Sunday, 17 July 2016

BEEP! BEEP!!

Nope ... it's not the Road Runner coming to call ... just a slightly crazed and dazed designer who's wondering where the weekend has disappeared to ... AGAIN! SIGH! Just when I was getting into a bit of a groove with my new design-in-progress, I've run out of weekend and I'll have to get up early in the morning to be a grown up and go to work ... SIGH!!!

But ... at least I have a little progress that I can share a sneaky peeky of ... ready?! :0)

BEEP! BEEP! It's a rainbow beetle! :0) This is the second block of my rainbow quilt ... which is kind of growing like topsy. :0) I'm starting to get a bit of an idea of the direction I'm heading with it ... and I'm a bit excited by it! :0) Stay tuned!!

Not much other stitching happened this week ... I was too busy socialising. :0) Unfortunately ... I didn't get any photos - OOPS! Chookyblue  was in Toowoomba for a quick fact finding mission and the Fabulous Fiona and I were able to catch up with her for lunch ... and a quick visit to The Quilters Angel! :0) And then a bit of time relaxing, chatting and stitching together. It's always so much fun to catch up with blogging buddies in real life. :0)

That's about it from me. I hope you've all had a lovely, relaxing weekend and that your week is full of rainbows! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sewing, Sneaky Peekies & OPAM Draw!

Hello everyone! How are you this Sunday evening? I'm sitting on the couch with my Sweetie trying to come to terms with the fact that another weekend is almost over ... SIGH!! It's been a bit of a jam-packed few days so maybe I actually need to go back to work tomorrow for a little rest! Tee! Hee! Hee!

My weekend started off with  ... Surprise, surprise!! ... some SEWING! :0) Our Friday night Sit N Sew gals enjoyed one of three mini-retreats that we have each year, organised by the indefatigable Miss Marion. It's always a weekend of good fun, good company, good food and we usually manage to do a bit of sewing too. :0)

I didn't have any "Ta Da!" moments of finishing any projects, but I DID get some hand stitching done. In fact, I finished the hand stitching part of a new design ... I'll give you a little sneaky-peeky ...

It's a little something that I'm hoping to have ready to release as a pattern in time for this year's Stitchers' Dream Day Out, which has an "Ooh! La! La! Paris" theme. So, a little French stitchery in some softly French pastel thread. You'll have to wait a bit longer to see the rest of it. :0)

Then I moved onto stitching for a new sample for an old favourite ... my Girl Stuff Bag pattern. The original looked like this ...

This was the project at the original Girls' Stitch In weekend held by the Marvellous Marion and Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel. It's always been quite popular ... the larger bag is a great size tote bag ... perfect for a stitching day out! :0) And the smaller bag was designed to hold your favourite coffee mug to enjoy cuppas with friends, but would also keep your threads, needles and smaller sewing bits safe. I decided to stitch the new sample in a pretty Cottage Garden thread for a different look ...

This is such a pretty colour combination ... I'm looking forward to making it up into a new bag.

So ... a bit of stitching happened in amongst the chatting and giggling. :0) A big thank you to our Hostess with the Mostest, Miss Marion!

And speaking of sewing projects ... well done to all you clever clogs OPAM gals! Once again, my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg and I were blown away by the fabulous projects being worked on and finished by you all. There were 159 finishes for June! WOO! HOO!! Well done, gals! :0) And well done to all of you, too, who were working on longer-term projects. If you made some good progress, that's a positive for the month. :0)

Now to the prize draw ... the winner for June is ...


Congrats, Marilyn! Drop me a email with your snail mail address and I'll pop a little something in the mail for you. 

There is one finish that I can share with you ... it's just not MY finish. :0) Our clever Quilting Fairy, the Fabulous Fiona, sent me a photo of a quilt that she had just quilted for the lovely Gwenda ... made from my "French Amour" pattern that she bought at the Quilter's Angel. Gwenda generously consented to me sharing a photo of her quilt with you ...

Isn't it GORGEOUS!! Fabulous French General fabrics and the magic of Miss Fiona's quilting. I bet Gwenda was pleased with the result! :0) I LOVE seeing how people make up my patterns and interpret them to create their very own special quilt/bag/bear. It gives me warm fuzzies. :0) Thanks Gwenda for letting me share!

I hope you're all enjoying some time in your creative caves ... even if it's just time spent being inspired by fave craft mags, Pinterest or gorgeous books ...

Like "Happy Quilts" by my talented blogging buddy Toni Alexander. :0) Yes ... shameless friend plug there! Tee! Hee! Hee! And a bog-hop through the list of OPAM participants on my sidebar list is also sure to inspire you. :0)

Right ... it's time for me to think about hitting the shower and then the pillow ... since they're expecting me to be a grown up again tomorrow ... SIGH! Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and that your week is full of rainbows ... just like the one I bought at my Home-Away-From-Home yesterday. :0)

Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS







Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Winter Antidote ...!

I know ... two posts in one day! Don't fall over in shock, Chookyblue! :0)

I thought I'd pop back in quickly to tell you that I've found an antidote to our yucky freezing, blustery day (feels-like temp still only about 4 degrees and winds of 35-40km/h!!) ... besides hibernating like a bear in the back room here in front of the fire ... though that is a vital element, too! :0)

... A nice big bowl of Mum's home made pea and ham soup and a fresh-from-the-bread-maker loaf of olive sourdough bread. YUMMO!! :0)

Oh ... and frequent kettle-stops for cuppas ... in fact ... I think I hear the kettle playing 'our song' now. :0) Til next time ...

MMMMMMMMMMM!! BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

When The Wind Blows ...!!

... the cradle will rock ... good thing there aren't any cradles here on top of our 'hill' today or they wouldn't be rocking, they'd be blown away!! It is a VERY nasty day here ... even the weather ap on my phone agrees ...


