Monday, 22 November 2021

sewing marathon results and rain........

As I said in my previous post zoom day started off all international except for me for quite some time..........yes I know I do start early but its to work around some of the time zones.......
As I was on with all the international girls I had to duck out and do a job that took a little longer so I grabbed some flowers on the way back in since there were all talk of winter prep and potential snow..........brighten their day........
As i said in my earlier post I started with epp paper prep doing some gluing........it was mindless and good to do while just chatting away............
But then I picked up Floral Blue Lanterns again.........
you forget how far you have come but this photo was taken in 3rd July. 
Prior to today I had added in the whole right and part of the bottom left with a narrow gap up the centre that I had to sew in.........was not the best idea leaving a U shape.......
This was the end of the day..............now to decide if it is the size I want and if that's it to start the edge pieces.............Sounds like I have tempted several girls to think about making this quilt..........yippee....
another photo from during the day.......thankfully Sylvia in Germany didn't miss this zoom......she really does make an effort and no matter what time of day night it is she will join us......
so nice to see everyone again.........we had Sandy join us as a newby..........
I think my tally was 27 bloggers popping in and out all day..........
Later in the evening I had to make a dash inside as I could hear rumbling and suddenly packed up and made a mad dash for the house.........
I got the cream blocks added onto this Lucy block...........she's coming together...........
And that ended the night at 10pm with the night owls Annette in Vic and Lou in NZ........
16hrs of zoom sewing, chatting, fixing the problems of the world.......
Storms with heavy rain had been forecast for the weekend......
While I missed them with just a smaller amount of rain 13mm on Saturday night Sunday was a different story on Sunday and we ended up with water front views after another 77mm resulting in 90mm for the total........my front lawn turned into a pool............
This morning it is replaced by a purple carpet of jacaranda flowers.............so pretty........so pleased I got the lawn mowed Sunday morning before the bulk of the rain............
This was a pic of the creek before the rain when I went for a ride between showers to deliver some eggs to the neighbours..........it is flooded now......
a storm building.........
The creek flooded yesterday afternoon........
OK thats all the news for the weekend........
Hope you are all well..........
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.....

Saturday, 20 November 2021

zoom zoom......

time with the girls has started and will continue on for hours to come..........
started with some mindless gluing for EPP..........
let me know if you want to join us.......
Catch you later....
Chookyblue......

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Zoom update

Plans may or may not need to change from Sat to Sun to that means for those in the cold parts Fri to Sat arvo.....I'll keep you posted. 

Sorry Chookyblue..........

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Willy wagtails & zoom zoom....

Willy Wagtails are very zoom zoom let me tell you........
those birds never sit still..........here are my babies a few days ago..........
one teenager ran flew away from home on Saturday morning and the other one looks like it ready to think about that today..........
The weekend was freezing........true winter weather almost for us.........I did think about lighting the fire but held off.........it has been a super mild November we will get a shock when it heats up which is looking like Saturday.......its having a negative effect on  harvest as they need the heat to bring the crops in..........and it's been a pretty wet harvest and more rain forecast next week.........
Now onto other important stuff..........time to catch up is well and truly due.........

This Saturday/Friday...............I'm thinking a BIG day.........like a marathon.....but really that is days away and things change all the time here as you know........so start early.........
As usual find your time zone below and hop on in and join me in the Chookshed.........

Aussies sort yourself out you know we have daylight savings in some parts now so adjust I forgot to think about it here........
Cannot wait to catch up.....cannot wait to sew.......sewing's been a bit absent here......
What are you going to work on this zoom???
As usual newbies welcome........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Storms, Lucy, nest building.......

Well I wasn't planning a break that long but life gets busy.......things happen good/bad and days wizzzzzzzz by........suddenly it's as good as a month since I blogged...........
What's happened since then.......ran over my phone with the lawn mower....that's now unrecognisable and in a hundred pieces.......
lost quite a few pics but I think that was all..........its the hassle of a 4hr round trip to a shop to get a new one that suited my needs.......and then remembering all the apps you had on the old phone and adding them and logging into them on the new one.........
a storm one day last month............
This month so far for November we have had 55mm and its been very mild.....more like early spring then late getting close to summer..........
Today I would have said it wasn't far from a wintery day........
I didn't light the fire but I did think about it........
I had been playing with some cream bits being added to Lucy blocks....or making the cream units......nothing had happened for weeks now........
I've been following this Willy Wagtail nest and was stoked to find these pics here as I had started this post mid Oct I thought I had lost these pics on my old phone........
they built this nest within a week......2 little willies were so busy.........its a solid well made nest.........
they have babies who have now hatched and not far from leaving home and I have been taking pics daily as they are nested about shoulder height straight out from my bedroom.......
OK must go.......
trying to work out if I can zoom sew next weekend.........
not confirmed yet but keep an eye out if your interested........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue....

