Welcome Canvas and Desk-Skirt


So here is the next canvas, that you only had a peek of at the end of the last post.

This is a present that was gifted last night.  It was actually the last of all the Christmas gatherings I have been to – almost a whole month after the event!  The group of ladies from North of The Yarra Quilters Guild, who I sit with, do an annual Kris Kringle gift swap, and this was the earliest that we could assemble to do a big exchange.


This “Welcome” canvas was for Christine, who has a new blog called MacDonalds Patch (I must update my blog-roll over there).  I was really pleased with the fabric I used, as Christine is a lover of all things country and romantic, and has a home decorated in maroons and greens.  I thought this was perfect.  I believe the fabric is from a French General (Moda) range, but the fat quarter I bought did not have the selvage with information on it.  Unlike the “Eight” – I got the fabric stretched nice and taut on this canvas, using slightly damp fabric as described in the last post.


This is a little more sewing I have been doing to set up my studio/sewing room.  I had this old, very narrow, fold-up table, to sit my computer on.

As it sits close to the lounge room end of the room (in other words the part of the room that is for other members of the family as well) I wanted to make it look a little nicer.  3 metres of homespun from Lincraft later, and I have a lovely skirt/tablecloth for the table, to hide the horror of this view from the casual observer…


This just happens to be the same fabric that I used in the centre of my string blocks, and co-ordinates nicely with the cutting table and the little desk draws on wheels that Luke and I painted black and pale green way back before the millennium.

Speaking of the Millennium, I have read through the first two of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, and am waiting for my Mum to finish “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest”  The books are very hard to put down, and I had to discipline myself to get some sleep.  It is just as well I don’t have the next one yet.  What are you reading – anything gripping?

3 thoughts on “Welcome Canvas and Desk-Skirt

  1. As it happens, I have just finished a beautiful book called ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows. Odd title I know, but it’s about the German Occupation of Guernsey during WW 2 and the power of reading good books to make the heart lighter. Sounds heavy but is in the form of letters and done with such a light touch. I found it 2 weeks ago on a cruise boat on the Nile (of all places). Just shows how the right book falls into your hands so often. Magic! Happy New Year Claire and family.

  2. was a great night last night even with the unexpected power outage! such lovely gifts were exhanged.
    you are doing a great job with decorating your new house. I have a ‘fish’ tank in my front room that I often look at and think it needs a nice skirt to hide the underside…. i could then use it for more storage!! ohhh another ufo in the offing!

  3. I love your welcome sign! And the desk skirt looks pretty – much better than those wires! I’m not reading anything at the moment (except blogs!) but I do have some books on order from Amazon that should be arriving soon, so I’m looking forward to that.
    Rachel x

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