02 December 2019

15 Minute Challenge & Wedding Anniversary

Today is my wedding anniversary 24 years and this year has been pretty good, not so many ups and downs as last year. Maybe we will start planning on doing something big for our 25th.  

Stitching wise its been 7 out of 7 again, but I have to say my sewing mojo is a bit lacking so though there has been progress on the top border not an awful lot.  

Maestro has moved into his new room and we have cleaned out his old room, we just have to find space for some of his stuff that my husband is loathed to get rid of...mainly all his Dr Who memorabilia.   

I managed to pick up some new bed linen for Mo in the Black Friday sales.  Still need a few things and think about curtains etc but that can wait for now.  

Mo was after a rather large ticket item for her Christmas and Birthday this year and I managed to find it below RRP so saved a bit of money on that.  Maestro is after a coffee machine, so I am trying to find one that uses reusable pods.  

When we first moved into this house the yard was full of geraniums.  I hated the smell and we pulled them all out.  But over the years I have collected a couple of new varieties which aren't as strong in odour but the flowers are striking and they grow with minimal effort.  

So how did you go this week.  I'm hoping that my sewing mojo returns soon as I have a few things that I want to get done in the next couple of weeks for Xmas.    

Check out Kate's page to see how everyone has gone this week.  

30 November 2019

Springtime Romance Free BOM Block 6

Here we are again.  I've been a bit all over the place this week usually I have this post well and truly set up a couple of weeks before but I haven't managed it this time.  Too much going on with end of school and a few medical things for me happening at the moment.  Luckily the block is all made and the pattern is all finalised.

Hope you are still following on and collecting your patterns.  Love to see any blocks that you have worked on so far.  The top border is coming along slowly but I will be on holidays soon and will probably have more time to just sit and sew over the next month or so.... fingers crossed.

Don't for get to check out my Cyber Sale at the moment all digital patterns (except Springtime Romance) 50% off until 4/12/2019

Mo and I have been to a Vintage Clothes Market this morning and she picked up a tartan mini skirt, a cute blouse and a jacket.

25 November 2019

15 Minute Challenge Room Shuffle and count down to Holidays.

As you can see I have filled in a bit more of the top border.  There are 3 more large flowers to start and a couple of layers to finish on some of the others.  There is still lots to go but it is good to see that progress is happening week to week and you can't see it when it is sitting on your lap and you are stitching.  Another 7 out of 7 this week.  Though I admit some days I really haven't felt like stitching this week.

Mo finished her last exam today and she only has 2 more year 12 prep days to go.  She has been trying to get a summer job with not much success, though she had an interview last week and she thinks she may be in with a shot.  She is dragging me to a vintage clothes market next week she needs to get a job to feed her shopping habit.

The big room shuffle has started Maestro is just about moved into his Batch Pad, he is waiting on delivery of a bed and sofa later this week and the room will be set up.  We can't wait for his noise to be away from our bedrooms, as all his friends are finishing uni so it will be late night gaming sessions when he isn't working and I think he is planning on a party.

We bought paint for his old room where Mo will be moving to and the art room (her old room).  She wants all white but is going to paint a mural on one of the walls down the track in her bedroom and a chalk wall in the art room.  She wants new sheers in the bedroom and new bed linen, I think I will be waiting for the sales to start.  There is a lot prep to be done to the walls in Maestro's old room most the previous paint work on one side of the room is pretty bad and most of the wall will needs a new layer of plaster.  Most of it was hidden behind his furniture but Mo wants a different layout and we need to take this opportunity to fix it.

How did you go this week.  Check out all the progress at Kate's.  I'm off to sit and complete another couple of flowers.

18 November 2019

15 Minute Challenge & Maestro has his License

I have been working on lots of different projects this week.  It has been another 7 out of 7 for the challenge.

There are a few more larger sections of the top border filled in but still a long way to go.

I have basted the quilt top that I started at my sewing retreat.  Found the perfect backing fabric (white with tiny bee hives and bees on it which went with the whole bee theme of the fabric range.

I made a knot headband for Mo, she has been using one that she got in Japan which is a pigs face complete with ears and snout so she doesn't like to wear it out.  She found it didn't flatten her curls and held them out of her face. They were ridiculously easy to make, I just need to purchase some stretch needles for my sewing machine before I go into production for her.  Here is the link to the tutorial I used.

She also has been at me to buy her some cloth pad's.  They aren't cheap to purchase but I found a pattern download on Etsy so I am going to give that a go.  However by the time I've shelled out for all the components I probably won't save much but at least she can experiment with them while she is not at school over the summer.  I can't say I am totally on board with the idea but if she is happy to do the cleaning she can have a go.

I have also started a boro bag.  There is lot of stitching to go.  I have nearly finished the 1" stitches, then I have to complete 1/2" and then 1/4 for the sides of the bag and the bottom.  This is probably going to take a while as I am just doing it when I need a break from appliqué at the moment.

Maestro got his drivers licence this week.  He works 40 minutes away and my husband has been doing the lion's share of drop off and pick up so him driving has eased that burden at least though parking will become an issue as they get closer to Christmas as the restaurant he works at is in large shopping centre but we will both be on leave for when he is working the most.

We are about to start the great room shuffle.... I've been trying to put it off as long as possible but with school finishing for Mo this week with a couple of 1/2 days for exams and next year prep I can't put it off anymore.  Maestro purchased a new bed frame last week and I came home from work to find he has  assembled it in the new room which I guess means I have to purchase the new mattress to go on it.

Well that's my stitching round up.  I leave you with a picture of Coco who featured on the dog groomers facebook page last week.  Unfortunately she only looks like this for a couple of days.  I think next time we will have to give her a closer cut as we are heading into hotter weather (this week we are heading for 42C).

How'd you go this week.  Check out everyone else's challenge at Kate's

11 November 2019

15 Minute Challenge & Sewing Retreat

Last weekend was my sewing retreat with 2 partners in crime.  We headed down the coast for some eating, drinking and sewing.  We had a ball and a much needed recharge before getting into the silly season.

I restricted myself to 3 projects, though I did end up stitching up a quilt with a layer cake that I just have to had on my last day.   There was a little progress on the borders and a couple of blocks of Green Tea & Beans finished as well as some cutting of Liberty Fabric for Sugar Plum.

We will be having a big bedroom switch around over the summer break, Maestro will be moving out to a detached room to the house which Mo currently uses as her art studio.  Mo will be moving into Maestro's bedroom and have her art studio in her old room.  The quilt is for Mo's new room.

I was a bit unsure if Mo would like her new quilt, she wants all her linen to be white, but she said the quilt was perfect, so although the girls on the retreat offered to find it a home if it wasn't liked its all systems go for quilting over my summer break.

So this is a round up for 2 weeks and I can safely say that it has been 14 out of 14.  The top border is starting to fill in I have been preping some of the bigger flowers which fill things easily but there are lots and lots of little flowers to go as well.

01 November 2019

Springtime Romance Free BOM Block 5

How are your blocks going?  We are up to block 5, though I would suggest putting in your favourite Vase block here.  Block 7 was originally going to be in this spot but I liked this block more so it got centre stage.

By the time this posts I will be packed to head down the coast for another sewing weekend with my girlfriends so I have set this post up well in advanced mainly so I don't forget.  

I'm hoping that the top and bottom border are well under way by the time this goes up.  The last couple of nights I have been back basting leaves and getting started on the book on the bottom of the quilt.  Yesterday I stitched the side borders to the quilt I think I will see how well it sits on the bed and if I can trim down the sides a couple of inches at the moment they are 10 1/2" finished but so far it looks balanced, haven't decided if I will add extra flowers flowing down or up the sides from the top and bottom border which is tempting but I may be over it by the end.

What you have been waiting for Block 5.

You will now need to purchase the block from my Esty shop

The pattern will be available until 7/11/2019.  If you have any questions, add a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Otherwise enjoy and I'll catch you next time.

28 October 2019

15 minutes and a missed week

I didn't get round to doing a post last week.  Was just really lazy, by the time I remembered it was sit in front of the TV with my hubby for Xfiles reruns and I decided to just do a 2 weeks post this week.

Last week was a 7 out of 7 week
This week was a 6 out of 7 week

Work is progressing on top and bottom borders.  I transferred the pattern to the fabric and have prepared most of the leaves on both borders and started on the book on the bottom border.  I am just hoping hoping that it will look like a book when it is finished.  Last week I stitched the side borders in place.  And I have finished writing block 8 which is now in my etsy shop.

My iMac has been slowing up over the last 12 months, it only worried me when I used excel, most other programs weren't too bad though open software usually required a lot of waiting around.  DH was more impatient with it when searching the internet and start carrying on when he got the pretty spinny ball and nothing would load.  So he gave me the go ahead to get a new one and I spent half the weekend migrating my data.  I have to say the automated migration app is amazing it took a long time to migrate over our network but everything was where it was supposed to be with little effort from on my part.

This week I head off down the coast for a sewing retreat with friends.  I've restricted myself to 3 projects.  Springtime Romance Borders, Green Tea and Sweet Beans and Sugar Plum.   We will see how much gets done on the 4 days and a bit days.  Lots got done last time so I'm hoping it will be the same again this weekend.

So how did stitching go for you this week.  Head to Kate's for the linky party.  

