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.....

Thursday, 9 September 2021

cheating on my buddies......

I feel like I am cheating on my zoom sewing buddies......
I've been working on Blue Lanterns without them........she's coming along well isn't she...............
I'm just a little excited.........
Only one centre block to make...... Then I will lay this out on a bed to see what the size looks like ..... 
If all good I'll make a decision on the sides......
&&&
thanks for all the great feedback re zoom..........
This is a gum blossom at the front ramp.........some branches are getting too low so I broke some off and brought some flowers inside..........
Catch you later.......Chookyblue.......

Monday, 6 September 2021

zoom explanation/questions answered......

 Hi All

I had a comment from a blog friend and I thought I might explain zoom..........I never have so now's the time..........its started due to xxxxx and I wished we had thought of it before..........it will stay long beyond xxxxx also.............

Just wanted to say how I plan a zoom sewing day.......it isn't planned.......there is no consistency as to the frequency.........

I can't say I will do it at a certain time as I need to be able to be online when we zoom...........Sometimes I have posted earlier in the week..........sometimes it's been Thursday or even as late as Friday morning my time............Zooms are usually on a Saturday my time....I have done one on a Sunday but that wasn't so great to back up for work on Monday........they always start early my time so as to catch the overseas girls.........they are often a sewing marathon for some of us and others pop in and out...........hanging out on zoom for so many hours is not draining like work meetings/training.......

The last one was shorter......ended up being 7 hrs but I initially had only committed to 4-6hrs as I had to juggle some other things around..........

But the 1/2 day worked well also so maybe I may do some more often.......I really hate saying goodbye to everyone.......its easier at the end of a long day as I am so tired by then I just want to go to bed before I fall sleep online............don't laugh I am not great late of a night and if not to active can nod off......my friends who have seen this will be laughing right now...............

Who can join in.......any crafty bloggers.........it's not a select group.........it's not hard to get onto zoom.....you can do it on a phone, ipad, computer.........yes the first time you do a zoom meeting might be a little daunting seeing yourself and others on the screen but you quickly get over that as we mostly have our heads down sewing unless someone is leading us off in search of a "squirrel" or enabling us to shop for some fabric or start a new quilt..........some people have started off quieter but are now more confident to add more to the conversation and ask more questions........

Yes I pay for a zoom account every month which enables us to stay on for a long time but that is what I choose to do.........its my couple of coffees a month social fun........

So I probably annoy some people sending them an email about zoom as I don't hear anything back from some but I have thought maybe I should just have an email list.........then I am only contacting those who want to be contacted.....

If you haven't commented on the blog post when I put it up do you want me to send you an email to let you know????

WHAT DO YOU THINK?????

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

Saturday, 4 September 2021

refueling the soul.......

The day started off pretty stunning.......
Gail @ Gail's Place wins the stayer award today....... She and Lou were on when I logged in...... And yes we only went until 1pm but later then planned but Gail stayed with us the whole time......
Was stunned when Jo @ ButterZ arrived bright and early..... Surprisingly she achieved lots at an hour she is not accustomed to.......lol
I plugged away at Blue Lanterns once again.....5 blocks needed to get joined to a big section I had prepared last zoom to fiIl in the right side......
People popped in and out.......
I think maybe 18 different bloggers....... As always a wonderful mix......
I started joining the big section in the right 3 wide by 4 long of blues...... Sewing from the bottom up you can see the break in the quilt where I am yet to sew.... Sadly I was thinking this was the end of the right side but alas I have another cream then blue row to add to the bottom corner.......
But I can see the end in sight .... Then I will lay this on the bed and see what it looks like for size before I start the edge pieces............
I've shut off all media, social, TV and radio re covid......I just can't do it at present.......
Times with these girls is great in a time of social isolation...... 
But even when it's just due to my rural isolation.......
It feels like everyone is sitting around the table in the Chookshed......
thanks girls.......
Stay Safe.......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Zoom quicky.......

I don't have a whole day so this one will need to be a quick one......... 


Aussie girls as they say "early bird catches the worm"
Starting at 6am AEST Sat morning........
The rest of you check the pic below.....regulars you know the drill

This time I only have 4-6hrs.....NOT A LONG DAY

Just because we need a bit of beauty in our day some daisies I took the other evening..........
You know the drill.......leave a comment and I will get a link to you.........
Catch you later........
Chookyblue......

Sunday, 29 August 2021

bits and pieces....

