Saturday, April 17, 2021

FNSI - April

Here we are again - the months go so quickly - especially with a long Easter break!

I had a few other non-sewing things to do on Friday Night - but finally got to the comfy spot on my lounge - light at the ready - and ...some cross stitch for a change.

I don't want to put this on Facebook as it's a bit of a secret project - the intended recipient is away at the moment so I got a chance to work on.....Leonard.

For those who might be wondering - it's a Big Bang Theory cross stitch... I want to have it finished and framed by Fathers' Day.

I hope you all got some crafty time - thanks Wendy for encouraging ("Forcing") us to work on projects and post our work - no matter how small.  Here is the link to the other crafty people this month.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Saturday Sewing

I'm not at Scrub Stitchin' @ Baradine this year with Chooky and friends - but I'm watching from afar- they are having drinks for me - and I am sewing cyberally!!!

I told Chooky I would let her know what I do . . .LOL

Only a few hours of sewing today - I made all but one of the cross blocks for Letters to My Daughter (calling it LTMD from now on) ...- I did another count when I was finished - seems I can't count properly (would you believe I am trained as an accountant???) - so I will need one more....I will leave it now - and wait & see what I need.

(organising photos in blog posts is so much harder these days . . .grrr)

I also stitched the lemon peel blocks.

Tomorrow I am out at one of my sewing groups - working on a project that is supposed to stay under wraps until each reveal day - the next one is mid I might just show a teeny bit...

Chooky - I hope you had a great day today - I know it will be sad to say goodbye ....Hugs to you & all the tribe.

FNWF - April

Happy to join with all my cyber friends sewing on Friday Night - or whatever time you can.

Tonight I finished off the last of these hexies for Letters to My Daughter.  

I also did a bit of prep on blocks 3 and 4...ready for sewing later on.

I do hope you were able to get some sewing done - it's a great de-stressor!

Thanks Cheryll 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Friday Night Sewing

Somehow my brain was thinking "Friday Night Sewing" is on . . . .FNSI was last week and FNWF is next from my usual night time sewing - it was nothing special.
My brain is a bit splattered at the moment . . lots of stuff happening and I am probably more stressed than I realise....or care to admit.
I took the dog for a walk tonight - something my husband usually does - and instead of dropping the "doggy poo" bag in the bin - I threw in my keys.....Not a pleasant experience to retrieve them - but fortunately, there was a stick nearby with a handy dandy little bit sticking out at the end.  I retrieved them and picked them up in a clean doggy bag and sterilised them when I got back home.

But onto more pleasant things.

To cut a long story short we went to DD2's place for a pizza dinner & the AFL.
DH's team were playing DD2's team.
I am not into watching sport..especially football, so I sat in the corner with my light and my glue stick.   I had cut the hexies to make 11  half inch hexie flowers.....for a project that I just had to get into because everyone else was . . .apparently.  It's a BOM - Letters to My Daughter (though it may be Letters to my Granddaughter - due in July) - designed by Natalie Bird and made available through Homespun. 
In total there are 13 hexie flowers needed - though only a couple for this month, but I thought I may as well go ahead and prep them all...well almost all . . this where I got to tonight.

BY the way in case you care - DH's team narrowly beat DD2's was an interesting game ...if you like that kind of thing - better than a walkover!...Obviously a lot of wrong calls by the referree.

So, even if it wasn't a formal Friday Night for Sewing - I did and I hope you got to do something you enjoy doing.

YAY - it's the weekend and next week is a short week.  Boy - do I have a lot of sewing planned for Easter . . . shame its only 4 days...I could do with 4 weeks!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

March Projects

March is drawing to a close and it's unlikely there will be any other finishes this month.

Completed 6 crochet blocks for K4BN
Finished the last 4 pineapple coasters for DD2

completed a baby quilt - and the baby isn't due til the end of April

and made a heart block for Michelle who is going through a tough time

That will have to do - lots happening but it's all WIP

Saturday, March 20, 2021

FNSI - March

Friday Night again - and time to join Wendy and many more crafty souls from all over the world in FNSI.

