Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Sampler.....

The full sampler is 12 1/2" wide by 52"


the top half......


... the bottom half...


the first block was needleturn... lots of tiny little pieces....


then a row of little 1/2" hexie flowers.....

some stitching and words


I changed the wording to reflect more about what I feel about sewing....

I love the little house with the garden


alphabet and numbers aswell

and a chain of hexies



I think my favourite is this blue cross stitch with daisies and leaves

... but the baskets are cute too - little baskets - 3" squares


and finally a medallion of hexies with a garland of daisies


This pattern is called Times Gone By and is by Helen Stubbings from hugs 'n kisses

I was kindly passed on the pattern from Marina... and now it is going to Jeanette.... I hope you enjoy making it as much as I have....
  
Righto, Gotto Go... my alphabet bears are feeling neglected!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The weekend that was.....

The last block of my sampler is done now.....

..... that satin stitch seemed to take me ages.... I did a line of backstitch for and filled in the leaves with two detached chain stitches instead 

(it is a sampler so I wanted to show different things I could do!!!)


... in addition I managed to finish off a Christmas Item... this is a stitchery I did last year sometime and just needed to make it up .... just needed borders and that little bit of hand quilting around the edge

It is from Gail Pan's book "Simply Christmas" and this is my One Christmas Item for February


... when I was at the sewing weekend I forgot to change the stitch on my machine and sewed into metal.... I've managed to break needles before but not bend like this.... I was quite impressed with my ability to make fishing hooks....


... this weekend I did the first step for my apron and cut off the back and sleeves.... 


..... I have kept the label... (but I took off what size it said it was!!!! - some things should stay personal don't you think?)


I live in a small town 20km from a larger city .... a few years ago when there was floods our little creek grew and grew and grew and thus damaged the side rails rather badly... we have had this mess for a while now....


... but now our wonderful new bridge is being built next to the old broken one.....


... impressive .... I think we'll be safe from the flood waters now....  I am going to enjoy watching the process of building this up ....

(can you see the cloud making a funny face over the bridge?)


Righto, Gotto Go.... it's almost tipple time....

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Something new and different .....

I have long been a wearer of the good old apron..... no women's lib in the kitchen for me I'm afraid.... I don't like grease spots on my shirts when cooking..

.. but they still get there..

.. I drop food onto that lovely dome the boobs make  (even if I eat with an apron that top part folds open just enough for food to drop through)..

.. for me it's a good day if I haven't got food on my boobs..

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..  I'm sure none of you have that problem but there it is ... I have aired my dirty washing on the www.......

Anyway... back to aprons...  my friend Loopy Jane is doing a tutorial to make an apron.... from a shirt.... of course you can buy a new shirt to chop up but I'm going for recycled....

(I was planning to use one from Hubz cupboard but I did raid that not so long ago for the shirt quilt challenge ... and he does make good beer so I better be good for a while

.. and I found this one for the princely sum of $5 at a local op shop....  it's a good size so will cover the boobs and the buttocks I think..

 (not that I drop food on my buttocks... that's a bit wild even for me!)


Loopy Jane is starting a new series of Create with Loopy classes and her first apron from a shirt make is free.... so bonus for me I will get a new unique apron for $5

HERE is the information - I don't have pockets on my shirt but I'm sure there I will be able to include some decoration ....

These are some that she has made... I love that the collar stays on and goes round the neck...

... will be a much better fit so food doesn't drop down to boobs!...

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You just need to sign up to her newsletter HERE.... but be quick... closing after the weekend...  for Facebookers this is the LINK.....  Jane does a great variety of crafts... a lot are upcycling recycling - a great blog...

Jane never asked me to do a blog post... but she is a long standing bloggy friend who lives in the UK... hope to meet her one day...


Righto, Gotto Go.... need to go and soak shirts!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CCTY and PYT........

Bloggy friend Anthea hosts a couple of challenges and linky parties....

Firstly there is CTTY .... making up a Christmas gift (or more!) each month...

