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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Sewing and Milestones

 Good morning all. It has been quite cool for my little corner of the world which has been quite nice for hand pics as you won't see much difference. But a stitch has been done here and there.

I have completed the butterflies block for Where You Love Is Home quilt. Another is prepped and ready to go.

The last page for my Slow Stitching Book is is a bit busy but I had several lacy pieces that I wanted to use without chopping them up. It did have me a little flummoxed as to how to achieve it and seem to take me ages with a lot of staring at it lol!

The cover is now underway.....then I must work out putting it on.....lots of head scratching and research ahead!

Last two tags....not sure if I have posted  No. 19....anyway it was WORDS. I used a little scrap of favourite you keep the very last scrap of favourites? 
Seemed relevant in my current situation. 
Tag No. 20 was PEKINESE STITCH.... I have never done it before. It was interesting but I should have made the base stitches bigger to make bigger loops but it was something new learnt and that's a good thing. 

I actually got my sketchbook out recently has been sorely neglected over the last little while. However a juvenile Little Friarbird just seemed to be asking to be I found that I could happily oblige!

Felt good I must say.
I am very humbled that more beautiful hearts and lovely cards are still arriving with the postman......thank you xxxx

We also celebrated my dear Husband's birthday. We enjoyed spoiling him with some of his favourites.
Team merch, favourite people and cupcakes....

That is about it from me for now.
Take care of each other.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Quilting Finally!

 Good morning everyone. Finally my quilting thread arrived.....very happy quilter! 

So I have been able to make some headway with quilting Basket Case.
I have cross hatched the centre block.....

With simpler quilting on the little basket blocks.

It's been a lovely pastime in the evenings with the weather finally cooler.
I have kept up with the #52tagchallenge and No.18 -Paper Piecing is finished. I felt this one was a little boring on my part but I enjoyed it.
Whilst in the "hexie" mood I made a start on the ones I want for my Heartstrings border.....several done and with a bit more hospital sittings they will grow!
My Slow Stitching Book is coming along too. I am having a very nice time working on this page.....

A thing I love is when the resident pair of Pale-headed Rosellas in my garden come to my front balcony for a little bit of seed that I leave out....if you don't know what they look like this is a drawing I did of one a while ago. They are beautiful shy birds and a treat to watch when they visit.
I usually bring the little bit of seed in each night but sometimes if dusk falls before I get there I find there is not a bit left.....Well I found the thief.... a very naughty possum, taking advantage of my tardiness!
Not a clear photo as I had blasted him with the balcony light....but there can be NO doubt who is responsible lol! So cheeky!
Well I must away. Another hospital visit today. So a few more hexies I guess.
I shall leave you with my two beautiful Granddaughters.....another great pic from the art installation they went to.
Namaste and Blessings Blessings Michelle xxx 

PS I have received some lovely comments from some of you that I have not been able to respond if I haven't answered your comment its because you are coming up as a no reply blogger. But thank you for your lovely comments xx

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Slow Stitching

 Hello friends.  I didn't mean to be so long between posts but time just seems to go by in a blur these days of hospital visits, medical visitors etc.

Before I  begin my post,  I like other bloggers have recieved a notification to say that Feedburner after July would not be supporting the "Follow by Email" feature on our blogs. So that does make me sad as I know that I have lot of folks who access my blog that way. At the moment I do not have the time to work out a way around  that other than to suggest that you can follow through a Google account or check in regularly for new posts....sigh * I  know thats a pain. 

I would be interested to hear what other bloggers think or how they plan to get around it. As I would hate to lose my lovely followers.

I have recently been the recipient of such kindness from the blogging world and fellow stitching friends. My dear friend Fiona sent the word out that I needed cheering and beautiful hand stitched hearts started appearing in my mailbox and were delivered by hand....they have come from near and far! Thank you so much to you all. I am humbled by your meant more than you will know. Big hugs to you all especially my dear friend Fiona @bubzrugz Thank you also for the beautiful cards and get well wishes for my husband xx

Ok on to some stitching! I have been waiting for more quilting thread to arrive so I can get back to my hand quilting. In the meantime I have got just a wee bit hooked on Slow Stitching a book as well as enjoying the #52tagchallenge. 

These are the pages achieved so far. 

Being a person who has the bad habit of not reading instructions and diving into things...I am attempting to sew the pages together in my own way....sheesh! 
And this is the next page in progress....I didn't mean to end up with themes but I have....bees, nature, teatime and now sewing lol!
The thing that I am enjoying is using up those little orphan blocks and bits of stitching abandoned in tins etc. The same with the tag challenge....using rather than discarding!
We are now on week 17 of our tags and this week's challenge was to use a colour you hadn't used in the previous tags and the technique was COUCHING. I chose gorgeous RED and found some little bits of bobbly yarn and I am quite pleased with it.

I have a good little collection now....I have had to buy a bigger binder ring to cater for the tags to come.....once again waiting patiently for the postman.
Hubby and I on his week off treatment managed to get out and enjoy a picnic at our favourite local was a gorgeous day and just what we skies, sunshine, fresh air, nature and cheeky birdlife!

We commemorated Anzac Day here on Sunday and we  were treated to some delicious homemade Anzac bikkies for afternoon tea from our Daughter.

We also had a birthday for our dear eldest this photo of her and her fairy wings!

So that is me all caught up. See you next time.
Take care,
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Autumn Stitching....Hmmmm?

 Well it's supposed to be Autumn here in Australia but after a 33 degree day yesterday I am doubtful! However with Autumn in mind I stitched my latest tag...Tag 15 - Miniscape.

I look forward to each weeks theme or prompt. Thinking and planning each tag is so enjoyable. Who would have thought a 3 inch x 4 inch piece of cardboard could give me such a gentle respite each week.

I am doing this sort of backwards. Tag 14 was Location....somewhere that you found inspiring or loved. Plus a pocket with a piece of treasure to go inside it. I chose the Northern Territory especially Kakadu National Park. A place I shall never forget! 

My supplies were Indigenous fabrics purchased in the NT. A special gumnut button gifted to me from lovely friend Julie @ My Threadbear Life. My piece of treasure was a little caravan cross stitch to pop in the pocket. Our caravan has been very special to us and so many marvellous places have been visited in ours.

Here are all my tags...minus this weeks so far....
Other sewing has been the completion of the hexie borders for Heartstrings. Some assembly is required now....and some contemplation for the last border as I am not keen on all the teeny pieced blocks.....thinking!  Thinking!

Foolishly with cooler weather earlier in the week I began hand quilting my Basket Case quilt.....only to be thwarted by the return of hot weather...sheesh! But at least it's begun!
These two pretties made me smile this week too....

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.  Each and every one has been taken to heart. I have received some lovely mail which I shall tell you about next post.
Until then stay safe and have a lovely week.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx