Saturday, May 20, 2017

FNSI - May

I think this post should be "Friday Night Recovery"

Friday, I had a FART - a Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!!!

Off to Toowoomba -  to meet Chookyblue, Fiona & Kris plus another sewing buddy Maree.

After a wet and very foggy drive up the range, I met the others in a lovely cafe - on a sunny day it would be lovely looking out at Queens park - today you could barely see across the road . .
Much chatting over a coffee..... as you would expect.
Then off for a short drive - we were heading to patchwork shops - but we met up in a car park somewhere (???) and travelled in 2 cars to the shops.  I was wondering if anyone looking on wondered what would make us all congregate in an almost unused car park and then take off . . .Oh well - their problem...not mine.

I did acquire some fabric . . .and a few other bits . . .



but it all has a purpose/project.... no more buying just because I like it.   (so far this year I have almost stuck to it! LOL)

After all that hard work - some design decisions had to be made for some other purchases - we enjoyed a small lunch, then a farewell to all and off down the range in even more rain and no less fog.

DH & I then went out for dinner - we had a voucher that had to be used by the end of the month.
Finally home to unpack purchases, plus a few other items I collected . . . .

A busy but very enjoyable day.



Got to love bloggy friends.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Quote of the day - maybe a lifetime!

I am currently reading the Blossom Street series.  I have read #1 before, but am re-reading it before I start the rest of the series.

The story is about a lady who opens a yarn shop and there are quotes throughout the book.  

 I earmarked this one:

If you can count the number of projects you have going, 
you need to begin another, 
so you have a varied range of complexity, 
from the very simple 'mindless' ones to those that demand undivided attention.
Laura Early, lifetime knitter.

I have no idea who Laura Early is - but I am not going to argue with her.

For those interested: the Blossom Street series is written by Debbie Macomber


Saturday, May 6, 2017

FNWF - May

Another month has rolled by  . . . .it will be June soon - how scary is that??

On Friday night it was the usual Patchwork Village - all the stitching is done so now I am just doing a plain running stitch on the edges to finish them off.

I have cut the pieces for the block borders - each block ends up as a star - and I have cut 7 sets of the contrast colour for the star points - I need to find two more plummy purples to complete that bit.

I also need to source another hand sewing project - I did buy a set of sashiko coasters at the March Craft show - but they are very quick so won't keep me busy for long...



Saturday was Group 1 Sewing Day - we had planned to have a short day and go to the Quilt Show in Ipswich - but that didn't eventuate so I was home early.  Since it was technically a "Sewing Day" I just continued on when I got home - DH is down the coast at an AFL game (Corporate Box - including limo transport there and back - doing it tough!!!).
As anyone who still does paid work or used to do it - you will know preparation time is the hardest bit - so I have cut, applied applique pieces, trimmed blocks and now have a lovely pile of things to work on when the opportunity arises.

This is one of the projects that was in a limbo state - thanks to the generosity of a few friends who could give me a few bits of that unusual blue colour I was able to create the doors and all the bits are now "applied" - except the rooves or roofs to avoid the spell checker.  I'm going to add a bit of trim (ric rac/lace etc) to them first.


I have been a bit quiet in blog land lately - I do hope to get back to more visiting and commenting - work does interfere in my craft and social life at times.   So if I havent been visiting you lately - apologies..
Big thanks to Cheryll for continuing this fun night!!  and for motivating me to do a post!
I'm off - got some sewing to do . . .  .

Saturday, April 22, 2017

FNSI - April

Back to my standby project for Friday nights - Little Patchwork Village.   
So easy to stitch away - watching TV - sadly a repeat of BH&G....

Earlier in the night DH & I had taken DD2 and her partner to the airport.  DD2 has been seconded/transferred to a venue in ACT as Manager for a 4-5 month stint...Sad to see her go...but very pleased for her and her promotion.  She will have her hands full there and feel a bit cooler than normal, but I know she's up to it.

Thanks to Wendy for hosting and coordinating us all - sometimes the extra motivation we need to stay focused!!



