Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery


Posted on | August 31, 2014 | 16 Comments

I had a very lovely lady notice that I hadn’t been posting anything on my blog for quite a while, and she was checking to see if everything was alright. What a sweetie.

So here I am, just scraping in for an August post. Sewing time has been extremely limited as most days have been spent cleaning and packing for my 86yo mother so she can move to a retirement village. And then there’s the paperwork.

I am starting to see cardboard boxes in my sleep and I think I have eaten enough dust to make me feel like a vacuum cleaner.

The big moving day is Thursday, then the unpacking starts.  Here’s hoping that moves much more quickly.

And just to keep me on my toes, hubby is going into hospital on the same day for major surgery. I almost think I would like to swap places with him ……. no, not really.

Well, in amongst all of this I have managed to do a couple of things. First up I was able to attend Urban Stitches which was held in St Kilda at the Novatel. This was with Rosalie Quinlan, Melly from Melly And Me, and Jodi from Ric Rac. It  was a much needed and thoroughly enjoy  break.

Rosalie had two lovely projects stitched using beautiful Cascade House crewel wool. The wools were lovely to use for embroidery.

This is Rosalie’s little bag.

Urban Stitches

And the front and back of the needle case.

Urban Stitches


Urban Stitches

This is how much I completed on the day.

Urban Stitches

Jodi had this very cute felt fox.

Urban Stitches

And Melly made these great pendants. Sorry for the poor photo.

Urban Stitches



I have completed a flimsy for a quilt for our 2yo grandson. Hopefully I can get it off to the quilter this week .. maybe. It is made from a pattern from the book, Precut Quilts by Janie Lou. The fabrics are Jungle Creatures (Robert Kaufman).

Sunburnt Quilts


Sunburnt Quilts


Sunburnt Quilts


Sunburnt Quilts

Love all these gorgeous animals!


I have also been trying to make a few of these delightful Christmas decorations from Marg Low called Make Merry – Snowman.

Sunburnt Quilts


Not a lot for a whole month, but at least it is something. Not sure that September will be any more productive. But the positives are that it is warming up with Spring on the way and the garden is looking good with loads of colour.

16 Responses to August.

  • Shez says: Hi Karen i must admit i was thinking that yesterday and i thought maybe you were on holidays. Boy it sure sounds like you have been really busy and hope your hubby's op goes okay for him. I always love seeing your work and what you are getting up to and you have been working on some lovely projects,love your bag,well done,enjoy your day my friend.xx
  • sunny says: My goodness, you've been busy on all fronts. I do believe that unpacking your mum will be much easier than packing. Good luck to DH on his surgery. I suppose you have some hand stitching prepped for your wait?
  • cheryll (gone stitchin) says: Well I had emailed you so I kinda knew all was OK...but it was so nice of "someone" to check! Lovely projects...and even one stitch counts towards progress. Enjoy your weekend or what remains of it! :)
  • Elaine/MuddlingThrough says: Bless your heart. You HAVE had your plate full, but you have still managed to start some very pretty needlework, and I really like that fabric for your grandson's quilt.
  • Rachaeldaisy says: I noticed yesterday that you hadn't blogged in a long time. All of your sewing projects are so cute and fun. Urban Stitches sounds wonderful! I'll be thinking of you and your family this week. I'm sure unpacking will be easier than sorting through lots of things. All the best for your husband's operation.
  • Denise in PA says: Good to hear from you! Best of luck to you mom with the more and prayers for you husband! Hoping you have a quiter - and quilter - Spring!
  • Joan says: Your stitching is always a delight to see. It's nice to know that even when life gets crazy we can always get a dose of reality with a few simple stitches! ;-)
  • Patti says: I love to see all of your amazing stitching projects, Karen. Wishing you well as your Mother settles into her new home, and your husband undergoes his surgery. So much on your plate! Take care of yourself as well, and I hope you have a lovely summer.
  • Bev C says: Hello Karen, Hope the family has now settled down, packing someone's life up must have been emotionally draining. Lots of stitching to work on in September. Hope your Husband comes through surgery and recovers quickly. Happy days. Bev.
  • Fiona says: oh I think you got lots done in between packing up etc.... I love the quilt and all those happy animals.... all the best with the move and your hubby's operation... and take care of yourself in the midst of it all.... Hugz
  • michelle from Rag-tag Stitchin' says: I too Karen was wondering if all was well in your world. A very difficult time organising aged care. Hope all goes well for your Hubby's surgery and your Mums transition. Your projects are so pretty. Thinking of you ..hugs xx
  • Deb@asimplelifequilts says: I love your quilt - such fun fabrics! And those stitching projects look perfect for squeezing in among your obligations. Good luck with the move and your DH's surgery - talk about a lot of stress.
  • Pauline says: You have been busy Karen...hoping all goes well with your hubby's surgery and your Mother's move...both are so stressful. Your stitching projects are always a delight. I'll be thinking of you on Thursday as I am sitting in the dentist's chair. Take care of yourself!! hugs, Pauline
  • Frances says: It looks to me like you have done a LOT during August....more than me!!!! So glad that you are just about finished with your Mom's move. Hope all goes well!!
  • Linda King says: Hope you have your Mom settled and your husband recovering! The quilt for your grandson looks adorable.
  • Suz says: I'd also been wondering how you were, and I am only now getting back to commenting! The snowman decoration is very cute! And so is the fox. I hope your husband is well on the way to recovery and Mum is settled in- not an easy time for you at all!

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