Friday, 3 July 2015

On the move again

In just over a week I'll be moving back to Canberra! It's all happened very quickly.... A few weeks ago I was offered an exceptional job opportunity and as things started to fall into place I found myself making the decision to accept and move the kids and my life back to Australia's capital city. Both the kids have been accepted into a great childcare centre and Alex starts school next year anyway so the timing actually works quite well. We have temporary accommodation sorted and will start the search for a home once we get there, the ferry is booked and arrangements are in the process of being made for removalists. Now to think about packing... Hmmmm... Or maybe some quilting instead.

I've always been the queen of procrastination! Although as I'm yet to get boxes to be able to pack (and the option of using a packing service still hasn't been ruled out yet), there's not much I can really do in the way of packing anyway as yet. And with a few annual leave days up my sleeve, plus a project that really needs finishing, it just makes sense ��

This quilt is one I'm actually yet to share with you. I started it about a year ago for my dad's birthday (he had a big one last August). I managed to finish the quilt top in time for his birthday and therefore "gave" it to him with the promise I would finish it off soon.... 

Well. Yes. Soon.... I seem to say that a lot. I pinned it altogether before Christmas but since then it's been sitting in my craft room waiting for me to find time to pull out my machine and start the actual quilting process. Suffice to say, between work, the kids, trips away, soccer, family time etc that time just hasn't manifested... So here we are. I figure if I manage to finish it within the next week it's one less thing to bring to Canberra! But we shall see how I go... So far it's been a bit slow going ��

Until next time xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Cold nights

The nights have quickly turned cold here, perfect for curling up under a quilt and relaxing in front of the TV with some stitching... or even better, hand-quilting that very same quilt that's keeping you warm!

Alex's quilt has been getting attention a lot of attention lately, and I'm so excited that it's nearly finished! I'm really happy with how the quilting is turning out—I've not done much hand quilting before, and not using this heavier pearl thread which just seems to glide. Progress seems to be coming along really quickly, and I just have a little bit left that I want to add.

I have also started stitching a label for the back. Alex loves seeing me working on his 'blanket' and asking when he can use it.... hopefully soon!

Until next time xx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

United Stitches

I've had limited free time to stitch, but every chance I have had has been spent stitching samples for Rosalie Quinlan. She sent me five designs from her "United Stitches" quilt to help her out with...

They're small designs but with heaps of detail! I loved using the vibrant Cosmos threads.

Each pattern comes with two of the same design so you can swap with a friend - such a great concept! These got put in the post back to Rosalie yesterday, but I'm hoping to get some time soon to stitch some up for myself :)

Until next time xx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The boy turns four

Last week my baby boy turned four...

So grown up already :)

We decided to keep things low key this year, so we just invited grandparents, plus four of his friends over for afternoon tea. Alex had so much fun playing with new toys and his best mates. I made him a dinosaur cake (as per his request) and he seemed to have a great day!

Until next time xx

Sunday, 22 March 2015

I'm still here...

It feels like it's been an incredibly busy few weeks... but there's not been much stitching, nor really all that much at all to show the craziness that is my life at the moment! I think Alex has managed more craft than me of late, he's constantly bringing pictures or other creations home from childcare and early learning...

I'm slowly getting into the swing of the new routine that has come with full-time work, although I could do with a few more hours in each day! The kids seem to be growing up particularly fast - Alex turns four next week, and Sofia is moving out of the 'babies' room at childcare at the end of the month.

Sports has been guilty of stealing some of my stitching time also... I've had 'summer cup' with soccer over the last three weekends and season proper will start soon. I've also squeezed in some mountain biking here and there... a relatively new pursuit which I'm really enjoying. It gets me outdoors and seeing some wonderful sights that Tasmania has to offer :)

I'm hoping to get some time with needle and thread again, and have something to share with you soon. For now I've been enjoying reading others' blogs to inspire me!

Until next time x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A new project

With the warmer weather (and feeling tired after work) I've pretty much completely put aside the idea of doing any quilting... I think there was one cooler evening last week that Alex's quilt saw a couple of stitches but that's about it! Instead I thought I'd get started on a project for Sofia which will involve a fair bit of stitchery...

I've had Cinderberry Stitches' book Cotton Floss on my shelf for a few years now. It's got really cute designs, one of which I stitched for the daughter of a friend a couple of years ago. From the time I knew I was having a girl I had the idea of stitching the main quilt design...

Last weekend I managed to find some time to trace out the four main stitchery designs and iron on some fusable interfacing so that they're ready for needle and thread.

Today I managed to start the actual stitching when I finally got the chance of some downtime. Yes, I know - another new start but I promise Alex's quilt is still the priority! 

Until next time xx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Back to work

Last week I returned to work, so I foresee far less stitching over the next few months... I thought I'd at least get some stitching done on the plane to and from induction which was held interstate, however it just didn't seem to happen. I also only got very little done the previous week when I visited Canberra for my birthday! Whenever I travel (or attend stitching groups) I tend to have some single-colour stitching on hand as I find they're easier to manage - less switching, slightly less concentration, fewer things to cart around. My 'travelling' project (currently "Hope, Love and Friendship" by Rosalie Quinlan) doesn't get touched much when I'm at home so sometimes it'll be months before I add a couple of stitches to it.

I'm not sure what the plan is for this project once it's finished, so I guess I've not had all that much motivation to finish it in a hurry! Maybe one day it'll get done... if nothing else so I can start something else.

Until next time xx