Category Archives: Stitchery

Still Stitching on GJ…

After spending a couple of months in stitchy wilderness A Gardener’s Journal has emerged back into the light…

Only the stitcheries…there has been no block construction action going on…Resting in the Garden, the Birdhouse and the Row of Flowers stitcheries belong to Block F which was apparently going to happen in September…it didn’t, oh well…the lawnmower to Block B which was slated for October…and Ladybird to Block E, hey! that’s December’s block, that would be this month! wahoo!!…oh what’s that?…September, October and November come Before December…bugger!…thinking I’ll just keep on with the stitcheries and worry about the block construction once they are done…

In other stitchy news, last weekend this little top came into being…

It’s going to be a table centre…made from a Pure by Moda charm pack…now to actually sandwich it up and quilt it…before Christmas next year!

Happy stitching…


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What Happened to Last Week?…

I seem to have lost a week somewhere…bugger!…there are some things I just never find…you might need a coffee and a pillow…this has turned out to be looonnngggg!!!

Well, it seems that Herself managed to tell you all about Her Adventures in Ballarat and Mildura but not mine…darn dog!…

Now there really was a good reason for going to Mildura (head north from home) via Ballarat (head west)… I really really wanted to go Ballaarat Quilters Quilt-In. I’m so glad I did…it was a great day out…good company in Mistea and Ms R, together with four other ladies from my local sewing groups who also made the trek, so I had quite a social day thank you very much…the guest talker was Jodie from Ric Rac who had the room laughing along with her and her stories…there were a good selection of shops, lovely quilts hung on the walls to admire…and…

…I even managed to sew!  I know, amazing!!!  I started the day by attempting to continue work on my Chooky Blue Secret Santa project…I failed…big time…it just wasn’t happening for me…so I moved on to finishing the hand quilting lines on my Leanne’s House project from Immerse Yourself In Stitching and finished that part of the project…yay!…and then yesterday (skipping right ahead)…I finished the whole project…

Stitcher's Keeper

Very happy with how it turned out…it doesn’t fit my ruler for travelling as I had kind of hoped it would but never mind that, it will still be a most useful addition to the collection of “carry things about receptacles”…

So back to Ballarat…once the quilting lines were done I couldn’t go any further as the next step required P-faff’s involvement soooo I proceeded to flick through the latest issue of Homespun and found a project that would take care of a couple of swap inclusions and that meant I had to shop…right there at the Quilt-In from Sovereign Needlework I found the most gorgeous wool felt and some Threadworx embroidery floss to match…Mistea donated some paper from the part of her photocopy that she didn’t need, thank you Mistea, and with a sense of obsession templates were made and the project begun…I am in lurve with wool felt…seriously… well, all know the acrylic stuff is horrible…the wool blends are OK a definite improvement on acrylic…but pure wool….is …Bliss….simply gorgeous stuff to work with…

A sneaky peek...

Oh, and the reason why I had a copy of the latest Homespun with me…’coz I was skiteing…just a little bit ‘coz it’s not like I’m a big time designer with a project in there or anything but my little flower doily made it to the mail bag page…I was very excited…

I found me in here!...

...in the Mailbag section...

Earlier in the year when I put the finished project on my blog I received an email from the editor asking me to submit it to the mailbag…so I did…and then I thought it would never appear…and now it has…and they used my very own words as well…I was sure that if it ever did appear the words would be heavily edited to make sense but no…OK skite ends…but I just had to you know…

Mildura was lovely of course but the purpose of the trip wasn’t crafty though I did keep going with the swap project I had started at Ballarat and had coffee with a quilty friend who has relocated there.  I tried a little hopping for Jeannet’s Pincushion Swap on International Pincushion Day but it really didn’t work out and as I managed to lose this week in the debris of my world I’m hoping today to get to visit all 152 blogs…oh that would be 151 ‘coz I don’t have to visit my own, well, that makes it easier *LOL*…and see all the wonderful pincushions that were made…thank you to the lovely swappers who visited my blog last week and left a comment…most of you were no reply so I couldn’t answer but I hope to get around and leave comments on your blogs…it was a fun swap and if Jeannet holds it again in the future I’d be putting it on the list to have another play…

Oh, in a lovely surprise…a friend came back from two months in the United Kingdom (*sigh* wouldn’t that be wonderful) on Monday and along with the lovely china thimble from the Royal Yacht Brittania that I asked her to pick me up if she managed to get there…(I had regretted from the day that I didn’t buy it when I was there, the design is the beautiful embroidery in the Queen’s bedroom on the yacht)…she also bought me back the V&A Quilt 2011 Calendar…a beautiful hand embroidered bookmark from the The Lost Garden of Heligan and a postcard of the amazing tapestry “The Hunter” from Montacute House, Somerset

Presents from the UK...

Had a lovely night Friday stitching with some sewing group friends…thank you Andrea for hosting…and tah dah…the last hexagon diamond for the centre of Bumb’le Bee…wahoo! now only 162 sashing and seven feature hexies to baste so that the medallion can be assembled *sigh*…

All laid out on the "sashing" fabric...mmm, has promise...

I also managed to finish up a Gardener’s Journal stitchery for the Stitch-A-Long…

Chirp, chirp, little birdies...

