Sunday, July 27, 2014

Churn dash , Madeleine's and a lovely birthday

For the last few weeks things have been a little topsy turvey in the Googy household. I have had some temporary changes in my work, I am currently doing relief work in two very different areas. Over the past few weeks I have worked in any of the three areas i am employed in any 7 day period. This has caused a little kaos, I thought the shift work was a bit chaotic but this has been insane.  there is nothing like receiving a text from either gadget or one of the girls asking me where i am working today and what time will i be home.   The change has seen me working mainly Monday to Friday nine to five ( with a couple of night duties thrown in) and I must say I thought this would be really good as I could get a bit of a routine happening but I did nt realise just how much I manage to achieve (especially in the sewing room) on those mid week days off or the five or so hours in the morning before an afternoon shift.


I ve continued to keep plugging away at my churn dash blocks for the churn dash swap with the Novocastrian quilters. I have now started making individual ones as well, I need to make another twenty to make the a quilt I have planned. I have also been doing some machine quilting with Victoria so she is set up for quilting and Bonnie has been working away at my piecing. I have to confess though that coming home at dark and the cold winter nights and the super cosy fire has really slowed my machine work down as i have discovered that the nest is really not that cosy . . .  on a cold winter night.


amidst all this chaos I celebrated my birthday and one of the gifts my clever family gave me was a new cook book. I love cook books. I watched Rachel Khoo recently on foxtel and just loved her simplified versions of traditional french fare. This has got me all inspired and since the kitchen is close to the lounge room and the nice cosy fire, I ve been baking . . . .


My first go at Madeleine 's, gorgeous little shell shaped sponge cakes, these totally disappeared within 24 hours . . . So I am pretty sure they were a hit.
and i will be baking them again, very soon


These were the lovely fabrics my gorgeous secret sewing sisters sent me for my birthday , some beautiful deep reds, some gorgeous oranges and lots of shirtings to help me make lots of gorgeous little churn dash blocks. The greens were a special gift given to me as an early birthday present to go with all the lovely fabrics I purchased at the Margaret Sampson George workshop and they have already been put to good use.

All up it's been a busy few weeks since I last blogged, but hopefully now I am getting into a routine and will get back to getting my projects and my blog on track.

"I hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Ciao

Googy girl

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My new old machine

A few weekends ago I spent a beautiful weekend away with my stitching buddies. One of them had a gorgeous Singer 222. This little machine just stitched away all weekend as she worked on project after project. It was just the cutest little thing.

I had previously seen these machines and have always wanted one. So after the weekend away I came home and did a little internet research on these machines, ending up on EBay. This little machine was up for auction.


With just 1 hr to go. So just like my Winnetta this purchase was a spare of the moment decision. Gadget and I discussed it, and I talked with my friend who was stitching away on the weekend and with a price in mind we bid with one minute to go.....and tah dah
We won


This is the first Singer I have ever owned however I spent most of my childhood stitching on my mums singer. I just adore my new baby. The previous owner told me it had been serviced just 12 months ago and that the machine was pretty much unused for most of it s time in her possession.


The singer 221 Featherweight portable sewing machines were made between 1933 and 1964. The machine (model 221), weighs about 11 pounds and was made to take to classes. I did a little research and discovered my machine was made on April 24, 1950 in Clydebank, Scotland.


She is in perfect condition, with almost no scratches, her decals are perfect with no rub marks.


She came with all of her original accessories, including the manual, lubricant and needles in their original packet. She sews like a dream and has already done some piecing for me.


She packs away in this super cute little box and I even have the key to lock her up.

And of course she needed a name, so considering she is Scotish I have named her Bonnie.
I am hoping that her first workshop will be at my weekend away at Nundle in August.

I just love vintage things, don t you?

"I hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Ciao

Googy girl

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MSG and a weekend getaway

Usually during the winter months, our caravan (Bridget) is tucked away under her protective cover, however with the trip to Bali, we missed our usual Easter weekend get away and have had something or other on most weekends since so we really have had much time away this year.



Gadget decided he wanted some time away so he hooked up Bridget and he and Cooper headed off on Friday evening, To the beautiful Monkerai Valley, my favourite place to get away.


Cooper really enjoyed the winter sun, being outdoors and away from home.


Whilst the boys were playing in the sun , I headed to a workshop with Margaret Sampson George.
It was a wonderful day learning a lot from a very talented quilt artist and being totally surrounded by my gorgeous quilting friends.



I just love the details that Margaret adds to her quilts, you really need to study them closely to see them all. This frog was just perfect.


I needed to do a bit of shopping of course, every new quilt needs new fabric, with the bottom lavender check fabric being the background for my new quilt. Some of these fabrics are a l little left of centre for me, in recent times i have done most of my work with reproductions and i have to admit to feeling a little challenged , but everyone needs to step outside their box.
so this quilt will be an interesting adventure.


After the workshop I jumped in my trusty little red car and headed off to join my boys. We had a lovely campfire stew for dinner and we sat around the fire chatting about our day. Unfortunately on Sunday their was a fair bit of wind, and we were forced to spend many hours inside the van. But I did get to do a bit of stitching, with the view above providing a beautiful view.

I also took the opportunity to catch up on my reading and finished reading my latest book. I wish I could say it was a great weekend away but with the wind forcing us inside and the temperature dropping to freezing ( well it felt like it)!overnight, I have to say I was pretty happy to pack up and head home.....

Do you have a favourite place to get away for a weekend?

"Hoping that hands are working in a project that you love"

Ciao

Googygirl

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chookshed sewing party


Unfortunately I was unable to travel to celebrate the chookshed's 2nd birthday. I needed to split myself into four, I had so many invitations this weekend.

I did join the celebrations in spirit however by stitching along with my friends in cyberspace.



I had a glass or two of bubbles to toast the birthday shed . . . Lol



And sat in the sun stitching along with my friends, a work in progress, Merrimack



Almost finished, loving the late afternoon sun


And the second appliqué block is completed, just two more to go. I just love this block even though it feels like it takes me ages to complete one block. I am getting a huge sense of satisfaction as they come together.

I hope your hands are working on a project that you love

Ciao

Googy girl










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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

churn dash block swap

The churn dash block has alway been amongst my favourite traditional blocks. 
I did consider running a block swap, just so I could gather lots of these super cute blocks. 
Well lucky for me someone else thought of it too

Cathy from Novocastrian quilters has organised an eight month churn dash block swap using civil war reproduction fabrics and shirtings.


Above are my April and May blocks ready to swap


My already swapped March and


February blocks

They are collectively a lot more colourful and bright then I had thought they would be and ideas are already forming in my head as to the gorgeous quilt they will make. I've been doing a lot of looking at Pinterest for inspiration and surfing the net. I am loving this swap and I think this will make a bright happy traditional quilt.

Have you made a Churn dash Quilt?

Where do you get you inspiration?

Ciao

Googy girl






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