Sunday, February 10, 2013

Busy again......


I am not sure where the time goes!  Here it is almost half way through February so it looks like this year is going to go as quickly as the last few have!  Speaking of time getting away......March will see my five year blogging anniversary......it seems like yesterday that I started....

The girls came over last Saturday for stitching...it's always great to catch up with them.......I made lunch (spinach and ricotta canneloni) and during the afternoon I whipped up a batch of scones for afternoon tea....they didn't last long!  As you can see I had all the good crystal containers out to put the butter, jam and cream in! :) 


 Before the girls got here I finished making each of them a little gift .......using this pattern from Sweetwater - another pdf pattern that is available instantly.....I love that!
 

they are so cute and make up in no time at all......



A couple of Mark's mates flew to London on Friday.....so I took the opportunity of sending a little care package over with them...(I would have loved to have been on the plane with them....but alas time and finances were against me!)....the heart is for Terri and has a little Aussie made soap in it.......and I couldn't miss an opportunity to send some of their favourite Angas Park goodies. 
 
 
My evenings have been spent stitching and there is only one more of these Love stitcheries from Natalie Bird to do before I start on the blocks to make the quilt......I bought these as a BOM from Linda at Gumvalley Patchwork ....and they have been on my "to do" list for a while now.......
 

These are a couple of my favourites......



I decided at the beginning of the year that I would make a list of things I have made during the year......otherwise I lose track of things I have made.......and this little book Cheryl gave me as a gift when I met her in LA is perfect for that job.......

 
During the week I also received some more information about the maker of the Feathered Star quilt I bought in the US......It's interesting to see who made the quilt and a little bit about her life.....the quilt was made in 1916 so has been around for a while.  Sadly the maker died (she was only in her 20's) a couple of years after the quilt was made. 
 
 
I have been wanting to make new cushions for my lounge for ages and just never seem to get around to them......while I was having breakfast and reading some blogs I came across a tutorial from PS I Quilt......for her Scruffily Pillow Covers (I made a couple of quilts using the same technique a while ago) .....so I delved into the stash and threw a few fabrics together.......
 

I was really pleased with them................


...and given the time it took to make them there will be no excuse for having daggy cushions in future!!  Rose has already claimed them as her own!!

 
So that's about it from me.......I am loving having my sewing mojo back. I also got a few other (household) jobs done today that have been hanging around for way too long  .....the spare room looked like a box room - all the Christmas decorations were in there boxed up ready to go out to the garage.....and it has been bugging me that they were still there......but not enough to actually do it!  LOL ....but today was the day .....feel good about that!  So the washing is done....and I have even ironed my work shirts for the week......lots of little  chores ticked off the list today......
 
.....I will leave you with a pic of another busy little bee I found in the garden today.
 

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

18 comments:

Susan said...

The year may be racing, but you sound delightfully busy. So many interesting snippets in your post. How fantastic that you have some information about your quilt, that is real treasure. Your stitcheries are lovely too, the red shoes are my favourite.

shez said...

what a lovely post Loz and you have been so busy,love all the projects you made,those hearts are so cute.xx

Leanne said...

You have been busy and yes time seem to go faster each year. I didn't notice the crystal I was too busy looking at those yummy scones. Mine usually look like little rocks.

Cathy said...

Lots of interesting pics and things to read here tonight. I too am keeping a list of finished projects this year, but I joined Pegs OPAM group, it is keeping me focused so far!! Well done on crossing things off that list, its a great feeling isnt it, and I love those cushions!! Well done you and have a great week!!

AnnieO said...

Darling stitcheries and hearts, Lorraine! Nice to get all those little jobs around the house out of the way. So glad your mojo has returned and you are stitching up a storm :) I could use some new cushions too...

Pat said...

Love the little gifts you made. So cute. I will have to look them up. Your pillows are lovely too. I have the same set of crystal that you have. I use it when my friends come over too!

Shay said...

I might put you to work here in Saturday making scones...they look delicious and I cant make them to save myself.

Im sure Mark and Terri will be thrilled to get the care package along with the tastes of home. You;re an awesome Mum.

Its always thrilling to have a bit of the actual history behind our vintage quilts . How did you find all that out?

Looks like you’re on fire sewing wise ...I’ve had a good weekend as well after being a slacko for a week ...lets hope the force stays with us both!

Too many eggs said...

the hearts are so lovely and your stitcheries are the cutest....it's amazing how quick or slow sewing can take.
i had a half a day sewing the other day and thought woo hoo i 'm going to get this quilt top finished today....i way overestimated but i am half way there

loved your post

Katie said...

Lots of wonderful projects. Glad you have your mojo back again! :-)

Sue SA said...

You certainly have been busy as a bee! I love the cushions, seems like a good idea, as I have had some extra pillow inserts taking up room in my sewing cupboard for too long! THe stitcheries are very sweet and will look pretty all stitched together. Your catering descriptions and photos hits the spot, made me hungry!

Sue SA said...

Oh and awesome that you got some history on your quilt...sounds intreging how you obtained it post purchase?

quiltygal said...

Very industrious wish my mojo was mojoing but I do have a really good excuse cuddling a certain grandson :) looking forward to seeing you on Sat :)I may even blog about it !!!

Cheryl said...

This is such a wonderful post...so much going on!!! Love your sweet stitcheries. Think I need them, and also that Heart PDF, I will be ordering that. Very pretty pillows. So wonderful to have the history of that quilt you bought. I love that you are using the book. Brought me back to our get together in LA. It was so wonderful meeting you..wish we were closer.

Leanne said...

Those scones look delicious. So many pretty things to share.

Suzanne said...

I can't believe I have been following your blog for 5 years now. Love all your projects..good to see you creating again!

Jen said...

HI! Loz,You are really busy, you are on a roll getting lots of sewing done. Great how you have the history of the new quilt, very interesting. I love your embroideries and gifts. Wouldn't mind a yummy scone at the moment. I will have to make some tomorrow.

Deb R said...

Your stitcheries are gorgeous, love them in red. This year is sailing by....

Lynda said...

Amazing what you can get done when the mood finally strikes. He cushions look wonderful and so do the scones.