Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Photo Catch-up

time to catch up on some piccies of my Christmas Swaps
Xmas Block swap - sent to Amanda for January swap

Xmas Block swap - sent to Amanda for January swap
Xmas Block swap - received from Amanda for January swap

Xmas Block swap - received from Amanda for January swap
Fat Quarter Swap
Time for the colour reveals of what I sent :)
January swap to Narelle

Birthday FQ to Colleen

Birthday FQ to Diana



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Farmer's Wife | Installment # 2

I got some more FW blocks done this weekend :)  I looooove long weekends :)

Block 1 Attic Windows
Block #1 - Attic Windows

Block 6 Big Dipper
Block #6 Big Dipper

Block 9 Box
Block #9 - Box

Block 10 Bowtie
Block 10 - Bowtie




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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Australia Day 2015

Happy Australia Day to all my Australian readers :)



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

FNSI - Show and tell

A very successful FNSI for me ................ Mr Fixit was happy to watch the cricket ... Australia won, so he was deliriously happy :)

as per usual, we have to start with some good preparation :)


I finished off my Do.Good Stitches bee blocks - scrappy strip quilt blocks

Scrappy String Quilt Block

Scrappy String Quilt Block

I found the perfect little box to keep my Farmers Wife blocks in :)

Must be off, my labour saving device (washing machine) is beeping - time to put in another load :)

Anyone got solar panels?  We took a few years to make up our minds, but finally bit the bullet in March 2014 and had them installed.  We just got our electricity bill for the previous 3 months - when it was scorchingly hot here in Adelaide :(  normally, this time of year we would expect a bill around $1,000 ............... it was $571.00  :)   and we fed $62.00 back in :)  woo hoo!!!  So it was a very good decision by Mr Fixit :)

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Farmer's Wife started :)

While Mr Fixit was watching the cricket yesterday afternoon & evening, I made a start on my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.

I must say I had fun making up these lovely little blocks - the hard part was deciding which fabric to cut into first :)

FW Block #041

FW Block #002

FW Block #004

FW Block #111

My progress chart - not sure how this will go, but will see how it works :)

Progress-Chart-January

Don't forget our facebook group - the Farmers Wife Stitchalong :)




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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Getting ready ...........



to make a start on my Farmers Wife Quilt - I bought some more fabrics yesterday from A Quilters Odyssey.  I timed my visit well, as my friend Cynthia was there too :)  and I got to see her Farmer's Wife quilt in the flesh, so to speak ................... OMG it is just gorgeous!!!!

I pinched Cynthia's pic from her blog - this photo does not do it justice at all!  
Seeing her flimsy convinced me I needed some more lights to mix in with my other colours .....
..... to add to my original picks ....
I will start cutting now and see how they play out :)
I was going to do one block a week, but Kate reminded me that there is 111 blocks so it would take over two years to do it that way :( (I was never good at maths :( and can't add up to save my life)

So the goal is to do 2 blocks a week - they are only 6" blocks so it should be doable :)
I am even thinking of grabbing some of the fabrics I set aside for the Globetrotting Quilt Along - as some of my fave fabrics are in there as well :)



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Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Pledge | to be the best swapper I can be :)

Cheryll’s inviting everyone who participates in her swaps to take the 2015 pledge:
 


THE 7 STEP PLEDGE


I, CathyC of Cathy's Sewing Room, will try my utmost...

  •  To always swap on time.
  •  To always email a THANK YOU to my partner.
  •  To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.
  •  To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.
  •  To communicate when it’s required.
  •  To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.
  •  To advise the swap mama when I receive my gift.
This I sewomly pledge....



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Saturday, January 10, 2015

FAwF/FNwF | Show and tell

The first Friday Night with Friends for the year, and thanks to the cricket being on, I could make an early start in the afternoon - hence my FAwF (Friday Arvo with Friends) :)

I started the afternoon with some simple sewing together of some scrap squares given to me by a family friend.  They were stuck onto some pelon with a grid, and all I had to do was fold and stitch along the lines :)  some of the blocks had been completed, and some were partially completed and some were just tacked on - so, some very simple sewing indeed.  The hard part was laying them out in some form of pattern.  As I was working on them, I noticed a slight gradient to the colouring, and realised there was a 'method' to how they were laid out.  This is what I ended up with

Scrappy blocks

I am not convinced I have laid the sections out as the original maker intended - I think I may just do a bit of reverse sewing and re-arrange a few sections, as well as match up a few more seams :)

Block Lotto
Next up, I made up a block for Block Lotto - I didn't participate last year, and this year I am hoping to make at least one block each month.

Double 9 Patch

I really enjoyed the precision of this Double 9 Patch block.

Fat Quarter Swap
I spent some time selecting fabrics for my Fat Quarter Swap partner, and the two birthday club members. So I don't spoil the surprise, here are some black and white photos :)




I won't say who is getting what here - packages will be in the mail on Monday.

Christmas Block Swap
I received these lovely blocks from Amanda, one of the newest swappers to join our swap group.



I finished up my Christmas Block Swap sewing - once again, some black and white images so I don't spoil the surprise


The swap is really only supposed to be one block each month, but since Amanda sent me two blocks (one she was not so happy with, but for the life of me, I can't see why) and I wasn't really happy with the colour selection of one of my blocks; I decided to send two blocks back :)

More time in the sewing room today ............. I can't wait to get started this!

here are my fabrics 

A Facebook group has been created by SueB, founder of QBSA, for those that are doing the FW - for newbies like myself, who are just starting out and for those that have already started it, but may need a bit of a prod encouragement to continue.  You can find the Facebook group HERE



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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Baby Quilt | Lifetime Quilt #12

I have been working on a quilt for the new great nephew, and now that it has been given, I can reveal all!  LOL

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

I have been playing with FMQ and am slowly improving :)

Baby Quilt

Linking with Cat Patches NewFO linky party - a new finished object :)  started and finished in December 2014.


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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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