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.........


Saturday, 3 July 2021

zoom zoom.....


OMG having a great day..... Not even 1/2 way thru yet ...... We'll be on zoom for hours to come....
Working on Blue Lanterns again....
Not to late to jump in and join us.......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......

Thursday, 1 July 2021

plan "f" update.....

so "plan f".......turned out to be as Gail put it "fabric fun"....I did a fair bit of damage to the bank account while away but I did have fun........and Fairy Girl got a layer cake also to play with........
but before we get to that some random bits......
Bridget kept running around this trailer the other day when I wanted to put her outside of the yard she was in.........in the end she just kept jumping in and out of this trailer.....if only I needed her to do that she would not have done it........
driving around the countryside is starting to look so vibrant with the new crops starting to fill in......
its such a vibrant green...........its raining again so these crops are getting a great start........maybe starting to get a bit too wet in some places but they will go great.........hopefully drowning more mice homes.........18mls so far and its looking very set in and still raining........
now you will have to go with the pics I took the other day that aren't so good......but I forgot to take the pics yesterday and now its pouring outside............
I split the layer cake into two piles..........the quilts look so different now..........I got some extra of the big print to put in the corners........
now to decide if they are getting any borders or just staying as they are and getting quilted.....
the lady only had 4 fabrics in yardage left so I was lucky to get what I got.....
how cool is this fabric......the range is "Later Alligator"......there are lady bugs and birds, fish, frogs and butterflies............
so while my week away has changed completely I still had a great time with my girl........OMG she has 2 patchwork shops within about 10 mins so lucky I had not found that out before...........
but I must say it was nice to just pop to the shop and get what I needed when I realised I needed something else...........I had plans to see family and friends but decided to bunker down just incase covid popped up in her area but so far it hasn't..........we just hung out at her flat and I sewed while she worked on her laptop and we went for some drives along the coast.......
Yesterday with the rain and cold weather forecast we needed to go cut some more fire wood......we are lucky to have an unlimited supply of firewood..........

As for Covid19........
I am fine where I am........we are not in lockdown like millions of Australian's are until at least this Friday.........as I type 3 capital cities are in lockdown until tomorrow Friday 2nd July - Perth, Darwin, Brisbane.........Sydney and surrounds are in lockdown until next Friday 9th July at this stage.....living in NSW I have to wear a mask at all times indoors and this is the first time I have had to wear a mask regularly........I went to the Dr's once and had to wear one.....so i'm very lucky.....now I am 1/2 vaccinated also thankfully........
Pleased I have the remainder of this week off not that I could have gotten in given the rain at present....which would write the road off for tomorrow now given it its still raining.........

ZOOM ZOOM..............
Also don't forget zoom sewing this Sat (Friday USA/Can)......see details here......
Stay safe....
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.......


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

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Please read this if you get my blog posts via your emails..........
The feed burner that makes the posts turn up in your email is being wiped on 1st July......
contact me if you need help to sort thru this chookyblue2@gmail.com
I have not swapped to another feed burner to do this process.........
You can do what ever you want but I use Feedly at present...it is a subscription service....it doesn't deliver posts to my email
basically I am always logged into Feedly and I subscribe to peoples blogs that I want to follow.........once you have saved the blog address into Feedly it stays there.........
I go into Feedly and if anyone has done a new blog post it will show up in there..........pretty easy.......but email me on the address above if you need help...........

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

Monday, 28 June 2021

Zoom sewing marathon..........

 OK so who's going to join me again this weekend..........

I don't need covid to ground me it only has to rain and with more rain forecast and the week off I may just be hunkered down at home getting some jobs done.....a chilly weekend to come........... the road to town is disgusting....only takes a few mls at present to make it to challenging for me.........

Speaking of covid the rules are changing daily and people need to keep up with them and do the right thing so that they can be lifted for all ASAP...........as of my typing the only one that really applies to me is wearing a masking indoors anywhere..........not going out and not planning on visitors at present so the rest are irrelevant.........that is unless the rules change again today..........
Also I'm now 1/2 vaccinated so that is good.........anyone else getting jabs in Australia.........plenty don't seem to interested.......these flare ups have sparked some interest though..........
Anyway back to the sewing front.......i've got a good bit done the last few days.........I'll share it in the next few days.........need to take some pics..........
ok to back to zoom..........see you Saturday bright and early for the Aussie/Kiwi girls
Friday arvo for the US/Canadians 
the rest of you work out your time zone.......
Remember all bloggers welcome.........
Be brave if you have not joined us before......its heaps of fun and I unusually get heaps of sewing done.........looking forward to catching up with everyone........
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue.........

ADDED To answer Janet.......the longest Marathon went for 15hrs..........anyway it's long just go with that.........till I get to tired.........

Friday, 25 June 2021

plan "f".......

So I'm on plan "f"of my week away....... Covid rared it's ugly head in Sydney so the theatre plans are off...... Visiting relos and friends in Sydney is off.......the quilt show is off..... Although I was changing my plans each day as things changed I'm glad the quilt show cancelled and hopefully I can go in Sept...... We are getting new dates for the theatre also.....
So I'm with my girl..... Found a patchwork shop while she was at work and did quilt a bit of damage but I found some precuts and I'm about to make a baby quilt or two with Later Alligator..... Unless I decide to start sewing the other two precuts i got instead.......woopssss well I'm missing the quilt show so what's a girl to do..... 
also sharing a pretty view I took the other day......
Stay safe.....
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

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..........