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Westward Ho…

Thursday I set off for Adelaide to attend a stitchy event, Inspired Stitches, this weekend.  It was perfect travelling weather, clear blue skies, high teen-twenty temperatures, a really lovely winter’s day.   After a billy boil break at St Arnaud I made it to Warracknabeal in time for lunch.  Jindi had to stay home this trip but I did manage to find a kelpie in Warracknabeal…

Job Done!

I had a lovely visit to the local patchwork shop and picked up a sandwich for lunch before moving on.  The next town along is Dimboola and Swans Bear set up for a cuppa…

There was a flood marker behind this picnic table showing the January flood level…this was all under water then…

Swans Bear checked out the water level now…what a difference!…

Back on the road and at Tintinara we found a couple of kelpies hard at work…Swans Bear thought they needed a hand…

After boiling the kettle for a final cuppa it was back on the road and into Adelaide…

A day of sightseeing scheduled for Friday before spending the weekend with needle and thread…

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August OPAM…

If you recall, back in April I trekked over to Adelaide to attend Inspired Stitches with GF Ms K and GF Ms G…where the lovely Natalie Ross inspired us with her design “Strawberry Frenzy”…well, Saturday night after I had scared myself silly by finishing my August Stitch-A-Long block 2/3rds of the way through August, I went looking for something different to tackle and the Inspired Stitches projects put their little hands up and waved madly…to my absolute surprise I had actually finished the handstitching on this one and all I really needed to do was construct the bag…so yesterday that was exactly what I did and ta dah!….Strawberry Frenzy bucket bag…cute huh!

It’s a really useful size, big enough to have on a table or by a chair with a stitching (or knitting or any other) project neat and tidy and small enough to tote that same project on an expedition outside the sewing room…the pattern called for iron-on pellon but I went with using bag batting in the body and base for that stand-up-by-itself-ility and it has worked a treat…

I purchased the finishing kit put together by the lovely Sarah at Quilt Fabric Delights and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed…you know how sometimes when you buy a kit there is “just enough” of everything to make the project…one tiny little snip wrong and you have to run back to the shop and buy more fabric ‘coz you can’t get it wrong by even one thread? Well, I have to say that isn’t the case with a Sarah kit…good value with sufficient fabric not to induce a panic attack over cutting into it and lovely presentation…

Finishing this bucket bag has inspired me to get cracking on the stitchery for Natalie Lymer’s projects from the same weekend…not quite as far advanced with the handwork for that one…half a stitchery to go…

Hope your weekened was inspiring…

Happy Stitching…

Where the! Did April GO?

Seriously, how can it be the end of April…what happened to the bit in the middle…you know the bit between the 1 and 30 on the calendar???  I have achieved so little this month in the sewing room 😦  OK, so I did go to Adelaide for Inspired aStitches but that only accounts for five days – what happened to the other 25?  Huh, where are they and why didn’t I notice they were missing??  Oh well, guess it’s done now, nothing I can do to get it back.

So for the month of April my entire achievement is….ta dah….drum roll…..

this….

Yep, I finished the stitchery for the Strawberry Frenzy bucket bag.  Good huh! Major achievement?  OK, you can stop laughing now at my pitiful progress….at least I’m here to make everyone else feel good about how much they can achieve in comparison…got to have some purpose don’t I?

For OPAM I have, um, well, zip, nada, nothing, it ain’t gunna happen…

For Gardener’s Journal Stitch-A-Long….Still No Background Fabric to Stitch On, Waaaahhhhhhh.  The fabric ordered on 6 April has still NOT arrived!  Have you ever felt jinxed, I certainly do with trying to get this fabric and all we want is plain – ordered muslin, no go…moved across to Moda Bella Solid – still no go.  It seems like it would easier to obtain some rare vintagey one 2″ square left in the entire world fabric than a good old plain solid!!!! And in a cream/beige colour no less, not even a colour that isn’t as common as common – sheesh!

I’m off to local quilting group’s camp this weekend…OK la de dah’s “retreat”….but a retreat is a quiet complentative experience, have you ever been on a quilters retreat that meets that criteria?  No?  I thought not!  So, I rest my case, I’m going to Camp.

Have a great weekend and if I manage to do something more than just bobbleheading on the weekend I might even manage to post about it…I’m going to have finishes for May…I am…really…trust me….

Right, now to decide just which sewing projects are going to have a ride in the car and back…

Happy sewing….

