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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Brinton Hall

After searching for a nice French blue without success  for the 1st border on Brinton Hall it was languishing in the I searched through my stash AGAIN and found the remnants of another quilts border....measured and pronto! Enough! I probably won't have enough for the final border in it but I think being so scrappy I can get away with something else.
Then the fun you ever have those days when you repeat the same error over and over?? I cut out the homespun for the centrepiece base 3 times incorrectly! Truly! I'm blaming the fact that I have a head cold.....or else I need seeing to!
Lucky No. 4 and we have a base and I could begin appliquing the hexies to the border! Hooray! I like how it looks....
I feel like I can now move forward with this one.....many more hexies to go on the border in a strip...
Gotta love hexies! On the subject of all things EPP....
Some very nice friends knew that I was using reproduction fabric scraps for my Clamshell Quilt and have so generously added to my "Clammie Collection" as it is becoming known......thank you wonderful ladies xxxxxxx These are going to make a wonderful difference to the scrappy look I was hoping for.
I get to have a little chop and hand the box nice 😊
I am so going to enjoy making up a whole new lot of clamshells from them.
Stitchers are such lovely people.
Last week a little parcel arrived for me to assist me in my 2018 quest to use less plastic. Plastic straws do so much damage along with single use plastic bags to our marine life and it seems like there are trillions of them.
So I invested in some stainless steel ones to keep in my bag for when the need arises.
They come with their own little cleaning brush but can also go in the dishwasher.
I am trying very hard this year to walk the talk and not just pay lip service to doing better in my choices. Every little change we make definitely makes a difference!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sunday Stitchers and First Day

Today is a red letter day....both our little ladies started school! Cannot believe how grown up they both are. Apparently both had a great day.

Yesterday was our first meeting of Sunday Stitchers for 2018. If you follow some of the other Sunday Stitchers I am repeating it for you...sorry!
Very photo heavy as we were all very good stitchers and worked on our UFO challenges and consequently lots of lovely show and tell. and tell sweet Minnie quilt and UFO beautiful Sashiko.

Susans lovely quilts and a mini.

Gorgeous quilting details visible on the back of Susan's lovely quilt.
Noela....a lovely runner and wall hanging.

Incas beautiful Lucy Boston.....I feel guilty about mine...sssh!
Tatyana had a sweet wall hanging.
De...the cutest clamshell pouch...
Teresa and Noreen lovely candle mats and I think a pincushion?
Sandi had lovely zippy pouches and cute bags...
Marilyn escaped the paparazzi but had gorgeous appliqued flower blocks to show.
Helen was doing a balancing act with Miss Matty and candlemat!
Allison....beautiful pillow shams to match the beautiful wedding quilt she made.
Phew! And yours truly showing it pays to be voluptuous sometimes lol!
I had one Elf block in my UFO no.2 spot but finished it so quickly that I got them all done.....the UFO list had to be revised....
De drew our number for next month......
Which is Brinton Hall.....and which I just happened to take to work on yesterday!
I guess I just keep on going then lol!
It was a very nice way to spend the day and start the New Year.
If you are still with me....thank you!
LASTLY I just wanted to say that I have a lot of wonderful comments from folks who are non reply bloggers. I have decided to respond to those people directly under their comments. So if you don't get an email response from me to say thank you it will be there.
Well that is me DONE for this post!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, January 20, 2018


