31 May 2021

15 Minute Challenge & Quick Quilt 3 Top finished

Work was a little better last week and I only had to put in a couple of extra hours.

This week I got the first instalment of an embroidery club run by my local quilt shop.  The first box of goodies with beautiful threads and linen to complete the project.  The end result will be a cloth book of various embroidery techniques and a few smaller pieces thrown in.  

Another shop was offering Cosmo thread packs at a bargain price.  I ended up with 100 skeins with only a couple of double ups so I was really pleased I probably won't have to buy threads for a while for any cross stitch projects that I decide to start down the track.  I do love the Weeks Dye Works threads they work out so much more expensive when compared to normal stranded cotton.    

Yesterday I finished the border for Quick Quilt 3.  I haven't decided on a backing yet but I have the batting ready to go.  I think I'm going to quilt this one with my walking foot for a change and maybe repeat the flower of the main fabric in the centre square.  We will have to see how enthusiastic I am to do that once the straight quilting is done. That usually bores me to tears so I may just give up at that point.  I will be working on the written pattern next, it will be up on the website by 15/6/2021.

There isn't much progress on my cross stitch I spent quite a few nights winding embroidery threads on to cards.  

Mo is a bit frantic this week it is the last week of school and she has lots of drawings to be finished from her Introduction to Drawing Class that need to be at the school a week from Wednesday.  She got back the coffee cup and pot that she made for boyfriend's birthday.  The black clay looks amazing though she overdid the flow top glaze which caused a bit of a problem in the firing but the cup looks wonderful regardless and of course I want one or may a set.  I'm sure I'll get some more one day.  

I think it was a 5 out of 7 this week for sewing.  There was a couple of days when I just couldn't managing doing anything, hopefully next week will be better.  

See how everyone else is doing at Kate's.  

24 May 2021

15 Minute Challenge - I really Hate Work at the moment

Work is really crappy at the moment and I am not getting anywhere.  I'm just over it and we will just leave it at that.  It was only a 5 out 7 week for me because a couple of the days were just meh.. I also hurt my neck so that hasn't put me in a good place either.  

We helped Maestro buy a new car this week and the dealership was a good hour drive from home so we have had a couple of busy days getting that purchase finalised.

On the weekend I picked up the sewing pace and got the next Quick Quilt together.  This one so far is my favourite.  I managed to over cut the flying geese units so I have decided to add a goose border to go round the quilt.  The geese are all made so just have to trim them up and add them on.  

There was a bit of progress on the cross stitch not as much as I would like but it is getting there.  

Hope your week has been filled with lots of stitching.

17 May 2021

15 Minute Challenge What a Weekend

Stuff got complicated and stressful at work last week, mainly people just making things hard when it didn't need to be.  To top it all off DH went to dinner with people from work Friday night came home on a late train and managed to leave his phone on the train (we think). So about 11.30 friday night I was driving him back into the city to see if his phone was handed in then we chased a couple of trains to see if his phone was on them.  Today still no phone, the battery died Friday night so Find my Phone isn't working.  At least his life isn't on his phone like mine is but it is still a pain in the butt.

I finished the Catch all caddy.  The binding was a serious struggle especially since I used home dec fabric and I have another one cut out using the same type of fabric what was I thinking.  

Quick Quilt 3 is well on the way.  All the pieces are cut and I am halfway through the construction process.  The first units are done for all the blocks I now have the flying geese units to make that's this weeks task.  Here is my first block.  

There has only been a bit of progress on the cross stitch.  

10 May 2021

15 Minute Challenge and a bit sad about one change

It was only a 5 out of 7 week this week.  The first missed day was due to Maestro moving out and I really didn't feel like stitching.  

Maestro has decided to quit Uni and become an apprentice Chief, he also moved out into an apartment with one of the Chief's at work.  The place is only 10 minutes from work so that is better for him driving late at night.  He wont start the apprenticeship until he turns 21 so that he will be on adult wages and in the mean time is learning all he can in the kitchen and they have started giving him shifts on the bar as well.  DH isn't happy that he has given up Uni but as I have said he needs to find something he is passionate about and he really loves the job so maybe this is it.  

We have kept his room set up here because he says that he will probably come home at least one day a week and he will always entertain his friends at our place so I think we will still see a lot of him even though when DH told me he was all moved in I did have a bit of a cry.  

Mo and I went to Bowerbird Market on Friday which was my other missed sewing day this week.  Haven't been since the Xmas before Covid but it was great to be back and it was really busy which was good for all the storeholders.  We stuck to our routine and did dinner first and then walked around and I picked a few things I like and then Mo went and did mothers day shopping for her and her brother while I had a hot chocolate.   

I bought myself a couple of baskets these are made by villagers in Myanmar and are made from recycled packing straps.  They are so beautiful it was really hard to choose which one to pick.  If you look at the website you will understand my dilemma www.palibaskets.com.     

I ended up with a beautiful resin bracelet and a necklace for mothers day.  We went to lunch on Saturday as Maestro worked all day Sunday.  Mo wasn't well at lunch and ended up waking up with a fever on Sunday.  We took her for a Covid test just in case which came back negative and she is having a day home from Uni today (hopefully she won't stress too much about missing the day). 

I spent the weekend putting together a Catch all caddy.  Its nearly finished, the last stage is proving to be a bit of a struggle but I think I will get there, probably shouldn't have used home dec fabric but it was so pretty.  Might go and have a go at putting the 2nd side on this afternoon.  I worked from home today as my throat was a bit scratchy this morning, taking plenty of sambucol to hopefully boost my immune system enough that I don't come down with anything.  Winter has arrived and it is a bit wild and woolly today so its good to be able to work from home.  

I have also started another drum pincushion. This one has a lot of details so it will probably take a while.  

How's your week been. Check out Kate' page to see how everyone went this week.  Remember it is the last week to download the latest quick quick quilt so head to the 2021 BOM page to get your free pattern.  


03 May 2021

15 Minute Challenge and a new start or 2

 It was a 7 out of 7 even though work did its best to kick me in the butt.  I get this awful feeling that the 3 months extra work is going to become long term... I hope I am wrong.  

I finished the Holly Hock cross stitch which was a bonus project in last years cross stitch subscription but they didn't give us all the linen to complete the bag so I'm not sure what to do with the finished project, because the previous bag I made was nice but kinda not useful, maybe another lavender bag if I can get my hands on some lavender.    

I've made another start on a drum from the book, there is one more to go after this is finished plus a little sampler which I want to do and then I think I have made nearly everything in the book.  

I made a start on another Carry-All Caddy this one for myself and I am planning on cutting out another one at sewing this week.  I am waiting on some zips to arrive and the bag rings hopefully they will be here by the weekend so I can start the stitching part.  

The next Quick Quilt is just about finished being cut out, however I realised I didn't have enough background fabric and needed to do a rethink of the quilt. I've added another lot of contrasts to each block which gives the block a different feel.  The next block is really versatile there are quite a number of different arrangements you can make so it really isn't that big a deal you can make 3 or 4 entirely different quilts with the one block.  

We went to the pottery shop the other day for some Glaze and they had samples of black clay.  Mo made these using it and I'm off to get her a bag of the clay for her to make some more things for me because I have seem some coffee cup on instagram using black clay and I need to have some.