Sunday, August 31, 2014

Clichéd I know.....but Spring really has sprung!

We have gone from temps which struggled to make it into double figures to balmy sunny days in the low 20's! ......the tree next door has gone from a few blossoms on sticks to this almost overnight.....
 

the trees out the front of the house are a little slower, but with a few more sunny days they won't be far behind......



The bees are having a field day and they don't seem to mind if the flowers belong to weeds (as these do!)....




So you can tell I haven't been very busy in the sewing room AGAIN.....but I did spend a day stitching with the NTFW girls yesterday.....there was cake (of course) lots of chat and laughs and it was great to catch up with everyone.....



......since we originally got together to stitch the Farmers Wife quilt it was nice to see that not all of the group have fallen by the wayside into the Not the Farmers Wife (NTFW) category.....(guilty as charged...I think I have only done one or two blocks.....but you never know....I might get back to it ...one day!)

here is Kaye's version......a flimsy ready for hand quilting......love it!


Shay sat next to me and was busy stitching  down the binding on this beauty......a gift for a friend I believe.....


I worked on a Gail Pan stitchery with Cottage Garden thread Plum Pudding, which is my favourite I think....
 

Claire (having just finished three baby quilts) went back to hand quilting another Gail Pan design, Berries and Bluebirds.....


....and Kris who we haven't seen for a while finished this wall hanging - started in a class with D-Crow (one half of the Quilted Crow Girls duo) earlier this year......Love this!  It's called Aunt Betina's Parlour.....pretty sure this has to be added to my "to do" list!


I did manage to finish the stitchery .....called "In the Spring" - rather appropriate given the title of this post!

so that's about it......another weekend over......another month  behind us - and winter is over.....Yikes! 

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ugly fabric swap......

I sent this fabric to Sue in the FIS ugly fabric swap......(and I must admit to a twinge of guilt in doing so.....I would have been at a loss to do something with it, which is probably why it has languished in the forgotten fat quarter basket for so long......I have no idea where it even came from......) the challenge was to make a mini using the fabric and send it back to your partner.......


So I was most curious when Sue's parcel arrived last week....opening day was Friday so I had to wait a couple of days.....

 
..and it was worth the wait.......Sue utilised the paper piecing technique which I have never been able to get my head around...baskets, dollies and a sewing machine.....
 

....it also came with a sweet hanger and cute note book....... thanks Sue...I love it.....

This is the fabric Sue sent to me....
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 .....and since I am challenged sometimes to remember to do things....I forgot to take a pic of my mini before I posted it....so this pic is courtesy of Sue's blog....


I enjoyed this swap, and it also served to get some stitching mojo back in order to make the deadline! 

I think I have become a little bit addicted to walking!  This week as well as taking part in the Walk a Mile in My Boots charity walk to raise money for the Hutt Street Centre - an organisation aiding South Australia's homeless and vulnerable - I have walked to work twice as well as my usual 4km before-work walk.......Rose does get a bit confused when I put my walking shoes on and leave her home when I walk to work though.  This morning I changed the walking route a little to take in the linear park near here........the sun was out for a change .......which made the walk even more enjoyable....

 
Rose thought she should check out the local wildlife.....


Plenty of places to sit and take in the view if you were so inclined....




Bridges......

 
"stepping stone" crossings......
 

and gum trees galore......


this flood wall follows along the river bank and is a recent addition.....


Senior citizen home units line a section of the walk....and I wouldn't mind looking at this view out to the hills every day....



Heavy rain saw this part of the track closed closed until recently......still quite a bit of debris on the walkway...... 

 Always nice to walk another route for a change of scenery....

so, back home to take care of the usual household chores and a bit of cooking for the week ahead......and even a little time in the sewing room!  These pot holders are for a friend from work......the binding will be done tonight in front of the TV.



.......and so another weekend comes to a close. They do fly by!

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Checking in.....thawing out......

This past week has tested my resolve to go for my morning walk ...it's been below zero here every morning ......but I did it!  Once you get out of bed and get going it's fine!  .....and it certainly makes for a brisk walk......to be honest, I prefer to walk in the cold weather of winter instead of the heat of summer.....a couple of pics from the garden after I got back from walking......the days are getting longer which means I can leave earlier now and not be walking in the dark.......




I have even been doing a bit of stitching in the evenings, so gradually coming out of the sewing hibernation.  I needed to finish off a swap for the FIS group and sat down at the sewing machine last Sunday, turned it on.....and nothing happened....yikes!! Given the machine is only a few months old I wasn't too impressed, but got out the 440 and did what I had to do on that.......the new one went back to the dealer during the week and after a little upgrade and a good talking to it is now back and performing as it should.  The swap gift is now finished and ready to post tomorrow. Will post a pic of the finished article once it has been received by the "lucky" recipient....this was the "ugly" fabric swap so I am looking forward to seeing what Sue did with the fabric I sent to her.  We get to have our own ugly fabric back.......lucky hey!?
 