Thursday, 7 October 2021

fun weekend......

Annette arrived Friday and we went and cleared off the beast in preparation for having a play........
But before I attempted to tackle the beast I wanted to achieve something.....
I had been playing with this quilt below.......I had pulled out 2 blocks in the bottom corner but on looking closer I had to reverse stitch all 6 blocks......so much for achieving.....
I was so cross as I had already attached the 1st border...........
But finally we went forward stitching and it was back together and the final border was attached............
For some reason this one is square but I thought it was going to be rectangle from the picture.........oh well.......I think its about 70in square...........now to join the backing and see about quilting.......
Today I was sitting looking at the bottom corner and thought I had buggered it up but turns out I just had it upside down to how I had been looking at it.........phew.........
I've been walking over to the dam a bit and it is so nice to see it chockers full heading into summer..... we had almost 2 inchs of rain last week........Annette and I walked over also.........
We loaded some fabric onto the beast and had a play.....broke a few threads....just trying to get even stitches at present.........i'm not in love..........Its official Lou @ Manxgirl Living and Crafting Down Under needs to come visit....but I have left it on and will keep playing.......
OK it may not be the one that got taken to Princess Pantry but it was pretty dam tasty........Loved this cake...........Its the one Annette was talking about on zoom last time. Its a ginger fluff sponge........ I'm going to try making one...... Or at least a sponge cake on the weekend......
Annette was working on this one at home and had a few blocks to join on the 5th row.........once that was done she started sewing the rows together..........it looks great.............. Top together ready for quilting......so pretty in Tilda fabrics
The whole time I was going in and outside I could smell this gorgeous rose........Susan Cooper Rose from Swanes.
And this section is ready to pop into the quilt.........
Annette was hand stitching more Ruby blocks to the backgrounds but I forgot to take a photo......
It was a lovely time sewing with a friend in the Chookshed..... Miss Jules even popped over late one afternoon...... And we had two scrub stitching friends on zoom for awhile also......
It was a lovely weekend with Annette.....
I did sew borders on another top..... But I'll save that for the next post ......
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Thursday, 30 September 2021

lanterns update.....

Had such a good catch up last day on zoom...... We had lots of girls on for most of the time..... Plenty of regulars......Marina hasn't been on for ages so was lovely to see her again.....
we had some new girls join us this time.......Canada Rose Marie, USA Katie, Aus Ondrea, Aus Christine and Aus Helen x3, Helen Qld ended up not getting in properly as she had camera issues but she has that sorted now......Helen NSW a friend from Scrub Stitchin' that doesn't blog and Helen in Victoria....... The sidebar had been updated..... Lucky I told the newbies to check their links as I had a few mistakes...... To much chatting going on while I was fiddling doing that on the side.......
We ended up sewing until 5pm......i did ok but don't think I was sewing as fast as usual..... Too many distractions...... Great distractions and I kept sitting my sewing down..... oops.....
Sunday saw us lamb marking again...... That's the end........ Thank goodness..... Love hate job but very satisfying once completed......
we were talking about spiders sewing...... This is the big one that lives in the storage fridge at the sheep yards..... Hence I never go to get anything out of it...... He's big...... Not as big as the one that was in the Chookshed that I was telling you about......
we had some wonderful rain yesterday......we maybe having a visitor this weekend so of course it would rain....... Beautiful 45mm.....
ok best go do some jobs...... Enjoying an extra long weekend with a few more days attached.......
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

zoom.....zoooommm......zooooommmm

As i'm in need of some sewing time with friends we best zoom again........
Please ignore the dates below but the day/time will be right for this Fri/Sat.. 
We will start at 6am Saturday morning my Aussie time and for most of you Northern hemisphere people that is some time Friday........see the time guide below.........
Oh and this one will be at least until lunch time but could end up a longer day........Just not completely sure what I need to do on Saturday......
The usual drill.......leave a comment and I will send a link........
If you haven't joined before be brave and jump in it's super easy..........
I'll leave you with a photo I took back in July in the Northern Territory......
We had driven for about 5 hours and seen maybe 30 cars..........the majority in the last hour.........
Australia really is an amazing country and so vast......
it was only a 28hr drive one way.......we did this in two days......
Stay Safe........
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....