Friday 29 July 2016

Small projects

Life has been busy but I need to sew every day, even if it's just for ten minutes. No backing for my quilt yet so I haven't been able to start hand quilting. In fact, I haven't been working on quilts at all........I'm waiting for inspiration to strike and help me decide what to do next. So sock knitting and small projects have been occupying me.

A little bit of cross stitch, over half way now.
 I finished this pair of socks for my big sisters birthday......they were hard to part with.
And have started a new pair.....

And made a small boxy pouch just to carry my sock knitting. Great tutorial from Pink Stitches.

My blog has been a bit quiet of late, but I notice it will be five years old in August. Might need to find a little something for a giveaway.

Happy weekend.

Susan x

Friday 15 July 2016

Big reveal.....

I'm feeling a little bit pleased with myself this week. I have made the last stitch in my quilt "Doing the Rounds". From a rough sketch made in the car last Christmas to a finished quilt top, this has been a fun experience. Just have to find a backing and I'm ready  to start quilting. 


That's my very frosty lawn underneath, even the bird bath was frozen this morning. The worst thing is that now I have NO applique to work on, really must try to fix that over the weekend!

In other big news we are having a trip to the US later this year. So I thought I should make a little USA pincushion for 4th of July, and found the closest thing I have to a red, white and blue quilt.


I'm having a day off work to spend with my littlest boy today. Hope you have a great weekend.

Susan x

Saturday 2 July 2016

High excitement!

It's going to be a very exciting few days for me. I haven't been at home alone overnight in more than TWENTY years. Of course I've taken little trips and retreats, but not at home by myself. I'm down to one teenager today, and he's heading off on Sunday. So I have a full schedule of applique, knitting, cross stitching, cake eating and movie watching planned. 

To kick things off, I gathered all my quilts for a photo shoot. Twenty two years of enjoyment, all hand quilted and mostly hand sewn. Not including mini's or quilts I've gifted. How many quilts is enough???


I'm thrilled to have finished my first pair of socks during the week. They kept my toes toasty warm.
I've also cast on the next pair which are for a birthday gift. Hedgehog Fibres from the gorgeous Convent and Chapel at Rylstone.


I had a good time at the Sydney craft show. The Best of Show quilt, Love Entwined, was exquisite. I was mesmerized by the detail and workmanship. I didn't get many of the supplies on my list, but I did make some unnecessary and unexpected purchases, which is always fun too. Not pictured here is Marg Sampson Georges book. Whilst the fabrics in her quilts are daunting to me, the book is a very refreshing and liberating take on how we make our quilts, and I'm sure her designs can be adapted to my more subdued colour palette!

Hope you have a great weekend too!

Susan x
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