20 May 2018

Halfway Point the Getaway

We are halfway through our sewing retreat getaway.  Were we are staying is very quiet this time of year but we a close enough to restaurants and shops if we need to be go out.  The house is perfect for our needs there is an island bench for all important fabric cutting (and occasionally food prep) and a big long table that we can spread out on when we need to and the lounge is lovely to sit in an sew in from of the TV watching a movie or royal wedding.

We’ve sewed A LOT I think yesterday I stitched from 7.30am  until 10.30 pm with breaks for shower, food and the Royal Wedding.

My plan was to work on a different project each day.

Row by Row

Friday was my row by row. I finished the resew of the florist shop row and stitched the rows so far together.  It’s looking good.  3 more rows to go and there is no way it will be finished by June, but hey that’s fine.  The real job has been really hitting hard lately and some nights I just can’t bring myself to sew.  I’ll finish the rows when I can and then we will get the patterns up.

Pretty Circle Game

I was a bit behind on Circle Game having not finished last months block with all my row by row renewing that needed to be done but I am almost up to date now.  The 2nd block from this month is about halfway together.

Plan for Today

Well today I might start a new project and then maybe move on to Delilah.  I packed some fabrics for Glitter (another Jen Kingwell’s design and I might just cut a few blocks out.  I admit to having a couple of Jen Kingwell’s quilts at this stage.  I just cut a few blocks when I feel like it and will then gradually stitch them together.  Florence is in a similar state as is Daisy Do.  There is no requirement for these quilts to be finished they will just be waiting when I want to start stitching them.  These are pretty much 1 block quilts which I think is perfect for this style of slow stitching.





07 May 2018

Girls Getaway

This time last year over a sewing day, 3 girls made a plan to do a sewing road trip to celebrate 2 of us reaching 0 milestones.  Mainly due to my work being nuts and having no backup whatsoever and needing to fit in with everyone else’s family commitments (including my own) the extravaganza has been whittled down to 5 nights down the Coast extending a weekend.

I’ve started narrowing down (well trying to) the projects I’m going to take.  I’m sure I will weaken and decide to take more over the next week and a bit but I’m trying to stick to 4.  As it is there is going to be more sewing stuff than food and clothing going into the car.  They tried to tempt me with a joint project but I was strong.  I really don’t need to start anything new at this stage.

Sue has sent a list of food places to eat and I don’t think we have enough meals to fit them all in.  Someone mentioned taking DVD’s just in case TV is crap as I don’t watch much free to air TV that is a distinct possibility.  My Kindle is stacked with books and I must remember to put in my bluetooth headphones in case I need to listen to some books.

I just got my latest stash builder bundle from Amitie so that has been added to the pile to take.

The projects are:



  • Start Golden Days  all the backgrounds selected and I should eI casily get through the first two blocks to catch up.  
  • Month 5 of Pretty Circle game is all cut out ready to stitch.  
  • Row by Row - I have to restitch one more row this week o I can get the bottom 2/3’s of the quilt stitched together.  
  • The first 5 months of Delilah is cut in prep for hand stitching.  
  • Last Years BOM is going so I can baste it.

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to going and getting away from work which is really getting to me at the moment.  I need to distress just have to get through 6 weeks work in 2 week over the next little while.    

27 April 2018

Term Ends

I think I’ve found a way to blog post from my Ipad.  Well I thought I did however the blog post I have been working on just disappeared from the blog so maybe I haven’t. Fingers crossed this one might stay put.   Scrap that this afternoon it decided that I couldn't add pictures from my ipad so it isn't working.

We are just about at the end of the school holidays.  It has been a good break though I haven’t had much time off and neither has hubby but the kids have slept in (Maestro) and relaxed (Mo).  In the last week of school they both did exams for their drone pilot’s license and they both pass well.

secret squirrel project
The big clean up is pretty much finished I have 7 boxes of books, fabric, blocks and quilt tops to go to a local patchwork group to use for charity quilts.  But I don’t think we will be doing the room shuffle for a while as there are some logistics still to do to move and internet connection out to the room.  So I still have my sewing room but it is a lot more organised and once I get rid of the boxes I will have more room to move around in there.

