Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Heartstrings by Natalie Bird

A few of us at Sunday Stitchers decided to make Heartstrings by Natalie Bird. we set various "goalposts" so that we stayed on track.  
I finished the top in December 2021.

We made the deadline for the finished top to be November 2022 as we will be away from our normal meeting place in December.

Plesed to say it was done in time...yes, I changed the border, but happy with it.

The other Sunday Stitchers quilts are here - but it's a private group so just for my reference.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Needle Girls Retreat - November 13 - 17

It's that time of the year again!!!

Be warned - long post. 
Off to Glenrose for a few days of sewing laughing chatting drinking eating shopping etc.

This year - the options have changed, so we arrived late Sunday afternoon - unpacked and got set up - then had a nibbles & drinks dinner.  Cheeses, meats, crackers, smoked salmon on blinis, and a few treats . . .

Food & Fun

I had bought a couple of bottles of bubbles to share - I bought these based on name only - fingers crossed they tasted OK - they did, fortunately - Chookyblue also bought a bottle based on the label.  (mine are Born Wild and Rewild - Chooky's is in the middle with the chook label - seriously we really do have good taste!!!)

I took a baked camembert and this Scottish Cheddar.


My first project was to complete the top of the next baby quilt.  I had the pieces all cut, so it was relatively simple to put it all together.

and I was able to pin it late one night when the table was clear.

Then I added the sashing to my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks - it has turned out quite big - about 72" square . . . 
From a random / crazy thought - and mostly from my stash - it has come together reasonably well - I did miss one month's colour - a blue before the lime green - but I needed to keep the blocks to a maximum of 20.5"
I used this as my "Volunteer Leave day" from work - it will be a donation once it's finished.

The Thursday before the retreat I was gifted a pattern (early Birthday present) - from my SIMS group - My Kinda Town - it is meant to be very scrappy - and I am planning on resisting the urge to buy new fabrics for it . . but - I am on retreat - at a patchwork shop - with another one nearby - so - I had to buy a few bits for it.

I am using whites/greys as the backgrounds and I was able to sort the bits for these blocks to make on retreat.  Two stars and two trees - a church goes in the middle.

I also helped Helen (a little bit - sorry Helen - I did mean to do more) with some stockings she is making for donation.


We have a swap each year - so we repeated the same as last year and each made a stocking and added a pin - we did a random draw to share them around.

Here are all 6 stockings with their pins.

I made this one - it went to Sandi:

and I received this one from Maureen


We also set a "Challenge" last year to make a zippy pouch - any shape and size as it was for ourselves.
We decided last year we needed a logo - and after a lot of messing around earlier in the year Sandi machine embroidered them for us - We had to include the logo in our pouch.

Here is the group of pouches

and this one is mine.

The challenge for 2023 is to make some matching coordinating accessories.  Since I am a matchy-matchy person - this is not hard for me.  We have spare embroidered logos so I will use them in my extras....I already have a list of what I might do.


Last year the girls surprised me with a big birthday celebration - it was a 0 one . . LOL - so I figured this year it was not going to be a "thing" - wrong!!!
I received this lovely glass - it goes well with the zippy pouch I made - so it will become my "retreat" glass
and some lovely coasters.

(very spoilt...thanks girls)

Out & About

Eating and Shopping is always a big part of this retreat.
Monday was lunch at Warwick Garden Centre - by this time of the year - the front of the shop is full of Christmas decorations.   
The food is amazing....my lunch

Tuesday night was take-away from Charchy's.
Maureen and I had discussed Chicko rolls on the way to Warwick so we each ordered one of them - along with other things such as Sweet Potato scallops and onion rings...really healthy stuff!
Wednesday - we went out of town to 

This time a smaller lunch so I could fit in some cake afterward...I had a bacon banana and cheese melt.    I am not a fan of cooked banana, but this was good - the banana was just warmed so not mushy

On Thursday we had to leave before 9 - so after farewelling most of the group

We (Maureen, Chookyblue & Miss Jules) ventured out to Stanthorpe to visit the shop that was Canning Town and is now Busy Bee - via The Christmas Farm at Applethorpe - heaps of Christmas decorations there.

and a lovely little cafe.   I had to try the apple & rhubarb crumble.

Chookyblue & Miss Jules had the passionfruit tart - how beautifuly presented.
(Shame about the takeaway cups and bamboo cutlery)


I tried to resist - but "resistance is futile"!!!

