Saturday, February 16, 2019

FNSI February


This Friday was 


hosted by Wendy.... thanks so much

I worked on a postcard …… still got the border to do ….


on Friday waiting at my front door from the postie was a surprise from Sue.... she had seen my lovely Hoya and found a pretty white one so she sent it up to me....  It was so well wrapped that no damage was done at all.... 


Thanks so much... it's going to look gorgeous with my other one.....

During the week I did get another postcard done ….. 


… and I pulled out these figurines to adorn a tallboy dresser....


the detail in them is wonderful.... so beautifully painted


…. even the seam lines at the back of the jacket....


.. they are all damaged … this one has had a thyroidectomy and lost his little nest in his hand...


I'm sure there is some significance about holding a nest... any ideas?


Just look at that clothing … such pretty fabric....

not sure I could cope with the romance of that era... but it is lovely to look at....


Righto, Gotto Go..... coffee is brewing.... then I'll have a wander over HERE and read what others sewed last night....


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Keeping on going....


This big block is finished now...  I am really enjoying these stitcheries with the lovely variegated thread and then making up the little Dresden blades and finally appliqueing them all together.


At the weekend Hubz put up some nails and got "My Small World" up in it's place above the bed


I finished off these pretty little stitcheries.  They were started in September last year at Stitchers Dream Day out where we did the colouring and setting.

The pattern is for a manicure set but I will adapt it a little to be something for sewing …. perhaps a thread holder....


This ChooseDay I caught up on my One Block Wednesday blocks....

12 for last week....


… and 12 for this week...


I love the look of lots of small repeat blocks... but I have to admit I do find it tedious so it's a good project to do with company.....

Whilst Hubz had the hammer and nails out we also put up this little group of watercolours…. I know nothing about them except they were in my Grandparents home once ….  I love them....


Righto, Gotto Go.....  got some job job things to catch up on.....

Keep safe, floods, drought, dust storms, heat waves, temperatures dropping suddenly, fires etc here in Aus and freezing conditions at the other side of the world .... gosh the weather is being fierce and effecting so many people in different ways....


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bits and Pieces.....


Firstly a quick message for Kathleen - thanks for your comments.  They come as no reply and there is nothing on your profile for me to message back.  I really appreciate your comments though.  Thanks....

Last week I hand stitched down the last of my circles.....


… when I counted them up I have exactly 200 of them.... so I will make it 14 x 14 blocks.... which will make it a 56" square quilt, though I am likely to end up adding some borders 


I'm in no rush to put it together so in the meantime they can sit in a box and wait patiently for me.... 


Hubz had some work towards Sunshine Coast way.... being the considerate wife I am I accompanied him..... while he went to work I entertained myself..... 


I really, really love the coast …...  lunch with friends the next day before coming home again


I did take a bit of stitching to do also.... this is from our Stitchers Dream Day Out last year... a UFO that needs completing.... 


I have some simple knitting for in the car... I need something I don't need to continually watch what I am doing....  it was a 2 cloth trip each way!


Black dishcloths is a bit out of the ordinary... but I was given a bunch of cotton yarn so I am using that....

Today I worked on more UFO's.….  these are some sweet fabric shapes I got last year... I did a bunch of them but Debbie suggested having lavender bags in project containers to keep them smelling fresh (while waiting for some attention)

So I stuffed these while sitting under the aircon watching a movie (Hello, My Name is Doris with Sally Field - was quite fun!)


… and I also finished these other 2 zippy bags which were hanging over from last year (pattern by Natalie Bird) - and another lavender bag which got missed


So all in all lots done.  I have to admit the UFO's really didn't have much that needed doing, it does make me wonder why I didn't just get them finished at the time!

Righto, Gotto Go ….. time to do something about tonights meal....



Thursday, February 7, 2019

My Small World....


We have always enjoyed having some version of art hanging on our walls, but have been a bit slow adding since we repainted the inside of the house.…. more careful I guess and putting up the pictures that we especially like.

However, there is a blank spot in our bedroom.  I used to have a large square quilt hanging but our headboard now partly covers it....

… so that was the reason for the frenzied quilting of My Small World last weekend...


Its bound and ready for hanging now....

I took quite a few pictures.... I played around with the quilting - because it's a hanging it doesn't matter that it is a bit firm....



different textures in the sky.....




I do like the odd little bit of fussy cutting I did..... (there's a tiger in the house!) 


I do like lizards ….

… real cats make my eyes itch... so I got a fabric one instead....


the hills are are alive...... 


I really enjoyed all the different bits to this quilt....


Blocks were made then all of a sudden they all fit together... 


Meanwhile outside my Hoya is going crazy.... every day there is a few more inches along the wires and new buds growing 


the leaves stand up towards the light... so it shows off the flowers hanging down so nicely... 


… and this little basket plant (I have no idea what it's called) is looking so pretty... I love the different shades of green in it 


A bit cooler here at the moment… no real rain but light drizzle.  I am enjoying the cool.

Righto, Gotto Go...  things to do, .....  


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

ChooseDay sewing.....


It all started with a long list....


First off was to put the final border on my Granny Square quilt.... 


not much to that - the strips were cut so it was just measuring and stitching


I have some plain red I will use for binding ….. (one day)



Need to look out for backing then this one can join the quilting queue....

Next I chain stitched a bunch of tiny Dresden blades 


.. and made a pretty plate of them… ready for hand-sewing down in the evening.... 


Garden Sunshine by Quilt Doodle Designs is a sweet mystery quilt I am doing.... this is February's block....  a Facebook group is keeping me motivated to keep up....


Susan and Elyte are my motivation for this next one...  I wasn't planning on doing it but I loved their blocks... and I did have a bundle of shirtings that have been lounging in my drawer for years....

One block Wednesday is hosted by Temulca Quilt Company.... 



I was a week behind so I did two sets today.... they don't take too long and I had the pieces all cut and ready....



I placed the finished blocks in a tin..... (the blocks are 4" square) 


I hope I don't forget where I put them!  The plan is to do 12 blocks per week for 30 weeks for the quilt. I think I will be able to keep up with that.


so I definitely ticked some things off the list... there is still lots more to be done though.

I do enjoy the ChooseDays… its lots of sewing time

Righto, Gotto Go.... I smell coffee!

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