Saturday, July 11, 2015

Work Continues

I'm making steady progress on some EPP projects at the moment.  I have spending a little time each afternoon preparing some pieces for stitching later in the evening.  I have been storing them in this little tin and keep them together with a little clover wonder clip.  I have 10 of these so I aim to have 10 hexagons or dresdens clipped together all of the time so that I never run out of something to stitch.  It's very portable too.

My dresdens for my "Chelsea"quilt are coming along steadily

I have 8 sewn down onto background fabric and another ready to stitch down.  I'm over half way !

And I've made a good start on the hexagons for "Confetti".  This is a large quilt with a lot of work so to try to keep me on track and show my progress I thought it would be good to keep a tally book. Somewhere that I can cross off my progress and see at a glance what I have left to do.

My gorgeous friend Jenny made me this notebook cover many years ago and it is perfect for the job.

I have written inside how many I need of each shape and have done a count back so that I can cross off what I have done and easily see how many I have left at a glance.

As you can see I have a long way to go but every hexagon will be 1 closer to a finish.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love and Hugs,

Fee x

Thursday, July 9, 2015

An Affair & Domestic Bliss

Today I became re-acquainted with an old friend.  My Confetti Quilt Work In Progress.  All of this hexy making has made me long for more hexy making.

I have many love affairs with designers and love just about everything they do and Irence Blanck of Focus on Quilts is one of those designers.  I spent an afternoon this week trawling over her web site and falling in love with many of her quilts that I am just busting to make.  BUT

I no longer work these days and have had a few medical issues that mean I will be unable to work for the foreseeable future so not only can I not afford to buy another expensive pattern but I really can't afford to buy the fabric that would need to go with it.  So instead I decided that work must resume on my Confetti Quilt which is one of Irene's designs and is just lovely.

It's gorgeous isn't it?

I began making this quilt in Fig Tree fabrics from a number of different ranges and have quite a large box full.  I have all of the papers to complete the quilt and the only thing holding me back was the fact that I was never completely sold on my fabric choice.  To be honest I think that's why it has been sitting in the cupboard for a very long time.

So today I went "Stash Shopping"and decided to make the quilt in traditional reds and pinks.  I have quite a few reproduction fabrics in my stash and was quite surprised that I had this many to get me started.  I'm going to cut a few hexagons this afternoon to get me started and begin my new love affair with this quilt again.  I've made a deal with myself that if I get this one finished that I can buy myself another of Irene's patterns.  I will have quite a bit of time to save up for it I think !

I have discovered in recent times that I have a number of food intolerances that have built up over time and a recent extensive test highlighted a list of 24 of them !  I have been battling with weight gain, diet, and just the overall desire to rid our household of preservatives and processed foods for a long time but at the same time trying to eat healthy.  It can be such a mine field.  There is no wonder that it is a multi billion dollar industry world wide - Everything is just so confusing but I think that I have finally come to a decision in my head (more on that next time) BUT for now due to limited funds it is about using up what we already have in our pantry and freezer so today I took out the frozen fruit that has been sitting there for a little while unused and as our home made raspberry jam stock is getting pretty low I decided that it was jam making time.

Just berries and sugar ( I lowered the amount of sugar but used "pectin" sugar to ensure it sets)
Just how grandma used to make with no additives.  

I ended up with a little over 4 jars of fresh jam.  It should get us through to summer when the raspberries begin to produce.  It always feels good to make something in the kitchen and to add to our cupboard food stocks.  I am thinking that Kiss biscuits and jam drops are in my future !!

Oh well I had best be off to begin cutting these little hexies for "Confetti" hopefully I will have some progress in the next few weeks.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx

Monday, July 6, 2015

United Stitches

Like a good book I love a GOOD stitchery and Rosie seems to always be producing them and the wicked woman (I mean that lovingly of course) makes them so cute that I always fall in love with them !  United Stitches is no exception.  I am currently stitching my 10th block.  I am doing them in no particular order just which ever one I pick up.  

I am trying to get them done so that I can join in with her new BOM quilt coming soon - Flowerville - Now that is gorgeous !!

If you are interested in United Stitches I buy mine from Under the Mulberry Tree.

I'm linking up with Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchy Link Party today.

Hugs - Fee xx

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hexie Fever

Quite some time ago I began a Hexagon flower garden quilt using some lovely shabby, pastel fabrics.  I started putting them together and then as other projects came along and life got in the way it was boxed and put away in a cupboard.

I have been playing around on Instagram for a few months now and love the community over there.  Many are bloggers but I have also met some lovely new ladies too.  It's such a fun inspirational place to be and I have joined a few swaps as well.  One swap that I joined in the past week is a hexy flower swap.  There are 18 people in my group and we need to make 2 flowers per person in their chosen colours.  So once the list was released on Thursday I set about getting a start on my list.

