Thursday, 10 June 2021

The final wrap....

wow the weekend just goes too fast...........Chookshed party all done for another year........
Miss Jules could not find her binding so she finished this one she was working on........
I was thinking of hand sewing but as the lounge was full and this quilt needed to be pieced I got the top together and the first border........its looking pretty........
I was working on some leaders and enders and got all the 4 patches together on the left..........it was just a random pile of fabric in a box from I am not sure where............and I am still deciding what to make of them yet............how to finish it.........maybe what is there is 2/3rds of the blocks...........
Ali worked on this braided quilt.......yes its crooked but I was in a hurry sticking them back up on the wall and she hasn't finished the two left rows hence they are longer in the photo too........its from one of the Jelly Roll quilt books.......she has 4 more rows to make...........
2/3rds must be the go as Lea has that much together of her quilt also..........
Up close where she had started to applique the pictures on...........
Kate was cutting heaps of hot water bottle covers and wheat packs..........OMG you could not have enough of these at present it it freezing the cold front at present is very strong........very windy and showery.........lots of snow about futher south...........we never get snow.........
Suze worked on these 3 wraps adding some applique.....
they are all a lovely dark blue but the light is a bit funny in these photos.........

Annette did some applique..........she has heaps of blocks to applique to back ground..........
she also did some spinning and I missed taking a photo........
Morning tea one day...........Kates fresh strawberry jam was a treat with the scones and cream........
Miss Myrtle Mae Muggins was looked after so well..........
Yesterday I left her in a cage for the day and she was frozen last night when I got home.........poor little treasure was bright as a button after some warming and a tummy full of milk.........
Sunset with a jet passing over...........it was sooooo pretty..........so calm....
Of course you need champagne and nibbles to enjoy while watching the sunset...........
we were all rugged up..........it was a pretty cool weekend but sunny........
And then just like that the weekend ended.....such a great group of girls to spend the weekend with........fills the soul.....7 is the max......filled the Chookshed and the beds......
If you sewed along at home let me know what you got up tooooo......
Stay warm Aussies.........even those in the warmer parts are feeling a chill..........
off to battle the road to work........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue........

Saturday, 5 June 2021

The party has started.....

I'm always awake before the rest of the girls...... Last lot arrived late last night and the noise increased dramatically.....
OMG so much fun...... Yesterday was spent tidying and reorganising the chookshed...... Annette kept me company...... I've got to fit 7 of us in here......
Working on this quilt....I have already seen 3 blocks together and added to the main quilt.....I need to get it finished so I can pull it off the design wall......
The 4 patches are a random bundle of fabrics that landed at my place..... Not the most accurate cut blocks but I'll see what I can salvage from them..... Just using as leaders and ender's......
Slight reverse stitch as a block was cut a bit too short......
Perfect way to start the day......
Heaters on out here in the Chookshed..... Fires burning in the house...... It's just coming daylight and I'm sure there's a fog or low cloud out looks very bleek at this time.......
I know a few of you are sewing at home with us..... Have fun .....

Friday, 4 June 2021

farm update.......

I got a present today.........not that I really wanted one but in cases like this you don't get a choice.....a damp wooly bundle who got mis-mothered during shearing.............
She's a picture of style now with her colourful jumper......
Welcome Myrtle..........Lucky for me Annette is here so she has done a couple of feeds.......
She's survived the night.....I can hear her bleeting for her milk this morning........shes in a box in front of the fire to keep her warm.........
Shearing this week.......So I was mustering one afternoon.......up there in the dust are some sheep..........
We had a change come thru and got some lovely rain that night.........
As usual it will make it a wet trip in for the Chookshed's 9th Birthday party this weekend........
Full house this year with 7 of us so there will be lots of sewing happening in the Chookshed.......
All the regulars will be here for the party.......
Have a great weekend and I hope you get some time to sew also.........
Catch you later........Stay safe..........
Chookyblue.........

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

My Little Red Hen......

 Today we farewell a special friend...........my Little Red Hen aka Jan...........
We were friends online soooooo many years.....
fortunately we have been able to meet up quite a few times........
She and her Rooster came and stayed once at home....maybe 2015?
Can't find any pics from that trip...........
This was taken when she passed thru town and we met at Kylies art exhibition..........
2017 or 2018 I just can't find the post right now.......
2015 at Girls Day in the Country............
Bathurst Blog meet 2013 here and here
Farewell my feathered friend........
you held a special place in my heart.......
Chookyblue.....

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Thankyou....

