Sunday, 23 April 2017

My FNSI

I managed to stitch for a bit on Friday night for our FNSI get-together...and a little on Saturday afternoon....and a touch more today!

It's a good thing, because I'm on my last block of my Brandy Gully 'Plates' Quilt and then I can make it up.  (Thanks gorgeous Nikki for designing such a beauty!)

I love this part - where it's so close to finishing you can see it all together.  I'm visualising it on the back of my lounge, or perhaps I will hang it at the end of our hallway, I'm still deciding.  Better make up my mind, it won't be long now!

Remember to see what all the other ladies managed to get done at our monthly soiree.  There's some beauties. Just go back to my last post where you'll find all the links.
And I'll see you tomorrow for our prize draw...it's a surprise this month, but you know they're always fun. *wink*

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Special Days and FNSI

I hope everyone had a lovely and safe Easter weekend.  Ours was very quiet, spent with family and friends, reflecting on the true meaning of Easter.

 I can't believe it's already over though and we're hurtling towards the middle of the year, can you?  Next will be Anzac Day here in Australia and New Zealand, then Mother's Day, and before we know it, it will be Christmas again!  We seem to be living from celebration to celebration throughout the year, and they are starting to blend together!


Did you know that today is Haiku Poetry Day (believe it or not!) ?

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry about beauty captured in short simple stanzas, in the space of 17 syllables, generally 5 in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third.  
Haiku Poetry Day is a great opportunity to let your creativity flow, and really begin to appreciate the complexities of life refined down to simplicity.  Why not give it a go?  Seeing Friday night is our monthly virtual sew-in date, I thought I'd try to write a FNSI haiku! 


Friday is the day
Don't forget to sign up here
for our monthly fun

What do you think?  Brought back some memories from primary school that's for sure, and believe it or not, it was quite fun!  Just as our Friday nights always are.  So sign up below and prepare for another fun filled Friday night together!

xox Sugary hugs :o)







Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A St Patrick's Day FNSI winner

Well it didn't seem to be such a bad turnout on Friday night after all.....thank you so much for all my well wishes.....my virus seems to be a lot better after a few long sleeps and cold and flu drugs (and the good ol' eucalyptus oil).


We had 28 friends virtually stitching together, in complete home comforts, all over the world....don't you just love blogging?  Whatever did we do before the internet?

Here is what I managed to get done...

 I started with a hexi for our craft groups hexi swap.  I'm loving the colour and don't really want to give it away.  Might have to make another!

I finished the last little touches of one of my gifts from our Let's Get Stitched weekend, kindly donated by the lovely Nikki Tervo of Brandy Gully Patterns....isn't he cute done up in Cottage Garden 'Mistletoe' threads?  I think I'll either frame him, using a technique shown on my friend Jen's blog or into a lovely little bag that we also received a pattern for on the weekend. (just luuuuuv stitching retreats!)
  I then had a little mini project in mind, to make a very simple hexie needlebook, which I'm thinking of doing a tutorial for.....what do you think?  It's a sweet little design that doesn't take long to make, I had it finished in a night (another for my OPAM list) so would be a great last minute gift idea for a stitching friend.

Then as the night drew to a close, I managed a few stitches on another Nikki Tervo Design, which is always on standby.  I'm loving the colours and the tranquility these blocks give me.
Did I tell you my FNSI started early on Friday?  (if you were wondering how I got so much done....I guess you could say I cheated! ;o) )
So, that's my FNSI and what happened at Sugarlane.  Have you had a chance to see my other 27 friend's projects they were working on on Friday night?  Always an inspiration, so I recommend popping by for a look.
And I haven't forgotten....Friday was St Patrick's Day, a day of celebrations of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, and I promised our prize would be green in recognition.
Maybe not the actual patron saint, but who doesn't love little birdies, along with some gorgeous green fat quarters?  
Without further ado....Mr RNG has been patiently waiting for his special moment and he's spun his lucky random number generator and come up with number.......

Yaaaaay....congratulations 

Melanie's one of my friends I spent time with in Adelaide at Let's Get Stitched. (I promise, Mr RNG is totally unbiased)  and she's been too busy working and not spending enough time on 'fun' stitching. A great welcome back Melanie!

Talking about work, I must head off.  The boss will be standing at the door tapping her watch!  

