....ohh and pencils and paper

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

 Hello all. The weather has been a bit a bit erratic of late and has dictated what I chose to stitch.

Stormy weather allowed me to get a bit more of my hand quilting done on Heartstrings. 

Humid warm weather plus a 33 degree day put paid to the hand quilting so I completed some piecing on Where You Love Is Home. Row 1 is now complete.....I am now working on the blocks for the next row and arrangement. 
I also  stitched some more of the small appliqued hearts to add to my diminished  pile....
I now have 20 new little hearts.
I couldn't resist a little bit of BEATRIX amongst them.
On the subject of hearts, as I was looking for a crochet hook needed for my latest tag, I came across a pretty crochet heart that I had made many years ago. It's about the size of my spread hand span.....
Not a clue what it was for. I used to crochet a lot in my teenage years and early twenties...all those lovely mini and maxi boleros, tote bags and even a bikini once!
It was a nice wander down memory lane.
Tags were created too.
TAG 41 - Bullion stitch beauties.
TAG 42 - Tag on a tag. I cheated a little in that I used a painted wooden tag for the smaller one. It was painted and gifted to me by a dear friend. I  love that it is no longer languishing in a box.
TAG 43 - Fringing. The reason for the crochet hook. I had plans to cut and shape the fringing when I had finished but I loved the colours and texture of the threads so left it alone. I was really happy to also use the scrap of background fabric....another old favourite.
On my drawing board I got back to a piece I had to do some problem solving on. It seems to happen a lot to me lol! My husband snapped this Moorhen getting comfortable in her newly constructed nest, made from sticks and strips of paperbark. All this was perched on a fallen paperbark tree in a lagoon in a place we enjoy visiting.
The nest was quite a challenge which I really enjoyed in the end.....the issue was the dark murky waters of the lagoon from all the leaf litter within. 
I  have done my best....could have kept fiddling with it forever lol! It is such a special feeling to draw something from nature that you have observed and taken an interest in!

It had been an up and down week last week and is often the case when you care for a loved one who is ill but these beauties cheered me enormously! 

Pure sunshine!
I  hope you are all well and safe. My Mister and I are off for our 2nd Vax tomorrow and I admit to feeling a sense of relief.
Take care
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

October Already

 Hello all! It seems incredible to me at how the days are flying by and it also seems to take me ages to get back to my blog these days. But here I am with my stitchings progress.

"Where We Love Is Home " is coming along with the centre house block completed.

It slots in about here.....
I have the Alphabet and Number stitchery blocks waiting in the wings too!

I am happy to see this quilt starting to develop. I was a bit worried that my scrappy fabric choices were a bit much but I think its starting to gel.
Before we had this recent spot of really warm weather I was making headway on my hand quilting on Heartstrings! 
Tags are up to date. Can't quite believe we are up to Tag 40
Tag 38 - Reverse Applique. 
We were asked to keep the bits we cut out for Tag 39.
Tag 39 - Applique. 

Tag 40 - Something "yummy" you had bought from a shop or craft show and never used.
I chose one of a pair of gorgeous ceramic Forget.Me.Not buttons, bought in regional Victoria on one of our wonderful road trips and a pale blue little lace motif, also one of a pair. 

Recently I spent a lovely morning with my littlest Granddaughter sharing some drawing. She loves to draw cartoon characters. Her story was a mobile phone and a packet of fries fell in love hahaha! Such a character and I love to see kids being creative.....just going with it!

Even at 8 years old she is so interesting to have a conversation with and has such a great imagination. My job on request was to draw her favourite....BATMAN! Lets just say Erin's idea of my ability far outweighed the! But she thought it was COOL!
I fancied a little slow stitching and have a little bit of secret stitching in mind....
So that's about it from me. 
Take care and stay safe one and all.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx