Thursday, April 16, 2015
Posts have been started and left incomplete....intentions did not lead to posts, and time has gone by so very quickly.
Rather than pontificate on my March and most of April, a few pics may suffice. I headed to Melbourne with dear friends, Loz and FQB aka Janette to see Marg's Sampson George's Quilts in The Barn students exhibition. We had a ball in Melbourne, loving the graffiti, alleys and very cool vibe. I need to go back with my DH and explore! He would also LOVE the cafes, coffee and cake!
The exhibition was fabulous and so well organised by Marg, Jean, Lizzie and Linda- all beautifully supported by a merry band of helpers and husbands. It was an inspiring day and was made even more fun when we met so many virtual friends at long last!
We then had fun exploring Melbourne. Lots of coffee was sipped, and even a few pastries were sampled! We contemplated walking home at one stage!
The "Melbourne girls" very generously held a dinner in our honour on the Saturday night....so much fun! Sweet girls, clever, warm and very funny....great cooks too. It was one of those nights where you realise that we all share a common bond with our stitching, and feel privileged to call these girls friends.
I can't wait to go back, catch up with these girls and perhaps even have a stitching weekend!
I will follow with Part 2!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
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 essentials...it 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!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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.
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?
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 scraps...it 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...
Sunday, January 18, 2015
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!
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?
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.
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!
Monday, December 29, 2014
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 lull...you 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!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
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?
My blog has been a bit like that lately...as have many blogs...an occasional transmission and lots of white noise...nothing happening.
Life has been busy...work 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 neighbours...how 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!