WIP Stars: 5

I’m very pleased to report that wonder cat Cosmo is feeling much better!  He curled up on my legs while I stitched another star.

Stars 5As some of you know blue is not a colour I’m fond of, but I wanted the stars to have a range of colours, so a couple of stars with a touch of blue have now been stitched. I’m thinking of creating circles of stars, each featuring a different colour.

I hope to find some more inspiration at the Modern Quilt Show tomorrow!

I’m off to my local farmers’ market for my weekly veggie shopping. Happy week-end everyone.


Modern Quilt Show

I’m off to see the Modern Quilt Show on Sunday which is being held at:

2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama, NSW  (Doesn’t Australia have some interesting street and place names?).

Ode to Orange October 2014

Ode to Orange
October 2014

The show is on Saturday and Sunday and should be a lot of fun. I hope to see some of you there.

I thought about entering my Ode to Orange quilt, but chickened out!  I’ve decided to have a look at the standard of entries and perhaps set myself a goal of entering a quilt next year if my skills seem up to an acceptable standard.

Very little stitching as been done in the past weeks. I have managed another two stars and hope to do another one tonight,  so I might be able to post another Stars WIP tomorrow.

Cosmo having a rest

Cosmo having a rest

I’ve been very busy at work and my beloved Cosmo has been unwell and needs lots of care and attention – we are off to the vet again this afternoon.  It makes me sad when the boys are unwell or unhappy 😦

Out and about

I had a rather social week-end for a change.  Saturday was the hand-sewing day for my Modern Quilt Group.  I managed to fussy-cut out a few more diamonds for my stars and to catch up on all the group’s news.

Smg hand sewingJill also bought in one of her “finishes” for the year to show us.

Jill's quiltThe group also insisted that it was time I joined up to Instagram so they signed me up and promised that I would get a handle on it!   My user name is colourclothandcatnaps.  I haven’t yet had time to work it out , but hopefully I will.

I spent most of Sunday down at the Park Hyatt which is a 5 star hotel based on Sydney Harbour.  You can see it here nestled under the approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Park HyattOpera house

The other side is a view from the restaurant directly across to the Opera House.  A harbour ferry was just coming in as I snapped this photo.

A friend was in town for the week-end, so we had a very long lunch, and then later rested on the balcony of his room looking at this view back to the city.

Circular quayAll in all a very pleasant afternoon in spite of the grey skies.

Missing in action

Things have been very slow on the stitching front lately for a number of reasons – mainly being very busy at work and the onset of cold weather which has meant going to bed earlier to curl up and read.

I’ve also been working on setting up a Sewing Circle for asylum seekers which has involved trying to find a suitable premises that we could use for free for the activity.  I will be donating all the materials with some help from a couple of quilty friends.  I think I have it almost sorted now and hope to start the group next month.

My plan is to provide a safe and welcoming space and activity for people who have suffered trauma, have little English language ability, and have extremely limited resources while they wait for a refugee determination.  It’s a practical thing I can do  for others much less fortunate than me.   I hope it will be a free enjoyable activity which will have an end result of something useful – especially with winter fast approaching.

Several women from my Quilting Group have offered to donate some fabrics and I am making up small sewing kits for each participant – needles, thread, pins, thread snippers for handwork and I will provide my rotary cutters, mats and machine for each time we meet.

I thought I would also ask members of my Quilting Group to make pin cushions so that each participant in the Sewing Circle can have a small individualized item in their kit.

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Comfy cats

It’s been a grey and wet week in Sydney and “the boys” and I are over it!  Cosmo was looking very down in the “paws” this afternoon so I decided to cheer him up with a pillow for a basket he loves to curl up in.

Sad Cosmo

I found this fabric a couple of months ago at Spotlight for about 50 cents. It is a sturdy cotton twill so just right for a pillow.

Cat fabric

A couple of quick measurements plus some leftover batting and hey presto a pillow for the basket.

Basket pillow

The moment I went to get my IPad to take a photo Pepe decided to test it out!

Pepe in basket

Poor Cosmo still hasn’t had a chance to snuggle down in comfort.