27 May 2024

15 Minute Challenge A Finish and Progress on A Quilt

 Its been another busy week.  It was Mo's boyfriend birthday and it seemed like we were driving her everywhere this week what with work pick ups now that it is dark when she finishes and needing to be places. I think this week will be quieter.  

The Cove is finished. Luckily it has been unseasonably warm this week apart from being freezing in the mornings so only 3 days to dry on the blocking mat.  I'll take nicer photo's on the weekend or maybe sooner as it is supposed to start raining in a few days.  

Now that the Cove is done I have returned to La Cropte which I started in the class last weekend.  I have just finished the centre block.  There is now lots of hand piecing to do and a bit more appliqué for the next border.  

That's it for this week short and sweet.  I'm off to first aid training tomorrow the pre learning took up most of yesterday afternoon which I had planned to binge watch something and stitch instead I read about CPR and Snake Bites.  

Head to Kates to see how everyone is going.  

20 May 2024

15 Minute and Wonderful Weekend

 A couple of months ago I decided to enrol in a quilting Class with Judy Newman and Margaret Mew.  I wasn't really aware of Margaret's quilts but loved the last Judy Newman class that I did which was before COVID hit.  There were quite a few students around 25 maybe close to 30  but with 2 teachers it didn't seem like we missed out on anything they worked together like a well oiled machine.   There were lots of demonstrations and lots of talks about their process, how they choose colour, hand applique, quilting and hand piecing.  Many of their quilts are coverlets which is an epiphany so I think I will be making coverlets in the future even if it is just so they are easier to store.    

All in all the venue was great, the people were lovely and I had a wonderful time its just too bad I had to go back to work today I think I would have loved just having a couple of more days to just play with fabric.  

Below are pictures of some of their show and tell at the beginning of the class.    The extra large pictures are of the quilts that were being taught.  

I finished the centre appliqué of Judy's quilt and am starting on the 2nd border of octagons.  

I really want to get the Cove finished before I get started on the quilt for real.  
2 and a bit rows to go and it will be done.  As it has got really cold I do not know how long it is going to take for the blocking to completely dry.  Fingers crossed it will be done by this time next week.  

I made a purchase just before Mother's Day.  We got a new lounge suite and I wanted something nice to put my sewing stuff in to make the room the room a bit more formal.  So I went to the local disposals for 2nd hand furniture and found this.  I'm not sure if it is very old I think it is a reproduction of some kind but it is english and it has proper joins not just nailed together or stuck together.  I was a bit scratched in places but a bit of stain helped that.  It fits all my sewing stuff apart from a pile of quilts that use to be in the ugly plastic cupboard that this replace.  So I might have to make another trip for a something to store them in but I have seen a few things on facebook marketplace that are tempting but probably not tempting enough to go down that rabbit hole.  

06 May 2024

15 Minute Challenge - Quick Update

The weather has been rather glorious the last couple of weeks, though morning's have been really cold which makes it hard to get out and go for a walk but I have been keeping it up.  We should be getting rain now but it has been mostly dry.

Mo is going to do a couple of markets at the Uni for the next 2 days.  Now that we have a minion at work I can take the time off and help her.  Hopefully she will be able to get a few Mother's day sales so that she makes some money.    She has been working on her set up over the weekend, so we don't have to think too much when we get there.  

The Cove CAL is slowly moving along, I have 3 sides of the small squares done and halfway through the last side, then it is only a few rows and it is finished.  It has come out a nice size lap blanket which will get lots  of use in Mo's room when its finished.  The next project I want to start is a blanket for our new Lounge which arrives tomorrow.  

I have been pulling fabric for the Judy Newman and Margaret Mew's Class in a couple of weeks time, it has taken a couple of weeks of pressing / sorting fabric and I think I have changed my mind a couple of times.  I don't really want to take my car and I am having DH drop me off so I'm not sure how much fabric I should take.  At the moment 3 large piles that need to be whittled away.  

That's it for me this week head to Kate's to see what everyone is up to.  