14 October 2019

15 Minute Challenge Side Border Nearly There

I managed 7 out of 7 this week.  The 2nd side border is nearly finished there are just flower centres to go.  I needed a bit of motivation this week as it has been a bit of hard slog stitching over the past couple of weeks so I pinned the borders and quilt up on my cupboards in my sewing room just to see how it was coming together.

I'm thinking I will trim them down to 10" finished instead of 12".  I'm undecided about the top and bottom borders, the illustration for the borders is based on 10" width so that I could fit them on an A4 sheet when printed.

It got me motivated enough and I have transferred most of the top border onto the fabric and all of the bottom border ready to start stitching.   I want the cluster of flowers to be centred and the books to be on the corner, so I will get the centre spray stitched then work out the position of the books once I am ready to put it together.

I'm also thinking of next years quilt and I've seen some appliqué quilts I like the look of on instagram this one has a white background.  I've done grey's and now black I think I'm going for a nice fresh white this time will give me something new to focus on.  Where do you get your inspiration, I usually see a quilt that I like the overall look and feel.  How the background and colours work together then try and do something that has a similar combination with my spin.

I have another sewing retreat planned at the beginning of November can't wait, I have to leave a day early as I have a Specialist appointment on the Tuesday afternoon but I think the 4 night will allow me to have a bit of a recharge with the girls and get lots of stitching done.

Have you managed some stitching every day this week.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is getting on with the challenge.

07 October 2019

15 Minute Challenge and Mo's Back

It was a 6 out of 7 week again this week.  My shoulder is a lot better, only one more physio treatment to see it back to new, so stitching should pick up in the next week.

Mo arrived home yesterday with extra weight in her luggage and a few stories to tell.  I don't think she has caught the travel bug though.  She liked the smaller cities with lots of parks and gardens that they visited  but Tokyo not so much to industrial.

She said the home stay was fun and the family she stayed with had lived in Australia for nearly a year so their english was really good.  She found the same with the students at the school and she had to do classes with a couple of "buddies" .   She got more than one buddy as the first one she was assigned was a bit unreliable.   Mo said the unreliable one fell asleep during class, and she poked her in the side to wake her up and the whole class laughed at them.    She said that the school days was pretty long starting at 7.30 and finishing at 3.30 but then they all went to clubs after school which didn't finish till 6 and then I guess the travel on top of that.

She slept nearly to midday today, and she did a bit of sleep walking in the night.  She was trying to get out of her room but was struggling with the door my husband had a bit of a conversation with her and she went back to bed.  She didn't remember it this morning though.  Its been a few years since she has done that.

Block 6 of Springtime Romance is up in my Etsy shop now and I am about to work on Block 7.

How has your stitching been this week.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone faired this week. 

01 October 2019

Free BOM Springtime Romance Block 4

Here we are at Block 4.  Now this one has a lot of stitching and I left it until last to finish.  Each flower has more than one layer.  If you fussy cut you may not need all those layers as always it is up to you to make it your own.

30 September 2019

15 Minute Challenge and only photo's from Japan

It was a 6 out of 7 again this week.  Friday I was pretty beat, busy day at work and just didn't feel like lifting up a needle.  Might be a bit more of the same tonight will have to see how my shoulder is after treatment this afternoon.

Border 2 is coming together slowly, I've done a bit of most of the flowers but none of them are finished.  I really need to finish writing the rest of the block patterns, but my husband has got a project he is working on and every time I  turn around he is on my computer.

There hasn't been much news from Mo she is more than halfway through her trip now.  I still keep refreshing instagram in the hope of seeing pictures at least.  She heads to Tokyo today so I think there will be a little less moving around this week though she will be going for her homestay.

Maestro asked us to come out to his work and watch the end of the Grand Final (Australian Rules) on  Saturday, so we didn't have lunch and had a late lunch early dinner at the restaurant were he works.  The meal was good, the restaurant was pretty empty being Grand Final day most people are at home watching the final or in a pub watching the final.  

Maestro is different from the rest of the family, we are all mostly introverts, Maestro is an extrovert and is really confident, he will talk to anyone and obviously has a lot of fun in his workplace.  My husband is really picky when it comes to food, Maestro just talked to the head chief to get him a special meal, then ordered himself a special meal.  I was quite happy to get something from the menu.  

How did your week go.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is getting on this week.  

23 September 2019

15 Minute Challenge & Missing Mo

It was a 6 out of 7 week this week.  Head cold then sinus headache took me out of it this week the other days were minimum 15min stitching.  Last minute Mo running around she flew out on Saturday evening.  Today I am feeling a little bit bereft.

