Friday, 17 June 2022

Friday Music & Musings!

AAAAAAHHHHHH! Friday! The temperature is double last week’s iciness & I’ve scheduled a design/sewing day. I’m listening to my current favourite album …

Laid back tunes from a couple of Queensland blokes who make up Busby Marou. And as I sing along I ask myself the question many stitchers (especially designers!) ask themselves on occasion … What was I thinking?!

A little triangle magic seemed like a good idea … before it led to reverse stitching, fiddly-diddly corner turnouts & matching checked fabric that was clearly printed crooked. πŸ™„πŸ˜ Still … I eventually untangled myself & am pleased with the finished project … which I can’t show you because it’s Secret Squirrel. 😜 Now for the instruction writing … GROAN!! πŸ™ƒ

 Do you listen to music when you get your creative groove on? I’d love to hear your musical choices … there’re still two days of sewing for me, so some new music might inspire me. πŸ˜‰ Whatever your plans for the weekend involve, I hope they include music & time spent creating & recharging your batteries. Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …



Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Retreating & Reporting!

HELLOOOOOOO! How are you all doing, my lovelies?! I hope you’ve been warmer than I have been this last week … BRRRRR! Winter has definitely hit us on top of our ‘hill’! My least favourite day was Friday (which you don’t often hear me say! 🀣). The temperature when I woke up at 6:30am was ONE DEGREE with a “feels like” temperature of MINUS EIGHT DEGREES! 😱πŸ₯Ά So I rolled over & went back to sleep under my pile of doonas! 🀣 Add in a week of horrible south-westerly 50km/hr winds & this hot-weather chook was  heading into hibernation mode. 😜 I never get much done in cold weather.

However … a couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to head off on a retreat with some stitching friends … we dubbed ourselves “The Ageless Angels”. πŸ˜‡ And we headed south (WHAT?!?!) to Glennrose Patchwork at Warwick. My home-away-from-home for the weekend …

… A cute cottage I shared with …

… Crochet Queen Linda. She was working on a gorgeous wall hanging featuring musical notes … it’s now finished … she’s an overachiever! 🀣 We were all working on our own projects, including …

… Rachel’s dragonfly quilt. Love those teals! There were other finishes that I can’t share cos they were surprises. And shock of shocks … I FINISHED something! πŸ₯³

Ta! Da! This is a giftie for a friend who’s walking a hard road … & a complete surprise, so … SSSHHHHH!! πŸ˜‚ I will be writing a pattern for this quilt, too, so stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

So … FINALLY another finish to add to my tally for the year. 😁 And speaking of tallies … I’ve done the OPAM hopping for May & there were …


YAY! Well done everyone! And the winner of the random prize draw is …

Congrats, Susan! Drop me an email to claim your PDF pattern prize. I love seeing the variety of projects you clever clogs crafters are working on each month & pleased to see people taking time aside to create & recharge their batteries. πŸ₯° Keep up the creativity, ladies! 😍

Well … that’s me for today. It’s a bit warmer today so maybe I’ll get some sewing/designing done … AFTER I have a cup of tea! You just knew I was going to say that, right?! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ Aussie gals, stay warm & overseas northern gals, enjoy your summer weather - I’m jealous. πŸ˜‰ Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …



Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Greetings From Our Frozen ‘Hill’!

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! Greetings from the top of our frozen ‘hill’ this blustery & icy Tuesday! When my alarm went off at 6:30am to tell me I had to get up & impersonate a responsible adult, my weather ap told me it was 7 degrees with a “feels like” temp of MINUS 7 degrees! EEEEK! And it’s not even officially winter yet! πŸ₯Ά OH DEAR!

