Saturday, October 26, 2013

We are making quilts...... maybe you can help us...

As many of you are aware we have had some devastating fires go through our little community and so many families have lost everything. A lot of families were not home and all they have are the clothes they where wearing to work and the kids have their uniform and school bag. I know if  could save one thing it would not be my school uniform.

The beautiful patchwork group that I attend every Thursday is made up a bunch of lovely ladies and live in this community and we want to do something to give to as many affected families as we can. Well we are patchwork group so we are going to do what we do best, and that is make quilts.

Here is the link to Tracey's Blog  Cook Quilt Crochet she runs the Springwood Salvation Army Patchwork Group, if you want to read a little more about it.

Now maybe you can help us a bit. You may want to come to our classes and help make quilts, or maybe you have a quilt project you started and are never going to finish and want to donate it to us to finish and give to a family, you may have an overflowing stash of fabric and a few metres donated won't even make a dent into that basket. If you can help in anyway send me an email to  and I would love to hear how you can help us.

Springwood Salvation Army Hall
15 - 23 Francis Street,
Faulconbridge, NSW, 2776

Filomena xx

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Springwood/Winmalee Fires

As many of you know I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, right in the middle of the recent bush fires.

Thursday started as a normal day, but not long after lunch things changed and they changed fast. In no time there was smoke and sirens everywhere. I looked out to the backyard. It didn't look good.

I wanted to get to my kids from school and went off to get them but I was quickly blocked off from getting to them. The road was closed and I was on the other side.

This is what I had to get past to get to the kids. There was no way they where letting anyone past.

 I rang Dave to let him know something was happening up here and this was his view from the city where he works.

There where sirens, Fire trucks, helicopters everywhere. But the scariest noise was a deep bellowing sound going through the trees as the fire go closer, loud crackling noises and banging noises as gas pipes and windows exploded.

Fire Trucks past the front of our house

 These guys are fantastic they fly back and forth picking up water as fast as they could. It was amazing to watch.

My father in Law was able to get to the kids from the other side and so picked them up. Once I knew they where safe and out of the area I packed some things. As I was leaving I said good bye to the house. I was sure it wasn't going to be here when I got back. It is just a little timber home surrounded by trees.

It was so nice to see it still standing there, when we came back the next day. I am sure this old house has been through many of these fires.

The fire did get to our backyard and put out by some amazing fire-fighters.

Many families around us where deeply affected. and sooooo many homes where destroyed in this fire. It is quite sad as I now drive around Winmalee and see some of the homes and some of them are friends and many of the homes are my kids friends from school. It has brought me to tears on a number of occasions.

 The photo below was taken by a resident from Katoomba. Imagine driving down the road and seeing this in front of you. It looks like the end of the world.

Well the fires have been going for a week now and I have evacuated twice with the kids. Feeling a bit like a yoyo. But I don't want to be here with 4 scared kids. The weather today is much cooler and hope that the fire fighters get some relief soon. The support and generosity I have seen from my community to those affected has been amazing. Even though we live with the threat of bush fires every summer I would not want to live anywhere else.

Filomena xx

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dish Cloth Swap and Pattern

Over at One Crafty Mumma, Mel is running a dish cloth swap. I love making dish cloths as they are such a quick and easy project and a nice little gift too. I thought I would show you each of the dish cloths I make and give you the pattern as well.
So here is the first one I have made.

It is really easy and quick to put this one together and the best part is, it even does the border as you go. That little scalloped edge is formed as you go. So super easy. And look at that gorgeous stitch pattern. This one is one of my favourites.

And my favourite cotton to use is sugar'n  cream. Luckily a shop not very far from me stocks this beautiful yarn and I can pop in anytime I need some more.

What you will need:

  • a ball of sugar'n cream any colour ( you can easily get 2 dish cloths from one ball of yarn)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook

Instructions: using UK terms

Chain 30

Row 1:  (tr, ch2, dc) into the 4th chain from the hook. *Skip 3 chains, (2tr, ch2, dc) into the next stitch. Repeat from the * until you reach the end. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 2: (tr, ch2, dc) into the chain 2 space. *(2tr, ch2, dc) into the next chain 2 space. Repeat from the * for each remaining chain 2 space. Chain 2 and turn.

Repeat row 2 until it is square. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy making this disc cloth. Let me know how you go making yours....


See you in a few days for the next dish cloth and pattern.

Filomena xx