Thursday, June 13, 2019

Handwork....


Handwork has been my sanity lifeline for the last few weeks....  I just love that after we have eaten our evening meal we sit in front of the TV and I pick up my handwork.....

I have sewn down the binding for these next two zippy vinyl bags.....


… sewn to the back of course where there is no vinyl..... 


… and attached the stitchery circle to the Dresden plate (which was already stitched down) 


… and finished off the last Flowerville stitchery ….  next ChooseDay I will sew the little plates ….


… and finally last night I did the last stitches of my second sock.....


I am ridiculously pleased with my first ever hand made socks... mistakes and all they will still be lovely and snug.

It's warmed up again here so I don't need them at the moment... but no doubt cold winter weather will come visiting again over the next couple of months...

Righto, Gotto Go..... I need to go and pull out some postcards to stitch tonight.....


Sunday, June 9, 2019

FNWF


Double date with Cheryll hosting FNWF and Marion hosting Sit and Sew at The Quilters Angel...

I took my Flowerville and carried on with some of that... still a fair bit to do but hopefully I will get that done during the evenings this week …..


I did sew down the binding for one of my project folders (Marilyn's pattern) ….. 


A quilted back and the zippy front with vinyl.....


Righto, Gotto Go.... trying to get some 'work quilting' done on this misty damp cold day ….. I have had more election counting work this week so things are getting behind....

Take care, be happy and enjoy your crafting......x

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Finally.....


I got to go on a pre-booked bus trip to meet up with Michelle.....

We met up at Beenleigh Quilters show... they had quite a lovely variety of quilts, and a trading hall and a lovely room full of ladies sharing their crafts.

I neglected to take pictures as my phone was almost on empty (silly me forgot to charge it) but Michelle said I could use some of hers.... (thanks Michelle)



I enjoyed seeing a Splendid Sampler - this is one that I made aswell (mine is still not quilted) though this lady did a lot more blocks and her setting is just lovely - shows the blocks off so well.... 


I thought this was a really fun foundation pieced quilt.... 


Michelle has quite a few more pictures of quilts.... go HERE for a look...

I found some of this Japanese style fabric which I have been coveting for some time - it was drastically reduced so of course I couldn't leave it behind....


this is one of the hand made goodies on sale...


a clever little project pouch with a bunch of zip lock bags in it....

I have no idea what I will use it for..


… an easy thing to make ….

 and I also found this set of little cases.....


I have no idea why I bought them….. but they are sweet and could store fabric.....  impulse buy which is silly of me.... they all fit inside each other



Finally I also got to go to ChooseDay sewing too …

I sewed a Dresden plate circle for Flowerville

now I need to applique it down and add the stitchery to the centre


Then I did a bit of fiddly little foundation piecing.... to make a micro mini quilt.....  

this will be a part of something else but it took me ages it needs its own special mention.... 


I have had a bunch of Marilyn's project binders planned for ages... I managed to quilt the panels for the back previously and started putting these together....

They have clear vinyl on the fronts.... I just need to sew down the binding for them now.....


Marilyn's free tutorial is HERE

More soup has been made - this time pumpkin

(last week I had a big fail pumpkin soup and it all went down the plughole)



… happily this one worked just fine....

I feel a bit bored with my soups... same same always

got any good soup recipes anyone????

...perfect for a cool evening.....

Righto, Gotto Go.... some binding to do.....


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Winter is on it's way.....


This is my one and only finish for May....

One Christmas Item and One Project a Month combined in an evening!


These are all the little ornies I have made so far this year... I managed to squeeze out a bit of extra from the left over felt so there will be some duplicates... 


I continue to do a bit of hand-sewing in the evenings and I have another 4 postcards finished....  I'm looking forward to a me sewing day to start putting more of these into blocks....


My latest Flowerville stitchery is completed.. and also waiting for a me sewing day to get the little Dresden's made.... 

One more stitchery to go.... 


