Sunday, 16 July 2017

A new space. ...

Ohh dear... the joys of blogger... I was about to write a post about my weekend adventures and "woe is me " my last post didnt publish grrr plus I havent really been online checking emails...so I didnt notice..
This was a quick post about my new sewing space......
A few years ago I lost my sewing room to Mr10. alot was packed away and our lounge room was rearranged to cater to my "stuff"....I kept explaining ( complaining) to hubby that I cant achieve anything as everyone used my tables as a dumping ground or were jumping on my puter or changing my chairs to different heights (gas lift)...very annoying....
We do have a 2bdrm cottage not too far from our house which used to be a B&B when I bought years ago...but we use it now for family and friends when visiting...so I didnt think I could be creative in that space lol


One day hubby rang me and said he had a found a caravan which had been gutted and he suggested we buy it for my new space....Hubby re did the walls, painted, laid a new floor, installed fluro lights and built me a huge work table at one end and boxed the other end for storage....
So ta da.... Im in...I couldnt wait for him to replace the windows...the caravan slat windows will be replaced by nice big windows......I moved in just before the school holidays so have only had a few hours here n there to play....the kidlets all go back to school in 2 days!! Hehehehe

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sydney Quilt show 2017

What a great day! On Friday I met up with Sonia and explored the show...we caught up with a lot of friends throughout the day.


We ended the day with a few gin and tonics and enjoyed a lovely dinner at Cyrens Darling Harbour with Sonia, Chooky, Fairygirl, Lynda and Julie ( Chooky took a group shot which I will steal later). The Cassillis girls joined us for a quick gin and tonic (blame Lea)  before they headed off to dinner. Was lovely catching up with you all! 


Started a new kit from Sarah Fielke whilst having a rest by the water before tackling the last hour of the show


We looked everywhere for this gorgeous mini by Susan of Thimblestitch, it was soo small. I forgot she used 1/4 hexis. Congrats on your place.


You know who the this is?????  the creative works of Rachel from Blue Mountain Daisy.



I joined the many people touching the black to see if it was one quilt lol shhh no touching lol. It was three quilts...just gorgeous!!! Congrats Rachel!!


Ok I did buy a few kits from Annis...



And many things from Sarah Fielke...the Alice fabric was from Verandah...I bought it to make my centre on Sarahs BOM Down the Rabbit Hole....


I am using my new apple pincushion in Sarahs new range Word Play... I also bought some reproduction fabric from Cherry Pie Designs, always nice to see Carol....

I have been embroidering my new stitchery each night...but today I need to move into my new sewing space as its ready...yay!!!! I see a major destash coming in the next few weeks...

A big thank you to Miss Sonia for a lovely relaxing day out!!! 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Catching up....

First off I'd like to wish Chookyblue a Happy 5th Birthday for the Chookshed!!! looks like you all had a wonderful weekend full of laughs, sewing, friendship and gin lol

My hubby is away so, what do I do???? why sew of course!!!! I've been playing catch up on my Modablockheads sew along... When my puters were in sick bay, I fell behind.....but I made six blocks over the weekend...whilst watching endless kids movies and watching the kidlets play (fightover) the wii. It's been really cold here so the kids were hibernating inside...which suited me fine.....

EDIT: I had six pics but blogger ate two grrr




I enjoyed the splendid sampler last year...so this year it's Moda blockheads and I have a pink reproduction theme happening.. Will get back to my Sarah Fielke BOM 'Down the Rabbit hole' this week, as Im a little behind there too lol

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Endless Wrap

I saw the Endless Wrap on Instagram and omg I had to make it!!!  I received my bundle on Wednesday and of course started knitting. I bought the wool, needles and pattern from The Cutting Cloth in Melbourne. 


I spent Thursday at the kids Gala day so was able to watch and knit for hours. Yesterday I had Miss 13 home sick with tonsillitis so I kept her company most of the day watching movies and knitting...this was my progress so far last night...


The wool is gorgeous it's Woolstok 100% wool and I'm using the colour Gravel Road . I been suffering with a bad head cold the last few days, which is a positive for my knitting lol
I made a huge pot of mummy's mince soup yesterday  and today I have a bit of baking to do for the kidlets, and my reward will be some hand sewing this afternoon...
Hope you all have a great weekend, happy stitching...


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Cute buys...

I didn't purchase very much this year at Nundle...I do have a lot of wool etc from my Sue Spargo stash....but I did buy these three gorgeous patterns by Bonnie Sullivan. Two are kits and one is just the printed background. I totally love snowmen and always have primitive snowman around the house at Christmas.


I haven't touched our project from Nundle, I have been busy with a new design for frog cottage that I've been working on for a few months...  I am working on the last 36 blocks and then I will sew the top together... 


I've been a good girl and have finished 3 quilt tops this year already ...yay me.. I took these quilts to Nundle for show and tell...


 

It's a west overcast day today...that means sewing for me yay !!!














