Sunday, 31 May 2015

Quiet Hours

Today is June. My, hasn't it been a while since I posted. June brings in winter here in Australia and it's a good time for bringing out the slow cooker or the pot boiler and making up some hearty stews. Autumn has now finished and it left behind a mix bag of nice weather, rainy weather, and all sorts in between. Winter weather should be interesting.

The change of weather means it's a good time for quilts. I've discovered hand piecing and am enjoying making up patchwork blocks, sewing by hand. It's nice to take the craft along any where and I like the accuracy hand piecing gives. If you haven't tried hand piecing patchwork blocks give it a go, it's very rewarding. The pattern above is called Kansas Dugout and I'm using all kinds of scraps from my scrap box which have all been thrifted. Lots of pillow cases here and sheets too, as I do like frugal crafting.

I've also been tackling, very slowly, the UFO basket pile. The rag rug I learnt to do at the Simple Living work shop is slowly growing bigger. The UFO basket pile alas isn't growing smaller. If you like to try your hand at making a rag rug Nanna Chel over at Going Grey and Slightly green has a Toothbrush/rag rug tutorial
Nifty Thrifty Bits also has a rag rug tutorial.

I also took a visit to the local jumble sale just around the corner from me. I came home with some books. Two on Companion Planting. One of the books says you can't go wrong with: "Marigolds with everything." 

The Pinks (Dianthus) I brought at a Fete sale at the beginning of the year have grown. I collected some to press in the home made flower press dad made for me from left over timber, the only new items were the screws. I also pressed some other flowers still blooming in the garden.

It's been a quiet month and I'm looking forward to coming back to posting around in comments and seeing what interesting things y'all have all been doing.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are


  1. Back again in the blogging world, Shiralee. I thought you would have finished your rag rug by now ;-) Says she who has never finished a large one. LOL!

  2. Good morning Shiralee, Yes quilts are on my mind too - we have some very shabby blankets that cover our easy chairs and I am working up to replacing them. I've been cutting up tshirts to make some rag rugs for the tiled areas which are outright freezing this time of year. Nice to hear you again, and hopefully I'll see you at the next Simple Living day.
    Cheers, Barb

  3. Welcome back to blogging Shiralee! Thank you for the mention and for the link back to my shop about how to make a rag rug! That is very sweet of you and I do appreciate that very much! I love the rug that you are working on. I have just started tearing my fabrics for another rug and can't wait to get started. What do you plan on doing with your pressed flowers? I need to get my husband to make a press for me. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a blessed week!

  4. Dianthus! Gosh, I remember when these were a favourite flower used for men's boutonnieres. Brings back memories of grander times.

  5. Hi Shiralee, so nice to meet you. Your quilt is lovely and perfect for the cooler weather you are approaching. We are getting into summer here in Texas and the temps are warming up each day.
    I love the rag rug too. My grandmother used to create these and they were gorgeous.
    Stopped by from another blog and enjoyed my visit here.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, CM