Thursday, 16 January 2020

FNSI sign ups

I have been so busy with work that this month has totally, well almost, slipped by.

Huge thanks to Raewyn for the FNSI reminder. So don’t feel bad if you miss this month ......I nearly did too!   I’ll explain soon but everything is ok...I’m just flat out with working six days a week.  When I’ve been retired for 8 years, this has been a huge shift as well as a massive shock to the system, as you can imagine.
Anyhoo..... here are signups for those of you who wish to join me.   I’m not sure how much stitching  I’ll get done before I fall asleep but I’ll try! 
Looking forward to our regular FNSI with this first one for the year AND the decade!
Xox Sugary sweet hugs :o)

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Taking a blogging break

Can you believe it’s only one week till Christmas Day???

I haven’t got anything organised as I’ve been working 6 days a week for the past three weeks and time has just slipped away!  We’re having a very quiet Christmas in Sugarlane this year.   I’m exhausted! My poor ol’ knees are disagreeing with me and I’m not feeling particularly festive.  Although I love our F.N.S.I. stitching nights, I’ve decided to take a December break and start again in January.  I hope you don’t mind!?! 

I’m planning to get back into my blogging in 2020 too with a bit more purpose and regularity so look out for that!  This year has just been crazy and honestly, I can’t even believe it’s December.    I’m giving myself a couple of weeks to just slow down and relax, recoup and regather ready for an amazing year ahead.  

Take care my dear friends and make time for you this festive season. Remember what it’s all about and don’t stretch yourself beyond your limits just to ‘fit’. 

Take care and have a very blessed Christmas season 
xox Big sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

FNSI sign ups and giving you some ideas with Christmas Tutorials

I know we say it over and over but CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S NOVEMBER ALREADY???????

I thought for this month's FNSI it might be helpful to add a few links to tutorials for some Friday night gift making.  If you're anything like me, Christmas is still an eternity away (in my mind), but in reality it's only 6 weeks!  So maybe some planning is in order and hopefully, these few gift ideas might help?

car trash bag tutorial  this cute kitty one HERE

That's just a few ideas after scouring the net this morning.  You might find something here to add to your Christmas list.
In the meantime, don't forget to sign up below to our Friday night get together.  (Can't forget that!)
We've had catastrophic fires throughout three states this past week and many houses and some lives have been lost. Firefighters and volunteers of all sorts are working around the clock to help save lives, properties and sanity, often losing their own homes whilst protecting others.  Please send prayers/positive thoughts to all concerned...they need to know we're thinking of them and we are more than grateful for all they do.  You guys are the real superheroes! 

Big sugary sweet hugs :o) 

Monday, 4 November 2019

Sheryll's Friday Night With Friends

Friday night was spent catching up with an old I met on the cruise earlier this year.  What a perfect time to renew acquaintances as Sheryll was hosting FNWF.

I worked on the second purple block (which I have personalised with purple and green) on the cover girl "Celestial Star".  Can you believe there are only 2 block designs in this entire quilt?  Sharon Burgess from Lilabelle Lane Creations  is a genius! (as well as a gorgeous person!)
 This was the first of the larger blocks I completed on the pleased to rediscover her.
...and here is my first of the smaller 'fill-in' blocks....
It was my first attempt at fussy cutting for EPP (English Paper Piecing) so my blocks are a little 'off' but I'm happy with it.  I realise now though, that when looking in context with the whole quilt, I'll have to remove the outer yellow pieces and change them to white as the background in my quilt is going to be white (like Sharon's).  I never thought about the whole quilt when I was making the block as I was so focused on learning the process.

Either I keep this one as a practice and make an extra, or I alter it but I love it too much to let it go solo....and it took so much to work it out, I don't know if I'll remember how to fussy cut like that again!  I need revisions!!!!  "SHAAAAARON????"   *watchoutYouTube!!*
I knew it was time for bed when I got up to have a pit stop and when I got back I was confronted with......

They are adorable, but seriously???????

Thanks Cheryll for another wonderful FNWF and allowing me the pleasure to meet a dear friend again!  Pop over and see Cheryll and the girls to see their spoils!

xox Sugary Hugs :o)

Monday, 21 October 2019

My Farmer's Wife FNSI

I got a little done on our Friday night soiree, but not as much as expected.

I've been working with the Farmers Wife Quilt Along group on FB where we do a block a week and so far we're up to block 12, which I completed a few weeks back.  They're so easy to do in front of a movie and the added bonus of keeping my hands busy so I don't nibble when I shouldn't, is fabulous!
Since then, I've completed a few more blocks, all paper pieced and hand stitched and I completed block 16 on Friday night.
I probably should have used a darker thread and I need to practice my 'invisible' stitching but it's not too bad, considering!   I have been taught the 'flatback' stitch but I'm not comfortable with it so back to the good ol' method for me with a load more practice...or perhaps I need to give the 'flatback' another go!
If you haven't had a chance to see what our wonderful ladies did on Friday night at their places, pop on back to the previous post and click on each of their links.  I'm sure they'd love the visit.  Perhaps next month you could join along with us?  It's easy, just add your blog/insta/fb link to the  Mr Linky at the bottom of the post which will be added to my blog at the beginning of the third week of the month.  Next month , FNSI will be held on the 15th so look out for the link up post from the 12th.

Looking forward to meeting some new faces for our virtual stitch along party!

Happy stitching and sugary hugs xox :o)

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

October FNSI sign ups

It's crept up on me again!   But yes, this Friday is our monthly Friday Night Sew In so please join us and invite as many friends along as you like to stitch/sew/knit/crochet virtually together doing what we love best.
Sign ups are below.  Cant wait to stitch with you!
xo  Sugary hugs :o)

Sunday, 15 September 2019

An earlier-than-normal FNSI sign up

Well hello!  and NO I did not wet the bed to be here this early for a sign up day!!! But yes, it is true, today I'm posting the sign ups for this month's Friday Night Sew In, one day ahead of schedule and unlike my form of late.
I AM trying to get myself better organised with things, but knowing me and my tendency to put my eggs in too many baskets (or maybe it's my Gemini tendencies....ooh look! another pretty thing!), I'm not thinking I will be very good at it....but I'll try!

I have been working on the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt-a-long and I'm up to block 7 which I'll do today as they are released each Sunday (here in Australia).
Here are my blocks so far...
I've been using a combination of French General 'Vive La France' and 'Aubade' by Janet Clare for Moda.
Why not join along?  All you need is the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book, which I got HERE, sign up to the facebook group and begin.  We do one block a week, which isn't too arduous, and it won't take too long to catch up...the blocks don't take that long (and I've been hand paper piecing them).
Hope you can join the meantime, let's get to those sign ups!
Can't wait to join you all this Friday night and see what you're all up to!

xox sugary hugs :o)