Sunday, July 12, 2020

Pin Book

What is a Pin Book?? Well, I guess if you make a needlebook specifically for pins - it's a Pin Book.

Presents for the Loose Threads members this year is a gift or gifts in a colour selected by the recipient.

Inca had a birthday in late March - but of course, we were in lockdown and have only just met up.

Inca had chosen red - I gave Inca a scissor doo dad - made with beads and charms and I forgot to photograph that - but I also made her some number pins.  They are very basic - a long flower head pin, a bit of glue and some number beads.
But I thought I'd best make something to keep them in - hence the Pin Book.

That was the red present back here.
I also forgot to photograph the purple present, 
so it will have to wait for another day.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Not really sewing / crafty . . .but related

This a sort of work thing -
I work for a very large company - but there is a small group of us who have worked together for 30 or so years (from when we were a small privately run company), so we know each other fairly well.

One of those people sent me a link to these two cartoons.

I don't think I need to say any more.

Friday, July 3, 2020

FNWF - July

Happy New Financial Year!!

Maybe not as big a celebration as the end of the calendar year - but a milestone nevertheless.

Thanks to our ever gracious hostess Cheryll - grateful to have a cyber party to escape to after a long workday.  (say no's only going to get worse.)

My usual regime:
Easy take away dinner - one night of the week when DH organises the food.

Crocheting along with BH&G.

Followed by my escape - this time I worked on two taggies for some new parents.

I almost finished them - just the edge stitching to do.

Tomorrow is a Loose Threads meeting - a sewing day - it will be a celebration on a few fronts - our first meeting for ages....- one of our gang turned 90 in March - so we have presents & cake and we have another late birthday to celebrate - more presents - same cake!
We have a colour theme for each person this year:

Tomorrow night DH is off to the AFL with DD & friends - the AFL puts up a ballot to allocate tickets - each winner gets two tickets - but for some odd reason they separate the two seats - not by a few seats or a row or two - but "miles" apart.... Footballers!
Anyway both DH & DD scored the option to purchase two tickets each - so they have invited some friends to go.
Guess I will just have to amuse myself in:

Friday, June 26, 2020

Charity Quilt

A shop I occasionally frequent - Echidna Sewing run a charity project each month.
Each month I say to myself - "you can do that"...but I run out of time.

The project for June was to make a quilt for Little Stars Kids.
Little Stars Kids provide Cuddle Cases filled with new essential items like quilts, pillows, hygiene kits, drink bottles, crayons and much more when they are taken into Foster Care.
The brief was to cut 16 strips of varying widths from 8 fabrics and sew them into a quilt.  Ditch quilting was suggested but I stitched a big 1/4" either side of each seam.

It ended up about 40" wide and 60" long.   I made a "boy" one as I know there will be plenty of girl ones.  We were asked to limit the use of overly patterned fabrics.

It was fairly quick to make and some of it came from my stash - not all as most of my stash is fat quarters with bits cut from it!
Perhaps one day I will make some more.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Blog Row Quilt

Quite a while ago - in the Blog group that met on Sundays back then, we were encouraged to do a row quilt.  Those of us participating made a row for our own quilt, packed a bag with some fabrics that we wanted to be included or used as a guide to other fabrics that could be used.

Our first row had to be flowers. (it ended up as the bottom row)

Each row needed to be added to the quilt and finished by the next monthly meeting and was passed to the next person (hidden in the paper bag so there was no peeping...!!!).

We had rows for: Stars, Hearts, Circles, Pin wheels, Baskets & Hexagons.(I no longer remember the order of the rows - I have since re organised them.)  It got a bit challenging as our rows were 5" finished ...tricky if you are trying to use standard blocks . . .LOL
Once we collected out quilt tops - in the paper bag....we had to add an embroidery/stitchery row.

For my final embroidery row - I added a "header" - with the wording 'Sunday Stitching with Friends'  and I added the name of each person in the challenge and a symbol to represent the row they made - I'm very grateful . . now . . .that I did that as I would never have remembered.

