Thursday, 31 August 2017

My lunch time space

With a bit of cold weather around and being a little bit tired I am sitting inside during my lunch breaks. Of course it is relaxing and has to be comfortable...

How cool is this.....

Relaxing in a massage chair, watching Elllen on Tv and with the heater on it is very comfortable.
The hardest part is going back to work.
I usually set my alarm on my phone. I am known to have a bit of a nana nap.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Halloween & Christmas

I went into Spotlight to see if there were any bargains this week. No sorry, out of luck this time..
But what I did see was the decorations for Halloween..
They are so much fun..

Oh my word. 
We haven't even got over Father's Day and there are Christmas gifts already on display and for sale.

I think it is too far away to be seeing these now.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Slow day stitching while I sit dog watching

While my hubby has been away with my brother I have been puppy sitting.
Gus has been a great companion. He doesn't like being put outside at 7 in the mornings for me to go to work. So when I get home he enjoys a play, going for a walk then home to a warm bed inside.

So while I have had his company I have been slow stitching.
Still working on the binding and getting some quilting done.
I have it sitting beside my chair for when I sit down..
Can you see Gus in the background in his basket..

I am linking up with Kathy for
Slow Sunday stitching

Friday, 25 August 2017

Another instalment of Dear Jane and I have caught up..

Yes, that's right... I have caught up....
Here are the Dear Jane blocks for 
July... K6, H5, C12 & B2

August... K2, L2, M1 & M8

Somehow I have managed to have an extra number on my list. 
Therefore you can say I am now ahead of schedule.
Here is G11 with the appliqué finished.

Like I have said before. I am not trimming these blocks until I have quilted them.
I have decided to do QAYG.
 I won't receive the numbers of the next 4 until mid September. 
I am so happy. I get a gold star now..

Hubby is due home tomorrow...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Dear Jane sewing

After getting stuck in and making a mess in my sewing room here are the next 2 months of Dear Jane blocks...
May... B6, G2, J3 & M2

June.... L11, J9, D13 & F4

Monday, 21 August 2017

I actually cooked.

My hubby has been away and I am still catching up on my rest. At least I am back to eating. 
I cooked myself Roast Pork for the first time ever. My hubby can't eat pork so it is something I enjoy when I am out. Not today, I cooked my own. It was yummy.
I love the crackle and it cooked up so crisp.

A feast for me.. and there is plenty there for another two nights so I don't have to cook. Win Win....

Sarah this is for you. Yep, I went to the library and have spent the weekend listening to this. I really enjoyed the story while I sewed away.

Working my way through the list to catch up...

Saturday, 19 August 2017

I'm back to sewing.

Thanks to all my friends checking up on me.
I was back at work this week and am totally exhausted.
I'd come home, take my brothers dog for a walk, eat tea, sit for a while then bed.
I am dog sitting for 2 weeks while my brother and hubby are away 4 wheel driving/camping through the Simpson Desert.

Friday night saw me finish off a few Dear Jane blocks that needed some hand appliqué.
The blocks for March were... F6, G10, A12 & D3.
Aprils blocks are I4, L7, K13 & B9.

I have decided not to trim them back to the 5". I think I am going to do QAYG and join them with the 1/2" sashings. This might help me to get it done. 

I have fallen behind but I am catching up...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I've been feeling under the weather....

For the past week I have been dressed in my pjs. Not eating much and drinking only water. I have been feeling terrible. Yep, the dreaded flu... Time to rest.. The only thing is I haven't even had the energy to sew until today... I finished hand quilting the border on my very special scrap quilt made by my friend, Sue... 
I am doing this back to front. Yes, that means I started quilting the centre to see the design then I moved on to the border. Now the border is finished I have trimmed it and on goes the binding to protect the edge.  Then I can do the centre at any time..
I sewed around the whole quilt and look how much is left. I have made diagonal seams when joining the strips but I am not worrying about here. This last seam is going to be straight. I'm not adding in extra. It's staying like this... I'm happy. 

Here is the binding all machined on ready for turning. I used different leftover strips for the binding.
 I think it matches well.

 I am liking the way it is looking with the binding stitched down.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

lunch time crochet

I have been doing a bit of crochet. This is the one I am doing at work during my lunch lour.
I have so much yarn to use.
 I showed my friend how to do this pattern which I got from Lyn. (Thanks)
I am nearly to the size where I want to create the sides into a rectangular shape.
This one is made with 8 ply yarn.

Here is one I am doing with 5 ply.

Here is the first one I finished at work.

This sits on my chair in case I need it over my legs when there is a draught. 
So far I am still wearing my t shirts..

Friday, 4 August 2017

Aussie Hero special blocks... & a thankyou...

W don't send of quilts to the Aussie Heroes for any special attention. We do it to support the special people who are out there protecting us.
I was lucky enough to receive a thankyou for my Busta quilt..
My Hero also shared it on Facebook (which I am not) .. But it was also put on the Aussie Hero blogpost.
If you want to read some thankyou messages from the heart have a read and look at this post.
Here is Sarah with her quilt... I think she likes it.


I made these fun Aussie animal blocks. They measure 10" and will be trimmed to 9.5".
I liked the look of them in what I hope seems like it is a photo.
Remember years ago we had the instant polaroids.
That was my aim.
 Look at my toes poking out..

 I was out with the measuring so they became straight on squares.

And the group of blocks

Next I worked on some cute Poppy blocks.
They measure 7"

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

And the last 2

I decided to do something different with this one. The cute owls wanted me to fly round & round & round & round again. It was easy enough but took hours. It's very effective though.
Next time I won't do them the foot width. They will be at least an inch wide...

I'm glad this one is finally finished. I do love how the spiral quilting looks though.
It was the last of the four to be quilted and crazy as I am I chose the longest way to do it...
It took forever.
172" of binding and a whopping 8 bobbins for a quilt that measures 39" x 47".

This has 228" of binding and took 6 bobbins.

 This recipient wanted Aussie native animals & Gary on it...
It is stippled all over.

I'm sorry if I have bored you over the past couple of weeks with these quilts but I thought it was best to break down the posts into stages...

I had a marathon quilting session and used up a total of 23 bobbins & 750" of binding.
I'm having a break with charity quilts for now.
I do have some Aussie Hero bags and blocks to make then I will be focussing on our quilt show and trade table makes.
I might even catch up on my Dear Jane blocks I am so far behind with. 
I also have to finish my movie challenge quilt.
I'm sure I will get side tracked and find something else to go on with...