Sunday, 18 June 2017

It's 'Christmas Through The Year' for June!

Welcome to another linky for CTTY... come on folks, it's time to start tweaking your ideas, making some gifts & stashing them away... or maybe you want to start working on a bigger project over a few months, to give at Christmas time...
let CTTY be your motivation & encouragement!

This month I've added these great little buckets to the Giftie Box... if I'm remembering correctly, I bought them as kits from Patchworks Plus (Tasmania) a few years ago... just took an hour or so to do all the machine sewing, but adding those cute buttons was not quite as easy as I thought they'd be... still, they've turned out super-cute & will be great to fill with any items really... choccy's, lollies, or small gifts.
 Now to plan next month's items!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Some 'Scrappy Hexy Quilt' Progress

As I mentioned in my previous post, it was nice to have a break from working on my Scrappy Hexy Quilt... I'd been working on it fairly consistently for some time & it was good to have a change from those six-sided darlings!
I also made reference to plodding... well good for me, I have plodded Tuesdays block into place on the quilt (in the top left of the pics)... and even started stitching together another block while watching Jaws2 last night. (It's not so much a scary film, but corny in how much the size of the shark changes and how fake it looks, & how ridiculous the whole film is!! )

My evenings are very quiet at the moment... mrHS is on an overseas work trip until the end of the month, and the "kids" are busy with their studies, so I can watch telly & stitch to my heart's content... this should give me fab plodding opportunity! Nothing like a good instalment of 'Death In Paradise' or 'Murdoch Mysteries'.

Kids... what on earth should I be calling them?! They are now 17, 22 & 22... they're beyond being referred to as "kids" 😃

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

EPP Tuesday Again...

 Last week I decided it was time for me to resume plodding with my Scrappy Hexy Quilt.
It's been nice to have a break from it, but I really needed to get back into it & keep going...
Plodding is required... much plodding...

So a new block has been laid out & stitching has begun... it's so handy to have my giant tub full of hexy's already basted!

Work is made much easier now I'm used to my recently updated lenses

I'd love to see YOUR english paper piecing...
write it up on your own blog & then link it here!

As always, the linky is in my right-hand sidebar & will be open until
midnight Thursday, W-Australia time.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

I'm a 'ChookShed Party' Straggler...

So great to see lots of us blogging ladies turn out with Chookyblue in celebration of
The Chookshed!

Between one thing & the other, I didn't get as much opportunity to sew & stitch as I had hoped for, but I think I scrape in as having 'done something'.

The weather here has been divine in the last couple of weeks... so amongst the washing of boring house things like curtains & dog bedding, I also took my chance to wash some fabrics for a couple of projects... yes, the blue is something for me! It really is so pretty.

These darling little Christmas ornaments got finished too... so pleased with how they turned out... they're about 3" square.

The project that took up most of my time was something that's been a long time coming, & I'm so glad I've finally done it...
Some of you may recall that I was working on the stitcheries for a Red Brolly quilt design called "Polka Dot Girls"... I was really loving them, even if my progress was terribly slow... but the more I stitched faces, the more I realised I didn't like the background fabric I was using... & thus work ground to a halt while I considered my options.
The fabric is white, with a small pattern of very pale spots, either of yellow, pink or purple... the problem is that the colour of the threads made the coloured spots more noticeable, & I felt the faces on my stitching look to have chicken pox or some such... I just couldn't escape that thought!
Here's what I mean:

So call me mad (I won't be offended)... I finally found a background fabric I like & have taken the plunge to re-start this very pretty quilt.
Much time was spent on the weekend with my light pad & pen, tracing up quite a few of the stitcheries... there's a few more to trace, but this is a satisfactory start for sure.
 These are terrible pics... just couldn't get a good one, sorry... the fabric is a soft white colour with a very fine tone-on-tone of small leaf & spots... no chance of chicken pox with this one!
Lordy, another project for the hand-stitching pile.
As for the ones I'd already stitched, I will finish the remainder of them & use them individually for various projects in the future... just not a quilt!

Thank you Chooky for a lovely weekend, & it's great to see that you had such wonderful company for your ChookShed celebrations.

Friday, 2 June 2017

LESLEY - seeking LESLEY!

 Seeking LESLEY, who Commented on my Perth/WA Bloggers page recently.

Thank you for visiting my blog Lesley... and for your message regarding the Craft Fair Get-Together.
Lesley, your Blogger settings are such that I cannot reply to you; there is no email address visible.
I'm sorry I was unable to respond... it would have been lovely to meet you!

I have a link to info that you might find helpful, just click HERE.

I hope you come back here Lesley!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Lovely Saturday At The Craft & Quilt Fair

What a lovely Saturday I had...
Got myself up early, & hopped on the train to Perth... to the Craft & Quilt Fair!
It was great to meet up with my friends Maria & Sandra - the mother & daughter duo who are so fun to chat with, be inspired by & talk with about what they're working on.
Thanks for putting up with me, friends♥

 Leonie & her husband Mark also joined us for a cuppa before we went in... if you've not visited Leonie's blog, you won't have seen her many & various cross stitch projects... Mark is a quilting enthusiast, & does some splendid work too.

We didn't think to take pics of us, & most stands have obvious 'no photography' signs displayed, so the camera stayed firmly in my bag for most of the day, except for some Exhibit pics.

It was a great set-up... so good to see such a good number of WA & Perth businesses... of course, there was temptation everywhere... & what's a day at the Fair without some unplanned purchases too...
BUT I always find that if I have a 'list', I tend to stick to it... however if there's no list, the result is random over-spending. My list was done with after my first 2 stops, so it was nice to just wander & enjoy the rest of it.

On said list... thimbles, wool felt & drunkards path templates... they were in the bag after my first two stops... the templates are to teach myself something new...
 I also ended up buying a couple of Monica Poole bag patterns & another that looks handy too... I love that she has samples of all her bags there for shoppers to see what it's really like, before they commit to buying the pattern.
Can't resist buttons & little scissors... 3 pair for $12 is a good deal & they're so sharp... the smaller ones have the sheath attached, so yay no more lost parts!

The exhibit as always was bursting with incredible talent & stories associated with the pieces...
this is the 1st Prize Winner & I had the good fortune to meet the maker as I was leaving the Exhibit.

The theme for the 'AQC Challenge' for 2017 was "Made In Australia: Flora & Fauna" & boy-oh-boy, every piece was stunning... however, my favourite was this one... if you get the chance to see it in person, look closely & you'll see just how many Aussie animals are depicted, incredible!
 Below is the Winner.

It's always interesting to see how the Stands & displays change from year to year... & it's great to see so many people finding goodies for their favourite craft.

Home life is somewhat demanding right now, so it was a great day out & a wonderful re-charge of my mental batteries!
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