Saturday, May 27, 2023

A Birthday Party

Chookyblue send out an email inviting us all to help her celebrate the Chookshed's 11th birthday.  I was able to drop in for a short while after doing the shopping and before heading off to a belated Mothers' Day lunch.

Janice and Mick kindly baked a birthday cake to mark the occasion. 

It is always a fun Zoom session with the Chookshed stitchers.   Thanks for getting us together Chooky.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

OMG - 13 hours later

At the beginning of the month my OMG was to get 3 more rows quilted and joined onto the 3 that had already been quilted but as you are aware from my previous post the plan changed from QAYG.

I finished pinning the quilt last Saturday afternoon and moved the sewing machine from my sewing room out onto the extended dining room table.  All ready to go.

On and off during the week time was spent at the machine and 13hours later no more pins can be seen in the quilt and the last stitch was put in late yesterday afternoon.  

So I can safely say that my OMG for this month was achieved and surpassed as the whole quilt is now quilted.  

You can see more OMG achievements for this month here.  

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Saturday, May 20, 2023


I mentioned in an earlier post during the week that I was not happy with how my QAYG was progressing.  After much debating with myself it was decided that what had been quilted so far had to come undone and so it has.   Fortunately I had only completed 3 rows but that took more time to do the unpicking than it did to quilt.  

A start was made early yesterday and I worked on it solidly for most of the day to get the rows all sewn together as well as getting it sandwiched and some pinning done.  

The plan is to get the rest pinned over the weekend.   Once that is done it is on with the quilting.    I only have a DSM so it will be rows across/down or crosshatching that will be done.    The quilt has a wool wadding in it so it is quite heavy. 

Don't forget to go over here to see more FNSI happenings.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Rose Coloured Glasses

Is the theme for this months blog hop.   While giving this challenge some thought my eyes landed on my current glasses case which is looking like it could do with a replacement.   This then led me to grab out these fabrics from the stash

And create this

Thanks Carol for organising this hop and now it is time to hop on over to the blogs below to see more Rose Coloured Glasses projects.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

A bit of this and a bit of that

But not much sewing has been happening around here this past week.    I did manage to finish off two beanies

The new book club book  has been distributed.     Truganini  was one of the last native speakers of the Tasmanian languages and one of the last individuals solely of Aboriginal descent.


Waiting at Manly to catch the ferry into the city

Front row seats on the ferry

Coming into Circular Quay.    This is one of my favourite spots in the City.   In the front of the photo the very low brick buildings at water level are some of the old wool stores and in the background you can see Crown Towers - the very tall shiny cone like shape building....such a contrast from old Sydney to the modern.   

The purpose of our trip was to visit

And see the Archibald Prize entries.    This is an annual event with the first prize given in 1921.     This year's winning entry Head in the Sky, feet on the ground  and was interesting from the point of view that it was made up of  oil, found textiles and embroidery on canvas.

While at the Art Gallery we did go and see the Sydney Modern Art Project which is a new section alongside the original gallery.     There are several exibitions but the main one that I was interested in seeing was the one in the underground former wartime oil bunker.     This exibition is almost completely in the dark.   It does have some moving lights that are up very high that move randomly around the bunker seeking, locating and following their own paths and patterns.    The sculptures are described as "traumatised objects" and you have to agree.   I tried taking one photo to see how it came out but it was not really successful as you could not use a flash.   You can read more about here.

Another interesting exhibition on the roof top was called "Walking Men".      

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at both galleries.   

Back to my quilt - which is not really going to my liking so I see some unpicking in my near future and a re-think of how to quilt it.    More on that later.

Time to go and have a coffee and then pack some things to do at quilting group this afternoon.   It will not be unpicking.   

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Friday, May 5, 2023


 During the week an order came in for a heat pack so that was my FNwF sewing project.

While sewing this audio book was playing

An interesting book about a con man playing with innocent peoples' emotions and revenge.  Unfortunately this is a sad fact of life for some being caught up in others lies and deceptions.    

Next three books in the reading pile

When walking through the loungeroom the other day I caught something outside move in the corner of my eye and when looking up saw this

I am not sure where it came from, how it got up there or where it moved off to.   I have been told that it is a baby goanna as the adult ones are much larger.  

Now that we are well into autumn it is time to move my morning swim from the outdoor pool to the indoor pool.    It is a lovely time of the morning when the sun is streaming through the windows.

It was another lovely autumnal day here in Sydney so hubs and I headed out to lunch kitchen was "closed" tonight which allowed me to make an early start in the sewing room.

I am posting this tonight as I am on "set up duty" and first shift at the hospital stall in the  morning.  

Don't forget to go over to Cheryll's blog to see more of what was happening in other sewing rooms for FNwF. 

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Monday, May 1, 2023

In and around the sewing room

This past week has involved a pretty sunrise 

With the early morning cloud burning off to reveal a lovely sunny warm day which enabled a walk along the beach

And then a turn in the weather which brought in heavy rain and cooler temperatures.

An invitation to join a book club.   This is the chosen book for this month. 

Being in a book club does force you to read books from other genres and the above book would definitely have not been on my reading list.    It is a side of life that I am aware of but have not have  been exposed to.  Don't get me wrong I am not judging anyone for their lifestyle.  

This coming Saturday sees the hospital holding a Mothers Day stall and some items added to my list to sew during the week were a couple of sets of placemats

Some apple shaped pot holders

Now that I have finished that sewing for the auxiliary it is time to set my goal for this month.   So it is back to my QAYG and hopefully I will have achieved getting 3 more rows added and quilted to what you see below.  

You can see more OMG here.

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