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February 2014

Quilted dog bed

I do like a small quilting project for the immediate satisfaction.  Quilts rarely get finished in this house.  Recently I made a quilted cover for our dear Lucy's bed.

Quilted dog bed 3

The awful vinyl cover that this dog bed came with was not going to cut it for our pooch.  The cover I made was very much inspired by this image in my favourites on flickr.

I used a Denyse Schmidt fat quarter bundle for the sides and the piping.  I prewashed some linen for the top and bottom and then quilted it in a diagonal grid pattern.  I inserted a big metal zip that would stand up to a beating and frequent washings which I hid in the seam under the piping.  The sides are quilted in a loop-the-loop pattern.

Quilted dog bed 2

The bottom line though, is that Lucy approves and is happy to sit on this bed and not the sofas.

Back to school, back to reality

I always love the return to the school year.  My boys don't get quite as excited as I do about all their new stationery and fresh notebooks.  I guess it's not a boy thing.

My head is spinning though.  Normally a long, lazy January at the beach gets me ready to start February with a bang.  This year was very different because of our very special European Christmas.

The coat I made for Adelaide came in extremely handy.  She wore it every day we were out and about.

Europe Eiffel Tower

We loved showing the children the famous sights.

Europe family Eiffel Tower

Anything with an engineering angle was of great interest to the boys.  Things like the Eiffel Tower, the Tower of London or Venice stirred their curiosity and led to hundreds of questions about how things were built, why, who, when.  Nothing like seeing things in person to awaken an interest in history and languages.

Europe San Cassiano

Travelling with four children can have its challenges.  Not everyone is up to queueing for three hours to see a famous painting.  So we packed our trip with lots of skiing which was so much fun.

Europe skiing

We've returned home with some fabulous memories and a list of favourite places that one day the children might be lucky enough to return to.

Europe Trento

But that won't be happening anytime soon. We've told them they'll be lucky if they get to eat out at the Flinders pub next summer.  I've certainly had enough German sausages to last a lifetime.