January 26 is Australia Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet way back in 1788, and a day to celebrate all things Australian. It is a family day of BBQs and roast lamb, the latter for me - roast lamb prepared by my MIL.
And just so you know that I will be in good sewing company today, this is what my MIL gets up to in her spare time. These star blocks are all beautifully hand pieced by my mother-in-law. Her hand stitching is perfection and I can only hope to one day have the patience and time to piece with such precision.
The diamonds are all traced onto fabric using a template, placing the template so as to fussy cut the desired image, cut using scissors, and a 1/4 inch seam allowance marked with pencil. My MIL can hand piece two star blocks in 45 minutes! 80 blocks completed, another 160 to go.
The fabrics may look familiar as my MIL raids my highly guarded scrap bin regularly! Naturally I supervise...