Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A little planting

We have finally planted the vegie garden. Its a large garden and now we are ready for late summer/autumn. We planted corn, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, beans, capsicum, cucumber, herbs and zuccs...

We already have spinach, rhubarb, carrots, chinese veg and berries growing.

Lots of additional hands helped but this little one said 'she needed a rest'. Next year she will be off to big school with her big brother ... Shes excited!!!!

On the way home from sewing yesterday I NEEDED to go to the 'Home Patch' to pick up Block 4 of In My Garden BOM and since my kit for the Noelle Table Topper wasnt ready I found this kit instead to keep me busy ( add to my work in progress pile lol).

We have already been on a tractor ride this morning. Im about to make the little ones some lunch then its onto my hexagon addiction today... Poor hexagons have been neglected the last few months.

Happy Stitching

Sunday, 27 November 2011

More hexagons received

I love receiving my hexagons once a month. This month I received my hexis from the lovely Jane who organises the Inchy Hexagon Swap. Check out the lovely 1930s charms squares too ...spoilt!!
I have received eight hexagons soo far and will start a garden for them soon. Not sure if I will set them with a white background or sew them together like the vignette hexagon quilt...decisions!!! My hexagons this month are headed to Oklaholma USA. Hope my partner likes them. She wanted fussy cuts and stripes...

 Now I have completed all my Chrissy swaps and quilts for grandsons, I will now concentrate on some UFOs. Today I will prepare my Chook Shed Christmas Cards quilt. I will organise the blocks, wadding and backing so I can piece and baste the quilt tomorrow at my weekly sewing day ..Yay!! The yay is that cause I love my sewing days and the that I will be able to cross this quilt of my to do list. It has been waiting for a year or two to be complete ....ahhh the life of a quilter!!!
Happy Stitching

Deb :)

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Take a peek...

Since I have been busy sewing my little heart out on Chrissy Swaps, I thought I would show you some lovely pics of my two grandsons...Joshua 2 is the proud owner of the Noahs Ark Quilt I finished in Aug this year and Lachlan loves his Anni Downs " A boys story" cot quilt.

Lachlan is 4 months old in a few days! The time has flown. Im a lucky Nanna as I will be spending Christmas with them this year...sooo excited!!!

Aww Lachlan is smiling as he knows his mummy is about to ring Nanna on Skype...Must admit Skype has made the distance easier with these gorgeous boys... I keep telling their mummy she should move to the country.....

Im working on the last item of my second chrissy swap today...then I will start a new project yayayay...an overdue one for frog cottage designs...designing with my grandsons in mind.

Happy Stitching this weekend :)

Monday, 21 November 2011


I picked up my new BOM from the 'the Home Patch'. I used my birthday voucher to purchase the first three months... I only started needleturn a few weeks again and I love it!!! I didnt at first but now I have the hang of it...

I think I need a new camera!!! I took a pic of the BOM outside and this inside pic was much clearer...still doesnt do the colours justice.... Im going to be very strong and not start this BOM till next year....ok, maybe after the Secret Santa Swap...even if I prepare the blocks...thats not naughty is it?????

Deb :)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Heres a sneak peek

I posted off my new grandson Williams quilt so heres a sneak peek until it arrives at its destination, hopefully Monday afternoon....I surprised myself, this quilt was finished before the baby arrived!!!! AND only took me just over a week to complete...another FIRST!!!

Im busy working on my SSCS to post off tomorrow...again no pics....SECRET lol

Happy Stitching
Deb :)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Ive been busy the last few days trying to finish my robot quilt for the new grandson. I finished the quilting, binding AND the label so technically IM FINISHED!!!!

We have had a fair bit of rain today so I will take a pic of the completed quilt in the morning. It will be in the morning post on its way to the Central Coast where my hubby is awaiting grandson no 4....hopefully born by the weekend.

I have also been madly making stocking stuffers and finishing off my christmas swaps due to be posted in the next few days... I love this phone pouch, I bought a fabric pack at the home patch. The pattern is in Annis 'In the life of a bag' book. Ok I may have bought a few fabric packs... but hey 'tis christmas time'

There will be no sewing tonight as I need to finish an assignment. I only have 4 more to do over the next 3 months and Ive finished!!! Yay!!! Im enrolled in 'Professional Childrens Writing' course with Cengage Education. For me its been easy as I can read my PDF textbooks on my E Reader (which I carry everywhere) and upload assignments all from my sewing room :)

Time to take off the sewing hat and put on the writing hat...

