Sunday, December 21, 2014

FNSI - show and tell

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


I tried my hand at some FMQ (free motion quilting) - still need HEAPS of practice, but I am getting there :)  I am making a baby quilt for the newest member of the family - Great Nephew Lucas :)

I'm off to visit the other 48 FNSIers HERE


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cake & Coffee with friends

I was lucky enough to spend some time with some crafty friends - Mandy from CraftMad (papercrafts) and Cynthia from Cynthia's Ark (quilting) on Friday, 12th December

the best of both worlds I think, mixing my two hobbies with two great friends :)
LtoR:  Mandy, Cynthia, Cathy (me)

mug rugs for the girls

mug rug for Cynthia - front

mug rug for Cynthia - back

mug rug for Mandy - front

mug rug for Mandy - back



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October Christmas block has arrived :)

Yay, the Christmas Block Hope made for me for the October swap has finally arrived.  This is the block that was returned to Hope in the USA, so that she could re-pack it and send it back to me here in Australia - this one was posted on 6th December, and got here on 19th December - that's 10 working days :(  much longer than it used to take.

October Christmas block from Hope



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Quilt Block Swaps - December update

Christmas Block Swap
Pinwheel block for December Christmas Block Swap for Charmaine
December block - Xmas block swap for Charmaine

I received the most wonderful package from Charmaine - filled with Christmas goodness! 


Mug Rug & some Christmas panels

a Christmas 9 patch

a gorgeous Christmas star
Another Angel block needed - this time for a failed November Christmas Block swap :(
Christmas Angel Block for Maree
Quilt Block Swap Australia
December is my final swap with QBSA.  It seems rather fitting that my last swap was with my first partner, SueB, who also happens to be the group's founder :)
I made two blocks, as I wasn't perfectly happy with the first one.

Antique Tile Block #1 for SueB
Antique Tile Block #2 for SueB

Also, I felt I had to make up for my very first block which I trimmed to 12" (not realising it was supposed to be 12 1/2" )  but Sue set me straight.  I certainly think my sewing has improved since then.
First QBSA block made in 2010 - my very first block swap ever!

My final block from Sue - a perfect Rainbow Starflower block and the most gorgeous handmade card  :)
QBSA December swap - final swap from SueB



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Friday, December 19, 2014

December Fat Quarter Swap comings and goings | update on slow post

Don't you just hate waiting for things to arrive in the mail?  :(

The Hope October Christmas block saga continues ............ the block had found its way back to the sender in the US, was repacked and sent it on it's way back to me - it still has not arrived :(

The package for Mr Fixit from UK that never arrived, so they arranged for a replacement, which arrived in 5 days - turns out it was the original package that arrived, as the replacement has now just been delivered :)  We are in contact with the sellers to see what action we need to take to send the replacement back to them.

The computer arrived, but not without a scare .... TNT Couriers was organised to deliver - we only got Box 2 of 2 on Thursday, 11th December.  We queried it with the driver that we were expecting two boxes and he said he only had one :(  It was a frustrating time trying to track down the other box - of course Box 1 had the actual computer in it :)  We finally got Box 1 of 2 on Monday, 15th December.

BTW - the new computer is up and running and now all I have to do is to learn how Windows 8.1 does things - I think we were one of the last people we know still on XP.

Fat Quarter Swap 
Birthday Club for December only has 1 birthday girl :)
Birthday Stash for Justine

December FQ swap for Suzi

December FQ swap from Suzi
Sadly, I needed to send some Angel Fat Quarter love to some FQS members who were on the wrong side of a one-sided swap :(

FQS Angel package for Colleen

FQS Angel package for Kim
the karma scales will always balance .... what goes around, comes around.

I was on the receiving end of some Fat Quarter Angel love, when I received this lovely unexpected present from Jessica.

My new Quilt binding clips holder :)


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Even slower post :(

Don't you just hate waiting for things to arrive in the mail?  :(

The October Christmas block Hope made for me has found its way back to her in the US - looks like there was an issue with the postage :(  Hope has now repacked it and has sent it on it's way back to me - hopefully this time, I will get it quickly - although this time of year I am not hopeful.

The package for Mr Fixit from UK never arrived, so they arranged for a replacement, which arrived in 5 days.

On the positive side - my block from Brenda for November QBSA did arrive, and it is beautiful!
Thank you Brenda, I am so very close to finishing my Purple Patch Quilt.

Fat Quarter Swap 
Birthday Club for December only has 1 birthday girl :)
Birthday Love for Justine

December swap for Suzi

We are now waiting for our new computer to arrive :)  Hopefully, it is not too far away and I can be back up and running in no time - so if I disappear for a few days, you know I have had problems :(


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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November catchup | Slow Postal Services

I really didn't want to finish the year being so far behind in my swap commitments - so I did some appropriate preparation to get motivated to sew  :)


and I managed to catch up on my Do Good Stitches Bee blocks :)

October Block
Scrappy Tic Tac Toe #1
Scrappy Tic Tac Toe #1

Scrappy Tic Tac Toe #2
Scrappy Tic Tac Toe #2
November block
Red Cross - white dots
Red Cross #1

Red Cross - white flowers
Red Cross #2
Mental note to self - check which side is the right side when working with tone on tone :)  I had to rip out 3 different sections because I sewed them the wrong way :(

I am still waiting on my block from USA - it was posted 7th November :(

Mr Fixit is still waiting on his package from UK - they are sending a replacement :)

Mr Fixit is now on leave - and will be for the next SEVEN WEEKS!!  I hope we don't drive each other crazy being home together for that amount of time LOL - not to worry, the Cricket will be on, so he will be happy, and I can craft or sew to my hearts content, so I will be happy :)


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

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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