to share on how to keep this beginners kuck going?

27 June 2015

Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt {Blog Hop}

Christmas is only 6 months away. Can you believe it? Time is certainly flying along at a rapid rate and it won’t be long before the Christmas rush takes over and we (or is it only me?) struggle to try and fit everything in.

I love handmade projects around my home – especially at Christmas – and rather than wait until November, now is the time to start sewing for Christmas. Have you made anything for Christmas 2015 yet?

Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt

The lovely people at the Fat Quarter Shop asked if I’d be interested in participating in the Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt Blog Hop. As I love the FQS and I love Christmas, how could I resist?

I read through the pattern and got to work on the tree skirt. It’s a great pattern and very easy to follow along. Best of all, Kimberley has filmed a little video which is available on YouTube which will help in making this project as well as give you some hints and tips on working with bias.

This pattern is perfect for a jelly roll. I didn’t a festive one available, so I used some yardage from Postcards for Santa which is a new range by Riley Blake and some F8 pieces of Winterberry by Moda. I love how both of these lines work together.

Joyful JellyRoll Tree Skirt 1

The Fat Quarter Shop have quilt kits and backing sets available. The Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt pattern is only $6.98 and available for purchase from FQS.

After quilting it all, I decided that this will make a lovely wall hanging. It’s a bright and fresh design and I have just the place to display it. Now if only Christmas wasn’t still 6 months away………

When is it too early to think about decorating for Christmas?


24 June 2015

Fat Quarters {Review}

If you’re a quilter, you will undoubtedly have a number of Fat Quarters in your stash. I have a lot of fat quarters and cannot resist buying more when I come across new pretty ones.

Fat Quarters by Lark Crafts is a fabulous book which includes 50 Fat Quarter projects. Scanning through the list of contributors, some familiar names stand out: Amy Friend, Maureen Cracknell, Mollie Johanson, Megan Hunt, Abby Glassenberg and Malka Dubrawsky… just to name a few.

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters begins with the basics. How to cut a fat quarter, how many different sized squares a FQ yields and the usual sewing basics. Fat Quarters has excellent instructions and diagrams. The book is then divided up into these main sections: