Monday, June 13, 2016

Road trip!

Late last week I loaded the car with way too much stuff and headed off for the six and a half hour drive to visit my Mum....always good to see her and to spend some time in the little town she calls home - and being by the sea is always a treat! Sunrise over the water is always special....

Rose made the trip with me...sleeping most of the way and just checking every now and then to see if we had arrived at our destination....once we were there she very quickly became a beach dog....loving the seaweed in particular....

Now that we are home again she is snoring on the lounge...all that sea air and running after sea birds was tiring!

Rhiannon and Wade also made the trip and joined me for the weekend.....we discovered a great place for breakfast ...if you are in Tumby Bay be sure to check out Alive and Well....

A hearty breakfast was followed by some sight seeing and another beach to explore....

Met an amazing lady who swims every morning rain, hail or shine...84 years young...it was pretty cold this morning as she headed into the waves....

So my little holiday is over and it's back home and back to work tomorrow. I packed a load of stitching to take - didn't sew a stitch....packed a case full of clothes - wore only a few of them - walked a lot, ate well, caught up with friends and family, found time to visit a few patchwork shops...took a couple of drives to check out childhood haunts....(how much smaller everything looks now) - enjoyed time with Rhiannon and Wade...and of course enjoyed time with Mum! ...and in the evenings....a few games of Scrabble!

Time to sign off for now....a few more pics next time!

 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

I blinked and it was suddenly June!

...and with June came our fist taste of wintery weather....perfect for being in the sewing room listening to the rain and prepping some stitching for a couple of days off later in the week.

My walking partner has been away and I am running out of excuses (to myself) for not getting up and walking in the mornings....it is pretty dark at a little after 6am....so that's an excuse I have been using a bit...the cold is another one but that is wearing a bit thin so I have taken to walking in my lunch break at work......some days.......



I caught up with a friend a couple of weeks ago and we visited a local shop and bought some of the Tula Pink hardware......the snips are amazing - they live on the sewing machine and are incredibly handy...the shears are also wonderful but to be honest I am just a little bit afraid of the blade on the Surgical Seam Ripper - to be used with caution I think - and not to be left lying about when little people are around.....I removed the cover for the photo, but believe me it stays firmly on at all other times (except of course when it's being used to reverse sew!) 



The next thing on my "to do" list is to make a scissor caddy for the shears......Svetlana at Sotak Handmade has a tutorial on her blog for one which looks like it would do the job very well.  

Emma at Treehouse Textiles has a lovely pattern - Sweet Sunday Quilt - which I have been seeing a bit of on Instragram of late.....so that has now come to stay with me along with the templates and fabric pack to get me started...


....... it also prompted a visit to a local antique shop which sells doilies and other embroidered articles - you can spend quite a bit of time sorting through the piles of finished and some unfinished pieces - watched over at all times by the owner of the shop who has quite a sharp tongue and polices the signs which let you know to keep the piles neat and tidy and not to mix them up....she is pretty formidable really and I am always conscious of her eyes on me!  Still, I came away with a few pieces which could be useful in the quilt.....always an experience!!


Last weekend I machine quilted this little Gail Pan table runner which has been sitting there just waiting for it's turn to be finished for quite a while.....I was sure I had the binding already cut and waiting with it....but no...can't find it anywhere so it needs to wait a little longer to be completely finished.....


on the occasions when I feel like stitching in the evenings (and to keep myself awake after about 7.30pm!) I have been working on this piece also from Gail which is lovely to stitch with it's happy little gingerbread man, reindeer and one of Gail's trademark birds......and Christmas will be here before we know it!!


Also finished and yet to be gifted is this book pillow for Lenny.....it is made with some left over fabrics from his quilt and I am looking for the perfect book to put with it before I give it to him. The pattern is from the book Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris (aka Cluck Cluck Sew


So that is about it for now......not a lot happening on the stitching front....work has been busy and the weekends fly by so fast there are some weekends I don't even get into the sewing room!   

but......I have had, for the first time since I have lived in this house (6 years...) rodents in the cupboard under the sink....eeeeeeuuuuuww!  I think the wet/cold has driven them to find warmer lodgings......Stinky little critters!  So to the hardware to buy some baits to put in the back of the cupboard.....the baits had the "one feed kills" slogan ....pffffttt.....I am not believing that for a minute - or I had a squillion meeces visiting my cupboard!! ...because the baits were being eaten a little bit more every day......with me peering into the cupboard at intervals, rubbing my hands together and in my best witchy voice urging them to "eat up my pretties"....and so eventually the eating and pooping stopped and the cupboard has been cleaned and disinfected (again) - perhaps it was the disinfectant that drove them away!! Hopefully they stay away!

Yesterday was Saturday.....and I usually stay in bed a little longer on Saturdays.....but yesterday the neighbourhood dogs were going nuts and there was the loud ....very loud.....sound of a hot air balloon 'firing" up....on investigation I saw that the house across the road appeared to have a balloon growing from it's roof.....


...which after much "swooshing" became this......I hope they enjoyed the ride ...with a ground temp of about 2C it would have been pretty chilly up there!


Well, that was a longer post than I thought.....and not much done with regard to prepping some stitching for the end of the week.....but I will get back to that later tonight.

'til next time......Lorraine

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Not even going to try to make excuses....

...for how long it's been since I blogged....it's just been busy....and fun....and life!  I will start with an apology to De from our on line stitching group....I haven't yet posted pics of the project she made me in the Helen Stubbings swap.....sorry De.....!  

The choccies of course are long gone....but the cute zippered hexi pouch lives on .....very useful and I love it....thanks De!  


So what else has been going on in my life....work of course....which fills in five days a week.....but the odd bit of stitching as well....most of the recent makes have been for a certain little man who is now six weeks old and growing like a mushroom...changing daily and filling our hearts with love and happiness......

The first little finish is a panel I have had in my stash for ages just waiting ......it was a quick finish and I was pleased with my efforts with a bit of free motion quilting......







Next cab off the rank took a little while longer to finish......mainly because I procrastinated over every step....auditioned a couple of backgrounds.....both from Jen Kingwell's Behind the Scenes range....there certainly are a lot of useful fabrics in that range.....!!  I sourced mine locally from Hetties Patch.....


....then it was borders.......and it stayed on the sewing room floor for a few days while I thought about them.....


....decided in the end to add a pop of orange....... and .......the finished top ready to send off to be quilted...


then it was back....thank you Sharon at Patchwork on Parade for a quick turn-around.....and ready for binding...more procrastination.......finally decided on a blue and yellow scrappy binding.....and then it was ready for a wash and dry.......
     
                         

....and.....done!  cotton batting "crinkled" nicely in the dryer.......all ready to gift on Mothers' Day last Sunday........


Lenny giving it a test run.....



 .....and 'telling' his Mum all about it..........


a pic of Terri and Lenny as they were about to leave on Mothers Day......


I think Lenny found it all a bit of a yawn....it's a tiring time for little ones....all this photo taking!

.....Not quite caught up yet....since my last post the Autumn colours have come ....and pretty much gone......the ornamental pears in the front garden always look stunning.....





.......... there have been local events the kids have attended .......Rhiannon and Wade ready to head out for a football club dinner function.....


...and some time ago before I implemented my spending freeze I ordered a Project Sweetwater box......and I wasn't disappointed with it....some fun projects included and of course some fabric goodness....I do love the new Volume II range...and the text fabric includes the name of our own Hetties Patch!




So I think that's about it.....although I am sure I have missed something...it has been a while since I posted. 

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

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.....