First up I did a bit of experimenting with some of the decorative stitches on my machine - I know it's not the same as handwork - but I think sometimes we should give our machines a go at creating stuff.  I have a fairly up market machine (the intention being that I could use the embroidery unit to quilt my quilts...I haven't really got to that point yet due to lack of time ...and maybe enthusiasm...)...and it has LOTS of stitches.
I have a project that I let myself get caught up in (= sucked in)  and I wanted to get some fancy edges to some small blocks.

So I tried a few here:

Then it was dinner time & TV watching time so I sewed some of the binding for this baby quilt.

Then the footy came on so I exited the TV area and moved back to my sewing room - I stitched several of the little blocks.  It's under wraps for now ,  . . .but in my experimentation, I found this heavy blanket stitch.  I think it mimics hand stitching very well  . . I may use it again...

Finally, I spent some time clipping some straggly threads from a quilt top ready to go the quilting fairy....(So much for purchasing that up-market machine . . LOL.)

If you'd like to join in FNSI - keep an eye out for posts on Wendy's blog - it's the third Friday of the month  . .  .and she has a prize each month!!!   (and real people win - see my previous post!)

I hope to get to a lot more sewing this weekend - today a friend of my daughter's is coming over - she intends making a quilt from her old lacrosse T shirts etc.....she is not a sewer so we will need to start with a few basics . . . 
And tomorrow is Sunday Stitchers and we are going to spend the day making blocks for some charity quilts....Guess I will squeeze in some sewing tonight too...
Monday comes all too quickly.

Hope everyone is well...and getting jabs when possible.

Monday, March 15, 2021

FNSI - February - I was the Winner!!!

Wendy - who runs FNSI - recently secured a sponsor for monthly prizes for FNSI....and...guess who won the first month's giveaway?????

Yes - lucky me.

My prize from Kitty Rose Cottage arrived late last week - 
a lovely collection of Tilda fabrics, ribbon, EPP papers and washi tape.

So, remember to sign up for FNSI this Friday and the third Friday of most months on Wendy's blog here.
I'm sure the Sign up page will be there soon . . .

AND go & visit Kitty at Kitty Rose Cottage and support her business.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

FNWF - March

My word - time flies.

I was determined to get in a blog post (or two??) between FNSI for February and FNWF for March....Did it happen???


so here I am again visiting with cyber friends and sewing along...

Some nights I just don't feel like cutting & prep . . .so I chose an easy "go to" project that has been hanging around for years . . . 

This is the second last "sheet" of these and it's almost done - I still have all the words to do on all the sheets, but that's OK...It's a No Rush project!

and once the words are done I need to assemble it . . looking like a maybe 2022/2023 project!!!!   LOL

I hope you have all had a great night/weekend sewing or crafting.

I'll do my best to come & visit you . . . .

Sunday, February 28, 2021

February Progress

It's 10th March and I am only now posting what I managed for February - not really a lot to show - most things are "working on"....

I did finish 13 crochet blocks to hand over to Maria at Sunday Stitchers

I put together a baby quilt top which is now pinned and just waiting for some "free time" to quilt it.

and I made progress on My Small World which was my SS UFO February Challenge.
Sections 1 and 2 done.

Not much - but February is a short month!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

FNSI - February

I was able to get an early start on my FNSI projects - the advantage of working from home!!!

I started with cutting some pastel balis

Then it was time for dinner and Better Homes & Gardens - followed by the Grand Finale of Great British Bake Off that we had recorded...(seen it before but can't always remember who wins...LOL) so I stitched this:

The stitching is now finished.  I am not sure when I started this - I can find a post from June 2020 - so perhaps then.  I bought it in May 2018.  (Not too bad going).

I will add it to some other fabric - possibly a teal coloured linen type...who knows?

Then I moved onto a cross-stitch project - picked a bit that requires very little concentration!

and finally back at the machine and managed to get all these little bits together that I cut earlier in the night (mostly 1.5" cut squares).

I am loving the dual facebook/blog idea.  Facebook is a lot more interactive and we can comment as people post pictures...but I like my blog for long-time reminders of what I did when, so not giving that up.

BIG thanks to Wendy for organising us...and a bonus from now on - she has a sponsor so there is a "lucky door prize" each month.  Go Wendy!!!!!!!
(Not that we do this for the prizes, we do it because its our passion - sanity saver - keep out of jail project...etc)

Pop over here to see who else signed up - and visit their pages for some inspiring stuff.

Take Care everyone
Stay Safe