Not a lot happening here.........Lockdown got extended (no surprise) and I'm still working from home........thats good and bad.....
The daisies in the paddocks are flowering well at present and we has a bit of rain to freshen them up.........there has been a few frost still.....some really nice days some really windy ones.....and a few dam freezing......the washing has done several laps around the clothes line today.........
not really achieved much but I have joined a few blocks.......
still not made the extra backgrounds I need yet.........
Clean up around the yard and burning stuff is always a good feeling.........
Some stunning sunsets......
Stay safe everyone.......
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue........

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Super Sewing Marathon..........

Well i'm not sure I will be breaking that zoom sewing marathon record..........
It was huge......
fun friendship encouragement enabling inspiring
lead off on far to many paths of sewing goodness......everyone has their own patterns and designer etc and it's great finding new ones as we chat about different things, styles techniques etc
googling and sharing the screen to show everyone........
(taken during the morning)
Kicking off at 6am is early but I am usually awake so no issue......and the international girls are ready to start popping in.........we all live in about 6-7 different time zones........
There is always someone ready and waiting at 6am (my time)
As usual I am working on my Blue Lanterns.........I got this big section together............I actually laid it on the floor this afternoon with the rest of the quilt...........
OMG I didn't have my phone with me for a photo but it is so exciting........I can see the end is in sight.......But I ran out of cream blocks so had to stop joining........
Chatter goes on all day..........
Anything and everything. I am sure we could fix all world issues........
There was lots of chatter about covid and lockdowns with the whole state I live NSW in lockdown and the Victorian girls on were regional girls and all went into lockdown at lunch time.........so they had to pop out for awhile in the morning to grab a few things.....they had about 2hrs notice..........
So back to making cream units since I had run out......the exciting thing is I only need to make 5 full blocks and then I am onto making the edge units.......I need to cut some of the papers in half so hadn't done that until I had some spare to reuse..........
Once I had sewn all I could of the creams I need to cut some more fabric...............OMG that was so long ago that I did that.......I had to go find the fabric and concentrate and that wasn't happening at that hour...........
Starting to become exhausted as it was getting late I decided that I wasn't going to start joining blocks and my shoulder was getting a little sore so I reverted back to Lucy............
People do really pop in and out all day.....Some stay all day with me.......
27 girls joined in and the most we had was 14 at once........
Later in the evening it was dwindling and I thought I might be finishing about 6.30-7pm but we were still chatting away and a few girls came back in..........and later on Lou popped back in she had been to work and home again and wondered if we were still on............YEP we were...........she was impressed to see me working on my Lucy fillers as I had bullied strongly encouraged her to work on her new Lucy quilt she is making.......I was excited as she got 2 sewn.........Just before 10pm we signed off......
Anyway better wrap this one up..............
I've added the new girls to the sidebar - Aus Maree, Aus LyndaH, USA Swooze (you must have fallen asleep for the night. Hope you join us again next time) my friend Leah doesn't blog.....
Until next time which if we stay in lockdown could be sooner rather then later....
thankyou all for joining me in the Chookshed
Stay Safe....
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Zoom ZoOm ZOOm...........

 How is everyone today..........I'm still in lockdown and don't see an end in sight yet.........its not been long and I feel relieved to be in lockdown to tell the truth to reduce people moving out of the city areas that are in lockdown.......As of this week I am working from home until X...........
Last time that lasted 8 days........see what happens this time. 
Its ok when I freeze in zoom with you girls you all keep talking..........when i'm in a small meeting it's really weird and you miss stuff you need to hear.....
Anyway lets forget about work.........really need to win lotto so I can quit..........
but as i'm in lockdown with my whole state, parts of Victoria and the whole of New Zealand is now in a snap lock down also I thought it was time to zoom...........been wanting to do it for a few weeks but the last while has been challenging and I just wasn't up to seeing all you beautiful bloggers.....or organised.......
So you know what to do............leave a comment and I will add you into the link............time zones below............as usual pop in and out as you please.............I'll be on at least 6am-6pm if not later.........(ok mostly we have ended at 9pm)...........But I need to make some more sewing progress and I know I get heaps done on these days...........
Be brave........if you blog and have not joined before leave a comment........we had a few new people last time also............
prep some easy quick food and ignore the family for the day.........
Stay Safe and see you all Saturday..........
Chookyblue........

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Lucy update......