Yesterday I started working on the pieced rows for the row by row.  It all ended in a bit of disaster first is stitched the blocks incorrectly then I realised I miscalculated the block size but I think it will be ok, I just need to have a part block at the end.  I also found that one of the appliqué blocks is too long and I will have to unpick it.




disaster block

11 April 2018

The Big Clean Up Continues and Hard Life Lessons

A bit of sewing is happening but still lots and lots of clean up.  The sorting has finished at least but we aren’t ready to do the big swap yet so I’m moving what I am keeping back into the cupboards that will be used when I do move and keeping the other cupboards empty.

Pretty Circle Game
Pretty Circle Game














Applique Row Prep











I’ve just about managed to get all the spare tubs of fabric in cupboard storage now which is a big bonus.  I have about 6 boxes of stuff to donate which I want to get tidy before sending out to charity.  All the rubbish and recycling is just about taken care of I’m feeling good about it.

And to the Life Lesson.  Maestro is learning to drive he isn’t a risk taker and at the moment he isn’t driving in heavy traffic.  One of his mates got a motorcycle license, this particular mate also has had a couple of accidents while riding his push bike due to inattention.  After having this mate tailgate me up the road after school one day, I made the comment that he was an accident waiting to happen.  Said accident happened on Friday.  The mate had already lost his licence from speeding but apparently didn’t have to hand it in till this week.  On the way to work on his motorcycle the other night he lost control around the corner from his house and hit a stobbie pole (electricity pole).

Maestro is at the moment visiting him yesterday in hospital, 2 broken femur, 1 leg has a broken kneecap and 1 or both bones in his lower leg are snapped and a shattered elbow.  He spent all of Sunday in surgery.  Maestro still has trouble with his elbow, but it was his left arm so not his dominant arm and it was cracked.  The Mate’s right elbow is a jigsaw and the x-ray’s for the leg breaks are just plain scary.  Maestro said he’s on all the drugs at the moment which I think is probably a blessing and he said made for interesting conversations.

Maestro has made light of it but I think it has really rocked him.  I know his mate is up for months of rehab and hopefully full recovery something tells me he is in for a long uphill battle to get there.
The size difference always cracks me up. 

Sometimes you just have to sneak a photo.

28 March 2018

The Great Clean Up of 2018

There was a change of scenery last week.  I headed to Melbourne for work.   I was pretty tired when I got home the couple of days were pretty full on but I think we achieved a lot and it was good to network with people in similar positions as myself from around the country.



Over the past several months we have had many discussions about and with Maestro regarding his gaming.  Mainly his noisy gaming late into the night.  Maestro has a very deep loud voice which he can't seem to control with noise cancelling headphones on.  I guess these days gaming is a team sport and he interacts with his online friends, via skype and other technology.

Strangely enough most of the regular guys he games with are from Adelaide a couple are friends IRL but then there is a plumber and an engineer that he has never met, but probably interacts with every other day.  These interactions are noisy, with a lot of profanity and laughing so at least we know he is enjoying himself the only problem is we like to sleep, Mo especially needs to be able to sleep well in order to be a functioning human being.

We have decided to move Maestro out into my sewing room which is detached from the house.  But that means moving my sewing room into the house.  Its a mess 20 years in the making and it is a big big job.



The last 2 weekends Mo and I have been sorting stuff.  I have far to many projects past and present.  Luckily a local quilt group are happy to take my unwanted quilt tops and fabric to make charity quilts.  I will also be throwing in a few patterns and I've promised some magazines to people.

I need to reduce my storage by a couple of cupboards to fit into Mo's room, though she hasn't decided that she wants to move into Maestro's room. I've told her she doesn't have to make her decision straight away as I can move into his room and move to hers later if she wants all the hard work would have been done by then.