Monday, 20 March 2017

Nundle 2017

What can I say!!! The 10th annual and yet final Girls Day in the country!! The tutor was Bonnie Sullivan and we had a gorgeous project to work on....what makes this annual weekend special is the friendships, laughter, and memories created through a love of needle and thread.....
Cant wait to see what our next adventure is ladies....love you all to bits!!!! Quilters Rock!!!!!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Countdown to Nundle

It's only two more weeks and I'll be heading to my annual Nundle retreat. So that means busy times, I need to make two swap items, one for the day and one for "our bloggers". Won't tell you which one I'm working on today...but It's something I've really wanted to make for myself, and this is the third time I've made it for a swap...cest la vie 


Last week every spare moment, I worked on "fresh" a quilt designed by Camille Roskelley...this quilt is going to be HUGE...


I will have one very happy daughter when this is finished!!!


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Focus and breathe

I've pulled out this quilt to finally finish it. Those that know me, know my love for handwork...I rarely sit in front of the machine...


The blocks in this quilt are 24.5".... And consist of 36 blocks...a slow process for me... I decided on 3 rows of 3, but after laying it on the floor for a final layout, I thought it needed to be bigger, so I've madly cut enough blocks for another 7 squares to make a 4x4 layout. This also means a new backing will have to be purchased as the current one will be too small. The things we do.... 



Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Then there were two....

Ive been working hard this past week....


Back to Sarah Fielke 2016 BOM ... Top almost complete, just need to sew six more block then cut and sew borders ( already appliqués and pieced)..


Just waiting on my Sarah Fielkes 2017 BOM templates so I can start my new quilt.. I'm sure the universe is making sure I'll finish the 2016 first lol....


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Orange peel overload

This week has been busy with a new visitor and kid activities. In between I have been sewing away on my villie fleurie quilt....nothing like orange peels everywhere. I still have a huge pile to go but at least I have sewn big piles too...too scared to count to see how many are left.....


The weather hit 48c yesterday and today it's only 41c with really strong winds...stay safe people :) 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Tis the year for UFOs

This year I'm trying to be good and finish a lot of my UFOs. I started late last year on my pies and tarts, which is waiting for its border lol. In January I was busy with Gossip in the Garden and this month I'll be working on frog cottage designs, an EPP inspired project that I also played with last year.

 


Our little 4 year old has moved on and my days are now my own again ( most days) ... This might be the year I have a few finishes yay!
I have completed all the blocks for the Sarah Fielke 2016 bom.... Just need to sew the quilt top together.....


Enjoy your week ❣





Sunday, 29 January 2017

I'm just stitching away...

There is only two days to go till Sarah Fielkes 2017 BOM "down the rabbit hole" starts..... I've been busy stitching the last few days of the holidays to finish my 2016 bom...


I have completed 9 out of 25 circle sets for my triangle border....I really really would like to put this quilt top together tomorrow, wish me luck..
Who else has signed up for Sarah's bom this year????

Monday, 23 January 2017

Time flies...

Hasn't this year started quickly?...It's always busy in our house in the school holidays...We spent some time on the boat on the harbour and caught up with the gorgeous Sonia (Forever and Always) and her SIL Mitch. This was the only pic taken of our adventure... we met Sonia at Manly and took the boat to Chinamans Beach, a gorgeous quiet beach on Sydney Harbour. Hubby, the kids and I took the tender to the beach whilst Sonia and Mitch swam to shore....I'm very proud of Sonia for overcoming her fear of jumping in dark water...I couldn't do it...I watch too many shark documentaries lol


The rest of the time we have been at home, cutting trees and moving the cubby house and sandpit to the "playgroup area". We have cleared an area where the kids have their trampoline, cubby, swing set, seesaw,  and one of those roundabout things and a huge slippery dip from a council rebuild. They kids love it, they also want fairy lights in the surrounding trees, but I keep forgetting to buy them lol
I've also been sewing....my Sarah Fielke Happy Days 2016 BOM. 


I have prepared lots of circles and the stripes for the borders...need to prepare the cornerstone appliqués yet...I'm sure all make it...fingers crossed thou
Only 8 days to go before he launch of Sarah's 2017 BOM Down the Rabbit hole ...can't wait❣❣❣❣❣


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year...

Another year has past and it just goes sooo quick. We spent NYE on the harbour again and it was fabulous, noisy but fabulous !!!!  I am working hard on my Sarah Fielke BOM 2016...only a few more blocks and I can put this quilt top together. Sarah gave us three topics for the borders and of course I have chosen the one with the most work...sigh....but I am sure it will be gorgeous!!!


I've finished the large blocks and still have to appliqué the little leaves but I'm sure that won't take too long....


Tonight I'm doing needleturn appliqué on the second Hawaiian block in this quilt. I have loved this journey and can't wait till the end of the month when Sarah's  Down the Rabbit Hole 2017 BOM starts. I'm still deciding on my fabrics. I'd love to use French general but after three quilts my stash needs to be replenished...what a shame lol
Happy New Year to you and your families and I hope you all find time to stitch !!!
Deb xo