Saturday, 3 October 2015

'Friday Night With Friends'... Hello, Old Friend!

It's been a few months since I linked up to be part of FNWF... it was a lovely evening indeed... though not very productive... Thank you so much Cheryll for hosting us♥
I'm jumping between a few different hand-stitching projects these days, & decided during the week to get out my super-ultra-very-much-neglected Red Brolly Designs "Polka Dot Girls Quilt" stitcheries, get them back on my list of WIPs... poor project, it's more like a W-I-S-P, or even more like a W-I-V-S-P (work in very slow progress).
Anyway, progress is progress... I will finish this quilt one of these centuries!

At the beginning of the evening this design 'Summer Stitching' looked like this:

And this morning:

To see everyone who joined in with FNWF, you can go here.

Monday, 28 September 2015

I Counted My Hexy's

It took me some time, but I've finally counted the hexy's for the quilt... wow I was pleasantly surprised with how many there are!
So what number is that? you may ask...
Not bad huh?
Gives me the feeling that I really am making meaningful progress with this project, yay!
I'm even starting to think about layout.
There needs to be a couple hundred more before I start piecing, but boy this box of goodies looks pretty good to me for now!

What's giving you some satisfaction with your sewing or stitching at the moment?!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

It's The PYT Linky!

Oh gosh, so sorry about the profusion of link-ups here!
I've not managed much stitching recently, which is not a good thing for the host of a linky... but I will definitely be sharing a pic of my Big Ol' hexy collection this time, when I've counted them... pics in my next post I promise!

 The linky is in my sidebar as usual & I hope you'll join in if you've been working on some EPP - I'd love to see it!

Monday, 21 September 2015

CTTY for September

Hi Friends, I'm so sorry to be late yet again with the linky...
We've been sorting out my MILs home & possessions... & even though it's been fairly straightforward, it still takes time... I seem to be losing track of dates & days a lot lately!

Anyway, if you've been making Christmas gifts & would like to link them here, go for it!
And thanks for joining in...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

I Went Nuts... & I'm Not A Bit Sorry!

Last week, I dug out a few cross stitch designs I've been wanting to start... because of course I have nothing else that needs to be finished or progressed... & I needed to do something about the mental slump I've been in...
Not having such easy access to my sewing machine these days, means I need to have a few hand-work projects to keep me sane happy... I needed to stock up on supplies before I could get started.

Stopped at two shops & this is the end result:

While keeping an eye on the football, I sorted the threads into their various projects:
41 skeins divided into 5 sets... yep, 5 new projects coming up! Well, actually 6, but I already had the thread I needed.
Told you I went NUTS! But I didn't stuff anything in my cheeks to carry it home...

Here's a start
This happy boost is working for me...  what gives you a happy boost??

I don't always take Miss Pfaff to Patch group, but I think I'm going to have to do it, given that I don't want to bore my readers with endless cross stitch pics!

Mr15's soccer season is over now, so I have my Friday evenings back again... I'm looking forward to resuming some FNSI & FNWF action...
Plus, I've joined a new blog, care of Kaye at Kitten Stitching...
The idea is to dig out an old WIP or UFO & spend an evening working on it, so it doesn't remain a WIP or UFO forever... just what I need to get me back to some neglected projects.
Interested? click HERE for info

Spring is well & truly in the air here... I'm eagerly throwing open as many doors & windows as I can... I've never waited so keenly for sunshine & breeze!

Friday, 11 September 2015

No Stitching But Lovely Nails...

Thought I'd share my latest nails look... I wear (professionally applied) acrylic nails all the time because my natural nails are awful... it's fun to play with colours & designs!
Sometimes I think my hands are not very nice to look at, but when I think of all the hard work they do for me, I'm grateful for their 'character'...
They're a deep eggplant-y colour, with a rose-on-lattice stamp as a feature.
I'm a girl of few needs... nails done, greys painted over... happy me!

This weekend, I'm planning to get some cross stitching projects organised to work on & maybe sew a bit more on some zipper pouches... nothing exciting, but it's better than nothing!

