Thursday, June 30, 2016

I Have been MIA

Wow I have not been on here in over two months.  It doesn't mean I haven't been busy.  I have been working full time in the last couple of months, but this fortnight I have selected not to pick up any extra shifts because tiredness is catching up on me.

So what have I been doing on my treasured days off?  Working on my Master of Nursing.  Currently I am finalizing questionnaires and submitting my proposal to my tertiary provider ethics committee in two weeks time.

What else have I been doing.  Stitching hexagon flowers together for my HexiMail4 swap on Facebook.  I have done over 100 and have just over 40 to go, so on the home stretch.  I have also been doing some secret swap stitching too.

Finally I have had a pestering cat hound me whenever I am home.  He has some renal problems and overweight, so is on a special diet and for some reason thinks I will continuously feed him.

Here he is trying to give me a sexy pose

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dixie Diary Blocks

Back in 2013 I started completing blocks for the Dixie Diary BOM over at Civil War Quilts blog.  I made four, then it became a UFO.  However last week I decided to finish these and now all I have left to do is add cornerstones and sashings.  Then only today I have realized one of the blocks has been pieced wrong, but an easy fix.

Looking forward to finishing this one. Now to find material to finish it.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

A Lovely Christmas Table Runner

While over in Tasmania, I was lucky enough to catch up with the lovely Relle who made me this Christmas table runner for a swap we were in last year.

Best of all it was made with my favorite material line by French General

I posted this picture back when she got hers when I sent it last year.  Notice we both have good taste in fabric

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Some More of my Trip to Tasmania for LGS 2016

When over in Hobart for Lets Get Stitched we went on a bus trip on the Friday where we visited some lovely patchwork shops, but also stopped off for lunch at the Salmon Ponds.  It was a lovely setting on a beautiful day to have lunch.

While in Hobart we had Saturday to do what ever we wanted and yes we walked the streets and done some shopping, but we also had a look down at the wharf .  I love these boats, but alas get seasick so no ride in it.

Also Hobart has some amazing buildings and I love the architecture of them

Hubby and I are planning on going back as there is still so much to see in Tasmania, with Port Arthur being a place we still have to see, but didn't as time ran out.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A UFO Finished

I finished a UFO in February

This "Heart of Christmas" stitchery is a Rosalie Quinlan design I started awhile back but have now finished.  I still have two others to finish and am hoping to this year.

This one is the "Angels" pattern

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Friday, March 18, 2016

I Have Lost My Cord

I have photos on my camera but I have lost my cord to transfer them and have hunted high and low for it, but alas it is in a safe place.  But thanks to eBay I have just ordered another so I will post photos of a couple of projects in the next few weeks.  

Anyway I have been quiet here, as yes I have gone mad and am doing my Master of Nursing and in the throes of excitement ...... not ........ starting my Thesis for it. So when not working I have been studying, but I did have time to go away to Lets Get Stitched over in Tasmania.

Tasmania is a lovely place and I am definitely going back.  I have managed to get photos of my phone but most are on my camera of the beautiful surroundings.  Hobart has some amazing buildings and the churches were lovely

We had a great view when the cruise ship the Diamond Princess arrived from our room at Salamanca Inn

And the Salamanca Markets was great.  Unfortunately had to watch what I could get as I didn't want the long customs wait when I got back to New Zealand.

On the Friday we went for a bus trip and stopped of at Norfolk and visited a lovely patchwork shop located at a old hospital, which we found out was an old mental institution.  The buildings were old but lovely and the patchwork shop was located in the old matrons quarters of the old nursing quarters.

Burgers ....... go to Jack Greenes.....yum!

My cord for my camera is on its way already, so watch for more photos to come .... like February's "1 Xmas Item a Month" item.  But in the mean time phone photos (unless it craps out on me)

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

'Love Is" Is Finally Finished

This stitchery I started back in, I think was 2009.  I had meant to finish it last year, as all it had left to do was trim and bind.
Now as part of  OMG: One Month Goal and Sew It's Finished I set myself a goal this month to finish it and I did.  Now all I have to do is get a hanger and it can go up on one of my walls.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A UFO Finish & More

Well some sewing is happening here among the hot weather we have had.  

This Celtic Sunrise paper-pieced block was sent out to my partner earlier this month.  It would be the hardest block I have had to do to date, but I persevered with it.

I have also been stitching up a storm with the hexagon flowers and these are all in the mail or ready to go into the mail.

Here in Gisborne we have had some lovely weather in the last couple of weeks and someone has finally done the rain dance as it has been showering on and off today.  Below is a picture I took on my walk earlier this week of where the two rivers meet in Gisborne

And finally to my UFO finish. These blocks were ones I had made for swaps but not good enough to post off, so they went in a UFO box to be made into a tablerunner.  Well a couple of years later it is made. This project is also part of Sew It's Finished and 1 Xmas Item a Month which you can go and view by clicking on the links on the side bar

While at it, I thought to practice some free-motion quilting and I think I have done a pretty good job too. 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

FNSI Update

On Friday was the monthly FNSI.  As I was working that evening I decided to do a bit of sewing before I went.  Now with the heat of the day that was a mean feat, and the heat is not going away anytime soon either.  One plan for our house is to get air conditioning. Fans just don't cut it when we have 30 -35 degree days here currently.

So while bloobed out in front of the TV watching Grimm I stitched up just one hexagon to send away in the HexiMail group I am part of on Facebook before the heat got to me.

These are the other hexagon flower I have also stitched in the last week, which will be in the post tomorrow.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sew Its Finished is Back

So glad to see Sew Its Finished back up and running. I must say that I have accumulated a few more UFO's in the last couple of years and this blog will help motivate me to finish some.  It hasn't changed much from when I posted a couple of years ago. Some have been finished and taken off, but the majority is still there and the stuff in this picture from a couple of years ago is still there.

So here is my list which is now also updated on my side bar.  I may add to that list as I find other UFO's, but I think most of them are there:

'Love Is' Stitchery
6 1/2 Inch Block Mini Quilt
Annie Downs Stitchery
Blackwork Mini Cushion
Brutus Cushion Cover
Charmed Hearts Quilt
Christmas Stitchery
Cinnamon Teddy Framed
Civil War Love Letter Quilt
Framing Cow Cross Stitch
Jelly Roll Quilt
Layer Cake Quilt
Mirabila Cross Stitch
Mystery Charm Squares BOM
Natures Journey Quilt
Our Craft Forum 2012 Sampler Quilt
Sheep Virtues Cross Stitches
Snowbound BOM
Table Runner - Christmas
Table Runner 2

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along

So I was not going to join up to any sew-along this year as still trying to catch up from last year, but after been added to the group on Facebook I just have to join in on the fun.

I know I shouldn't really, but I just can not resist.  If you look at all those designers, who could?

So if you want to join in to, go here and get all the details.  It is going to be so much fun.

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