Saturday, 15 September 2018

Going For Gold

How's this for a once in a lifetime opportunity? THE 2018 Melbourne Cup is visiting our little town of Mt Perry yesterday and today. 100% of the gold for this year's cup was mined at the Mt Rawdon Goldmine on the outskirts of town. 

A real goosebump moment ... very special.

This is the address to view the story behind the making of this year's cup. (Sorry I can't link)

Back home and another gold finish for me ... Ruth's Quilt is a completed top ... love, love love it. Sitting on a queen bed, you can see it doesn't quite cover so I'm planning on adding a narrow black border and a 2nd border using the left over black/white rectangles.

My new shopping bag is also finished and holding my byo mesh fruit/vege bags. This one is from IGA ... a little paint, fabric and a doily it it has a whole new look.

Onward with the knitting needles and crochet hook ... what project will be next pst the finish post?

Sunday, 9 September 2018

FNWF and Other Things

Never thought I'd be playing with paints Friday but that's where I started.

Then after dinner my black and whites called to me and I was able to finish joining all the horizontal seams on each strip.

Now I have 20 completed strips to begin joining the long side seams.

With NRL finals on the tv, I still had some time to sit and make these sweet little heart shape puffs and a couple of leaves to decorate my shopping bag.

When I went to post on Friday, I found a draft post sitting waiting so I best share here now.  This was the second dish cloth completed with the microfibre wool.

Wishing every night could be a Friday night.

Friday, 7 September 2018


Really?  Another month has begun?  Wasn't it May yesterday?

The good thing is that I get to spend Friday night sewing with lovely Friends ... and Cheryll has some yummy slice to share too.  Not sure what to work on though. I have knitting on the needles, Ruth's Quilt is layed out on the bed and half joined. What's your choice of crafting?

Monday, 20 August 2018

FNSI Results

A short night of knitting thanks to bugs ... the achey, coughing ones! Then spent the weekend in bed most of the time but I managed a few more rows last night.

Visit here to see what others have to share from FNSI.

This is the wool I purchashed from a discount store. My current dishcloth is this microfibre ... so thick and absorbent ... love it!

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Traditional Windy August

A chilly wind is howling outside today ... so I'm staying indoors playing with wool and fleece. Fresh off my knitting needles is a new wash cloth, perhaps a baby cloth in these soft colours.

I've just put my last cloth into use at the kitchen sink and oh boy is it absorbent ... love it!

Our youngest grandson P is off to daycare once a week and DD asked if I would like to make a shaggy bag for his 'nap time' things ... then later it can become his library bag. Diving into my stash I found two packs of 5" squares ... so why not make two bags while I was at it.  Pictures show both sides of each bag with 'I Spy' fabrics.

While August seems to be the month for making progress in the sewing room, this week I found my polar fleece fabric purchased to make some more bunny rugs. I don't think I've even shown this one on my blog ... made a couple of months ago.

Makes a sweet gift set for a baby girl I think.

So I now have the fleece cut ready for 2 more bunny rugs with matching face washers.

Also, a couple months back, a local fabric shop showed a pic of a doggy print fleece she had in ... so I just had to buy some with the intention of making a new coat for Millie. This one is lined with leftover fleece from the first bunny rug so a little more stash busting as well.

Yesterday I cut out 3 more doggy coats ready for sewing.  And I still have the 2nd half of the ball of wool to knit another wash cloth.

Not forgetting that my lovely little tags for Ruth's Quilt are sitting in the draw waiting to be trimmed to size along with gorgeous black/white fat 1/4's. But I don't want to frighten away my newly refreshed mojo by jumping in the deep end.  I'll just keep floating about somewhere in the middle ... finding my balance.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Final 5 Tags

While nothing appears to be happening here on my blog, I've hardly had time to think straight!  Crazy life stuff ... tossed this way and that.  Keeping me grounded are these sweet little tags for Ruth's Quilt.

These are the last 5 tags which brings my total to 35 ... loved stitching on these and now to find time to trim them, cut into my lovely fat 1/4s and play.

Maybe my crochet hook or knitting needles will keep me company in the evenings.

Happy Stitching

Thursday, 28 June 2018

3 Makes 30

Short, cold days mean more time for stitching ... I managed to catch up on the tags for May,

Finish 3 more for June,

Trace the last 5 ready for stitching and make a start on number 31.  Here are the first 27 tags (including May) all together and with June's 3 tags make a total of 30 completed. Feels great to have some good progress.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

FNSI Happened

Guess what?   I actually achieved something Friday night .... feels good!  Inspired by all the lovely friends having a sew-in, out came the light box and I traced all of the remaining tags for "Ruth's Quilt" ... 8 in all.  A little stitching and ...

I need to get all the tags out together and check my tally ... getting close.

Friday, 15 June 2018

If At First You Don't Succeed ... and FNSI

I was all set last Friday night for FNWF but of course we know what can happen to best laid plans .... so as my title says, if at first you don't succeed, try try again.  So this Friday night I'm signing up with Wendy for a FNSI.

INSERT HERE (Once again best laid plans ... I wrote this post and was just taking a photo of the finished stitchery when hubby announced we were going driving. So 9 hours later and a long round trip through 4 neighbouring towns to pick up various "farm" parts and pieces, and here I am adding the picture and clicking on PUBLISH)

Pleased to add that I have managed to finish the stitchery I had planned to work on and now need to trace the next one ready for stitching.

So now I need to eat dinner and get tracing. Happy Friday night everyone.