Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy Australia Day to you all

(my scheduled post did not publish when it was supposed to - oops - but here it is now :) )

Hi everyone, Happy Australia Day to you all


I hope you have been able to spend it exactly how you wished ............. I know I have :)

Mr Fixit had an extra-long weekend for the holiday - it was his rostered day off (RDO) on Friday, and he was able to take 'time off in lieu' (TOIL) for Monday and with the Public Holiday on Tuesday, he had himself a 5 day break!

The cricket was on the TV so Mr Fixit was suitably entertained for the actual Australia Day Holiday - I got to spend my time in the sewing room and work on a few things :)

I have been working on my Farmer's Wife Quilt and knew that when it reached the width of my 'design wall' it is wide enough to fit on top of the queen bed - with the addition of the latest row, I just had to put it on the bed to get an idea on how it was going to look :)

very pleased with my progress so far!
Progress Shot- On a Queen Size Bed
Here is a block I made using the templates from the book (which was the catalyst for me searching out rotary cutting instructions)


Block 18 - Century of Progress
I have posted previously how happy I was with the Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival rotary cutting instructions - I blogged about Lesson 1 HERE

I did purchase Lesson 2, but on going through the list, I realised I had already made all of the blocks, except one.
Block 34 - Flock
I am loving these rotary cutting instructions - Karen has a special on for the month of January - buy one, get one free :)  so if you have been thinking about trying these instructions, now is a good opportunity to do so!  I am confident you won't regret it!  Please visit her blog HERE or go direct to her CRAFTSY store!

I have two more blocks from Lesson 3 to finish this weekend and that will be my January goal of finishing Lesson 3 accomplished!

Stay tuned for another Farmer's Wife Quilt progress post :)



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

more things crossed off ................

I decided to stop being the Christmas Block Swap Co-Ordinator in October - I had been swapping since 2010, and became the Co-Ordinator in 2012.  Chasing up the swaps to make sure they were completed was very time consuming and I was not enjoying it anymore :(  The lovely Bobbie has since taken it over, and I am still swapping Christmas blocks :)

I also decided to end the Fat Quarter Swap group - I found I was not enjoying that anymore either.   I found myself quite frustrated when I had to chase up whether a swap was completed or not, and I was getting very disappointed when most of the swappers stopped sharing photos of what had been sent and received - that was the bit I enjoyed most .... seeing all the lovely Fat Quarter goodies :)  I was going to close it completely - the blog and the Facebook group, but I received an offer from Sara to keep it going :)  Hopefully, Sara will breathe some new life into it.

I found I still wanted to do something with my time :)  they say when one door closes, another one opens ............... well it did :)  An opportunity for a new host of the CHERISH circle of the do Good Stitches bee opened up .......... and I put myself forward, and was accepted :)

I have been a stitcher for the CHERISH circle for a few years, so I knew roughly how it worked.  I am currently in the process of getting to know the new members of our circle, and have taken the first spot for the year with a scrappy wonky star block - a nice easy one for everyone to start with.

I hadn't even got around to making up a sample block, when Margie shared a photo of what she had made (I have pinched Margie's photo here :) )  Very exciting seeing these!

Wonky white stars
These blocks are already in my hot little hands ....... I can't wait to see what the resultant quilts will look like - I will be making two lap quilts as I only have a domestic machine and will be limited in how I can quilt it.



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

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

Monday, January 11, 2016

more photos to share

gee, what was I doing during the latter part of the year?   I realised I had not shared my beautiful birthday stash from the Birthday Club of the Fat Quarter Swap group.

what I sent to Jessica for her BD

what I sent to Anna for her BD

What I sent to Narelle for her BD

What I sent to LeAnne

what I received from LeAnne

I also forgot to share my photo of the November CHERISH do. Good Stitches bee block

Circles blocks for CHERISH

Circles blocks for CHERISH

stay tuned for some news on Fat Quarter Swap, and CHERISH ........... in my next post



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

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

crossing things off my 2015 list

just catching up on things I may have forgotten to blog about during the last few months of 2015

I can't believe I didn't blog about these gorgeous tulips blocks made for CHERISH do Good Stitches charity bee for July and August 2015

Tulip Block - Subtle


Tulip Block - Bright

I really enjoyed making these blocks :)

Here is my block for Brenda, in the December 2015 Christmas Block Swap
Antique Tile

here is the block Brenda sent me - isn't it gorgeous!


Here is what I sent to Michell in New Zealand for the Christmas Table Runner swap
Christmas Tablerunner

Christmas Tablerunner - matching coaster

Christmas Tablerunner - folded

here is what I received
Photo does not do it justice - it is a luxurious burgundy, green and gold :)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

FNwF - Show and tell

I managed to add another 2 rows to my Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt

FW-progress-5 rows




Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

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