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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

This That & The Other

Contrary to what my blog posting habits are these days, I am still sewing & stitching😉

Since my last post, I've added some more brown-eyed flowers to the collection... a couple more purples, a pale pink & a cheery yellow.
So easy to just sit & stitch them together while watching The Bachelor, ha ha.
(Or as DDC said last night "The Bitch-elor, some of these girls are very nasty people")
Before Retreat a while back, I cut a heap of pieces ready for making into zipper pouches... well I didn't get to them on Retreat, so they're in production now... just need the zipper ends to be covered & they're finished. I think I will put them in the shop at my Patchwork group to sell.
I still have more pieces to sew (all that cutting was perhaps a bit too keen, LOL), but getting these done is a good start.
Went to Spotlight yesterday for some interfacing & thread... always got to have a sticky-beak at the tressels of heavily discounted stuff... these two beauties were not part of the discount, but were sold to me for $10 each due to confusing signage & employee enthusiasm to at least get rid of a couple from the big pile of them!
TEN DOLLARS, wow! Well lucky me & they will be put to good use... just love that pink one.
The pink one is the largest size, at 32cm long & 24cm wide, & generous 17cm tall.
The black one is going to become the work box for a new long term project I'm starting in the next couple of months... slightly smaller than the pink one, I'm hoping it will be the right size for my intention.
I have no particular use in mind for the pink one... but who cares... it's pink, it's got a velour feel, & I just couldn't leave it there😍😍 (yes I have a thing for pink!)
I had Roster Duty at my patchwork premises on Monday, so I spent the day pressing & cutting some fabrics in preparation for bag-making. I've had this cotton drill fabric in my stash forever, & when I came across it on the weekend, I made a snap decision it just needs to be used asap... stay tuned for sewing results here... I'm quietly excited for these & may be tempted to keep one for myself!
It had been folded for so long, & with some big creases too... the pressing took a good deal more effort than expected, but I was glad for the very large pressing station we have there.
There is some kind of fun & satisfaction to be had in creating a little pile of scraps as the cutting process happens... don't worry, I keep anything remotely usable!
 Can't go until I show you what I did on Wednesday the 15th... DD-C gifted me two tickets for my birthday in March... she was my date for the day & we had the BEST time.

Swap Fun With Kaylee

My lovely blogging friend Kaylee & I do a little swap each year for our birthdays.
Kaylee was the recipient of the very first swap parcel I sent away (back in 2012) & we've been in touch regularly since then... so our fun tradition is something to cherish.

This year, we changed things up a bit... being that our birthdays are many months apart, we decided to 'meet in the middle' ... send our parcels in July, so we get to open our goodies at the same time as each other.
Being that we both needed a big pincushion, that's what we made for each other... in addition to our usual 3 fq's & a small extra or two.

Here's what I sent Kaylee... the embroidery on the pincushion is a sweet little free design from Gail Pan... I really loved making this & it was hard to part with!
I also included some quilting pins & a darling little brooch/pin featuring the swoon block made famous by Thimbleblossoms.
I love this way of putting together a pincushion... the binding is a lovely feature.
For those of you who read Kaylee's blog, you will know that she travelled in Japan a few months ago, on a long-planned trip.
Kaylee picked up a number of beautiful items for me along the way & wow it just blew me out to open all the gifts & see it all!

So many amazing fabric pieces... the ones on the left in the pic below, are classed as 'scraps', but are pretty much the size of a fat 8th... hardly a scrap, LOL.
The rolled black fabric with the dragonflies print, will be perfect for a clutch-style purse... it's a lovely velvety feel on top, but a firm tight weave on the back.
Even the card accompanying all this is just beautiful... It's going to be displayed in my sewing room as a feature for sure.
This is a piece of kimono fabric... so very smooth & glides through the hand... no idea what I'll do with it, but I'm sure an inspiration will come eventually. The desire to touch it is strong, but my hands are a bit dry & rough from our winter weather, so it's going to stay in a snaplock bag for safekeeping.
These are the 3 fat quarters...how beautiful are they?!
I've never sewn with Japanese fabrics or prints before, so deciding what to do with them will be no small consideration.
Kaylee sent me the biggest pincushion I've ever owned, & it's brilliant! Love it.
And clever girl, she's used a plastic plant pot saucer as the base, which provides fab stability, but not unnecessary weight.
With its 7inch diameter, it's not going to get lost easily on my sewing table.
Thank you again Kaylee for all of these amazing items... it's been another wonderful swap for this year & it seems we both are already turning our minds to 2019😉
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