Thursday, July 31, 2014

Up to date

I managed to finish my Quilty stitches sampler block 14 last night and now I’m up to date.

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only two more to go and I can frame it and hang it proudly in my sewing room!

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It feels sooooo good when you catch up! Now, if only I could do that with all my other UFOs!

Sugary hugs xox   :o)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Building on skills

Found a clever addition to my skills basket today and thought I might share it……

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I have been known to sew quite a few half square triangles and these are not always my favourite block, although apparently, they are the second most popular block in quilting (heard that somewhere)……and as I was traipsing my way through Blogland this morning, I came across a comment on a website that lead me HERE to

double saw tooth quilt block

Quilting and Whatnot…..

where you can download and print FREE papers to create accurate half square triangles without the problems caused by those pesky bias edges…. from 1/2 inch ones right up to 2 1/2 inch ones.  There’s lots of tips and hints too. Available free of charge to you 24/7!  Great, huh?

I love how quilters are always so caring and sharing, don’t you?  I”m off to the cave….

Sugary hugs xox  :o)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Finish in the wings…

Another block finished and one more block to catch up….

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then only two more blocks to finish.

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I’m loving this Quilty Stitches Sampler-a-long generously hosted by Cory…..it’s still free on her blog if you want to go and download and start your own.  I’ve followed along with her colours but you could easily choose ones to suit your own decor.  

However, being the ‘rebel’ (?) that I am,  I’m not going to fill in the background to each block because I like it the way it is….I might do a darker, maybe the charcoal (I used on the barn roof), border around the outside before I frame though. (talk about pushing the boundaries!)  And then I’ll have another finish for OPAM…at last!

It always feels so good when there’s a finish in the wings, doesn’t it?

Sugary hugs xox :o)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

What gives you power to play?

My mother in law invited us for lunch yesterday and when we arrived this is what we saw….

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GNOCCHI!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yum….after a few minutes in the pot they start to ‘pop’ and then……..

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we enjoyed some Gorgonzola gnocchi and one with the regular sauce…..both delish…..I’m not generally a blue vein type of girl, but it is absolutely YUMMO

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and play with some free motion quilting…..

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and with some beautiful fabrics….Collections for a Cause

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and even try some scallops. I couldn’t stop!

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Might just need to eat more gnocchi…..it gives me heaps of energy to play!

What’s your power food?

Sugary hugs xox  :o)

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Toys

This week has flown by and Thursday saw me travelling to Townsville to go and see the specialist who operated on my FIL earlier this year and then go for scans to get the all-clear for upcoming surgery to remove his cancerous kidney.  Then we had to visit the haematologist as hubby has some ‘abnormal’ blood results which show infection ‘somewhere’ in his system…..seems all we do lately is visit doctors.

So to wile away the time in between, I popped over to Spotlight with my 15% off voucher and bought me a treat…..

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Seeing as I’ve been playing with hexies a bit lately, I thought this might make it much easier (and more accurate) to prepare my papers……and I couldn’t choose so I got all three……the X-Large punches out 1 inch hexies, the Large does 3/4 inch and the Medium, 1/2 inch…..hate to think how small the small one punches out???  Bit too fiddly for me.  I couldn’t wait to get home and have a ‘play’…..

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I like to use the subscription cards that come in my mags…..they’re just the right weight for paper piecing….I can feel the edge when I’m joining the hexies.

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So much fun and sooooo much easier…..This is definitely one of those purchases that doesn’t make you feel guilty……Loving my new toys!

Which leads me to think….what new hexi design can I come up with now?

Sugary hugs xox  :o)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Catching up

Last night I did some catching up (and boy, haven’t I got a lot of that to do with my never ending list of ufo’s?)

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Little Miss Shabby’s Quilty Stitches Sampler A Long

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I should be up to block 14, but I’m just on 10…..but getting there.

Have you caught up with all your ‘catch ups’?

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Sugary hugs xox  :o)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

FNSI Winner

I did get a lot done on Friday Night (well, we know how my Friday nights extend into Saturday and Sunday!)……I’m sorry I didn’t post before now….but I was finishing off a new design and writing the pattern…..so at 1am this morning, I was packing it away into a postpak ready for sending to a magazine for inclusion later in the year.

So all I can show you are sneakies! (is that even a word??)

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I even managed to consume a ‘small’ bowl of  these delights….

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with a warm cocoa, of course…..you can never have too much chocolate!

We had stitchy people all over the globe altogether on Friday night stitching away, and from those, Mr RNG decided he’d draw number….

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    as the winner of this lovely sewing tool keeper kit….

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So a BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO MELODY in Melbourne who just happened to be making lots of hexies on Friday night like me!  I wonder how many more of us have caught the hexi bug on Friday night?

I’ve yet to visit everyone from FNSI to see, but I will this week…..if you’d still like to pop over and visit everyone and see what they got up to you can….just click on the links HERE

Until tomorrow

Sugary hugs xox  :o)

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