Friday, May 29, 2015

This and That.....

These Nature's Journey blocks just squeezed into this months deadline....


This is a Stitch-A-Long being hosted by Chooky.... and there are heaps of lovely blocks to see....


I've also been working on In My Garden stitcheries


This is a Stitch-A-Long hosted by De on Facebook....


... and I have been practicing my quilting... this is for Free Motion hosted by QuiltShopGal


.. and this is my flowering cactus... hosted by me....


... and getting ready for a cyber party hosted by Chooky's  - sign ups HERE ... are you joining in? ...

I'll pop in and out between child minding, house hunting, open house etc ....

Righto, Gotto Go.... planning to do

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great news......

You will be amazed at my cleverness today..... ok not my cleverness but I am very proud

Please meet Beau ... our newest grandson born yesterday ....


8lbs 14 oz so not a lightie....  all well and born after lunch and home by dinner....

Righto, Gotto Go.....  isn't he GORGEOUS???? 



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Butterfly.... my butterfly....

... wait for me .. don't fly away....

On this post HERE I showed my first few butterflies made using Chantelle's tutorial HERE

Well, I did get a bit carried away cleaning up some of the scraps I had...

I think they look lovely flying on the quilt...


I'm not too sure what I will do with them .. but for the meantime they have to pretend they are still in cocoons....


... as this is happening to our house.....


... and if it sell we will need to find a new home!... staying in this area 

This little "I is for Icecream" alphabet bear has been completed.... 
(Michelle's pattern set)


Righto, Gotto Go.. what ideas to do with a bunch of flutterby's?




Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's the 24th.....

.. which means we get to open our little swap parcels...

this is what had arrived earlier this week... my pincushion swap parcel from Susan

I've always admired Susan's lovely work and attention to detail so I was a little bit excited


... oh my gosh....

isn't it amazing....


.... look at all the detail.. fussy cut hexies and cross stitched seams...


... wait.. there's more...

... there is another side to it!!


my lovely pincushion arrived with a couple of Anni Downs labels and the cutest card made with hexies..


Thank you so much Susan... I love my newest pincushion.

I didn't catch an early enough post this week so my partners's hasn't arrived yet.... I am so sorry ... so if you were expecting one in Susan's pincushion swap and it hasn't arrived you can blame me....

... but this is part of it....


Righto, Gotto Go .....Sunday is here to be enjoyed ... Hubz is in the garden and my machine is calling out to me...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Done.....

Here is the finished quilt that Chookyblue made ....


... and sent to me to quilt and bind....


... ready to be posted off to Jewells ...

  • will make someone happy who lost so much in the Dugong floods


I got an interesting parcel in the post this week???
I wondered if someone thought I was changing hobbies?


This is what is inside... my swap pressie with came from Susan


 ..... no opening yet.....
...but I'm a bit excited...
.. it's quite heavy and doesn't rattle!..

In my evenings I have stitched a little mouse.... it's for a gift so I hope (secret) isn't frightened of mice


Last year I made up some wine totes to give as gifts (shown on this post HERE and there is a link to the free tutorial)  - last week I found some perfect fabric to make up a new supply later this year..... isn't is so fun?



Autumn has arrived properly now... we had a long summer but now leaves are changing colours and there is lots falling... beautiful blue skies, warm days and cool evenings.... I do love autumn


G is for Garden


Righto, Gotto Go.... my garden needs some watering too.... need to keep the grass nice and green


Monday, May 18, 2015

Good Monday.....

I wanted to show you a picture of the birthday cake my daughter made for Widget..... I think it's just lovely... you can see he does too!!


On Friday I joined a group of other ladies sewing some bags.. these will be for children who arrive at Domestic Violence shelters with their mums... aren't they lovely..... drawstring bags and then filled with some toiletry items....


As with all groups, you have the few that sit and chat and stage themselves for photographs.... Sue is boss (far left with the blue cowl on) and she designed the drawstring bag....


.. this is where the work was really happening!!! ....


Kris didn't make it into these happy snaps but she was there too.... and between us and help from Steph and Marion at The Quilters Angel we got 28 bags done.... good work ladies...

If anyone is keen to make a bag I can send a pattern, and address where to post it to (I am happy to collect them and pass them on to Sue) ... and if anyone is keen to send fabric all it needs is two 10" by 12" pieces in kiddy fabric and the same size in lining fabric... so they don't take much.

These cooler evenings have been great for getting a start on the binding for this quilt ... should be ready to post in the next couple of days....


... something else I have been playing with are these origami butterflies.... they are just little but I love them and as usual prepped up a whole lot using scraps I had.... these are the first few


I used this tutorial HERE from a bloggy friend .... she has lots of lovely quilts to look at....

Righto, Gotto Go... Good Monday is calling ......

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Quilting and stitching....

This Friday was FNSI hosted by our gracious host Wendy

I had a day and a night and a bit into the Northern Hemisphere Friday... it's such fun having international friends that need company whilst sewing....

So... I have been getting up to all sorts of mischief.....

Chookyblue has a friend looking out for quilts to give to people in her town that were affected by sudden floods this year....

I didn't feel I had time to do up a whole quilt but I offerred to quilt one

Look at the beauty Chooky sent me to play with...

I love the mix of rich colours and the layout for the disappearing nine patch blocks


... this is my quilting plan...


.. and here is a block with the quilting done


the ends have lots of squares so I 'orange peeled' them all


... and did wiggly lines in the border


...it's a man quilt so I resisted doing feathers!!! ...


got to trim and bind so will show you the whole thing when that is done....

... for my real time Friday night I handstitched the green on these....


today is Mr 6's birthday... he is widget who gets to come over here quite often.. the only of my 7 grandies who lives nearby so he has to put up with a lot from me

I love this mischievous look on his latest school photo ....


I left wrapping his parcels late... so he has to make do with some Christmas wrapping paper


I doubt he will notice....

Righto, Gotto Go... I have a birthday lunch to attend....

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