Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Stitchers - March

Today was our March get together  and of course the usual laughing, chatting and eating happened...

It was also Easter Table Runner swap day...I have had an overly busy March - some planned events which I will blog about sometime when I get back on track! ....but there were also unplanned trips interstate I was really pushed to get my runner done on time....I finished it last night at 11.45pm!

I made for De and - not by coincidence.... - De made for me!

Here is the runner I made....

and here is the fabulous "Carrot runner" De made - she had to beg & borrow Orange fabric strips to complete it - so a big thanks to the contributors.
De also added a cute bunny - perfect to fill with chocolates...or turn into a pin cushion (???To Do list)  and I forgot to add that in when I took the picture . . . .
We made some great runners - lots of bunnies and eggs... it was great to see all the variations.
We are now looking forward to a 12" mini quilt swap in July...I promise myself I will start early!....but will I finish early??
Thanks everyone for another great day sewing.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Let's Get Stitched - Friday

Friday was Bus Trip day - I arrived early enough for a quick breakfast with the Nutters and then the meet & greet - get my name badge - this is from Dawn - she did a wonderful job of selecting colours for me.

First stop - Bayside Stitchcraft - a small purchase for me...loved the buttons - and thought I'd try the premade binding for the design boards I want to make.

Then a very short trip to Linen & Lace - a lovely shop full of pretties.

A slightly longer trip to Nikki Tervo's shop - behind her house on a lovely block of land - this was in the garden...must be where her elves live . . . 

I bought a few yellow scrappy fat 1/16ths, some needles (can you have enough needles??).
Nikki also gave each one of us a booklet of 12 of her stitcheries - very kind.  If you live in Brisbane it's certainly worth a look - a good range of fabric and a Tilda room....not to mention all her lovely buttons etc.

Hop back on the bus . . longer trip this time . . one of the group was a bit over the moon about the Gateway Bridge - most of us just chatted . . . lunch time at the Full Moon  then a short trip back to Faeries in My Garden!!
I have finally given in and bought a replacement "A Tisket A Tasket" kit - I originally received this as a Gift of the Month and had done about 2/3rd of the stitching - I think I took it with me on a work trip - and have never found it day I hope I will get back and re make it...

And last trip - by now we were way behind time - off to Salisbury to the Quilters Store - where finally we got coffee tea & cake...Whoo Hoo
So, this is the kit and more perle thread for my Nature's Journey and a button...With the big container of buttons I have one would think I had one suitable but . . . no . . 

Last trip on the bus - by now I had remembered the first step on (and off) was a doozy!, back to the hotel.

I had a bit of a rest and a bit more chatting ...with the Tuesday Girls, then down stairs for pizzas and games...I have never been to LGS before but I've heard about the games - and lots of talk about "Poise".. - what a laugh!!!!

Firstly we had a swap - each of us had brought along some items to swap - patterns, collections of fabrics, kits etc...I had four patterns  I no longer wanted so took them - was supposed to only be three - got four tickets, so when my number was called out I could select something - this is what I ended up with - great items!!!

Then the Charm Pack swap - we all had a charm pack in a brown paper bag and did the left right left story and actions - somehow - several times people ended up with no packet and someone on the other side of the room had two - what the ??? we all thought...
Finally I ended up with this one . . . 

I cant talk too much about the games - what happens at LGS must stay at LGS...

A rest day today - Dinner is on tonight...most of the visitors are amusing themselves doing the touristy things ....some are shopping.....again.....I have a few things to sort out personally and domestically (we do need groceries . . .)  and Sunday is Sewing Day - very much looking forward to catching up with a few people in particular...

A HUGE thankyou to the Nutters who organise this each year...there were about 45 of us yesterday - more for Sunday and it all started with a small group of people meeting in a park at Cleveland five years ago....

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nature's Journey - February

Nothing like a deadline to make you drop everything else get on with sewing!!

