15 March 2018

Long Weekend and Everyone was a bit sick

We are still without airconditioning, the warm weather last week made us bite the bullet and decide ...  well made my hubby decide I thought it was a no brainer.  The unit was 20 years old 1500 to maybe fix and 3000 for a new one.  It is getting installed on Saturday morning which is going to be another hot one.  Hopefully it will be all done by the day heats up to much.  I can guarantee that that will be the end of the hot weather for the year.

It was a long weekend and everyone of us were a bit under the weather.  The kids and my hubby had Friday off with some bug,  I had an earache but decided work was a safer option than staying home with the rest of them.

Saturday was pretty warm and the house had heated up during the week so Mo, DH and I escaped to the movies and saw Finding Your Feet.  To be honest we were the youngest ones there but it was a fun movie in the way only the Brits can do and we enjoyed ourselves.  Mo wasn’t impressed with the almost sex scene with 2 seventy year olds because that was just gross.  Apparently nobody over 30 should be contemplating sex.  My husband did point out that he turned 40 just after she was born, she just shuddered and walked away.

Row by Row update, the tulip row is going well but not as fast as I would have hoped.  It’s about halfway there.  There is no way 2 rows are happening this month.

I finished one of the Delilah blocks and plan to have it all cut out and in bags ready to stitch when I go for our 6 day sewing retreat in May.

I also made a block board with a couple of features to keep my needles/pins and scissors at hands reach.  There a magnet sewn into a section on the left to hold the tin or just hold needles and pins in place.   I may do a pattern at some point.  One of my friends has already put her hand up for one.  I will have to look into where I can get the interfacing I used, as it was from my bag making stash and I don’t have enough for another one.  T

The next 2 blocks of the pretty circle game arrived yesterday and I plan take them with me next week when I go to Melbourne for work for a couple of day.  Don’t know if I will get anything done but I will have it just in case.

05 March 2018

The Joys of Working by Hand

I’ve rediscovered the joy of hand stitching.  Needle turn has always been my first love but now I am enjoying hand piecing as well.  I have paper pieced before but I can’t keep it up for any length of time.  I can’t tell you how many packets of paper piecing papers I have.  Maybe I need to destash those.

Jen Kingwell’s Pretty Circle Game has really got me hooked.  I think it is the templates, no I know it is the templates and the fabrics are really pretty.

The templates make tracing the pieces and marking the seam allowance easy and give easy points of reference to join even the curviest of seams.  I have even started cutting blocks for Delilah, which I was going to machine piece but I now have the first 2 months (4 blocks cut out) ready to start stitching. I am using my Tula Pink stash for this quilt and mixing them with black and white prints.

The Row by Row is looking good.  I have the templates ready for the next two appliqué rows and I will start to work on them tonight.  Think it will be the tulip row as I think that will be super quick then on to the flower shop row.  I hope to get 2 rows done this month that might be a bit ambitious as I have a work trip in a couple of weeks and that will probably cut into my sewing time, but I work better on a deadline.  Pattern writing started on the weekend.

Our airconditioner died the other week so we are hoping that the weather stays cool for the rest of the summer/autumn while we organise quotes for replacement/fix but I don't think we will be that lucky.

21 February 2018

Row by Row Progress and more hand sewing

The first appliqué row is now finished and I have started on the next one which is called the Village.  This one is coming together quite quickly so I should have it finished by the end of the month with any luck.

I have also been working on the Pretty Circle Game BOM by Jen Kingwell and for once I am keeping up with the blocks.  Made a pact with the girls that we would keep up to date because we are all notoriously bad for collecting bom and kits and not doing them see my destash as an example.

I got back to Delilah which I collected as a Template of the Month and didn't get the fabric.  I was initially going to sew the blocks by machine but have decided that I would probably get more done if I did it by hand.  So I have cut the 2 blocks from Month 1 and will hopefully get them stitched in the next couple of weeks and go on from there.

So I can say I have been very good and keeping up so far this year so far.

I got myself a couple of Birthday presents.  I ruler quilting foot for my machine and the new rulers by Angela Waters.  I haven't had a chance to play yet but maybe this weekend it might happen.

We have booked a sewing retreat with the girls to celebrate my 50th and my friends 60th.  She is 60 in July so we are going in May (which is the only time I can get time off work).  Looking forward to a week of sewing, eating, drinking and winding down with good friends.  Who know if we have too much fun we might make it a yearly occurrence.  Sounds good to me.

14 February 2018


I'm having a destash.  These are all kits and are available in the Destash section of my Etsy Shop.  There is only postage for Australian sales but if you ask nicely I'll sort out overseas postage for you but with Australia Post its like How Long Is a Piece of String.  Flat Nat, and the Pat Sloan kits are pretty much all original fabric.  The Pat Sloan fabric I think would be out of print now as she no longer designs for PB Textiles so if you are after some Pat Sloan originals they may be worth a look.

