Monday, 18 December 2017

Retreat, Part 2

Oops. I quite forgot that I had also sewn this at Retreat... yes, another item in the
Festival of Fiddly Sewing!

This block measures 12½' square & will be made into a mini-quilt soon... so fiddly, but so pleased with the result... each little square is 2" !!
Upon reflection, I realise that this was rather an ambitious item to sew at Retreat, given the various distractions that can occur!

 A couple of episodes of reverse sewing were needed, but it came together in the end & I love it!
This block was inspired by the Moda Love Blog Tour, which happened back in 2014... The idea is that the block can be made with either layer cakes, charm squares or mini-charms/candy squares. The pattern can be found HERE.
I just cut my own squares & hst for this particular block.
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I was really hoping that Australia would be able to win back The Ashes at this Perth Test... but who'd have thought such wintry weather would prevent play today, the final day of the match!
NNnnnoooo! 
For goodness sake, it's summer ... but it's also 21°c, blustery & rain showers... while I don't like the hotter temps, I sure as heck don't like wintry conditions in December either!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Retreat Report

Thursday the 7th of December saw me tootle off to Retreat.
Not really the best timing for Retreat, so close to Christmas, but I wasn't going to miss it, that's for sure!
We had the heat to contend with & the awful biting flies outside... so we made best use of the air-conditioner in our workroom.
Fortunately, the forest setting means it cools down at night.... great for sleeping... except for the night I was kept awake by some shameless kangaroos enjoying some conjugal activities right outside my door!!
Well, they better have enjoyed it, given how long they kept me awake😉

As for what I worked on, I dubbed this Retreat suitably to reflect the projects I worked on... it was the Festival of Fiddly Projects.
I made a few blocks for my blue & white quilt... I already had a few HST ready to sew, so when they'd all been used, I had to get some more ready. The blocks take a while to piece together & require a lot of pressing, plus attention to making sure the points match. Fiddly for sure!
Truth be known, I'd not touched this project since last Retreat in July '17, so it was good to get it out again. So far, 8 blocks made, 8 more to make.
 

I also took my pinks & greys quilt project, which is inspired by a Kim Brackett design.
(Kim is the creator behind the 'Scrap Basket' series of books; these books are a fun combo of showing good use of 2½"strips, but each pattern also gives instructions for using scraps to make the same design. They're well worth a look. Her IG is @kim_brackett if you want to go for a look)
It was great to make a few more sets of blocks for that & be reminded of the pretty fabrics I've collected to make them.
Each WOF strip of print fabric yields 5 sweet little 4½" blocks.

Sue gave us a fun & easy workshop in making a "10 minute table runner" ... maybe some of you have seen them? I took some fun fabrics & am very pleased with the results of Sue's instructions... if you want to make your own, there are plenty of places online, plus videos, that give great instructions.

 I've already shared these cute little hexy flowers... I was particularly pleased to get the stripes so straight!

 We do our own catering at Retreat, & this time I was asked to bring a dessert... hello Triple Choc Brownies with cream & strawberries, yum...

 I could have got a lot more sewing done, but it was great to just kick back on a recliner & read my book, or leaf through a few craft magazines. These times also lend themselves to wonderful conversations & many laughs.
We had the joy of seeing a wonderful little bird one day, well known & much admired in this region... the Splendid Fairy Wren... they are hard to photograph (esp from indoors, LOL) so this pic isn't good, but just look at the colour of it... amazing!
Yes, Aunt Violet got into her Retreat mode... she was not as cheeky as she's been in the past... maybe the heat was keeping her a bit quiet... but still, she had a good time.
Can you spot her trying to blend in with the Santas?

Ever-social, here she is chatting with Kim's little puddings in their various stages of construction.

My work area always starts off so neat & organised, & by the time I need to pack up, I have stuff all over the place & taking up as much space as I possibly can😊

It was a wonderful few days & great to re-acquaint myself with those neglected projects.
Time with my sewing girlfriends feeds my soul, encourages me & inspires me... & results in many new Pins to my Pinterest boards!
I love the break from my home routine & of course not having to make every meal is a real treat.
It was hard to leave there on Tuesday & head home, that's for sure.

