Tuesday 23 April 2024

Crumbs again.

Do you recall the crumbs I was playing with last month?
I came across an idea on facebook yesterday and was inspired to have another play with them today. 
This is the results so far.
It is not at all like the idea I found on facebook except that it is crumbs. LOL
Somewhere between inspiration and execution the stars I had seen became these blocks.
LOL
Going forward I see a very scrappy sash between the blocks and a less busy border.
Well thats's the plan, but we all know how plans can change right?
LOL
While I was busy with all of that, Miss Belle was basking in the sun.
Oh for the life of a spoiled rotten cat!
I'm on leave for the rest of the week, so hopefully I'll have a finished top to show off in a day or two. 

Sunday 21 April 2024

My weekend offerings.

I've been to work both days this weekend. Yes, that means I missed out on the Zoom session. I did join briefly during my break, I only stayed long enough to say Hi. 
Before work my little mini kits came in very handy and I made up a few of my scrappy triangles.
These first three are Saturday mornings.
And this next image shows Sundays offerings, two for the morning and three for the evening while I wait for the chicken to roast.
I had a little play and began to lay them out on the floor.
I do like this layout, so this may be how they end up. We shall see.
I have a whole bunch more mini kits to sew and I have printed more foundation papers. I had thought to stop at lap size. LOL Maybe there will be two quilts? Or one much larger quilt. I'm enjoying the journey so will keep on sewing. 
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I have some days off now. I'm not sure what I will be doing.
I'll keep you posted.
I hope you had a good weekend.

Friday 19 April 2024

Three days off

My three days off are nearly over. They have been good though.
Day one, Wednesday I spent enough time in my room to complete a pair of Scrappy triangle blocks.
(Hmm, but for some reason I didn't get a photo).
 Then I got on and completed lots of chores before spending the afternoon with my cross stitch.
On Thursday I spent some time preparing more kits ready for my 15 minutes in the mornings before work.
I also had a good tidy up of the drawer that contains the smaller scraps I'm using for these blocks. It was an awful mess, hopefully next time I'm making up kits I will find it a little easier to source the fabric sizes I need. 
Then I spent the afternoon stitching again.
Today, Friday I again spent time in my happy room, this time sewing together some of those mini kits I've been making up.
It was nice to be able to just pull everything out of the bag and start sewing.
These two were very quick and easy to put together.
This block was challenging to prepare for. All those tiny little pieces.
But the two completed blocks look sew cute.
And once I'm done here I'll be picking up my cross stitch again.
I have the first ornament almost complete. Hopefully I will finish it before Tony gets home looking for food. 

Monday 15 April 2024

I did it!

 My plan worked. This morning before heading out of the door to go to work I spent a little more than 15 minutes in my room. I pulled out one of the scrappy triangle kits and made up a block.
I'm delighted to have it done and hopefully I can do the same again tomorrow.
I need to take the time on my days off to prepare a few more mini kits.
It would be great if I can keep this going.
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After work I got changed right away and went back out of the door for a ride on my new to me bicycle.
This model is called Apollo, but I just call her Polly.
And best of all, she is blue.
Tony found her on a local trade page. She has been very well looked after by one previous lady owner.
We picked her up yesterday morning before the grandies arrived. 
I may be able to jump around doing aerobics for an hour and I often go out walking for miles and miles and still feel fine, but I am not cycle fit! I was out of puff in no time. I think this will be good for me. 
Right, I'm off to play with EPP diamonds. 

Saturday 13 April 2024

Adjusting...

As you know I have swapped shifts at work. This has been my first week of 7am starts after three years of starting work at 3pm. It's been a bit of a struggle I have to say. Not the getting up and being lively in the early hours, I was doing that anyway, no the struggle is when I get home, I have very little left in the tank and need most of that for chores and food prep. I thought I might get in to my room before work each day, but with no active projects calling out for attention, that didn't happen. I have managed to do some mindless tasks in the evenings. I spent quite a bit of time preparing more 3/4 inch hexies.
And covering them with pretty batiks.
I need to have a tidy up in the batik drawer to see if there are anymore smaller pieces that could be used up here. I still didn't decide what to do with these pieces yet but I'm sure inspiration will strike one day, meanwhile I'll keep adding to the tin.
While I'm on the topic of EPP, I did also manage to get another row of blocks added to my spots and stripes project.
My pile of premade blocks is getting low so I need to join a few more diamonds. I've also pulled some papers from the middle of this section so I could get more cut and prepared too.  
All of the above makes for good evening jobs if only I could motivate myself to do a little more. 
Finally I have my days off. Yay! A whole weekend. I have left a note on the roster that I am not available for call in so hopefully I can get on and do something creative.
This morning started with a quick zoom with Chooky and some of the Scrub Stitchers. As you can imagine there is lots going on and lots to see as Janice and Chooky went around the room looking at all the different projects. 
And it inspired me, I wanted to sew along with them. 
I pulled out my scrappy triangles project. I started these back in 2022, and dabbled a little more with them last year. Somehow I have ended up with three different sized blocks. Today I sorted them out and after a little trimming I have a bundle all the same size, (And a few smaller blocks, I'll use them somewhere).
It felt good to be playing with these again.
I printed some more paper foundations and measured twice to make sure they were the correct size. LOL
Then prepared my fabric pieces and sat down to sew.
Tada!  Two more blocks for the collection.
Then a brainwave struck. Why not cut and prepare blocks in to mini kits, all ready for 15 minutes in the  mornings? Or even for after work?
So that is what I did, each of these wee bags has precut fabrics for two more blocks. That's six in total. Hopefully that will keep me going until my next couple of days off.
While it is not a scrappy kit to take along to club, they are still scrappy kits, so I'll count them as one of my monthly goals.
Bonus!
I plan to spend this afternoon cross stitching on one of the two ornaments I'm supposed to be making this month. I feel like I'm under pressure and may not finish!
Tomorrow morning we are heading about an hour up the road to collect a new toy for me.
No, not a sewing toy.
A push bike.
It might be nice to ride too and from work instead of taking the car every day.
That's the thinking.......
I'm not sure what I'll do when we get back, maybe prep some more scrappy triangles?
Maybe sit and do some EPP.
I should do some cross stitch tomorrow, to try and catch up to my own ambitions. LOL
I'll keep you posted.
What ever I do, I'll have to stop and put it away when the children arrive. 
I had better have a tidy up and put some projects away before they get here too.
I'm off to sew.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Finally made a start.

