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Monday, May 25, 2015

Catching Up.......

I have had a busy couple of  weeks helping  my family. Firstly my grandson was sick and off school for 4 days with a stomach upset and then his Dad, my son, had to have an op to repair a ruptured bicep in his left arm which he had done at work a couple of months ago. Scott can't drive for at least 4 weeks so have my taxi hat on at the moment getting Jake to and from school and driving Scott to doctor and rehab appointments.
Therefore not much happening in the sewing department here at the moment other than I got to spend the weekend with my quilting group at Boonah. Went up late on Friday and came home after lunch on Sunday. I took hand sewing up and made progress on my May SAL blocks. I did a little stitching on my In the Garden blocks too. See photos below. All circles now complete and have started to add applique to them.
I also helped pin a charity quilt ready to be quilted by one of the other ladies. The group is making a few of these quilts this year to be given away to people within our community.
Although I didn't manage to get a lot done, I enjoyed the company and the little break away and caught up on some much needed rest.



Ruby has been to the vet for her final check and been given the all clear for the Elizabethan collar to come off. It has been a stressful couple of weeks trying to keep her quiet so it was great to see her running around the backyard when we got home last week. She is a character and enjoying being out of the confined patio area. Am I dreaming but she seems to be a bit more settled. On her walk with Chris yesterday, he said she sat and waited quietly while he talked to a neighbour. Chris said he had to laugh when the neighbour asked is that the same dog? She still has her moments but small steps are okay.

She takes about 2 minutes to empty her food bowl, she is 6 months old and weighs 28 kilos.

Well must go as I have to try to search out some props for my GS who informs me he has to dress up to give a presentation to the class tomorrow or he loses points. Talk about last minute!!!!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Poor Ruby ......

This week it was time to take Ruby to the vet to be de-sexed.  We picked her up on Wednesday after an overnight stay. Our instructions were that she was to remain quiet for at least the next few days and as she is a pretty active puppy and does a lot of jumping up, it was suggested that giving her a sedative was recommended for those first few days. So armed with the sedatives and pain relief, we headed home. Of course the other thing we had to do was put an Elizabethan collar on her. She doesn't like it but has adjusted to wearing it and can get to her food and water bowls without much bother now which is great.
She's been eating well and doing all the right things except the occasional jump up but without those extra tablets not sure that would be the case.

Now we just have to survive the next week or so with no dramas and she will be free to run around the back yard and go for her walks again.
Will be back soon hopefully with some quilting progress. Not much of that happening at the moment.
Till next time........Happy Stitching.......

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Storm = no Friday Night sewing......Other stitching......

I live in South-East Queensland and yesterday, we had an almighty rain event. Through the day it rained quite heavy and we had water lying around our back door which has happened before with no bother. After dinner I walked up our hallway to find water pouring out of our drain in the bathroom. Luckily it had only just started to enter our bedroom but unfortunately it had travelled into the next bedroom which is now our computer room. Chris and I have never moved so quickly grabbing old towels and sheets to try to stem the flow of water from going any further. We spent the next couple of hours wringing out wet towels whilst trying to work out what was causing the problem. We finally realized that water was coming back up the pipe due to the overflow drain outside being blocked. Needless to say, today I have been washing loads of wet towels and sheets and trying to get wet carpet tiles to dry.
So no stitching done last night for Friday Night with Friends. Hope to get around to seeing what everyone else got up to soon. Thanks to Cheryll for hosting.

I will close with a couple of Christmas stitcheries that I have completed for April's  1 Xmas Item a Month hosted by Narelle at Pins and Whiskers.
These are blocks three and four of 9.

I also completed my April blocks for Chookyblue's SAL 2015.
My first EPP star block. I am really happy how these blocks are turning out.
Well must go.......... Lots to do...........
Happy Stitching till next time........

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stitching with Friends.

Last night I joined in with Wendy from Sugarlane Quilts for Friday Night Sew In. You can go over and check out what everyone got up to by clicking on the link above. It is always a fun night knowing that lots of other people are stitching at the same time as you. Thank you Wendy for running FNSI,  encouraging us to finish off our projects or start new ones and catch up with some of our blogging friends as well.
I worked on my SAL blocks and continued to add the applique pieces to the April blocks. I'm always amazed just how long it takes me to choose such small pieces of fabric. In the end I'm usually happy with my choices but I guess all will be revealed when the blocks are put together at the end.
Oh dear, maybe a bit too much red here. Note to self, add more blue/brown to the other blocks.
I then decided to start my tracing for the In My Garden quilt by Natalie Bird. Now I am pleased to say I just have a few small stitcheries left to trace so felt I did well here.



These are the fabrics I am going to use so will need to sort out different threads to the list given by Natalie. May need to purchase one or two of the blue colour. As the above is a charm pack, have ordered some yardage from Patchwork Plus who fortunately had some of the range in stock. The fabric is called Rambling Rose by Sandi Gervais.
Well that's about it from me, had wanted to do more today but woke up a little sick, maybe tomorrow I'll manage to get the prep finished so I can make a start on the stitching.
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Happy Stitching till next time...............