The teachers with them emailed Sunday afternoon to say that they had arrived in Japan and were off to their first excursion ... Samurai Sword Fighting (hopefully with sticks and not actual swords) and she did post a few photo's on Instagram so I know she is ok.

You don't realise how much you interact on a daily basis until they're not there 😔.

She won't be happy because I am all mopey and I keep checking instagram for posts.  I took some sneaky photo's off her while she was waiting.  The photo's the teacher sent her must have been after exposure to more humidity because her hair was way more curlier than here.

I've managed to hurt my shoulder, hoping that it settles down soon as I can't take advil at the moment as I am having treatment on my heal spur but if I can't take anti-inflamatory meds, I'm using ice packs and panadol.  

At least next post we will be halfway through and I won't feel so down.  

How's your stitching going this week? Head to Kate's to see how everyone else is doing.  

16 September 2019

15 Minute Challenge and back to Green Tea and Sweet Beans

I've been hit with a head cold, I've been taking everything I can to get over it quick Sambucol and some other supplements to knock it on its head.  I don't want Mo to catch it as she fly's out this Saturday.

This weekend we did more last minute shopping for the trip, this time a spray jacket and more Yen.  We found out during the week that Japan works more on cash than credit cards and not all credit cards may not work, though Mo has a travel card with Yen on it so hopefully that will be ok.

Its been a 7 out of 7 week, even with the head cold and japan trip running around.  Border No1 got finished and then I had a little break from Springtime Romance and did a block for Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM so that I was only 3 months behind on that project.  Here is my hexie block which were hand pieced and was exceedingly easy to do ... I had been putting this off mainly because of the cutting out of the hexies.  Stitching them together was easy peasy,  could even get into stitching these together this way far easier than paper piecing.

The stitching girls and I are planning another sewing weekend in a couple of months, and will be staying in the same house we rented in July, can't wait hopefully I'll have Springtime Romance all finished by then, might be at the quilting stage with any luck.   But maybe it will be a hand piecing few days instead of lugging my machine.... I have plenty of those to go on with.

Want to check in on everyone else.  Head to Kate's to see how they went this week in the challenge.  

09 September 2019

15 Minute Challenge and the Week that Was

It was a 6 out of 7 week this week.  Friday I had a bit of tummy trouble actually I still have a bit of tummy trouble don't know if it is a bit of stress building up or I'm holding something off.

Saturday saw me do a production line of scrunchie sewing.  I made 15,  some for Lydia to give away as gifts and some for her to wear while she is away in Japan.  We are inching closer to her being ready I know my wallet is going to happy once she is on her way and there isn't any more last minute thing that she needs.

I finished the Springtime Romance Block 5 Pattern this week and loaded it into the shop and the first side border is probably a good night of sewing away from being finished.

Make sure you head to my 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet post and enter in the competition.  I've had lots of new visitors drop by and say hello in the last week.

03 September 2019

2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet

I was very honoured to be asked to participate in the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet.

If you are new to my Blog welcome I hope you find something here to keep coming back.

A little bit about myself.  I have sewed and done all sorts of craft for as long as I can remember.  This was encouraged by my Mum and my Nanna.  It wasn't until I got married that the quilting bug hit and I took my first quilting class with ladies that are still my good friends 23 years later.

A few years ago I opened my Etsy shop and designed quilts and patterns.  Every year I try to design a Block of the Month Quilt which I host primarily on my blog.  The patterns each month are usually for free for a short period of time and then are for sale in my Etsy shop so you can catch up if you miss out on one of the months patterns.  I usually try and make each quilt a bit different and give you a few options of how to finish the quilt off.    You can check out my past Block of the Months here and find the patterns in my etsy shop.

My favourite quilt at the moment is Flowers for Alison, it was a block of the month I ran a couple of years ago.  The quilt was designed with my mother in mind, she died when I was in my early 20's and I designed it at a time when I was getting to be the same age as her when she died and I had reached that milestone when she had been gone more than half my life.  So there is a lot of nostalgia in this quilt.  The quilt also won a 3rd place ribbon at the Royal Adelaide Show that year.

Probably my 2nd favourite quilt is Blueberry Botanicals picture below which features stitcheries and well as piecing.

My current Block of the Month is probably going to surpass both these quilts for being my favourite.  I am just starting out on the Borders but the centre of the quilt is all finished.  I'm a bit behind on pattern writing but I should be able to get in front soon.  We are up to Block 3 which you can download for free here until 7/9/2019, if you want to join in.  Blocks 1 and 2 are for sale in my Etsy shop.  If you want to know a bit more before you jump in use the link above.

I hope you enjoy your little look around and you will visit me again, especially for a freebee once a month.

Make sure you enter the contest to be in the running for all the great prizes and visit all the other quilters for more chances to win.