Thursday, 29 October 2015


 Do you ever have times when things are rolling along nicely but then you come to a grinding halt? Well, that seems to happen to me a lot when sewing. I showed you Val's BOM I was sewing sashings on to in my last post. Well, I decided to piece mine a bit more simply than Val's design so I would save time . By the time I unpicked some of the sashings I had already stitched on and pieced them all together I realised that I had no fabric in my stash for the borders. Here's me getting all excited using my stash and now I have come to a complete stop. Looks like I need to go shopping.

I did, however, finish Jenny's Vintage Kitchen BOM. I just need to find some perfect buttons for it. I am looking forward to Jenny's new BOM she is planning next year. Go and take a peek.

I have made some progress with this project which is in Gail's "Patchwork Loves Embroidery" book. I used some of the stitcheries in a hexie swap a while ago and had heaps of fabric left over so I decided to make something for myself seeing as purple is my fav colour anyway.
Now I am off to stitch some more.
Angel Blessings.

Saturday, 24 October 2015


It was a beautiful warm and sunny day today just perfect for washing and drying those fabrics I bought on the Mystery Bus Tour a couple of weeks ago. All I need to do is iron them now. Although it was so lovely outdoors I decided to stay inside and exercise my sewing machine as it doesn't get much use with all the hand piecing I usually do. Jenny's Vintage Kitchen wall hanging was the perfect project to put together on my Janome.  I sewed the borders on and even gave straight line and in- the- ditch machine quilting a go. All I need to do is work out what fabric to use for the binding. I am so pleased that I used fabrics from my stash. Those with hawk eyes may notice that a couple of the sashings don't line up properly but that is what buttons are for hehehe.

Having achieved this I was eager to start putting sashings on Val's BOM stitcheries I finished a while ago.

I am hoping that Sunday will see me happily zooming along on my sewing machine again. My crocheting is coming along nicely. I have completed the first lot of rows and now have to repeat them all again with different colour arrangements. 
Thanks for visiting me. Angel Blessings.

Saturday, 17 October 2015


Since all those balls of yummy colour arrived on my doorstep I have been happily following the Spice of Life Crochet Along trying to catch up with the weeks I missed while waiting for the yarn to come. I am proud to say that my progress is good and I am LOVING crocheting all these lovely different rows.

I have begun sewing in some ends but am I am not sure if I have sewn them into the correct side as I am having difficulty determining the right side and wrong side. Stupid, I know! I still have a few more rows to do before the next instalment this coming week. At this rate I think that I just might be up to date by then. Angel Blessings.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Despite having a bit of a bad week health wise I still managed to get some things done. First, I must show you what creative Carol sent me for the FHFS. When I opened the rather large parcel I found this inside.

Getting rather excited , I peeked inside and found some individually wrapped parcels and this is what was in them. Some beautiful covered coat hangers which are just perfect to hang a couple of dresses on that I bought for my daughter's wedding and pre wedding high tea.

Some yummy Lindt choccies. Naughty but nice. Needless to say they have all vanished now. I have no idea where they went so fast. Attached to the box was a necklace made from felt beads. How clever! I have never seen these before.
Having made something with wool/felt for this FHFS I discovered that I love using this medium. Carol knew this because she also enclosed some lovely wool/felt. I am rubbing my hands together wanting to make something now. Great colours.
But wait! There's more. A lovely scarf .
Thankyou so much Carol.
I know this is a loooong post but please stay with me.
Barb enticed me to join this wonderful crochet- along here . I was so enthusiastic because it is a weekly pattern for a crocheted rug instructing how to crochet various stitches step by step. As I am fairly new to crochet and have limited experience I thought this would be ideal. So, on the weekend before last I ordered 15 balls of yarn ( 1 extra) from the UK and they arrived here yesterday!! In little over a week they were here. I was rapt when I opened the parcel because this lovely bundle of colour was inside an organza bag with ribbon. How yummy do these look?

I started last night using their listed colours ( well, similar ). Not usually what I would choose but I have learned that sometimes things turn out better than expected when I just go with the flow.

The past week I have been stitching these cute pattern from Gail Pan's Patchwork Loves Embroidery book. The first project for the FHFS was using hexies and I had used some of these designs in it. Having heaps of purple fabric left over I decided to make the actual project in Gail's book for myself..

Okay, you can wake up now, I have finished. I just got a wee bit excited with the arrival of 2 parcels this week. Next time I will show you what I made for Carol. I haven't mailed it yet so I can't show you now.
Angel Blessings.

Friday, 9 October 2015


I am quite disappointed with myself as I have not been stitching much this past week. My energy levels are down , I have a lot of fatigue and due to that I am rather annoyed not being able to do much. I did, however, decide to start Jenny's  free Christmas project . This generous lady is giving us a stitchery block every week which is quick and easy to do. Pop on over to her blog to see this lovely hexie project.

I have been resting up a bit because I knew I had a Mystery Bus Trip yesterday with one of my quilting groups. The bus left at 9-00am and we returned just after 5-00pm. Our first stop was in Fairfield where we got off at a place called Cutting Cloth Collections . We had never heard of this place and it looked quite small from the outside. When we entered we were pleasantly surprised. Chandeliers were hanging elegantly from the ceiling and the shop was much larger than we thought. There were so many amazing fabrics which were completely unique. I could have easily bought heaps but I couldn't figure out what I would make with them all. Not wanting to leave empty handed, I just had to get some of this fabric that I call Evil Kitties.

We also went to Needles and Pins which is situated in Warrandyte. This shop was right up my alley having a vast array of Civil War and 1800's repro fabrics. You guessed it, I bought a few.

 It was a big day out for me LOL. Now I am tired and aching so I think I shall take it easy after the household chores are done. The sun is shining, no one is burning off  (yet), so I can hang the washing out on the clothesline. 
Angel Blessings.