Sunday, 28 May 2017

Winter and almost Chookshed party time..........

winter is almost here and it's getting a head start tomorrow...........beautiful 23 today and 17 tomorrow............and the nights are getting colder.........we've had the fire  going for a few nights but only just needed it - that is changing tomorrow as the mornings get much colder.........

The Chookshed party is next weekend 3-4th June.........
I know quite a few of you said you were joining.........
don't worry about commenting here closer to the weekend I will do a linky like last year so it is easy to see who's joining us for the party..........
put the family on notice............
no interruptions......
no housework.........
buy in some easy to prepare food...........
pop a bottle of bubbles..........
Image result for lets get excited it's nearly party time
get the sewing machine humming........
kick back with the hand stitching.........
whatever it is your do I hope you can enjoy the weekend with us next weekend............
the Chookshed is going to be bursting at the seams with 7-8 of  us..........but I can't wait it is going to be so much fun..........


22-25th June - Sydney
4 days this year but back in Darling Harbour in the new exhibition centre...........
QuiltNSW
Anyone going????
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.....

Keeping the love of blogging alive 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Lucy update......

Here she is so far...... "My Friend Lucy" is growing... 
The missing section is now sewn in......
I have 2 blocks I want to sew onto this and it will go away until I have all the fillers done and Lucy blocks with the extras ready...........then it will just go straight together........
Working on adding the cream sections onto the blocks and making fillers....... 
More cutting and gluing of cream and blue to do.......
probably a 1000 to cut and glue yet...........
If you're making Lucy to I would love to see your progress no matter how big or small......
17 of 42 joined.......
this is happening..........so exciting...........
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue......

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Major crisis averted......

Thank God for Sonia....... I had searched high and low in the lounge room and Chookshed......
Not once but twice........ Seriously looking and starting to stress that I had lost some of Lucy.......
I text Sonia as I was sure I had it when she was here.....she suggested the design wall......
I went straight out and there it was ......
 Now my design wall is big and this is all that was on it and I didn't even see it...... Seriously back to being a lounge lizard, even watching a movie "Lion" and hope my brain returns....... Obviously when your not well you 'have a boys look'......
So relieved......
In between emailing these pics and starting the post I watched the movie.......
I've been listening to the book reading by Saroo Brierley A Long Way Home  each morning on ABC radio.........I saw the movie version called LION in the shops the other day so brought it..........what an amazing story........I had heard a 1 hour conversation on the ABC but OMG to watch the movie.......I spent 1/2 the afternoon crying...........but so pleased I watched it.....
Catch you later....
Chookyblue.....

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Life.............

Life is whirl wind...........good but OMG busy..........
so much fun catching up with Susan@Oh2Sew and Maree@Stitched Australia, Fiona@BubzRugz and Kris@TagAlongTeddies.........
The food is always great at the Park House Cafe...........
After food and chatting we went and checked out some patchwork shops.............
This is the range I got for a friends 50th birthday quilt.........

Combined with grey (first time ever for me) should look "blokey" enough I hope...........
Car pooling......
Few more bits.........sashiko, possible Lucy fabrics...........all paid for and waiting for the girls and..........
I found these beauties...........OMG fussy cutting heaven.........I got all 3 colourways as I could not decide what I loved the most........probably Lucy2 but maybe Lucy...........in all honesty probably got enough fabrics for 3 Lucys.........but I am not going there..........

To say the fog was thick was an understatement................when I arrived it was so thick it was difficult to find my way around.........it lifted but by the time I came out just after dark it was settling back in..........looks cool in the lights but hard to drive in when it got thicker.........

So impressed to see so many young people doing Relay for Life............we didn't stay all night as not prepared enough but the girls walked the whole time they were there bar about 15mins when they ate dinner...........

Fairy Girl was playing with the new camera..........LOVE this photo..........
Rainbow on my way home.............
cool clouds.........

Catching the last light.........
so surprised this turned out so well...........it was almost dark.........
Now for a few restful quiet days as the sore throat that's been hanging around for weeks now is NOT getting better and i've had another trip to the Drs........
Me and the lounge are going to be besties for a few days........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Saturday, 13 May 2017

More Lucy........

No 5 was the winner in the Lucy options....thanks for your opinions as I was so undecided which one I loved the most.......hence why I made them into my new header photo.......
The other one had been kicking around in the Lucy tin part done for months and took about 20 mins to finish off.......
These will be going into Lucy2......Hope to have a picture of the actual quilt progress soon.......I realised I have done another filter row and started the next row since I showed you last......

Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Scizzors and cutter set......

When Miss Sonia @ Forever Always Online was here I brought this great Klasse scizzor/cutter set from her stall......
the love heart can be worn as a necklace and has little grooves down the side near the bottom of the heart to cut thread..........great for travelling......
It's  so pretty in the box I haven't taken it out yet...........
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

OMG what a few days..........

Sadly Sonia @ Forever Always Online has headed home again..........we've had a great time together.........
did a market stall...........chatted heaps..........
playing with pics..........
Sonia creates all these beauties so if you want to buy any let me know in the comments...........
wash cloths.......
heat packs.........
bugs...........
dust inversion on sunset...........
all snapped on my new love of my life camera............
My Canon DLSR has been playing up and I bit the bullet and it is my present to me for working off farm full time..........
brand new model out........
spent a little more money on a better lens with more zoom for the regular lens and the results speak for themselves.......
above the tree almost in the middle is the bit of tree on the right you can see below............
the rest of the weekend contained secrets........
lots of secret plans for Scrub Stitchin' 2018..............
we are just about bursting with excitement but still our lips are sealed..........
 our little secrets will be revealed when the girls arrived at the retreat.....
next year..........
another stop on the way home I snapped this  gorgeous pic.........
Mother Nature is painting the sky.........
some truly stunning sunsets almost daily here.......
that's why I live where I live...........if only it would rain.........

hope you are all well.........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Fairy Girl's scraps..

not a quilt finished by me but Fairy Girl has her scrappy quilt finished...........
Last stitch in the binding........all done...........
We'll call it "modern"...........
she started out a few years ago just wanted to sew fabric...joining piece of scraps together........learning how to make things fit.........
it grew and grew and grew......she used a few random blocks........scraps my girlfriends visiting over time also gave her.........
Sadly this quilt is double bed size and she didn't put a dint in the scraps....lol..
but she had such fun just joining pieces together.....making things fit together...........I think I straightened up one edge when it was very small and it is pretty square........
It is backed with a light green with white spot polar fleece so very snuggly......
quilted by Betty Field........
I had told her I was not getting it quilted and she would have to do it but I surprised her not long ago and she was so excited........she had to finish the binding off........
I wished I could just "play free"  like this..........but ideas, colours, styles of fabric have "rules" in my head......
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Save the date 3-4th June.............


  
So who's joining me?????

Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.........

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Too many choices.....

After some messages with Sandy @ Shiralee Stitches today she also asked if I have been playing with "Lucy" I said no...........but oops I forgot at the time I had been playing with this block.........options, options.......what to make up now.........
This one will be going into LucyII as I have enough for  LucyI........
I started this post but then I popped to the neighbours for coffee and took Lucy with me.......working on background piecing.......there is heaps of that to do toooo..........
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3
4
5
Same pieces just the placement changes........
So what do you like the most..... 1-5
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I'll enjoy the next 2 days before the temps drop on Wednesday...........
might have the fire lit by the end of the week..........now that's exciting........bring on some wintery weather.........I'm well over summer.........
some rain wouldn't go astray........people keep complaining about too much.......we've had none.......
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Saturday, 22 April 2017

New SAL.........

Just in case you need a new project I am trusting the Stitch-a-long blog to my friends Fiona and Raewyn..........head over to see what they are up to...........
You know you need a new project like a hole in the head but hey whats another project.........you only live once..........
Catch you later.............
Chookyblue...........

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Monday, 17 April 2017

10 years and a fresh start............

So many memories...............Girls Day in the Country has allowed me to make so many wonderful friends..........mostly just thru blogging..........
can't believe it has been 10 years...........
Some faces have come and gone.........
but lots keep appearing year after year..........
bit sad some don't blog like they used to as this is how we met to start with............
I had to leave early in 2012 for family reasons and cried 1/2 the way home...........a very sad trip...........
but every year friendships are started or rekindled...........
groups photos always taken.............

smiles all round............memories made............
Like I said earlier GDITC is no longer..........and I was pretty sad about this.........immediately I was thinking how could we keep meeting..........where could we keep meeting........who would organise something...........
I would miss this so much not seeing all these girls again........
I sulked for a few weeks.......
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I've had a venue in mind for years...........just never sure what to do there..........how to do it..........I have organised other retreats and trips so knew i could make it happen.........
(I think I should have been one of those people who organise functions etc........not much call for it where I am)
It is hard to find venues for groups that don't cost a fortune and have the space required.......
(Finding The Vale for the Bathurst retreat was difficult)
Sonia was here a few weeks ago and together we checked out the new venue......she also organised retreats in the past...........
we made some bookings, organised a caterer........
BAM 2018 we have a plan..........
" Scrub Stitchin' "
emailed some friends who have been on various retreats with me.......they loved the idea....thankgoodness...
$$$ deps being paid........
beds are filling fast..........
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I'm so excited we will gather again.............
new and old friends will gather.........
new friendships made.........
old ones strengthened......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue..........


