Fun in my fabric world....

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Autumn? Really?

The year is progressing at a ridiculous speed. How can it be autumn already when it feels like I have just packed away the Christmas decorations. Or is that just me? But as I walk to work in the mornings I see the signs of cooler days to come...leaves changing colour and littering the footpaths, that tinge of cool in the early morning air...signs that refresh my summer weary self.

February flew by with the celebration of another chronological year, our son returning for his final year of study and the relocation of our dear SIL and daughter to Wagga Wagga. I miss their daily presence in our lives, but love to see them enjoying their lives.
And now I get to visit Wagga Wagga...hope there is a fabric shop!
Last week I spent some time making a Bionic Gear a bag to carry around my sewing is great and I envisioned making myself another one for specialised sewing "stuff". Technical business this  sewing!

Well, I loaded that bag up last weekend and headed to Denman to have a much awaited weekend with my Upper Hunter sewing friends. I miss these dear sewing sisters since I moved to the Big Smoke...we had stitched together for twenty years, shared laughs and tears, saw our children grow up. So it was wonderful to have a weekend with them.
I played around with a few projects...rediscovering my mojo I suppose. It was fun watching the girls create, especially Lea who was making a cute Sew Together bag. What a surprise when she gave this bag to me! Gorgeous and perfect for my EPP! 
It is already loaded and ready to go! Love it!
Cardygirl xx

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Now, that is hard to believe!

The Scene: I have realised that I am going to the Hunter Valley with sewing friends.

The Dilemma: What do I take??????

I really love my DWR, but I take it to each retreat, and it is deflating my mojo just thinking about doing it again. So many little pieces! Whilst I am keen to finish it, I need to do something small, achievable and fun.

But what???

Everything I am doing at present is hand stitching....oh the agony!
Maybe the Smitten Quilt blocks will come along for the ride?

What do you like to sew when going away?

Cardygirl xx

Sunday, February 1, 2015


What do you do with yours?
Do you like sewing with scraps or do you like working within a range?
I seem to have lots of them.
Varying in size and shape.
Some are tiny but they are still cherished.
This year is very much a finishing off year.
Encouraged by my friend Kate, we are cheering each other on to a few finishes.
Some big, some a bit smaller, and some which have me scratching my head as to why, when the finish was so close, it was put aside. I bet you are nodding!
So this week saw me appliqué the last six circles on my circle game quilt, which I actually thought I had done.
And add binding to this simple quilt. It was intended to look like an old and much loved eiderdown...I am happy with it.
And I have been playing in my scrap bins.
Some fabric is always purchased, no point in lying, but it is to fill known gaps as I really want to use the fabrics that I have purchased and still love.
So I continue with my Smitten quilt and am diving into my all looks a bit scrappy, but that is the point.
It will document the journey fabric has taken me on, and show where I am going.
Must finish this beauty too...

Cardygirl xx

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January. A Reflection.

This morning I realised that next weekend is the Australia Day long weekend.
That meant a few different things to me.
Firstly, is it really only eleven months until Christmas?
Secondly, that is great as then I get a long weekend...woohoo! Now that I am once again working full time that is VERY important to me!
Thirdly, I have not blogged THIS year....oops!

In a brief summary, we returned from our Barossa expedition just before the terrible heat and fires around Adelaide. Whilst we were glad to be getting out in the nick of time, it was sad to leave dear Loz, and we were worried about her melting without us.
We had the best time with Loz. Whilst we were busy giving her pseudo TripAdvisor ratings for food, accommodation, tour narration...we had a lovely few days seeing her corner of the world. She was miles better than any tour leader I have had before, not even yelling at me once for spoiling her holiday by wanting to clamber through another old graveyard. That was a blessing!
Returning home I found that time had been sneaky and I was needed back at work. Blah!
I have returned to my former position but this time with permanency and far too many hours. I am hopeful of cutting back at some stage, but it is okay for the moment. I am enjoying working with a fabulous team and fun/interesting client group. Sadly I have now realised I am the oldest person in my workplace, so they have removed all sharp implements from my desk and enforced the wearing of my name tag in case I wander off. I feel a bit like an aging Paddington Bear...damn,  even my face gets fuzzy!
But it has left minimal time to stitch, and I am fretting a little about that. I cannot seem to focus for long as I am thinking of all the other things I need to do. Sounds familiar?
But I found time to make a large cushion for his specifications.
And I am smitten with the Smitten Quilt by Lucy Kingwell. I am using my stash (it is feeling a bit loaves and fishes at present....undiminished!), and loving my blocks.
I love hand piecing, I am not using papers.
I am trying to keep a sense of serenity in them...
 As I tend to verge on loud....can you believe that?
There are lots of blocks to make, so it will slowly progress...too many other projects needing attention.
This week also saw our DD and her husband move to Wagga Wagga, as he takes up a position there. They are very excited, she looks to have work too, and they will only be six hours away for visits. Sad that they won't be physically in our daily lives, but we are so excited to see them loving their shared journey.
I will leave you with a pic I love from the wedding day. I am still worried that I looked a bit like scary spice, but I love the colours!
Hope all is well wherever you may be!

Cardygirl xx

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lost in the Barossa!

