Thursday, 5 March 2015

Midweek DJ

A new favourite DJ block. Prepping multiple blocks at a time is definitely keeping the momentum going on this project.

A special commission sewing a badge on for hubby, who is off on a boys version of retreat this weekend.......motor bike riding of course.

The excitement is building......only two weeks until I head off to Girls Day in the Country at Nundle.

Susan x

Sunday, 1 March 2015


This week has been a busy week for birthdays, and not so much sewing. Mr 17 turned 18 and Mr 15 turned 16. I am wondering where on earth all those years have gone. I am so proud of the wonderful young men they are becoming. That's Mr almost 14 on the left, and my dear Mr Thimblestitch on the right.

It's the first day of autumn, but the weather is still summery. Too hot for quilting, so working on my baby clamshells and some cross stitch.

Susan x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Weekend stitching

I finished my cross stitch last week and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Love working with the variegated thread. I liked it so much that I have started the other version of the pattern in a variegated blue thread.

And always some more DJ blocks.

After some recent dramas at work I'm excited to tell you that I got a promotion......some very challenging times ahead I think. To those who knew, thank you for your encouragement and support. X

Have a great week.
Susan x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Plus Quilt top

It didn't take very long to sew it together either. I think I like it, it's just so different to anything I usually make.

I think I'll go back to my hand piecing and little clamshells tonight, I need something more traditional.

Hope you have a great week.

Susan x

Something new

Channelling my inner modernist today. I have been drooling over plus quilts on a few different blogs, particularly this one by Karen at Pieces of Contentment, and this at Crafty Blossom. So beautifully simple and elegant.

So after a little bit of maths and sketching I decided to make my own. I'm not sure of the destination for this quilt, so I didn't want to spend too much. I found a nice grey shot cotton at Spotlight yesterday, which unfortunately didn't feel or look as nice after I washed it, but I soldiered on. The cutting out has taken me less than an hour......

I think it will look better sewn together, so I'm off to spend some quality time with my machine.

Happy Sunday stitching,
Susan x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Salvage project

Woodworking may not have been the best term to use in my last post. Restoration or salvage would have been better. I have been considering a quilt ladder for years......and it came up again last week when I saw one for sale locally. Unfortunately, I don't like paying city prices for my trash and treasure, so I went home to consider the poor, falling apart wooden ladder that I bought years ago and never did anything with. It was in pieces and has been moving closer to firewood every winter.

I thought it was too far gone, but hubby suggested giving it a go. After quite a lot of sanding, some gluing and new nails yesterday, here it is in all its glory. I had fully intended to stain it, but I'm quite partial to silvered timber. I think I will leave it as is for now, and see if I'm motivated to stain it in the future. I was also pretty worried about my quilts getting stained over time, depending on what finish I used. There is a little placemat under each quilt to protect it. I'd be interested in your opinion whether to leave it or stain it a darker colour.

Old Ted also had to be accommodated since he used to sit on the chair that was in this spot.

Susan x

Saturday, 7 February 2015


I was hoping to start a new project for FNWF, but alas, the postie did not deliver........hopefully my parcel will come on Monday. Instead I worked on some DJ blocks that I had prepared a while ago, and the start of a new mini. I really think I need to add some more medium tones.

I received some beautiful French General Rue Indienne charms from lovely Elyte. I could have just added them to my stash but decided it would be nicer to make a special project. So after some thought, out came my 1" clamshells. You may remember my clamshell purse here. They are small but very pretty when finished.

Today I have been busy on a woodwork project.........sewing related of course. Hope to have something to show by the end of the weekend.

Happy stitching,
Susan x
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