I spent a few good hours on the weekend sorting some of my stash that was stored in project bags, mainly on the floor of my sewing room and I've just finished sorting and culling my fabric cupboard the result is to the right.  I think the stash from the tubs will probably fit in the cupboard now.  Still have more stuff in the gym to sort and then I'll be working on my bookshelves.

I went to the Dr's on Monday as I my left index finger has been getting stiff lately, then last week I notice it hurt when I drove and put pressure on it.  Sunday night I found a hard lump in the joint.    I have to have Xrays and Ultrasound to confirm the nature of the lump (Dr suspects a ganglion) but it will probably need surgery so I have that to look forward to in the near future.  I don't think it is something I am going to be able to put off as it is pretty painful when I drive, luckily I am very right handed so it probably isn't going to slow me down too much.  Exhaustion from the Great Clean up has though for a change I am sleeping better than usual.




Easter sees me tackle this and my other book case behind the door.







15 March 2018

Long Weekend and Everyone was a bit sick

We are still without airconditioning, the warm weather last week made us bite the bullet and decide ...  well made my hubby decide I thought it was a no brainer.  The unit was 20 years old 1500 to maybe fix and 3000 for a new one.  It is getting installed on Saturday morning which is going to be another hot one.  Hopefully it will be all done by the day heats up to much.  I can guarantee that that will be the end of the hot weather for the year.

It was a long weekend and everyone of us were a bit under the weather.  The kids and my hubby had Friday off with some bug,  I had an earache but decided work was a safer option than staying home with the rest of them.

Saturday was pretty warm and the house had heated up during the week so Mo, DH and I escaped to the movies and saw Finding Your Feet.  To be honest we were the youngest ones there but it was a fun movie in the way only the Brits can do and we enjoyed ourselves.  Mo wasn’t impressed with the almost sex scene with 2 seventy year olds because that was just gross.  Apparently nobody over 30 should be contemplating sex.  My husband did point out that he turned 40 just after she was born, she just shuddered and walked away.

Row by Row update, the tulip row is going well but not as fast as I would have hoped.  It’s about halfway there.  There is no way 2 rows are happening this month.


I finished one of the Delilah blocks and plan to have it all cut out and in bags ready to stitch when I go for our 6 day sewing retreat in May.

I also made a block board with a couple of features to keep my needles/pins and scissors at hands reach.  There a magnet sewn into a section on the left to hold the tin or just hold needles and pins in place.   I may do a pattern at some point.  One of my friends has already put her hand up for one.  I will have to look into where I can get the interfacing I used, as it was from my bag making stash and I don’t have enough for another one.  T

The next 2 blocks of the pretty circle game arrived yesterday and I plan take them with me next week when I go to Melbourne for work for a couple of day.  Don’t know if I will get anything done but I will have it just in case.






05 March 2018

The Joys of Working by Hand

I’ve rediscovered the joy of hand stitching.  Needle turn has always been my first love but now I am enjoying hand piecing as well.  I have paper pieced before but I can’t keep it up for any length of time.  I can’t tell you how many packets of paper piecing papers I have.  Maybe I need to destash those.

Jen Kingwell’s Pretty Circle Game has really got me hooked.  I think it is the templates, no I know it is the templates and the fabrics are really pretty.

The templates make tracing the pieces and marking the seam allowance easy and give easy points of reference to join even the curviest of seams.  I have even started cutting blocks for Delilah, which I was going to machine piece but I now have the first 2 months (4 blocks cut out) ready to start stitching. I am using my Tula Pink stash for this quilt and mixing them with black and white prints.

The Row by Row is looking good.  I have the templates ready for the next two appliqué rows and I will start to work on them tonight.  Think it will be the tulip row as I think that will be super quick then on to the flower shop row.  I hope to get 2 rows done this month that might be a bit ambitious as I have a work trip in a couple of weeks and that will probably cut into my sewing time, but I work better on a deadline.  Pattern writing started on the weekend.

Our airconditioner died the other week so we are hoping that the weather stays cool for the rest of the summer/autumn while we organise quotes for replacement/fix but I don't think we will be that lucky.