Sunday, 27 January 2013
I reeeeeally am trying to be more organised, but there’s so much going on lately…..
I did happen to prioritise FNSI to the top of the list on Friday night however, but I just didn’t get around to blogging about it till now!!!! (oops)
I managed to finish off my first month’s hexies from Fee’s Framed Hexagon Club…I know, I am a bit behind….in all areas!!! LOL but I’m happy with how the’ve turned out….and yes…..I think I’m getting the hexie addiction!!!!
I must admit, I’d finished this one earlier!
These are the two I finished on Friday…..
Don’t you just love that variegated thread????
Sugary hugs xo
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Happy Australia Day!
A day to celebrate all that’s Aussie……the barbie (translated into northern hemisphere language….the barbeque or grill), snags (sausages), tomato sauce(ketchup), prawns (shrimp), the beach, zinc, cricket, helping out a mate (friend or acquaintance)……and heaps of other Aussie traditions…..
Dawn and I thought we’d be truly Aussie and share our Aussie B.O.M. with you this year, one that we shared last year with our Sew It’s Finished ‘finishers’ and one that we want to share with you all year round. So those Sew It’s Finishers who never quite got all the blocks, you’ll have the chance to collect them all this year!
Our B.O.M. is called ‘Seasons Of…” and represents all things Aussie, month by month, so you’ll get a snapshot each month of something that’s truly Aussie and representative of that month in Australia…..soooo no snow at Christmastime here……we’re going to start the year at the beach….truly Aussie!
Each month, Dawn or I will create a block based around the seasons in Australia and this month is my month so, of course, January is all about Summer and the beach....something that’s a very January thing to do here, Downunder! You will get two patterns, one stitchery and the other appliqué , so whatever it is you are into, we hope you like them.
Each stitchery block (finished) is 8 inch square and each appliqué block is a little bigger at 10 inches square (finished). You need two charm packs and a background fabric….. If you choose to make the stitchery version, it should finish as a wall hanging/table topper or small lap quilt at about 34” x 42”. The finished appliqué version will be a bit bigger at about 45” x 55”......these are only approximate though as the finished design is still in the making but it will give you a bit of an idea! Finishing off instructions will be given with the last block in December.
Here’s the ‘almost’- finished version of the stitchery one….
Hope you’re going to join us each month…..we’ll post a new block on the 10th of each month and because Dawn and I both had a hand in designing the blocks, we’ll share the giving, starting this month on my blog, next month on Dawn’s and so on, alternating every month….but don’t worry if you forget, we’ll remind you! Grab the button and pop it on your sidebar as a reminder, and to let others know to join in on the fun. And you can share your photos of your progress on our Flickr page too
Let us know if you’re joining along with us and we’ll link your blog in our sidebars, under the button, so we can all see your progress and encourage you along the way.
Happy Australia Day and look out for Dawn’s block for February on her blog next month on the 10th.
Friday, 25 January 2013
Yay….Friday Night Sew In is starting again tonight for the year….Nothing like a good virtual sew in with the girls!!!
If you’re new to FNSI, you can learn more about it HERE.
Don’t forget to link up on Heidi’s site before tonight….looks like a good night…already there are over 80 crafty ladies joining in…..and we’d all love for you to join in too and see what you’re making!
See you there!
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
I have been trolling the blogs, looking for great ideas for the Birthday-Love Stash for February and here are some I found for you…..
FOR THE SEWING ENTHUSIAST……
a mesh zippered pouch to store all your sewing needs for that quilt retreat…Give them empty or fill them up with some fabulous notions. Thanks to Becky at Patchwork Posse, you can get find the tutorial HERE
Clairebear's scissor keep…… one of these would be great to go in a zippered pouch, wouldn’t it???
FOR THE BUSINESS GUY OR GAL…..
who wouldn’t love to receive one or two of these to store their business cards to hand out…..or even those pesky plastic and cardboard discount cards …what a nice way to keep them. Melanie from the Crafty Cupboard has provided a tutorial for you HERE
Wouldn’t you just love to tote this bag into work and listen to all the oohs and aahs from your work colleagues??? Me too, so I thought this would be a perfect birthday-love stash gift!!! Cheri has two versions you can choose from in her tutorial
…and when it all gets too much, don’t you think a working woman (or man!) would love to, and need to, relax with this! I know I’m going to make me one of these, and I already have one on the birthday list…… Thanks Alissa for this great tutorial!
FOR THE COOK AND THE CHEF….
a great set of placemats would do any household proud, so why not make a set in colours that match the recipient’s decor? The tutorial can be found on Samelia Mum’s blog
FOR THE KIDS……
FOR THE MOTORING ENTHUSIAST …..
A simple 30 minute gift that any car lover would appreciate, this padded steering wheel cover will be the talk of the birthday scene! I can see a teen loving this as much as anyone else, can’t you? I’m loving Sarah for designing this simple gift over HERE.
FOR THE TRAVELLER …
My friend Joy from JoyPatch has designed this wonderful toiletries bag that would suit any traveller, whether they are going for a short time or an extended trip. I can see it made up in masculine prints, feminine prints, kids prints, girly prints, animal prints, laminate fabrics …….honestly, it would look great and suit everybody!
And to wrap your gift up, visit Sarah HERE, to follow her tutorial on paper gift bows!
Hope these help you get organised for February’s gift making and giving! I know I’ve got a few of these on my list of to-do’s….perhaps this Friday night at FNSI…check my sidebar for details!
Sugary hugs :O)