♥ Have a Fab Weekend ♥

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Many, Many Hexagons

Oh my goodness, they're breeding! It's certainly been a productive fortnight for the hexagon collection... I lost count, but I think there's about ~180 here!
There are some very special fabrics in this pile... The blue ones at the bottom right are all that remains of fabrics I used a couple of years ago, to help a class at school make a very special quilt for their classmate who was gravely ill; happily he's enjoying good health these days.
The yellow ones are an spot from a old Fig Tree Quilts range, a great find in my local shop.

After last 'Piece Yourself Together!' I promised Barb that I'd share a pic & count of all the hexy's I've prepared so far for this project... well I'm sorry Barb, I've not got a pic just yet, but I haven't forgotten my promise. Stay tuned!

The linky is open until midnight Thursday, West Australia time (same as always!) & I hope that if you're doing some EPP, any EPP at all, that you'll link up here & show us your lovely work!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Pincushion Parade...

It's a Plethora Of Pincushions!

Thanks to lovely Ida, we are all welcome to share our favourite pincushions over on her linky...
If you'd like to be part of the fun, just pop over HERE for all the details & to link up.
There's even some fab prizes on offer!

I have a lot of pincushions & I use a lot of pincushions... but I'm sharing the two I use the most & have the greatest love for. I know the makers of these two would shrug & say they are nothing so fabulous, but because they were both beautifully handmade & gifted to me, they're Fabulous indeed!

This pincushion was gifted to me from my blogging buddy Sunny at Quilting Dreams... we have the same birthday, so we decided to do a birthday swap last year... I love the way it snugs under the front of my Pfaff... & the fabrics are Fig Tree & Co, one of my favourite designers.
Perfect place to put pins as I remove them when sewing!

This one was also a gift, in a 2012 swap parcel from lovely Katherine at Rose Cottage Handmade. I'm not sure what the filling is, but it's a lovely weight & is such a handy size. You can see that Katherine also made a mug rug & a needle book, all of which are very much part of my sewing space these days.

Thanks Ida for the great idea of sharing our beloved pincushions, I look forward to seeing what others share on the linky!
Why don't you pop over for a look at the Parade?!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ida's "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade"

Do you have a favourite PINCUSHION?

My blogging friend Ida at 'My Sister Made Me Do It' is hosting her very first linky & would love you to join in with the fun!
Ida has been making some really gorgeous pincushions lately, & is creating an opportunity for us to share our own favourite pincushion at her linky.

Whether you made it yourself, or maybe you still have one the kids made you, or perhaps you were gifted a stunner... whichever is your favourite, here is your chance to share it.

All the info you need can be found by clicking here
The linky itself is HERE

Monday, 31 August 2015

Fun With Buttons...

I. Love. Buttons.

 I've long been wanting to use some fab little buttons that my blogging friend Shez sent me in a swap in 2012, but because they're so darn cute, I've been choosy.

I didn't have any fabric in the Overload to use with them, so oh how terrible, I decided to go buy some fabric just so I could use the buttons!

I actually made these zipper pouches a few months ago, but as I've been twiddling my thumbs since then (not!), the pouches remained 95% complete, until yesterday... yes I finally stitched the sweet little buttons in place & sewed the lining closed.
Shez I am enjoying these darling buttons all over again now, my friend!

I added a pocket to the inside of the larger one... pockets are always handy...

Mrs Hen-rietta & Grandma Violet seem to be pleased with my choice of fabrics!
You all know I love these pouches, they're so handy... the larger one is currently holding my Frangipani cross stitch in progress... maybe the Chook Family will move into the other one??!

 I'm getting used to not having such ready access to Miss Pfaff, not that I've had a lot of time for it in recent months anyway... it's not as boring as I thought it would be, now spending more time on hand stitching & projects... Perhaps the Gods knew I would need a bit of SLOW in my life at this time... & I'm fine with that.

♥ I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead & that the Sun shines (even just a little) wherever you are ♥

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