Saturday, August 17, 2019

Retreat 2019 Days 3, 4 and 5

How things have changed - I used to do a post every night....this time it's just 2 in all....and this one is late!!!      😞

This is photo heavy - but I like to do this as  record of what we got through.

Maureen's Basket runner - she almost became a basket case over this one...

Alison made up some face washers that had been hiding in the cupboard for a while

 Nolene did the applique and put together this Sunbonnet Sue quilt
 - just needs a bottom border

Jan made up this lovely evening bag 

Alison finished off some more UFOs - hand towels 

 I made a pair of shorts and a bandanna bib for Luka

 Jan's gorgeous Disappearing 9 patch 
with some lovely Aussie prints...
such an effective arrangement of blocks

 My two zippy pouches - 
these have been on the UFO list for quite some time 
and have been to a couple of retreats

 A Jelly Roll race quilt from Alison

Alison had a dress to alter 

One of Jan's quilts in Aussie fabrics and blues - 
not her preferred choice of fabrics but it looks great

and the other one - similar but different

I worked on some blue blocks for my Fusion Sampler 2019
(11 blocks finished)

Each year we have a small mystery project - 
this year it was a very small scrap/thread holder

9 of them were finished in time for the photo

Over the previous years we have made these:

What will next year's be?????????

 The Tally Board at the end - more DONE than NOT DONE

This sign has been up for a number of years - 
it always gives me a chuckle 
so I thought it deserved to be made public

 That's for another year.
I think we were all happy with what we got done 
and hopefully have gone home and kept the mojo going!!!

Thanks to everyone who came.
We all seem to get along happily 
despite the mix of talents and backgrounds. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Retreat 2019 Days 1 and 2

Here we again - our 13th year up at My Alford.
We haven't had a cold windy time here for quite a while - but this year is making up for it...very gusty and quite cool at night time.
I forgot to take a picture of the "To Do" board at the start...but I do have one at the close of business at the end of Day 2.

Here are some projects that have been finished off:

A  dress for a future granddaughter from Louise:

and another one....

 Two microwave cozy bowls from Erica

a baby quilt from Inca

 a lovely pink quilt from Sue
Bev's baby quilt

 A tinkerbell outfit from Erica

Two dresses for grand daughters from Erica 
Louise's cushion for her window seat

Inca's Funky Flowers top 
Bev's bag

Alison's not so easy quilt.....great pattern but very bad instructions

Maureen's Reindeer runner

Another dress for a grand daughter from Erica 

Louise's stoles 

Bev's table runner

 and the Tally Board

I have made progress...but photos will have to wait...

Friday, August 2, 2019

FNWF - August

I was off to a late start - I stayed in the city to get my nails & pedicure done . . .but I did crochet a bit whilst my feet were being "tidied up"

As I am off to retreat next Friday (yikes - how can it be so soon???) I have plenty to do:

I cut a pile of rectangles...but decided some of the fabrics I had put aside were not right -may need a quick shopping trip to correct that

And I got out the threads I need to finish off some applique - hopefully before Thursday night ....I can see a few late nights coming up.

 Thanks for your company everyone - I hope you were all busy little bees!

Thanks Cheryll for the group hug and motivation.

Stringalong 2019 (July)

Time for my July Stringalong blocks.

Again I had a sewing day out and concentrated my blocks - we have a stash of fabric where I go so I raided some strips we had left over from an old project

I got 8 done this time.  That brings the total to 65.  That means I am at 74% - maybe I can exaggerate a bit and say 3/4 done...that's encouraging.

Linking up to Lori here here go check out the wonderful projects others are doing.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

FNSI - July

It was time - once again to join Wendy and cyber friends for a night (or more??) of sewing, crafting ...or whatever took your fancy..

I was determined to not waste a night, so after a quick dinner - watching BH&G, I crocheted for a bit....

Then off into SSS (Susan's Sewing Space) to whip up a few blocks for Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler (2019).   I've been posting a block a day since 1st July - it's supposed to be easy - one block a day!.   Does that really work for anyone?? - it doesn't for me - especially as I'm off to work most I am getting ahead when I can.

These are blocks 22-25.   Some of them are quite quick...some not as quick...

I haven't really thought about how these will go together...
we still have a loooong way to go - 
although a lot of the blocks have a lot of white - 
there are a lot that don't like these - 
so maybe I will end up sashing them with a very dark navy or charcoal....

Yesterday was a sewing day for me,   One of my friends needed to raid my green stash for some trees, so she brought her blues over and I was able to cut these blocks during the day....the longest part is deciding which fabric goes with what.   I haven't run out off my blues yet - but her collection has been a great help.  Thanks Inca.

Pop over here and see what everyone else got up to.
Thanks Wendy for giving us the opportunity to hide in our sewing rooms and sew!

