Monday, 7 October 2013

SKoW ... 'Best Friends'

'Best Friends'

I was working on this block, little by little over the course of last week, since finishing off my 'sewing' block.  For some reason I enjoyed the needleturn over the stitchery this time, lol, which felt like it was taking forever *wink* ... especially all that hair!!! *giggle*

I've drawn up some ideas for my last block, but not quite decided yet.  I'm thinking I'll either go with my original choice of wine & cheeses, or my new option: gymnastics (I did it for eleven years from a young age, coached littlies for several years, and now my daugther has been going for over 3 years!!  I LOVE watching it, and often find myself scrutinising the gymnasts as a judge would, lol!).

I'm going to give myself a couple of days to mull over the ideas, and start on the cutting for a pieced quilt for my bed I've been wanting to make for a couple of years while I decide ... I also have WIPs, UFOs and USOs (Un-Started Objects *wink*) to sort through and organise, amongst other things this week.

Have a crafty kinda week xx

Sunday, 6 October 2013

[Oct'13] FNwF check-in

Friday began late - I just can't seem to get past this lethargy that keeps hanging around, especially during the day ... and, on the flipside, as soon as the sun goes down I seem to have an inability to get myself to bed, despite being dog-tired!! If I could sleep 12 hours a day or more without feeling guilty, I would ...

Anywhoo ...

Friday afternoon was spent doing more organising of my fabric & craft organising.  I was lucky enough to win some vouchers for Bunnings a few months back, and earlier in the week I went to purchase a large cupboard to help me store and organise my sewing accoutrements.  It's been fun going through my things, but also frustrating - as much as I have, there is so much I feel like I need to get it just right *wink* ... I still have quite a bit to go through and organise, so I'll show pics once I've got it done :)

Late Friday evening I got started on my sewing project for the evening.  The "Buttercup Bag", designed by Made-by-Rae designs.
We had a birthday party to go to on Saturday for one of the little girls in Miss 5's class and so we went to Spotlight and these were the fabrics & buttons she chose.  Such a good combination if I do say so myself *grin*.  We've also picked out some fabrics for a bag for her - another fabulous combination I'll show later in the week once it's been put together.

I totally recommend this pattern for anyone interested in making themselves, or someone else, a nice little bag.  It was easy to follow, the pattern pieces were simple, and I can totally see myself making quite a few more of these - both for myself and as gifts for others.

Once again, it was wonderful knowing there were other like-minded sewers around the country and globe, all sewing 'together'!  And thankyou to Cheryll for once again hosting this fabulous monthly get-together!!  I may not report in every month/fortnight/week, but I do enjoy knowing there are others out there just as enamoured with needle and thread as I am!! 

Enjoy a quilty kinda week!! xx

Saturday, 28 September 2013

22 down ... 2 to go!!

Yup, that's right!! I've just finished off my third ... second to last?!! ... Argghhh!!! ... I have two more blocks to go before they are all finished ('best friends' and 'chair')!! Yay!!!

Presenting .... da da-da DAH!!!! ... My 'sewing' block!!

For the thread on the spools, I actually used thread, lol, satin-stitched over the spool.  Thought it gave it a nice touch!

Well now, it's almost 11pm, so I'm off to prep up my next block 😜 ... I'm aiming to have them all finished by the end of next week so I can spend the weekend putting it all together!!

Monday, 23 September 2013

FNSI, September 2013

Friday night I spent the evening re-watching the first season 'Criminal Minds' while working on prepping the elements in another SKoW block - the 'sewing' block. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it Friday night, but here it was on Saturday while watching 'Anne of Green Gables' and working on needle-turning those elements ...

I continued working on this yesterday and I am now almost ready to put together the pieces blocks that get sewn on the bottom of this block 😊.  I am hoping to have it finished by tomorrow night, ready to get onto the 'best friends' block next.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Some SKoW fun!!

Over the last few weeks I've had fun making some more 'Some Kind of Wonderful' items :)

First up, the SKoW bag and needle-book that I showed here, given to Melody as part of my F.R.I.E.N.D.S. swap ... 

I have also been able to get another block done of my quilt, the rainbow block ...
It wasn't as fiddly as I thought it would be, though I have to say, I appreciated my LED Lightbox/pad immensely when laying all the pattern pieces out!!  Thanks to Vicki of Pickledish Patch for making them available!!! 