We had a deadline of the end of the month for Part 1 of Natures Journey over on the Stitch-a-long
So, I had a big sewing marathon - I rarely just sit & sew all day unless I'm on retreat...but a deadline is a deadline so I did what I had to do - I sat on the recliner and sewed and had the TV going...caught up on some old shows that had been recorded - one mentioned Mothers Day so it must be really old...

Part 1 done & dusted...

One of the blocks is for the year - so I have "optimistically" sewn 2015....I can always add the word..."Started"
Hopefully the March blocks won't be a last minute scramble again... March does have more days...but in between I have Lets Get Stitched happening in Brisbane, a trip to Nundle and an Easter table runner to pressure!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Too much for one Post

But I have to just get it all done...

I was lucky to be invited to join Sandi, Teresa, Helen & Noreen (collectively known  as the Tuesday Girls), Jenny,Noela and De in a retreat at Glenrose.

I've only ever been to the shop before but had heard a lot of stories about the retreats...all good of course...and now I know why.
The cabins are beautifully decorated, little teddies, quilts, lovely knick knacks etc.
The sewing room is well lit and well supplied - love the design walls!!
The company was - of course - a LOT of fun!

Lovely Sandi - Chief Organiser - gave us all a little present to welcome us...including some Oreos - in case we got hungry??? - no way was that happening . . . .the heart wind chime was a gift from Noreen, it has a lovely sound and will go outside when the rain stops . . .or next weekend . . .
 I may have done a bit of shopping . . .It's more than easy to shop at Glenrose...just stroll in and everything you pick goes into a bag - no money changes hands at all . .until the last day...- oops.
We also stopped at Canning Town Patchwork before we left...lovely little shop too.

I went prepared - several projects all kitted up and ready to go and I am pleased to say I got through 4 of my 5 "Must Dos" and went onto some "Could Dos' - because that was more fun...

Here are some of the projects I worked on . . .
#1 - quick to do - a little scrap bucket to match my mug bag for Sunday Stitchers

#2 Finished my Lynette Anderson GDITC 2014 project - it was a bag but had a personality change during the year . . 

#3 A pincushion

you'll have to wonder

the right hand three blocks
(from Quilty Fun - I know "everyone" did it last year but. .) 

Sunday 22nd February

Today was a workshop with Natalie Bird - we had a choice of two projects - I selected the ipad cover which had a lovely stitchery and applique and I'm happy that I got through most of the stitching.  Lovely company on my table - apart from someone who kept hiding the chocolates in my bags...such a naughty person...
I'll have to do some pictures later on . . . .

Got to go - too much happening . . .

Saturday, February 21, 2015

FNSI - February

Friday Night was FNSI - a group of us from all over the world sewing away together.

I worked on this . .

Thanks everyone for joining in - seems I never get enough time these days to visit too many people but I'm with you in spirit!.

Thanks Wendy for hosting us again - pop over here to see the list of the participants and to catch a great recipe.

I hope everyone in Queensland gets through Cyclone Marcia with no major problems - just wet here...very wet...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Friday Night With Friends

Thanks to Cheryll for hosting us again for FNWF - as usual it's very motivating to know that lots of other like minded people are sewing away all around the place.  If you'd like to see everyone else - pop over here and find the list of FNWF'ers.

I finished my name badge for the Let's Get Stitched bus trip - its for ??? but I can't show yet...

I also finished the stitchery for the swap for GDITC - still need to make it into something but I have worked it out so just need a bit of cutting & sewing time  . . . .

Thanks everyone for your company, thanks again Cheryll and see you all soon.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday Night Sew In

First FNSI for 2015!!  Yippee!! - A big thanks to Wendy for hosting!!  and  the recipes...

I was able to finish my Mouse pincushion - a Natalie Bird pattern.

I'm off to  Natalie Bird workshop at the end of February and wanted this finished before then.

And I did some tracing and cutting for a secret project (or two) ..more to do yet.
I'm trying to get some things together ready to sew when TV gets back to normal - ie when the tennis / cricket / soccer etc is all done.

I'll be visiting the other FNSI sewers over the weekend - and it's a long one - Happy Australia Day to all the Australian visitors!