Friday, 12 April 2019

April FNwF Report... Late!

Block 11 for my Sweet Sentiments Quilt... I just love this project.
Thank you Cheryll for hosting us again!
One more stitchery to do, then it's going to be put away for a little while until I'm happy with my fabrics for the piecing of the quilt.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Some Other Things I've Been Doing

While time spent in my sewing room is a bit different these days because of my back issue, I do still find time to get out there & Pfaff about.
Here's a little look at what's been going on here:

Finished three bags that I cut out last year... then made some needle cases & big pincushions from the leftovers. I love these bags, & while it's tempting to keep one for myself, I really don't need another bag... these ones will (hopefully) be sold from the shop at my Patchwork building.

 My patchwork club are currently making & displaying pieces on the theme of HEART...
big heart, broken heart, heart strings, full heart... any ideas the maker may wish.
I chose to make this darling bird from a Rosalie Quinlan book; & I've even stitched a 2nd one in a different thread colour, but it's yet to be finished into its heart shape.
Can you believe I had to teach myself chain stitch?! I'd never done it before.

Some fun coasters have been made... 2 sets of six, also for sale in the shop at my Patchwork Club.
Fun & easy to make.

These are the last 2 of the spare Tis The Season stitcheries. There is now 5 in total, but what to do with them?... perhaps a couple of wall hangings?

 Another donation/charity quilt has been finished. It is simple 5inch squares, in an 8x8 grid, then cross-hatch quilted. The binding is done by machine, as requested by the charity that these quilts go to.
 Here is a 2nd top, sewn yesterday... will wait for Spotlight to have a discount on their homespun, for the purchase of backing & binding.

 Of course, in between activities at home, there is always time for a cuppa.
The cup is a new one purchased recently, super-cute huh?!
Coffee & my favourite bikkie (Arnott's Orange Cream), on a sweet mugrug/coaster sent to me from Fiona a few years ago.
Making things is such fun... it's relaxing & enjoyable & social... And there is never enough hours in the day for it๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A 'Pick Up & Put Down' Project

Always great to have a project like this, don't you think?!

Being that I rarely take my sewing machine to my Fridays at Patchwork group, I do like to take something that's easy to pick up & take with me.
"A Friday Project", I call it.

This darling project has been on & off my radar for a long time... I had even bought background fabrics & traced out all the stitcheries.
I have loved it - then not loved it - many times over the years it's been in the tub, but in January I forced myself to make a decision about it once & for all.. start it soon, or sell it.
I started it & I'm so pleased I did!

Sweet Sentiments, by Natalie Bird (The Birdhouse designs)
 I love Natalie's books... they feature a selection of stitcheries, then a number of really great patterns for projects to make with them.
 Some of the designs are quite easy & relatively quick to finish... but others, like the topiary flowerpot below, take a bit more time & care.
 The thread colours are so pretty & Natalie creates some darling characters.
I have 3 more stitcheries to make, which will make up all 12 in the book... of course I'll be making the quilt, as seen on the book cover. Fabrics have been set aside for it, but I need to change one of them to be a better suit to the project.

My blogging may have been quiet, but my hands have not๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ruth's Quilt top is Finished, Yay!

So pleased to be sharing this with you.
My "Ruth's Quilt" quilt top is finished & I'm very happy with it.
I decided to add a little to the width & length of it, mainly because I still had fabrics to use.
Backing fabric has been purchased, but I'm at a mental block with how I want the quilting.
After all the hours put into stitching the designs, it's not something I want to rush into... neither do I want it languishing unfinished too long either... decisions, decisions!

Thank you to Helen and all the ladies over at the No-Fuss SAL blog who have supported me, complimented me & encouraged me along the way.
Helen you can update me in the sidebar now, LOL!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Well Press Me Flat & Call Me A Seam... I've Been Sewing!

Yes, my darling Pfaff must be wondering what the heck is going on, that I have actually switched her on & used her... well, that was after I remembered where I store the screw driver that secures the needle in place๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Back in Aug/Sept of 2017, I joined in with the ladies who were making Ruth's Quilt, a lovely design from Leanne Beasley.
I finished all the embroideries in good time, but came to a problem with my chosen fabrics... some of them were just not right. Having finally had the chance to dig out some different fabrics, cutting & sewing has been able to commence.
'Scrappy' is definitely not my forte, but I think this might turn out ok.

A few years back when I made my 'Tis The Season' Christmas quilt, I traced up some extra stitcheries... they've been enjoyable to work on recently while keeping an eye on the cricket or an evening crime show. Not sure what I'll do with them... but whatever the result, they'll go in the Giftie Box. I'll stitch the remaining two, then make a decision.

In some happy-sad family news, my DD-C has officially left the nest... she's been working in her new job (1st professional position) since late last year... it took her a few months & much consideration to find a place to live and also someone to share it with. We helped her move on the 24th of Feb & they are settling in nicely to their cute little unit, which is about 50mins away.
So now we have just one baby still with us, mr18.
๐ŸŽตOh the times, they are a-changin' ๐ŸŽต

Monday, 28 January 2019

Coming Out Of Hibernation

Hello Blogland... do you remember me? I hope so, because I've missed you.

It's been a very long, very slow, very lonely recovery from the severe back pain problems that started mid-Oct when I was on holiday... I had been confined to home for much of the time since then, but am finally starting to feel I need to re-join the world.
While a lot of progress has been made, I am not fully recovered, & despite having several tests & scans I don't even have an actual diagnosis for what is causing my symptoms... more investigating is being done... but I'm able to do most things again with moderation & modification. Sitting has been & still is a pain trigger.
Pain is a terrible thing to live with, & has messed with my head somewhat... but as the pain has decreased, so my head has lightened & my spirits returned.

I've really been missing my stitching, but have managed a couple of small things recently.
I even taught myself to do chain stitch! (Small things gladden a simple mind, hey?!)
I hope everyone had a wonderful & safe Festive Season... and that January has been kind.
January weather is always a mixed bag here in Australia... terrible dangerous heat in some Eastern areas, while my area here in the West has been blessed with mild temps & conditions.
By now most sewists will have set themselves some goals for the year... new groups, BOMs, SALs, etc to join in with. Can't wait to see the fruits of those activities!
No resolutions or signups for me; I will be happy to work on finishing a few projects & remembering to join in with FNSI & FNWF๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
There is a couple of projects I'm starting, which will be just the prompt I need to spark my enthusiasm into action... LET'S HOPE. And of course there's always small projects to do, too.

Thank you to my lovely friends who emailed to check up on me. My disconnection to all things social & cyber has been almost total in these months, & it was lovely to open my emails & know you were thinking of me.
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