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!
xo

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.
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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.
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