It's just going to take me a while to recover from my Conjugal Kangaroos trauma!!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

'Piece Yourself Together'

 
The Scrappy Hexy Quilt has been put away for now.
While I was on Retreat, I spent an evening basting & then stitching together these two sweet little flowers... they're half-inch sides, eek!
I actually don't know what I'm going to do with them, but they sure were cute to make.
 Speaking of Retreat... of course I had a great time & I look forward to sharing some pics in a day or two when I've recovered.

The PYT linky is in my sidebar in its usual place, so go ahead & join in!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

I'm Off To Retreat!

I'm off to Retreat on Thursday... & woo-hoo I'm excited!

The car is packed... the projects are planned... the booze food is ready.
I wonder if wily old Aunt Violet (pictured below) will try her stowaway tactics again?

This is part of the beautiful view from the deck... can't wait to sit there again...
with or without Violet🙂

As much as it seems odd to be going on Retreat so close to Christmas, it's good timing for me to be going now... my family can manage without me for a few days & I really need the re-charge that comes from a 'change of scenery'. I'll be back home on Tuesday.
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For anyone planning to join in with 'Piece Yourself Together' next week, the linky will be open from the Wednesday (13th), NOT Tuesday... I hope you'll pop back then, to show off your latest EPP-ing!

Here is today's result from my salon visit... I rarely take photos of my hands, but I thought the Festive nails were worth showing off♥

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Side-Tracked In The Sewing Room!

Thursday morning was a very early one for me... just happened to wake at 5am.
I didn't mind... I had planned to play in my sewing room & cut the outer border fabric for my Friendship Quilt, so an early start was fine with me.
BUT when I got in there, I somehow started poking around with an entirely different project for a little while... then a bit longer... then intermittently all day😀😀
 
What was so engrossing? Little squares... many little squares.
For a few months now, I've been spending time occasionally, cutting my bits & bobs of fabrics down into 2½"squares... there's 3 tubs stuffed full of these oddments... a quilt will eventually be made with them... but first, the cutting... lots of cutting!
It was just so satisfying... press, cut, stack, repeat... adding a few more piles of squares to what I already had... & then I just couldn't resist doing this to what I've cut since I started in June:
 More stuff has been pulled from the tubs, & set aside for when I feel another attack of Scrap Cutting Fever.
 As for those poor neglected quilt borders, they need not fear; they'll get done on the weekend.
I Promise!

Santa dropped by the other day & collected my Secret Santa Christmas Swap parcel; it's off to somewhere very far away... Gotta love this time of year♥
 Thanks for dropping by

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Long Time, No Post...

 Story of my life these days... many days between posts... so much going on at home... & in my head!

Thank you again to everyone who was so kind in sending good wishes to my daughter in regards to her job... naturally there's a lot of preparation to do, but it's going well.

 Despite all that distraction, I have been managing some stitching & sewing.
Of course the stitching is my Scrappy Hexy Quilt blocks... some evenings I stitch for a couple of hours, other evenings I don't have the energy to even thread the needle!
But progress is progress, I'll take it😉

Don't forget, you're welcome to link up your EPP work of any type, any size, any project.
The linky is in my right-hand sidebar & open until midnight Thursday, W-Aust time.
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Some of you may recall a few months ago, my post about the Mystery Friendship Quilt that I was part of with my patchwork group friends. It's HERE if you'd like a read.

The blocks are certainly an eclectic collection (rather like all the ladies who did this project!), & I confess it's been a real mental battle for me to figure out how to put them together in a pleasing way. I'm an expert overthinker, & this trait has certainly made it hard for me to see my way along with this project.

I eventually took all the blocks to my local shop, and got some great advice & suggestions.
(it was certainly an experience which I plan to write about soon!)
Having received 17 blocks from the ladies of the group, I have now made the other 3 needed to make up to the number I needed for my plan... & finally some piecing together is happening... I feel so much better about the project now & I'm confident I'm making the best of what was sewn for me.

Here's where I'm at with it at the moment... & really hoping for a finished top by the end of the week.
Now that I've gotten past Overthinkers Paralysis with this, I really just want to get it finished!

Thank you for popping by & have a terrific Tuesday!
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