By December 2014 we had finished our rows....One person had theirs quilted...There's always one high achiever!!!!.

I posted it here:

I know 2 people who have since finished.

I added it to my Sunday Stitchers UFO Challenge List for 2020 - so it's all done now.
When it was discovered that the project for June (#11) was the Row Quilt  - one other participant in the original row quilt challenge decided she would work on hers too.  She did do some work but didn't get to finishing it.

it's done!

That Challenge List is so good.  Without it - it would still be sitting in the UFO box - now after its initial showing - it will probably sit in the "Done" pile!!!

Cosmo Seasons 8006 / CGT #400 -Heliotrope

Saturday, June 20, 2020

FNSI - June

Another work week is done & dusted!

Sewing friends are gathered and we are all putting needle to thread, or something!

My usual Friday night - some crocheting whilst watching  BH&G

Then I did the hand sewing of the binding on this:

I cant show you yet...

Thanks to Wendy our gracious hostess and lovely to catch up with 19 or so bloggy friends from all over.  Catch the others here.

Happy Weekend all & happy sewing if you can get the time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

QAYG Blocks - Oz Comfort Quilts

Earlier this year when Australia was being destroyed by bush fires, I came across Oz Comfort Quilts - here.

(Think I can blame/thank Maria W for this.)

Jan Mac makes quilts, or finishes quilts and gifts them as needed - when I saw it - it was all for the bush fire victims.  So I figured I could assist.

Her request is for any sort of quilt - but she is more than happy to take string blocks and as I have 4 shoeboxes full of strips I figured this was a useful exercise.

 and this is the stack.

I ended up making 40 blocks - Jan Mac usually puts 35 in one quilt, so one quilt and a few spares.    I managed to use up a bit of the stash of strips....but there were still oodles left and after offering them around to my sewing friends - I kept some on hand but sent her the rest of the strips as well.

I'm sure my collection will grow - I often cut a strip when I'm cutting something else.

I mailed them off a while ago but forgot to post it....Not looking for a pat on the back - just want a record of what I did...and a big tally for OPAM   (I'll say I posted them in June - OK??)

Friday, June 12, 2020

FNWF #2 - June

As restrictions are slowly being lifted - well in NSW anyway - Cheryll is going back to just one FNWF per month - but it has been great to have an extra night to focus on something sewing/ craft related.

Thanks heaps Cheryll!!!!!!!

My usual for a Friday Night - crocheting - and watching BH&G.

I decided to mix up the colours a bit to use up the left over blue
and what was left of the brown

I only saw part of BH&G as - the AFL is back on !!!!!!!!
I suppose I can't complain - it's been a very delayed season. . 
DH is happy...but BH&G had to be cut short...well we do have 2 TVs - but at the moment no chairs in the second room - but I took that as a great opportunity to hide in SSS and sew.

I worked on the current baby quilt.  I decided to re arrange the strips from the original setting last week didn't manage to finish off the top - but a sewing day on Sunday - the first REAL get together since March - will get that top done if I don't get to it before.

(probably should have straightened it a bit)

Happy weekend all - hope it is a good one and if you can get out - take care!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Bumper Weekend


Friday Night was FNWF.
You know the drill - a quick & easy dinner (fish & chips this time)  - easy stuff whilst watching BH&G . . . crochet this time
Then into SSS and I put these pieces together for the start of a baby quilt.

Chookshed Party

Every year Chooky has a Chookshed party.  Originally to celebrate the first year of having her own "sewing space"  - she invites girls to come for a sleepover and a big sewing gig.

Sadly this year there cannot be a real physical party - BUT good news for everyone else - it was a Cyber Party via Zoom.

I had a few things to sort in the morning - and then mid-afternoon I joined in...we chatted...we sewed - I saw faces I haven't seen for quite a while, .  . .I saw faces of people whose blogs I read and then I email with - (Hi again Bethan)
At one stage we had 11 or 12 . . . over a period of time, some left and some returned.

