Saturday, 31 May 2014

Cassilis stitchers

Another much needed sewing day in Cassilis yesterday. Five of us this early start to the chookshed party.

There's Lea, Kylie, Raelee and our newbie, Bev. Everyone was working on some kind of EPP, lots of beautiful projects to enjoy. I was working on a secret project. Kylie's vignette coming together.

Raelee's hexie flowers for her Victoria cute is her mini iron.

And Lea working hard on the hexie bag for her next class. Not sure who her friend is. Happy Birthday for Monday Lea. X

Bev was working on some quilt as you go hexagons for a bag from Lea's class in beautiful rich fabrics.

So it was a wonderful day of stitching, and very good for the soul. No one really wanted to go home!

Off to work this morning, but definitely some stitching in my weekend after that.

Happy stitching.
Susan x

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Happy Birthday to the Chookshed!

Are you joining the party for the Chookshed this weekend? I'm starting on Friday with another gathering of the Cassilis if you're in the area do drop in and say hi.

Drop over to Chooky's blog to see who else is joining in.

Susan x

Saturday, 24 May 2014


Thanks for all the great pincushion comments. It seems I am not alone in my love of them......although my collection is not as grand as many. I thought I should gather mine up for a photo opportunity. It's very hard to choose a favourite, but I do love Anni's with the quote around the sides...."stitch with your heart, sew with your soul".....perfect for all of us I think. Natalie Birds Red home pincushion and the silver rabbit would be my other favourites.

So on to the winners. Fiona -Bubzrugz won the blue, and Hilda and Jan - Little Red Hen both win a red. Send me your addresses and I will pop them in the mail next week. Thanks everyone for entering.

Does anyone know if it's ok to post crushed walnut shells overseas? Apart from the weight, would there be a customs issue?

Hoping to lay out my Irish Circles blocks this weekend, so I can see where I'm up to. Time to start thinking about the next border I think.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Susan x

Monday, 19 May 2014

A little giveaway

I went a little overboard with my hexie pincushions. So, if you would like to win one, just leave a comment, telling me how many pincushions you own and whether you prefer red or blue.

I think (hope) I will be able to part with one red and one blue. I'll announce the winners on Saturday.

Susan x

Monday, 12 May 2014

It worked

After some fiddling and cursing I managed to finish and stuff my little hexie pincushion (see Marina's blog). And then made another one! They are very cute and quite addictive, so I expect more will soon appear.

And the other side. I can't show the back of the blue one as it may hint at who I'm sending it to.

My other Mother's Day treat arrived today. This gorgeous Quiltmania book by Carolyn Konig. I haven't opened it yet. I'm savouring it, waiting for a quiet moment so I can immerse myself in her beautiful quilts. Carolyn has even autographed inside the cover.

Better get back to my Irish Circles quilt before I open that book I think! The one on the front is very tempting.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mothers Day

An early morning walk in the rain with my little dog, followed up by the best poached eggs for breakfast. A rather lovely start to a day at home for Mother's Day.

Hoping for a chance to sneak away to do some sewing and try out my new Mother's Day scissors. They are so much better than my old ones. Here they are with two more Irish Circles blocks.

I'm trying my hand at making Marina's hexagon pincushion, but it's trickier than I thought. It doesn't look like much here, but I think there is hope for a little finish later today.

My other Mother's Day gift is in the mail......a very exciting new book which I can't wait to get my hands on.

Wishing you all a happy and relaxing Mothers Day.

Susan x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

The people you meet!

I went to Newcastle to pick up my sister on Friday. Of course I had to pop into Quilt Essentials at Lambton, and whilst I was browsing who do you think walked in the door? Of all the shops and people in Newcastle, that was the very moment Cardygirl chose to pick up her fabric. What a funny and happy coincidence. I also got to meet Mr Cardy (Cardyboy?). So lovely to see you both.

Also popped into Spotlight, bagged some bed linen bargains and these yummy chevron prints.

Home to a very cold Mudgee yesterday, and delivering my sister to an even colder Bathurst tomorrow. Thank goodness for a warm fire and the quilt on my bed.

I haven't been replying or commenting so much lately, but will get back to it soon. My life is good, but it's not always the perfectly happy stitchy life that my blog depicts. A few work and life changes going on at home, little children growing into big children, and aging parents. Nothing to worry about, just real life.

Happy Sunday.

Susan x

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