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..........

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Friday Sewing, Natures Journey, 1 Xmas Item a Month, Cooly Rocks.......

Friday night I joined other like minded ladies in a bit of sewing. Thank you to Cheryll from Gone Stitchin for again hosting this fun night. I managed to get a few things done which included some prep work for my June blocks for Natures Journey.
I cut some blocks for the backgrounds and traced out the shapes for the blanket stitch applique to go on them. Just need to get started on the blanket stitch circles and squares first.

Then I worked on a couple of blocks from my C is Christmas table runner by Michelle Ridgway. These blocks are for my May finish for 1 Xmas Item a Month hosted by Narelle from Pins and Whiskers blog. I know, I know I'm a bit late. Thanks Narelle.

Finally, yesterday we made a quick trip down to Coolangatta for Cooly Rocks, a hot rod and rock'n'roll festival held each year. It was quite windy and very cold early on but that didn't stop a big crowd from turning up. We looked at all the cars, then watched the parade and before we came home checked out the stalls. I was very good this year and didn't buy anything.

We had a lovely day but were happy to get home and see what this girl had got up to.
Only a couple of holes dug and an empty dish that needed refilling. Well that wasn't too bad as usually, she destroys a toy or two. Any suggestions for toys that are indestructible?
Well must go, be back soon..........Happy stitching till then.......

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!!!!!!!