Monday, July 13, 2020

That was a weekend....

Suddenly it is Monday again.....

I spent Saturday doing my own sewing ...

I had these blocks together with the sashing but wanted to use up the leftovers in making a scrappy border.....


It is now a large single bed size...... and I'm happy with it..... 


I did these blocks with Jane's sewalong and learnt some new manipulation of 9 patch blocks

Now it is packed away with a backing, wadding and binding... waiting in the Quilting Queue for the next play date...


There were a bunch of squares still left so I have joined them together..... I was thinking tray mats but there is more than I need... so maybe a tote bag, a couple of tray mats and a mug rug....  they can wait....


Then I started prepping up for the next round of my Love quilt..... 1/2" hexagons... hmmmmm

but they do make sweet little flowers..... 


I have finished my 4 little stitcheries for Wish You Well.... and in the next week I will choose some fabrics and lace and put the block together....

I like the 'simplify' and do think it's good to do that..... too easy to overthink things and make life more difficult that in needs to be....


It appears my comments are back.... I reverted to the old blogger and redid all my email settings..... however a few still come in as no-reply and one doesn't come at all for some reason (so sorry if I'm not responding to you).

Righto, Gotto Go... one of those simple things to do includes hanging out the washing! Yay!!!!

Have a lovely week......


Friday, July 10, 2020

Stitching ......

My little banner is growing... there is two of the bunny stitcheries so I did them in tandem since they were both using the same colour threads....


I rather like the bunny's expression...

The banner is by Natalie Bird and I purchased my pre-printed panel from The Quilters Angel (who have built up their on-line shop with the closing of their bricks and mortar storefront)

Next door building is making progress..... This is our view looking at the bird feeder..... 


there used to be a lovely tree with berries that the wild birds just loved just on the other side of the fence.... but the chainsaw won that round..... and now we have a view of the portaloo! (at least that is not permanent)

In fact every single tree was removed so the whole place could be flattened.... 


Yup... construction takes no sides with the environment.... chop all trees and leave your mess.....


we do have a good hedge between us and them except for this little spot which used to be filled with the lovely tree with the berries the birds like....

Last night I finished up this little stitchery.... it is one for my July instalment of Gail Pan's BOM 


Hair cut day today..... it's been a while and I look a bit like a shaggy dog..... I moved hairdresser about a year ago to a lovely young girl who didn't charge a fortune just for a trim which only lasts a few weeks.... she does a lovely cut, knows I like a short fringe and my ears covered..... but now she is stopping and going on a holiday.....  I'm very pleased for her but not for me!

I was still having problems with comments .... so I have reverted back to old blogger and reset all my settings... see if that works....

Righto, Gotto Go..... I want to quickly sew up a seam for a backing before I go for my beautification....

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A weekend away....


Off to the coast......


Long beach walks....


Exotic meals out....



A little bit of stitching..... 


DD and widget invited us to join their weekend away at a unit in Broadbeach... a city by the beach... easy walking distance to food joints and 5 minutes walk to the beach so just park and relax....

Last Tuesday a friend came over with a new pattern and some wool fabric..... I took out an old blanket and we each made some slippers....


Not the greatest fit and they are not so good for walking around, but lovely and snug while I am just sitting in front of the TV...

Righto, Gotto Go... there is always a large pile of washing after a weekend away!!!!

Still not sure if comments is sorted or not - apologies if I am not answering as it means they aren't coming through on email.... trying something else .... sigh


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

and now it's July.....

I seem to have lost getting emails of my comments... so please accept my apologies if I haven't answered recentlyh.  I have tried a couple of things but it doesn't seem to have worked so I will tick the box after I have posted this until things sort out...  I know a few people have had difficulty recently.... all is not lost just have to adapt...

Half way through the year already....

Machine sewing saw me put these blocks together for Wish You Well BOM

This is May's block....
(which I realised I had missed a little circle after I photographed but its added now)


and this is June's block
(Karen I used lace from the lovely gift you sent me in both of these blocks... thank you)


Here are the two blocks together (with the little heart circle added)


... and progress to date....


Since I only started this project in April I am glad to have got myself up to date... just in time for this months block which is printed and ready for tracing the embroideries....

I also machine sewed on the borders for my Love Quilt so that I could needleturn the little corners on.... 


... and they are all ready... next round is a wider border with 1/2" hexagon flowers!!!


There is no pressure on this project but I am enjoying slowly doing each part to it.....

Building has started next door so there are machines all day.... the clouds have come over which means it is not as cold, I need some groceries so I have to make a trip out... and I am looking forward to a weekend with Hubz, daughter and widget

I hope you have a lovely rest of the week.....



Saturday, June 27, 2020

WOOFA and other things......


Cheryll hosts WOOFA to motivate working on projects....

my list of UFO's is certainly getting less, (not to say I haven't started things so that I can have a decent list next year!!!)

This month the main WOOFA project was my pineapple quilt.... this is all finished now


.. the other one I worked on was putting the blocks together for this quilt.... but it won't be quilted for a while I think....


Did you know Facebook now has a 'Rooms' function?  I learnt of it when a room was sorted to celebrate MIL's 90th birthday.... so a few of us had a go this week.... and it works very well....

Sue in Victoria, (hope you don't mind me stealing your picture) Maria from WA and Michelle and I in Queensland....

took a bit of getting used to as we all want to talk at the same time (wierd hey?)


I did a few more borders on my crochet blocks while we chatted.....


 My most favourite LQS closed it's bricks and mortar store this week.  Thank goodness it will still operate but in different ways and we can still keep in contact.  Of course with changes there is sales.... I did limit what I got but I popped in yesterday for my last visit at that spot and got hold of this piece of fabric....



I have absolutely no idea what to do with it... but look... glow in the dark!!!  If nothing else it will make me smile!


This week I worked on my needleturn centre for a quilt.....

I need to add on some borders and then there is some more needleturn to go in the corners...

So pretty.... Pattern book is "Blue" by Natalie Bird and I am using Tilda fabrics.....


Righto, weekend is here, the floors have been mopped and I can go and play with my quilting machine... after my cuppa that is!

Have a lovely weekend.....

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Busy, busy .....


Sunday Stitchers UFO challenge number was #11 and that is now completed...

A boro piece I had stitched up some time ago to make into a snappy purse....


no pattern... and it shows... I have no idea what I was supposed to do with that snappy thing but it certainly doesn't look right...


My purse is ugly... but it works and now it holds my rotary cutters....  I will one day learn how to properly include those snap frames....

A lovely surprise in the post for me this week.... Karen saw I was using old lace in my Wish You Well BOM and has sent me some pieces to choose from.....  there are some lovely different ones there and I'm looking forward to playing with them... thanks so much Karen....xxx


Isn't it so fun when something unexpected arrives?

I gave myself a morning of my own machine sewing this week and did some more blocks of Jane's sampler sewalong....


different variations of a 9 patch....


sometimes just the arrangement of colours...


and other times an unusual manipulation of the blocks giving a 3D look...


the blocks are 14"....


now I have all 12 blocks done..... Jane has a lovely setting on point but I think I will just add sashing and a border which will keep the size down a bit....


Another sweet stitchery for Wish You Well - that ribbon filling in took me a few evenings!!



Righto, Gotto Go.... need to chuck a log on the fire and go check on that chicken I have in the oven....

Have a lovely rest of the week....

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