16 September, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

Last night I did some more stitching on my sewing caddy. Hopefully, by the end of today I might have all 
the stitching complete. All the boys left early this morning to go the NFL Division 2 Grand Finals. 
Three matches, so they won't get home until 6pm! 
That means there's only Molly and myself home all day.
It also means I can binge watch When Calls the Heart on Netflix. I came across this series and am really enjoying it. It is set in the early 1900's in a coal mining town in Canada.
 Thank you to Wendy for being such a lovely hostess. 
You can see what everyone else got up to here.

Well, the washing is all finished, so it's time to 
head to my spot on the couch!
Have a lovely weekend everyone.


04 September, 2017

A Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade!

  
 The Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade is on again. 
It is hosted by the lovely Ida over at 
I enjoyed taking part last year and decided to join in again.
These are all of the my pin cushions. I think there
maybe one or two others hiding somewhere. Some you would have seen in last year's parade. They were either made by me or made for me by friends.
My Sewing Bird is the newest addition to my collection.
I also thought I would share my special little sewing set my auntie found for me many years ago in an op (thrift) shop. They are so tiny. You can see the size of the pin cushion
 in the top photo compared to the others. 

Can you see the little crown of beads on the cushion?
A scissor keep, tape measure holder and the cutest little thimble holder complete the set. I wonder who it was that made this beautiful set. The crochet stitches are so tiny and neat, not the mention the beading. Hopefully they would be happy to know it now lives with someone who loves it.

 I hope you have enjoyed my little parade. Head over here 
to see all the other wonderful pin cushions.
In fact, it would be great if you joined in too.

02 September, 2017

Friday Night With Friends

I settled down to a lovely night of stitching and 
worked on my sewing caddy. Mogwai curled up next 
to me and slept the whole night.
 The stitchery so far.
Thanks to Cheryll for being our lovely hostess.
You can see what the others got up to here.
by Ida at My Sister Made Me Do It is starting on Monday. 
I'm going to join in again this year.

After my night of stitching and then getting out my pin cushions to photograph this morning, I'm starting to feel inspired to get stitching again. Hopefully, this means my mojo is deciding to come back!

01 September, 2017

OPAM and Molly Has A Friend Sleepover!

For the first time since 2012, 
I have NO finishes for the month! Nothing, zero, zip! I seem to have lost my sewing mojo. Hopefully, I can find it soon. I have done a little stitching and have been helping Nelson with a sewing project for school which is at least something.
 Thanks to Peg and Kris for organising OPAM.
This is Mogwai. 
She is Austin's girlfriend, Paris' dog. She has been having a sleep over here while Austin is in Queensland with Paris and her family enjoying the beautiful weather up there.
They seem to be ignoring each other here. It's a bit different staying overnight rather than just coming for a walk together. Mogwai had been coming over for walks 
for a few weeks to get used to each other.
 It took a little be of trial and error for them to get coordinated when taking them for a walk by myself.
 This way?
 No, this way!
 Finally, sorted out.
Austin making a new friend. Look at that blue sky!
Seems they are having lots of fun. 
Not too sure about that pose of Austin's though!


19 August, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

 It was cold and wet last night. A perfect night to stay in and stitch along with everyone. I started the stitchery part of my "My Time, My Place caddy". Only managed to get a little bit done but better than nothing. It's our NOTYQ guild day today, so hopefully I'll get some more stitched.
Thank you to Wendy for hosting us last night. 
You can see what everyone got up to last night here.

08 August, 2017

Friday Night With Friends On Retreat

Friday saw Mel and I head off to our annual NOTYQ Retreat at Myrniong. So our Friday Night With Friends was also Saturday and Sunday With Friends! 
 