May the luck of the Irish be with you all year around.

xox sugary hugs :o)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day FNSI link is up

Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.  So sorry I'm late but what with being away at Let's Get Stitched weekend in Adelaide and having a virus that likes to cling like glue....I'd forgotten today was the day till this morning!



So, here we go....it may be a small gathering tonight but a gathering it will be.   The link is below.....if you'd like, share it online so we can try to get it going (duh me!)


There WILL be a prize nonetheless.

I'm off to snort some eucalyptus oil.....might clear this foggy head of mine!

xox Sugary hugs :o)





Monday, 6 March 2017

FNWF with an uninvited guest

I'm a little late with my Friday Night With Friends post, but I had an unwelcome visitor arrive and it sure did knock me about *cough cough* (Yep you know what I mean)

I started getting a sore throat Friday, which got worse Friday night.  Saturday I was exhausted at work and could feel my ears and throat starting to hurt and by Sunday I was bedridden for the day.  Not great to have unwelcome 'guests', especially seeing as I fly out to Adelaide for our annual Let's Get Stitched 2017 get-together on Tuesday!  But thank goodness for cold and flu tablets......I'm feeling much better already!
I did manage to get a little done on Friday Night.....




a little pouch for someone special whose favourite colours are purple and green.  Think I've hit the nail on the head?

Have you had a chance to go and see what the others got up to?  Pop back to Chez's post to see.....and thanks Chez for another wonderful night spent with 'welcome' friends!

xox sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

FNSI...take two...aaaaachooo!

Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes after my 'crumble in a heap' moment last night.    I really was feeling like my plug had been pulled out.  I think caring for a sick son, supporting a newly unemployed husband and trying to keep up the daily routines just weakened my resolve enough for me to have to give in.

I must say though, there is nothing like a good sleep to rejuvenate and restart the batteries.  I'm feeling a lot better this morning and 'almost' ready to take on the world!  However if I'm honest with myself, I'm probably still only running on 70 percent, so I'm prepared to take it a bit easier today.

FNSI......seems the viral thing flowed through the group virtually too....poor Lin is not well and couldn't get to post her FNSI this month.....wishing you a speedy recovery Lin.  Why not pop over and visit her....nothing like a group hug to make anyone feel instantly better!  (I haven't had the chance to visit anyone much either so I hope everyone else is well.)
I did try to upload some photos on Saturday, when I felt reasonably ok, but my photo editing program didn't want to play nicely so I couldn't show you anything.  So here we go.....


I started with some free motion quilting.....one of those finishes I've promised myself I'll get around to  'one day'.  A deadline approaches so it seemed as good a time as any. (nothing like working under pressure!)
I can only show you the back though.....a secret for now.....but not for long! *wink*
A finish was also in the air.......
Yep, it's done....now just to be professionally framed......but this will have to wait for now.  So proud of this one.
I finished off my Friday night by preparing some papers for hexi making.  Nice and easy and resourceful too as I use all the little subscription cards that come with the American quilting magazines....they just seem to be the perfect weight.

I love my Fiskars 1 inch hexi punch.  Makes life so much easier (and quicker too)... and I know my hexis will all be the same.  Do you have a special trick for making your hexi papers?
Now you've seen mine, I must go and see yours......you can too, just pop back to the links on this page.

We had 37 lovely stitchers on Friday night at our virtual gathering.  Mr RNG had fun picking a number to win this lovely prize.....

I wonder who it will be........here we go..... roll the dice....(well the RNG anyway!) ......
CONGRATULATIONS TO.................

and thank you to everyone who joined in this month.  You can visit them all HERE.   The March FNSI will be on the 17th so lock it in now, I'm sure I can find a great St Patrick's Day prize!

xox Sugary hugs :o)


Monday, 20 February 2017

FNSI update

I apologise to all.....I was expecting to draw the FNSI prize tonight but I feel absolutely "shagged" as I've had a viral infection developing over the last week and it's hit me today. Ears are throbbing, throat is sore and just want to sleep.   

I'm popping off to bed and I'll do the draw in the morning.  I can show you a quick peek of my FNSI and I'll expand on it tomorrow. 

Hold tight.......I'm sure I'll be better in the morn!  Thanks for your patience. 

Xox Sugary Hugs :o)