I have sewn together all the pieces for this (middle) row, all but including this block in there, so I'll get that put together before I show this row in it's loveliness *grin*.  This leaves me with three blocks left to make, the friendship block, the sewing block, and the 'chair' possibly wine and cheese (or working out/exercise - I really enjoy it while I'm doing it ... it's just getting me there, or making the time where I struggle!) block.  Here's hoping I get some blocks prepped and done in the next few days!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. swap

** Apologies!!  I thought I'd scheduled this to go out last week ... seems I scheduled the wrong week - oops!!!

I was lucky enough to not only get to participate in Khris' F.R.I.E.N.D.S. swap, but also to swap with the lovely Melody of The House on the Side of the Hill - a blog I've enjoyed following for the last couple of years.
From Melody, I received these lovelies ...

F is for floral fat quarter, flower bag, floral motifs and a flower brooch ... R is for red fabric, red ribbon, red threads and a raffle ticket ... I is for Illumination (a candle holder) and and iron cord holder ...
E is for edible so eat me right now ... N is for napkins ... D is for doilys and do you want to sew me? ... and S is for something to cook and something to wear while you are cooking (an apron).
In the spotty parcel, Melody also included a few little gifties for my darling little miss ... an apron like Mummy's, a cute dog fold up bag, a fancy pencil and something to eat (caramello koalas).
Thankyou, once again, Melody!  We love it all!!

And the items I sent Melody ...

F is for Fabric (charm pack) ... R is for Red (ribbon, thread & buttons) ... I is for Insulated Pot Holders (double friendship block in Bake Sale by Lori Holt fabric) ... D is for Delicious (yes, I got the images mixed up, lol ... Malteasers & Madame Flavour tea) ...
E is for "Emergency" Portable First-Aid Kit ... incidentally, Melody shared the link for this pattern about a week after I'd decided I would make it for her, lol!
N is for Needlecase and needles ...
And S is for Sewing case, smelly soap and a vintage tin with guitermann thread to sew with:)
That's two 'Some Kind of Wonderful' sewing bag and needlebook sets I've made for others ... should really make one of my own, lol!
I was glad to hear that Melody liked all these goodies - trolling through her blog was fun!  It allowed me to get to know her a bit better and figure out that pretty much anything I like, she will too :)  Perfect match! ... Sooo looking forward to when we will (hopefully) get to meet in March at next year's Lets Get Stitched gathering in Melbourne!!!

... So sorry I haven't posted for so long!! I will try to update again soon as I have a few more 'B.F.F.' BOM blocks finished and another SKoW block & row done!!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Weekend stitching ...

This weekend I pulled out my first 'installation' of Rosalie Quinlan's BFF BOM ... figured I should probably start since my second pack is on it's way over from the lovely Sarah @ Patchworks Plus :) .

I haven't done a lot yet, but it's nice to start a new stitchery project!!

I do still have a few (well, four) more blocks of my Some Kind of Wonderful quilt to make up, but I decided to splurge this week and purchase my very first light box!!! Until now I've been able to get by without one, but the final few blocks have just too many small pieces to position ... along with wanting to start Leanne Beasley's latest Vignette BOM, that I decided I had enough reason to reward myself with one. Come this time next week (I hope!!), I'll be putting together my last few SKoW blocks with some 'light' help *giggle*.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Christmas in July 2013

I think I've realised why I don't post very often ... when I get on here to do so, I inevitably see someone else's post tidbit and have to go follow the link to read all about their loveliness ... that has certainly been the case over the last two days!!!  I was planning to post about my Christmas in July items, both received and sent, yesterday ... and I caught someone's post ... then again, now, I've been sitting on Blogger for the last 2 hours just browsing through, reading loads of posts, both CIJ related and not *giggle* ... Just post already L!!!
Swap Mama Cheryll
So, Tuesday afternoon, when I picked up my parcel from the post office, to say my interest was piqued - what the heck might be in this tiny parcel?!! ... I was a good girl & placed it on the top shelf of one of my bookshelves to keep my curiosity curtailed ... and on Thursday morning, once the little one had left for school with her grandparents (they work at her school so it is often easier for them to just take her in some mornings), I went and pulled it out to open ... and open ... and open ...

... I wonder if she knew of my status as a 'sneak'?!! (my poor partner Anthea didn't find out her items were from me until after asking Cheryll ... oops!) *giggle* ... FIVE layers of packaging, you can just imagine what what going through my head, lol!

As soon as I opened the last layer though, I could barely speak for the gorgeousness in my little parcel!! Six precious 'Danish' seed bead ornaments ...
Each one more gorgeous and delicate than the next!  To say I am in awe of Simone's talent would be an understatement!! I am in LUV!!!!

