Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Nifty idea

I have a big older style light box that takes up to A3 size. I wanted to trace some small patterns today, which started me thinking about a new light pad. Then I wondered if there was an app for iPad. And guess what, there is! (Light table for iPad).

Since my iPad goes almost everywhere I do, I'll always have a light box with me now. It's not quite as bright as the light box but certainly works for smaller projects. It was easy to slip between pages too.

Hope you're having a great week.

Susan x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Irish Circles

My sewing this week has been all about sewing my Irish Circles blocks together and getting the first border on. The next border has lots of lovely appliqué. I've prepped the first side, so that should keep me busy for a while.

No progress on DJ this week, but thanks for all your comments about my blocks so far. Especially the ones that suggest I add my sashing pieces as I go, so it isn't such a big job at the end.....great idea.

I'm off to plant out a lot of little ground cover plants on a bare embankment. Between the kangaroos, chickens and weeds I'm not sure how much success I'll have, but it's certainly a beautiful day for gardening.

Susan x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tidying up

I have some patterns that I won't use again, and hope that someone else might enjoy them. There is a full set of Lynnette Anderson's In Full Bloom, and Anni Downs In My Garden.

And some more from Anni......My Heart, My home; The Festive season(sold); Seed Pots; Birdsong Jewellery box (sold);; and chicken Run.

I'm happy to negotiate in fat quarters. Let me know if you're interested.

Susan x

Saturday, 6 September 2014

FNWF.....but not on Friday

I linked up for FNWF and remembered five minutes later that I was going out. I do sew most nights so I'll show you what I've been working on this week. It's Dear Jane. These are the blocks I've done so far.....

What do you think? I'm enjoying sewing them, but I don't like thinking about adding the small sashing strips......or quilting it at the end. Do all the shades of red look ok, or does it look like I can't make up my mind?

While I think about it I'll keep sewing them as my portable project, and start sewing these Irish Circles blocks together at home.

Some happy stitching news. Our local sewing shop closed in June but reopened yesterday with new owners. It has a lot of the old stock though, so it remains to be seen what fabrics and products they get in. At least I can get the basics, like the dmc and template plastic I needed today.

After a late night last night and work this morning, it's come down to a choice between sewing and a nap this afternoon.....or maybe both.

Susan x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Friday night

Maybe I will make some of the intricate DJ blocks. I love this little one I made last night. The little squares are 1/2".

I'll show you the back too. Pressing the seams is what scares me about blocks with tiny pieces, but this one was ok.

We're taking our entire flock of sheep over the road for shearing this morning.......all two of them!

Have a great weekend.
Susan x

Friday, 29 August 2014

Last Irish circles block

I'm always a bit sad when the last block is done on any quilt, especially when it has been an easily portable project. Irish Circles is far from complete, but the portable phase is just about over. The blocks have to be trimmed and joined, the borders and appliqué added. I really should be doing housework, but took a moment to lay out the blocks and see how they all look together this morning. I don't know why, but I do hand piece the blocks together on this kind of quilt. A crazy waste of time really, but I get a kick out of it being entirely hand sewn. Am I the only person who does this?

Please let me know if you notice anything odd in this layout!

In the meantime, I have gone Dear Jane crazy. I am completely absorbed in my little red blocks which are very easy to prepare, and so easy to choose the fabrics for......and of course very portable.

I'm off to get some cleaning done so I can get back to some sewing. Have a lovely weekend.
Susan x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Spoiled

It's not hard to stay on a fabric diet with blogging friends. I received a lovely variety of red and text fat quarters from my birthday fat quarter swap group this week. The girls outdid themselves with their selections......thank you!

And some more from others who know me well........how gorgeous is the basket that Lea made for me?

My most precious gift came from Mr 13. A tiny clay glazed rabbit made at school. He measures about 1 1/2" long and is a lovely addition to my collection.

We had another lovely stitching day at Cassilis today. Scrumptious food and wonderful company again.......and photos forgotten. Raelee had her Toes in the Sand top finished. You will have to take my word for how good it was, great blues and teals.

Kylie from Red Raspberry Quilts was there too, she is a fine saleswoman and sent out a well timed email this week with the new Kathy Schmitz range of reds.........since it was my birthday I think it's technically a birthday gift to myself not a broken fabric diet.

And I finished binding The Simple Life.

So it's been a happy and busy week here.........I'm hoping to spend some time tidying my sewing room and finding a place for my new treasures over the weekend.
Happy stitching.
Susan x

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