... and this is a little stitchery I was given pre printed which is now stitched up.  I have wrapped a hoop with red bias binding and lots of glue and tied a pretty ribbon to it....

 I think it's sweet....



This is going into the pressie box for Christmas time

I've shown these before but I'm adding them here as they are going into the pressie box too ....


The other linky is PYT... Piece Yourself Together.... not a self help programme (phew) but a show and tell for English Paper Piecing....

This fortnights effort is the centre hexie medalion for my sampler ....

 

it's not sewn on and I have got further with the satin stitching daisies since I took the picture..... 

Thanks Anthea..... Anybody can join in anytime... no pressure but a great way to keep us on track with our projects.... links to the relevant pages are with the names

Righto, Gotto Go... I'm off to see what others have made....


Lovely surprises....

I woke up one morning this week and had such a lovely surprise... I was a year younger than I thought I was.... so I get an extra trip around the sun ......

Yup... another year older .... not that I am keen on celebrating that fact but it is lovely to be made a bit of a fuss of?????

So many lovely messages, cards, phone calls, overseas skypes etc.... I was ultra spoilt with attention.... thanks to everyone.....xxxxxx

Even Mr Google noticed I was younger....


... and Mr Postie has been visiting.... 

Thought I would show you this card from Shez.... such a laugh... I had tears!!!


... and a lovely parcel of fabrics and patterns.... the Gail Pan one is a kit ....

... just lovely... thanks Shez...


Marina made me this wonderful scarf.... linen and her beautifully done hexies....


.... I thought it was a runner!!!!! so it is on my antique dresser being cared for by some of my lizards..... Marina said she didn't mind! Thanks Marina .... love it


Helen popped around with some of my favourite things..... thanks my friend


... so did Bev.... thanks ... so pretty


... and Christine invited me over and we had cake ... with lit candle.... thanks... such a fun time


... and my daughter bought me one of these lovely containers I have been lusting after.... she is going to help me fill it for Pims next month.... thanks lovey



It reminded me of a story... when I was little - about 2 - in those days when you could have kids in the country pubs.... my parents couldn't find me.... I was lying under the beer keg catching the drips..... So now I can really say my present problems are my parents fault?????

Righto, Gotto Go.... I'm off to see if I can make this new baby just drip gently for those times I need a little lie down... not too gently mind you!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FNSI .... and more.....


Friday morning saw me all packed up and ready to go off to retreat..... I recently joined a group at The Quilters Angel who meet fortnightly on a Friday night and they have regular retreats.  Kris was there too for a couple of days so we managed some chat time - just a little!

My first ever retreat (I came home at night so just needed the sewing stuff)


How wonderful it is to be away and have nothing else to worry about .... no fussing with those little jobs that make me procrastinate at home -  just sew sew sew and I got heaps done....

these are my scrappy square in a square supposed to have been scrappy star blocks.....


by the end of the first day I had these all sewn together ..... 8 x 9 12" blocks sewn together....

I LOOOOOOOVVVVVEEE it... and keep seeing new shapes ....


I wanted another row to fit my bed and I had pieces ready in the box so I added another row the next day....  so it's now a 108" square (2.7m square) and 2,349 pieces - the biggest quilt I have ever made....

It is quite heavy and I am going to have a challenge quilting it I think ....

Cyclone Marcia did not visit our way... we did have quite a nice rain fall from a previous weather system and on the evening drive I was spoilt with this lovely sunset complete with evening star and new moon....


the next day saw me making some nice little knick knack bags .... as you can see I used some pretty little lacy zips...... I think I'll be doing more of these for the giftie box.....


I didn't slack off in the evenings... and for FNSI... I finished off the letter M.....
(I have done A and B but now I felt like M.....) Michelle's bear alphabet designs

Thank you Wendy for having us..... see you again next month


... all in all a very happy weekend and I'm already looking forward to the next one in June....

Righto, Gotto Go.... I want to check that my resident gardener has been working and not just getting into the home brew!!


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