 
Rhiannon came up this morning and we had breakfast and went shopping afterwards - I had a couple of vouchers that needed to be spent so bought a few little things for the house....among them this little candle lantern......
 



.........and a cute tin to put stuff in...... 'cause you can never have enough tins for "stuff"......
 
 
Last year when the garden was spruced up I planted a weeping acacia....well, the garden guy did, and it was probably weeping because it knew it wasn't going to get much TLC in my garden.......this probably isn't it's best side....but you can see the teeny buds just showing a bit of colour.......and I see there are also some weeds that will be coming out once the weather warms up a bit.....
 
 
....a few months after it was planted it had teeny tiny yellow buds on it, but was a little underwhelming to be honest (I do love a good wattle flower).....so I was surprised to see that the teeny tiny buds that appeared this year have started to blossom out into little balls of yellow.....  Made my day yesterday when I spotted them......it's the little things isn't it folks!
 

 
So I think it is going to be a little more spectacular this year!  again....it's the little things!
 
Now that I have caught up on some sewing and even managed a blog post I should really attend to some of the household chores that aren't much fun, but have to be done.
 
'Til next time...................Lorraine

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hibernating....

If you read my blog because you want to see progress on my stitching projects......look away now :)
 
The pear pic doesn't have anything to do with the post, I just came home from shopping and  put them on the bench and thought they looked good...
 
 
I think I must have some bear blood as I seem to be doing a lot of eating and sleeping this winter –  throw in work and you pretty much have my life for the past few months.  I see everyone busy on IG and blogs with new and exciting projects and as I walk past my sewing room on my way to work or to bed I look in  -  it reminds me of an installation in a museum that you just peer into and wonder what life must have been like for the person who once stitched in there! 

So.....no sewing going on.....and since catching up with friends doesn't just mean liking their posts on IG or FB I need to do better in that regard as well! 
 
Weekends seem to fly by with a bit of food shopping and house work along with going to watch Mark play football on Saturdays leaving Sundays for other "stuff".....I have been doing a bit of cooking on Sundays and freezing meals for the week - the weather has been quite cold, so a perfect time for soups - some experimentation there has been rewarded with some great combinations of flavours (and colours!)   

My morning walks have become quite addictive - so in order to fit in a good walk and still make it to work on time I need to get up early.....this means most nights I am bed early....which also saves on heating costs!!  
 
Whilst I have plenty of inspiration for stitching I seem to have lost my motivation at the moment  - but I am sure it is hibernating somewhere and will be back soon!
 
Reading has also taken up quite a bit of my spare time of late - a couple of years ago I bought a book at an airport and once I finished it was keen to read the next in the trilogy.....purchased it on Google Play and finished it in a couple of days.....keen to read the next one I was disappointed to find the third book hadn't been written yet.....so have been keeping an eye out for it......and it was released a week or so ago......after a few pages I decided to re-read the second book to reacquaint myself with the characters .....so I have had my head stuck in a book (well in the iPad really, but that doesn't quite to have the same ring to it!) most evenings in bed. 
 
I will leave you with a few pics taken a couple of weeks ago on a visit to the Yorke Peninsula to watch Mark play footy......after the game we went to the beach for a while before heading home......
 

 



Til next time..................Lorraine
(there may even be some stitching pics then!)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A little finish!

Last weekend I cut out hexis and started Brigitte Giblin's Hexagon Dilly-Bag - it took me ages to pick fabrics for it - and finally made a start last weekend.....

 
Managed a bit of stitching in the evenings and finished it today.......the cord I have used is probably a bit heavy, but it was what I had on hand, and once I got to that stage I wanted it done - I can always pick up some lighter cord during the week...maybe :)  I like it and even better, it is finished and I can use it!
 
 
I joined in with Brigitte's Trip Around the World challenge on FB a couple of weeks ago, and am about to start on round 9 - the details for the next stage have been posted, but for now I will get on and finish the first stage....not sure how big this will be - perfect cushion size atm!
 
I am delving deep into the cupboard for some of these fabrics....the little bees have been in there for quite some time now.....so thought it about time I used some of them up........
 

I had a different fabric picked (and cut) for Round 9, but of course have changed my mind and will go with the blue....well, I think I will.........

 
That's about it for this week's stitching efforts. 
 
My online stitching group is having a swap - the theme is "ugly fabric" - choose one and send it to your partner who makes a mini with the ugly fabric in it and (here's the rub)...sends it back to you!  hmmmmm.....again, much delving into the fabric stash to try and find an "ugly" fabric......what defines an "ugly" fabric???  In my case I have quite a few "OMG what WAS I thinking" fabrics, but they aren't necessarily ugly.....I did come up with a winner though.....I am pretty sure I didn't buy this....if I did I don't remember it!  (that's my story and I am sticking to it)...although I see potential for some fussy cutting here.......maybe I will try and find another one to send....?!?
 
btw it is much brighter pink than in this pic....
 
 
'Til next time...........Lorraine