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What I'm Working On .....

I've been working on a few new projects lately so thought I would put some photos on here.
Firstly for the last couple of months I have been working on my Stitch-a-long (SAL) blocks. So far am up to date and am now working on my April blocks having completed my February and March ones on time. Yeah!!!!

Above February blocks

March blocks
I've left off some of the circles as I am thinking I may use buttons instead but if I don't will add the circles later. I am enjoying fussy cutting the fabrics which are French General in the most part although I have added a few 3 Sister ones as I didn't have enough for the backgrounds. The pattern is Natures Journey by Anni Downs. I have the blanket stitch border done on Aprils blocks just need to add the applique. I am blanket stitching mine not using needle turn.



Above is  the Easter Runner made for me by Inca from my Sunday Stitchers group. Isn't it beautiful. Thank you Inca for giving me such  a gorgeous runner. My runner to Inca is in a previous post.


I am also going to work on this project. In My Garden by Natalie Bird. My friend De has set up a Facebook Group so I can sew along with her and a few other ladies who have joined. I am using the above fabrics called Rambling Rose. Have ordered some yardage as the above is a charm pack. The background fabric is from my stash so now have to find time to transfer the designs so I can start stitching. Sixteen stitcheries in all though some are quite small.
Lastly, I must show you a photo of Ruby taken last weekend. She had puppy training on Saturday, then we had a vet appointment where she had a blood test. When she got home I found her taking a nap after her exhausting morning. Definitely not being a lady here. Today she is 5 months old, weighs in at 20 kg and is not biting so much now which is a blessing.
Well that's me for the moment.
Happy Stitching till next time.............    Hugs..............

Friday, April 10, 2015

March Catch-up 2015 Part 2

In mid March I attended my grandson Jacob's school parade where all the Seniors received their badges. Jake is a playground monitor and spends one lunch break a week helping the Grade 2 students who may have a problem in the playground. It's hard to believe he will be in  high school next year.

I also attended another retreat at Tamborine Mountain during March with the Beaudesert Quilters. This year the theme was Rhapsody of Roses and everyone did well with their place mats.
Here are only a few of them. Mine in the bottom right hand corner looks very plain compared to some of the others. Over 40 ladies attended the retreat. Well done ladies.
Below are some works in progress in my corner of the room. My Easter runner in progress (finished picture below), a jelly roll race quilt, a batik quilt and a dinosaur quilt for one lucky grandson.
Finally it was show and tell on the last night. Below are some of what the ladies had to show. Some very clever women in this group.

About 6 ladies did an overnight bag class with most of them making two. I cheated and bought mine as Sue the teacher had one for sale but I forgot to take a photo so will have to do that and show in my next post. In the photos above are some beautiful quilts, some are EPP pieced and the workmanship of these was truly beautiful.
Below is the finished Easter table runner I made for my partner Inca. This was a secret swap for my Sunday Stitchers group and the one shown in progress above.



I had  a lovely time while I was there. The above 2 photos are of our name badge on arrival and the little re-usable crochet rose washer given to us as a reminder of the camp. Thank you Beaudesert Quilters.

I returned from the retreat in time to celebrate this :-
20 years ago on the 25 th March, Chris and I were married.
We were introduced by my neighbour who worked with Chris. He thought we would be good for each other and he was proved right. Thank you for your love and support Chris, may we share many more happy years together.  

On a very sad note, our plans for our special celebrations were put on hold due to the unexpected passing of our beautiful 21 year old nephew Tim in Tasmania. Chris made the journey to be with his brother's family in their celebration of Tim's 21 years of life. We love you and will never forget you.
                                                     RIP TIM.

Thank you if you have made it to the end of this long post. We are now well into April so I had better get a move on or I will never catch up with all the things that need to be completed by the end of April.





Monday, April 6, 2015

FNWF, Happy Easter....

I joined in on Friday night to sew along with many other ladies for FNWF hosted by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin. A big THANK YOU to Cheryll for doing so each month.
Firstly I spent about an hour trying to get some order in my sewing room, and after making a small dent in the mess, I then stitched the third hexagon  of 'C' is for Christmas by Michelle Ridgway before  finally starting another Xmas stitchery by Natalie Bird which I have had prepared for ages, didn't get much done on that one though before my bed began to call me.
I hope to get over to Cheryll's blog to check out some of your blogs later on today.



I hope everyone is having a HAPPY EASTER.We have been busy catching up with family over the weekend. I think lots of these were eaten for dessert.
I was very lucky as I don't eat much chocolate due to migraines if I over indulge so it was a lovely surprise to get this when I opened the Easter box.
A armchair pin cushion made by my son's friend Rowen. It is just gorgeous. Thank you so much Rowen, not sure I want to poke pins in it though.
Well must go as I have some hungry takers for lunch. This girl included. She has been having lots of fun with the wet weather and likes nothing better than rolling in mud. She will be five months old in another week.

Happy Stitching till next time.............