By 10.30 Chooky had given up . . I stayed until 11.30 by which time there were just three of us.
Not to be daunted Chooky started again about 7:00 am on Sunday.

I joined in for a while and again saw people I haven't seen for a while - (Hi Holly, Raewyn).

I worked on a variety of hand sewing are a few bits:

 Love & Hugs Australia - Anni Downs block

Some backstitching on the current cross stitch

 Some sashiko
and some more crochet....always interesting how the variations make a pattern and then stops.

As a lot of people are saying - although this Covod-190 pandemic is a disastrous event for the world - so many good things have come out of it.
In this case, the opportunity for sewers all over the world to connect visually and sew together.  Whilst Chooky missed out on her very special weekend (as well as the Baradine gig), so many of us were able to come together which would not have been possible without the push.

A huge thanks to Chooky for instigating & organising and especially making sure that the OS people had an opportunity to be involved.
It was a lot of fun - we learnt a lot - not all sewing related - and we certainly got an insight into life in other parts of the world. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

French Collection

This has taken quite some time . . .
I started the stitcheries in 2008 - a few of us from Loose Threads decided to do it - tempted by all the lovely buttons I think - or maybe it was just "peer pressure"  . . . .

I found a post from June 2014 - I know that was one of the later ones.

Finally it was a flimsy at retreat in August 2016

Then it took 3 years to get it quilted...and in the meantime I had done several re-orgs of my sewing stuff. .  .where or where are those buttons???
I finally found them over Easter, so was pleased about that.  Being so old it was unlikely that I'd be able to replace them

So it went onto my Sunday Stitchers' UFO Challenge List as #9 - and it needed to be finished by May 17.


Saturday, May 16, 2020


Joining Friday Night Cyber parties certainly guarantees I do a blog post.

Friday nights are the same as ...same as...each week.

We had a takeaway meal of smoky chicken from a local cafe that we like and are trying to support in these crazy times...whilst watching Better Homes & Gardens, followed by a new reno show - (on 7 two) one room each week - budget renos - much more realistic than House Rules (in which I am very disappointed this year . .another story).  So more crocheting . . .I should be stitching but by Friday Night I'm usually a bit pooped.

Then I needed to get on with some button sewing - I want to finish all the buttons on a quilt ready for my Sunday Stitchers meeting on a pinch I have until 10:00 AM on Sunday to finish.....(There are over 100 buttons on this quilt). 
The next time I am tempted by something that needs more than three buttons - please remind me of this quilt.  Sewing buttons onto a bit of fabric is fine - but onto a quilt - so much harder - my hands are sore from rolling up the quilt - holding it - and trying to keep the button in the right place and then sewing it into place...and keeping it as neat as possible on the back...sigh

Here is one block:

It was a late finish...more to go on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tula Pink - Zippy Pouch

I have a fondness for the Tula Pink fabrics - some more than others - but when Homemade was released I "had to" have some...  It has  sewing theme, so I decided a Zippy Pouch was the order of the day.  I added a scrap bucket and a small pincushion - I find them useful when out sewing - gives me somewhere to put my needle.

I have a bit left over  . . .so I might add to the collection.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Bonus FNWF - May

Cheryll is hosting bonus once again I joined in the cyber group.

It was an Odds & Sods / Bits & Bobs night

I finished the hand sewing on some binding, some crocheting and some stitchery...all whilst watching the square box - the usual BH&G and a George Clooney movie .

Hope everyone is doing OK - restrictions are easing up in Queensland and a lot of people will be out & about visiting mums on Mothers Day.  Hopefully the general population will take it easy and be sensible.

Happy Sewing & thanks Cheryll

Monday, May 4, 2020

Green Sashiko Ferns

A long time ago . . .I signed up for this BOM.  Green Foliage Quilt from Indigo Niche.  But I've always called it Green Sashiko Ferns.

