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a trip to the store and more stitching

March 30, 2020

early morning visitor – looking for breakfast?

8:30 am – first time out for 14 days –ย  except for a daily walk

wow! – it seemed like a big event

grocery shopping, enough for another 2 weeks

a huge thank you to Thrifty’s and their staff

they regulated the number of shoppers, the shelves were well stocked with only a few things missing

like all bulk foods , meaning no chocolate covered raisins!

and they wouldn’t use personal recycle bags – but they didn’t charge for paper bags

(to encourage shoppers to supply their own bags many stores now charge for large bags)

remember climate change??

the sample book is progressing

lining the back of the covers this time

with the striped shirt material – I wanted to show students that using striped material can be tricky

it doesn’t always line up straight

cut large enough to fold to the front – I trimmed the corners, turned under the raw edges and hand stitched them down

then I cut material for the “pages”

4 times the width of the cover and just a little less than the height

after the stitching is done, on each individual page, they get folded into the center

and the messy backs are hidden

the back cover has a “missage”

I ran out of new reading material and have been enjoying

House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and The Tao of Pooh

what to include on the pages?

I had to try Kate’s instructions for hexies – March 27 – they (the instructions) were perfect

and I stitched one up in no time – but I can’t imagine doing a whole quilt

then, cleaning kitchen drawers, I found two old Japanese sashiko coasters

unpicked the binding which can be used again and peeled off the backing

getting excited about this book

it is really Spring in Victoria

March is going out like a lion

it is raining, cold and blustery


14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2020 6:24 am

    I love the idea of the backing onto the fabric and folding forwards. Not sure I grasp how you are adding the pages, but really love your fabric sample book. Love the quote.


    • March 31, 2020 8:10 am

      Cathy – I love making traditional paper books so wanted to try the same techniques with fabric. Will stitch the pages in on the spine. The quote of course is from The House at Pooh Corner.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    March 31, 2020 3:15 am

    Your book is going to be lovely – as ever! I love Winnie the Pooh and am looking forward to having great grandchildren so I have the perfect excuse to get those books out again! (I know i could just read them but I really like resading them to little ones!)


  3. March 31, 2020 12:40 am

    lovely post, I’m so enjoying your progress with the book. Thank you for sharing


  4. March 30, 2020 2:31 pm

    Glad they worked OK for you ๐Ÿ™‚ That hexie flower you made would have been right at home in my Worldwide Friends indigo and red hexie quilt!
    Our supermarkets are telling people to bring their own bags, but pack the groceries themselves, which is fair enough, I think. It might even make the line move faster!


    • March 30, 2020 3:49 pm

      Kate – up until now stores have encouraged people to bring their own bags which I have done for years and always pack my own bag but now they don’t want bags that they don’t know how clean they are. Wish countries could get together on this and decide what is the best way – then we might get ahead of this faster. I enjoyed making my hexie and plan to make a couple more but now know it is a major event to make a whole quilt.


      • March 30, 2020 6:46 pm

        We use square insulated fabric bags with a ‘lid’ for all our shopping, and they go through the washing machine regularly. I’ve never minded packing my own groceries, having done it all my life in the UK before I came to Australia, and when I’m using the self-service aisle. I don’t want paper bags because they’re not so strong and have to be recycled. As for the hexies; it’s not for everyone, even the acutely bored!


      • March 31, 2020 8:17 am

        Kate – of course it never really gets hot enough here to need an insulated bag. I really enjoyed making my hexie and was imagining all sorts of different colour combinations just don’t think I having the staying power.

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  5. March 30, 2020 2:25 pm

    I hope the kitty isnโ€™t hanging around the bird feeder with its mouth open!
    Stormy weather, indeed.


    • March 30, 2020 2:30 pm

      Kjerstin – I have several neighborhood felines who do exactly that but in this case no feeder there.


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