Monday, November 24, 2014

November Swaps | Slow Post |

Why is the postal system taking so long lately?

I am still waiting for my block from Hope for the October Christmas Block Swap - it was posted from the USA on 7th November :(

I am also waiting on my QBSA November block from Brenda, another swapper in USA - that block has only recently been posted, so I hope it doesn't take too much time.

I just realised I had not posted a photo of the block I sent Brenda, so here it is

Is it just Australia & USA that seems to be taking such a long time?  Anyone else noticed their packages taking longer to get to their destinations?

Waiting on items from the other side of the world can be so very frustrating :(

Mr Fixit is waiting on a parcel from the UK - which could be here anywhere between 18th & 24th November according to eBay :)

Anyway, must be off .................. grocery shopping awaits :)


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Fat Quarter Swaps

November was another big month for the Birthdays in the Fat Quarter Swap

for Anna

for Narelle

for Stephanie

for Virginia
I also received two more birthday packages
from De

from Stephanie
thank you ladies, they are gorgeous!


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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FNSI show and tell

I got to spend some much needed time in my sewing room yesterday - thanks to FNSI - Friday Night Sew In hosted by the lovely Wendy.

Of course, the afternoon always starts with some good preparation :)


I put the finishing touches on my Do Good Stitches blocks for September - yes, I know :(  I am very late with these blocks.

September blocks - Blue

September blocks - Red

blocks now packed and ready to post on Monday.

I also finished up the last of my CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt blocks.
The October block is Oh Susannah
October Block - Oh Susannah

October Block - Oh Susannah

and the November block is 'sewer's choice'.  I love the way the June block came together, so here it is again, in a different colour combination.
November block - Sawtooth Star

November block - Sawtooth Star

and this is how the preparation finished :)



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Slow post :(

I am not sure what is happening with Postal Services of late ................ it seems that everyone is experiencing delays :(

I posted my Christmas Block to Hope on 20th October, and it has just arrived 7th November - that's 15 working days from Australia to USA - NOT HAPPY JAN!

Pinwheel Block
Hope has indicated that she likes it,
and that her October block to me has been posted yesterday - I hope
it doesn't take another three weeks to get to me :(

The lovely Narelle sent me some FQ Birthday Love and according to the post mark, it took 11 working days to get from QLD to SA
FQ Birthday Love from Narelle

FQ Birthday Love from Virginia



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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fat Quarter Swap UK

Some of you may know I am the Swap Co-Ordinator for a Fat Quarter Swap group, that swaps within Australia.  I was recently contacted by Tori Eames Matthews in UK recently asking if I had any objections to them copying our Fat Quarter Swap group :)   sure thing, go for it!  was my reply.

Tori has now opened up a UK Fat Quarter swap group on Facebook - it is a closed group, they started with 6 and looks like they will have twice that many for next month.

So if you are in the UK and have been looking for a Fat Quarter swap group - give it a try!


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fat Quarter Swap - Birthday Club Thank You

It was a big month for birthdays over on Fat Quarter Swap - we had 3 this month, and I was one of them :)

Birthday Squishies
BD Stash
close ups
close ups

look at the lovely elephant - I have an idea for him :)

Thanks heaps to Jessica, Arlene, HelenP, Lyn, SharonJ, LeAnne, Diana, Raelene, WendyBobW, Kim, Debbie, Anna, Colleen, Justine, Stephanie



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

More block swaps :)

Ank was my QBSA July partner, who sent the lovely starflower blocks below



but recently, I received another block from her


it seems Ank felt bad about misunderstanding my colour preferences and sent a replacement block!  This new block will fit in perfectly with the other blocks I have received, but the lovely blue & purple starflower blocks will not go to waste - I will use them on something else.  So thank you Ank, you didn't have to send a replacement block, but I am very glad you did :)

The Christmas block I sent to Kerri, for September has arrived - I posted a tease photo earlier, but here is a colour photo of what I sent

Here is what Kerri sent me
this is the start of a new Christmas Quilt - I think I will make a Disappearing 9 Patch

Hoping to spend some more time in the sewing room over the weekend :)


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt Blocks

I was able to make a dent in my CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt Swap backlog

August Block - Greek Cross
Greek Cross for Mandy - August

Greek Cross for Merry - August

September Block - Nelson's Victory
Nelson's Victory for Mandy - September

Nelson's Victory for Merry - September

Oh Susannah (Oct) from Mandy
Only two more blocks for me to make, Oh Susannah for October, and our choice for November.

I will be putting all of the blocks I have received on the design wall soon - this CraftMad Christmas Quilt is going to be so bright and colourful when it is finished :)


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

catching up on block swaps

It seems like an awfully long time since I spent time in the sewing room - so I was very happy to have the opportunity this week to get some sewing time :)

Do Good Stitches - July 2014 - Improv Strips
Cherish Blocks - July 2014 #1 Cherish Blocks - July 2014 #2

Do Good Stitches - August 2014 - Boy/Girl Log Cabin
Cherish Blocks - August 2014 #1 Cherish Blocks - August 2014 #2

These blocks are ready to go in the post :)

I finished my Christmas Block for Hope, my October partner.  Here is a tease photo :)
colour pic will be posted when it has
arrived - hope you like it, Hope :)

I realised I had not shared a photo of what I received in the Mini Quilt Swap from Susan
here it is on my wall - thank you Susan, I love it!!

I gathered my FQs for Fat Quarter Swap Birthday Club
Birthday Love for Arlene
Birthday Love for Jessica
I also spent time catching up on my CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt, but will share photos tomorrow :)



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Baby Quilt | Lifetime Quilt #11

I am in 'holiday prep' mode and have been busy crossing things off my check list  :)

I fly to Brisbane on Friday for a Crafty Weekend with my CraftMad friends :)  then from Monday, I am staying with a friend and having a girly holiday, starting with a trip to Australia Zoo for my birthday  :)  Crafting, Birthday celebrations, wining, dining & shopping and catching up with some old and very dear friends ........... how good is that?!!!!

I have been able to spend some time in the sewing room and made a baby quilt for my husband's niece - I actually bought the fabric shortly after the pregnancy announcement, but took a while to decide on what to make, and then took a while to actually cut into the fabric ........ at $20.00 per metre, I wanted to be sure of what I was doing.

I posted about my fabrics HERE in May 2014 - I actually started cutting on the 19th September 2014 in preparation for the Baby Shower on 28th :)

initial layout - not really what I wanted
this is next layout - I prefer this one

here it is - a complete flimsy

basted ready for quilting

then I experimented with quilting lines (on the PC)
straight down and across

in the ditch

cross hatch

I ended up doing one line of diagonal quilting and not cross hatching it :)

the obligatory quilt binding roll photo :)

the backing was Peter Rabbit

opening quilt :)

it will fit perfectly with the nursery ..... such a relief!

the card I made :)

I am so excited about my holiday, I just hope I get everything finished in time :)  I have completed my Swap Co-Ordinator duties for the Christmas Block Swap, Halloween Block Swap and Fat Quarter Swap.  I need to bake some goodies for Mr Fixit to take to work on Thursday for his birthday, and make sure I have a few things in the freezer for him to have while I am away.


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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
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