Saturday, 18 October 2014

New projects

Whilst my hubby is away on his annual pilgrimage to the Moto GP at Phillip Island, I have been sewing up a storm. Lots of sashing added to DJ blocks, and more applique for IC border, only one and a half borders to go. And quilting my nieces quilt.

You may recall that I put myself on a fabric/project diet earlier in the year. Well I have been very good, but fell off the wagon this week. A new project has arrived from the Crewel Gobelin......a cross stitch sampler of all things!

And then in a moment of weakness I downloaded the Fancy Fox quilt pattern. Check out Sharon's. I am in love with this little fox. Instant download is so instantly gratifying, if only I could do the same thing with fabric! It didn't take very long to whip this block up this morning. I wish, wish, wish I had enough linen in my cupboard to keep sewing these blocks TODAY. I think I might make one from my stash only using blues and teals, with one red fox!

And if there was ever any question about my sanity...........there is a baby fox too! Please don't judge him by his odd ear.

If only there were more sewing hours in the day! Hope you're having a lovely sunny, stitchy weekend.

Susan x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A Stitching Sunday

Three of my menfolk headed off to the Bathurst 1000 car races today, and one went to work. So after a few chores and restocking the cupboards I got to stitch all day! I totally understand the atmosphere of actually being at the races, but it's pretty comfy watching it from the couch.

Some more DJ, border prep for Irish Circles, and a little secret sewing.

Yesterday we went to Sculptures in the Garden at a local winery. There was some amazing talent on show, we loved the chickens and wire animals.

Chocolate and cake for lunch makes for a pretty good day. Hope you had a good weekend too.
Susan x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Happiness is.........

...........the beginning of six months long service leave! DH is taking six months leave for some long overdue R&R. I'm hoping that his days will include a little bit of cooking and cleaning, because I will still be at work. Maybe he will take up patchwork???

I have had a lovely day stitching in the garden at Cassilis with Raelee and Kylie. A small group today, but still so relaxing. Kylie worked on her B&C hexies, Raelee was finishing off some cross stitching and I finished a DJ block.

Happy Friday.

Susan x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Let the quilting begin.....

Loved having a long weekend today. It was great to have some extra time in the garden, in the kitchen AND tidying up my sewing room which was in a terrible state. The last thing on my list for the weekend was to baste my nieces quilt and start quilting, which I did today. I'm really pleased that I've made a start on it, just need to get it finished before the weather warms up too much.

I've almost finished the second appliqué border of Irish Circles too. For some true EPP and appliqué inspiration pop over to see Hilda's latest quilt. Simply amazing!

Back to work and school tomorrow.......

Susan x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

DJ blocks

I'm back to work today but I did manage to get a few DJ blocks sewn this week.

And the beginnings of a secret sewing project..........must remember to pay attention when sewing clamshells!

Happy stitching.
Susan x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

More quilting to do

Mr 17 and I took a little overnight trip to Sydney for some shopping and adventure. He very kindly let me drop in at Quiltsmith to buy the backing for my nieces quilt.

The colours in this quilt are right out of my comfort zone. I am having some real doubts about it, but her mum seems to think the colours are good, so I'll go with that. I went with a safer small print for the backing. I'll be quilting with white perle in the white areas, with a December deadline for her 18th. It's really hard making a gift quilt for a non quilter without their input, this may well be the last time I do it.

My DJ block keeper from the last post is working far too well that I haven't sewn a single stitch of DJ since I made the block keeper. I have a few days off for school holidays this week so I'd better rectify that situation!

What I have been doing is fueling my renewed interest in cross stitch with some more small projects. I am thinking about starting something larger..........probably in red or indigo.

It's another beautiful Spring day here, so once again I am faced with the dilemma of gardening or sewing.......decisions, decisions.

Susan x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Some random sewing and Christmas is coming

I had a random burst of creativity yesterday afternoon and made myself a small block keeper for my DJ blocks in progress. I had been carrying the pieces around in a little tin, but some of them are becoming like little jigsaw puzzles. I have a beautiful large block keeper made by Teresa, and now I have a small one too!

It was a simple project, I pretty much picked out two favourite fabrics and sewed them together with some off cuts of light weight batting in between. Raelee inspired me to look through my pile of "finished but not finished off" stitcheries, and this one suited perfectly. It measures about 7 1/2" square.

I can honestly say I haven't given Christmas a thought beyond booking a place to stay with my in-laws at the beach. Not a Christmas stitch has been sewn, but that may be about to change......because the wonderful Chookyblue is running her Secret Santa Christmas swap again this year. It just wouldn't be Christmas without this swap to take part in, so a big thankyou to Chooky for organising us all.

I'm heading off to the Mudgee Farmers Market with Mr 13 this morning, and hoping for an afternoon of sewing (or napping) in the sunshine. Enjoy your weekend too.

Susan x
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