Not a Great Deal of Progress…

Not a lot of stitchy time happening here after the wonderful weekend that was Inspired Stitches.  Back to work Tuesday with an earlier start than usual after getting home late Monday night, it has taken until today to get caught up on the sleep and domestic stuff.  Even the unpacking of the sewing stuff wasn’t undertaken until yesterday afternoon.

All the fabric that came home with me is now washed and waiting to be ironed so that is a step in the right direction.  Meanwhile, I decided Strawberry Frenzy would take centre stage in an effort to progress one of my Inspired Stitches projects.  Once I found it that is…there was a mild case of panic happening in the sewing room last night when I couldn’t find the strawberry applique!  Crisis was averted and hyperventillating recovered from when it was located.  So far this I’ve managed this…

As soon as I stitched the green outer circle I felt it really make the applique come alive.  The green is a Cosmo thread and it has the most lovely sheen.  I have to admit to not being a DMC devotee, sure DMC threads have their place don’t get me wrong (the aqua used for the bluebirds is a DMC and I love that colour – no they are not fish, the beaks and eyes are still to be stitched) but I love using other embroidery threads and I’m thinking that Cosmo threads may have to form their own little stash in the thread box.  The lazy daisy flowers are Cottage Gardens Thread in Larkspur and this is another gorgeous thread to work with, a collection of which may have to find their way to my house too.

Now back to trying to catch up on the items in my Google Reader – I’ve managed to reduce it from 107 and I don’t follow that many blogs!!! Blogland sure has been chatty the last couple of weeks while I wasn’t able to keep up with the reading portion of my day.  Oh oh, while I have been typing this some more items have popped in….back to stitching and reading.

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand…a very important day for our two nations.

LEST WE FORGET

More Inspired Stitching…

Day 2 of Inspired Stitches.  Another great day of stitching with some of the people we played with yesterday and some new playmates.  The tables were re-allocated and we were sitting with different ladies today including the other Victorian!…so funny as she lives not that far from DF Ms K and MF Ms G!  It’s a small small world.  More lovely South Australians as well who were there only for today.

Both Natalies spent time at our table giving us the benefit of their knowledge which was great.

I started my Natalie Ross project, Strawberry Frenzy…

There is stitchery to be done around the applique but I set out to do the applique this morning and finished that so moved on to Natalie Lymer’s stitchery.  Do you see the beautiful green satin stitching?…

Done by the very designer her very own self…satin stitch is not my very favourite and it was fantastic to have it demonstrated and a couple of tips passed along to make the process just that little bit better.  Today’s effort (by me) has been the green stitching…not a huge amount of progress but at least I managed some.

But DF Ms G (no blog)…well the star of our little group…Ta Dah!…one finished stitchery…

She certainly set a cracking pace…I can assure you, I won’t be matching it *LOL*.

So that is Adelaide, we leave tomorrow morning to power on home.  But, we will be back…this was a fantastic event, impeccably organised with great tutors.  Huge Kudos to Sarah and her team for putting on such a wonderful Event.  And, along with the very first visit to Inspired Stitchers, I also experienced my very first earthquake!  Yes, Adelaide was so excited to have us along that it put on a 3.8 richter scale earthquake – a very strange experience indeed and loud!!!

Back to Victoria tomorrow and back to work Tuesday….darn that reality check!!

Happy sewing…

Inspired Stitching…

Day 1 of the Inspired Stitches retreat … so much fun….greeted at the door with a lovely welcome…a bright airy room…bags of goodies on our chairs with patterns and starter kits, extra patterns, fabric, lollies, and more all in a hessian carry bag…two lovely designers in Natalie Ross and Natalie Lymer…first order of the day, morning tea…relaxation mode right off the bat…and Then…the projects were revealed…

From Natalie Ross…

Strawberry Frenzy…a bucket bag, a snazzy pincushion arrangement for the sewing machine and a lanyard to keep essential sewing helpers close at hand.

From Natalie Lymer…

Just Darling…a larger bucket bag with accompanying needle book and gadet bags in three sizes.

Are we just spoilt, they are georgeous projects from two very lovely ladies…

And what did I accomplish other than my usual class bobbleheading…

A good start on the large stitchery for the Just Darling bucket bag…the threads included in the kit are Cosmo and they are Sooooo Nice to work with and georgeous colours, really clear and beautiful shades.

Now to prepare the strawberry applique for the Strawberry Frenzy bucket bag for Day 2 – well, got to have a go at both projects, can’t be showing favouritism – he he he.

Happy Sewing…