Sunday, May 29, 2016

This way or......

That way or the other way is the question that I was asking  hubs today.     I finished sewing, cutting and ironing my blue and white HSTs and it is  now time to make a final decision as how I am going to place them in the bedrunner.  First way.

  Something not quite right here at the ends so a quick re-arrangement  to this

Which we both thought was a much better placement of the ends.  I then decided to go with a narrow white border and a bit wider blue border.  

So decision made, photograph taken to use as a guide and squares now waiting to be trimmed and joined.

I am pleased to say that I did achieve my OMG for May which was to sew up the required number of HSTs needed.

Linking with Red Letter Quilts.

Back soon hopefully with the completed item and in the meantime.

Happy sewing all

Saturday, May 21, 2016


It seems no time at all since it was last FNSI - where is this year going.    Last night after a quick dinner of chicken soup - as I was not hungry due to having a "girls day out" lunch - I made a start on preparing and sewing up more of  my blue and white HST's.

Chain piecing the blocks to speed up the process.

All sewn, cut and pressed.   My next job is to square them all up to the required size.

 And to finish off I found the perfect piece of fabric to use for my circle to describe the day's activity of a "girls day out".

So now that I am on a roll with my blue and white HST's I am going to lay them all out  today to try and decide on which way to place them.

Thanks goes to Wendy again for hosting another FNSI.   Click here to find out what Wendy and the others got up to last night.

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Happy sewing all

Sunday, May 15, 2016

My "happy" happy plant

Many many years ago my parents gave hubs and I a happy plant as a wedding anniversary gift.     After a few months of living on our dining room table the poor plant was anything but happy.     It was looking very miserable  with brown drooping leaves - I am sure from overwatering - so it was moved out into a semi-shaded position in the garden to fend for itself and given the odd splash of water in between rain showers.   Last week when I was doing a bit of gardening to my surprise I noticed that it had flowered after all these years.  

After a quick search on the "net" I found that it not many flower and when they do it has taken up to 25 years or more for some to do so.     I also read that once they flower they die.   Oh no after all this time I would hate for that to happen.   I will return to that website and read up a bit more to see if there is something that I can do to save my happy plant otherwise I will not be happy.  

Back soon and in the meantime

 Happy sewing all

Saturday, May 7, 2016


The first Friday night of the month means FNwF  and last night I worked on cutting out and sewing up my 9 patch blocks for May's Rainbow Challenge  .   The colours for May are those of the evergreen forest - soft green leaves  with dusty brown trunks.    I did throw in a few squares with coloured foliage for interest.

All sewn up

Only 23 signed up this month and if you would like to check out what they got up to just head on over to Gone Stitchin' .

Thanks Cheryll for hosting another productive sewing night.

Linking up with Oh Scrap.

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Happy sewing all

Friday, May 6, 2016

One Monthly Goal for May

I have just been back to check on my list that I made  at the beginning of the year and a couple of items still remain on it.     Time to remedy this so onto getting out the blue and white half square triangles that the ladies of my quilt group made for me to have a play with them.

 And make a start on cutting up more HST's with my blue fabrics.  I am using the same white fabric in each block to tie it altogether.  

I am thinking bedrunner so my aim for this month is to cut and sew out  the required number of HST's.  I am not going to be too ambitious and go for the finished item.

Quite a few have already signed up for OMG for May and if you would like to see their progress you can here.

Back soon with some photos of which way I have decided to place the HST's.     I found a website with 25 different ways - maybe too confusing.    In the meantime

Happy sewing all

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Around and around.........

I go and sew.     I have now completed all the circles for April.

Some years ago I made a set of placemats for a very good friend who enjoys travelling around Australia with her husband in their caravan and I still have some of the fabric lurking in my scrap pile.   On closer inspection I noticed that Canberra appears on it so it was a  perfect  fit to use for the day that hubs and I stayed there last week.   I also added in a circle with what looks very much like the road system in Canberra as well as some autumn leaves.  

I am very happy with how my blocks are coming together and now one third of the way through the year.    It is now onto  the circles for May.

Linking with Quilty Folk

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Happy sewing all


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Breakfast is ready..........

And I did not have to get it.  

Hubs and I have just spent 4 days being pampered in Canberra.  We booked ourselves in the Hotel Kurrajong in the suburb of Barton.

Our room

Modern technology  makes getting around unfamiliar areas a breeze.    For those who have been to Canberra will know what I mean and for those who have not - Canberra has been designed on a series of circles and if you are not on the "right circle" you can end up on the other side of the city very quickly with no way back.   Ask me how I know.   Hubs and I were nearly divorced in Canberra many years ago all over how to get to the War Memorial.   So we take no chances now and always take the Ipad.  

Canberra consists of many beautiful parks and  lovely wide tree-lined streets and being autumn are full of colour.


Being a tourist is thirty work and how could we pass this sign.   As you can see I did.

Back into the car and heading off to the Mint to see where our coins are made.  No free samples were being given out unfortunately.

Onto Parliament House to enjoy the view over Canberra from the rooftop.

The Australian flag which flys at the top of Parliament House can be seen from most areas of Canberra.

On the way home today we stopped off the see the annual pumpkin festival at Collector but unfortunately the weather gods were not happy and the wind and rain were really lashing around the area.    We  did see some of the displays and had enough time to buy a pumpkin to make soup and some pumpkin scones - which we will enjoy for tomorrow's morning tea - before having to make a mad dash to the car with wet clothes and umbrellas which had blown inside out.

Back to reality tonight - sorting laundry and cooking dinner.  

Back soon and in the meantime
Happy sewing all