If I had to choose a favourite, it would have to be that delicate angel - stunning!!  But to be honest, they are all so precious!! They will definitely be going away in my glory box, only to poke their heads out for the Christmas tree each year ... too special to risk anything happening to them, especially with small fingers who are just as transfixed by their beauty, lol! ... Can you tell how much I love these?!  *wink*

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So, if you've been by Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches' blog, you will already have seen the items I sent to her.  Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, although I had thankfully gotten all the stitcheries done by the end of last week, I ended up finishing them all over the course of last weekend ... nothing like getting things done last minute!  Thankfully Australia Post was feeling helpful and my Express Post bag arrived Wednesday afternoon, ready for opening on Thursday.  Yay!!

First up was the lovely 'Among the Holly' table runner, designed by the lovely Gail Pan.
H is for Holly
This was my FNSI project from last week, lol! *wink*
Then I got the GO! baby out ... despite winning this from a giveaway Dawn was giving end of 2011, I admittedly haven't pulled it out until then (and only to use a die that I purchased second-hand from Joy!) ... and cut out 24  1" hexi's.
It took me most of Sunday to sew these all together, EPP-style, to get a long thin panel of hexagons all sewn together ...
After a little more piecing, sewing, quilting, more sewing, a little teasing, and then some more sewing, lol, it was soon past 3am and I had this little beauty from Natalie Bird's 'Tis the Season' pattern book ...
S is for Star ... I is for Inspirational words
A bright green lining as I knew she dislikes dark ones, lol!
Monday morning I was thankful that I had left the easiest items to then ... two potholders with another two darling little 'Tis the Season' stitcheries ... turns out, the three TTS stitcheries were the three Anthea had used in HER Christmas in July parcel!!  Great minds, eh Anthea?!!! 
M is for mouse ... H is for holly ... S is for Star
I threw myself off a tad when I realised that I'd cut down the stitcheries to 4 6/8" squares!  Thankfully I found a darling little tutorial explaining how to calculate how much fabric you need to make the flying geese, using a fabulous new-to-me technique HERE (I used the first technique).  They came together really quickly after that!

I was so glad to hear that Anthea was happy with her gifts!  As soon as I got her information from Cheryl, I sat down and read through her entire blog with a pen & pad of paper next to me so I could jot down some ideas of what she liked ... turns out our tastes are pretty similar, especially when it comes to designers!!

Well, one more swap down this year ... now to figure out what to make my Santa Sack Swap partner over the coming months in between finishing off and beginning some other lovelies :)

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Friday Sewing (FNSI June'13)

We've had a few rough weeks here, with sickness (Miss L ended up in the hospital with dehydration & gastro on Thursday evening) & Poppa's (my Dad's Dad) entering into those pearly gates of heaven last night (after battling skin cancer that had spread through his whole body within weeks), so unfortunately my latest swap item has been a bit late in getting finished ... thus I spent most of yesterday afternoon, evening, and some of the morning working on getting it done and ready to be sent in its express post bag on Monday.

Although I can't show you specifics (lol, you never know who's watching *wink*) ... I did spend a few hours doing a little piecing ...

... followed by some sandwiching ...

... quilting ...

... and then some binding ...
I much prefer to hand-sew my binding down than doing it by machine
... possibly coz I have never been able to it via the latter method :) 
So, now to go do a little more sewing before I can go and wrap these up to send.  SOOO grateful for express bags!!!  They may not arrive the next day when coming from, or to, the NT, but they should almost always arrive by the next day!!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Dawn's having a giveaway!!

I am in love with the Craftsy platform!!  I am yet to actually MAKE anything from the dozen or so classes I'm enrolled in ... but I love that I can watch the lessons over and over and over again, soaking in the wisdom of the tutors without having to go miles afar in order to attend one of their workshops!!

Dawn is having a giveaway at the moment ... and you could win one of the bags she makes, using the quilt-as-you-go method taught in *whoops ... enrolment in the Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bags class, taught by the darling Tara Rebman.
{Class link}

 Giveaway ends 25th July 2013.... be sure to enter by popping over to her post HERE.

 Now of to cut some fabric and then do some stitching while watching 'The Bible'.

Monday, 8 July 2013

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that ...

Since it's been almost a month since I last posted progress on my stitching endeavours, I thought it was high time I updated it here ...

Table Runners ...

A little while ago Sue ran a Charm Square Table Runner Swap, and I can finally show this.  My partner made me a fabulous runner out of 'Farmers Market' fabric ...
... and I made her a runner out of the 'La Belle Fleur' range ...
I thought I would try my hand at a pieced backing which I think turned out pretty well ...
Apparently, when she opened up the parcel her 14 yr old daughter swooped in and tried to claim it as her own, lol!, so I guess I did something right since they both like it *yay*.

