18 October 2011

15 Minute Challenge

Last week is a bit of a blur, but I think I can safely say that I met the challenge.  There might have been one night off but I probably made up for it on the other nights and then some.

Here are some little numbers I ran up during the week.  A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Lorraine at Hetties to come up with an easy pattern for a iphone/phone cover so that they could kit them up for the Craft Fair in a couple of weeks.  The pattern just needs some final tweeking and it will be ready.  I'll need to make a quick dash to the printers this week so that it is ready before I go away.

Gradually over the last couple of weeks I have been finalising all the mini blocks for the quilt top you have been seeing so much of over the last couple of months.  Sunday I appliqued the final two paper pieced stars on the last 2 blocks and sewed it all together.

Now the race is on for the borders and I really must get sewing because the more I think about it the more I keep changing my mind about what I am going to do... and can you believe it I just have spotted a problem, so there will be a couple of changes before the border goes on.

You know the drill head on over to Kate's to see more people who took up the challenge.

14 October 2011

Favourite Things Friday

I have been struggling a bit with FTF the last few weeks I have too many things on my mind.  To pin point a FT has been difficult ..... oh there have been FT but my mind is racing so much lately that by the time Friday comes it has all gone.  A couple of things have been crossed off the list this week so I am starting to settle down a bit now and I have been doing a bit to much of my FTF which is reading.

I have to admit I am a shocker when it comes to reading... its a bit like a drug, or that cake sitting in the fridge... you know... ok I'll just read for 1/2 and hour... oh maybe another 5 minutes and before I know it is 2am.  So when I get like this I have to go Cold Turkey so I banned myself from the library for a while and I will not be downloading any books from itunes or kindle. 

So what is my drug of choice, well it is Sci-Fi Fantasy, other genre's I am fine with can just read for 1/2 and hour and then put it down go to sleep but give me a good Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel and I am a lost cause.  My introduction to Sci Fi was John Wyndham as a kid, Day of the Triffids then I went on to read all of his novels.  

I have to admit that I hated reading when I was in high school but once I started working, I had to do something on the bus trip to and from work and books were cheap back then and I filled my bookshelves with them.  Back then I was into Anne McCaffrey  novels.  

Yesterday I finished another novel by Robin Hobb, she usually writes Trilogies and luckily for me the latest one isn't out yet otherwise I would still be inthralled.   Though I admit to looking today into another one of her Trilogies that I have yet to read.... but I think I have too much to do in the next week before we go on our trip, maybe I will get the first one to read on the plane.  

Maybe this week I will just read a classic... again, I know how they all end and I can pick them up or put them down whenever I want.  

So now you know I am a bit of a geek, if you hadn't already guessed it by my love and need of technology this would confirm it.  

Head on over to Mrs P for more FTF

11 October 2011

15 Minute Challenge

It's school holidays here so there have been trips to the pool, movies, a birthday, walks on the beach and work squeezed in between sewing.  I have managed a 5 day weekend however which I think I managed to sneak in on the boss with out him actually being aware of it until the last minute... (I did spell it out to him in a note when I asked for a day off but he obviously didn't read it.... I am sure I'll pay for it tomorrow).

  Its amazing the fun a girl can have with a puppy, a stick and a sea sponge.  My son was throwing a cuttlefish into the ocean and was amazed at how many times it came back to him.

I admit to a day off yesterday as it was my son's 11th birthday and we had a bit to fit in. Trips to family to pick up pressies and a trip to the Movies to see Johnny English... they both love Mr Bean and thought it was hillarious.

Having a 5 day weekend has meant that I have been able to make great in roads into the "Big Project" there is just 2 6" blocks to finish for the final corner block and one more star to make 2 to applique on.  After taking the photo above the other day I have decided to change a couple of fabric choices but it won't take long to unpick and resew and then the centre will be finished and I can start on the border.

Want to check out who else met the challenge head on over to Kate's place.

04 October 2011

15 minute challenge with Kate

This week has been busy with the end of school term and 30 September work rush and a long weekend but I have fitted quite a bit of sewing in.

I have given myself a deadline of 2 weeks to finish my "big project" and I am making great inroads into the final 4 blocks.  

The TO DO list is
6 pieced blocks to decide on and make
4 square within a square blocks for the embroidery
2 flowers to embroider
and 4 paper pieced stars to complete.  

before working on the border which I think will be next weeks task.

I have to admit one or two sewing free days this week but I did make up for it on other days.  There have been a couple of cutting mistakes which have meant design changes ah well these things happen.

Want to see who else met the challenge.  Head on over to Kate's place.

02 October 2011


I've come to the conclusion that I am procrastinating on my big project.  I have 3 blocks to make the idea is firmly in my head most of the hand stitching is done for them I just seem to keep finding excuses not to just go out and do it.  I think tonight I will have to just suck it up and get out there and sew.  I have only two flowers to sew on the centre block so I really have no further excuses .... my excuse so far is I want all the embroidery done.... I know what the border is going to look like so...


My personal deadline is 24 October the day we go on Holiday so I really need to pull my finger out.