Sunday 3 March 2024

Goals for March

 I like setting my goals each month, although sometimes it takes a bit of deciding what they should be. This month was relatively simple.

ONE MONTHLY GOAL

I really want to have a few quilts that are still at the flimsy stage to be quilted and bound in time to take to Scrub Stitchin’ for show and tell.  

To keep me on track, my goal this month is to have the Moda Love quilt completed.  This was pieced last year at Scrub Stitchin'.  The others will be bonus projects.

RAINBOW SCRAP CHALLENGE

The colour this month is purple, so I will make my split nine patch blocks as leader enders and make two fish blocks, once the next block is revealed.

CHOOKSHED STITCHERS’ 2024 CHALLENGE

The number drawn out for March is. Number 4.  For me this is to complete a donation quilt using a fabric panel. 

I have quite a few to choose from, a couple of which are simply quilt and bind the panel and call it done, but in the end I have decided to do something with this teddy bears’ picnic panel, which will be a bit of a challenge that I probably don’t need this month.  What the heck, let’s get it used up.

15 MINUTES OF CRAFTING A DAY

Of course, I want to continue with this challenge.  It really keeps me on track.

Thanks, as always, to the ladies for arranging these challenges.  I really appreciate the time and effort you put into it.

As usual, I want to also:

  • Work on a donation project - Teddy Bear Panel Quilt
  • Use Monique - hopefully five quilts
  • Knit or crochet something - five more spiked granny squares this month, before doing a final round and joining.
  • Work on a WIP - I am now working on the final border of the Blue Quilt
  • Work on a UFO - not sure what as yet, but there should hopefully be something.
  • Complete something - hopefully five quilts
  • Hand stitching - the final border on the Blue Quilt, at least

Let’s hope they all get done.  Fingers crossed.

MY OTHER GOALS

These remain much the same as usual.

  • Read a book
  • Try a new recipe
  • Go away with the caravan - this may not happen, as we are currently in the process of upgrading from our ute to a small truck, which is not due to arrive until towards the end of the month.
  • Have a fun day out

I do hope that I can look back at the end of the month and see a lot of ticks next to those boxes.

Saturday 2 March 2024

What Else happened in February

We had a few days out doing things but the majority of the month was spent hanging around home, which was nice.  

As the weather was hot and fairly dry, it was also good to be at home to keep the garden going.

We were harvesting lots of veges.  This as one day’s haul.  Our tomatoes continue to mainly be a failure this year, but we are starting to get some on the self sown plants, which are funnily enough, mainly yellow.  The beans had finished producing, then started to flower again.  They are now producing more than in the initial crop.  We are pretty happy about that, as our freezer started playing up and we had to throw a lot of the first lot out.  At least they are good in the compost.

Early in the month we went out to a mate’s place to  pick blackberries.  Unfortunately, there weren’t a real lot and they were quite small.  We still made some jam, by bulking them out with some apples, which is a trick Mum used to do. 

While we were in the jam making mood, we picked some rhubarb from our plant that was going crazy.  To that we added some frozen strawberries that needed using up and made Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam.  It is really nice.  That counts as my new recipe for the month.

We did get to pick a few more blackberries later in the month and have just frozen them to add to pancakes through the coming year.

I managed to read one book.  It was written by my cousin.

At the start of the month we went to Oberon to visit their show, which is always a nice day out.

One of my friends had a stall there. 

There were the usual exhibits and also a quick shear competition, which happens to have the best prize money in the southern hemisphere.  We only watched the intermediate shearers, so the gun shearers would have been quite something to see.
Bathurst was the venue for some more car racing during the month.  We have hosted the 12 Hour Internationl Race for a few years now and it is growing in popularity.  This year we then hosted the Supercars 500 on the following weekend, as the event was cancelled at short notice in Newcastle.  We popped into town to check out all the cars for the 12 hour when they were on display. The driving seat and instruments look just a tad different to the normal run of the mill car.  The Supercars don’t come down town.
This Ford van is an electric concept vehicle they are taking to the various races around the world.  Apparently it is good for 300kmh down the main straight of the racetrack.
Valentino Rossi, the famous motorcycle racer, now turned car racer, was in town. Mick had to pose in front of his car.  We queued for ages to get his autograph, but he left when there were only about ten people in front of us.  Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be.
We spent a rather lazy day on the Sunday, watching the race on TV..
What else did we get up to?  We had a quick trip to Orange one day and they had a massive thunder storm while we were up there.  We followed it all the way home, but we only got a couple of mill at our place.  It made for some stunning scenes.

Our other outing was to visit the Winburndale Dam, but I will do a separate post on that one.



Thursday 29 February 2024

Posting on the 29th of February

 That is something that we don’t get to do every year.

Once again my month has been rather productive on the sewing front. I achieved my goals as well as a few other bits and bobs.


To recap, my Chookshed Stitchers’ Challenge was my first priority for the month and was completed in plenty of time.

My next priority was to complete “Betty” from the Just Two Charm Pack Quilts stitch along.  This was my One Monthly Goal. The aim was to have the top completed by 1 March.  I was pleased to have it quilted and bound as well.

My Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks were made- here and here.


My other goals were:

Work on a donation project.  All the above projects fit that bill.

Use Monique.  She worked her magic on both the above quilts.

Knit or Crochet Something.  

When I didn’t feel like doing a great deal I worked on my spiked granny squares.  Just four squares this month, but all progress is good progress, right?  I now have twenty five completed.  I think I will make five more and then crochet a cream round on each and join them together.  That should be large enough.  I have other things I want to work on, so I want to get this one out of the way.

Work on a WIP

My Blue Quilt always meets that goal.  I added the next narrow border and have now prepped the final border.  All the half dresdens are glue basted in place, ready for me to hand appliqué.  That will be a good project to work on during my stitching mornings.

Work on a UFO

I haven’t worked on my Laundry Basket Quilts Spring Mystery for a while and this is another one I would really like to get finished, so I can start something else.  

This is where I was up to at the start of the month.  Okay, it’s actually been sitting like this since July last year.  There are four quadrants like this.

During February I have prepared all the vines, leaves and berries to be machine appliquéd.  It look rather better doesn’t it.  My plan is to do the appliqué at Scrub Stitchin’.

Do some hand stitching.



I have made some progress on my latest Sashiko project.  It will eventually be a table runner.  The flowers and dragonflies are done and I have started on the first of three panels.  There is no hurry to make this one, so it will probably be put on the back burner while I work on the Blue Quilt border.

Complete something.

Well, the two quilts tick that box, but wait, there is more……

Going Down a Rabbit Hole - Literally

This was not on my radar at the start of the month, but how could I resist?  I saw a photo of an Easter bunny bag and decided to make some.  You see, our Patchwork and Bag Making Group are going to have a stand at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail in the middle of March and we can sell bits and bobs.  That is just a couple of weeks before Easter, so I thought these may be appropriate.

As usual, everything is from stash.  I didn’t have a real lot of suitable fabrics for the main bags, but these will do. It was fun choosing the fabrics for the ears.  

Ta da!  Aren’t they cute.  I hope someone else thinks so and gives them a home.

Oh, and I may have cut out some fabric for a Mystery Stitch Along “Octagon and Square” hosted by Stitching Notes and Nordic Crafter.  These two ladies make the most delightful projects, using gorgeous fabrics.  I found this pretty fat quarter in my stash and it will work nicely for fussy cutting.

My improvised window was very helpful.

I’m not going to start stitching it yet, as it may be a good project to use for demonstrating at the Heritage Trades Trail.

So much for finishing things and not starting more.  However, of the seven projects I have started this year five are already completed.  I have also completed three UFOs and worked on another five, so that is not too bad. (Yes, I’m keeping tally to try to keep me on track.)

As you can probably gather, I have managed to maintain my 15 minutes of crafting each day, and loving it. I'll be linking up over at Life in Pieces.

February = 29/29

Year to date = 60/60

Success rate = 100%

An ongoing aim is to tidy up my sewing room.  That is one big fat massive fail this month.  Oh my!  It is such a mess.  I really will have to have a major tidy up before I can start anything for March.  Wish me luck.

Saturday 24 February 2024

One Monthly Goal Completed

My One Monthly Goal this month was to complete the “Betty Quilt” from Just Two Charm Pack Quilts by Meadow Mist Designs.  This has been part of a quilt along with the goal to have the quilt top completed by the end of February.  I wanted to go one step further and have it quilted and the binding done.  
I finished it this morning during a short Zoom session with the Chookshed Stitchers.
Ta da!
The pantograph is one I haven’t tried before. It is “Plumeria”, which is another of the freebies from Urban Elementz.  I really like it and the design flowed nicely as I went along.  I will definitely use it again.

Other than the half layer cake gifted to me, everything came from stash, which is always a bonus.

I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out and it came together so nice and quickly.  One of those maximum effect for minimum effort quilts, which are fun to make in between the more detailed ones.

I will be linking up with Stories from the Sewing Room for One Monthly Goal.  It is a great motivator.

Now, to decide which other project to work on next.

Thursday 22 February 2024

I’ve Finished the Sparkly Dragonfly Quilt

Finally, I have cleared off Monique and quilted the Sparkly Dragonfly Quilt, using the Scroll Work panto that I like.

Once it was quilted, it didn’t take long to add the binding and stand back and admire.  I think it is so very pretty.  I hope some little girl will like it.

It was fun looking for something suitable for the backing.  I had wanted to use a flannel, but didn’t really have one suitable, or if it was, there was insufficient.  I’m quite happy about that, as it turns out, as I then found the perfect fabric for the back.  I’ve had the paisley fabric in my stash for years, bought because it was pretty.  I still have some more, so can use it for another backing, or maybe a section as the centre of a quilt.  Who knows.  Time will tell.

There is still enough leftover fabric from the quilt front and binding to make yet another small quilt. It will have to be quite simple and scrappy.  I hope to do that before long, so that the tub is emptied and another project can be planned.

The best thing is that my Number 2 of the Chookshed Stitcher’s 2024 Challenge has been completed. I’ll be linking up over at Deana’s blog at the end of the month.