Friday, 27 November 2015

Keeping Busy

With Christmas around the corner, the round of end of year parties has started.  Its a busy time, but it also heralds the start of the summer holidays.

I've been doing some secret sewing.  The parcel to Julie (who blogs here) for the random give away I did a little while back is posted, but silly me didn't take any photos!!  Hopefully she will share some when she gets it.

Earlier this week I put the borders onto this little quilt top donated by some kind soul to Stitching Hearts.

It was hand pieced and a bit lumpy & wonky.  A good go with a steam iron laid all the seams flat, and it was time for the borders. 

Nothing flash - just enough to get it to the size we use at Stitching Hearts.  The fabrics were very old, mostly 50s and 60s I think.  I don't think there were any patchwork cottons at all.

Cute little cartoon pup in a shoe

Voiles & lawn in this one

The pink in the centre bottom is a seersucker. 
Whose dresses were made with the other fabrics I wonder?

Old fashioned prints & poly/cottons
A bit of a challenge!

On Wednesday 25th November, 5 P&O cruise ships came into Sydney Harbour together to celebrate the official naming of P&O's 2 newest ships.   The ships were Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Aria, Pacific Eden and Pacific Pearl.  We almost always have a cruise ship in the harbour, but all 5 at once was a bit spectacular. 

They gathered at the entrance to the harbour early on Wednesday, and formed a V formation to all sail into the Harbour together at 6.30am.
The Dearly Beloved just happened to be going on the Manly Ferry that afternoon, so I asked begged him to take some photos.

Pacific Aria at the Old Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay totally dwarfing it.  One of the ferries which serve the wharves within the Harbour on the left and the Harbour Bridge in the background on the right.  Ferries to Manly are much bigger as they have to go out across open water at the Heads.

In the photo below is Fort Denison in the foreground, the first fort built in Sydney Cove from local sandstone and completed in 1857.  It was used as a prison for hardened criminals initially and was nicknamed "Pinchgut" because of the poor rations issued to the prisoners.  It is now a restaurant and wedding venue.

Think this next one is Pacific Dawn.  The yacht in the foreground is one of the entries in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which will begin on Boxing Day

And this is Pacific Pearl.

Quite a spectacular sight!

Til next time.....Keep on stitching.


  1. What a lovely little quilt you have finished Dasha! Wonderful photographs of the cruise ships! Must have been spectacular to see them all enter the harbour together! Christine x

  2. Lovely little quilt, Dasha. Those ships must have been a sight to see.

  3. Well done for sorting out that piece of patchwork - it looks great with it's borders and how fascinating to see all those old fabrics. It must have been a fantastic sight to see the 5 cruise ships coming into the harbour. xx


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