Sunday, 27 May 2018

Last Weekend....

Don't know what happened to last week but here I am a week later with an update on our Mother's Day celebrations in Sydney - postponed from the week before last weekend - due to inclement weather!!
We had  lovely day - with an "at home" high tea.... including a glass of champagne!
A secret sewing project from the past few weeks was a book bag for my mum - she is an avid reader so can store her current book in this......
(A Marg Lowe pattern)
And.... what a coincidence - the Northbridge Quilters had their exhibition the same weekend - just around the corner from Mum & Dad's...... there were some beautiful quilts - some you just wanted to wrap yourself in! The exhibition included many quilts made over the 35 years the group has been together.... here are just a few - including some from the garden.....
And a raffle quilt which - sadly - I did not come home with......
While still on the topic of this year's Mother's Day once again Megan sent me a message from overseas - as she has for the past 3 Mother's Days she hasn't been here for......
This year it was from a "Glen of Bluebells" in Canterbury, Kent.
Megan has still been busy travelling - while not working in England - wedding plans have not progressed very far.... I think she is enjoying her travels and seeing new countries too much (while James stays working back in England)....recently she added Bosnia and Serbia to her list of countries visited (I think that was country number 40 and 41?) and currently is in Morocco which will be followed by Portugal ...then back to work in England again.....
And... this week DD1 Hayley and her partner are off for a short holiday to Thailand..... My turn must be coming around again soon! 
Meanwhile..... the last week has seen me take out this project again......
....Here I am trying to work out where exactly I was up to when I put it aside over a year ago...... back on track again.... but rows seem to take forever and it's growing ever so slowly (Pattern is from Attic 24)....... also these socks were finished the other day....to be gifted soon to a friend with a Winter birthday! 
And that's about it for now from me....

Happy Stitching
Asta

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Mothers Day....postponed....

Well, the plan was to have our Mothers' Day celebrations in Sydney this year at mum & dad's ... but, as it was becoming a very wet and windy weekend a family decision was made that, in order for us not to be on the roads travelling over this weekend, we would "postpone" our Mothers' Day to next weekend..... after all does it really matter what day we celebrate this special day? ..... And, so it came about that I had a very relaxing weekend "cosied" up at home against the elements.... what was I to do??.... Be creative!.....make something for myself! 
This project has been in my "to-do" box for.....quite some time!!
A start..... and finish in one weekend.... I think the zipper sewn in by hand took as long as the piecing - wasn't very relaxing! 


One side.....
and the other......
It's just the right size to store some crochet....perhaps a stitching project ..... or the socks that I enjoy knitting? 
Last week a few ladies from our Tuesday night embroidery group decided to get together for an "extra" night..... they all wanted to make the small hexagon dilly bag I'd finished the week before.... hexagons all taking shape here.......
Will see what other projects might get started or continued during the week - the second sock of the pair I'm knitting isn't far off being finished....... am cutting out lots of little squares for a table topper I'm making...... have some more bunnies to make.... my daughter Hayley's quilt is cut out and ready to sew up.... and so the list goes on..... But, the weekend is over and it's back to work tomorrow......

Happy Stitching
Asta

Monday, 30 April 2018

A Finish and More

This last weekend was a quiet one - apart from the huge storm we had go through late Sunday afternoon and into the evening - thunder rumbled around for nearly 3 hours... with heavy rain at times!.... so unexpected for this time of the year.... but back to what was accomplished...
On Saturday morning it was rather bleak but surprisingly not too cold so with a hot lemon tea I ventured outside to my favourite corner of the the garden to finish this book...... 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book... set in a small English village at the start of WW1 - as the author says in her acknowledgements "the novel has a lot of historical significance" and then mentions all the research she did in preparation for writing this novel. I found it especially moving to read during this past week as we celebrated ANZAC day... it was interesting to read the impact such a war would have had on a small English village!


Later during the weekend this little dilly bag was finished.....

Pattern by Broderie (on Etsy)

It could be made with any size hexagons - I used 1 1/2 '' ... all hand sewn no machine sewing required including the casing for the drawstring to go through! I must admit it did get a bit fiddly - a "labour of love" for a friend's birthday. 
Then...... with this embroidery finished it was time to select and cut out the fabric ready for some machine sewing .... I do love doing the embroidery but as it is a gift I can't just put it aside - project has to be finished!  I must have measured the embroidered piece half a dozen times or more before cutting! 

Over the weekend I was inspired to buy the latest copy of the lovely embroidery magazine "Inspirations" and what did I find.... an advertisement for a new embroidery shop not more than 5-10 mins drive from my parents place in Sydney! How could I have not known??!! Address has been noted & definitely on the agenda for my next trip! 