I bought 
a bit of monkey fabric and a lightly sparkled cream, some Christmassy fat quarters and a novelty piece, a white with black for My Kinda Town and some flannels - suitable for a baby quilt or ....something baby...again that word "Wild" seems to crop up from time to time.

 There might have been a few more odds & sods . . . 

It was a wonderful few days - we are booked to do it all again in 2023

Saturday, November 19, 2022

FNSI - November

I was with you all in spirit - I didn't get far on my stitchery.

We had a long conversation with our eldest daughter for her birthday.....well that is my excuse!

I hope others were more productive.
How are those Christmas projects going?

Thanks as always Wendy for organising us and including prizes!  (what a bonus.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Christmas ??? Already???

A group of sewing friends planned a lunch for Sunday 30th October - then someone said "Is it a Christmas Get-together?" 
Well, it wasn't likely we would find another date, so we decided yes it was a "Christmas" meeting.

We decided to have a quick swap - a tea towel, a treat & a decoration - bought or handmade.

I gave these (plus a Lindt Koala) 

and I received these - the crochet work on the tea towel is lovely 
- with a silvery thread through it.
Some gave presents

I received these - coincidentally two of the group bought similar coasters!  A lovely gold sparkly tree and a set of Santa lights.  Very nice.

I gave everyone an angel (as I always do), but I don't want to show it yet . . . sorry, you will have to wait.

I don't think I have any more Christmas events til December ... probably a good thing!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Chooky's Churn Dash Challenge

Social Media can be a wonderful thing - you can stay in touch with friends easily - you can make friends all over the place without actually meeting them (Although it's much nicer when you do meet face to face) and anyone who follows Chooky and participates in her Chookshed Zoom meetings will know what I mean.
The downside is you see things ...  and get tempted to start yet another project...and succumb to the "peer pressure".

You know what I mean...some people resist better than others...I seem to fall into the "sucked in" group!!!

So here we are at the end of October, meeting Chooky's deadline/timeline ...whatever . . . .

My Churn Dash is completed.   (I think the goal was only the top - not the whole thing!)

It was the best picture I could get without someone to hold it up.

It started as a "Use your Stash" quilt - then I added a few bits here and there - then bought the greens and the border.  My stash doesn't include big pieces so I always need to buy that - so in effect - what I used in my stash has been replaced by leftovers of what I bought. 
Oh Well.....

A Letter to My Daughter

It is finished....I am late posting it..

I started working on this in March 2021 - just after the Homespun magazine was available and it was finished by September 2022.

Designed by Natalie Bird - there was a panel of stitcheries - which are done - but I left them off the quilt as they have a cream background and I used greys.  I also have 16 hexie flowers that were made to be part of the quilt - but they will all be made into a wall hanging or smaller quilt....one day....

I made a few Susan changes - not too many.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Milo's Quilt

DD1 requested Australian-themed fabric for her #2 baby - she chose the fabrics - during a lengthy phone conversation in Spotlight late one afternoon . . . and then chose the grey - again by a phone conversation in another shop.I added the coloured cornerstones.

I had some Australian animals digitised so I could use my embroidery machine to quilt the blocks and sewed a simple wavy line in the rest of it.

It has now been safely delivered to DD1 The family is in Townsville and I am in Brisbane.  (Didn't want to trust the postal system . . in case)

I should have swapped one of the lights and one of the blues - 
but in real life its isn't this obvious.

trying to show the Aussie animals quilting

Friday, October 21, 2022

FNSI - October

We may have had to remind Wendy - but we all know "Tonight's the Night" and so we sewed - or crafted in some way.

Since NSW (Head Office) is on Daylight Saving Time now - lucky them - I tend to start a bit earlier and aim to finish earlier - especially on a Friday!

There is always a bit of crochet during the news

then a bit of binding to finish off during BH&G
and I had time to do a little bit on this . . .

There were still some hours left so I decided I'd cut the small pieces for a baby quilt that I aim to make during my November retreat.
I think I may need to re think the gingham . . .
need an orange/coral colour..
and then I'll re-order them  . .again . . and again . . . 

Project-wise - things are heating up - some Secret projects on the To Do list. so no more watching TV & crocheting . . I'll be head down in the Sewing Space as much as possible . . . 