It seems I started it in April 2012...and finished stitching the sashiko in April 2013.
Then it sat . . .
It became a flimsy in 2017 at retreat .
Then it sat . . .
Finally I sent it along to the wonderful quilting guru Fiona who has quilted all around the leaves...very painstaking, but it looks wonderful.
Then it sat . . .but only for a bit this time.

I added the binding and finished the hand stitching during two Zoom meetings.

Glad to call it a finish.

The resident quilt holder upperer wasn't available so these will have to do for now.

 it's hard to see the detail, so one close up shot:

Friday, May 1, 2020

FNWF - May

And so we continue in Self Isolation, but some things do not change and that is our cyber sewing - Friday Night With Friends is here again  . . . .it doesn't seem that long ago . . . LOL
Thanks Cheryll for giving us an excuse to sew - or the motivation to do so.

I started with some crocheting whilst watching Better Homes & Gardens and something mindless that I can't even recall now . . .oh yes - Some place in France that churns out 336,000 croissants a day - all by machines...

My friend Inca gifted me some left over yarn a while back.  I had run out of the lovely variegated yarn I had been using, so got stuck into hers.   I have used most of it - apart from a large ball of white which is possibly not suitable for a blanket for cold needy people, and now I am down to the dregs, so to speak!!!

I'm hoping the blue I am adding will be a similar thickness....Not all 8 ply is the same . . .a bit like dress sizes??? LOL  

Then I moved into my Sewing Space - the other half found some movie that I was not at all interested in  - did a bit of sorting and packing up the work computer and then stitched the two bird outlines - not a lot  . . but it all helps.

That is about it for the night - but it's a long weekend here...yippee.  I have an on line sewing gig on Sunday (lots of hand sewing for that one) and plan some sewing fun on Monday.

Hope everyone is keeping safe and not going bonkers.
I'm still looking for all the free time that people are talking about.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Crochet blocks March & April

Normally I hand over the collection of crochet blocks each month to Maria at the Sunday Stitchers' Gathering.  I didn't take them in March as Maria wasn't going to be there and of course we didn't have an April meeting, so they have been piling up  . . .

Since it is now past the end of April I thought I would bundle these up and record the tally.  This is really only for my reference.

I have 35 blocks.

6 of these came from the yarn given to me by Inca....thanks Inca

Thursday, April 23, 2020

#100 days100Blocks 2019

I joined Gnome Angel last year and made 100 blocks in blues and whites during the year.
I posted some of them, here, here, here

My Sunday Stitchers' UFO challenge number for April was #2 - to make the flimsy for that project.  As they were all still individual blocks - that was a tough call - fortunately Easter and a lock down helped and I got it done - just!!

The blocks were - 50 8" x 8" and 50 4" x 8".  So i joined the 50 small ones and made 25 blocks and then did a 8 across and 9 down layout.  I originally had another plan in mind . .
.but didn't like it once I started to lay it out.  So went with this. 

My original plan was "just a quilt"...but it's a fairly good size for a queen sized bed, so it might end up there...(should have put slightly wider borders on...oh well...).
and I made the binding at the same time...supposedly that is a good thing to do...before you use the left over fabric for something else perhaps??

I have a few small  things to tick off my list and then I can work on next months's project...looks like more binding is needed...
Speaking of which .... I knew I should have been able to make more green binding when I made the last lot for the  WMQG (for the bush fire quilts) ...I found the rest of the fabric , so I made 4 more.

Happy Sewing
Stay Home
Safe Safe

Friday, April 17, 2020

FNSI - April

Hello out there in Cyber World.

I hope you are coping and not yet pulling your hair out!!!

Tonight I joined Wendy and other crafty sewing people from all over the place to de-stress from the work week (even though it was a short one).
Go here if you want to visit the others.

First I did a bit of stitching on this:

Yes, you guess it another project.  Most of you will have seen the FaceBook project - initiated by Natalie Bird called Love & Hugs from Australia.
Only 16 blocks and that could make a nice sized quilt.   I think this will be a bit of my history as a sewer and of someone who went through - and survived...I hope - the 2020 Pandemic.  Maybe for my children to tell their children.