I finally found some time to sew.  I was hoping to have Monday and Tuesday off work, but that didn't happen. A colleague called in with Covid, so I stepped in to help out with another extra shift. I just got my pay slip. WOW! That looks good with public holiday pay and a bunch of extra shifts. 

I decided to change my 15 mins a day commitment from 15 minutes of working in hand every day. In future on work days I want to make time to spend 15 minutes with my sewing machine in the morning. So Monday morning before going in for the extra, extra shift. I went in to my room and dug out my RSC box, then went digging for yellow fabrics and even managed to sew one kiwi beak before heading out of the door for work. When I got home, I made the second beak section.
After cooking and eating some tea I pulled out the first of this months cross stitch projects. My secret Christmas ornament and made a start, then I made more progress today.
Make the most of this image, there won't be any more. LOL

Can you tell what it is yet?  
I hope not.
After catching up on some chores this morning and going grocery shopping I set about completing the two RSC kiwi birds.
Hmm, they have different beaks again.  I think I need to pay more attention.
They are now nestled in the box with their buddies awaiting next months colour.
As I mentioned I spent some time this afternoon cross stitching and maybe I'll get a little more done this evening.
Not much to show considering we are now over a week in to the month.
Hopefully I will make some progress on something over the weekend. That is if I manage to get my two days off.
Wish me luck.

Saturday 6 April 2024

A busy few days.

It's been a busy few days, with one thing and another.
My DIL spent the morning with me on Wednesday and raided my stash.
I think she likes purple. LOL
She cut some 2 inch hexies  and glue basted them, then just had time to sew one edge together before she had to dash off and collect Mr Torstein from day care.
The very next day she sent this image.
I think she may be hooked.
While Lee was cutting her purples and butterflies I was playing with my batik scraps. I was basting them on to 3/4 inch hexi papers.
All of these pieces were too small for a 1 inch hexie but still a little too big to throw away.
There are lots more in the tin now.
I'm not sure when I will get around to sewing them together.  I'm sure they will wait patiently.
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Thursday Tony and I went to a funeral and spent time with the bereaved family later.
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Friday Tony and I had a day out in the big city.
Christchurch is about a two hour drive away. We had a list of places to visit and I spent some money.
I found these lovelies in the place with the big red spot.
I also bought a roll of batting, but I don't think you need to see that. 
This pretty batik bundle was also from spotty and the spotty blue fat quarter as you can see was from another store. It's the first time I have visited Sew and Co. 
We also stopped at one more sewing store where I purchased some quilting thread. No matter what I try I just can't get a good photo, so you don't get to see it either.
For those who know, it is a cone of fantastico. that special pearly, pinky, bluey, white shade. LOL
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This morning I did my first early shift at work in my new role.
It went well.
I have another tomorrow. 
When I got home I went straight in to the kitchen and made peach and chilli jam.
Of course all of that means I didn't even make a start on my commitments for the month, and we are almost a week in.
Maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday 2 April 2024

New Month, New Challenges.

 But first I have a little more of March to show.
As I had completed the kitty cat cross stitch I got to start a new piece.
I've done this one before.
But I'm happy to be doing it again for my boy Joe and his lovely Lee.
I have plenty of time to complete it as they do not get married until November 1st.
Slow stitching Sunday was a great day to begin.
Also during the last few days of March I was sewing up a mess of crumbs and scraps.
Some I have fussy cut.