Thanks Wendy for hosting us - LOL - we know you've been overly busy - so hang in there . . .

Hope everyone had a good night - doing what you love doing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

October Finish

It doesn't appear that I am getting much done lately - some if it is "secret" so it's under wraps for now.

But I did finish this little outfit for Miss Adorable Granddaughter.  Her mother loves pineapples, so I couldn't resist this fabric.

This picture was taken before I had adjusted the elastic so the legs look a bit odd.

I had originally planned to make this at my August retreat - never mind - it would have been too cool back then to wear it anyway.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

FNSI - October

The year is slipping away so quickly - and looking at my diary and To Do list is quite scary!

But deadlines are very motivating and what has to be done will get done!

I wasn't very productive at all - my lounge chair s far too comfortable!

The usual crochet - this is using yarn gifted to me - it is very bright - neon colours - but I may as well use it up.

Then I did a bit of hand piecing on these 1" finished squares,,, a mystery project.

Why am I hand-piecing???   
I don't have a lot of hand sewing that is on the "Must Be Done Soon" list 
so I started this for one of my sewing days... also good to have for TV-watching sewing.

Thanks Cheryll - Happy Birthday for Sunday - and everyone else for the company.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Churn Dash - September

Still on track for Chooky's Churn Dash SAL

That's the end of the blocks that are needed - I need to sash & cornerstone & put them into a top - by the end of October!!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

FNSI - September

A bit of a delay this month - but it takes more than a little hiccup to stop me / us sewing and joining Wendy & friends for FNSI.

Naturally, there was some crochet 

and then I worked on a foundation pieced block.  I thought / hoped I would finish it on Friday night - but nope... never mind, Saturdays are for sewing too.

I am making a block for a group but not showing the full thing for now.

It got finished over the weekend - one less thing to worry about.

Thanks Wendy - always a good excuse to sew!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

RSC - August

I am running very late with my blocks for RSC - August. 
I had 8 done ages ago - but as orange is a fabric that doesn't figure largely in my stash - and I am needing fairly big pieces now - I had to go shopping (shock horror!!!!)

And I am running out of floor space to lay them out.

Making a start on September now so hopefully, they will be done before the end of the month

What colour will October be??

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Crochet Blocks (32) - August and September

Since we didn't have a Sunday Stitchers Meeting in August - I couldn't hand over the crochet blocks to Maria -so this month is a double whammy!

32 in all

In amongst it all are quite a few rainbow blocks - made with yarn gifted to me from Maureen.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Seven Felt Puppets

I have finished the rest of the felt puppets.  I had the first two finished here - and they were mailed off to Luka.

I have really enjoyed working with felt - it's lovely to handle - feels soft and of course, is even more pliable than fabric.

I can see more felt projects in my future - just as well I have a buddy who has already organised that for me.

Friday, September 2, 2022

FNWF - September (and life catch up)

The months do roll on by - a lot has happened recently  . ..

Sad news:
we had to farewell our cat (Joey) on 23rd June - he was 14.
and then on 4th August we had to farewell our dog (Levi) - he was 15.

Wonderful Happy news
We welcomed our 3rd grandchild - second grandson on 15th August - exactly one year one month and one day after our second grandchild.

and I managed to get to two retreats in August!
Not only extra sewing time - but time off work - always good for the soul.

For Friday Night With (cyber) friends - I did the usual bit of crochet while watching BH&G.

then escaped to Susan's Sewing Space and worked on this:

Its a bit of "secret Sewing" - but many of you will realise what it is for - but I am not saying or admitting anything.

Thanks Cheryll - glad you are back home & can sew along with us
& thanks for the push - else I'd be wasting time doing not much . . LOL

& Welcome Spring - though it/'s not very Spring-like at the moment

August Finish - 3 taggies

I have been very neglectful of my blog - and catching up with other bloggers - of late.  No idea why but I will try to rectify this.

I noticed that I am not showing many finishes lately - apart from my crochet blocks - and I have been busy on other WIPs etc that don't count as finishes, but there have been a couple - so I am posting now so I can keep track.

One finish was 3 more taggies - I forgot to take a separate shot of these so the picture from the SS blog will have to suffice.  
One went to my new grandson Milo, one was gifted to De for her new granddaughter and one went to a grand niece of John's who has just had a baby girl.

I know of one more I need to make by the end of the year. so will probably make a couple then . . .in case!