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Round and Round…

Another Christmas present made its way to its new home yesterday so now I can add another finish to my OPAM list for December…Circles Tablemat…

The "top" side

The "under" side

Based on a Moda Bakeshop recipe…I say based because as usual I didn’t follow the plan exactly…I’ve decided I’m pathalogically unable to follow a pattern to the letter…ah, they are just guidelines surely…

So, the recipe called for a layer cake and a backing fabric…I used a charm pack instead, City Weekend by Liesel Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda and instead of a constant backing fabric simply used two charm squares for each circle so that the mat is sort of reversible…the recipe had the circles laid out into a kind of rectangular arrangement but I wanted something more circular as the table it is intended for is a round table…

Another pressie delivered and another finish to OPAM 2010…

Happy Stitching…

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Back from Ballarat…

Back from Ballarat after a weekend of stitchy good times…good friends…laughs…eating…stitching…a great way to spend a cold raining weekend….here is what I worked on…

A bit of this and a bit of that…hand stitching on a number of in progress projects…ready for next steps…I didn’t manage to unpack P-faff…she relaxed in her cart all weekend…

There was a finish…

No, not mine…GF J-J’s lovely Fairfax Sampler by Virginia Enright…wahoo!  Well done J!!  I have this quilt in a state of UFO…and this is the one that inspired me to do the class…

Of course there was shopping…not even cold rainy weather can deter a visit to patchwork shops…

And then I came home to find squishy mail…

…a layer cake and charm packs ordered a couple of weeks ago…

And now it’s back to reality…*sigh*…

Happy Stitching…

Pochette Production Series On Hiatus…

The mini pochette production line is now down for maintenance…the last one in the series finished (well, it has been finished for a couple of weeks but I’m behind schedule in the blogging portion of the show…so here it is…Mini Pochette – Chocolate…

It is lined with the same orange fabric as the back panel…I really like the fabric combination in this one.  Another present done – yay!

Happy Stitching…

Watch This Space…

Why?  Because there is a chance of two more A Gardener’s Journal blocks by the end of the day…meaning I’ll have caught up to the timetable in the Stitch-A-Long.

The tradies have finally packed up their tools, the fence is finished and so is the house stitchery.

Wahoo!!  Put the final stitches in the fence yesterday morning before work…June stitcheries tick!…

and…last night was the night for one of my quilting groups and after a couple of obsessive, “I WILL get this finished before I do anything else!” hours…the garden tools collection was completed…

add a tick for July stitcheries as well.

Hoping to get the two blocks together later today and add two more to the group tally by July’s end and two more letters after my name! Yay!!!!

That is, right after I come back from a trip up the highway to collect my new sewing machine that I accidentally put on lay-by a few weeks ago when I took P-faff to be serviced and discovered that, apparently, P-faff needed a sibling…that was yesterday’s plan until work intervened and put a crimp in my stitchy related plans.  Right, stop procrastinating and get on the road and up the highway…

Until next time…

Happy stitching…

July OPAM – Tick!

I know..it’s only the 2nd but hey, I’m nothing if not inconsistent *LOL*

Ta dah!

The table runner I started back in February for my SIL’s birthday in January is done, done, done…well, except I haven’t given it a little bath yet.  It’s not really the weather for washing quilty stuff, it would take an age to dry so that bit will wait until the weather is a bit more clement.  And the light is a bit crook for taking pics, so hard to get the colours to come out right.  Oh well, it is winter after all.

That’s July’s OPAM finish ticked off…now the focus Must Be on getting A Gardener’s Journal on track for the Stitch-A-Long.

And, since it is July that means that it is time for the Daylesford Craft Experience…Wahoo!!!…so looking forward to playing at this event tomorrow…it is going to be fun.  See ya there T and R 🙂

Enjoy your Friday.

Happy sewing…

A Road Trip…A Patchwork Shop…and Cake!

Imcoming text message “Do we need to go to Ballarat for cake?”

As it turned out…yes!

And what happens when you go to Ballarat for cake…um, this lot comes home with you…

Jodie of Vintage Ric Rac fame organised a coffee and cake get together for local bloggy/crafty types at the new Ballarat establishment “Cake” for Saturday and issued a general invitation which Mistea and I found too tempting to turn down.

And, as a bonus, Ballarat Patchwork are having their stocktake sale and well, you can see the result.  Mistea and I met at the patchwork shop before meandering around to “Cake” and then there was a bit of a group expedition back to the patchwork shop after the coffee and cake and chat had taken place and well, there was stuff in the shop the second time that I swear wasn’t there two hours earlier!!!  OK, maybe it was but there is so much good stuff that I obviously needed to take a second look.

The fabric is to make more of the mini pochette baggies for Christmas presents (how organised is that!).  How cute is the elephant pattern…it is only 4 1/2″, cute pincushions hey…and was just too cute to leave in the shop.  Mind you I still haven’t made up the cute pattern I bought at their sale last year!!   The apple core templates have been on the want/wish list for a long time and were too good to pass up so they made their way into the collection as well.

Such a fun day…the bloggy/crafty types coffee gathering was way fun and the cake was delish – a raspberry vanilla cup cake, mmm mmm mmm.  Definitely a good way to spend a rainy cold Saturday.

Happy sewing…

Easter Doings…

Belated Happy Easter – although in the Northern Hempishere I guess I haven’t missed the boat.  Hope the Bunny found you and you have had a nice break.

There hasn’t been much sewing going on here over Easter.   Good Friday was spent helping out in the fire station as here in Victoria it is the Royal Childrens’ Hospital Good Friday Appeal.  Our members take the trucks and local children out to door knock and this year over $8,000.00 was raised,  a very healthy contribution.  The door knock wasn’t held last year given what both our brigade and the community had been through with Feb 7, but the children turned up again this year and off they went – they are certainly brighter and bushier tailed at 8:00am than I am on Good Friday!!!

Friday night I made a fresh start on a pattern that I was testing for an Australian designer – Again!  Let me just say that me trying to sew the previous weekend was not a good idea…it wasn’t pretty.  Better results this time around….

I can’t show you the actual item and I can’t tell you what it is ‘coz it’s not mine to share but I did manage to get the fabric cut out and the stitching done Friday night.  Saturday morning saw me furiously working on the next stage until it was time to go back to the fire station to assist the DSE with a planned burn.  Finally yesterday I finished the pattern test.   I’ll show you  my version once the designer has released the pattern.

That done I tidied up the sewing room – which had become a bomb site  – looked around and got back to work on SIL’s table runner.  The centre block is echo quilted and one end block started.

I still have to decide what to do on the sashing.  Two new quilting pattern books arrived in the mail last week (OK  I admit it, I ordered them, they didn’t just turn up all by themselves) so a bit of a wander through their pages might give me some inspiration.

Well, I’m off to do a bit of a tour about visiting and what not.  Think I’ll take Madam Kafoops (aka Jindi) to the beach for a bit of a play in the sand, she does love the sand, when we visit Mistea later this afternoon for a bit of a sew.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter break.

Happy Sewing…