12 February 2018

I turn 50 today

I think the older you get the quicker time flys or is it just that I am super busy at the moment.

I don't feel 50 but here I am.  Mo baked a cake and has spent considerable time decorating it.  It has lemon curd in it so I might just have desert for tea.

DH and I spent the weekend at a hotel a couple of km down the road and went out to dinner to celebrate. I'm not a party person so that was all I wanted.  We had a lovely time over a leisurely meal at The Wharf, Marina Pier at Glenelg.  As we were seated right at the front of the restaurant we spent the evening people watching as they walked along the pier.    We never just linger over a meal, the kids always want to just get in eat and go it was wonderful to be unhurried.  

The view from the room was lovely.

Mo told me today that she organised Maestro and they caught the bus to the shops to organise his present while we were gone.

I'm continuing to try and destash.  I have added a section in my Etsy Shop for Destash Kits.  I'd prefer to only sell within Australia but contact me if you are overseas and we will see what we can do.

26 January 2018

So where did January Go

I can't believe the summer holidays are nearly over.  I have been back at work for 3 weeks, getting myself motivated to leave the house when half the house is still in bed or still in their PJ's has been hard but getting organised for February work load has been excellent.

Can't say that my stitching is ahead of schedule though as I have been pretty flat after getting home from work.  This has improved this week and I doing my final 2 flowers on the row that I am working on, then its time to put in the leaves which are super quick to appliqué.  I've also decided to add some tone on tone's to the mix of fabrics, as I'm just plain bored with the solids, I know they will look great when quilted but it needs a lift and I have a box of fabrics from a project I was planning 15 years ago which is perfect.

We are heading into 3 or 4 days of high 30's 40+ temperatures and it is a holiday weekend so I might escape to my sewing room as the air conditioner in there is super cool.

Mo had friends over last weekend to celebrate her birthday, she turns 15 on Sunday which is scary even more scary is that Maestro turns 18.  The summer break has been good the kids have been enjoying the great out doors even though Maestro spends a lot of time gaming they are still bike riding, walking and Mo's running.

The physio want Mo to road run as solely treadmill running is causing problems with her knees.  DH doesn't want to let her go on her own and she doesn't want to have someone with her.  So we have had a bit of a Mexican stand off over the holidays, he's relented this last week and she has done 3 runs. Her running has improved and running in the fresh air is what she needs at the moment.

We all go back to routine on Monday but I think life is pretty good at the moments.

31 December 2017

2017 the year that was

I started this post yesterday it was long and involved it was quite cathartic this isn't that post

Needless to say 2017 will be one year I am glad to see the end of.  We have learnt about the mine field that is aged care and more than enough about dementia, lots and lots about anxiety and OCD  (real OCD not the one everyone jokes about) and its affect on family and most importantly we learnt how amazing strong and determined Mo is.  I am thankful that my kids aren't afraid to talk to us about their struggles as well as the good stuff. I've had conversations that I didn't have any answers for.

The first half of 2017 was scary but the 2nd half we settled into new routines and came to terms with the changes the first half brought.  There were setbacks but we made it to the finish line and we are still smiling.

Mo was awarded a Medal for Excellence again this year at school, and Maestro passed his year 11 exams.  After the upheaval of classes being cancelled at the end of the year he has good opportunities going into Year 12.  Mo is moving into the SHIP Class next year and both of them are on the UAV Project run in conjunction with UNI SA.  Next year promises to be challenging for both of them.

Xmas day was the most relaxed in living memory.  For a change the temperatures was in the 20's instead of high 30s or low 40s.  Mo did most of the food prep the night before and we all visited my MIL in the morning.   Mo and I left early to put the turkey on the webber Q, when the boys came back it was pretty much all done.  At the end of the day we headed to the beach for a walk along the waters edge and Mo gave me her download.   It was a good day.

Quilting has taken a back seat this year but I did finished 3 quilt tops and have nearly finished hand quilting one of those quilts (Jen Kingwell's Spring Fever).  I'm planning on hand quilting one other which will be released as a pattern and the Celtic Tree of Life will be machine quilted some time in 2018.  I have started stitching the new Row of the Month with plans to release in June 2018 .... earlier if I can get it finished before then.  One row is done see below and I have started making templates for one of the first major appliqué block.

The plan is to start pattern writing straight away so that it is all ready on the day of release and I can keep to the month by month schedule with no blowouts.  

My resolution is to find the Joy in the every day next year, and enjoy turning 50.