30 November 2021

15 Minute Challenge Not Much to Show

 I have been working away on knitting and cross stitch this week no time on my machine after last weekends Project Bags making extravaganza.  I did clean up my sewing room a bit, I still think more organisation may be in order, but I cleaned all the mess on my sewing table and gave it a good spray and wipe to get rid of all the fabric dust.  I'm not sure if I am going to set up for mega quilting efforts over the holidays or try and make a few cross stitch project bags for my etsy shop.  I'll have to see how I feel over the weekend.  

It's DH last offical day of work today, here is to new beginning.  He has already warned Mo she is going to be having driving lessons ... you could have heard the crickets after that statement.  

We have been seeing a bit more of Maestro over the last couple of weeks and we cracked open the BBQ on the weekend.    It was good to see him eat so well so we will probably make it a regular thing.  He doesn't really like my cooking so I tend to order in when he comes over.  We did some roast veggies, mushrooms and corn for Mo's benefit (she supervised keeping everything separate) and sausages and hamburgers for us carnivores.  

Spring/Summer looks like it has finally made a show and we have had a couple of lovely days, today was a bit warm though.  Thats it for me I need to put up the next Quick Quilt which should be up later tonight.  It was a 7 out of 7 week even though I don't really have any pictures to show for it.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going.  

22 November 2021

15 Minute Challenge Few Finishes

I finished all my Yarn Project Bags and have them up on my etsy shop.  Don't know how they will go but they are up.  

We've had an expensive week at the orthodontist, Mo's gold wire got detached from the back of her teeth, it has never been all the well attached and has always caused her grief. I really hate the guy we go to, he just seems to think everyone is an open bank account.  He shoved a referral for an x-ray at me last week for her to have wisdom teeth X-rayed and today had expected me to have had it done.  I wanted to wait and see my normal dentist because I really would rather be seeing someone else and get a 2nd opinion.   I really don't want to put her through dental surgery if I don't have to.  

Mo has officially finished her first year at Uni just waiting for the results.  

DH signed on the retirement dotted line and finishes in 6 days.  

There was more cross stitch progress and a bit of sock progress as well.  A good
7 out of 7 week.  

I'm also having a sale on all my digital patterns 50% off.  

15 November 2021

15 Minute Challenge a finish and a few starts

Made some decision this week about my tiny business and cancelled my pattern site (which is the personal website side of my etsy shop) most months I just don't make enough money to cover the cost and with DH retiring in a couple of weeks really couldn't justify it any more.  

It was a 6 out of 7 week for me (I think) can't really remember, there was one night where I didn't feel like stitching but I may have picked up my cross stitch I'm not really sure so I have counted as a no day.

I did however get lots done over the week. Quick Quilt 5 is all finished.  I will post it in my etsy shop at the end of the month.  I will also let the next quilt pattern available which is a pattern that is already published and is made up of the final block, it is a Christmas quilt so I thought it a good idea to put it up just before Christmas because we all have plenty of sewing time at this time of year.

The yarn project bags are steaming ahead but I had a bit of a setback with the grommets I ordered.  Not sure I'm happy with them but I just might need some practice in setting them.  Will add a few more to my practice bag to see if I can make it perfect before I discount the idea.  Finished a prototype which I am happy with on the weekend (minus grommet). Now I just have to remember how I put it together, probably should have taken better notes.  

Backs and fronts are done now for 6 bags which I hope to post up on the Etsy shop by the weekend.  

Bit more progress on my cross stitches, I don't know how the women on the Cryptid Sal get them all finished they are no sooner up and the critters are done 3 and a half behind.   

1 Finished sock better getting casting on the other one.

08 November 2021

15 Minute Challenge and something new

 I've decided to make some finished items to put on my etsy shop, or maybe just put up to sell on instagram and or my facebook page.  Today I came home from work and made a prototype (picture below), I want to add a large grommet to the side so that yarn can be fed through and put on hand loop so it can be carried while in use.  

I also want to make some cross stitch project bags just need to think that one out a bit more.  That's Thursday's job.  

Last week I got the final 3 patterns for the Blackbird Design Cross stitch I was hunting and made a bit of a start.  I am substituting some of the threads with what already have, left overs from the cross stitch project that I did through Crewel Goblin last year.  

A little bit of progress was made on the Cryptids cross stitch but no sock knitting this week.

I am halfway through the binding on Quick Quilt 5, hopefully it will be all finished tonight and I will take some photo's tomorrow.  

Thats it for me this week.  Check out Kate's page to see how everyone else is going.  

01 November 2021

15 Minute Challenge & Quick Quilt 5 Link Fixed

Looks like there was a problem with the link to Quick Quilt 5.  The links all fixed and should be able to download the pattern. I leave it up till the end of November so you have plenty of time to download it.  

 It was a 7 out of 7 week.  There was more progress on the Cryptidsal and there was even a little bit of sock knitting.  

I have used aurifil thread for quite a few years but it is getting quite pricey and I would prefer to buy it by the cone which is usually a special order so I haven't bothered.  Last year I decided to try Wonderfil Konfetti which I like, its not quite as fine as aurifil and doesn't have the colour range but that's ok I tend to stick to a couple of colours anyhow.  The only problem is availability, the one shop in Adelaide where I found it only had one reel of black.   Desperate I did a search online and it turns out you can order from Wonderfil Australia direct and you can get cones from them.  So last weekend I ordered a cone of black of the Konfetti and a cone of Decobob to try and it arrived by Friday which is superfast at the moment.   

Decobob is a polyester thread that acts like a cotton, is superfine, I'm just using it in the bobbin and it seems to go forever.  There was no need  to adjust the tension it just is perfect working with Konfetti in the top.  I quilted for an hour or so yesterday and there was no thread breakages which is amazing.  

I'll probably go and do some more this afternoon.  I will have heaps of thread left over to quilt Springtime Romance which is going to be my summer project.  In fact I'm hoping to keep the Juki set up in quilting position for the next few months.  

Head to Kate's to seek how everyone is going.