I've also started the flower block (you can see a tiny bot of it to the right) but this one took my fancy tonight.


I have a "thing" to finish off for the SS UFO Challenge - by Sunday (10 am if I am desperate) - so after BH&G on TV, I escaped to my Sewing Space and worked on it... just a small peek for now.
I only have the top and bottom border to put on now and my mission will be accomplished.

I do hope next months project is a smaller one - it was a real challenge to get this one done ...thankfully I had Easter.  (perhaps I can bribe the number generator person to give us the "right" number for next month...???)   #10 would be a great one, thanks De.

Well I guess it's another quiet weekend ahead - Sunday we are having our SS Meeting using Zoom...isn't it amazing how we are all starting to embrace even more technology.
 It will be nice to see everyone and chat - I think we are going to be given a roster - 15 or so of us all talking at the one time will not work!

Take Care everyone
Stay In & Stay Safe

Monday, April 13, 2020

Road Trip Quilt

Thanks for the feedback on the question of Border/No Border???

I'm still pondering . . .
but I've added some close ups and the story behind each one (as needed).
(Partly as a record.)
I made the quilt to represent the family holidays over the years - not a lot but it is what it is.....

 All the holidays were in Australia.... and obviously we needed suitcases.

 We traveled by car and plane for all the trips.
We stayed at the Gold Coast several times- at the Nara Resort and saw the Dolphin show a number of times over the years.
and also once up at Port Douglas (just Libbie then)
 We now travel to Townsville occasionally to visit Libbie, Serge & Luka
and occasionally take a photo or two.
On a trip to Victoria - mainly catching up with John's relatives - all overt the state....we included Ballarat/Sovreign Hill.

and we visited a cousin in Tongala who had a Dairy farm - each year he named each cow, he went through the alphabet, and the year we visited he was up to "P" so the following year was to be "R" names - so of course he named one of them Rebecca.

 We also had a few holidays at Noosa and Burleigh.
On one of the Noosa trips we stayed in a place just along the river...and each morning we had pelicans visiting - Libbie insisted they were ducks...she was very young.
At Burleigh - we got up very early a few times to enjoy the sunrise over the water.

On the Victorian trip we visited Mornington Peninsula and I got a "thing" for the beach huts.   I came home and decorated the "little room" with all things beach houses....
have a look here.
Of course we went to Phillip Island - yes we saw the penguins, but the highlight of the trip was that we were able to get a totally dairy free milkshake for Bec.  At that age she was highly allergic to dairy and to find a milkshake with soy milk and Vitari (a gelato type of thing) back in the mid 90s was a delight.

 The Three Sisters speak for themselves.
And of course the zoo at Dubbo.

aaaah ...need I say more?????
Melbourne - so much to see but it had to be a tram.

So, that is the story of the quilt.   I had a piece of the hot air balloons and thought that went well with the travel theme....I - of course - bought more and added a few more pieces from the same range - I got the extras from Natalie Bird and added to them from my stash.

Friday, April 10, 2020

FNWF (2) - April

What a bonus!!! Thanks Cheryll for prompting us to join in another night (???Maybe longer???) of sewing.

I did take advantage of a Public Holiday and sewed most of the day . . .in between chats with a friend or two and some emails...and I've been watching a lot of Janome YouTubes lately - they give a short tutorial on using a feature of the machines.... I have learnt a thing or two....

Today I finished the top of my Road Trip quilt......The original pattern is a lot larger...but I just wanted a smaller version (patterns are just a guide . . .)

I am pondering a border...does it need it??? - maybe a tiny peeper and 3" squares around it...maybe a 1.5" border then squares around it - maybe a one fabric border (easier...but need fabric)
For now it's in the ??? pile.

Then I made some bindings to send to the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild for the quilts they are making for the bush fire victims.......They expect to make 750 quilts in total - that is 15,000 blocks from here and all places amazing effort. 
I had bought some wideback green for another project ...and didn't like it - after I had cut it into I re cut and made as much binding as I could...and I grabbed a metre of green from Spotlight the other day when I had to go in for a necessary purchase . . .
I really thought I would end up with more (especially from the wideback . . .but I guess 5 bindings is better than none.