WENDY from Sugarlane Designs hosted our online get together for January. If you would like to see what everyone was working on pop over to Wendy's.
As I had the company of the little folk in my family all week I was a little bit weary.
Their Mums are teachers and were back in at school hard at work preparing for everyone else's little folk to join them bright and early Monday morning! Yes! Those lucky teachers getting ALL those holidays! But I shan't go on! Except to say do appreciate our teachers people....they work darn hard and often at their own expense! Both financially and emotionally.
Anyway in the spirit of joining in with my fellow bloggers I decided to do some nice and relaxed stitching on my clamshells.
I am now appliquing row 16 on and got all but 8 sewn before sleepy eyes overtook me and bed called me away.
Slowly but surely it is this quilt! Feels so old worldy and nostalgic, makes me think of all those quilt makers that came before me. The difference being they were making do, using up each tiny leftover scrap and creating something useful and lovely in the process. Where as I have the luxury of choosing favourites "scraps" to make mine. Still it is very nice to be creating an 'Ode to the Olde'.
What did you stitch last night with us?
Through the week I appliqued my January circles in place for Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018. I am really going to enjoy doing these.
A quiet day for me here today. Maybe some prep work on my next Angel Story block.
If you want to read my latest Art post go HERE
Have a lovely weekend all.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Decision Made

After umming and ahhing I have decide that I will once again this year join in over at SO SCRAPPY for
I love the whole concept of this.....using what you already have to create something new! All those bits of unloved or out of favour fabrics we all have in our stash.
So after a refreshing cool swim this morning, some work on a new art can read about that HERE I set about doing some prep work for what I have chosen for this challenge.
So what did I choose? Little circles!
January is BLUE. My aim is to do 4 in each months colour. Using a 61/2 inch background block of all my creams, tans and beige scrap pieces.
So my little circles are ready to be basted down ready to applique in place.
My UFO challenge for January is coming along nicely......
I shall show you when I get done. You would think a Christmas project would be the last thing you would want to do but I am enjoying it.
 Ok....Back to my circle basting.

I hope wherever you are the weather is not affecting you too much. It has been a bit extreme in both hemispheres of late.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, January 13, 2018

First Day Back

Yesterday was our first stitching day back for the Friday Girls, soon to become the Alternate Wednesday girls. We were a very small group but big on enjoyment. Some of our crew were swanning around on boats, others vanning or actually got better offers.....cheeky!
I even cooked.....I can cook an Aussie pikelet or three.
Delicious Aussie Apricot jam to go with cream as I was looking after my "traditional woman figure"
Lovely Jan was our hostess and I was so thrilled when she showed me my gift to her all beautifully framed.....Kooka looks very happy in his Forever home.
I packed my stitching bag with my clamshells....
And despite lots and lots of chat, managed a whole row stitched together ready to add on to my growing quilt.
Pleased as punch with that! All you MIA girls....we missed you x
That's it from to get ready to go out for coffee with the other and always Wednesday is so sticky icky here today....wonder if I can go in my nightdress...I would wear matching Ok better go find a loose cool dress!
Happy Saturday,
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, January 7, 2018

January FNWF

First Friday night stitchalong for the year.
I was weary after the final cleaning and putting away of the decos, so it was very nice to curl up in my chair and do some quiet stitching with my other blogging friends from Australia and beyond. CHERYLL From Gone Stitchin' is responsible for gathering us all together each month.
My efforts consisted of the stitchery on another Angel Story block.  This one is supposed to be called "Angela the Animal Lover" but I am renaming it "Esther the Animal Lover " after my vetinarian friend Esther who is so dedicated to her work.
I changed the design and placed the bird outside the cage. I don't like to see birds in cages.....
It looks happy to be out of there lol! It doesn't look like it but there was a bit of stitching on this block. It saw me through until bedtime. I have some prep done for the next block but was too tired to start marking it out...I didn't fancy a do over!
Last evening I felt like a little break from stitchery so I basted up some more clamshells. With this lot and whats in my tin, I think I may have 3 more rows of 20 ready to get stitched in place on the quilt.
We also have a little house guest. She is getting so old, poor Miss Sophie. She was not at all impressed at being left with us and did not budge from our living room door which over looks the street for 5 hours lol!

However this morning we have made ourselves quite and home and does NOT get the concept that doggies aren't allowed on the lounge chair...sigh!
After her 5am wake up call to us to be let in, Miss Sophie is a bit tired........ Just as well we are dog lovers.....
Where's the coffee?
I hope you enjoy this beautiful Sunday folks.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx