Thursday, 11 February 2016

Lucy fillers..............

I am absolutely stoked some of you felt like you were standing on the dam bank with me listening to the frogs and the crickets in my last post........
that is how I wanted you to feel...........
OMG how amazing is nature coming to life so quickly.........
my first video on my blog worked.......sorry it didn't  work for Maria......
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Moving onto Lucy..........
unless anyone has a better suggestion this is how I put my Lucy fillers together.........there isn't a pattern I am just working this out...........now everyone will put this together as they wish but this is how I have worked it out............and to make it easier I call them fillers......
If anyone has a better suggestion fire away..........tell me.......
I use my Westalee Ruler as I just leave it set and I don't have to think......love it........
I cut my strips 3.5inchs.......my little Lucy (honeycomb) template has 3/8inch seam allowance...........some of you will have them with a 1/4 inch seam allowance so your strips might be a smidgen narrower..........
line up 2 strips so you can cut 2 at once............
I free hand cut the fabric just holding the template and starting in the middle and going forward and back..............that's why the strips are a little crooked at the top and bottom.....
sometimes I cut the tops........
sometimes I cut the side and then I turn them around and cut the other 2...........
then you end up with a pile of cut fabric........
4 strips per 3 Lucy blocks......
then I pile them onto my new design board for storage until I get them onto the papers
Missed a photo here but I attach the papers with my glue pen............
my other design board is fantastic to work with too............
it's easy just to pick up the board from my lap when working on Lucy...........
Susan it has been a life saver it used to drive me nuts before picking everything up off my lap if I wanted to get up.....and it is brilliant in the car too...........I got lots done on the weekend while driving.............well Mr Chooky was driving..........all was well til it got dark..........
Don't ask me but I don't feel so well if texting too much and I can't read a book but I can sew for hours..............
now I sew the creams into banks of 3.............it works for how I join the fillers and how I attach to the Lucy block..............
Mini snaplock bags store the pieces before and after I join them...........
then I add the 1 inch squares to the creams like above............not all of them but probably 3/4 of the cream units............I am using a blue/grey print for the 1in squares but Sandy @ Shiralee Stitches is kitting up a lovely grey but I had this fabric and the bolt of cream............so using from my stash.......
So to make a filler I am using 1 x 2in square (or you can use 4 x 1in squares)..........then add 4 x cream units as above..............then 4 x 1in squares
I had tried a couple of ways to put these blocks together and found this is the easiest way for me..........
If you're doing the Lucy Boston BOM from Sandy @ Shiralee Stitches just email or ring her as she will just sort you out with what you need.............
then you have a filler block.........
I'll do a post next showing how I put Lucy and Lucy fillers together.......
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

dam life.........

I have never shared a video before.............but the sounds at the dam were amazing after the rain.......so I tried to record it on my phone and I was amazed how well it came out............make sure you have your volume up..........to the left is the dam we got dug out last year or the year before.........
the foreground is the swamp/watercourse that fills when the dam is full..........
video
So nice to see all the dams full...........and green...........
i'll have to take some more pics to share.....

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........

Sunday, 7 February 2016

A different view....

Catch you later.....
Chookyblue........

Friday, 29 January 2016

new book............

woohoo...........finally got Anni's new book...........i've been flicking thru numerous times already...........
Well done Anni @ Hatched and Patched another gorgeous book which you can get @ The Home Patch............
scored some rain in storms.......finally........
got this block together.............I call it a joining block.............it goes with "Lucy"............I need heaps of these.........more on it later but it is pretty much all I have done since Saturday.......still sick......
slowly improving.........slowly..........
Just lying on the lounge or sleeping.........so boring............
no need to comment then I have to reply........and I don't have the energy for that.........
can't believe it's a good as the end of the month..........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Lucy no. 30

You've missed heaps of these because they just have not been blogged....... but I am up to block 30 of who knows how many (yet to be decided).......only 6 have the trim on like this but I decided it would help to add the ' wings ' as I call them.... Not such a huge task once it starts to go together........
This is block 13 of Sandy's BOM @ Shiralee Stitches
Happy Australia Day from this wide brown land...........
I live in the best country in the world.........
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue......

Sunday, 24 January 2016

More presents................

Some other lovely christmas goodies in the mail..................

Michelle @ Michelle Ridgeway Designs...........
A little ornament and stitchery design..........I have a couple of her stitchery designs and I must trace them off  to stitch..............

Susan @ Oh 2 Sew sent this little angel............

Jewells sent me a christmas pouch and some candles............

Mr Chooky got this little chicken pattern..........

Jacquie @ My Journey sent his christmas ornament...........cute little snowman......
Sandi @ Forevermoore sent me a teatowel, cookie cutter and little ornament...........
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I love all these little parcels.......my tree has so many hand made ornaments that I love.......it's always wonderful going thru them each year remembering who sent them........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Touch down......

wonders will never cease........almost got the binding attached to a quilt this morning............just the join to do which I have totally stuffed up so I left it and will do it tomorrow morning when the brain is working............it sure felt good to be sewing...........The Miss from down the road joined me too..........
also fixed a pair of jeans for my brother - wouldn't like to say how long I have had them for but too long.........and the collar of a guensey............my machines aren't known for repairs to clothing...........
onto the good mail........Sonia @ Forever Always Online and I have shared some of our own fabric for our Lucy Boston quilts..........we have been known to have have text chats that go for hours about Lucy........sharing options, asking advice on placement etc.........so nice to receive a cut envelope of pieces to play with.............
sorry for the sideways pics but this is the next Lucy Boston BOM from Sandy @ Shiralee Stitches I just love getting these in the mail............















Recently when I had visitors Kylie and I decided to splurge in a weak moment when we saw the background prints on sale.............we added the brights too.....much nicer looking a bit flat in these pics sorry........
split the order between us............Kate @ Bellas Patchwork was very efficient in mailing this one out............I have a plan but must finish some stuff first.........
ok back to the bookwork...........the family are all out so it is a nice quiet time......
wasn't feeling up to joining them.........
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue.....

Friday, 22 January 2016

extra SSCS swap..............

Caroline @ Caro's Blog contacted me after the SSCS had closed and she has done the swap for many years now..............she is a old blogging friend...........

So we decided on a direct swap............
is this not the cutest bag ever.....I adore the chook on the bowl stack........and the red/white border print is a traditional print which makes it more special..............
On the back is the cutest little chook poking out of the pocket.........
you can never have enough bags............I use them all all the time.............
thanks so much Caroline for the gorgeous gift...........
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I was posting this last week but with work and a quick trip away and a head cold/sinus/chest crap thing for the last week I am a regular snot machine.........I have not had a cold for YEARS.........and this one sure is hanging on..........
OK bookwork is calling.............and it i hot and unusually humid today......
air con is my best friend.........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........