Do you see that "Feels Like temperature????! And those horrible gusty, gale force westerly winds - EEK! Is it any wonder I'm tucked up in the lounge room under my blankie in front of the fire, vowing not to come out again until spring?! SIGH!! Roll on spring, I say!!

So tucked up in our toasty living room, I'm contemplating doing some more on a little project I've started playing with ...

... A Combi at night time! Tee! Hee! Hee! I thought I'd play with one of my Combi's on a black background instead of the original white ...

I just love how the bright batiks pop against white or black. The pattern for "Combi Conga Quilt" is available from my Home-Away-From-Home, the Quilters Angel if you'd like to make your very own version. So what to do with my night time Combi ... why, add some more colour, of course! :0)

And you know how I said I wanted to do a LARGER version of the Beetle Boogie rainbows? Well ... I did some SMALLER ones for this. I LOVE how this block looks!! So much so that ... instead of making it into a wall hanging as I originally intended ... I'm now toying with the idea of another quilt! Am I crazy? Possibly!! :0) What do you think ... wall hanging or quilt? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. I love to get people's feedback on my patterns and designs, whether that be hearing what they think about my colour/design choices or how easy/hard/clear/confusing they found my instructions. I'm constantly trying to improve my designing and instruction writing (BLECH!!) so feedback helps.

And I love seeing how people make their own versions of my patterns. Last weekend my Beloved Geek Boy and I were fortunate enough to catch up with some friends from a former life ... our time in Bourke, far-west NSW. Two generations of the family have moved to our area and though we'd chatted on Facebook, this was our first catch up - what FUN!! :0) And even better was seeing how the lovely Becky (who was one of our Church youth group kids when we were in Bourke) had interpreted my "Life's Good Bag". Here's the original ...

I designed this pretty and practical tote bag as one of the "Girls Stitch In" projects for Marion and Steph at the Quilters Angel. (where you can get your copy of this pattern!!) And Becky's version ...

Isn't it pretty!! I love that she's used pretty, favourite fabrics from her stash and replaced a couple of the embroidery elements with buttons and charms. Becky said she made it as a nappy bag when her kids were smaller, but now that she doesn't need to fill it with nappies, it's a handy size to take with her when she stitches with a friend. :0) And we had a lovely time catching up with Becky, her hubby and kids and her parents.

So ... there you go ... that's what's been happening here on our wind-blown 'hill'. I think it's time I went to investigate some lunch and a hot cuppa to ward off the nasty cold weather ... any excuse for another cuppa! Tee! Hee! Hee! If you're in the cold parts of Australia, rug up and stay warm ... if you're in the warmer parts of our globe ... I'm trying hard not to be too jealous!! I'll be back in the next day or so with the OPAM draw, so if you've been a slacko and haven't yet emailed Sweet Peg or me ... do it NOW!! :0) Til next time ...

BRRRRRRRRR! BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

PS. Diana from Toowoomba ... you left a lovely comment on my last post, but you showed up as a "No Reply" blogger, so I couldn't email you back to say g'day ... and commiserate about our freezing weather! :0) Drop me a quick email if you'd like to chat. BH! KRIS xx






Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Beetle Boogy!!

Hello to you all from the top of our frozen 'hill' this cold and blowy Tuesday! BRRRRR!!! Our temps have dropped to below the zero mark the last couple of nights and today we had icy south-westerly winds whistling around at over 35km/h that kept the 'feels like' temperature in the single digits. EEP! Did I mention that I REALLY don't like winter?!!

So with it being such a nasty day outside, you can no doubt guess that I spent the afternoon INSIDE ... in front of the fire, of course. :0) And a productive afternoon it was too, as I've FINALLY finished my Beetle Boogy quilt top ... WOO! HOO!! :0) Wanna take a sneaky peeky??

TA DA! I am pretty chuffed with how it's turned out! And it's got so many things about it that I just LOVE! ... VW Beetles ... hearts .. cheerful batiks ... and rainbows. It makes me SMILE whenever I walk past it. :0) I'm not sure it makes my Beloved Geek Boy smile, though ... since it's currently in the middle of the dining room floor and he has to keep carefully walking around it to get to his lounge chair! Tee! Hee! Hee!

I love the bright batik colours contrasted against the stark black and white elements.

And I LOOOOOOOOOVE the rainbow corner blocks! It took me a while to work out what I needed in the corners to draw everything together and the rainbows have worked out perfectly. In fact ... I think maybe I need to design a quilt with a larger version of this rainbow design ... what do you think?! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So my Beetle Boogy quilt if now ready to be sent off to the Quilting Fairy ... AKA the Fabulous Fiona. :0) She does an AWESOME job of transforming my tops into quilts and seems to have a sixth sense about just what quilting design will bring the quilts to life without overpowering the fabrics, applique or stitcheries ... maybe we should be calling Fiona the Quilt Whisperer! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Has there been some creating happening in your corner of the world? Any projects being finished? For all you OPAM gals out there, it's time to update your sidebar lists with your finishes for the month and email your tally to my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg or me. We love to see what everyone has been up to each month ... there are SOOOOOO many clever clogs creative ladies out there in blogland and it's incredibly inspiring to see all the different projects being finished and/or progressed each month. Have you taken a blog hop through the OPAM participants? If not, why not make yourself a cuppa, grab a sweetie-treatie and cruise through the list on my sidebar. I guarantee you'll enjoy 'chatting' to some like-minded gals, not to mention being amazed and inspired by all the wonderful projects they're making. :0)

Right now, though, it's time to toss another log on the fire and tackle the dinner prep. Creamy chicken and mushroom bake here tonight ... YUMMO! :0) Whatever you're up to this week, I hope there are rainbows to make you smile! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



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