Sunday, January 29, 2012

Retreat - Days 3 & 4

I've been plugging away at the first 'block' of Mrs Billings coverlet. There was quite a bit of 'unsewing' at crucial times, but eventually I got it together.

Now I'm not sure what to work on next, perhaps I'll prepare some more hexagons?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Retreat - Day 2

While at Road to California we were lucky enough to take a mystery class with Tracey Brookshier. I got my basket blocks almost complete at the class - and I thought it would be fun to complete the top yesterday.

I purchased the fabrics as a kit from the tutor - its really quite fun isn't it?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Retreat - Day 1

Here is where I'm up to after a fun day of sewing at the retreat. I'm so thrilled with how this project is looking so far!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mrs Billings Coverlet

I got a few hexagons made on the plane, but now that we're at Linda's beach house on retreat, I'm progressing in earnest.

I'd really love to have the first installment made entirely by the time we leave, but I'll see how I go ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just a tid-bit ...

Had a great time at the quilt show, and I'll share more later. Yesterday my friends and I spent the day at California Adventure, and today we were at Disneyland, it really is the happiest place on earth!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Road to California

The entrance hall has some beautiful quilts hanging. We're heading in for day two - can my pocketbook take it?? So many lovely purchases already.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On my way :)

Shame about the sun coming up in the picture ... but here is my chariot for the first leg of the journey. Hope the fam behave themselves while I'm away :-)

Monday, January 16, 2012


I'm cutting tiny hexies for my Mrs Billings project. These ones are 5/8" finished!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A peek ...

... into my sewing room. My new sewing cabinet is all set up, and I'm entirely thrilled with it. It was my prize for winning viewers choice with my NI quilt :-) And my dear friend Lyn from work gave me a quilty calendar for Christmas, so it's proudly displayed. Happy days :-)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Binding ...

I'm sewing down the binding on a favourite scrap quilt. Some of the fabrics in the top are VERY old ... so it seems appropriate that the binding would have some age on it too ...

Almost done now, and then it's on to the hand sewing :-)

Monday, January 02, 2012

A new year :-)

Can you believe it's 2012 already? I really can't ... 2011 flashed by so quickly, and it really made a mark. Too many of my family and friends are really glad to see the end of it. I'm wishing for wonderful things in 2012 for sure :-)

So, what has been happening here recently?

Well ... in the days after Christmas, there was seismic activity in my dining room ... resulting in the demise of the gingerbread house ... and it was delicious!

I'm really keen to make a gingerbread chapel next year - I pinned one on Pinterest and may have a practice during the year. I know the family won't be sad to eat it :-)

I have also been working on some 'secret squirrel' projects:

I see miles of hand stitched bindings in my future. I love to listen to the TV while I'm working at bindings ...

And I've been working on a whole pile of strip piecing too ...

I hope to finish the piecing on these tonight ... it's on the list!

Speaking of lists, so that I don't fritter my days away (and it's very easy to do on holidays), I've decided to prepare a list of things to achieve in the day. This was today's list:

Red Binding
Laundry x 4 loads
Bathroom/Kitchen Trash
Run Dishwasker
Empty Blue Fabric Container
Take Up Jeans
Finish "Secret Squirrel" Tops

Not too hard to accomplish for today - and I'm almost done. Emptying the 'blue container' is a HUGE accomplishment. It is the scrap fabric that has been languishing in the corner of the sewing room for YEARS. I donated a whole lot of it recently, I've sorted it today and put away the useful fabric, and tossed the rest. What a huge relief!

Anyways, I better run and finish my last few things - if I get to it I'll post again tomorrow. Chatter soon friends :-)


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