Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lucy Boston BOM

My lovely friend Sandy has started her online business, Shiralee stitches. She sends out a regular newsletter and a few weeks ago I received her newsletter and discovered she was doing her first BOM program


And what a first BOM program to start with . . . . . 
A Lucy Boston block /Quilt is something I have long thought about making. So when I seen Sandy was doing this I just couldn't resist.
Actually signing up for this BOM caused me some drama s. I signed up for it the Thursday night before I drove to Bathurst for the bloggers meet. Unfortunately I arrived in Leura and discovered I had left my wallet / credit cards on the lounge. Luckily I had my license and my bank allowed me to withdraw money without my card. So it did nt inhibit my spending too much
although Chooky had offered some financial assistance if required.


Just love the fabric in this block, the fabrics are from the Community fabric range, a lovely range from the Collections for a Cause,by Marcus fabrics


It all came together so easily, I actually did a little stitching when i was on night duty
at home of course . . . 




All complete, probably one of the quickest BOM's I have ever done. Can t wait till next month.

If you would like to join the fun pop on over to Shiralee Stitches and sign up.

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

Ciao

Googy girl



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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crafting frenzy


Two weekends ago I was fortunate to spend the whole weekend with the most lovely group of Women. I attended the Bathurst blog meet. Held this year at the Vale at Perthville. organised by the fabulous Chookyblue.



It was pretty exciting in many ways, I got to visit,


The home patch and do some serious retail therapy.


I just adore Annie s designs and added these to my collection.


I also got to do a few laps around Mt Panorama ( something now off my bucket list) it was a really fabulous weekend and I returned home refreshed and enthusiastic to get crafty. But not just with sewing.


After many discussions with Sonia my enthusiasm for baking bread was re invigorated and I have started a new sourdough starter, we did have a little hiccup but Sonia popped me back on the right track and I really hope to make a loaf this weekend.

After chatting with Kylie and Jodie I felt a little enthused to get my knitting needles back out and since a purchased some lovely cotton off Jodie I thought I would knit a face washer as a Christmas gift.

Before I went to Bathurst I had purchased some cord to have a go at a cord basket, so I made one of those as well. They are super quick and relatively easy.

And whilst i was at Bathurst I started a pincushion designed by Anni, I nearly have the top complete.

So I ve been a very busy gal. But it feels just great.

if you would like to see more photo's of the blog met head on over to 
either
blogs

"Hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Ciao

Googy Girl

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

churndash, churndash, CHURNDASH

One of my friends said I was obsessed, and I think she could be right
. . . LOL . . .



Previously ( a long time ago) I posted that I was participating in a block swap
For eight months i diligently made my ten churndash blocks, delivered them to the meeting , unfortunately not in person most of the time, but I have great friends who helped me out.




I started looking at lay outs, I m liking the zigzag setting at the moment

At the end of the eight months I had 80 gorgeous, 4 1/2 inch churndash blocks. When I calculated how big a quilt the would make I quickly realised that I needed more at first just a couple
But recalculation showed I would still get a smallish quilt, a single bed size. Then I thought ohh I ll make it bigger so I kept making them and kept making them





Then I played with backgrounds, I wanted something that looked antique, the general consensus through Instagram was that the cheddar was the favourite. Although I do like the purple and pink too



As of today I have 20 blocks left to make, these are all cut ready for my weekend in Bathurst for the blog meet. I'm yet to find and buy my background fabric.

Am I obsessed, yeh a little, but that's how we get quilts made and if it keeps me running back to the sewing room it's a good thing

Don't you think?

Do you get obsessed with a project?

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

Ciao

Googy girl






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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eddie

okay now i know that Chooky will be absolutely cringing at this post, but my blog is my Journal (admittedly a quite neglected journal at the moment) and therefore i feel that such huge occurrence as a new addition to the family needs to be recorded. Soo Chooky if you decide to stop reading now, i will totally understand . . . . . .LOL




i just love animals, i always have, when i was younger  my mum and dad used to say to me that when i grew up i would need a lot of land, as i was always bringing animals home, birds, frogs, tadpoles, cat's and dogs anything, I just loved animals.  When i was young i was all about cats but in  recent years  it has mainly been dogs. 

anyway you all know about Cooper, my super gorgeous Cocker spaniel / poodle cross. Recently though we added a new addition. Miss S our youngest has been asking for a pet for quite a while and well the planets all lined up and she finally got her wish.


This is Edward, mainly referred to as Eddie. Eddie is a pure breed Cocker Spaniel.
in the above photo he was just 9 weeks old with the sharpest teeth you have ever felt.


Eddie quite likes hanging out with his human grandma in the sewing room, at the moment he is much more interested in what i m doing then guarding the house with Cooper.


he can make it pretty challenging to do most things, Nahh grandma don't read play with me play with me . . . . . . .

unfortunately other than sleeping and playing chase with Cooper (they are the best of mates, most of the time) Eddie likes to Chew, soo we have had to do a little bit of temporary re-shuffling. You see Eddie really loves chewing on my Jute floor rug, no amount of discouragement seems to deter him. So for the sake of peace  (and to save the mat) the mat has been moved. Our house is predominately floor boards throughout so i thought well the sewing room could do with a bit of a cosy rug . . . . . . . .


so after a lot of shuffling 
Tah dahhhh 
Eddie thinks it's a pretty good idea too, not so sure my rolly chair will roll so well now but at least my tootsies won't be cold, the sewing machine pedal won't slide away and the mat has been saved from Eddies ever busy teeth . . . . . .


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


Ciao
Googy Girl

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nundle 2014




Last weekend I headed up to Nundle for my annual retreat weekend at the Cottage on the hill.



Early Saturday morning and the machines are all lined up the fabric is cut and we are ready to go.



I decided I would start to make my nieces wedding's quilt. The pattern I chose was the disappearing pinwheel block from the Missouri star quilt company this is the link if you want to see how the block / quilt is made



Lucky for me Kerry did all of my cutting, and there was a lot of cutting. It was so fun to play with all the possible blocks i could make, we all stood around the table looking at the different possibilities



Then later that night we played with the blocks to see the different options of  how the quilt possibly  could look. the choice was put to the future bride and she chose top right.



one of the things I love is when a room full of quilters play with blocks and layouts, we spent many hours, twisting and turning blocks to see the different effects. Luckily we had Miss Jules to twist and turn the blocks for us.

Not surprisingly for me, I did nt leave Nundle with a finished quilt. But that's okay I wanted to pin my blocks on the design wall and mull over their placement . . . .


i like to take my time deciding . . . .
some would say i procrastinate . . . . a bit


this is where i am up to to date. . . . . well. . . . .  actually i ve done a Little more i currently just need to pin the last row up, (it's 6 x6) then decide on the final position then it's sew, sew, sew. . . . .

and i 'm sorry Ashton and Cameron
this is the last photo you will see
the rest is a surprise


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



Googy Girl 



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