Friday, 8 February 2019

A new year 2019

Happy New Year...I know IM a bit late but thats my life lately...busy busy busy....

I did tell myself I need to blog more this year..but alas its now February and this is my first post of the year....

I was glad to say goodbye to 2018 and hope this year my hubby's health will settle and we can enjoy life again.... I am hanging to get back onto the water but our crusier is at home...after buying a huge trailer and permits etc she is parked near the shed and hubby has been slowly working on her giving the engine and the leg a well earned good service.....we will antifowl and also replace all the awnings, screens etc ..hoping to be on the water again in a few months...

Next week Im hoping life will get back to normal as Miss 13 will be at school ( we have a new one for a few months). Then my days will be my own again except for all the appointments etc which comes with having five kids at home lol

I have been in my sewing room twice in almost 8 weeks. I have a lot of my hand stuff in the house, that Ive prepared for the holidays in one of those Ikea trolleys...it hold a lot lol

Ive been working on my Pollinate quilt..and love those little "sewtites" magnetic strips. They hold my EPP work together tightly that I can sew for longer and not get cramped hands.  I bought a three pack from the states but they are now stocked in Oz at Pattchwork Plus in Tasmania.... I find one is ample for my type of work...


Im adding the last border of colour now ....then its all the low volume rows and the bees ... I have a bit prepared but will need to get out the sewing room and prep more next week...



I have prepped a few of the outer rosettes and working on them when I find the last colour border cumbersome... 

The new also saw me start a new knitting project ( a shawl) called Herbstblute which means Autumn Flowers in german... The wool is silk, alpaca and merino and its sooo soft....Its lots of pattern work and IM almost at the lace section which I just LOVE!


Last weekend my DD32 took me to an evening with Nigella Lawson at the Sydney Opera House. She bought the tickets for my birthday last year and it was a great show...I just love Nigella!


I also added another block to my Ruby BOM by Shiralee Stitches.. I have a few to catch up on...luckily when I received them each month I cut and glue them ready to pick up and stitch.


My DD34 and her hubby bought DD15 a flight to Bali  for her 16th birthday...so IM heading to Bali in 5 weeks. Both my older daughters and their husbands/ and kids had already planned a trip away...so now Mummy is going too...Im planning on lots of swimming, cocktails and reading!

Our weekly sewing group will be on Mondays this year, starting next week and Im soo looking forward to getting back into the weekly chit n chatter and sewing too lol

The annual Scrub Stitching Bush Retreat is 9 weeks away  and hubby has another hospital trip the week after that...so I dont see our lives slowing down any time soon....

xx




Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Pollinate update

Whooosh and now its December...how did that happen!!!

Life has till been a little crazy here with Dr appointments etc but on Friday Hubby got his license back...its been a hell of doctors, specialists, tests etc and fights with the RTA but he can drive after 4 long months...and to celebrate I had a day to myself on Friday where I went to town, did some shopping and visited Miss Khrissy. I joined her in picking up her kids from school and had squeals of delight as I haven't seen her babies for a while...I think I ventured  home around 5.30pm.
Usually I'm on a tight schedule for the school pickup and the bus run etc... it was soo nice having a relaxing day......
On the sewing front, I'm still plodding along with my Pollinate quilt...am loving it and its growing quickly, but my poor thumb keeps getting stabbed here n there lol



I'm on the second last colour row...only have two more star - hexi sections to go and Ill add them to the growing quilt... I'm not sure how productive Ill be when there is limited fussy cutting with the low volume fabrics....


Id like to have this quilt finished by the end of January as I've signed up for Sarah Fielkes BOM again...its the only new quilt for next year...I just typed those words and already I'm thinking ohh DD1 needs a quilt and the boat needs some quilts lol .....but I do need to finish a few UFOs first.......hehehe

Monday, 12 November 2018

Pollinate quilt

Ive been a busy little bee the past few weeks...my MIL is in hospital awaiting an aged care assessment then the next step will be a home....its such a slowwww process.....
But on the bright side I can share a pic of one of my 100 day 100 blocks quilt... 


Im just waiting for my second 100 days quilt and my Natures Journey quilt top which is being custom quilted.... that will equal 4 quilts completed in 3 months woohooo... oooh ok two quilt tops were finished in 2016 lol

So, what do you do when you have a finish...well, you start another quilt of course!! I loved the stitchalong with the 100 days blocks and the inspiration so Ive jumped on board with the Pollinate quilt being run by @nightquilter and @karenthediyaddict on instagram...Im using the left over fabric from my 100 days...ummm I did have to buy a few more Tula pink FQs so I had a good balance of colour...





The blocks are coming together nicely...loving the fussy cutting where I can.....I think I need to buy some...lots lol of low volume neutrals for the background.....
Although life has been really hectic and hubby still isnt driving...sigh....Im finding my sewing keeps me sane......

Monday, 29 October 2018

Bathurst Bloggers Meet 2018

I just spent the last 4 days with a bunch of incredible ladies, whom I am also lucky enough to call my friends at the Bathurst Bloggers Meet which I organised. We had a great time full of lots of laughter, late nights, early mornings and hours and hours and hours of sewing....


I worked on my Ruby quilt...


And completed my 100 Days 100 blocks quilt. I split mine to make two single quilts for my girls with Tula Pink All Stars fabric...and its already been taken by one of the girls to quilt.



And last I worked on my "Slow Stitching"which I just love....tis my new addiction


All in all I had a fabulous time ....

Monday, 22 October 2018

Birthday FQ Club

I received some vary Happy Mail today from my lovely friends in our FQ Birthday Group.


Id love to thank me FQ buddies all for the lovely fabric......I get soo excited receiving the envelopes in the mail and waiting for the day to open them...hehehe.....tis the small things....thank you again!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

More slow stitching...

After two nights of slow stitching....working on a blue piece this time...


I think the branch and its leaves set the whole piece... I am soo loving this style of hand stitching......I need a day trip searching vinnies for old haberdashery items, cotton, crochet lace, trims etc...I havent finished my green one yet...just looking for more trim...love the little hexi, might add some to my green piece.



Its the holidays, hubby still cant drive and sees the specialist next week, therefore holidays at home... only a few outings here n there planned...lots of time for stitching whilst the kids kayak or play along the river...yes we are lucky the Turon River borders 2kms of our property and the river is flowing again...happy days....

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Slow stitching


This week I attended a workshop at the Home Patch with Lisa Maddock of Forage. The class was excellent. We learnt how to draw inspiration from boro, sashiko, and kantha. We used a variety f repurposed and vintage fabric with some of our own stash and mixed them together to create a background, then added an embellishment if naive stitches to create our own piece.



I stayed up till 1am the night of the class and didnt want to go to bed, I just wanted to keep stitching'..



Im really loving this technique all done by hand...my absolute favourite....



the following pis are of  some of Lisas work...this first one is stunning..this one is next on my list/...loving the liberty flowers!!!



Lisa calls this one the Botanicals




A few ladies in the class did these pairs...soo cute..




This one the background is made up of upholstery scraps..and the all the fibres are left for texture..was stunning..