Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Progress on Natures Journey, OPAM

Below are some photos of my progress for August.

I've cut out all the 2" squares for the check border and started to join those together. Also cut out the blocks for the final pink border.   

Only a few bits left to applique' on the centre block. A bird, a flower, some leaves and then finish satin stitching the stems. 

Hopefully by the end of next month I will have most of this done.

I have one finish for August. Below is my place mat made for the Flirty 30's Retreat I attended last weekend. I had lots of fun as usual. I also contributed a block for a quilt for a special friend who is having a big birthday soon.

Well must go as school pick-up is calling.
Happy Stitching till next time.......

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friday Night Sewing

I joined Wendy on Friday night for a spot of sewing. I was very happy with what I managed to get done as my sewing mojo which disappeared for a while, may at last be starting to return.
This week I am heading off to a retreat on Wednesday so had to make a place mat for this. The theme of this retreat is 30's reproduction. Found a few fabrics from my stash and started to put the place mat together.
This is where I got to, just need to add batting and backing to finish.

Also worked on this, am way behind with my July /August parts of Natures Journey.  I need to finish my stitching on the middle block before I can add the pink border on but it is ready to go when I do.

Still lots of stitching to go.

A big thank you to Wendy for again hosting. Can't wait to catch up with you next February Wendy. Will have a quick look later to see what everyone else got up to. I have just downloaded Windows 10 and am having lots of trouble finding my way around unfamiliar territory. Bye till next time.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Xmas In July Swap 2015, OPAM

Time to show my gifts sent and received for the Xmas in July Swap run by Cheryll of Gone Stitchin.  I received my gifts from Jan.

Thank you for my lovely gifts Jan. Love all three but think just maybe the blue Xmas tree with its sparkly shell buttons is my favourite.
And below are the gifts I sent to Lisa V.

A snowman table runner, an angel wall hanger and a Christmas tree ornament. So happy you liked them Lisa.
And a big THANK YOU to Cheryll for again running this swap. It is always wonderful to be a part of it.
At last after a few no finish months, I have 2 to add to my July OPAM list on my side-bar. Thanks Peg and Kris for your encouragement each month.
Hugs to all..............

Friday, July 24, 2015

A post at last......

I have had a crazy month and so no posts for a while. My son ended up in hospital a couple of weeks ago just as my grandson was due to go on his school camp to Canberra, the Snowy Mountains and Sydney so my time has been taken up elsewhere.. I had a last minute rush to get his clothes together and discovered that he needed a few more things so a quick trip to the shops, then taking up jeans and long pants and naming everything at the last minute, sort of meant I was exhausted when I  finally got him on the bus. They arrived back this morning and he had a wonderful time so it was all worth the last minute rush.  I am glad to say his Dad is also doing well and is back at work now.
This means I am very late with my SAL block for July. I have the background done and am in the process of tracing and choosing the fabrics for the flowers, birds and vase that are appliqu├ęd to it.
May be a bit late in finishing as only a week to go.

Last Sunday was my Sunday Stitchers Group get together. Quite a few away this time but the girls that were there exchanged their Mini Swap. I wasn't in this one but all the quilts were just beautiful.
Here is a photo of the quilts they received. Lots of happy faces here.
I sent off my Christmas in July parcel earlier in the month and it has been received. I have also received mine and just remembered I haven't let Cheryll, our Swap Mum ma, know. Sorry Cheryll.
The parcel I sent. 
Only 1 day to go now till they can be opened.
To close I will show a couple of photos of Ruby, now over 8 months old. Look at those teeth. She is a real character but we are not too happy with her latest trick........chewing the hose that sprinkles the grey water over the back yard. Chris is going to dig a trench and bury it this weekend. Hoping this may stop her but as we move the hose around the yard there will always be some of it exposed. How long do they stay a puppy? TOO LONG I think...........

She really loves being brushed. She is a Shepherd cross Malamute so has a quite a thick undercoat.
Well must go as I have to tackle a suitcase that has lots of dirty clothes in it.
Till next time.... Happy Stitching......

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday Night results

I had a great night as I finally finished off the last two blocks for June in my Natures Journey Stitch-a-long.

They turned out better than I expected. Below are the other blocks for June.

Now to start on the July block which is the large centre block. A pieced background with flowers and birds appliqued on it.

Thank you Cheryll for hosting, am going to check out what everyone got up to later as dinner awaits.
Bye for now..........Thanks to all who stitched along with me........

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Night Sewing ........

It is the first Friday of the month and Cheryll is again hosting Friday Night with Friends. Pop over here if you would like to join in. I'll look forward to seeing you there.

I'll be working on my Natures Journey blocks.
Till then ...........

Sunday, June 21, 2015

FNSI, Ruby update.....

Friday night I joined Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts and friends for a night of sewing. THANK YOU to Wendy for hosting this enjoyable night. Knowing that you are stitching along with so many other ladies is a great encouragement which I am in need of at the moment.
I worked on my Natures Journey June blocks, so far so good as I am keeping up with the schedule.
I have all the pieces cut out and ready to go. Just working on stitching the circles on the three big blocks before adding the applique to them. The small blocks are almost complete then just the two 1 1/2" pieced circles to go.

Well, must go and work on finishing those blocks but thought I would add a photo of Ruby, now 7 months old before I go.
Nearly as tall as me, Ruby has had a growth spurt.  

A bit of work to do on this friendship. Oscar isn't so keen on Ruby's attention. 

Well must go and work on those blocks. Thanks for stopping by........
Happy Stitching till next time..........