Saturday, 18 February 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

After the extreme temperature of last weekend I finally got some sewing out (really do need an air conditioner if I want to sew in summer!). Wendy's Friday Night Sew-In  also provided the motivation I needed to get back into it  all...

So out came the Gossip in the Garden quilt ('s what you'd call a long, term project ha ha..) and I have to admit I'm feeling very motivated, so I'd better act on it.  I seem to have a lot of panels organised... but they are all missing something!

Don't look too closely...I need some handles for cups, stems for flowers, a few more hexies...the list goes on!

So I picked up a block and reintroduced myself to needle turn applique, which I love doing but it's definitely not quick...and the little circles were challenging.

"Where are the stems?"

And now I'm on to another block...

Thanks Wendy, I really enjoyed the night. Now I'm off to have a look at what everyone else got up to.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Retreat fun

Wow...what a weekend.

Friday night started with show and tell with the wonderful Carol Roberts from Cherry Pie was a great start to what was a fantastic weekend at Debbie Donegan's Everything Country where we worked on  Carol's Chatsworth quilt.

Then it was all hands on deck come Saturday morning with Carol setting a cracking pace! Before we knew it we had fabrics chosen, cut, glued, sewn...and so many new techniques along the way...
We all came back on Sunday with our 'homework' completed (well, not all of us!!!)

...then out came our machines for some flying geese (we flew like we'd never learnt to fly before...)

...and snowballs

...then needlturn (so many ways to choose from!)...

Oh, and between all of this we had some yummy fact we ate all weekend!

Thanks so much to Carol -  such a generous and easy going teacher with so much to share.

And to Debbie who always inspires us, feeds us and...keeps us in line!

Great weekend (my first patchwork retreat ever!)

Sunday, 18 September 2016


Well I had tickets to the Comedy Festival on Friday night so didn't pick up any patchwork but I made up for that on Saturday and Sunday. I joined a 'Stargazers' class on Saturday and caught up with some great friends while comparing our fussy cut stars. I've completed my five stars, chosen the background fabric and have decided in a table runner rather than bed runner.

I pinned it all on this morning so I'm ready to go with the needleturn. I plan to use the original fabric as a border and binding.

Last night I enjoyed a couple of hours of Netflix with my son and spent the time fiddling with some Christmas fabrics and hexies. These will end up as little Christmas hanging ornaments. Thanks again for the virtual sewin...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Friday night with friends

Last night a friend joined me for some relaxed hand stitching and chatting. I managed to finish the stitcheries for some cute Christmas decorations. I made some of these last year (see earlier post) and fell in love with them.

I really find this simple activity relaxing at night during a busy week...the only thing that gets in my way is that I usually haven't traced anything and I really can't be bothered mid week to do anything other than simple hand sewing!

Then I found another UFO just waiting to be picked up...this lovely needlecase of Lynette Anderson's...I think it's gorgeous.

Just need a little more stitching and some applique...I've narrowed the roof down to two beautiful pieces of wool...and then it will probably be put away for next time...

Thanks for the inspiration Cheryll...very impressed with your hosting prowess whilst travelling!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Friday night sew in

After a week of feeling sick and four days in bed I was desperate to do something. I wasn't up to anything really tricky so I grabbed a bundle of beautiful flannel fat quarters I purchased at the Sydney show from Picklemouse Corner..three years ago!!!

Cutting instructions were included so off I went...and after a couple of hours I was playing around with placement.

..and here's the completed top...


I'm a little excited by this...I told my daughter I'd started and finished a quilt top that I only started on Friday night and she replied 'hang on, doesn't it normally take you, like, 3 years...'

I suppose I've got a lot of time to quilt the thing!  Any ideas for quilting? I want something open and simple because I want to enjoy the soft feel of the flannel...concentric circles???

Thanks Wendy, for organising this virtual sew  I'm off to have a look at what everyone else got up to.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Friday night with friends

I love the motivation these virtual sew ins provide...I started a small(ish) side project, starting with fussy cutting and EPP some lovely stars.

It was fun to see all the options I had with the fussy cut's so clever!

...and it was relaxing to put a couple of the diamonds really is addictive...

I'm hoping to use these stars in a bed runner to sit on white bed linen in our little beach house...maybe some more appliqued on some big cushion...and a table runner....

Did I say this is addictive????

Thanks for the night (and day). Now I'm going to take a look at what you've all been up to x

Monday, 25 July 2016

Friday night sew in

Last Friday I spent a few hours going through some old patchwork magazines with a friend and 'almost' finished a little project from Anni Downs' latest book.

The Sewing Day Case is so sweet and perfect for my scraps. I started the stitching as soon as I got back from the Sydney show and I've been putting it together very slowly.

Here's the book and pattern...

Here's the progress so far...

stitching and fabric choices complete

almost there...

I need to finish the ends and sew on a clip...I wonder how long that will take me!

Thanks for a good night...