…it’s from the September block…oops! slightly behind yet again…I completely lost my GJ mojo there for a couple of months, I can feel it creeping back ever so quietly…

This weekend I’m working on the latest incarnation of my Chooky Blue Secret Santa swap project…the original one failed so miserably I took the hint from the Universe and moved right along.  After much anguish (read: couldn’t make up my mind for the life of me) have finally settled on something else…

Another sneaky peek...

which has to be in the mail between the 19th and 25th of this month which only gives me a week or so!!!…so while LG is doing his thing making the clothes dizzy and as the weather is not clement enough to want to put a toe outside, my plan for the rest of Sunday is was to stitch and blog hop…instead I’ve spent most of the day fighting with the internet connection thingy convincing blogging platforms that uploading photos is a part of the plan…sheesh!…have almost finished the stitchery part of the exercise though in the parts where I was waiting, waiting, waiting…

Hope your weekend is a good one…

Happy Stitching…

Jeannet’s Pincushion Swap

In August I joined up Jeannet’s pincushion swap…along with 150 other swappers!…As Jeannet is Dutch and I was relying on Google translate I managed to misunderstand and think it was a secret swap…you know, person A sends to person B and receives from person C…but no, it was a direct swap…which became clear to me when I received a parcel from the person that I was sending to!…challenged, sometimes…seriously challeged *LOL*….

Anyway, my swap partner from the Netherlands was Annelies who sent me this lovely pincushion in the colours of the Dutch flag…

…card trick, a traditional block that I’ve always liked…and nice dutch scene fabric on the back…a reminder always of my Dutch swap partner…and in the parcel a nice pattern too…thank you Annelies

I made this pincushion for Annelies…

…a pattern by one our Aussie designers…Leanne Beasley of Leanne’s House fame…I enjoyed stitching this design…I forgot to take a photo of it with the fat quarter of fabric that I wrapped it in…oops!

Thank you Jeannet for hosting…

Happy Stitching

A Sunday Drive…

It’s been a bit quiet on the sewing front in my world…pincushion swap has been received (thank you to my Dutch partner for a lovely pincushion) and sent (currently winging it’s way across land and sea) but as there is a big reveal day coming up (and my partner hasn’t received her parcel yet) no pics can be shared…yet!…stay tuned…There is a little bit of progress on my project for Chookyblue’s SSCS 2010…but…that can’t be shared until after 25 December…and another couple of hexagon diamonds for Bumb’le Bee but nothing great and wonderous worth a photo so…as there is nothing of mine to share…

Sunday I took a drive up to Castlemaine to meet up with Mistea and take in the creative stylings of the Goldfield Quilters

Ooo...the sign says "Quilts"...must be the place to go...

A selection of the quilts on display…

The Best of Show and other winners of the various categories can be found over at the Goldfield Quilters blog.

After refueling at Safs (yum yum) and a stop at Threadbear to say hi to Corliss, pat Sam the dog and generally fondle fabric (only a small remnant and a reel of thread came home with me…how controlled was I!!!)…it was Jindi’s turn for an outing and we went for a walk to take a turn around the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens where these cuties were enjoying the sunshine…

Back to working on my SSCS project…only a month to go to get it done and in the mail…

Happy Stitching…

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…

Oops-See…

Hello…my name is Oops-see…and I’ve come to live at Jindi’s Cottage and keep P-Bot company…

I’m really happy to be here…I bought this along with me…can you guess what it is?…

It’s a bag for…

apple core templates!  How clever is that!!!

Thank you Mistea for my birthday Oops-see and the baggie…

There has been a little progress…the Cinderberry Stitches stitchery for the Inspired Stitches project…all stitched…cute hey?

And the Leanne’s House stitchery from Immerse…almost there…

Away in Ballarat for the weekend with a group of friends having a lovely stitchy weekend…a great weekend to stay in and stitch as it is wet, wet, wet and a bit chilly to boot…

Happy Stitching…

Brrr-ring…Brrr-ring…

I got a new phone recently…one of those “smart phone” types…flat touch screen and all that stuff that I can’t drive yet…

Anyhow…this new phone is kinda slippery slidey and being flat and black hard to find my bag…so my solution?…

A little case for it…designed by me for my phone…took all of 2 1/2 hours last night including the stitchery to sew so a really quick project…this is the prototype and a bit wonky but it will do for now and given I made it entirely from scraps it cost nothing but a bit of time to draw up and sew.  The Rocky Mountain scraps are from A Gardener’s Journal which I’ve apparently abandoned…must rediscover my GJ mojo…

So that makes four OPAM finishes for September…mind you, the UFO pile hasn’t decreased because I keep starting new stuff *LOL*

Happy Stitching…

A Little Progress…

...the day job really does interrupt the stitchy schedule but a little bit of progress has been achieved…

…now to tackle the great long list of Friday tasks…starting with taking Larry for his 60,000km checkup…the quicker I get the list ticked off the sooner I can sew!

Enjoy your Friday…

Happy Stitching…

D is Done…

Block D of A Gardener’s Journal…the block Chief Motivator of the GJ Stitch-A-Long, Chookyblue, nominated for the month of August…

Drum Roll please….Ta Dah!…

…not only within the specified month but before the month ran out of days….it’s an August miracle!! (ha ha ha)

This block went together like a dream…no unsewing…no what the?…nothing…just sew and iron…easy peasy…hope the rest of the blocks have taken notes from this one on how to behave!

Happy stitching…

Friday Night was Sew-In…

and I almost missed it…I got in just in time…meaning no time for preparation, so I went with continuing A Gardner’s Journal for the Stitch-A-Long…the second stitchery for the August block, Block D…

OK, I admit it…I didn’t do ALL the stitchery last night…it was already half done and I finished it off today, but Friday Night Sew-In certainly contributed to getting it done. Next step is to construct the block…I had a bit of a calendar challenge on Friday and thought that it was the end of August already and I was in danger of being behind again…but nope, that would be Next Week so crisis averted…I don’t have an OPAM finish for August either…better get my skates on…

Thanks again to Heidi and Bobbi for again hosting Friday Night Sew-In.

Happy Stitching…