As I said I would add a Lucy update here it is...........
I think she has enjoyed getting a breath of fresh air and I know I have enjoyed working on her again............she been a journey thru lots of good and bad times........so in some ways what will I do when she does get finished............don't worry that won't happen this week.........and we need to end in a good time and that isn't now so it might take some time..........
Its been so long I forgot what I was up too......maybe a few years since she has been alive.........
I have some blocks that don't have background added so got a few of those ready.........
These are the background blocks and I have 2 full ones to make like above and several edge ones to finish.......if I have the blocks like this and the one above I just keep joining blocks............no other pieces need to be fitted in...........
So here she is before we went away..........(which seems like a million years ago)
See the big section on the bottom right..........While away I got that together and a few blocks needed some work to get them to the joining stage so very happy with the progress.........I have since added a block to the bottom left of that unit and located what block goes in the gap up the side......so once I sew it in I will attach this unit to the main quilt............then I will be well over 1/2 way............on the home straight some might say but there is another 2 rows to add on and i'm still not decided on the final size until I get more together and lay Lucy on a bed.............
Is this some motivation for you Lou@Manxgirl Living and Crafting Downunder 
Mind you i'm so far behind she may have her quilt done she's such a busy girl......but she may have been lead astray by the squirrel once again and off on another project........
Apologies for not replying to my last post.......thanks for the advice........life has been a little challenging and now we are in lockdown........I may actually be working from home.........who knows...i'm on a few days leave........I was supposed to work from home last year and it lasted 8 days.........but the numbers are not great......worse again today regionally so I doubt we will get to come out of lockdown next week.........
Take care and stay safe..........
Chookyblue.....

Monday, 2 August 2021

help please.....

Hi all...... I've been busy..... Quick trip away to see my family...... I'll see if I can get a few pics together......
Guess who got a breath of life.....I took Lucy on holidays with me and she did get to hop out......
I'll take some pics on the weekend if I remember......

What I need help with is does anyone have a face mask pattern that suits glasses better...... Any tips on making them would be appreciated......
I'm sure we need them for quite some time yet given the crap going on in Sydney...... Which might I add is 600km away but you never know what idiot thinks they need to go for a drive into the country......
Anyway I know there's probably plenty of patterns out there but I'm sure some of your have it nailed given you have had to do the mask thing for much longer then me......
Thanks in advance.....
You can email me here chookyblue2@gmail.com
Stay safe.....
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue....  

Sunday, 4 July 2021

zoom project update.....

wow what a day.............it sure was a zoom sewing marathon and 15 1/2 hrs later I poured myself into bed exhausted but so happy.........I really don't think I can go any longer then that as I start to get too sleepy by 9.30pm......
Lou in NZ gets the long stayer award she did the whole zoom with me........Annette AUS popped in about 1/2 hr later and spent the rest of the day with us also...........
there was 29 opps 30 of us in yesterday..........only Maureen, Annette(2) and Helen aren't on the sidebar as they don't blog but they are Scrub Stitchin' girls..........
At one stage we had a record 20 on at the same time..........it was great..........
girls popped in and out all days........some in several times.........some for a long time some only short..........but given we are in numerous time zones its whatever works for each person........
Welcome Randy, Anorina and Lianne who were all new.......now added to the left sidebar.........I do hope you all join us again next time.............
I was working on my zoom sewing project Blue Lanterns..........the photo above was August last year............as you can see below I had been working on the top side parts getting them added in.........
yesterday I attached the big section on the bottom half of the quilt..........
This is what I had done up until yesterday then the big section got joined on...........then I had a bit of a hole so I joined 5 blocks and below you can see I got them sewn in and had a cream hole and started to add that in but I gave up as my shoulders were getting sore from all the maneuvering of the quilt.....and it's getting heavier and more cumbersome to move around..........
I am so happy with the progress inbetween all the talking..........sewing for so long you can really see the progress that you make.......
I had so many cuppas as it was a bit cool to start the day...........this mug is from Scrub Stitchin' this year........
Prior to the weekend we had some great rain...........just under 2 inchs.......45mm......
I went down to the creek to see how high it was and had someone or 2 stalking me......Bridget and Casper the poddies.......It was nice to not have to worry about driving to town with the rain as I had the week off work.........back to reality tomorrow...........
This is one of my favourite trees in the creek.........I would love to know how old it is...........
Have a great week girls..........
Catch you later........
Chookyblue.........