Monday, 25 May 2015

I'm In Shock!

Are you?  I've never gone sooo long without something to share and am shocked that it's been a whole month! But stitching away a little each night I managed to finish the May blocks for "Natures Journey".

(On looking back I noticed I hadn't even shared my completed April blocks)

Then out came the knitting needles and a ball of wool ... a few rows each night and ... a dishcloth.

First one to put away in the 'gift box' ready for Christmas.  Now with a few more days before June, I'm going to make a start on the June blocks for NJ ... looking ahead there is going to be a lot of work to keep up!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Still Here

Forget long long time ago ... I'm beginning to think it was in a galaxy far far away ... one where time was mine to distribute as I chose. For now I'm content with an important finish and a little bit of bragging.

'Little Jakes Farm' is finally a completed quilt and ready to hand over.

Just in the nick of time to enter into our local show and proudly showing off a Champion ribbon.

So far I have managed to keep up with my 'Natures Journey' blocks for Feb and March ... April is winding up quickly and this is my progress to date.

Blanket stitching is completed and I have all the little pieces cut out ready for needle turning ... one finish each night should get me there but now I've just realized I need to make stems yet.

There is no accounting for Jayne's choice of sleeping spot the other day ... if I water it, will it grow? (No plants were harmed)

Fleur has her permanent warm sunny spot ready for the colder weather.

Oh for a cat's life     >^..^<

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Long Long Time Ago

I seemed to have much more time for everything ... but that was a long long time ago.  Either time is speeding up or I'm getting older and slower or busier or all 3?

Just made it with my March blocks for Natures Journey ... happier with my needle turn but there's room for improvement.

My progress for block 2 of Merry Christmas Garden ... more needle turn.

The wool is still in the bag but I did get "Little Maccas Farm" quilt back from the quilters (decided to have this one professionally quilted because its extra special and to save time) so I'm machine sewing the binding on the front this afternoon ... just the hand stitching of binding and adding a label to go!

Special month for mum and me ... we both celebrated "0" birthdays and enjoyed a lovely lunch with family.

Time to dash and get this binding on ... hope you have a great week.


Saturday, 7 March 2015

About Time?

Basically between 'not enough time' and 'can't be bothered' there isn't much to blog about around here. The basics are covered ... we eat and we wear clean clothes and just enough house work is done to call the place respectable. Once I get to sit down at night, either my eyes are too sore or I'm too tired to stitch. Not grumbling ... just how it is.

I did have some lovely mail that I had forgotten to share and also a purchase ready for some cooler weather (one can hope for cooler weather!). There's a blog book for every year I've been blogging and they're great at Christmas time when the kids go looking through them. The centre book is 2014 and my first book (top left - blue) spans 18 months.

The wool is a cotton blend to make some more knitted dish cloths ... I'll never use store bought again if I can help it ... love my cloths and DD has ordered some more too.

When I do stitch I'm working on 'Merry Christmas Garden' block 2 or 'Natures Journey' for March now. Funny how years ago I tried needle turn embroidery, hated it, and said I'd never do it again. Fast forward and here I am doing needle turn for both these projects ... and enjoying it!  Never say never as time, helpful hints and new products can turn things around.

Blogging has also suffered a downturn and while I don't often comment these days, I still manage a quick skip through blogland and try to keep up with everyone's happenings. Now I need to go take photos of my blog books and wool so I can have some pictures in this post. Then it's lunch time and I might just get to sit down and do a little sewing.

Enjoy your weekend and make a little time to stitch.     >^..^<

Saturday, 21 February 2015

FNSI and Cyclone Watch

Considerable time was spent online last night watching the path of Cyclone Marcia as she came through our region on her way south. Thankfully downgraded to a Cat 1 by then but still plenty of wind and rain.  We measured 105 mm (4") in the gauge this morning but some wouldn't have made it in the gauge with the wind factor. Towns further west of us measured up to 8 inches and lost power while Yeppoon and Rockhampton to our north bore the brunt of it.

So back to my sewing ... I managed to prep and needle turn one more block for 'Natures Journey'. Thank you Wendy for getting us all together for another Friday Night.

This morning called for a drive down to the creek for a look see ...

With the road in the other direction also cut, we'll be staying put for a little bit ... more sewing time.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Weather Update

Tropical Cyclone Marcia - Category 5

She's starting to cross the coast just north of Yeppoon this morning ... watching the updates on TV and Internet ... keep safe everyone. Waiting to see what impact we experience in the pathway south.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Whether the Weather

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

At the end of last year we were out feeding cattle to keep them alive through the drought. Good rains December and January grew the grass and I found myself stuck at flooded creeks driving home from work. Now this is knocking on the door!

Tropical Cyclone Marcia

On the sewing news, I managed another finish earlier this month but just haven't had the time to share. The block was from our groups Christmas swap and our challenge is to make the block into an item by July ... big tick for me ... I'm done!

Also needle turning my way through the February blocks for 'Natures Journey'.

Last Sunday night our area experienced a 5.2 earthquake ... I somehow managed to sleep right through it even with hubby trying to wake me ... thankfully no major damage reported. So now I'm taking my tired body to bed and listen to the wind howling outside ... see what tomorrow brings.

Night Night     >^..^<

Sunday, 25 January 2015

This and That for 2015

First is my recap for finishes in 2014.  Dealing with drought had a big impact on my sewing mojo but I did manage a few small finishes.  There are still a couple of quilts waiting to be quilted so all in good time I guess.

My first finish for 2015 is also my first mini quilt ... with another mini almost finished.

A finish for January also puts me on track for OPAM 2015 hosted by the lovely Kris and Peg ... and also a count for 1 Xmas Item A Month and CTTY over at Anthea's

This week was back to work in town and wouldn't you know it!  I will never complain but with the recent rain event for Queensland I was faced with this 3 afternoons on the way home. I've begun taking an overnight bag and pillow to work with me just in case. I should have some stitching in the car with me to work on while a wait for them to go down.

Preparation for 'Natures Journey' and 'A Merry Christmas Garden' took precedence over housework yesterday. These are going to be my 2 main projects for 2015 as well as finishing off a couple of quilts and ... did I mention DD has set a wedding date so best make that 3 main projects!

Happy Australia Day for tomorrow.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sewing In A Storm

This has been much of today. 27 mm of rain with lots of bad lightning, thunder and small hail.

After the heatwave of the past few days I can't believe I said I might have to put a coat on. So with 'back to work' tomorrow it's time for some last minute (first for the year) sewing.

This year I've joined Chooky's SAL and my pattern for 'Natures Journey' arrived last Friday. Our target for January was a little Christmas stitchery which I finished stitching Thursday ...

This sweet angel now has borders ... been sandwiched ... and binding machined on ready to hand stitch down.  Also another Christmas block I received at our local patchwork group's breakup last year. We've challenged each other to finish the 12 1/2" blocks into a project by July so I'm well ahead for once.

We are so thankful to have received good rain through December. Now that the grass has grown some, the cattle are finally back in their paddocks happily grazing ... follow up rain is still needed but for now the pressure is off.  It's so lovely to see some blooms back in the garden too.

Time to get 2015 rolling.