I have made oversized blocks and will cut them down when I decide what I'm going to do with them. LOL
I have all manner of shapes and sized pieces laying around in my room.
It is such a mess in there, I'll need to have a good tidy up before I make a start on my new monthly challenges. 
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So, what is in store for April?
First, the big switch from late shifts to early shifts.
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Sewing wise 
Deana drew #9 for the chookshed challenge.
For me that is a cross stitch challenge. I'm to complete one or two Christmas ornaments. So I'll get on to those in the next few days, they are all kitted and ready to go. Once they are done I'll get back to the wedding wish.
This is also on my usual monthly list so I really would like to push for two.
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The RSC colour this month is yellow. So I'll be making two yellow Kiwi birds.
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I will not be attending my local club this month, but I would like to get another lap size scrappy quilt all cut out and ready to go. And it would be good to make some more progress on the crumby scrapper.
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And finally I'm sure I will find a new recipe to try out.
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It seems like a short list this month, I'm happy with that as I make the switch and adjust to early shifts. 
And there you have it. I hope you all had a happy Easter and you're prepared for a new month. 

Saturday 30 March 2024

March Round Up.

The end of another month is upon us. Time for a look back to see what I have achieved.
Deana picked #4 for our Chookshed challenge, which for me was to quilt a scrapper.
Once again I over achieved, I quilted not one but two. LOL
They were fun to do.
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On my monthly goals list I was to cut for another scrapper, to take along to club sewing days. I not only cut, I sewed and quilted it. LOL
Not on a club day, but here at home.
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My two RSC Kiwi look regal in purple this month.
I wonder what colour we will be working with next month?
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I can't show them here because they are secret, but I cross stitched not one but two Christmas ornaments. Yay! Then I went on to complete the last few stitches needed on my black kitty cat.
And here he is, all done. I need to give him a wash and a good press then figure out how to finish him.
I'm all set up and ready to stitch my next larger project. I'll show more when I make a start, but my priority will be the secret ornaments.
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I found time to do a little more work on rescuing my daughter in laws crochet blanket.
It is almost done and I'll be able to return it to her very soon.
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I've worked on my Spots and Stripes EPP project, it's grown a little since this pic was taken.
I even filled in the hole I made in the middle where I removed an upside down piece. LOL
And I started cutting for my next EPP.
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I've tried out a few new recipes.
Peach and raspberry jam.
Blondies. YUM!
And slow cooker tomato relish.
I used the last of the tomatoes, some were a little green.
I left them in the slow cooker overnight and the house smelled amazing in the morning. No taste test yet, it's best to leave these things for a few weeks. But if the smell is anything to go by it will be beautiful.
I'm sure there were other new recipes, but life was so busy I forgot to note them.
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Since completing the latest scrap quilt I've been busy in my scrap drawers and sewing crumbs together.
These are not finished blocks, I plan to add more.
Teddy is not really a crumb, but I just had to use him.
I'm not really sure where this is going, but I'm enjoying the journey.
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Way back at the beginning of the month I tried a new to me craft.
Paverpol or powertex.
I made Breeshey.
She is all painted and though the photo doesn't show it she has sparkles all over her wings. She is still awaiting her coat of varnish.
Phew!
A busy month.
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And finally, I scored a new position at work.
Next week I begin morning shifts.
Which means there will be a period of adjustment and possibly less sewing time.
We'll see how that goes.
Happy Easter, I hope you all have a great long weekend.
I'll be working my last few late shifts and hopefully finding time to sew.

Friday 22 March 2024

Aaaannd another one!

Do you recall I showed you this quilt top a few days ago?
I wasn't supposed to be putting it together this month, I was just cutting and kitting to take along to a club day. But somehow it just happened. LOL
You know how that goes right?
Anyway, I didn't just sew the pieces together, I got on and quilted it also.
I was debating whether or not it would need a border or two, but the backing fabric I found in the stash didn't allow for that, so no borders.
I used another of those quilt E2E designs that were gifted to me. 
I added the binding on the same day, then the following day I closed the binding on my machine.
Yay! It worked out much better than last time I tried and I'm happy with it.
Then, outside for a photo shoot.
First a quick turn on the rocking chair. That looks good.
Then I tried over the deck rail.
She does look good in the sun.
Then, finally so that you can see all those pretty fabrics again.
And the lovely quilting design I chose.
Floral hit and miss is now a finished quilt and will be donated.
Of course all of that means I didn't do very much to my second cross stitch this month.
Sigh...
There is still just over a week left.
I've been busy in the kitchen too.
Our neighbour's gave us a big bag of black boy peaches so, Black Boy peach and raspberry jam.
 
And in the dishes behind the jars, the beginnings of two Black boy peach and two plum oatmeal crisp bakes. They now have their oaty, crumbly topping and are wrapped and in the freezer ready for when we need a sweet treat.
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My kitchen and sewing time are about to take a hit.
I have a new position at work. Rather than working 3.15 pm - 10.15 pm only, I will be switching to 7am - 3.30 pm shifts.
EeK! No more having all day to do my own thing, time for sewing, baking, preserving, shopping and lunch with the girls will be limited to my days off. 
It may take a while to adjust.