Saturday, December 18, 2021

FNSI December

 Well here we are at the last FNSI for 2021, 1 week away from Christmas & 2 weeks away from 2022.

Thanks to Wendy for hosting FNSI throughout the year.

For FNSI yesterday i finally got to sit & finish my GD's Christmas present.

Next was to make a 10 minute table runner. I bought this kit many years ago & in my cleaning & sorting i found it & decided to get it made this year.

I started another table runner which according to the pattern i printed it out in 2014. :) The fabrics were also chosen back then too.
binding was made & backing chosen but then i had to stop as my GS was coming to stay the night.

After a pizza dinner i finished this block off. All it needed was some satin stitching on the penguins hat.
As i was stitching my GS was asking me all sorts of questions about stitching so i found him a simple( i hope) pattern to stitch & he has started on that. Meanwhile i started on another block

Pop over here to see who joined in last night & the projects that was worked on.

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, December 4, 2021

FNwF December

 Well here we are the final FWnF for 2021. Boy that time has just flown by. Thankyou to Cheryll for hosting us all again this year. I look forward to more sewing nights in 2022.

I had plans of what i wanted to sew but woke up not in the best of moods so i read most pf the day instead. In the evening i didn't feel like stitching any projects that i'm currently working on so what to do? 

Oh i know i will start the project that just arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon. My son had asked me what i wanted for my birthday & i had told him i didn't want anything. Then a day or so later Marg Low Designs posted about her latest pattern/kit & i sent my son the link & said you can get me this. Instead he gave me the money to order it. :)

Getting the 6 little stitcheries traced out, 1 completed & the 2nd nearly done was how i spent my evening.

Marg has 2 kits out for this pattern. One with red fabrics & the other red & green. I chose red & green then decided to stitch it in my favourite Christmas thread Mistletoe for Cottage Garden Threads.

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Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Christmas Decorating

This is a long post so a cup of tea & some biscuits may be in order. Some of the photo's aren't the best. My camera is playing up. 

 I started decorating on Sunday, trees done by my daughter yesterday & i finished today by getting my 2 really big quilts hung.

Upon entering the short hallway the front door is decorated with a huge red bow.
To the right is a bom from Gail Pan from several years ago. First time it's been hung. I just never had a space big enough until now.

Also on the right are my snowmen, lamp, Santa & another snowman.
To the left is a small cupboard
Next is a tiered shelf unit my Dad made me a long time ago
Then my rather large Jim Shore Santa with a cupboard hanger from Gail Pan Designs
The top of the meat safe is also decorated
The wall above has a few decorations as well
This long hanging was made as a Round Robin with friends in Canada & the US.
In front
My Jim Shore collection
below them a triptych from The Raspberry Rabbits & a folded decoration hanging on the door of a cupboard my Dad made me.
& around the walls of the lounge

The coffee table hasn't got it's usual decorations on it this year as the cat likes to lay there at night :)
A couple of Santa's next to the tree
The main tree
comes with a train
Which the cats aren't to sure about. :)

Some decorations in the kitchen

Onto the dining room & the 2nd big quilt. I made the top in 2004 while living in central Queensland as a BOM. It was quilted for me in 2006 after i moved back to South East Queensland & i've never had a wall space big enough to hang it. So 17 years after making it & 15 years after it was quilted it has finally been hung.
Pattern is from The Chook Shed Girls.

Table decorations with tree number 3
Tree number 2
And hangings on the dining room wall

I said to my family that i was going to go crazy with decorations this year since last year i didn't get to decorate. I don't think i went to crazy. One daughter says i've to much out, i say i haven't put enough out. I only stopped because i ran out of surfaces. Ha Ha. I've still 3 crates that are each half full. :)

I'm still hoping to do some outside decorating if the rain ever stops. I have 1 stake hanging up on the front verandah, the other 2 are each side of my door(out of the rain), the baubles are waiting in a box & my solar laser light decoration might get used this year. Cross fingers.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Fixer Upper

I made this pattern many, many years ago from a Chook Shed pattern. I thought it was on my blog but as i couldn't find it maybe i made it before 2008 when i started blogging. Blogger seems to have changed things around making it harder to look. 

Anyway i was never happy with the way it was put together from the pattern, just the backing & front, no wadding. So after quite a few years i carefully unpicked it & there is sat with promises to myself each year that i'd get it out & fix it up. A few days ago i made myself get it out  & yesterday made a new backing, cut of a piece of wadding & set to finishing it off. Yay for me it is done & can go under the tree this year complete with photo bomber. :) ;).

Happy stitching,

Saturday, November 20, 2021

FNSI November

 Not a lot of sewing yesterday for FNSI. Thanks for hosting us again Wendy.

 I cut out a small bag for my GD for Christmas. Sewed the front panel & added the applique. Then i set about looking where i put a pile of red fat 1/4's when i moved. I came across a pattern this week i really like. I had received them in a birthday swap & had them where i could see them if i found a pattern i liked. So they were packed away but i wasn't sure where i put them. I found them tucked away in a drawer with other red fabrics. Yay. 

Then i decided to move crates around that just got shoved in the room when i moved. Probably wasn't a good idea as i moved the stack the cat uses to get up on the cupboard. She had to jump further when getting down.

Afternoon & time for Netflix & hand sewing. Stitched all the applique  &embroidery

the pattern it comes from is actually a sewing set but i think it's ideal for little girls as a carry bag. 

And a cat shape which i stitched the embroidery to & the applique heart. Needs to be sewn together & stuffed to pop inside the bag.

Pop over to visit Wendy here to find links to who joined in last night.

Happy stitching,

Monday, November 8, 2021


 I stitched these 3 pincushions by The Birdhouse a while ago & today i made myself sit & finish them. Yay 3 more ufo's done. 

The first one is Creative Critters

The 2nd one is Sew Essential

The 3rd one is ABC mice

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, November 6, 2021

FNwF November

 Yesterday i joined Friday Night with Friends hosted by Cheryll.

My day started with a little housekeeping, repairing a skirt. Not my favourite thing to do but if i want to wear the skirt i must repair it. :)

I'd recently finished an applique Christmas runner so i found wadding & backing for it. My daughter was coming over for help sewing some faux leather pencil cases & i nearly finished the quilt before she arrived. Unfortunately despite the test run working on faux leather scraps the actual cases didn't sew together well. I hope she figures out what to do as i think there was about 10 in the pile to make.

Back to quilting & binding after she left.

That done i started stitching a little "joy" banner from The Raspberry Rabbits.

That was my day. Thankyou for hosting us Cheryll.

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Happy Stitching,


 I started FNSI making bias strips. I had several pieces left from when i made the blocks that were long enough to use so i counted how many...