And that's about it for now.... off to do a bit of machine sewing..... 
Happy stitching
Asta 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sydney Weekend

This last weekend a trip was made to Sydney to catch up with mum & dad..... always lovely to spend some time with them.....and check in to make sure they are doing ok!... Still in their own home at 88 and 95!! 
On the way up I stopped off at Berry and checked out the Berry Patchwork shop - they are in the middle of extending their beautiful shop - well worth a visit if in the area! I resisted buying anything.... at least for this visit! 
Miss Dora stayed home "house-sitting" and once my bag was unpacked she jumped in - maybe a hint that I was not to go away again??.......or perhaps take her next time?? 
 Not a lot of stitching has been accomplished lately.... but a bit of colour has now been added to this.... soon to be a gift so I had better get a move on..... 
And that about sums up what I have been up to lately!.... Back soon with an update on how the stitching is going....

Happy Stitching
Asta

Monday, 2 April 2018

Easter.....

Miss Florence and a few other Easter decorations set the scene for what was a quiet Easter weekend.....
.....Saturday was the only day I ventured out  - to Huskisson about a 90 minute drive north to meet up with Vivien and brother-in-law who had driven down from the Southern Highlands....
.......an enjoyable day was spent together at the Huskisson Markets and watching a good old fashioned Easter Parade - complete with marching bands, vintage cars, pets and everything else you would expect to see!!
 As with any markets there were plenty of food stalls when it came to lunch.... followed by "dessert" of chocolate/mint ice-cream in the form of "moon rocks"!... was interesting...
 And .... these nougats were just divine - after many samplings only these 2 came home!
 The rest of my days were rather quiet with time spent gardening, reading.... this has been read over the last few days....quite an enjoyable read....
And some progress has been made on a couple of stitching projects.....
Quite a few hours were spent on my WIP (the re-organising of my sewing area) - just amazes me how my fabric stash could have grown so much....where did all that fabric come from!! I wonder?.... Then there were all the magazines - was I really going to make everything I had tagged?? .....

Till next time
Happy Stitching
Asta





Monday, 26 March 2018

A bit of this and that.....

Well....this is about "a little bit of this and that" since that's exactly what I have been doing......
Firstly a "1/2" finish - one of a pair of socks.......
 Another book finished.... this one... ummm.... not sure what I thought about it  - I would best describe it as a fantasy - it was interesting but I was pleased when all 465 pages were read and I could say it was finished!
Yesterday I spent time sorting out fabrics for some (small) projects I plan on starting.....
These fabrics have been accumulating for some time for a particular project and once the fabrics were out..... the empty box was a good spot to while away some time!

Some of the fabrics being cut up all ready for a 3rd project to work on......
It always amazes me that I take out fabrics for projects and it makes such a minuscule dent in the fabric stash!!! ... does that say something about what I actually have?? 
I also have a WIP (work in progress) which is sorting out my fabrics and sewing room - there will one day be a photo but only when there is a definite "before" and "after"!! 

Back soon with some progress on the sewing projects!
Happy Stitching
Asta


                          


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Nowra Quilt Show

The Nowra Quilt show was on this weekend so time to head up the highway and enjoy another wonderful show and catch up with friends..... The show didn't disappoint with some outstanding quilts on show..... 

But this one was amazing......

.........1000's of 1/4" hexagons!! 
A few shops had been set up so a couple of purchases were acquired......
...... not too much as I'm currently re-organising my sewing room and well.... need I say more!
For years I've been attending this show with my dear friend, Alison, from Nowra..... over time Deb and Vicki (both from Sydney) have joined us for our "day out" and this year Fran came up from Tasmania.... though only 2 of us actually quilt (Alison and myself) the connection is that we all met working for the Sydney Waterboard (I think it's now called Sydney Water) in 1972!! Over time we went our own ways - mainly due to re-locating through marriage but have always kept in touch one way or another - though the 5 of us have not all been together for quite some time...... a photo taken at one of our earlier reunions in 1982......
....and one taken on Saturday (note sitting in the same position) .......
We all had a great time - reminiscing, catching up with family news....... and at the end of the day headed home with promises to get together more often! 
Back on the home front another snake has been spied in the garden by Miss Dora and myself - slithering away into the neighbour's yard.... some years ago I had a BIG python which was removed by the "snake catcher" this time it's a black snake - they do tend to keep away if you make noise which I'm hoping is the case....but... Miss Dora is a more indoor cat than usual at the moment not venturing much further than the front doorstep! 
Not a lot of creativity happening at the moment - socks from my last post are progressing but that's about all....... till next time....
Happy Stitching
Asta