It's a great way to meet new friends and also a great way to get some lovely new hexagon flowers in different fabrics.  

I have managed to finish a few sets ready to send off to their new owners

It has been so much fun choosing colours and prints for my partners.  I hope they like them.

All of this hexie talk made me get out an old favourite to do some more work on.  It's been a long time since I did any work on this.  I am leaving it out so that I can get inspired to do some more.

Talk about hexie fever - I have been hit big time !

|Hugs - Fee xx

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A New Project and Treasure Hunting

I seem to be a bit more than hooked on English Paper Piecing lately and in addition to my ongoing hexagons and Lucy Boston POTC blocks I decided to start another EPP project.

Meet Chelsea a design from Sue Daley which I have chosen to do in "Marmalade" fabrics by Bonnie and Camille.  I am making steady progress with the 16 dresdens required and am over half way with them now.

I managed to pick the pattern and pieces up on a Facebook destashing site for half the normal price and the Marmalade Fat Quarter Bundle was already in my stash so a nice cheap major project.

I am loving the dresdens so much !

I went treasure hunting at my local thrift shop during the week and purchased this gorgeous white milk jug for $2 and the metal tray for $5

I also purchased this satin top for $1 which will soon become shabby flowers (stay tuned)

And I bought a lovely white cotton sheet in as new condition for $3 (which will become the background for a doily quilt I am making), A waffle weave cot blanket for $2 which is as new (to use as fabric for bags) and a shabby rose queen sized quilt cover for $6 which will become a couch throw.

The little $2 jug scrubbed up beautifully and currently holds some winter blooms in my bathroom and the little metal tray is undergoing a make over.  Hopefully it will be finished this week and I can share with you it's new look.

I really must find more time for treasure hunting - You just never know what you will find.

Hugs - Fee x

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Productive Weekend

The weather has warmed a little and we are settled on around 11 degrees during the day at the moment which is a welcomed change.  My oldest Son IL finished off the vegetable garden area for us late in the week.  We have now mulched the soil and are waiting on some manure to make up a nice potent mix ready for planting towards spring time.  Hopefully this will be a nice easy area to look after with a few containers added for planting.

I am not able to do what I used to do in the garden anymore.  It has been hard to come to grips with that fact but I have finally succumbed to asking for help.  After many many years (most of my life really) of pain and illness I am on the cusp of a diagnosis finally.  I have a bone scan later this week and then back to the specialist in a few weeks for my final diagnosis.  I know where it's heading and even though I am not happy about it - It does answer a lot of the riddles of my health especially in the past 10 years.  

We are great lovers of raspberries in this household so we bought some raspberry plants so we can have our own home grown ones in summer.

My youngest SIL was kind enough to dig me a garden bed for them and plant them and then mulch them.  We are looking forward to watching them grow.

Whilst all of this was going on I was busy in the kitchen whipping up a couple of batches of my Tomato Chutney (Relish).  It has taken awhile to change and adapt my original recipe so that it can be cooked in the thermomix but after my 4th batch I think I have it down pat now.  I will share the recipe later in the week.

And I spent some quite time finishing off my Nature's Journey June blocks for the Stitch A Long so I can now say that I am up to date - YEEHAAAA !!

Today I am working on some swap gifts for some Instagram swaps I am in and I am going to sneak off to the local Op Shop for a little treasure hunt fix.  It's been so long !

Have a great week.

Hugs - Fee xxxx

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boy It's Been Cold

I suppose it's silly to expect anything less considering that we are in WINTER  but boy it's been cold !

Our vegetable garden is looking very unloved and definitely in winter mode !

Due to a medical condition I have been unable to give it any love.

My son in law came to the rescue last weekend.  We bought some raised vegetable garden beds so that I can tend to them much easier and he completely cleared everything out and has begun to pine mulch the rest with a heavy builders plastic underneath to kill off the protruding weeds.  I will be able to container plant on top of this.  He will finish off the task later this week.  It is looking amazing.

Here are a few pics to show you how cold it has been down here in southern Tassie.  It was -3 when I took Amy to the school bus on Monday morning.

And this was the new vegetable patch area at 7am.  Covered in icy frost.

Just looking at it makes you feel cold.  It is a balmy 10 degrees celcius here today though so practically summer LOL

I spent some time over the weekend finishing off the MAY blocks for Nature's Journey.  I have begun work on the June blocks and hope that I am able to be done by next Tuesday which marks the end of the month.  Fingers crossed I can make the deadline.

Thank you for all of the lovely comments and e-mails.  I am slowly working my way through them.

I have a few important appointments this week.  Hopefully once they are over we can make some firm decisions about our future.


Fee xx