Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happenings....


Well I never got to playing on my treadle over the weekend..... widget came over and other things happened instead...

Hubz and Widget made this thread holder for me.... I have been collecting up different colours over the last couple of years (I favour a matching colour when I can for quilting so have been building up a stock).

Because of dust and harsh Queensland sun I like my thread and fabrics in drawers and cupboards so this is perfect....


Joy has done a tutorial just today on her blog on how her Dad made one of these... we did exactly the same but my sticks are shorter to make it easier taking from the back of the drawer and of course mine is flat....  and Widget spray painted it for us (It's like doing graffiti he says!!!) 

Sunday night we plonked our selves at a lovely spot in Queens park for the annual Carols .... a lovely view.....  The bright lights are for rides and market - which I personally think are nonsense at the Carols and refuse to support them, though widget tells me Christmas is all about having fun - his mum did take him down there.  Lots of people had glow sticks and the children have such a lot of fun waving them and singing and dancing.... very sweet.


Lovely to see this fun quilt I gave to YD come out and be used.... it's a lot brighter than this and made from blocks I got in a block swap many years ago....


The carols ended with a short firework display - our spot on the hill was just perfect for watching too


At home we have this plant at our front door - we were about to cut it back when we noticed the flowers - have had this plant for about 10 years and never seen it flower...


It's an incredibly lovely scent - so perfect for the front door and I leave the door open in the evenings for it to waft in on the breeze....

I have no idea what the plant is called.... but after it has flowered I'm taking cuttings and making more!


When I went to UK earlier this year I met up with Jane and she shared with me about her secret project of a crafty calender, so of course I couldn't resist getting one and Mr Postie dropped it by earlier this week....

Its lovely quality and full of great ideas, as well as telling the date (with room to make notes)


Here is the proejct for January - she has filled it with ideas for all sorts of different handicrafts - great idea Jane.... I love it....


Jane does all sorts of sewing projects and has classes (I keep promising I will do her socks class - one day!!!!) well worth visiting and having a look, particularly for new crafters

My Tuesday sewing friend Christine went off to Sydney for a few days and came back with this lovely fat quarter and cutest little tin ever (perfect to go in my treadle drawer)


Mr Postie has started dropping off Christmas post at my house... this came from Shez.. thank you my friend....  sadly I haven't put up a tree yet but the parcel is safe!


and Susan sent me one of her angels.... she is so dinky (1" high) and adorable.... love her thank you


Yesterday's sewing saw some more Anthology blocks.... 123/182 done so far


This week I have been trying to spend a bit of time each day on the treadle machine (much to my annoyance the pedalling doesn't show on my fitbit!!!)

I am definitely improving on getting a smooth flow

  the foot is not an accurate 1/4" and sewing on the bias means my corners are not always accurate... whilst I am not worried about it really it is such a boost when they do come out exact.

My treadle is a back clamp and hard to find feet for so I am just going to have to do with what I have and enjoy it anyway.... 



When I admitted to a neighbour I hadn't done anything about a tree she suggested putting some tinsel on one of my outside ones at least.... so of course I did as requested (can't let the suburb down!)


no parcels to go under there though!

Righto, Gotto Go... after this long post I need some coffee!!!

Have a lovely rest of the week....x

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hello.....


It's my eldest brothers birthday today.  He lives in Zimbabwe and took me and two teenage children to the airport when we moved to Australia in 2002 (Hubz had gone ahead).  I haven't seen him since........ social media does make it easier to keep in touch but there's nothing like a hug - and he does give wonderful hugs..... Happy Birthday favourite eldest brother...

I have done some more stitching on Gardeners Journal blocks...



The stitcheries are all completed now, trimmed and awaiting piecing..... no plans for that just yet though I have the fabrics...


This is the project I am doing on my treadle machine.....


I bought the kit a few years ago and its all colours and fabrics that I love....


The first part making the small diamonds is sewing strips and then cutting them at a 45 degrees angle

They are all cut now and pinned in pairs to make 4 piece diamonds... hoping to do some of that this weekend....


I've been quite busy with quilting jobs but I did do this little quilt for a gift....

It's a very sweet panel and just perfect for what I wanted.....


... fairly loose quilting - around the picture and then some bubble swirls and straight lines on the borders....  keeps it nice and soft for a new bub....


Righto, Gotto Go.... another quilt to be pinned, coffee to be drunk and perhaps I should get out of my pyjama's since I am popping in to the shops later..... 

