My little puppy of 6 or so months ago has turned into a monster but a very beautiful, loving and loyal 40kg monster ! He still has a bit of growing to do and is estimated to reach 60kg or so.
He is just delightful and I love him dearly. His training is going well. He sits, drops and comes so that is a great start for such a big fellow.
I am currently training him to spend time with me in the studio. There is a couch for him to lay on but he prefers to lay at my feet which sort of makes me feel guilty when I have to get up and move as he wakes. I'm sure over time we will get ourselves into a routine.
He certainly has filled a hole in my heart after we lost our beautiful Ruby so tragically but sadly Toby still does not like him. I'm not sure that will ever change.
Even though I haven't blogged for the past month I was busy on the sewing front. Here is my current progress on "Confetti". It's a lot of fun and I am enjoying working with more traditional colours than I am used to.
This weekend I spent some time finishing up the wool embroidery for the magazine project. The pieces really are teeny.
They are all stitched down now and the project is together - Just the pattern writing left to do.
I'm hoping to have some time later today to put a little dress on this old fowlers preserving jar I recently found whilst treasure hunting. I love it's height and shape. Hopefully I'll get it finished and show you next time.
It's been over a month since I last blogged - Please forgive me. I have plenty of excuses though.
I finally have a health diagnosis ! After a lifetime of issues and false diagnosis I finally have a reason for all of my issues including the recent discovery of multiple joints having worn out - I have EDS - Type III Hypermobility Syndrome which has developed to a point of not being able to avoid or fix a lot of my issues but at least now we can work towards getting some management in place. We are working on some of the major issues first so my visits to doctors and surgeons etc will not cease but somehow I feel slightly better having my issues labelled !!
I've been pretty busy in the sewing room. A few new designs have been finished including some wool embroidery. This one is for an upcoming Australian magazine. I've also been working on some ongoing projects as well as some new ones
Including a sampler quilt designed by Helen Stubbings which will be released as a STITCH ALONG in cyber land really soon. It will give sewers the opportunity to use her iron on english paper piecing shapes. I have to admit to being very sceptical about them but after using them in the past week or so I am almost sold !
It is so much easier leaving the papers in as they are made from a water soluble paper.
I've almost finished one corner of the quilt so as soon as I have it together I'll show you.
And I've popped into the odd op shop for a spot of treasure hunting. These are from my visit to one last week. I love the sandwich plate and the forks are just gorgeous with a gold and silver tone.
And I made a trip to the newly refurbished local K Mart - Who knew about all of the lovely cheap home wares they now sell ???? OMG so many lovely things. This stand I think was $12 and these large plastic tubs with lids are perfect for storing large ongoing projects inside for just $8 each. I will be re-visiting again really soon.
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.
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.
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 !!
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 !