Nothing like taking a forced break….
Not feeling great today- it’s been building up all week so I’m forcing myself to rest up. But while I’m in bed……
Nothing like tv and stitching to take your mind off it!
xox Sugary hugs :o)
Ok….one UFO off my list….. here she is…..my ‘Tickled Pink’ cushion I told you about in my last post. Very nice to have something ‘girly’ in a house full of males! Honestly, I’m tickled pink! But why does it always take so long to get around to them??? (UFO’s I mean!) Hope you had a finish over the weekend! Sugary hugs xox :o)
I decided to pull out this UFO yesterday and finish ‘something’ in my pile. rather than start new things….a plan I’ve been working on (very ineffectively) for ‘quite some time’! This one started in a Colourque workshop with Helen Stubbings back in 2008……..a cushion called “Tickled Pink”, that’s what it’s making me feel as I see it come together at last…. Yesterday I played with the buttonhole attachment on my machine…. ..and did a little bit of hand quilting embellishment…. …a bit more today ( I LOVE my Frixion pens)…. …then sew on the frilly pink Robyn Pandolph loveliness…. and I’ll be totally Tickled Pink by the end of the day! Sugary hugs xox :o)
I can’t believe where the time has gone….. nearly two weeks since a post???? My goodness…..some prompting from fellow bloggers brought me back to reality…. I’ve been bustling around since my DS returned from his holiday to Canada……getting his licence (yay!!!!), going for specialist appointments (boooo!!), preparing for university (mmmmm ) This one’s been driving us crazy…. trying to organise rental units after finding out at a VERY late stage there were no uni rooms available for him….uuuurghh!!!!!, getting a new computer for him, having a very sick hubby (whose now much better!), finding out my back is much worse after the accident than first thought, and also finding out my knee is STILL wonky and I’m unable to return to work!!!!…..having no car, (seeing DS has relinquished my old car as his now and my ‘baby’ is in at the smash repairs for at least a month) and working around just the general day to day ‘stuff’. I have been busy doing some stitchy business though….. …I’m nearing the end of my Nice People Nice Things stitcheries and will be starting to put the blocks together soon!!!! woohoo…..this has been a very long project I started in 2009…..over 100 stitchery blocks just don’t get stitched in an afternoon at my place!!! hee hee Well, that’s my excuse anyway!!! I love that roses block….. …but not nearly as much as my roses hubby bought me for Valentines Day…. He always surprises me with a dozen red roses and a singing and dancing toy….delivered to me….and the lady delivering MUST stay until the dance and song has finished!!!! (His instructions!!!) This year, it was the cutest hippo….. can’t attach the video to share with you……google won’t let me!!!! gggrrrrr….it would give you such a giggle! Aaahhhh….ain’t love grand?! Sugary Hugs :O) xoxoxo
Slack, slack, slack…..is all I can say!!!! I finally finished the year 7 quilt on Friday and it was my goal to post it to show you on Saturday but I got ‘stuck’ on Facebook (hee hee) and into jobs around the house that have been missing out for a couple of weeks !!!! LOL And before I knew it, it’s Monday!!!!!! These days are just spinning by!!!! Here ‘she’ is….. completato, complété, 完成, voltooid, dovršen, completado, críochnaithe, mimlija, fullført, zakończony, завершенный, končana, cwblhau, tamamlandı….. COMPLETED!!!!!! Can you tell I was excited to finish her off in time for her presentation to the students at their Graduation Ceremony????…and just in the nick of time too……at 1am I was putting the last of the stitches into the binding and rod pocket……..I DO work best under pressure I think!!!!!!! My good friend Lynette was a tremendous help as she used her embroidery machine to its full potential adding a jpeg image of our school emblem into its files and letting it ‘do its thing’, quite a few times, until it was right!!!! There’s over 100,000 stitches in that centre block and I can’t thank her enough in helping me make my vision a reality….It worked beautifully!!!!! She also helped me at this ‘fun’ stage…. …not great with my ‘dodgy’ knee and at that crucial quilting stage, she kept the motivation up with coffee and giggles and great quilting suggestions!!!! She’s a gem!!!!! I don’t know if you noticed, but each of the blocks between the nine-patches was stitched by each year 7 student with their name and a border. We taught them how to stitch all through term 3 and 4 using Helen’s stitching tutorials from her Stitched Sundays. And I stitched all the year 7 teachers names, principal’s and deputy principal’s names too on the blocks down either side. With one block left, I machine embroidered an apple…well, you know……apple for the teacher!!!!!! ….a bit corny, but cute I thought!!!!!! This will now hang in the new school library as a ‘memorial’ to our year 7 group from 2011 who, one day, will show their kids that they too went to our school, many years ago!!!!! Now don’t forget to enter my giveaway in the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party before Dec 18 AEST…..leave a comment here for your entry to win a ‘SideWinder’ portable bobbin winder. And remember, if you become a follower, you’ll get an extra entry!!!! Make sure you visit as many of the other Blog Party People too….there’s over 200 giveaways all around the world!….woohoo!!!!!! Sugary sweet, Christmassy Hugs xo Wendy :O)
Each month, our Guild has a Block Lotto, where each of us make a 12 1/2” block (or two or three or…..more) under a theme and we put the names of the people who’ve contributed into a hat and draw one name out to win all the blocks. If we have lots, we might share them out between 2 or 3 winners ….some months it’s a block with a colour theme, some months it’s a style, this month, the theme was ‘Spring’ in bright colours with a neutral background. I thought I’d do something different to the usual when I saw this free pattern and tutorial last week on Madame Samm’s site featuring our very own Aussie, Helen Stubbings. So I did the usual tracing and ironing weaveline ( a lightweight, iron-on interfacing) onto the back and then took out these…(nothing flash….no specialty pencils here!)…. and got colouring using the Colourque technique Helen is famous for! And here is what I ended up with…… And believe me….I am NO artist…..stick figures are pretty much it for me, but I was soooo happy with how it turned out….I felt like a little kid again, and now, I don’t think I want to give it away….but….I guess I can always make another, can’t I ??!?!
Last week we went for a drive to the Strawberry Farm about an hour’s drive away and got the most delectable strawberries….the smell was just…. mm mmmmmmm…not to mention the taste! We got 5 kilos of these beauties and after eating our fill, I hulled them and sliced them and put them in the pot…. cooked them for a while with some lemon juice and sugar and it magically turned into this….. …the most delicious strawberry jam…..now tomorrow I must make some pikelets and scones and whip some cream to have with my jam!!! Want to join me for the perfect Sunday Devonshire Tea??? Sugary Hugs XOX Wendy :O)