Happy Stitching

Monday, 14 November 2011

Another Front Cover Yay

Two months in a row my designs have made the front cover of Creating Country Threads. this month its my Raggy Pin Keeper.

One of my first raggy dolly designs .... check out page 44 !

This week I also received two lovely hexagons in the Inchy Hexagon Swap from Maggie who lives in Indiana US. Maggie included a lovely fat quarter and a beautiful photo taken from her kitchen window...so jealous!!!

I also received my Cookies and Cream Scissor Keeper Swap pressie from Kat in the US...Ladybirds are the rage in the US at the moment... Thanks Kat for the lovely pressie...I love the ladybird charm on my new scissors.....Dont you just love swaps!!!!!

As for my sewing progress, I finished the nine appliqued robot blocks for my "born any day now" grandson last night...I will post pics in a few days when Ive done the sashing and borders. I also sneaked a few more needle punch chrissy decorations today, loving this new addiction. I have completed 15 more hexagons, 5 more to go to add another row to my vingette hexagon quilt... Ive decided I need more time to stitch...if you have any please send it my way...hehehe
Happy Stitching
Deb :)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Chookyblue's bloggers lunch in Bathurst

Wow what a wonderful day yesterday!!!! Khrissy and I attended a needle punch class with Anni Downs at the Home Patch store, in Bathurst.

I think we have found a new addiction (I stole this pic from Kates blog...Im sure I will get an email lol). We made some gorgeous designs, getting ready for Christmas!! AND of course we had to buy all the tools to keep us going....Anni also gave me a quick lesson on needleturn applique, thank you. I am loving this method!!!

Not long after the session started, our lunch dates arrived for a shopping spree in the store, there was a lot of show and tell and giggles. Poor Margaret was run off her feet. Then it was time for lunch with Kate , Chookyblue, Anita, Sandy, Alison (no blog) and Khrissy at Crepes Royale. Check out these ladies blogs, they are a great read!!

We had a fabulous afternoon talking, laughing, eating and drinking. Was soo lovely to meet everyone .....thank you Chooky for organising a fabulous afternoon...... bring on the next one !!!!!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Have to show you .....

I have the final pics of the Cookies n Cream Scissor Keeper Swap... I had two partners and the same items were miles apart in colour...

this one was for Sandy who LOVES bright colours.....

and this one is more traditional for Kat in Oklahoma US.....Enjoy Ladies!!!!

I have a new grandson due later this month YAY. So Im making another Anni Downs 'A boys story' cot quilt. I have decided to make the 'robot' block in nine different colourways....Here are the blocks so far....Im averaging a block a day so hopefully I will finish the quilt by next weekend.

On Friday I went to Hatched and Patched to spend my Birthday Gift Voucher and signed up for another BOM ( it paid for 4 months YAY). I have decided to keep a Work in progress log, to keep me on track. This is what I have soo far...

Vignette Hexagon quilt - Leanne Bealsey
I am lagging behind on my 'Vignette' hexagon quilt and have only sewn 7 flowers in the last month. Only two more rows to go thou :) Two rows = 40 flowers lol
I blame both my grandsons 'Lachlan' born Aug and 'unnamed' due end of this month :)

Pies and Tarts- Sue Daley
My pies and tarts are up to date, only two more months to go. Need to applique the pies to the backgrounds thou, hmmm have about 80 + to do there :)

Love Letters FQ shop
Received the first block this week. This should be an easy BOM to keep up to date as its all machine piecing.

In my Garden- Anni Downs
Signed up for this BOM this week with my birthday gift voucher. Will be able to pick up the first three blocks next week!! Love the needleturn applique...

French General Wives FQ shop- starts Jan 12

Gypsy Garden- Sue Daley
Receiving monthly but on hold till 'Girls Day Out' Weekend at Nundle, March 12.

Frog Cottage - New Designs
Have two kids and one general quilt in the design stages. Will post a few pics in the coming weeks :)

Wow, when its all in print, there is a lot to do...I hope you kids are listening !!! lol. Im hanging for next year when I will only have one out of five at home in the day time!!! Psst thats my reasoning for the new BOM sign ups lol.

Happy Stitching
Deb :)