Friday, April 14, 2017

100 Modern Quilt Blocks - A Modern Challenge

I bought this book - along with friends Maureen & Inca and another new friend Sue.   We decided we would each make our own version of a quilt using the blocks.

I am working on mine - not ready to show it yet...but I decided to participate in the Queensland Quilters Challenge this year, so used the patterns in the book to create my quilt.


The block patterns are very simple - you can whizz through quite a few in a night...that was some of the reason I chose to use them...very time poor at the moment....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

FNWF - April

Again - time to join in with cyber friends to sew or craft in some way.

An easy dinner of leftovers - and TV on....stitching on lap...disconnecting brain from work problems . . .

Working on my Little Patchwork Village...block 6 (of 9)

Hope everyone is having a fun weekend - thanks as always to Cheryll for hosting and coordinating us all.  Go here to visit the others.

I'm hoping to give my blog some time & attention over Easter . . .and hope to catch up on some blog reading.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

GDITC - Nundle 2017

What a fun packed weekend.

We left Brisbane on Thursday morning - Lynda was the Driver and I did my knitting . . .

Of course we had to stop at Warwick - Glenrose Patchwork - I bought a Cottage Garden Thread and a hanger (for a friend).

Off again on the long haul . . knitting . . chatting . .

Thursday night dinner at the Peel Inn.....most of the bloggers had arrived.

Friday morning ...some stitching in our cabin and them off to the Peel Inn for lunch.
A trip out to Cottage on the Hill - a few more necessary purchases.

Friday Night was in the BBQ area of the caravan park.  A lot of us had brought some stitching along....quite a lot of EPP happening - including me.

These are for a Charity Quilt that one of my Groups is making.

We also had Show & Tell.   A really good variety of projects...not all finished of course.
(might add some photos here later on...)
It was a late night for some...

Saturday - the day we all go for  - Sewing Day - this year the tutor was Bonnie Sullivan.  Our project was to decorate a bamboo steam cooker.  We were given a circle shape of an antique quilt, some preprinted fabric to stitch over and decorate, some felt, threads, buttons and fabric for a pincushion.


A really lovely project and a totally different concept to have fabric with the design already on it. This is a new line for Bonnie - she has a range of patterns in a similar vein - preprinted panels but plenty of scope to make them your own.
The saying in the photo is printed on a background - we stitched over the wording and then appliqued using feather stitch. There is a need;ebook too - printed fabric with stems and leaves and you add buttons for the flowers...I'll post it ...soon??...maybe
There is nothing I can find on Kerry's web site at the moment but I expect there will be.


There were a couple of "lucky" prizes handed out - random things like coloured nail polish - coloured underwear....I collected two of Bonnie's patterns:


Sadly, Kerry has decided that 10 years of GDITC is enough - this was the last one.  I think a lot of people would have come this year knowing it was the last......but I am sure some other plan will be 'hatched'.

We also had been given a design from Bonnie to use in any project we liked to be given as a swap present.  I made a sewing folder, which Marilyn received.


and I received this bag from a non blogger (Marcelle).

Sadly and surprisingly there were some people who did not  come & say thank you for their present. (obviously not bloggers.)

Here are the Bloggers of 2017 - we were lucky to have Mr Bonnie take the pictures for us.


Saturday night back to the BBQ area where we enjoyed a BBQ and our bloggers swap,
I gave these - a Design Board and a pin cushion in a tuffet style - hard to photograph - Dzintra received it.

And I got this lovely set of mug bag, coaster and scrap bag from Diddles.

I will be looking for a matchy matchy mug to go with it - thanks again Diddles!

During the weekend I managed to finish two knitted squares
- when people ask what I'm knitting I just say -
squares to make into blankets for cold needy people...
love the variegated wool in these:




On the way home we saw a rainbow - it's not that clear in the photo but it was magnificent...and we could see the end of it - unfortunately someone had beaten us and stolen the pot of gold.😞

Sadly, the end of a fun weekend - it's a long drive but it is so good to catch up with these lovely ladies.  It was a little sad knowing so many regulars were missing...(Kate - I was really hoping for some more lemon butter , , . LOL) and sad that there is no more official GDITC...but the wonders of modern technology allow us to stay in contact and no doubt some other plan will come to fruition . . .