Have a wonderful weekend.....xx



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Month End.....

I have these finishes for OPAM this month....

32 Christmas Ornaments..... but I'm not showing you the front of them!!!  Thank you Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM ....


I have made progress on some UFO's but not yet finished, however as far as completing new blocks for Finishing Stitches these 4 for Dutch Treat have been done...  Thank you Joy for hosting Finishing Stitches....



This week we made 8 blocks towards our Anthology quilts and these are mine... one silly fiddly one with too many pieces and most of them reasonable ... that one with the little girl centre took about 5 minutes to do ... niiiiiicccceeee......

I do like the challenge of all the different blocks but it is fun getting a nice simple one to do every now and then.....


We had a scheduled power cut for 4 hours this week... a great escuse to open up the treadle and start a new project!!!  I am determined to get to sew on this machine and making something is the way to do it....


I sewed a bunch of strips together - it seemed such hard work treadling and the squeaks were annoying me even though I had given it a really good clean and oiling ...

Today I sprayed with WD-40 and it's made the squeaks go away and the treadling so much smoother and easier...


The strips need to be pressed and then cut into diamonds - then more sewing...

Handwork this week has been finishing off the Orchard for my Gardeners Journal - I only have a couple more blocks to stitch up now and then I will have to start thinking about putting it together... 



Righto, Gotto Go .....  those strips aren't going to press themselves and there is no ironing fairy round this way ....

It's a bit of a shock that it's December tomorrow....... 


Sunday, November 26, 2017

This week's blocks......


I did finish off this Dutch Treat block which had been taking me ages - lots of little curves....

I'm struggling with motivation for this one at the moment - must keep going though


Some progress has been made with my cushions.... I have quilted the tops and backs ...


I like doing the envelope style back... two pieces that overlap


I need to get out my overlocker and join them together - then I will finish off with a binding in red...

Us Tuesday girls made up 6 of our blocks each this week... here is my group....


Christine gave me a wee little piece of hers with a tiny little cat for my house.....

(my house is quite wonky - it needed quite a bit of renovating (unpicking) since the door and the cat etc were put in upside down at first! - and just was never the same after that!)


On Friday Hubz and I treated (our joint Christmas gift to each other) to a day at the Gabba Stadium to watch Day 2 of the first Ashes game....

We had a good view and has fun watching both the game and the antics in the crowd....


... of course we had a taste of the local.....


... and more for Gardener's Journal... this is actually 3 blocks but I had them all together...


So a fair bit accomplished this week ...

Righto, Gotto Go - Sunday to enjoy.... and there is loads of Cricket on TV so hopefully I will get some hand stitching done!  I still have quite a few blocks of Gardeners Journal to finish - itching to start sewing Angel Story!


Monday, November 20, 2017

I'm a farmers daughter .... and mother.....

My Dad was a policeman but when I was 9 years old we went farming, to support my grandparents and Dad was retiring after 25 years of police service.

I loved the farm life (except for having to go to boarding school which I absolutely hated).  We grew fruit, and had our own dairy cows, chickens and a very good vegetable patch.


My eldest son is a farmer ...... he has worked for some years here in Australia but the family now live in the UK at his wife's family farm..... He looks after the cropping and of course I think he's an amazing farmer .....

I have pinched some of his pictures off social media ...

Baling the hay ....


Harvest time....


Collecting from the combine harvester....


Summer is crazy busy harvesting and then autumn is heaps of getting the land ready and planting the winter seed... it's quiet on the land for a little while over winter but that's when all the machines and sheds etc are cleaned and maintained... then crazy busy starts again in spring ...

That's farming life - every day looking at what the weather is going to do and making decisions based on it ... 

I love visiting the farm - love the big spaces and big machines, big skies and big hearts....

Big love to our farmers all over the world

This weekend I sewed (surprise surprise!!!)

I have had this panel for ages and been meaning to quilt it for a wallhanging....


I went around all the leaves on the tree and used the swirl print to guide the background quilting....


Mostly outlining the pictures ....


very sweet panel and I love the colours too....

The quilting is done and the hanging loop and binding on - I just want to hand sew it down sometime....


I also finished up this block for Gardeners Journal... these blocks go with me to any hand sewing groups... sometimes not much gets stitched!


... and a Dutch Treat block done.. this one was nice and easy with the straight lines... the next one is going to take a while!


Righto, Gotto Go.....  stuff to be done....



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