Monday, November 30, 2009

Well I have managed to unchain my self from my machine as I have been very busy finishing of quilt's that people want for Christmas, as well getting ahead so I can have some time off over the holidays with the boys and not feel guilty about the work I should be doing. In between this I have started to put together the sampler quilt I only have two more rows and then the borders. Although I have found a few mistakes in the pattern so I have had to remake a few things but luck they were generous with the fabric, I guess this sometimes happens.

As for these funny looking oranges ( yes they where once a orange) I have been making clove balls every year since the boys where baby's . They have to dry abit and then you can tie a ribbon around them with some Cinnamon sticks on top , they are a great present to give some one . All I can say is the house smells so yummy at the moment as they have a great smell. I have tried them with lemons as well and the smell is amazing. My Nana still has the few my Auntie made here at school and that was over 40 years ago . When you pack away your tree if you put some in the box over time the tree will have the same smell and they also keep away the bugs.

Take care and happy sewing
Big Hugs Bec


  1. Bec,

    Love the sampler. We are bird people as well and love to feed them in the winter. Love the orange idea. I will have to try that!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog of an antique doll quilt! One week left for the drawing! Thought you would like to know!

    Thanks, Stephanie

  2. Your blocks are superb. I love the fabric combinations. I must try the lemon version as I have made them with oranges and you are right they smell fantastic. Ann :)

  3. Your sampler quilt so far is just exquisite, Bec! So, so beautiful in these striking fabric combinations.

    Oranges that not only look pretty, but smell good AND keep bugs away? Can't beat that!

  4. I like your sampler quilt. I do the same with oranges in the sumer when we travel with ous caravan to keep the bugs out.

  5. Love the sampler blocks. I need to make a sampler quilt again.
    I remember making clove balls when I was little. maybe I'll get Gemma to make some this year

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  6. Sounds like you've been a busy bee, cant wait to see your sampler quilt finished it looks so lovely. I must make an orange like this with my kids, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I made one of the oranges tonight to make my house smell nice for Christmas. Just one, and it fills the air with a wonderful scent. I have to make more. I love them. Thanks for the idea. Do you really have some 40 years old? My husband thinks they will rot.