 The weather has cooled quickly this week.....  and a large pot of soup has been made....


… and the log fire has been lit.... 


Some of my favourite things about Winter weather.... I know we have a mild Winter here in SE Queensland but I do enjoy wooly slippers, tracky pants, etc for a couple of months... (soon I will also be enjoying hand made socks too!)

Righto, Gotto Go... I have a day at home and some quilting jobs to get to.....


Sunday, May 26, 2019

May FNSI

Thanks Wendy for gathering us together......

… well for me it was a FNKI

...and I finished my first sock....

I used a sock wool from Bendigo Wool and I am learning via Jane from UK doing her workshop and a lot of online assistance....


I did drop a stitch and picked it up wrong.... so I have a little kink on the underneath of the sock... proves it is handmade???? 


… and my toe end has a bit of a nipple... so we will be having a chat about how to deal with toe-nipples next week.

Otherwise it is a perfect fit and I have started the rib for it's partner...... 


In the garden I am delighted our Cooktown Orchid is flowering... there are 3 spikes on it and it has just begun.  Michelle gave us this bit and Hubz has been the carer…..


Saturday afternoon I treated myself to a chickflick and got out my crochet blanket... it's been a full on May for me ..... I watched Ladies in Black, an Australian film set in 1959 …. great to have a glimpse of life then and how women had to forge new lives.


Righto, Gotto Go..... a beautiful Sunday needs living.....


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MIA

Last week I have been best friends with


and cold tablets and cough mixture

This week I have been best friends with this cover (still snuffly but feeling ok but shamefully I shared my lurgy with Hubz so he has been off work)


During elections I have for a while done 'election day' but this time I asked to do some after work for the rest of the week.  We live in such a democratic country and I must say I do enjoy learning about the process.

As a result not much stitching has been done.....

… but my first sock is growing and soon I will decrease for the toes


In the garden the zygo cacti have been flowering....

I love this bright pink colour



These pale pale pink aren't as dramatic but I think they are even more beautiful.... so soft and dreamy 


Righto, Gotto Go.... get back to that sock knitting.  I do hope you can avoid colds, coughs, flu …...


Thursday, May 16, 2019

A weekend away......


Hubz and I went for a weekend away with friends from way back ….. a couple of hours drive for us to Stanthorpe (the one place in Queensland that can get snow) and home of "The Big Apple)

I took this one with a vehicle in it to give you an idea of the size.....


I might have played around a bit.….


Once we met up with friends off we went to find sustenance.... not sure about Hubz choice!


There are heaps of places to pop in and visit..... I kept forgetting photo's....

candles.....


Olives.....

 … fudge....

hand made pottery, wineries, breweries, cherry icecream, etc..... something around every corner almost....

Beautiful days and cool nights, the log fire was very welcome....


We have heard a lot about drought and how it has effected farmers.... a big affect has been felt by the vineyards and olive groves.  One olive place we visited didn't manage to get a crop at all this year and vineyards production was halved...

Here at our accommodation it was clear that a lot of mature trees had died...   


WE stayed at a vineyard and were able to take lovely walks..... amongst the vines.... 


 … and up into the granite rocky areas....


Huge big 'flat rock'.  Gus the resident dog was just delightful and led us along.... 



We went for a long hike the next day ……. 



 It's not called the Granite Belt for nothing....


My calves certainly felt it the next day... so many steps!  and sustenance was needed after.... 


WE also visited a home pottery and I loved this little possum tail hanging out the box..... 


We did visit several other wineries and breweries, had more walks, lovely meals and home made icecreams…. I forgot to take pictures most of the time....

This is the winery where we stayed (this is not our cottage but where they do tastings and events).  The Twisted Gum..... 


of course some came home with us.... 


I did do a few rows of my crochet in the evenings.... not much though, early beds after walks and wines.... 


Righto, Gotto Go, I also brought home a cough and cold so I'm feeling very sorry for myself!  Off to dose up and mix up some lemon and honey.....



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