22 April 2024

15 Minute Challenge and Graduation

 We attended Mo's graduation ceremony last week.  It was a beautiful autumn day, there was a train strike so we had to find alternative transport.  So we did the drive and ride on the tram.  There was a huge metal band playing at the Entertainment Centre which is the tram intersection which was interesting.  There were quite a few Goth's lined up when we arrived to go into the city, when we arrived back there was an unbelievable number waiting in line to go in.  All very well behaved I might add but very interesting outfits and lots of piercings on display.  Mo was particularly impressed with the green mohawk sported by one guy.  

Mo had to arrive early so we did a bit of window shopping in the city before making our way to the ceremony.  DH thought we were at Hogwarts there was lots of pomp and ceremony in the Graduate Ceremony.  We took the opportunity to take photo's, she is just a camera shy as I am.  

It's been slow going on the stitching and crocheting front.  I have been fabric sorting ready for a class I will be doing in May and trying to get small squares done for my Cove Cal.  Last week I attended the Crochet Guild meeting which was fun again.  Lots of very talented ladies in attendance.  

Thats it for me this week head to Kate's.  

08 April 2024

15 Minute Challenge & Finish

There was a couple of days when didn't manage 15 minutes but I did have a finish this week.  I decided that my redwork be suitable for a bag.  I have been wanting to make this type of bag for a while, can't say that I found the instructions all that easy to follow but I got there in the end. I  think it may have been linen  mixed with the iron on pelon, I notice I didn't have as much of an issue with the lining which was just cotton. 

DH is slowly recovery he has stopped all the medication now so its just time for the nerves in his face to get back to normal.

That's it for me this week short and sweet.  

01 April 2024

15 Minute Challenge & Happy Easter

 We have had a very quiet Easter.  Hubby was feeling off Thursday afternoon which ended in numbness in his face and odd change in his taste.  He was worse Good Friday and we got up early and tried to find a Dr open.  Luckily there is a 365 Clinic not far from us and he got in early.  He was diagnosed with Bells Palsy  and then the hunt was on for a chemist open on Good Friday to get the meds to help improve his symptoms not sure if he is better today or not his face is still lopsided but he thinks maybe his mouth is a little less numb on the inside.  

He's pretty much stuck to the couch and sleeping on and off and he will be back to the Drs tomorrow to see how he is faring.  

I've been stitching and crocheting.  My red work is now finished, the centre of the Cove is done and I have started on the border squares.   I think the red work will end up as a bag just have to decide what type of bag to make.  

25 March 2024

15 Minute & Joining In

 The heat has finally stopped.  There was a couple of days of low 30's and now the weather nice and mild.  In fact the morning a quite chilly have had to pull out a jumper to go for my morning walks... but I'm not complaining. 

Last week I join the Australian Crochet Guild, the local chapter meets in a pub on a Saturday morning.   The pub has to be open  for pokies but the place is empty (apart from the pokies room) .  The ladies meet in  the beer garden, and a few of the ladies stay for lunch after the meeting.   I think there was about 15 ladies meeting up to crochet and talk about crochet and the annual conference which is due to happen in June.   It is only their second meeting but it was good fun to meet with like minded ladies look at what everyone is doing and share ideas.  

I've worked more on my redwork embroidery.  This time I used the non sticky wash away, which was way better than the sticky variety.  No residue on the needle to contend with.  Need to get back to it, but I have been trying to finish the centre of the Cove (see below), but I plan to pick it up again tomorrow night.  

The Cove is growing.  One more row and I'm up to the smaller squares that surround the middle.  At least they will be nice a portable.  

I just got delivery of some new yarn which will go with my new lounge which is on order.  I have picked the pattern which I found on pinterest, it's an organic/wool mix in a pretty green.  

Lastly we sorted tickets for Mo Graduation Ceremony and paid for her gown rental, which I thi
nk is just another way for the Uni to squeeze a few more bucks out of us before she finishes.   Her job is going well and she is happy doing 3 days a week.  Each nite she lets us know what she has done so we can spy the graphics on the nightly news.  

That's it for me this week have a good week.