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Brown Paper Packages . . .

...tied up with string red ribbon . . . 

These are a few of my swap things . . . 



(In my next life maybe I should choose to be a poet!!!)


Off to Nundle in the morning...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

FNWF - March 2017

It seems the only posts I do at the moment are for FNWF and FNSI - life (work) is far too busy at the moment to do much else.

Friday night - did a bit if sewing - perhaps a bit of napping too - but fortunately Saturday was also a sewing day.

Here are some of the things I worked on  . .  .


and I am quilting this:

My Little Patchwork Village blocks are going quite quickly - I am watching far too much TV obviously!..  This is #3.   Gonna need another new project soon.....LOL....maybe not.


Big thanks to everyone for their company and of course to Cheryll for hosting and coordinating us all again.

Have a happy time between now and then. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FNSI and Chooky

FNSI

Once again I gathered with cyber friends to sew...
Earlier in the week I realised that I had a sewing day on Thursday and another one on Sunday - oops - no hand sewing project ready to go???? - so what is a girl to do?- start a new project of course!!

This is Rosalie Quinlan's "Little Patchwork Village" and I have been wanting to make this one for a while, so I found some background and pulled out the Cottage Garden Threads. (Breaking the norm here - I would always pick the fabrics then the thread...oh well - deal with that problem later on)
DD2 was there when I was looking at the threads - so I suggested she select one - which she did - at the same time saying - "Mum - what are we going to do with all this when you are gone???"  LOL - maybe I need to write out some instructions!
So, here is my block - 
I only sewed a little on Thursday and not a lot on Friday night - but at least I'm ready for Sunday now....and a few future FNWF. FNSI and Sundays as well.
(Night time photos - never the best.)

Thanks as always to Wendy for being the hostess - 
here is the link to go visiting the other cyber ladies.

Chooky came to BRISVEGAS

Chooky was visiting Brisbane on Saturday - so a great excuse for a blog and friends get together.
I caught Chooky:

but I didn't get a group shot - so I have copied one from the dark side of facebook....(I will thank Michelle tomorrow.

We had a fun, perhaps a little noisy, time....great to catch up with Chooky and Anita who I only see occasionally.





Sunday, February 5, 2017

FNWF - February 2017

I love Friday nights when I can join cyber friends and sew...
well even without cyber friends I love to sew after work.💜💜💜

A bit of a mixed bag this month.

I cut some applique houses.  This is for a pattern I bought at a retreat ...maybe February 2016...not too bad really.
I had planned to trace the of the shapes for when I find the right fabric (ran out of time) - it is not in my stash 👎- that is what happens when you decide to do something that is not your normal style...just as well I have friends from whom I can beg or borrow (never steal!!!) or maybe I will need to do some bartering.



I've also been making some of the blocks from Tula Pink's book - 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  I find them so quick - I can cut and make 4 or 5 a night after dinner...if I don't sit & watch TV!

These are the ones I sewed tonight.


And I had to have a little treat...There are new Tim Tams, so I HAD to try the Salted Caramel ones.  I bought them at lunch time and shared a few with one of my work colleagues - she will give them to her husband.


Thanks to our lovely hostess, Cheryll - and a happy weekend to everyone.

Pop over here to find all the other FNWFers.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Australia Day Swap - 2017

I joined in Anthea's Australia Day Swap.

We had to send 5 gifts starting with letters in AUSTRALIA.  Nothing had to be hand made.  Sounded easy enough and a bit of fun.

Here is what I sent to my person - Anthea herself.

These are the gifts I included:
A - Australian fabric
U - Unhealthy treats
S - Soap (Lemon Myrtle)
T - Temporary Tattoos

R - Reindeer fabric

She posted about it here:
I had to "pinch" her photo - I am sure I took one but it's lost in never never land I think.


And I received this lovely bundle of goodies from Kerrie at Channelback Creations.  The hand made card - isn't it gorgeous? - had a list of the letters & each gift.


A - Australian fabric
T - Tea bags (Australian tea)

R - Ribbons
L - Lace
I -  Indigenous fabric - a cute little holder for tea bags, sugar sachets, coffee sachets, spoon - etc
 



Thanks Anthea for organising this fun swap - and a big thanks to Kerrie for my goodies...especially the hand made tea bag folder.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Nundle 2016 Project

My yearly trek to Nundle is approaching - so I thought I better get last year's project finished.

We were given supplies and patterns for several projects.  This is one of them - a sewing folder...correctly titled "Needlebook" - but it holds so much more.

I will make the scissor holder as well - maybe a February finish?

I was lucky enough to win one of the table toppers from last year and made it into a zippy pouch last August.  I also decided a little coaster would make a useful addition for when I use this folder and pouch.
(OK - I'm just a matchy match-aholic)






Saturday, January 21, 2017

FNSI - January

A month goes by so quickly...here we are already 2/3rd through January!!

Friday Night Sew In and I was stitching Block 4 of Mrs Beasley's sampler - I am looking forward to finishing this quilt - it is so soft and pretty - and a slightly different look for me...


There is a lot of work in those butterflies!!  

I hope all my fellow FNSIers had a productive time.  Thanks again Wendy for the motivation to sew in a cyber group.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Hexie for Sharmayne

Do you know Sharmayne???

Her blog is here:

She is making a table cloth for new house - when she moves - and is hoping to collect hexies from fellow bloggers.
She would love to get one from you I am sure.

It's a very simple request - one hexie with your name etc.

"So I'm putting it out there and asking if any of you might like to embroider your name onto a single hexie and post it out to me so I can add the petals to it to make the flowers.   All I need is the centre hexie with your name (and town or state or country you live in, if you want to add that and your blog name if you wish).   The finished hexie size is 2.5inches ( that is 2.5 in along each finished hexie side).  They will need to be done in white, cream, calico, pale lemon or pale yellow please ...."

Or you can click here to read it on her blog and get her address.

This is the one I made for her - but use your own creative juices!!
(she added the outside hexies.)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

FNWF January

Back into the swing of Friday Night sewing - this time I spent most of the day with my bestie - planning embellishments for my "My Town" quilt which is on the "To Do" list for this year.

I've also started a "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" quilt - it won't be 100 blocks but will be a cut down version of the "Skyline" quilt in the book.

While I was working on that I had another idea about 'something' and made some pink blocks too.

On Saturday it was the first meeting of No1 Group - so I started on the planned embellishments and added some flowers to the Florists block and sewed some flowers onto the church block.  ...

It's almost the end of my Annual Leave...😞....I did get quite a few things on the "Christmas Break To Do List" done...but there is still quite a list.
Tomorrow - Sunday - is the first meeting of No 2 Group, so I will get some more sewing done - probably not enough to cross one more item off the list, but any progress is good progress.

Thanks Cheryll for hosting us all again.  Pop over here for the link up list.






Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all!!

I wish everyone a happy, not too challenging year.

I am on leave from work and always try to get a few sewing things done over the break, though of course the list is longer than the time off....

To wrap up the year I have two small finishes....not UFOs.
My friend Inca recently gave me a small zippy pouch and matching house pincushion.


and as I have the same collection of fabrics I thought I would make a "sewing companion" to store needles, scissors etc and a large pouch.

This is all being used to store block 4 of Mrs Beasley's sampler which I am finally able to get on with.  Finishing the quilt is a definite goal for this year.

I have managed to remove a few other things from my list but no real evidence of this to show you....for example I sewed about 20 buttons onto my Quilt Diva, and prepared block 4 of Mrs B sampler.

Cheers to 2017!!!
As I said somewhere else - may your list f UFOs decrease over the year...that allows plenty of new projects as long as some get done . .  .LOL