Wednesday, 5 May 2021

random bits of catch up......

The normal routines been busy as usual...... Like everyone else...... Time change knocks everyone around and the days have really closed in with winter approaching......
the flowers from Scrub Stitchin' are still in a vase on the table at home......I need to do some more posts about the retreat but I think I get like these flowers after retreat...... Slowly fade away bit sad after all the excitement and fun of catching up with everyone....... Onto planning next year....
I've been out doing some burning with Mr Chooky....... I'm a little fire bug for sure......
some great sunsets as usual..... 
autumn sure is in the air and I think I may prepare the fire this weekend and light it...... Really it's been pretty mild with just a few cooler nights....... We got some rain yesterday and overnight so the temps have dropped.......
Finally we've had several weddings in the last few weeks and they both required very long car trips........ One was over 9 hrs away the other 7.5 hrs and of course both in very opposite directions so the travel was exhausting as we didn't have extra time to be away...... But it was worth the effort to see the friends....... Quality time not quantity......
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Ok that's me. Believe it or not I finally caught up blog reading so let's see if I can keep up for more then a day on what everyone's up to..      
And if you have a great blog you read and visit let me know if you don't think I know them.......
Stay safe....
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.......

Friday, 9 April 2021

OMG...... party night.....

So each Scrub Stitchin' there is a theme for one of the dinners.... We've done 'pink' then 'bling
This year it was 'a little girls birthday party'......
OMG I don't think we can improve on this......

More pics to come I'm busted from serious lack of sleep and way to much fun...... Thanks to the fairies who helped setup...... And the team effort on the tidy up.......

Birthday girls both turning 6......

Catch you later......
One exhausted Chook......

need more pics

Ok so I need to take more pics........I am have a few on my camera I'll share later but I need to take more photos today......
I do love looking back at all the memories then too......
Jenny, Lynda, Janice and BrendaLynda, Georgina and Denise
Diane, Sally and Helen
Kate a little excited about her goody bag.....
EPP lessons for our project.....
First quilt done...... Pics to come later......
Second quilt started....Jude will be happy.......
Another late night with little sleep...... Oops just tooooo excited I think....... Ok it's very early but I think I need to head over and start sewing again....... Or should I lie in bed for a bit longer......
Catch you later........
Chookyblue......

Thursday, 8 April 2021

early morning......

The days about to start... Urns got ready for a cuppa and breaky..... The girls will be in shortly......
We have a lovely so of goodies.... This was a super last minute addition.....
way to much temptation.....
Snuck a pic of Jen's bag..... She made a change to the bag top.... And her epp goes right around the bag almost..... Love it
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue......

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

retreat setup and the first finish......

The quilt kits are packed......
Bags labelled......
My sister and niece helped setup......
Finally it was all ready......
Feet up...... wine poured..... First finish done....... Quilt bound with the help of Helen and Kate....... Thanks heaps......
It's going home with the niece tomorrow as she made most of it........ But she doesn't know how to bind....... Job done now......
I'll show another pic of it soon.......
Heaps here tonight..... Rest of the girls tomorrow......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

retreat prep.......

Quick update from my last post.....we ended up getting some great rain........no flooding like the coastal areas and around the north west of the state but just great rain....its a beautiful shade of green now....
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Finally Scrub Stitchin' is here again.....I cannot wait to get reunited with 'the tribe' they are the best..... Last year was cancelled due to covid....... This year we are right to go ahead thankfully.....I think after the last 12 months we all well and truly know how precious retreats are now....... Time to sew with like minded souls.....
So of course I always pack a mountain of sewing..... It's not that far away..... I'm travelling in my car alone....... So I'm probably crazy enough to throw extra extra extra in.... Better make sure I pack my machine up to take too......
Some show and tell.......
Show and tell is always so wonderful.......I love seeing what others doing....
As I'm the organiser I have lots of other bits and pieces....... Decorations, cheese platter plates + food, music, stuff for kits, extra cords etc......
Anyway I'm sure my car will be loaded once again.......I have already dropped one load as I was going there for something else so it may not be too the roof this year........
But yes I'll share pics.....
If your in lockdown maybe you can pretend you're on retreat with us and show me what you sew over the next few days...  
Stay safe....
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.....


Monday, 15 March 2021

just sharing a photo.....

We've had lots of storms floating about over the last week........quite a bit of rain was forecast...........I took this photo heading home one day.........was hopeful that we were getting this one but no such luck........only 4mm..........some have got great falls around...........
yesterday we had a nice cool rainy day..........
only about 10mm but more is forecast this week so hoping we can score more............
Not sure if I have the comments thing sorted or not......but at least I have comment moderation working again........I'll keep working on it.....
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue.......

Monday, 8 March 2021

International Women's Day and comments

To all the amazing blog friends I have out there happy International Women's Day........
go girls........
you simply are the best.......
an amazing sunset this afternoon........
As for comments..........they seem to be coming thru if I have comment modification on but when I approve them they aren't coming to my email like they should be........but they are publishing on my blog so I will stick with that for now...........
Chookyblue.........

WTF Comments!!!!!!

 I realised this morning after I can now see comments on my last post yesterday that comments are not being emailed thru....not in spam not waiting to be approved just nothing.............maybe it's been happening for awhile......even turning on comment moderation won't fix it this time......I just checked my email box and it appears nothing has been emailed thur since 20/3/2021. I see some from the 1st March then nothing.......