This does NOT bode well for this hot-weather-chook for winter this year! However, there was some warmth in my day …

My parents (& in-laws) live in the retirement village where I work as an Admin Officer four days a week & they often pop in to say g’day when they’re running errands. Today they dropped in with a coffee for me! AAAAAAWWWW! True love is a hazelnut latte delivered to your messy work desk on a cold day. 😜πŸ₯° It definitely warmed my heart as well as my tummy. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

Now you’d think this cold weather would mean I have lots of stitching finishes to show you, right?! Yeah … NAH! πŸ™„πŸ˜œ I’m still working on Secret Squirrel projects with my hand stitching & the binding I said I was off to attach last post hasn’t been sewn down yet … I’m getting together with some stitching buddies this weekend & that’s one of the projects I’m intending to work on. A quilt showing soon, I promise. πŸ˜‰

But for those of you who DO have some finishes for the month of May … it’s time to update your sidebar tally lists & email me your OPAM update. 😁 I’m sure many of you have been far more productive than I have been. 😜

And now … I’m shuffling off in my Ugg boots to make a cup of tea … this cold weather definitely gives my kettle a workout! 🀣 Whatever you’re up to, I hope your day includes a heart-warming surprise & some creative time … & a cuppa! πŸ˜‚ Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling! 😁 Til next time …



Sunday, 22 May 2022

Foggy, Soggy Weekend!

Greetings to my blogging buddies from the top of our foggy, soggy ‘hill’. 

Believe it or not, this foggy view of some of our gorgeous eucalyptus tres is a SUNNY shot … compared to the rest of the weekend. 🀣 (the pic doesn’t really show how thick the fog was, but gives you an idea) It’s been miserable outside, so GB & I have lit the fire & we’re staying INSIDE. 😜 So it was perfect timing that I picked this up from my quilting fairy godmother the Fabulous Fiona  …

It may just look like a mesh drawstring bag, but this is my treasure sack. 😁 Fiona gifted this to me a few years ago to transport my quilts to & from her place for quilting … I think she got sick of my random plastic bag transporters. 🀣 It’s always exciting to get this bag back from Fiona because it means she’s woven her quilting magic on another of my quilts. Wanna have a sneaky-peeky??

If you look closer you can see Fiona’s clever quilting swirls. I love the Goldilocks balance Fiona finds when she quilts for me … not too little, not too much … just the right amount to add some zing & frame special features … like …

… appliquΓ©. Love the corner features & swirls. 😍 Thank you Fiona!! So putting some binding on this quilt is today’s task … a good way to spend a drab ol’ Sunday … it will be even better with a cuppa … but I bet you knew I’d say that! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Whatever you’re up to this weekend I hope you’re staying safe (& DRY if you’re in eastern Australia!!) & finding time to create. Have a fabulous week. Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …



Friday, 6 May 2022

March & April OPAM Update!

FINALLY! Here I am, checking in to catch up with OPAM for March & April! It’s been a hectic couple of months … thank goodness you clever clogs OPAMers have been creating up a storm, cos I don’t have much to show for my time. πŸ™„ And the designing & stitching I HAVE been doing is … you guessed it! … Secret Squirrel! 😜 But I’ll show you teasing sneaky-peeky before I share the OPAM results. Some of you who’ve been visiting me for a while will be shocked to hear that (brace yourself, Kerryanne! 🀣)…

… I’ve been thinking about Christmas!! I know, I know … I’m usually in Christmas denial right up til December 24, but I’m joining the lovely Steph & Marion at the Quilter’s Angel to cook up a Christmas treat. You’ll have to wait a while longer to find out about this one. πŸ˜‰ And yes … I’ve been playing with Cottage Garden Threads again! πŸ₯°πŸ˜ They really should make me an ambassador, shouldn’t they … I could be bribed with pretty threads! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

OPAM … well … lots of creativity happening in the last couple of months. HUGE thanks to those of you who emailed their tallies to me. Even if I didn’t get to email you back m I really appreciate you sending your finishes through … it saves me a lot of time when I’m updating the spreadsheet. And the totals were …




YAY! Well done everyone who added to those tallies … & pats on the back, too, for those like me working on Secret Squirrel or long term projects. And although we’re ALL winners if we take some time out to create, the two random draw winners are …


Congrats, gals! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF pattern prize to have fun with. 😁

Right now, though, I think I hear the kettle playing my song, so I’m off to make a cuppa … & have a piece of rainy day cake …

MMMMMMMM! Cake!! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ It’s a 4 Ingredients recipe that was super quick to make & (funnily enough! 😜) has just four ingredients. It was just a bit crumbly, so I think I’ll add a bit more liquid next time I bake it, but it’s pretty yummy with a splodge of butter & a cuppa. πŸ˜‰ Whatever you’re up to for the weekend, take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …



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