22 January 2019

15 Minutes to Stitch Roundup

I've started a stitching journal so I can record my creative time now that I am back at work just to make sure that I keep that life balance think happening and linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces.

This week I did quite a bit of work on Pretty Circle Game Frames, a bit of backbasting continuing on from my class at the end of my holidays and started cutting out the Background fabrics for Florence.

There where 2 nights where I didn't stitch due to my sore elbow but the days when I did stitch a did more than 15 minutes so I came out on top I think.

Since this photo was taken I've completed another block and will finish the row tonight.  Then only 4 more to go and I can work on the appliqué border.  

18 January 2019

Back to Work but some creative time was had

The last week of my holiday's I spent a sewing day with the girls and we each made this Vintage Thread Caddy.  I got the kits from Luccello at Christmas and gave them to my friends as part of the Christmas present and we organised to do them together at our next sewing day.

I found my stash of vintage spools and added them to the cord, I have anchored the threads at the top of each spool with some glue so they don't unwind on me.  I'm loving using it, it sits on the arm of my lounge and holds my thread, scissors, thimble, needles etc.

I also went to a class in Backbasting appliqué last Thursday at Hetties School House in the City series.  I'm not hating it now that I have had a chance to do it at home.

I'm more than half way through putting the final frames on Pretty Circle Game blocks.  The only thing holding me up is problems with my elbow, I'm booked into the physio next week.

Here is my Circle Game Progress, I am now working on the tenth frame.  I couldn't stitch last nigh but hopefully I can tonight.

Maestro got into his first Uni preference, he is doing a double degree for Middle School Teaching and Science. I don't know if that is what he is going to end up doing but it is a start.

It's hard to step back and let him just do his thing but we have done that and left everything pretty much up to him. Though there has been a bit of discussion.  But he has organised everything himself and we just stepped in to help with some of the finance questions and when he was having trouble with what he selected but we encouraged him to either go to the uni or ring them and he got everything sorted himself apparently he still having a few technical issues with his online class selection but he's going to sort that out this week.

He is finally becoming more independent, Mo has always done stuff for herself he has tended to leave stuff until we do it for him, but over the last few months he has started to take more stuff on.  His new job has helped and I am sure Uni will as well.  Now we just have to get him to get his drivers licence and then he will be less reliant on us.

He has lined up a string of concerts over the next few month and even purchased a ticket for Mo to go with him to one in April.  Mo has been pushing to go to a few concerts too but she hasn't really had a close friend want to go to the same ones, and I am reluctant to let her go with just an acquaintance.  B

oth like similar music, so they will be able to go to all ages shows together in future.  He's got past the can't stand his little sister stage and doesn't mind hanging out with her anymore and is friendly with most of her friends.  

01 January 2019

Happy New Year and Row by Row Switch Over

Happy New Year to everyone.  I think 2019 is going to be way better than 2018.  
We had a low key New Years, Maestro headed to a party so we were waiting for a phone call to be taxi.  He ended up staying at the house we then got a phone call at 7.30 this morning to pick him up.  Suffering he went straight to bed and has only just surfaced at 2pm this afternoon.  He's got a shift tonight, just glad it's not me.  
Hubby and I watched some cricket, a scary movie and watched our own personal fireworks display as someone set off fireworks on the reserve that our house fronts onto.  I think they were moving round and using all the reserves in the area so they weren't caught.  
I used the evening to stitch background squares to my Pretty Circled Game blocks and got 3 done last night.  I have three more squares to stitch, then its frame remaining blocks and put the quilt top together.  

Row by Row

Over the last few days I have been working on instructions for the Row by Row.  Row 7 The Vines and 8 The Flower Field are now available from my Etsy Shop.

As it is the first of the month we have changed over the discounted pattern.  The Florist Shop is now discounted.  

I've been doing a bit of machine quilting.... really regretting putting all the detail in.  Can't wait for it to be finished.  

28 December 2018

Merry Xmas

Merry Christmas from the Seabreeze household.  Work wise the lead up to Christmas was very busy, I ended up spending 3 days in Melbourne a day and a half of training and my husband had to work a week extra as he was interviewing people to work in his department.  

 During early December, my MIL stopped eating and drinking.  I think she was just tired and decided she had had enough.  Mid December she stopped speaking and the Dr suspected she had had a stroke. She died a couple hours after her 89th birthday on the 19th of December.

The funeral was yesterday.   I have always found that that time between a loved ones death and the funeral you seem to just go into a holding pattern and you are just waiting. After the funeral you start to breath again and life starts again albeit altered with the loss.

We are in the middle of a heat wave at the moment so we are avoiding going outside unless it is to hop in the pool and pick Maestro up from work.   He is getting lots of shifts over the Xmas period so is earning lots of money but he is getting pretty tired.

The pattern for Row 6 has been posted in my Etsy shop.  I'm going to try and get the final 2 rows posted in the next couple of days and then work on the instructions for putting it all together with the pieced rows.

The large Fan row will be discounted 1/2/2019 but you can purchase it now from my etsy shop if you wish.

02 December 2018

Row by Row change over

Yesterday Tip Toe through the Tulips went on sale.  Head here for this months discounted pattern.

I've only got 2 more weeks of work and then I have a month off.  I have this quilt to finish quilting and the rest of the patterns to write.

25 November 2018


This guy graduated high school this week.  We have to wait until December to see how he went.  Though he did get the school award for the UAV project for the year 12 component so I think he did ok.  

None of his friends were going to the formal which was held straight after the ceremony  but we had paid for his ticket and up until the night he wasn't going. I had a feeling he would change his mind which he did.  There were mixed reviews on how the night ended as Adelaide was hit by a terrible storm which left 40% of the city blacked out but he got home safely.

This is the first week he has been home full time and he is already bored, we have shopped for clothes so he can have something other than t-shirts and sports wear to wear out and he has landed a job at a restaurant with a chief he worked with at his current job briefly.

He has only been getting a couple of hours of work a week to the restaurant close to home, this chief has offered him min 15 hours a week which will be good until Uni starts but it means he is going to have to get to know public transport a little better until he gets his licence as it is a 40 min drive from home so we are only able to pick him up at night.

He's caught a couple of concerts over the last few weeks and he is hooked on live music so he is going to be needing the extra money.  Mo's keen to go to see some bands as well as she is listening to more indie music now, so I see a discussion with DH about letter her go with Maestro in the near future.... Lucky Me.

Mo has only 1 more week of school for the year and she has a mountain of home work to get done in that time so I don't expect to see much of her.  I only have 3 more weeks of work, half of one will be spent in Melbourne for training and I have a bucket load of work to be done before then.  Wish me luck.

20 November 2018



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