First stop - morning tea two minutes down the road from Mel's place! We visited a few shops along the way and we both were very good and didn't really buy anything. Just one of those "nothing jumped out" days.
This was the project I started on Friday night. It is "My Time, My Place Caddy" by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched.
 This is my first attempt at needle turn applique. For over twenty years I have always done buttonhole applique. I managed to stitch the first two trees Friday night.
By Sunday afternoon I had finished all the applique. 
Now I've just the stitchery part to go.
It was so lovely spending time with Mel as we hadn't been able to catch up since April! We had a wonderful time. 

Speaking of Mel, did you know she has a new blog? 
It is called Melody Matilda and you can find it here.
You can see what everyone else got up to for FNWF here.

04 August, 2017

Off To Retreat!

 
It's Friday Night With Friends hosted by the lovely 
Cheryll from Gone Stitchin' tonight.
 
This is where I'll be stitching! Melody and I are off on our annual NOTYQ Retreat to Myrniong. 
Hopefully, I'll get lots of stitching done. I've got a new applique project to make a start on, along with some others.

Speaking of Mel, did you know she has a new blog? It is called Melody Matilda and you can find it here.

31 July, 2017

July OPAM Report

I had three finishes for July.
My sweet Sewing Bird.
 Blossoming hoop.
 My Home - My Kitchen stitchery frame.
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

22 July, 2017

Frinday Night Sew-In

I had a productive night stitching along with everyone. Two projects were finished! These two stitcheries have been sitting in a box waiting for something to be done with them. 
This is Jenny's "Blossoming" block from the Splendid Sampler. It fitted perfectly into this hoop. 
Next is "My Home - The Kitchen" by Lisa Cantlay of  
Fig 'n' Berry Creations. I decided to frame this one 
instead of making it into a wall quilt. 

So two finishes in one day. Must be a record for me!

Thanks to Wendy for being a lovely hostess. 
You can see what everyone else got up to here.

15 July, 2017

Sewing Bird

I had a little play with my sewing machine the other day 
and put together this pin cushion. It was a kit that 
I picked up at AQC called the "Sewing Bird".

It didn't take very long to make and I'm sure I'll be making more of these. Will have to keep an eye out for the wooden reels and little crocheted flowers.

08 July, 2017

Friday Night With Friends

 I had a lovely night stitching along with everyone. Worked some more on my Gail Pan Christmas Collage stitchery. Didn't quite get it finished as I was also watching a couple more episodes of The Crown.
Thank you to Chez for being such a lovely hostess.

Well, my stitching continues today. 
I'm off to Gail Pan's Winter Gathering!

01 July, 2017

OPAM For June

I had two finishes for June. 
 
My modern quilt for Michelle and Matt's wedding.
And my framed There's No Place Like Home picture.
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us all inspired.

29 June, 2017

There's No Place Like Home


I've finally finished my "There's No Place Like Home" project. This was one of Bonnie Sullivan's projects from the Stitched in Time day with Gail Pan and Bonnie in April.
 It was one of her new pre-printed background projects. Bonnie is the designer behind All Through The Night
We were very lucky to get these before they
 had even been released in the USA!

28 June, 2017

Mitchell's 21st - "The Party"

 
 Now I've recovered from Mitchell's party (it was on the 17th), I thought I'd share some photos. 
We hired this gorgeous old hall in Plenty.
 I had to take a photo of this poster from the Grand Opening Ball in 1931. As you know, I love old things and the hall was an old fashioned country hall.
All set and ready to go. Just waiting for the guests to arrive.
My nephew's wife, Seana made the cake. It was delicious.
 
 Speech time!
 There was some entertainment organised by some of Mitchell's friends. Here he is waiting. 
I won't make you suffer any of the photos!
 Instead of having Mitchell's friends sign a 21st book, 
he wanted them to sign canvases. 
He is going to put them up on his wall.
 
 The obligatory family shot! 
 Party time!

 
His mate, Dale, organised stubby holders designed especially for Mitchell's 21st. 
 And all too soon it was over!
 Luckily, we were able to go back in the morning to clean up. There wasn't really much to do. Just get the balloons 
down and mop the floors.

It was a wonderful night and I think Mitchell 
and his friends really enjoyed themselves.