Saturday, April 9, 2016

Friends in Stitching - Helen Stubbings swap

The theme for the first swap for the online stitching group for 2016 was - Helen Stubbings - well, one of Helen's patterns anyway!  

I made for Jo - and must admit to feeling the pressure a bit as Jo is Helen's right hand girl (so to speak) and helps out in Quarter Inch - Helen's new shop in Hobart.....which I plan to get to "one day".....

Anyhoo....I digress......it took me ages to decide on a pattern, then a little while longer procrastinating over fabrics ......finally got it finished with a bit of time to spare and posted it off over a week before "opening day"......I bought the pattern, Hexie on the Go Bag (yep, there are those hexis again!) from Linda at Gum Valley Patchwork last year at Stitch in Spring where Helen was one of the tutors....

and this was the finished product.....I hope Jo likes it....I did!






'Til next time...............Lorraine

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Introducing Lenny.....

Yes, on the afternoon of Friday 1 April Lenny made his way into the world.  Terri and Mark are over the moon and recovering slowly!  I met Lenny yesterday and to say I am besotted is quite the understatement!  

Here are a few pics with photo credit to Rhiannon, Wade and Terri's mum Bev.

The new little family.......photo cred to Terri's Mum.....


with Auntie Rhiannon.....photo cred to Wade....


and Uncle Wade......photo cred to Rhiannon


.....a very proud Dad.....another of Rhiannon's pics.....


and his Granny.....thanks for the pic Wade!


Welcome Lenny.....all 9lb 2oz of gorgeousness.... he had quite an excited group of visitors yesterday with Terri's parents,sister and nieces also arriving to welcome him into the family.

...oh and did I say I think he's pretty amazing! 

'til next time..............Lorraine

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FOMO and other things........warning a bit wordy and pic heavy

I really had to think hard about this post....it's been so long I had almost forgotten how to!  It seems just a little while since Judy was here, but I see it's a month already!  Since then she has been busy working - teaching here there and well.....everywhere!  I on the other hand have been staying put and working - my "head in the sand" form of accounting didn't seem to be working for me and if I want to retire in the next few years I need to put some sort of savings plan into action...she says laughing maniacally - "savings plan" and "action" don't seem like words which should/could  be in the same sentence.....but I should give it a crack!

This time last year I was preparing to fly off to the UK and since I do want to travel again before I retire, there is incentive for me to save!  I repeat...there is incentive to save.......must.keep.telling.myself.that!!  On the other hand (like the little devil sitting on my shoulder) there is  FOMO......yes folks, Fear Of Missing Out....missing out on the latest fabric ranges, patterns, notions, retreats, shop-hops, conventions....the list is endless and is fuelled by IG, FB and blogs...and the offer of instant gratification with PDF pattern downloads....you can spend hours on screen - and if you can't sleep you can shop 24/7 on line.....resistance would seem futile, but I have been ....resisting that is, telling myself there will be other fabric ranges, patterns etc.....and the lure of travel (and being able to afford to eat when I retire) is keeping me on the straight and narrow. Not to say I am going to be all work and no play  buy in the future though.....I think moderation should have been my word for 2016...perhaps it still can be.

Speaking of 2016...how fast is it going?  Here we are on the verge of April already!  .....and that grand baby isn't too far away now!  all being well he/she should be here by the end of the week!

So I have been on leave from work for a couple of weeks - recharging the batteries which I must say were a little flat....lots of sleep and hanging out in the sewing room has worked wonders....I think more sleep than sewing has happened, but that's ok.......

The weather has changed and the mornings and evenings are deliciously cool with Autumn arriving at last.....

the Manchurian Pear trees in my front garden.....



 ...and look....tiny little pears even! 



What else has been happening......a little bit of "baby" sewing....a Nappy Wallet from Two Pretty Poppets - some really cute patterns on this site......


...and a couple of bibs....there may have been more of these which have already been gifted......this is a super pattern from Amy at NanaCompany


A mini hexi bag from Hettie's Patch....called (surprisingly) Hettie's Mini Hexagon Bag....




Also...perfect for a bunny carry-bag!  .....and yes, Easter has come and gone for another year....just like the chocolates featured in this pic!! 


a bit of playing around with the layout for the next border of Emma Mary ...all of the hexis are made for this and I am on to making the eleventy hundred blocks for the rest of the top....they are coming along nicely.....and I am quite enjoying the hand piecing.....the cooler weather is perfect for it !


