Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Fourth Tuesday of the Month... EPP Time

Just a short post today for 'Piece Yourself Together'...
no further stitching added to the Scrappy Hexy Quilt since my post the other day... but it always sits in wait of me feeling well enough to pick it up again.
Linky in the right-hand sidebar as always... I hope you will add your name!

Still no change in my health situation. An abdominal scan happened on Monday & may be able to provide some help in figuring out what's wrong in there. It's a terribly frustrating & depleting thing, not to mention painful at times!
My posts recently have been made from an old laptop computer which I'm a bit naughty in using... it has no hacker/virus protection... my emails arrive to the desktop computer which is much more secure, but which is often in use by mr18 for Uni work... I beg forgiveness for not replying to Comments/emails in a more timely fashion... we plan to buy me a new laptop as soon as I'm better.
I mentioned mr18... yes he turned 18 on Sunday... it was a very quiet day compared to what I'd hoped for, given my situation... but he did spend a good deal of the day with his friends & enjoy his favourite takeaway for dinner.

Have a Great Tuesday & thanks for calling by x

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Limping Along

The last couple of weeks have been a battle here at Hibiscus HQ.
I've been unwell, but we just can't figure out what's going on with me... nothing dramatic but just keeps me feeling 'not quite right'... low-grade but persistent symptoms that don't seem to add up to anything particular.
All this leaves little energy for much... just been doing the minimum of domestic chores... but mostly resting/sleeping/managing nausea/reading/feeling frustrated.
In the more tolerable periods, my good old Scrappy Hexagon Quilt has been on hand... a few stitches here & there.

Hopefully whatever this thing is, will pass soon!
I miss blogland♥

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Well That Was Longer Than I Planned!

(Fair warning, this is a long post)
Goodness these weeks have flown by!
 My time in Melbourne with my DD-Y (21-26 April) was wonderful... it really was her holiday, but we both had a fab time & it did my heart good to see her decompressing after a stressful time in recent months.
 It ended up being somewhat a Festival of Football... we went to 3 games! The footy is much more her passion than mine, but it was great to see her enjoying it.
I'm an unashamed home-body, however it was nice to get a break from cooking & laundry... we even spent one evening lying on our beds, eating some chocolate & watching Bachelor In Paradise😃

It was great to take a break from the phone & social media too... which somehow continued well beyond my days away... but now it's high time to get back into things again.

Last week I finished my blue & white quilt top... I really don't enjoy the sewing of borders & this quilt has three, so the prospect was not thrilling. Careful measuring & sewing happened, & the result has me smiling. The pattern is an old Melly & Me design.
 The backing fabric (which I'm quite in love with!) needs to be prepared & hopefully I can get a booking with my quilter this week to drop it off to her.

Some more little Festive hexy's have been made into flowers... how cute are these little guys?!
 Compare the size to a standard thread reel!
Now I look forward to popping into my favourite blogs during the next few days to see what you all have been up to lately♥

* ~> Thanks for popping by & have a fab Monday < ~*

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

'Piece Yourself Together'... The Dainty Edition

( This is a scheduled post... I'm currently on a short holiday)

This past fortnight, I've been playing with my little Christmas hexy's... basting in preparation for making little flowers... they sure are fiddly, but perfect for evening occupation.

How adorable is this one?! Believe it or not, no fussy-cutting was involved.
These babies have half-inch sides & certainly test the agility of my chunky fingers.

I've tucked them away in a little zipper pouch, along with a needle & thread... just in case I get an opportunity to play with them while I'm on my holiday😉

Thank you to everyone who joins in with PYT each fortnight... AND of course anyone is welcome to join in any time they wish to! Remember, PYT believes in equality & inclusion... no EPP is excluded here♥
Linky in the right-hand side bar & open until midnight Thursday, West Australia time.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' Yellow Granny Blocks

My Granny blocks for the RSC month are sewn, yay!
I was very keen to get my RSC work for April finished before today, the reason shall be explained soon.
It's so dull here today, & I just couldn't get a good cheery shot of my blocks.
This is my favourite little piece... how cute are these spools & pincushions?!
I really enjoy making my RSC blocks each month... If you'd like to know more about this fun Challenge, pop over to the information page on Angela's blog HERE.

 There is a little bit of excitement here right now... tomorrow I'm off on a little holiday!
I'm going with my DDY to Melbourne for a few days... it's school holidays here in WA, & she declared herself in need of a good break; the first few months of her new town & job have been very intensive. I'll be away from blogland from tomorrow for a week.

While I would love (LOVE!) to reach out & meet bloggy friends in person, this is sadly not the time... & to be honest, I'm not even thinking about finding patchwork shops or any such thing. The time with my DD is the priority.

I got my nails done in preparation... DDY adopted a beautiful cat in mid-March, she is mostly white, and has stunning green eyes... so I got a fun cat stamp in honour of my GrandCat!
A blog post will be scheduled for PYT on Tuesday, & the linky will be up.

Thanks for dropping by & I shall return at the end of next week!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' ... Finally Revealing My Secret Project!

The 'Rainbow Scrap Challenge' is providing me with a good deal of fun, & of course a lot of sewing & pressing!
Now that we have four colours done for the year so far, my projects are starting to take shape in exactly the way I hoped they would... phew.

Most of my readers will have seen the Granny Blocks I've been sewing as my primary project... they're super cute & very easy to sew... I like the Orderly Chaos of them.
The colour for April is yellows... I've got my little squares ready to sew my three blocks:

As for the Secret Project, I was really not sure about whether reality would match up with my hopes for this idea, which is why I kept it secret for these months... however, as I've now sewn the yellows blocks & laid them out with the others already made, I believe that YES indeed-y I do like what's happening here!
FINALLY here they all are... my secret RSC project.
The block is called Crosses & Losses... they measure 8½" square (unfinished).
 Of course as the RSC year progresses, more colours will be added.
This project has also provided me with a fun opportunity to cut up the small bits & pieces of background fabrics that have sat in my tubs for varying amounts of time... there certainly was plenty to choose from!
 The Perfect Points Ninja has joined her sister The Pressing Ninja to help me create these blocks... virtually all of the seams are being pressed open, so the Ninja Sisters are working super-hard... oh the satisfaction of a super-flat block!
I'm really loving both of these projects!

It might seem like I've been sewing a lot lately, but I really haven't.
It seems that no matter how old our Offspring are, they still have times when they need their Mum & Dad... & in my case lately, the needs have been simultaneous... lots of long talks, questions & answers, & guidance given... & OMG so many laughs...  sometimes the needle & thread just gotta take a back seat.
They're still finding their way in the world, & I'm glad they trust us to support them.

Right-o, I should get out to my sewing while I have alone time... get those Granny blocks sewn together!
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