Tuesday, 29 November 2011

No excuses

There really are no excuses for why I've not been here, just seems like life got in the way this month.

Here is a little of what's been going on .......................... I finally got these parcels on their way to a mystery destination for the fabulous SSCS exchange.........

And the next step on the first of my pinwheel baby quilts for our friends twins......... the blocks are pieced for the second quilt, but still need to join them together and ponder those prairie points.

I'm happy to say that the final block of my A Gardeners Journal quilt from the original project at the Stitch-A-Long blog is getting closer to finished, still a hand, some feet, arms, two eyes and some greenery to go............. but progress is being made!
A couple of weeks ago I dug out a long neglected project, Stitching Round the Block, this round I am so behind on is for Janis, who probably thinks it's never going to make it home.  I have set myself the goal of having it done by Christmas, and have most of the hexies made now.  This whole project really scared me....... but now I really wish I had just got stuck into it when it arrived!    Making the hexies wasn't so bad, but I'm very worried about taking the papers out and stitching them onto the background.  Any tips would be gratefully received...................?

So that's about it from me to sum up November on the crafting front, there is lots of farm work happening, weaning some lambs in the next few days, then shearing old ewes, crops to get sown, grass paddocks to be sown, it's all go round here!  The girls have had swimming lessons in town after school every day for the last two weeks, I am SO looking forward to some days at home, what a joy it is to have a day where I don't have to leave the property!    Not to mention the fast approach of Christmas ............. I can't stay in denial for much longer I don't think. LOL

Till next time(hopefully not quite so long though) .............. happy stitching..........Nicky

20 comments:

shez said...

you have been very busy Nicky we live about 25 mins out of town so i know what you mean about its good when you get days at home,they are precious.

Annie said...

The baby quilts look really pretty. I'm sure your prairie points will be perfect.

I bet you'll actually be sad to see the Gardener's Journal come to an end. Those designs are just so much fun.

That hexie thing looks way too complicated for me. Yours are so perfect.

I think with all you have going on, it's amazing how much crafty work you get done!

Katrina said...

All your projects look wonderful Nicky. I'm very intrigued as to what might be in the wrapped up parcels, what gorgeous wrapping :)

Tricia said...

What pretty, pretty quilting!! I really need to work on one for my mom for Christmas. Hmmmm.... I'll have to think about that!

Fiona said...

I love the quilt, I love the stitching... all lovely.... and lovely to see another SSCS on its way I did the stitcharound.... and I found that it worked quite well with quite a firm starching and pressing to hold the shape...
Hugz

Raewyn said...

Nice to see you back! Janis was just asking about you yesterday- :-) I did the hexies by giving them a good press and carefully removing the papers. I think I may have done a bit of basting around the edges to make sure they stayed 'true' when I sewed them on too..??
I think I'm going to have to do the Gardeners' Journal one day - it really is a lovely quilt.
As for the pinwheels - gorgeous.

suzitee said...

Some months are just like that, Nicky :) Good to see your GJ is still in the mix...mine came back from the quilter on the weekend (after almost a year!!!) so it's now just waiting on binding....another thing on the to-do list! Your hexies are divine...no advice from me though, as I've never made one :)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You have been so busy Nicky..beautiful work..

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

Hi Nicky, it is a busy time of year huh, looks like everything is coming together for you, you will have some great finishes soon.

Debbie said...

My goodness, you have been busy. I agree with you about a day at home, it's wonderful.

Too many eggs said...

i love pinwheel quilts....hoping to start one soon....

your presents look great

i love days home alone, they are alittle few and far between these days though

Chookyblue...... said...

I wonder where that SSCS parcel will land..........good to see some GJ happening..........

Charlie and Wendy said...

All your projects are beautiful Nicky. Those garden girls look gorgeous and your hexie flowers are very pretty.

Susie said...

Well done - lots of progress!

Michelle said...

I know what you mean some days I just wanna stay home!!! At this time of year there is always something happening and I feel like I am never home ;oS
I love all your projects... I am about to start on the hexie journey... wish me luck!

Tatkis said...

It seems that you had a lot of interesting things to do and stitch :) that's great!

Hugs,
Tatyana

rosie said...

Hi Nicky,
I know what you mean about the days being full and busy!! I have only just caught up with this post of yours!! Love your stitching...

Siobhan said...

You've been all go and super productive! Beautiful work on everything. I love days when I get to not leave the house--it's amazing how much time is actually spent driving kids to and from activities, etc.

Suzanne said...

All your projects are looking great!

Jindi's Cottage said...

The mystery desination for those pretty parcels was my house! Yay for me!!! Thank you so much for the gorgeous decoration. Impatiently waiting now for Christmas Day to open the other two gorgeously wrapped surprises.
Your pinwheels are so pretty, love a good pinwheel.
It looks like you baste hexies the way I do with the basting not going through the papers so there is no need to remove the basting so this is the way I do it (who knows if it is the "right" way but hey, it works for me. The two things I have to hand when I take papers out are a can of Crisp (spray starch, not iron aid) and a good hot dry iron...I lay the hexies right side down on the ironing board, give a good spray with Crisp, press well, leave a minute to cool and be nice and dry...turn over and repeat with the fabric right side up...so they are well and truely starched with nicely ironed into submission edges...then straight away pin to the background fabric. Have fun with your hexie flowers, they are lovely.

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