I posted this one early (or late Friday night) as I hope to get the the Redlands Quilt Show tomorrow and grocery shop (exciting...NOT) and I am out Sunday - sewing all day and a Birthday dinner at night....then I will have to go back to work for a rest!!!

Happy Weekend!!!!

Friday, July 5, 2019

FNWF - July

As usual on the first Friday of the month - I have great plans - but as is often the case - those plans do not always eventuate...the comfy-ness of the recliner seems to play havoc with my eyes and  . .z.zz.zzz...zzz off I go!
However, it's a sewing day tomorrow and I had to organised in addition to some crocheting - which took a while to get the size right as it is different to usual yarn . . .I traced two blocks - one of my postcards and anther for a gift for my grandson who will be baptised Sunday week . . so off to Townsville I go!!

Thanks Cheryll for hosting - sorry for my heart was in it!...I'm sure the others were higher achievers . . .go here to check them out.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Stringalong 2019 (June)

This post is a bit late . .  .but here are my June Stringalong blocks.

I was very focused this time and managed 12 in an afternoon at KQ sewing.

That brings the total to 57.  I need 88 in that means I have done 65% - of the blocks - after that comes organising them into a "pleasing arrangement" . .  LOL and sewing them together.

Linking up to Lori here - go check out the wonderful projects others are doing.  

Saturday, June 22, 2019


FNSI turned into FNEOwDD2   (Friday Night Eating Out with DD2)
when your youngest says she'd like to visit because its been a while since we all caught up, DH is going to offer dinner out at his not a lot of sewing happened.

I did do some crocheting on the trip home from work and a it after dinner . .  .but really not a lot.

Oh well - I have a day out sewing on Sunday so I will make up for it!!
Hope everyone else enjoyed themselves, got something done...and had a fun night!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Crocheted blocks

Tomorrow is Sunday Stitchers - so I will hand over a pile of crochet blocks to  Maria to work her magic!.....22 this month.

At this time of the year there are so many pretty variegated yarns around.....I'm trying to resist them and use what I have first....well I'm trying....

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Night With Friends - June

mmm I may have been tempted by a new project . .  .I really should avoid social media....The Gnome Angel ...Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler...blame it on IG.....
So Wednesday night I cute a few blocks and sewed a few.....Today (Friday afternoon after work, I cut a few more and sewed a couple . . . .I need a bigger design wall - or to move some  decorative stuff off the other half!

Here are some of the blocks and the pile of prepared blocks sitting on my design boards....
(I knew there was a good reason to finish off those last 3....)

I am making this from any blue I have in my stash and white homespun.   I had some spare cut lengths of white so thought I'd use that - but it looks like I will have to get some more white.   For the blues, I am hoping to use only what I have or what I can beg from my buddies...LOL

I'm about half way through the blue drawer - but I have blues in the bali stash and in the any prints...and ...elsewhere!
There will be 50 8" blocks and 50 4"x 8" blocks and they are all pretty simple piecing ones.

Thanks Cheryll - away in the van - hope you have found a warm spot!  It certainly has been chilly lately....

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Chookshed Party is over for another year

Sad to say...the last glass of champagne has been drunk and the last stitch sewn...for this year's party anyway.

I made 3 design boards to use some binding I had bought for the purpose.
I made some more alphabet animals - Lion, Frog, Giraffe, Whale, Octopus...they will look much better with eyes and noses!!!
and I finished my Postcard for Noosa
Not too bad for a weekends worth of work.....

Thanks Chooky for hosting us cyberally....I do hope the weekend restored your spirits.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Chookshed Party continues

Following from the last post . . .

I am making two alphabet books  (crazy woman that I am...) and have fused most of the items to go in the books - but some needed some is my collection of ice creams, trees, xylophones, rockets, nests, vases, umbrellas and yo-yos.

I think that is it for the night - it's now 23:53.  Hopefully some more party tome tomorrow!

Chookshed Party TIme

My buddy, Chooky is having her yearly party to celebrate her long awaited ChookShed.  She has friends visiting and they are hanging out in the Shed - sewing and drinking champers and enjoying a log fire . . .its almost cold enough here to have a fire - but we don't,  so I'm just wearing an extra layer or two.

Because we can't all visit her, she hosts a cyber party:

Image result for party time images

The party started Friday Night - so I used that time to reorganise the sewing room and put away some things I had been working on over the last 2 weeks or so - and did a bit of crochet while watching TV.
Saturday - day time - as Chooky's part is always the first weekend of June I am at Loose Threads and today I stitched most of a postcard block:
Then at night I finished off a crochet block:

And did a blog post for the String Quiltalong that I have joined:
(Well I know it's not sewing - but sewing related!)

The night is still young, DH is out at the AFL, so no meal prep was required.....what will I sew now?

Hope Chooky & friends are having a ball!