Belated Christmas wishes!
We had a quiet but lovely Christmas with family. It seemed to come so quickly, then disappeared just as quickly! Lovely gifts, tasty food, happy times.
In that post Christmas know that time where you eat nothing but leftovers and doze on the lounge....we decided to hop on a plane and head to the beautiful Barossa to visit dear Granny Loz! 
So we headed off early this morning and drove to Sydney where we hopped on a plane to Adelaide, then collected an orange car (!) and found our way to the country filled with vines, fruit and a special friend.
So, here we are, safely at Chez Loz, chatting about family, sewing and all manner of things. DH is managing to keep up with the sewing related chatter with a sassy quip here and there! And just to prove something is happening.....
Back in a few days....Happy New Year!

Cardygirl xxx

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A break in the snow!

Not real snow, but the snow we used to get when there was no transmission of a TV signal...or am I just showing my pre-digital origins?
I digress.
My blog has been a bit like that have many occasional transmission and lots of white noise...nothing happening.
Life has been as always and just being busy as part of a family. Mum is well, just a little frailer and less confident at times, so it is nice to spend time with her.
DS is home from university for holidays before commencing his final year...nice to spend time with him as, very soon, he will be off making his own way in the world.
Too be truthful, I have lost some of my sewing stuffing...a bit like a worn out teddy bear. whilst the head would love to be sewing, I have found my increased responsibility and expanded role at work leaves me with little oomph at the end of the day...consequently little sewing seems to be happening.
But this weekend I vowed to change that!
Saturday morning I went with DS and his sweet GF, DD and Mum to some local craft markets where we tried to find a few gifts for Christmas. Mum loves going to these, and is always quite chuffed to be surrounded by family who are happy to spend this time with her.
After arriving home from the markets I was distracted by the mundanities of life...washing, cleaning, mowing...but NO! 
DS offered to do these things so I could make a couple of gifts for my very cute little good was that...might get him to do groceries too...ssshhh!
For the little twins I have opted for picture books...Puff the Magic Dragon for one and The Lion Sleeps tonight for the other. But for the older two (aged 4 and 6) I made reading pillows.
One for Tommy...
 and one for Lexie.
They both love books and this cushion, from a pattern by CluckCluckSew, is great. It has a quilted pocket on the front to hold a book, and the pillow to either lie on whilst reading or being read to. It should be a useful gift I hope. Being a horrendous over achiever at times, I have beautiful concealed zippers on the back...but I don't think they will really understand my prowess?
Today I have been playing with tiny trees, this pattern by crazymomquilts, I am planning a table runner for friends, and maybe one for me too?
The only sewing I have been doing lately, is a little bit of cross stitch. It started when a dear temptress started a stitch along on IG. First was a pincushion...
mine was an older Blackbird Design,
and I am currently working on a Christmas decoration.
I also did a very soft version of Kaffe's Icecream quilt...and yes I still need to bind it!
So, that is all my news, hope all is well wherever you are. For those in NSW, hope you are faring well in these terrible storms, the only plus is that we are getting rain, both in my new tank, and for our farming friends!
Cardygirl xx

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November almost gone!

When did that happen?
Post wedding life has flown by, back to work, back to "normality"....whatever that may be?
The newlyweds are back and now just happy being married....nice, huh?
My work remains something that consumes far too much of my sewing time, not really how I want it, but I enjoy my current role and know that it will not be forever. After two years in contract roles I have secured a permanent position which will give my mind a rest in the current fiscal environment. Whilst I am never without work, security of a position just gives a sense of surety. I am very sad to be leaving my current role, but am returning to my previous contract position which I enjoyed after Christmas. Ho Ho Ho...and off I go!
I had a fabulous weekend away with friends at Middlebrook Station near Scone. 
It was great fun!
Or as I named it...Stitch, Bitch and work colleagues just don't really get it!
But stitching was achieved, I worked on this slowly growing favourite...
which the locals even admired!
Some more clams were created for the newlyweds.
It was just lovely to get away with these dearest of friends and admire the countryside.
Now I am working toward!
Hope you are well wherever you are!
Cardygirl xx

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A day of joy!

After much prompting from my family, the time has come to blog about one of those beautiful milestone days in life... a family wedding.
After a seven month engagement Eleanore and Robert married on a beautiful spring day, surrounded by those they love the most, and who love them.
 It was a joy and privilege to share this day with them, enjoy their planning which made the day a reflection of who they are, and just to see them so very very happy.
A gorgeous cake...
a beautiful bride...

a happy couple...
The planning and anticipation seems to take on a life of its own, and the day whizzes by so very quickly.
Stitching aunts were in attendance...
and danced up a storm!
 (It took me days to stop humming "Blame it on the boogie"...I had a Beyonce hip from shaking too much booty...oops!)
Too soon we are kissing them goodbye as we wished them well on their journey together, it seems hardly any time since it was DH and I sitting at the bridal table. My dear 82yo mother stayed until evening's end, declaring she was not going to miss a minute of the festivities!
Here are my two favourite photos from the day...
and our beautiful girl, ready to go right on time!
We are eagerly awaiting the official pics!
Cardygirl xx