Sewing Dates

I’ve been meaning to write this post since Wednesday night! I have no idea where last week went… do you? So now I shall just update you on both of the sewing dates I had last week…

Wednesday morning I dropped DS off at school and then headed over to Mum and Dad’s for a cuppa. Here is what awaited me:

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This is a typical Dutch breakfast – cup of tea, soft boiled egg and a beschuitje with sugar :)

After this lovely start to my day, I drove over to my sewing date with Susan. She had a table set up specially for me!

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I had Baby B with me, and worked on some of the 100 patches. I am getting there :

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This is a pic of Susan’s lovely Gammill room:

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It is MUCH neater than mine!!!!

Susan finished sewing borders on a bed runner:

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More about this pattern on her blog

After working on some of the 100 patches, I managed to get the binding on Wiggly Whimsy:

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Yay, it is nearly done!!

On Saturday I usually go to a patchwork group in my old hometown. This week they all came to my place instead to see my stash, sewing room, and junk :)

I worked hard to get the room ready…. but needed help with removing this unwanted visitor:

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Oops, sorry, it’s rather out of focus… maybe my hands were a bit shaky? Here’s one closer up:

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Yep, a huntsman…. with what looks like cobwebs on his legs… hmmm… must dust…. so out he went down the back paddock…

I am sure the ladies were happy he wasn’t there when they got here…. We all settled in to some lovely chatting, ooohing over fabric and sewing machines… when suddenly there was a knock at the door and another visitor! Thankfully it wasn’t the huntsman coming back, but it was this cute little thing:

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A little lost kitty that had been hanging around the elderly lady’s house across the road. She is blind, and her carer came to ask if it was our cat. Sadly I had to say no…. so she said she’d have to take her to the pound… whereupon I took the gorgeous little thing and asked if any of the ladies wanted a kitten :)

One of the ladies said she would take it home and I will hang up some posters in the neighbourhood to see if we can get this little kitten back home again. It is not a feral one, looks like it has been well cared for, so hopefully we will find its owners… anyone reading my blog recognize it?!

It settled in quite happily with us for the afternoon:

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I did manage to get a few stitches in, in amongst having cups of tea, chatting, and cuddling kittens.. I sewed this heart to the back of my gorgeous heart quilt:

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Now it can go on the wall:

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Well, that is all for now… got a busy week ahead and not sure how much sewing will get done, but oh well… hope you all can do some for me!

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Monday Happenings

Woke up this morning to a very foggy day:

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Visibility was pretty bad all the way to school and back…. Even Gail’s was shrouded in fog:

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Would you believe I drive past Gail’s four times every day  and have only dropped in once…? How amazing am I?! (Broke is more like it, but oh well!!)

The fog had still not lifted by the time I headed out to my craft/sewing group. Thankfully no kangaroos hopped out of the fog on the way….

The place where we meet, is in a lovely new building in a town near our house (which is still being rented out). I enjoy going out to that area once a week, makes me feel like home… one day I hope we can move back into our house, until then I am being patient.  (Really, I am….!)

I usually try to get to craft early so that I can set up Baby B in the corner, to minimize people tripping over the power cord :)

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As you can see there is plenty of space and a nice tidy kitchen to make cuppas.

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Baby B all set up and ready to go… I brought my 100 patches with me to work on since they are just mindless chain sewing:

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I got one and a half done… I must remember to take photos of them – I can’t remember how many I have done now… I do have a lot of baggies left with squares, so I am not quite done… but at least I am making some progress!

After having a lovely morning with the ladies I dropped by some farm friends for a cuppa. This little fella was there as well:

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All animals are cute as babies…aren’t they? This little guy was oinking and following me around wherever I went :)

After that it was home again, home again, jiggity jig….

A good start to the week I think!

 

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A Chookshed Party!

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There’s a party this weekend at Chookyblue’s and we were all invited to celebrate her Chookshed turning 2 :)

I couldn’t attend yesterday because we were at another party – my DFIL turned 80 yesterday, so we spent the day with him instead! Well, most of the day… 6 hours were spent traveling back and forth to the party, but it was worth it! We got back just before 10 last night and I told DH and kiddies that today I was going to be in the sewing room joining Chookyblue and the other ladies….