Anyone else having issues?????

BLOGGER What is going on...........

Chookyblue

PS I'll come back here to see what you write



Sunday, 7 March 2021

Zoom and Scrub Stitchin' Retreat prep.....

Sorry i've been a bit quiet.........lots going on.........
I have got some quilts back from quilting........finished a quilt completely - don't die of shock.......
Lots of pics need to be taken.......sorted and posts written.........
I have been trying to find time to do another zoom but things have been busy............
SO today I rashly emailed out to everyone an hour or so before I could pop in for a couple of hours............thanks to those who popped in
Clare NZ, Janet & Gail USA, Chris Canada, Sylvia Germany and Diane, Annette, Jenny, Jeanette, Susan, Maureen and myself from Oz......I hope I have not missed anyone.....links all on the sidebar....
Being so rushed I just grabbed the sewing bag and found some Lucy blocks so that is what I worked on........Finished above and started on below..........
the next chance to zoom won't be until the end of the month........maybe the Sunday.......I couldn't wait that long to catch up hence the quick catch up today.........
SCRUB STITCHIN'
retreat plans are well underway for another wonderful few days of sewing........
Early April we will stitch up a storm again......
got a few newbies to add to the mix so should be a wonderul time once again..........
I'm so desperate for a sewing weekend with friends........come and join us........
Pic from 2019 as our last retreat as 2020 was cancelled due to covid.............

Currently we have a mice plague.........another great equaliser like covid everyone has them in the district..........some more then others..........
some of the damage the mice are doing to the bales..........its a battle I hope to win but I am not sure.....it's taking it's toll mentally, physically and financially....some farms have lost stacks of hay.......
dust storms would be better to deal with then mice..........
BUT I do love the light in this photo that I snapped early one morning..........
Stay safe..........
Keep the love of blogging alive............
Catch you later....
Chookyblue........

Sunday, 28 February 2021

bonus.....


I brought these fabrics from Jude @ News from Jude when she was having a sale and raising money for cancer.........
Just so so pretty........
funny how I found a few more to add from my stash.....had no idea i had them........
So then when Jude had a competition to guess how many stitches/inch in a quilt she had quilted I guessed right..........goodness knows how but I won some fabric.... see Judes posts here and the gorgeous quilt............
So I choose the gorgeous fabrics above to add to the others for border/sashing.........I brought some and had a voucher to pay for the rest............very exciting when it arrived.....

Now onto some farm stuff.......We've a had a few mice inside for months......Just kept getting a few in the traps each night since Sept/Oct........but over summer with it being so mild and we had rain at times the mouse population has exploded........thankfully inside it's not too bad they have been quiet but outside OMG......sheds, haystacks, vehicles, farm machinery nothing is off limits.....so I am poisoning, trapping in cages and mice traps.......it goes on and on and I won't show you the buckets of mice I pick up some days but take it from me it's just disgusting.....daily it's minimum 50 mice and up to 4-500.....
I shared this pic because has anyone ever seen a different coloured mouse????
Is this caramel mouse the albino version........
i've n ever seen one like it.....Any there is no relief at work and we are currently over run with them.....some days the office reeks of dead mice and we just can't find them.......Just hoping for an early winter and a sharp cold break may knock them back..........
It's wearing thin. The cost, smell and the time it takes to deal with the mice......
The damage they are causing also.....
On one of the zoom sewing days Carole @ Quilting Adventures was talking about these needles and Jude got some from her supplier for me too.....I'll let you know what I think for EPP.............
Ok must get to bed.......
Stay Safe......
Catch you later....
Chookyblue.....

Saturday, 13 February 2021

brighten up.....

A quick weekend away recently..........I was hunting for a particular thread..........no luck with the thread but I did find these lovely fabrics............I've been thinking of a couple of photos in this post by @Me and My Quilts and I just can't get them out of my head..........I've wanted to make a bright quilt for a long time but those pics of her shelves just won't leave me so I have started my collection........
no idea what I will make yet BUT i have started the collection........
I had a quick trip away finding accommodation for Fairy Girl..........
While I hate the actual beach.....sand yuk....I do love the view..........
I prefer the bush better but it is nice to see.....
OK best go.......got a few quilts back from quilting but need to take some pics.....I started this post days ago and only getting to hit post now........
Life happens........
Hoping to get some bindings attached........one or two already prepared ages ago.........I need to get two quilts out the door ASAP.........
Stay Safe...........
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue......

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

French General quilt......

Finally getting to the post......
I showed this quilt to the zoom girls last week.......
So remember this bundle.............
then I added to it.......only needed a couple but got too many extras....
Starting to sew the blocks together......
Love the big blocks..........shows off the big prints.........
It was such fun to work on a big block quilt and have quick results..........
As my leader and ender i pieced some of the quilt on the design wall.........
Ta da........what do you think.......I'm pretty happy with this one.....great pattern for big prints.....
Just made it up as I went........using Aussie fat 1/4's I was able to cut 20" blocks......
This is the first quilt top I have made in ages......like super ages I think......
Anyone got an idea what to call it???
I haven't thought of one yet...........
Just a nice photo I snapped on the weekend I thought I would share.....
Stay safe......
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue....
Catch you later.......