Thanks to everyone who joined in this morning (my time) to celebrate the Chookshed's 9th birthday..... I have friends coming to the Chookshed next weekend so the party started early......
While it was only a short time today 4 hours.........not the record 15hr marathon it was still great to see everyone...........
I think there was 15 to 20 people pop in and out this zoom.........
We welcomed Wendy USA and Willeke from Netherlands as newbies...... Lovely to meet you both since I have followed along with your blogs for years......Willeke I hope I spelt your name correct. And your English was great. I just love learning more about the areas other blog girls live and we chat about all kinds of things when we are zooming.....
I added in a couple of photos from the almost full moon this week......I didn't get photos of the eclipse the next night but it was amazing......
Washing, cleaning and tidying to do before my visits next weekend...... Hardly had visitors except the kids and a few of their friends so it's pretty exciting and a pretty big job. I think you should have visitors fortnightly to keep you on track....... It's like a 'spring clean' in winter....... And I'm in a bit of a throw out mood to so it's even better............
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Friday, 28 May 2021

ZOOM ZOOM Chookyshed Party time.........

Its that time girls........the Chookshed's 9th Birthday.
I really have people coming to join me again this year the following weekend and with the full nest of friends I won't have time to chat online so thought I would get the party started a week early........

THIS WEEKEND

Hope some of you would like to join in see times below for your conversion............
Sylvia you better be prepared for a late night.........
Can you believe back in 2014 for the 2nd birthday there was 107 comments on my post about joining the party virtually...........so many bloggers have left blogging now which is sad but there is still a hard core bunch out there reading and blogging away.........which I love.......
Back in the day you just all sewed along and did a post about your sewing after the party..........
Last year we discovered zoom for the Chookshed birthday when we were all locked down due to covid..........I had an absolute ball and this has lead to many more zoom sewing days..........
While I am very fortunate to be able have friends here again this year I know parts of the world are in lockdowns or very restricted lives still due to covid...........
So if you want to join in leave a comment........check out your time zone.........I can only commit to 4hrs I think at this stage so get up early or miss out if you are in Australia.........otherwise it should be Sat afternoon for most parts of the otherside of the world.........
please join in the fun..........if you have not zoomed before be brave and join in it's just like you are sitting around the table with your friends but we are all right there in front of you on the screen and you are part of the whole conversation........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue..........



Sunday, 23 May 2021

Scrub Stitchin'.......what did I sew????

So just to show I did get "Something" sewn while at Scrub Stitchin'..........
This flannel quilt was mostly made by the happy recipient wrapped in it here...........the first job I did at Scrub Stitchin' was to finish this binding and thanks to a couple of the girls it was a team effort........
Sadly the red chenille ran badly when it got washed so now it is a shade of pink.........its been washed several times with every option I can think of....no luck returning it to the nice fresh colours......
anyway the recipient is still happy with it............
Then wanting to achieve something I decided to do a Jelly roll race quilt.........this spurred several others to make quilts also....digging in there stash and finding jelly rolls..........
Here it is finished......I joined it with 2.5in squares but I think I prefer the diagonal joins............
Once that was done I had found some webbing and ribbons while packing things for the retreat so decided to use up what I had........
Heres the pile  of keyfob's with a few made - I need to order more metal parts..........any one brought them lately????
Why did I make them??? Presents, sell some whatever...........
A lot of time was taken up with EPP lessons........I love sharing skills and we had quiet a few who had not done EPP before and the group project which I am yet to share was using EPP.........
got a bit of mine completed also............I have one more melon piece to attached but it had to be re-glued and I finally found my glue stick a couple of nights ago.......thats what happens when you pack everything up in a rush.......
I had a gorgeous pretty bundle of fabrics from Jude and I started playing with a pattern in my own head that I had started to draw up but no cutting instructions just cutting as I went it was a little hard with so much going on so I got to what you see below and another small section and I gave up..........

I am liking what I see but I will work on it quietly alone one day........
When I can spread out even more and make a big mess choosing what fabric I want to put where........
Then distracted by Sue @ Kiwikids Page and Helen who had both brought Drunkards Path precut kits from our little onsite shop.......I was wandering the shop and saw a pack of fabric I thought I would like..........and woops just like that I was making a Drunkards Path..........probably the only way I will make one as not bothered to get the templates and cut one myself............
Making progress..........Sue's on the left and mine on the right.............
was great watching them grow.........
they are pretty easy to sew and you can see Sue's here on her blog..........
Here it is stuck on the makeshift design wall..........not sure if this is the final setting but I don't mind it..........there is enough baby drunkards to make another block and make it 5x5 instead of 6x4.............
then it was all over and everything packed up except my sewing mess.........I have lots of pics from show and tell and probably others on the camera but yet to down load them.........must do that this week..........camera was missing for abit and I found it last night.........
Anyway that's it for now......
It's been a glorious autumn weekend........
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.........

Saturday, 15 May 2021

this is what it's all about.......

This is what its all about.....joy, happiness, friendship......
I feel honored to be able to spend time with these girls..........
Just a belated Scrub Stitchin' post........better late then never.....
Miss Jules and Sue
Annette, Georgina, Jenny and Mary
Miranda, Di and Diane
Me and Kate
Me, Helen and Kate
Party night group pic.......
Georgina, Diane and Lynda
Me and Mary
Brenda, Kate and Jenny
Di, Helen, Annette and Miss Jules
Harriett, Miranda and Tina
Janice, Sally and Lynda
No words just look at all those happy faces.......
Stay Safe.......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......