Saturday, 29 September 2018

I'm Off On A Holiday!

 Monday the 1st of October will see me & mrHS setting off for a holiday...
two weeks away... visiting the city of Melbourne & also a few days in Tasmania.
We've never been away without the kids, so this is going to be an interesting experience!

We've planned a nice mix of activities & down-time... including time with family, a couple of patchwork shops along the way... & hopefully to meet my long-time bloggy friend Leanne (LizzieTheQuilter) when we're in Tassie.

There will be NO 'Piece Yourself Together' for the 2nd Tuesday of October.

A few images might make their way to my IG, but mostly it will be a time for me to enjoy taking photos for ourselves & just enjoying the break.

See you when I return mid-October!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

EPP Time Again!

Some more additions to the brown-eyed hexy flower collection in the last couple of weeks... good to see the collection growing.
It has to be put away for a little while now, so I can find some more greens, oranges & yellows.

The Spring weather is finally consistent here... & sadly, sickness has entered the house, following 2 bug-free winters. My poor DD-C was on Friday diagnosed with the flu, plus a chest & throat infection... she's been so very sick & it's going to be a slow recovery.
Perfect (but cheeky) opportunity for me to get a few more hexy stitches done😃.

Have a fab Tuesday♥

Monday, 17 September 2018

'Rainbow Scrap Challenge'... I'm A Straggler!

Well this is a rarity for me... I believe I'm not usually one for posting on a Monday!
(or maybe my days all just blur, who knows?!)

 Even though my sewing for 'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' has been sporadic & I'm really behind the program, I'm going to hang in there with it because I do quite enjoy it when I finally get around to it.
 The colours for June (yes, I'm that far behind!) were teal & turquoise... which is a whole separate sort of challenge for someone who struggles to correctly identify those colours!
So I've pulled out my best rendition of the teals & turquoises... & because my knowledge is so dodgy, I may have added a few aquas in error.

The sewing of these granny blocks is easy & enjoyable, & it's fun to see the pile growing as colours are added each time.

My Colour Confusion Syndrome for the June task has resulted in me making double the number of Crosses & Losses blocks I'd normally make... I figured there's enough variation in the fabrics to make them all. These are great to make too, with attention being paid to sew the pieces in the right spot.

 I love the lattice-type print of this fabric

And these cute little fish too!

You all know that good old hexy's are never far from my hands... a few piles have been basted & readied for becoming brown-eyed flowers... I'm putting in a bit more of a push with this project, because once I've made all the flowers I need, it becomes something to continue on the sewing machine, thank god! I have too many hand-piecing & hand-stitching projects at the moment, it's actually annoying me😉

I hope you all have a fab week ahead & thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

2nd Tuesday... It's EPP Time!

Rather a feeble effort for PYT from me this fortnight, but still better than nothing, ha ha!
On Saturday, I cut a few more fabrics that will become flowers for my brown-eyed hexy flower collection. mrHS has some long work days coming up this week, perfect for evenings of hexy basting & the watching of crime shows😉

 You can link up your EPP over in my right-hand sidebar,... join in any time until midnight Thursday.

Speaking of mrHS, he's having a special birthday today
What a pity he'll be at work co-ordinating a scheduled maintenance project!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Fun New Make, A Finish & Progress

A few weeks back, I saw on IG  a new SAL for a fabulous roomy tote bag.
Jeni Baker at In Color Order is hosting for her pattern called The Workshop Tote. Quite a simple tote really, but super sturdy & BIG, perfect for sewing days or storing/carrying quilts in progress. The pattern gives several options for the creation of the tote outer, which is a great way to give a truly individual look.
Around the same time I read about the SAL, I was at Spotlight & just HAD to have this darling drill fabric... couldn't resist the pink flamingos! BAM, I was set to sew!
In the end, I didn't feel it necessary to follow the SAL... I pressed, cut & applied interfacing on Wednesday last week...  did most of the sewing on the Thursday... & finished it on Friday.

 The Workshop Tote measures 16" tall, 16" wide & a generous 8" deep.
 The interfacing is much stiffer than I've sewn in a long time, but the result is a wonderfully robust bag that will serve me well for a long time. Very pleased with my efforts.
The QAYG hexagon table topper has been completed & submitted for sale in the shop of my Patchwork group... the shop is open to the public every day... let's hope someone likes it!
I'm continuing slow progress on this fun design from the series by Natalie Bird... got to love the ease of a pre-printed design & one thread colour.
Some more fabrics have been cut for my brown-eyed hexy flowers, which will be shared in my post for PYT.

On a personal note... many of you know that I've had a lot of changes in my life this year... I've been battling to adjust... I've lived with varying levels of anxiety & symptoms of depression for some years now, but it's been tougher this year... I'm not always successful in maintaining an even keel & happy exterior.
Without exaggeration, I can absolutely declare that if I didn't have blogging & my patchwork group, along with my family of course, this phase would be SO much tougher. The blogging community is a great thing to be part of... & even when it seems I am not really present, I'm not far away.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

It's The 4th Tuesday!

Just the two new pink flowers to share today... I especially love the darker one; it's a small hexy print♥
The other additions to the brown-eyed flowers were featured in my last post here, if you'd like to pop back & see them.
The linkup is open until midnight Thursday, West Aust time... join in!

A few months back, my patchwork club introduced a monthly Saturday club session for EPP & stitching... so I decided to use the day to make a start on this little QAYG table centre... it's only been sitting in my Overload forever, having bought it at a craft fair.
It was somewhat a fiddly process to accurately fold the edges of the black fabric... but it worked out quite nicely & I managed to get them all thread-basted on the day... yes I'm slow!
A couple of evenings of hand stitching since then, has resulted in 6 of the 7 hexagons being stitched.
 Hoping to have this little topper finished in the coming days!

Thanks for popping by... have a terrific Tuesday.
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