Sunday, 16 April 2017

So how did I go...........

So I think an update is due here as quiet a few of my online friends supported me during this challenge.....
I learnt things about myself......
pushed myself further and further as I raised more money.........
realised it is ok and essential to push yourself out of your comfort zone.......
I can do more then I thought I could do..........
found new friends connecting thru this walk...........

Goals                v                 Actual
93km (3kms/day)             reached 164km
$1971                               $5017

Best day 12.5kms
Best single walk/run 8kms
Best speed 8.05mins/km 


Started a walking group after work and that is continuing on........
about 6 of us now........
encouraged some of you to get moving.........
hope you are continuing on..........
thankyou for your support be that monetary, emails or comments.......it all added up to me doing something i never thought possible and raising great $$$$$ for the Cancer Council
please take care of yourself 
you are the one that makes the decisions for your health and future
mental health, physical health and gut health all make a difference as to how you feel and only you can want to make a difference.....

I've been working on "me" for a few years now
slow and steady making the difference........goodness me for the first 6 months or more I didn't even put joggers on to walk.........lets just say good joggers are the best investment ever.........my friend gave me a new pair.......she brought the wrong size and could not return them.........
I now eat better, feel better, exercise regularly..........
most importantly there is 25% less of me.......

I have crap knees but with all the extra exercises I have been doing (this year) albeit some modified to suit me it must have really made a difference to the muscles and they have behaved so well this month.........
And after this month I also realised life is better taking asthma puffers.......my allergies really hold me back...........
I didn't walk far to start..........
I didn't have time for exercise.......
i've fallen off the wagon a few times but picked myself up.........
brushed the dirt off and headed off again............
I know if you want it you can do it too........
every little change adds up over time........
Go for it!!!!!!

Catch you later............
Chookyblue..........

Keeping the love of blogging alive

Swaps, Shopping, Prizes..........

GDITC always means a swap...........Make it, Bake it, Fake it Swap is great as everyone gets to join in......its a swap we do with our blog friends in our group...........if you don't have time to make something or bake something just fake it and buy a gift.......this way everyone can join in.......
I faked it this year and Janice received my gift.......no pic sorry.........
I received from Sandy and you may think she faked it but really she didn't as she designed and put the kit together for this gorgeous little pin cushion.........
This is what it will look like when I make it up.............
The Little Red Pincushion 4
I'm sure Sandy won't mind me using her photo esp if I include the link so you can buy one for yourself......
you can find them @ Shiralee Stitches........
so tiny and cute........
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GDITC always means some shopping.....both at the Cottage on the Hill and designer goodies on the day............
the kit for a baby quilt..........
Some of Anni Downs Hatched and Patched new fabric just in store Garden Whimsy..........so pretty............
A new bottle of Best Press
WARNING - has anyone else had the problem I had the squirty/spray on and while not using it in summer the whole bottle had somehow leaked out all over the ironing board..........thru the nozzle............so now I will never leave the screw top off when not in use................such a waste of a nearly full bottle...........
Some of Bonnie Sullivans new patterns..........and some cards  - quilty cards are always great...........
Now I must say I was not a huge fan of Bonnie's work before the workshop...........her things were a little more black and prim which is NOT me.......but I must say I LOVE all these new designs.............very happy with the project on the day.............and as Bonnie lies in the USA I had never met her before but she was soooooo lovely and we had a fabulous time...........
Bonnie is preprinting fabric........nothing like I have seen anyone else do......the pattern on the back ground is also preprinted.......the lines you can leave or stitch over..........add a bit of wool work and jobs done...........
the pre-printed christmas ornaments...........just add some wool and stitching....
I won these as I was one of the 4 ladies on the Saturday who had done the whole 10 years...........Me, Marcelle, Helen and Lea......Not sure if there was anyone on the Sunday............Lea I didn't know the first year but Marcelle and Helen we catch up every year since then just at GDITC...........Lea and I are good friends..........spending lots more retreats and sewing weekends together.........

Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.......

Keeping the love of blogging alive