Sunday, 21 August 2016

AN AFTERNOON IN THE SEWING ROOM


It's amazing what one can achieve in an afternoon.  I had a completed Sashiko piece sitting in the "to finish" drawer ready to make into a table runner. The last time I took it out of the drawer I couldn't find the Japanese fabric I had stashed somewhere for this table runner so I put it back and forgot about it until last week. Thank goodness I tidied up my sewing room because I found that fabric amongst my other Japanese fabrics . So, yesterday afternoon I completed it! Yey! I didn't have enough fabric for the back as well as the border so I used another Japanese fabric for the backing which just happens to be owls.


 
Close up pic.
 
 
 
 
A peek of the back.
 
 
 
 
After this finish I thought I would start sewing some burp cloths for my future grandchild. I made one and was going to make 5 more today but I went shopping for a pram instead. I might get the rest made tomorrow. I bought a towel instead of towelling because the towelling was $44 a metre!
 
 
 
My most recent purchase included a Christmas stitchery for a hexie table topper. I have completed stitching it and am now auditioning fabrics for the borders. Hmmm, think I need to go fabric shopping again.
 
 
 
 
I completed the October stitchery for a mini but when I ironed it grunge came out of the iron! GRrrrrr. Not happy! Don't know what to do now. I might have to cut out the circle and applique it to a background. Any ideas?
 
 
 
Plans to get out in the garden have not yet happened due to the cold and rain.
 
Keep warm, keep well, and keep smiling.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

SO SORE BUT HAPPY


Today I spent several hours cleaning out my sewing room. My stereo was cranked up really loud as hubby was out for the day. I had Metallica, Black Sabbath, James Blunt and Outlander CDs playing. Strange combo, I know.   I moved everything on the floor out to the family room , took the chest of drawers out of the wardrobe and put all my paper craft stuff in it including a trolley, a small chest of drawers and my scrapbook trolley.  I moved plastic drawer sets and placed the chest of drawers from the wardrobe where the paper craft trolley was.  I also got a chance to finally find a place for my new cane drawers. After much huffing and puffing I vacuumed the floor rug. Wow! Never seen it so clean! Forgot what it looked like.


 
 
That messy corner was cleared  but I still need to find homes for stuff instead of the floor. Unfortunately, there is more stuff there now but it has been sorted.
 
 
 
 
The top of my bookshelf has been cleaned and rearranged.
 
 
 
 
My rubbish bin is full and my recycling bin is almost full . I really did throw out heaps of stuff but still find myself struggling to store large half done projects, quilts etc.
 
I have been making more Lucy Boston filler blocks. Only 5 more of the bottom ones need to be made now.
 
 
 
 The last month of winter has proven to be the worst of winter here. I am looking forward to some sunny spring days so I can get out in the garden. I hope you are all keeping warm, well and happy.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

QUILT- IN SHOPPING AND WOOOHOO NEWS


Today was Quilt In day that my quilt group hosted . It was open for everyone , tickets bought in advance or bought at the door for a little more $$$. We had 2 guest speakers, heaps of shops displaying their fabric wares and a coffee van as well as plenty of morning and afternoon tea. The delightful Karen aka "Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop" was there and I visited her twice to purchase things.
Want to see what I bought?

Primitive Quilts magazine, some yummy harvest tone wool felt, ( I want to stitch pumpkins), and  a lovely hexie Christmas pattern .


 
 
Then I meandered over to another stall and saw this kit marked 20% off. ( sorry about the flash!).
 
 
 
 
Of course , I just had to buy this gorgeous button. And found this cute fat 1/4 to make a few burp cloths with.
 
 
 
Have you noticed a bit of a theme here?
 
 
On the way home I stopped at the newsagency and found the latest Simply Vintage mag. What's a girl to do?
 
 
 
 
I finished reading another lovely book a couple of weeks ago and my mum borrowed it before I could take a pic back then. " The Last Pearl" is the 3rd Leah Fleming book I have read and I really enjoy them. Now I am seeking out more of hers.
 
 
 
 
So, back to the theme. Cot quilt, burp cloths......I am now officially allowed to tell people and I am bursting! My eldest daughter, Renae ,and her hubby are expecting their first child in February!!!!! I'M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!!!!! She is only 12 weeks and I hope I haven't jinxed anything but she did say that the news is out. So, you can imagine how my creative grandma juices are flowing looking for novelty fabrics etc. I feel truly blessed and I have been looking forward to this for soooooo long.
 
Thanks for taking time to look at my lengthy post   .
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

CHEERY STITCHING AND HELPFUL ELVES


 I have been so happy stitching Rosalie Quinlan's sweet hexies with bright Cosmo threads. I have completed 2 more and have one left to do.




I am pleased to say that I have tidied up 2 shelves in my sewing room. It didn't really take that long and I did throw out some things but I am so much happier now. That plastic JB Hi Fi bag on the floor was the first thing I picked up to sort through but guess what was in it--a quilt! That made me laugh as I had forgotten all about it.


 
 
So, my plan is to do a shelf a day from now on and then start on the floor.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

FINISHES FOR THE MONTH (O.P.A.M)



    

                      Time has flown by again and I have completed some projects this month.

                                                                         2 minis.

 
 
 
10 crocheted dishcloths (or doilies).
 
 
 
 
Now back to stitching more for August.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 30 July 2016

ANY ELVES FOR HIRE?



You may recall that I mentioned tidying up my sewing room. Well, I am completely overwhelmed at the moment and keep putting it off apart from just putting the odd thing away as I use it rather than adding to the mess. OMG! Where oh where are those elves????


 

 
 
 
 
Even my shelves need elves!
 
I have done a little bit of stitching though.
 One of Rosalie Quinlan's "Best Friends Forever" blocks in my own colour choices from my Cosmo threads.

 
 
Another mini is almost complete. Just needs some binding but I am auditioning fabrics for that at the moment.
 
 
 
I am still crocheting my blanket but it is ginormous and I can't be bothered getting it out of its bag for a pic. It does keep me warm while I crochet it though.
 
Hope you are all keeping snug .
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 



 
 
 
 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

NEARLY FINISHED



 I have not been able to do a lot of stitching lately but have managed to catch up with a couple of projects the last couple of days. I have the binding ready to stitch down on my "August" mini.



 
 
September is ready to hand quilt.
 

 
 
I have just completed hand quilting this Gail Pan wall hanging but have no idea what fabric I am going to use for the binding yet.
 
 
 
 
 
I need a break from hand quilting after this so the gouges in my fingers can heal. ( I always seem to put the eye of the needle through the middle finger of my right hand and have a permanent rough callus on my left hand index finger). Quilting IS dangerous!
 
May the week ahead find you all happily stitching.
 
Angel Blessings.