There may have been more pear sewing.....this Liberty lovely has been shipped off to its new home........



had a stitching day with the girls - Lynette has made this cute Happy Hedgehogs quilt from Melly&Me



Complete with toy hedgehog in the making......


A bit of secret stitching happened - can't post pics until after opening day on 8 April.....so will leave you with this pic of Rose taking it easy (this was a really hot day and she chose a spot in front of the fan!) 


.....oh and this pic of moon rise on Saturday night.....


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Busy (and very fun) weekend with Judy Newman..and a baby shower!

Last year Judy Newman and I found ourselves in London visiting our respective daughters and  with time on our hands during the day we enjoyed visiting some of London's landmarks and the odd patchwork shop and castle......Judy was teaching a class at Tikki Patchwork and I had enrolled in the class before I left Australia so we ventured out to Kew for the class.......had a fantastic day and started on the Emma Mary quilt.....got very enthused and made a good dent in the centre panel of the quilt.....and that's about how it stayed until this weekend when Judy taught at Hetties Patch (more pics from the class on their website).....

.....and luckily we weren't late for class......



Judy is a fabulous teacher and soon had everyone busy on their respective projects for the weekend......she looks meek and mild doesn't she, but she keeps everyone motivated! :)

Choosing fabrics is a real skill, and Judy certainly has an eye for colour and what will work in a quilt.....and my credit car can attest to how good she is!  



 Here's where I was up to after the London class.....




I had pretty much stalled on the project because I didn't know where to go with colours......the crowns were an experiment, and they came off to make way for .....wait for it....yellow......wasn't sure at first, but once the yellow hexis were on and the crowns were added as the final round I was happy.......



I also made a start on the surrounding borders - a few stars to make along with a load of scrappy hexis and then the blocks which form the rest of the quilt....this was the first of many of those.......how could you go past that super cute dog!  Lots of these to make but as they are hand pieced I can work on them in the evenings.....




the class wasn't the only fun thing on the weekend.......Saturday afternoon I took some leave from stitching and went to Terri's baby shower.....I was up super early that morning to make scones.....although I didn't think they were the best batch I have ever made they disappeared fast.......




Terri is looking fabulous - baby is due in about a month...give or take a day or two!  It was fun to catch up with Rhiannon as well and the afternoon flew by.  



Afterwards it was back to pick up Judy from the classroom and wander home for a quiet night stitching!  All in all a fabulous weekend....thanks to Hetties Patch for bringing Judy over......always great to visit this amazing shop!!  Looking forward to September when Judy will be back .....which means I am on a mission to keep working on the quilt!

'til next time................Lorraine

Monday, February 15, 2016

What goes on at retreat.......

...usually stays on retreat...but I thought I would bring this home with me to finish...


What a great weekend.....I set off on Friday afternoon for Mannum, about an hour's drive from here and once there I settled in for happy hour with my fellow retreaters and Sharon from Patchwork on Parade....she and Barb looked after us all weekend so we could just sit and sew....and eat.....and chat......well, you know how it goes!  


Saturday morning I was up and checking out the pre-dawn view over the river....so quiet and peaceful......


The ferry busy with early morning passengers.....


 Plenty of bird life in the sanctuary.... 



 Anglers still in bed with rods in the water ....waiting....waiting.....


 ..and here comes the sun.....




Then it was back into the bunkhouse for breakfast and to make a start on the day's stitching....too early for anyone else to be stitching.......


Couldn't work out if this was breakfast or the remnants of last night's dinner......


pretty soon most people were up and into it......


I worked on my flowering snowball blocks......


....and by then it was morning tea time.....


This was my room for the weekend......not the tidiest bed making....but who has time for precision when there is stitching to be done!?


I had a very productive weekend, the flowering snowball blocks at the beginning of this post and another version of a great pattern from Kathy Schmitz - My Little Stitches ....version one shown here.....I had completed the stitcheries so it was just a matter of putting the blocks together. 


Some show and tell completed the weekend.....







 ..and just time for a group shot before we all headed off in our different directions.....


Great time.....great fun.......and productive!  

On the way home I had a chance to drop in to see John and Jan and check out their little shop in Mount Pleasant....if you get the chance, do visit them....Star Books and the Bohemian Garden - lots of lovely things to look at!





so that's it from me for now......'til next time............Lorraine