Of course first I need to tidy up the sewing room….. :)

So this post will be added to throughout the day as I get the room tidied up and start working on things….

Got a few things in mind to play with… so stay tuned for updates with photos!

1.48 pm Update

Ok, made a start :)

I’ve been cutting up scraps with my Go! Chisel die…. I thought I’d make a bright scrappy baby quilt, so I dug into my stash, found a feature fabric and came up with these bits and pieces, along with a rough scribble of what I want it to be:

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After all those brights I needed something to relax my eyes, so I went through my non-bright scraps :)

Here is the die I am using:

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Much more toned down….. chain sewed some of them together….

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Ironed them out:

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Played with a few arrangements…

 

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…. and decided I like it, so I need to cut way more darks and lights to play with…. :)

I just made the mistake of walking through the kitchen to get a drink, and saw all the dishes… time for a sewing break and back to reality… I will do a few dishes and then get back to the sewing room :) Hope everyone is sewing lots! I’ll go do some blog visits at afternoon tea time!

 

8.15pm Update

Well, I am calling it a day! Although it doesn’t look like I did much compared to some of the bloggers I visited, I am so pleased that I managed to do some sewing at least! Thankfully I have my sewing group tomorrow morning and a sewing date with Susan later in the week, so I should be able to get more done this week. But for Chookyblue’s party, this is it….

I did get the bright baby top done:

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Sorry about the photo, need to get a design wall or something… it is dark outside and in, so that photo will have to do!!

For all those who are still enjoying their Sunday sewing for a bit longer, hope you keep having fun!! Thanks Chookyblue for putting on the party, and oh, last but not least, please head over to her blog and check out this post… it’s for a good cause!

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My New Hobby

I know, I am supposed to be showing you photos of what I have been sewing… not of my new hobby… well, I keep forgetting to take photos of my sewing and did take photos of my new hobby, so this will have to be first….

For Christmas and my birthday in January I got something I’d been interested in for a very long time ….. a pressure canner! I have been preserving with Fowler’s bottles since I got married – fruit, tomatoes, jams and jellies… but I was fascinated by the idea of canning meat and  veggies. So I was very pleased when I got my canner at the beginning of the year.

So far I have done some minced meat, potatoes, chicken and yummy, yummy Sloppy Joe mix. The latter was very popular and we ran out quickly, so yesterday I decided to make up another batch.

I used this recipe HERE.

I doubled the recipe and cooked it all up in a big pot. Then poured it into the jars and got them ready to pop the lids on:

 

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A couple of hours later they were all done and cooling on the counter:

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I also popped in some veggie soup… all of the jars sealed but one. Today I made another batch of just veggie soup, so that will do us for a little while at least :)

So there you go – that is my new hobby….

Any other canning quilters out there?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Today was one of the best Mother’s days ever :) My kids totally spoiled me! I got to sleep in and then got up to a yummy brecky made by the three of them:

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There were eggs, bacon and waffles… and a pile of pressies!

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Here they are all unwrapped:

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Love them all! They also made a lovely dinner for me, and my Mum and Dad came over to share it. But I forgot to take a photo!!! I told the kids we’d have to do it all over again so I could take a pic!!

To all the Mums out there – Happy Mother’s Day!

And as my sister put it so well on Facebook:

Thinking of my friends who are single Mums, you’re Amazing! !
Thinking of those who have lost their Mum.
Thinking of those who so desperately want to be a Mum and can’t.
Mother’s day 2014.♡

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Up and Running!

Emmie G is FINALLY up and running!!! And my sewing room is functional… yay!!!

Susan came over the other day and we had a lovely morning sewing and chatting. While we chatted I got Emmie G started…

 

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I popped a practice piece on and we gave her a whirl… She stitched beautifully, but seems to have a bit of a vibration, so I will need to stitch a bit more with her, and try to find out what is going on. It was lovely though to work with her again. Now I need to get all those flimsy’s loaded and finished!!

So because Susan was coming around I had to get the sewing room finished :) Great motivation! I took some photos later in the day because with so many windows, it is hard to get the lighting right when it is too bright outside. The photo from the doorway didn’t turn out, but here are a few others…. My nice big cutting board (28″ x 46″) fits perfectly on this table:

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Looking back towards the door – got a round table to do stuff at…

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Bernie is set up next to my computer. Not much space next to her, I might move the computer into the lounge room to create more room….