I've also finished off another table runner since then, in the 'Eva' fabric line.  Back at the Let's Get Stitched retreat in March, there were quite a few ladies who purchased some of this fabric and, though I wasn't entirely in love with it then, I certainly am now!!  Although it is only a 'top' so far (I haven't found the *right* fabric to back it with, lol!) I am looking forward to this being one of my first items to go in a glory box of sorts for when I get married.  
I have always loved purples and pinks with white, and I am loving the addition of the lime green to this combination!!

Iron cord Covers ...

I've also managed to put together a couple (well, three, but the third is not yet finished ... possibly because it will be for me, haha!) of iron cord covers from a tutorial by Melody. [When I find the direct link, I'll add it ... I know she offered it only just this year!!] ... I used a couple of Jen's letters, from her recently released Shabby Roses Monogram Sampler [available for free HERE in her Craftsy shoppe], to embellish, and make them a touch more personal for the two ladies I gave them too.

Cross-Stitch Flashback

For many years before I got involved with patchwork and quilting, I LOVED to pull out a cross-stitch pattern and just stitch to my heart's content.  In fact, I was chatting to a long-ago-luv the other night and he actually asked me if I'm still doing the cross-stitch I used to do (crazy, since we haven't even seen each other for over 8 years!!!).

Two weeks ago I pulled out a large angel pattern (Finished size : 14 x 12in) I had tucked away.
Working on 28HPI even weave ... this would be her skirt.
Although I enjoyed it, and would love to finish her ... I much prefer stitcheries and sewing to this these days.  Something nice for a change though.

Some Kind of Wonderful (SKoW)

And finally, some progress on my SKoW 'My Favourites' quilt.  I managed to find the image of a slice of Pavlova that I thought would translate well to needle-turn appliqué, and went from there for a block to replace the cupcakes block in the original quilt design.
** THIS was what I was working on during this past Friday Night Sew In.
The Pavlova (white), cream (cream), and mango & kiwifruit slices (orange & green respectively) are appliquéd, while I stitched in the kiwi fruit seeds (lazy daisy stitches) and the passionfruit pulp (satin stitch).   I'm quite impressed with how I've been able to translate the original image (left) with needle and thread.

I have also managed to take these ... 
About 300, 1 1/2in and 2 1/2 in squares
along with the completed blocks, and put together the first two quilt (block) rows ...
I am VERY happy to have these two rows completed.  And with only four blocks to go, I am hoping I will have the next three rows put together in the next few months!!!

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Lastly, as I'm hoping I've got this up in time for my Mum to show my Grandad this post before she returns home from her holiday, this is what Dad's been having fun making over the last week ... a platform for the mulcher, and a trailer to go on the back of the ride-on lawnmower to transport the palm fronds from around the block TO the platform (which is WAY too heavy to move on a regular basis!!).

I do have a few other items I have made, or am nearing the end on, but those will have to wait for their time to be shown as they are swap items ... Now, back to the studies & then off to clean the house before Mum gets home.  Have a great week!!!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Just claiming my blog ...

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not sure what this is all about, but I know this is my blog, not someone elses, lol! xx

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Friday (& Saturday) Night Sewing

Phew!  Well, the unit I was stressing over is finally done and dusted ... and I've passed.  Not with flying colours ... barely scraped by in comparison to some of my other units ... but I successfully passed and that's what matters!!  I'll post some photos of the things I was doing later in the week ... well, if I remember, lol!
Now it's on to the next one ... LOL!  Week Three begins on Monday :)
But anyhoo, I am not here to discuss my studies right now, I am here to say ... I have finished making all of my overdue swap blocks from ... *cringe* ... last year ...
Yes, I know.  Bad swapper ... I am trying to change that.

First step - complete all swap blocks from swaps last year.  And because I am so late, I ended up making two blocks for each partner instead of just the required one.

Last weekend I finished two stars in pastel florals for Chantelle S (top), and two blocks in orange & neutrals for Mary C (bottom).  These blocks all went in the mailbox last Tuesday.
Clockwise from top left: Another Nine Patch Star, Solomon's Star,
Starflower Block, and the inner 12" of Chainlinks
Last night, I got the cleaning done early, got chilli cooking in the slowcooker ...
Slow Cooker Chilli with Parmesan Encrusted Potatoes
set Miss L up with some sewing of her own (with which she did extreeeemely well - Mummy was super proud!!) ...

and then got started on the remaining overdue blocks.  Between Friday night and last night (Sat), I have finished the last four - purple stars for Deb A. and red 'Anvil' blocks on cream backgrounds for Encara V.
Clockwise from top left: Double Star Chain, Plaid Star, and two Anvil's. 
It feels SOOOOO good to get these all finished, and either sent or ready to be sent!  I now have only 3 remaining swaps to complete, two of which are current, and the other I am waiting to find out who I am to be swapping with.  I want to keep sewing right now, I almost don't want to go to bed!!
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