Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Happy St Patrick's Day and to be sure, to be sure.....It's that time again....FNSI

St Patrick's Day and with the cloud of the Corona Virus -19 above us, it won't be celebrated in the regular fashion so, why not join us for a St Patrick's Friday Night Sew In???

I know it will be a little late but I'm sure we've all got green fabrics and scraps that we can use to create something even more amazing, no matter what time of year, right?
I've popped a couple of ideas below to prompt you....
Maybe you might like to practise a bit of paper piecing with this free pattern along with a number of other different designs...
Or how about practising some free motion quilting??  These shamrocks will have you doing a jig!
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you link in with us below for our Friday Night Sew In  and join us on Friday night for a virtual sew in, corona virus-friendly and still spending time with all your quilty friends!
Who knows?  You may be the lucky leprachaun who has 'the luck of the Irish' and is drawn for our monthly prize!

xox Sugary Irish hugs :o)






Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A Winner for February FNSI and a visit from the Farmer's Wife

….but before I share, I thought I'd show you my progress on my Farmer's Wife blocks.


 Here are the first ones I've done....blocks 1 to 12

...and the next ones that I hadn't shown....blocks 12-28
...along with the two I finished during FNSI....blocks 29 and 30

and the one I finished yesterday evening:  block 31

Mine are all hand stitched with templates so a bit of the slow stitching taking place with these, which I'm really enjoying (although some have tested my wits!)  Seeing them all together, I'm really loving how they are looking and can't wait to see them sewn together as a top, although this may not be for quite a while as I still have 78 blocks to go!  Although piecing one, sometimes two a week, the collection seems to be growing quickly.

Now, for our February Friday Night Sew In Winner.  Getting back into the swing of it for 2020, we had 17 of us link in which meant the chance of winner a prize was high!
Mr RNG had the final say and he chose:
and number 6 this month was 

Congratulations Karen!   If you pop back to Karen's blog post, you can read about how she worked on some paediatric ICU quilts in the midst of  being evacuated due to massive storms which blacked out power in her area......Karen, you're a trouper!

Here is this month's prize:

A cute little gingham project bag with some fabric labels and a needle carry card.  I can imagine you could have done with these last week too!   I'll get them in the post to you ASAP...just drop me a line to let me know your postal address.
I'm off to prepare for our last annual Let's Get Stitched Event in Tasmania next week.  I have a badge to make for a very special person (and she can't know!).  Our theme is Paris so I have lots of ideas swirling around in my head....we'll see if I can get them onto fabric!

have a wonderful week my friends...
xox big sugary hugs :o)


Sunday, 23 February 2020

My Friday night Sewing and a catch up

I do hope you got to join with us for Friday Night's Sew In?

The weather was perfect stitching weather here due to the low forming in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It means we get a lovely dousing of rain which cools us down and greens up the ever-brown vista that we call home.
With the rain falling on the roof, I stitched away on the recliner, watching some television and caught up with an old 'friend' - my Farmer's Wife!
This is where I was up to before she needed a little rest!  I finished off two blocks on Friday night taking the count of finished blocks up to 30.
Ironically, the block I completed on Friday night was called....wait for it......

END OF DAY!!!!!!!    I had to laugh as when i finished it, that was the end for me and i was off to bed!   I also finished block 29.....
After a busy week, I was happy i got some more of my Farmer's Wife blocks finished.

So what did you get up to???   Check back here to see what everyone else in the group worked on and if you haven't posted yet, please do, as I'll be drawing a name for one lucky participant to win a lovely prize tomorrow evening!  
Have a fabulous blessed Sunday
xox Sugary hugs :o)

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT SEW IN THIS WEEK!

So much has been happening in Sugarlane this past month that I nearly forgot.....but I didn't!

IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT SEW IN THIS WEEK!!!!!


Join with me this Friday night for our virtual sew in, where everyone is welcome and you don't even need to leave home!  Some friends on Facebook have been asking me how to join and I think I'm going to have to look at more inclusivity for all social media users......lots of people don't use blogs much any more so other platforms will need be included as well.    In the meantime, if you're thinking of joining in and haven't before, have a look at the FNSI tab at the top of the blog for more information and follow along.  Register your interest by signing into Mr Linky down below (use your Insta- tag or facebook tag if you don't have a blog address). 

We all have a wonderfully relaxing get together and even though we are S.A.H.S. (stay at home stitchers) we motivate each other through our blogs and other forms of social media.....just knowing there are others there to share our sewing with is motivational,
AND 
I'm reviving the monthly prize this month too.  So make sure you're in it to win something stitchy-related (I'll find something you're sure to love)

big sugary hugs,



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) 
xox