07 July, 2018

Friday Night With Friends

 It was lovely stitching along with everyone last night. I actually 
finished a second item in two days! A needle case.
 Here is the matching pin cushion I finished on Thursday.
There is just the bag to finish off now. I had planned to go back into the sewing room to work on it this afternoon but have decided to stay in the lounge room to do some stitching. It is such a cold Winter's day here and the room is so lovely and cosy with the fire going, I think it will be nicer sitting there, watching a movie and stitching.
Thank you to the lovely Chez for hosting us last night.
You can see what everyone got up to here.

01 July, 2018

OPAM for June

Another month has gone by and no finishes for me! I have started putting
my sewing set together but once again, life got in the way.
Last week I made myself have some "me time" and left everything
to spend a couple of hours in the sewing room.
I sewed the different sections together and then added
buttons as required. Now to finish the putting it altogether.
Thank you to Peg and Kris for organising OPAM.

17 June, 2018

Friday Night Sew-In

Another lovely Friday Night Sew-In. I appliqued my stitchery 
to the background and then quilted around it.
Then I joined the girls in the Northern Hemisphere on Saturday and
 managed to stitch a few words while at our Guild meeting.
Thank you to Wendy for being such a lovely hostess. 
You can see what others got up to here.

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10 June, 2018

Op Shop Find!

When walking the dogs last week, I saw this cute little machine in the 
window of a local op shop. By the time got home, it was opening time 
for the shop. I gave them a call and asked for it to be put behind the 
counter for me as I didn't want to miss out before I got there. 
After having a closer look, it came home with me.
It is a 1940's machine manufactured by the EL Grain Sewing Machines Ltd 
in Nottingham, England. You can read about them here
The plate is a bit scratched but I don't care. It's now sitting on top of the 
cupboard of my Anker treadle machine I rescued from the skip a little while ago. 

Noel just rolled his eyes when he spotted "another machine"! 

09 June, 2018

Friday Night With Friends

I joined in a bit late last night but managed to stitch a few more words 
of my "House Rules" wall hanging. This is one of Leanne Knell's 
(Petals & Patches) new designs that we received at the 
Fig 'n' Berry stitching soiree a couple of weeks ago.

As it's the long weekend here, there is no football for the boys. 
So I'm hoping to get some more stitching in today.
Thank you to Chez for hosting us last night. 
You can see what the others got up to here.

01 June, 2018

OPAM for May

 Finally some finishes this month. Two folded stars.
And of course, the big one! My Double Wedding Ring quilt. 
I have almost finished researching dates for the making of my quilt and 
will do a post about my journey with this one soon.

Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

20 May, 2018

Friday Night Sew-In For May

 Friday started out with some preparation work. 
I cut out the fabrics for the sewing kit I am making.
 Next up was eight bias strips ready for making folded stars. 
On Saturday, our Chit Chat Crafters group were meeting at our place
and I was showing them how to make the stars.
 FNSI continued with the girls in the Northern Hemisphere. 
I made my self two more stars while demonstrating them to the girls. 
They all made two each as well. All the different colour combinations
were lovely. I forgot to take a photo of everyone's stars.
 So now I have four folded stars to do something with!
 Finally finished the last few stitches on my needle case. 
 Stitched four hexagons together until I accidently pulled the thread 
from the needle. For some reason, I just couldn't re-thread it and my threader 
was hiding somewhere in the sewing room. I need to have a clean out!
 So I made a start on the last of these stitcheries for little banners.
A bit of stitching was achieved in between all the chatting and eating!
Thank you to Wendy for being such a lovely hostess.
You can see what everyone else got up to here.

18 May, 2018

The Journey Is Over!

 After nearly 13 years (maybe even more) my Double Wedding Ring quilt is finished!
This is taken at Mum and Dad's place but the quilt is now safe in my sewing room.
It will look so much nicer on our timber bed!
On Mother's Day I finished stitching the binding down.

I'll share the journey of this quilt, which started back in 1999 when I was given these 
1930's fabrics, once I do a little research. I need to look at some old photos to see 
when I actually commenced cutting the pieces out. I know we were on holiday at 
Cape Paterson but can't remember what year. I did have it on a list on my 
pin-up board in the sewing room but it seems to have gone walkabout!

05 May, 2018

Friday Night With Friends

Got a late start to FNWF. Managed a little 
stitching for a pin cushion while watching Me Before You. 
I hadn't seen this movie before and really enjoyed it. 
It didn't turn out like I thought it would!
Thank you to our lovely host, Chez. 
You can see what others stitched here.

01 May, 2018

April OPAM

 My mojo is still going walkabout so no finishes for me this month.
But I have been doing bits and pieces.
I have stitched a lot of the binding down on my double wedding ring quilt.  
Just one and a bit sides to go.
 Did a little stitching while Nelson and Rex were at dog obedience.
I've also been having a play with these.
Some lovely brights (out of my comfort zone again!)
for a new baby due later in the year.
 It also gets a bit squashy with cheeky Rex always wanting to sit on my lap!
Thanks to Peg and Kris organising OPAM. 

25 April, 2018

23 April, 2018

Op Shop Find

This book in the window of my local op shop caught my eye as I was walking
 the dogs. I headed back once the shop opened as I had to have it! 
I just love the cover. Even better was it only cost $2!
Annabella Boswell's Journal
Life in the 1830's and 1840's
It is illustrated with her own water colours and
 drawings and was published in 1965.
Beautiful illustrations.

I'm looking forward to reading this once I finish my current book. 
It will be interesting to read about Annabella's life.

22 April, 2018

Friday Night Sew-In for April

Due to a family commitment on Friday night, I joined the ladies in the Northern hemisphere on Saturday and stitched along with them. I'm a member of a little group called the Chit Chat Crafters. Sometimes we work on our own projects and other times we work on a craft project together. Yesterday was work on your own project.
I spent the day stitching down the binding on my double wedding ring quilt. Managed to get quite a bit done and now there's only about one side and a little more to go! I'd left my thimble at home so by the end of the day I had a very sore finger!
It's so much easier not stitching this at home as Rex insists on sitting on my lap or 
cuddling up next to me when I'm stitching. I don't want to get this one dirty or 
covered in hair as I will be putting this in our guild's quilt show in October.
 We had a little visitor with us on Saturday. This is six year old Harmony with her grandmother, Silvia (my SIL). When we finished lunch, Harmony announced 
she wanted to make a quilt. After checking out Silvia's fabrics, they worked out 
a design and Harmony started making her first quilt.
She managed to get quite a bit done before it was time to pack up to go home.
Thank you to Wendy for hosting us. 
You can see what everyone else got up to here.