Finally getting a chance to sign in to my blog, & say "yes I'm still around".
There's been a bit going on here lately, all of it GREAT!
For starters, I spent 20-24 July on Retreat with my patchwork friends.
I had just one day at home after that, to unpack & re-pack... because on the 26th of July, mrHS & I flew 1500km north to spend a few days with our DD-Y in her new town.
Both of these holidays were equally amazing, fun, satisfying & enjoyable in their own ways.
As always, Retreat was amazing... the weather was terrible, but we didn't care.
Great company, great food, cosy beds, warm fires, humour that was at times somewhat questionable, & of course plenty of wonderful sewing going on.
I took a few things to work on & made some happy progress... my Pinks & Greys quilt has always been a side-project, but I decided to make it more of a main project this Retreat.
These are the block sets I added:
There's no timeline for this project, I just enjoy to work on the blocks when I feel like it.
These blocks are made using the Cross My Heart quilt in the Kim Brackett book "Scrap Basket Beauties".
I also made a start on a pretty new project, using the layer cake fabrics that were prepared beforehand. This is a free design that was released in conjunction with the fabrics... yes, again it's my beloved half square triangles!
My Rainbow Scrap Challenge sewing has been neglected for a few months now, so I took my opportunity to resume work...this duo are from the May colour of pinks.
Some hexy basting happened too:
A highlight for me at this Retreat was that I had been asked a few months ago by a few ladies, to do a lesson on the Open Wide Zipper Pouches I so enjoy to make.
So the Sunday afternoon had me taking the ladies through the steps & wow I was so pleased for them with how their pouches turned out! An added bonus was that a quartet of local ladies joined in too... they are pretty much beginner sewists & had made a simple shopping bag on the previous day in their own workshop, but were game enough to join in with the zipper pouch sewing, producing some amazing results.
Here is the result of the workshop:
As usual, it's beautiful to walk around the grounds of the Retreat facility... the gardens are lush from the huge rains received, the Chooks roam around & provide entertainment, the dam has overflowed for the first time in many years.
Happy chickens in their yard... don't you love the HenHouse Door?!
So many leaves, all banked up under hedges & out-of-the-way spots... such an array of shapes & shades.
Even the fairy lights in the trees surrounding the deck, so pretty in their own abstract way.
Retreat is always fab, & this time was no exception.
My workspace always starts out neat & organised, but descends into chaos as the days progress:
Sharing about the trip to see my daughter will have to wait for another day.
Thanks for dropping by, & it's going to be great to catch up on some posts & news from around blogland!