Thursday, October 29, 2009

Must pack-----------

I should not be sitting here--I should be packing for retreat---but I had to say "Have a Great Weekend!" I am not taking the laptop--I will probably have withdrawals, but I will get a lot more sewing done if I leave it at home. I will survive right? Right!!!
So on that note--I hope everyone gets lots of sewing done and many other fun things too!


ps-i finished my nametag--YAY!!!!!

pps-I really am going to go pack now!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This Month is Flying by

Well I have managed to get caught up on 4 of my many BOMs that I have started. It is only a small dent in the list, but I will not stress. It is supposed to be fun right? I should not stress right??? I still have two months left to get there right???
I will concentrate on the positive. Four is good. Here is my Harmony Village BOM: Silly me picked up all the pieces before I finished the October blocks, but I really did do them. Really--see--here they are:I have a serious background fabric issue. I don't have enough for Nov and Oct blocks and a search online reveals that is discontinued. I have found every other color available but naturally not the one I need. I will have to figure out something. But for now I am caught up. Yippee!!!!

And I finished the October block for Come Over to My House. My neighborhood has some trees.

So these two, plus the Sundrop Critters kitties and Debbie Mumm's Natural Wonders makes four. I am caught up on four!!!!!! And I must be happy with that because now I have to finish getting this pile of pieces ready to go on RETREAT this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hopefully it will become a cute little thread painted tree frog before the weekend is over. Or at least well on the way to becoming a cute little thread painted tree frog. I am pretty sure it will take longer than a weekend. Especially since it is chock full of techniques that I have never attempted before. It will be fun right???? Of course it will!!!!! I am so excited. I missed the one that I signed up for in June because I had the flu, so I was happy when a spot opened up in this one. It is supposed to be the most fun anyway. Halloween theme, etc. I must hurry up and make a nametag for the contest. Nothing like waiting til the last minute.

Just one thing that casts an icky shadow over it all. It is rental inspection time again. Three days after I return from a relaxing retreat. Three days after I leave the house to DH and DS for a weekend. Ugh!!! Has it been three months already. It is not fair--how is a creative soul supposed to create if they have to do housework all the time? I will do my best to put it out of my mind until Monday. I will try anyway. Very very hard!!!

Later all, A-

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Flowers, More Flowers and Some Trees...

The sun has finally come out here in Perth and so we headed out to enjoy it over the weekend. I love all the wildflowers that just pop up everywhere.

Must be some quilt inspiration in there somewhere, I am sure. And so on to the sewing, there are also patches of flowers. I had a machine embroidery class yesterday morning and of course threads were breaking and needles were not cooperating, so I got very little accomplished. Lots of chatting naturally, but very little embroidery. So I came straight home and set things back up and things went much better. One day soon it will be a table runner I hope. I still have to make another one for the other end. And I was being good and multi-tasking. On the other side of the table I was busily growing trees for Harmony Village. I will get busy on the kitties after that. I have my fingers crossed and my prayers said that I will have enough background fabric to finish it. I measured when I started, but it seems to be shrinking very quickly. We shall see.

And now the oven is beeping and that means that my peanut butter cookies are ready to eat. Warm with a chunk of chocolate sticking out the top. YUM!!! Can't find Hershey's Kisses here, but I have made do with a giant block of milk chocolate. I don't think anyone will complain too much.

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!! Two more days until the weekend is here again!!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Falling Off the Ketchup Wagon

I have been naughty and started another little wallhanging and I haven't caught up on all my BOMs yet. But I seem to have caught the paper piecing bug. I found this little turkey buried in a pile of patterns that really, really, really need to be organized somehow. He is very tiny, so I am hunting for a 6 inch pumpkin block to combine him with to make a little wallhanging . At least that is my thought at the moment. It may change if I can't find one that will work.

I also have been busy cathcing up on my BOMs--with a few obvious breaks in between. I am totally caught up on my Debbie Mumm Natural Wonders BOM. Here is October...

And I have pulled out Harmony Village and I am not putting it away until I am caught up. Hopefully I can do that soon.

I need to figure out something to finish before the end of the month. Maybe carolers and/or turkeys--we shall see. I have another quilt basted, but am not sure how to quilt it yet. Oh well--I won't get bored. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. A-

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Silent Night, Holy Night...

OK, they can't really sing yet because I haven't given them any mouths --but they will have them soon.

I need to stitch their faces and I think the man needs a nice warm scarf to protect his voice and then I just need to put it all together. I was really trying to ignore this computer until I finished it but I couldn't resist giving a little peek. Wouldn't want you all to think I wasn't doing anything. Hopefully this will be one of my finishes for October.

I also forgot to put up a picture of my October Sundrop Critters. So here kitty, kitty.

Hopefully I will have some more ketchup photos soon. I don't seem to be getting very far. Strangely I seem to be starting more things instead of ketchupping. Hmmm, I suppose I should stop stressing about it and have fun??????????????????????? But BOMs are fun. They will be even more fun when I ketchup up right??? So many projects--too much housework!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Whales Do Not Like Their Pictures Taken

We spent an incredible Sunday afternoon whale watching off the the coast of Western Australia, but everytime the camera would flash away they would go...

...they would swim far away and then jump up and say "nyaa nyaa you can't catch me."Hopefully you will believe me when I say it was amazing, even with the overactive sea and the quick downpour. We saw quite a few swimming fairly close to the boat. They are apparently curious creatures. It is mind boggling to watch these huge creatures moving so gracefully. Do I want to go again my husband asks--ANYTIME!!!!

AND I am caught up on my Sundrop Designs kitty cat bom. Including October!!!! Yippee!!! Now on to the rest. The month is young.

Right now I am busy picking out colors for a certain Christmas caroler wallhanging pattern. I need a BOM break right. It is too cute to ignore and I love paper piecing. I am busy messing up all the work I did to organize. OH WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy sewing --hope you are all having a WHALE of a day!!!!!! A-

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Goodies and more ketchup...

So many things to catch up on. Where to begin...
The mailbox is a really good place.
First I got this new backing material from Joy with the quilting lines already stamped onto it. Must find something to use it on soon. I have quite a few tops to choose from. I will also have to muster up a little braverery--look at all those swirly lines.

And then two days later I got all this goodies from Di. she motivated us to get some Christmas projects done and then she had a giveaway. It is the first time I have ever won. I was very excited.

Isn't the pattern cute. I am going to have to dig into my scraps and get busy on this:

Even more motivation to get some more Christmas projects done ahead of time.

And I have not just been running back and forth from the mailbox. I have been working on my ketchuping. I have completed up through September on my Sundrop Critters kitties. Naturally I don't get a moment to enjoy because now the October block is here, BUT it is still October so I am OK.

Well, I think that is all for now. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend sewing or whatever else they happen to be up to. A-