Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sunday Stitchers, My Natures Journey Quilt, Chookyblue's Xmas Swap 2015.

My Sunday Stitchers group met on Sunday at a new venue at Coomera. I got lost on the way there so was a bit late arriving but had a lovely time catching up with all the girls once I did. I worked on a Christmas stitchery by Natalie Bird while there. A lot of talking with not much stitching I'm afraid.

I also took along my Natures Journey centre block for show and tell. The satin stitch stems took many hours to do but I'm very happy with the result so well worth the time spent on it.
I started to add the pink border after I got home.

Chris, my hubby, is on long service leave for a few weeks and we've been trying to catch up on some jobs around the house that have needed doing for a while. I'm pleased to say we have been able to cross a few off our list, so today we took a well deserved break and went for a long drive in this :

I've had my old car since 2000 so it was time for an upgrade. This is our new one, a Mazda CX5. I've always driven a manual but we opted for an auto this time. It's so easy to drive and luckily I only went to change the gears twice, oops!! The car has so many new features including a key-less start so will have to get used to pushing a button instead of turning a key to start it. I can see the car manual being used quite a bit in the next couple of weeks.

I've also joined Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap so am looking forward to finishing lots of goodies in the next few weeks to fulfil  my Christmas commitments for 2015.

Well must go and do a bit more on my stitchery. Till next time, happy stitching everyone.....  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Friday Night results.......

My apologies for not getting a post up over the weekend. It has been really busy, my hubby started four weeks of long service on Saturday and as we have lots to do and fix up around the house, we got straight into trimming the trees in the front yard, only one side done with the other marked down for today.

Then on Sunday, I accompanied my son, Scott, on a trip to the north coast, so Jake could spend the school holidays with his Mum whilst,Tom, my other grandson came home with us to spend time with his Dad. We spent most of the day in the car so was glad to get home just before dark.

So back to Friday night. I am still stitching the centre block of Natures Journey. Down to the last couple of satin stitch stems now. I don't think I would have done them in satin stitch if I'd realized just how long I was going to take. I am slow at stitching and if I'm not happy with the result, tend to pull out and start again, though I think I may have got myself out of that habit after this marathon.

I also finished off the last of the flowers and leaves so the end is in sight. I can't wait to add the borders which are all cut out and almost ready to put on. Hope they all fit together nicely. A big THANK YOU to Wendy for again hosting.

Well must go as the tree trimming awaits........

Friday, September 18, 2015

It's that time again.

I've signed up with other like minded quilters to join Wendy at Sugar Lane Quilts for a spot of Friday night sewing tonight. Go here to sign up and join us.............
Look forward to seeing you there........

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Friday Night Results.....

This is what I managed to work on, on  Friday night when I joined Chez and a few other ladies for a spot of sewing.  Thank you to Cheryll for again hosting Friday night with Friends.

Firstly I added pellon to the back of these stitcheries and then cut them out. Just need to trace the larger hexagon onto the background fabric and then stitch to each hexagon.......

and they should turn into one of these, a lovely table runner, pattern is 'C is for Christmas', by Michelle Ridgway of Rag-Tag Stitchin'.
I also did some work on my Natures Journey. More stitching of those 2"squares to make the nine patches for one of the borders but until I get the centre block finished, I can't join it all together.

I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever finish this centre block but there is not much to do now, just a flower and of course, all that satin stitch on the stems.
Well that's it for me tonight. Till next time, happy stitching..........

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Progress on Natures Journey, OPAM

Below are some photos of my progress for August.

I've cut out all the 2" squares for the check border and started to join those together. Also cut out the blocks for the final pink border.   

Only a few bits left to applique' on the centre block. A bird, a flower, some leaves and then finish satin stitching the stems. 

Hopefully by the end of next month I will have most of this done.

I have one finish for August. Below is my place mat made for the Flirty 30's Retreat I attended last weekend. I had lots of fun as usual. I also contributed a block for a quilt for a special friend who is having a big birthday soon.

Well must go as school pick-up is calling.
Happy Stitching till next time.......