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You can see that the shelves are all still a mess – I have just unpacked things straight into them, but not sorted yet. I will take my time sorting over the next few months. I also still have lots of tubs, baskets, and other things to sort out. But I am happy that I am organized enough to sew some things and feel much more settled now.

More soon on the projects I have been working on – yes, I have actually done some sewing in the past week!!!

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Getting Settled?

I suppose you could say we are getting settled…. Unpacked the last box the other day, but still have a lot of sorting to do. Most important was the boys doing this:

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Emmie G is now set up, but not running yet. And no photo of her set up because it is still a mess around her and only Alice gets to see a photo of the mess :)

I keep thinking… tomorrow it will be nice and tidy and I will take photos and blog…. However, at the moment tomorrow does not seem to be coming anytime soon!

Other things I have been up to?

* Meeting and making friends with a blog friend who has just moved to the same town…

* Caught up with my old quilt group in my little country town – lovely to see old faces and meet new ones!

* Got invited to a new quilt group that meets on a Monday morning – took Baby B with me and actually did some sewing! Amazing! Everyone was so friendly and I really enjoyed it…

* Getting DS15 ready to start school next term – buying books, uniforms, shoes, etc, etc, etc….

* Getting some scratches on my new second hand car, which only goes to show what they already know in Arabia – women should not be driving… :)

* Getting parcels in the mail from Di and Alice… so much fun…

* Oh, and last but not least…. missing Arabia and my friends there……

So, tomorrow I will take photos of a tidy quilting room (????) and blog (?????)… right???

Thanks everyone for bearing with me while I have what is turning out to be a long bloggy interruption…

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Another Quick one…

…with pics of the “bedlam” as Marilyn put it in the comments in the last post! Sorry I haven’t replied to any of your comments yet, I will get there!!

They arrived at 8.20am with two 20ft containers… admittedly the second was not entirely full… :)

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The house started to fill up quickly… most important was this box:

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“Swing Machine” arrived safe and sound… tick…

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The guy in charge said that in all his 10 years he had never moved someone with so many bookshelves :) As the inside started to fill, they atarted leaving boxes outside….

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At that stage DH said to me that he didn’t think there would be space to put Emmie G up… lol! Waking up this morning, I walked into Emmie G’s room and thought – hmmm… I think he might be right:

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I’m off to have another cuppa and some brecky… and then I think I might unpack some boxes today :)

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A quick update….

I have been very unmotivated these past few months… you can tell, can’t you?! I guess I have been in waiting mode… waiting for our stuff to arrive… waiting for my husband to get here… because as I forgot to tell all of you – DH got a job back here in Oz!!!! Very exciting, although it does mean I can’t have another visit to my beloved Arabia…! Never mind, it is better to have him home :)

The waiting is almost over… DH arrived late Sat night, and our stuff arrives early tomorrow morning :) It will be all hands on deck with a 40 foot container turning up on our doorstep! Those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time might remember when they came and packed it all up for Arabia three years ago:

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Somehow it all went away in a TWENTY foot container, and it is coming back in a FORTY foot container…. hmmm…. well, what can I say, I might have a teeeny weeeny bit more fabric in there, and one more teeny weeny sewing machine :) Oh, I can’t wait to see Emmie G again!!!  DH even said something very silly last night – that he thinks he and the boys might get her set up tomorrow :) Hee heee…. we will see about that one!!!

Now I hope we can get somewhat settled and into a routine….. I hope!!!!

I will take some photos of the bedlam tomorrow and try to post them… until then, hope you are all doing some sewing for me!!!!

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Birthday Blessings

Last week I turned older… another year, would you believe it! I had a lovely day…

DD made me a cake with what we had on hand in the house:

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It was a Brownie cake – yummy!

Got some lovely cards and pressies:

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In the  middle there, is a gift voucher from my dear sister to go to Gail’s! Yay! An excuse to go to a quilt shop! (Would you believe I have not stepped foot in one since I got back to Oz?!)

I also went to see “Saving Mr Banks” with my mum, DD, and a dear friend… it was a good movie, we all enjoyed it.

In other news, I finished the rag rug for the kitchen:

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Better go do the dishes…. :)

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