And at night I did some more on the stitcheries from last Friday Night - I'm onto the last one now.

Looks like I need another hand sewing project????
(well I don't really . . .but the lure is there.)

Now, what will tomorrow bring???
Will I clean out the bathroom cupboard????? or will I just sew some more . . . no prizes for guessing what I'd prefer to do.

Thanks again Cheryll,  It was lovely to have cyber company .  I will popping over here to see what else was happening in the cyber world.

Take Care
Stay Safe

Saturday, April 4, 2020

FNWF - April

Cyber sewing is certainly the "thing" these days...but these group sessions do help to keep some degree of normalcy about us.

I read an Instagram post from Sarah Fielke - it is worth checking out.  Look for the post "Don't let your standards drop" - basically she is saying - "carry on as normal - get up at  a regular time - get dressed..keep everything as normal as possible"...wise words.

So I am working from home  . .sigh . . getting tedious...but so grateful I still have a job so I won't linger on that ... It means I am at the computer longer but there are multiple opportunities when I am listening to a meeting etc...and just taking notes occasionally, so my pile of crochet blocks is progressing.....

I am also finding more time to work on projects that need machine work . . .and when I'm on the lounge, I am working on this one , , , still....but I am almost finished.  And that was my FNWF project this week.

That bobbin of thread is all I had left on Friday night - but with the wonders of technology, phone calls and a quick trip - I was able to do a "Click and Collect".  Thanks Quilters Store!!

At least I will be able to finish it now . . .3 to go.

I hope you are all OK - it is a stressful time and for some it will be all too much.  
Hang in there..."reach out" [hate that phrase]  but please ask for help - even just a chat if you need to.
We are all in this together and never have most of us experienced anything like it.

Thanks Cheryll for your part in keeping us "normal"

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Jingle All the Way

The Sunday Stitchers UFO Challenge was #1 for March.  So out came Jingle All the Way.

This is a machine embroidery design from Kimberbell.

I started this at my local quilt shop in January 2018. I had it almost done in August 2018 (missing a block and the borders)......but once home from retreat, it went back into the “black hole”.

But now the top is done, so sometime I will need to think about quilting it.....or having it quilted.....

When the embellishments are on I will do some close ups.  
There are lights on the houses, bows on the presents..... 

I really like the snow globes...

Like everyone, my world has changed.
On the plus side;
I still have a job, I can/must work from home, so no need to get dressed in work clothes....though I do NOT stay in PJs all day.
I can either work longer hours   OR spend commute time sewing or walking the dog.
Dog is loving me being home all the time.
No friends or family have been affected health wise or job wise

On the negative side;
shopping is so much harder
sewing gigs are cancelled
hairdresser and beautician are closed (on the plus side I save $$$$$)
the economy will go down the tubes and it will be a long time til we recover

This is not the place to get into the "what ifs" etc . . .just my take on it for now.

I do have more sewing time and am busily working on my #2 for Sunday Stitchers and will have it ready by the Due Date...and won't show it before that.  

I am also getting through a lot of crocheting so will have a huge bag full to handover when I can.

Stay Safe
Stay Home
Wash your hands

Elbows to all

Saturday, March 21, 2020

FNSI - March

Not a very productive night really . .  .but a bit of crochet

same yarn as before - but one ball was not enough for 3 blocks, so I bought another , but that of course still didn't complete 6 blocks, so I just gave up and bought 5 (for $10, cheaper than $2.50 a single ball), so you will continue to see more of these....I love the colour.
I think Teal is my new favourite colour!!!

and a bit of stitching

and they are both  . . .sort of . . .related to green-though its hard to tell this is a minty green colour. (as promised Wendy!!!!)

Maybe you were more productive???

op over here to look up the others.

I think cyber sewing will be a way of life for a while.    😒